Jan 19 2018
12:19 am

Global surface temperatures last year were the second hottest since 1880, according to an analysis by scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

2017 was one of the hottest years on record, NASA says

Jan 18 2018
04:24 pm

The go to, late night, early AM, after gig, after concert, after partying too much spot for grease and carbs on Cumberland Ave. that for decades served generations of wobbly, red-eyed patrons is closed for good.

Krystal on Cumberland Avenue won't reopen

Jan 18 2018
10:09 am

Amazon has narrowed the candidate cities for their second headquarters from 238 proposals to 20. Nashville made the cut. Other locations in the South are Atlanta, Raleigh, Miami, Dallas and Austin.

Cities are competing for a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 jobs. In addition, "construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community."

Amazon announces 20 HQ2 candidate locations

Jan 18 2018
08:23 am

A reminder for those interested in a Pat Summitt Foundation specialty license plate.

The Pat Summitt Foundation is working to have the State of Tennessee add a specialty license plate. They have been obtaining pre-orders since November, 2016. They need 1,000 pre-orders to get the State of Tennessee to start the production process of the new plate. Currently, the deadline for pre-orders is June 1, 2018. The pre-order price is $35.00, $15.375 of every plate purchased is given to The Pat Summitt Foundation.

As of July 5 2017, nearly 600 orders have been placed.

Jan 17 2018
07:23 pm

A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found labor shortages all over the country. And more businesses said they had no choice but to pay more to attract and keep the workers they want, a sign that wage growth may finally be picking up.

American businesses can't find workers

Federal Reserve survey

Anti Defamation League report - Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2017

White supremacists were responsible for 18 of the 34 murders documented in 2017. A right-wing anti-government extremist committed one murder (see below), while an adherent of the alt lite—an offshoot of the alt right that rejects explicit white supremacy while retaining the alt right’s other hateful views of Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, the left, and especially women—committed another.

Thus 20 of the 34 extremist-related murders in the United States in 2017, or 59%, were related to right-wing extremism. This can be compared to 2016, in which only 20% of extremist murders were related to right-wing extremism—though, again, 2016 was an aberration. Over the past 10 years (2008-17), domestic extremists have been responsible for at least 387 murders; of these, 274 (71%) were committed by right-wing extremists of one type or another.

The National Park System Advisory Board, which was established in 1935, has typically included social and natural science academics as well as former elected officials from both parties. In recent years, it has advised Interior on how to address climate change, among other issues, and how to encourage younger visitors to frequent the parks.

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

"I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection, and advancement of our National Parks has been set aside," the letter said.

9 Park Service advisory board members quit

All area schools, courts and most government offices closed again today. KAT buses on snow schedules. Extreme cold this morning. Secondary roads will be icy, refreezing expected. Stay safe!

TDOT road conditions...

Jan 16 2018
03:21 am

All area schools (Knox, Blount, Alcoa, Maryville, Sevier, Anderson, Oak Ridge, Loudon, Lenoir City, Roane) are closed ahead of possible snow accumulation.

All Knox Co. offices closed, including Knox County courts, County Clerk, Trustee, Register of Deeds, Property Assessor, Mayor's Office, Health Department, Public Library, Senior Centers, Convenience & Recycling Centers, Veterans Service, Law Department, County Commission office, Internal Audit.

No word yet on City of Knoxville offices. Tuesday trash pickup will be early. City Rec Centers are open 10 to 6 but call to verify they are staffed.

National Weather Service: "A cold front sweeps through the area on Tuesday/Tuesday night, and at this point looks to bring light snow accumulations area-wide. Generally 1 to 3 inches are expected across the southern TN Valley. Higher amounts up to 4 inches are possible across the higher terrain of the northern Cumberland Plateau and southwest Virginia. Travel issues may arise during the day on Tuesday and persist Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning on untreated roadways. Bitterly cold temperatures on Wednesday will be in place with highs in the upper teens to lower 20s."

Jan 15 2018
10:36 pm

from WBIR ...

The 110th General Assembly is in session. This year, lawmakers are expected to tackle a wide range of issues - from medical marijuana to education reform.

We're helping you keep track of the bills that could have the biggest impact on East Tennessee. I've linked to each bill's page on the General Assembly's website, so you can keep track of the ones you're interested in or contact your lawmakers about the proposals.

Annie's Bill Blog: What we're watching in the state legislature

Jan 15 2018
09:10 am

Georgiana Vines reflects on covering Knoxville news and politics for fifty years. She's tough, smart, and has a huge Rolodex. Georgiana is one of Knoxville's few remaining actual journalists and reminds us of how it's supposed to be done.

Jan 15 2018
07:18 am

"Our goal is freedom ... because the goal of the nation is freedom. Yet we are not passively waiting for a deliverance to come from others moved by their pity for us. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of America. We built it for two centuries without wages, we made cotton King, we built our homes and homes for our masters and suffered injustice and humiliation, but out of a bottomless vitality continued to live and grow. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not extinguish our existence, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We feel that we are the conscience of America. We are its troubled soul. We will continue to insist that right be done because both God's will and the heritage of our nation speak through our echoing demands."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Crawfordville Georgia, Oct.11, 1965

"It goes without saying that the teachings of Thoreau are alive today, indeed, they are more alive today than ever before. Whether expressed in a sit-in at lunch counters, a freedom ride into Mississippi, a peaceful protest in Albany, Georgia, a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, it is an outgrowth of Thoreau's insistence that evil must be resisted and no moral man can patiently adjust to injustice."

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Massachusetts Review, Sept. 7, 1962


Seattle is set to enact a ban on plastic straws and utensils.

All businesses that sell food or drinks must offer compostable or recyclable options — or ask patrons to forgo the tools altogether — come next July as part of a citywide ordinance to curb plastic waste across the city.

The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban

The last straw: Is time up for this plastic relic?

Jan 14 2018
01:13 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

It's swell that mainstream media is almost universally (minus Fox News) calling out our crude, ignorant, corrupt, lying, racist, misogynistic, semi-literate, self-aggrandizing sorry excuse for a president for the stupid, deranged things he tweets and says.

When do they start attacking the harmful, regressive, repressive, anti-democratic policies Trump and his unqualified, lickspittle robber baron cabinet and their corrupt enablers in Congress are trying to inflict on us?

America might survive four years of this idiot. It will take generations to undo the idiocracy Trump's cartel is trying to install.


General Motors is asking for federal permission to introduce completely driverless vehicles to American roads by 2019.

...manufacturers working on the technology, including GM, Ford, and Toyota, initially plan to market to ride-sharing fleets and trucking and delivery customers.

We could be just one year away from driverless taxis

Jan 14 2018
08:15 am

Yesterday's legislative luncheon revealed some curious assertions and false claims by our local representatives. Here's the full video. The sponsor was the East Tennessee Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, and the event was at the Bearden Banquet Hall (Buddy's BBQ).

Jan 13 2018
05:21 pm

The following message was sent to cellphones in Hawaii today around 8AM.




People flocked to shelters, crowding highways in scenes of terror and helplessness.

Officials say it was human error.

That would be scary. I'd be grateful and a tad bit angry.

DTV Host LaKenya Middlebrook interviews the Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook about the history of the Knoxville (Martin Luther King Jr Commemorative Commission) and the MLK Day Celebration in Knoxville on Friday, January 12 at 7:30 PM on the Community TV Channels.

Tune in on the following cable channels
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

or stream it live on your computer (here!)

Jan 11 2018
03:44 pm

Walmart says they are giving raises and bonuses thanks to the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Which is curious, because Target also gave the same raises to their employees before the tax cuts were passed.

Also, Walmart has about $7 billion in cash and net income of about $14 billion. Not sure why they needed a tax cut to pay out $700 million in raises and bonuses.

Regardless, the article suggests the real reason for the move: "Although Walmart linked the moves to the tax cuts, it faces increased competition for the most qualified workers as the labor market tightens."

Federal immigration agents raided 98 7-Eleven stores across the country looking for undocumented workers. The 98 raids resulted in twenty-one arrests. Hmmmm.... Could it be that the raids are a waste of time or that they should focus on a different industry? Maybe they should go to Trump's hotels and resorts. How much time and money was wasted on this attack on 7-Eleven and these 21 individuals?


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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding. (Source)

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