Sun
Sep 15 2019
05:45 pm
By: R. Neal

The eight part Ken Burns documentary "Country Music" starts tonight on PBS (locally WKOP at 8PM). Looking forward to a great American story...

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Fri
Sep 13 2019
11:11 am

A planned project on a 1960's era 36-inch water main resulted in an unexpected break, leaving a large portion of Chattanooga with little or no water.
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The outage could last as long as 24 hours for those at higher elevations. Crews are working to restore water, but residents at lower elevations may see the restoration of service in a shorter time span.

Restaurants, schools, government offices, aquarium, and more are closed. Call before you visit.

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Fri
Sep 13 2019
09:56 am

"If the policy does not have a good amount of happiness index, if the policy is not every environment friendly, if the policy will not be able to ensure that it will result in the well-being of Bhutanese, that policy will never be approved in the country."

They measure nine key areas of happiness every five years -- psychological well-being, health, education, good governance, ecology, time use, community vitality, culture and living standards.

Meet the smoking-free, carbon-negative country that passes no law unless it improves citizens' well-being

Thu
Sep 12 2019
07:33 pm

Washington Post: A federal judge has blocked a new Tennessee law that sought to restrict paid voter registration drives, ruling it an “onerous and intrusive regulatory structure” that would have inhibited free speech and intimidated drive organizers with the threat of financial penalties.

Gov. Bill Lee: "There were obvious attempts to impact elections in a negative way and this was meant to stop that from happening."

Translation: Getting more black people to the polls obviously impacts elections in a negative way.

According to data from "Verra Mobility, the parent company of American Traffic Solutions, which collects data from 2,000 red-light cameras for municipalities throughout the country", westbound Chapman Highway at the Stone Road intersection is the 9th riskiest intersection in the country for people blowing through red lights.

"The number of people killed when someone plowed through a light rose 31% to 939 in 2017, a 10-year high, according to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety."

A comprehensive 40-page final report summarizing the Chapman Highway Implementation Plan indicates that left-turn lanes will be constructed at the Chapman Hwy/Stone Road intersection. At some point the intersection would become a "protected intersection", separated bike lane and sidewalks, shared-used trails (greenway).The plan also includes the creation of a pedestrian crossing at Stone Road, Might make people a little over confident considering this is a really bad intersection for people running red lights.

If this intersection is a bad as being reported, then there should be something more done to stop people from blowing through the red lights.

Thu
Sep 12 2019
07:50 am


Ten candidates qualified for this debate
. Thus, it will be a full stage.

3 hours, 8-11 pm, ET
ABC tv network or can be seen online

Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, O'Rourke, Castro

Tue
Sep 10 2019
03:23 pm

KnoxTNToday: "The two Republicans share similar views except on one fundamental issue: school vouchers."

Update: Dunn won't run

Tue
Sep 10 2019
07:43 am

TN State Sen. Kerry Roberts has a radio show on which he said "If there is one thing we can do to save America today it's to get rid of our institutions of higher education right now.... And cut the liberal breeding ground off."

"Every bit of liberal doctrination you can get in a university setting."

The Kerry Roberts Show! comes to you from Springfield, TN, just north of Nashville.

Aren't we proud? He has a college degree but doesn't want those that do not think like him to have a college degree? A man of the people he is not.

NBC: U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled Monday that the law would likely create a "chilling effect" on organizations and individuals who seek to register new voters in Tennessee.

From 1999 to 2016, the rate of suicide among Americans ages 25 to 64 rose by 41 percent, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. Rates among people living in rural counties were 25 percent higher than those in major metropolitan areas.

Suicide rates are rising, especially in rural America

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Press release...

COMPREHENSIVE NEW REPORT IDENTIFIES PRIORITIES FOR IMPROVING SAFETY ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY

A comprehensive 40-page final report summarizing the Chapman Highway Implementation Plan has been completed and is posted on the City’s website at (link...).

“This final report is not ‘just another study,’ but instead its purpose is to function as an implementation plan that provides a prioritized list of implementable projects to transform and improve Chapman Highway,” the report states.

The report, prepared on behalf of the City of Knoxville, studied a six-mile section of Chapman Highway within the city limits, between Blount Avenue (near Henley Bridge) and Mountain Grove Drive (just south of Gov. John Sevier Highway). It combines traffic data with extensive input from stakeholders in recommending priorities for safety improvements along the state route.

Continued...

Wed
Sep 4 2019
03:51 pm

Trump displayed a doctored weather map in an apparent attempt to justify his false claim that Hurricane Dorian was a threat to Alabama. Turns out that's a federal crime.

Wed
Sep 4 2019
08:26 am

Looks like a result of the new alcohol sales policy. Details here...

Good stuff ..

"The 2017 Enacted Maps, as drawn, do not permit voters to freely choose their representative, but rather representatives are choosing voters based upon sophisticated partisan sorting," the judges wrote. "It is not the free will of the People that is ascertained through extreme partisan gerrymandering. Rather, it is the carefully crafted will of the map drawer that predominates."

New maps must be completed in two weeks, the judges said.

North Carolina judges slam GOP gerrymandering in stinging ruling, reject district maps

Walmart is requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying guns into its stores. In adddition, "Walmart will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as .223 and 5.56 caliber rounds that can be used in large-capacity clips on military-stye weapons. The company will also end sales of handgun ammunition."

"Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers." Nine people died as a result of shootings at Kroger stores from 2015 to 2018.

Of course, concealed carry is still allowed, but that may be the law. It's something

Tue
Sep 3 2019
01:45 pm

Yesterday we noticed Uncle Lem's Outfitters on Sevier Avenue has closed. Hate to see that since it was the only retail store in that area. Not really surprised. Good luck to them at their other locations.

Tue
Sep 3 2019
07:22 am

Compass launched around this date one year ago. Congratulations to Scott and Jesse!

Their mission: "Our mission is to help inform civic dialogue among local decision-makers and community members about the factors and forces shaping our city and county."

Their pitch: "If you're looking for local news reported with context and depth, and you're tired of being bombarded with pop-up ads on websites owned by out-of-town media companies, Compass is for you!"

Subscribe here...

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Mon
Sep 2 2019
09:05 am

Trump has never heard of a Category 5 hurricane (Dorian will be the fourth on his watch), says Dorian will hit Alabama (the National Weather Service corrected him on Twitter).

AP fact check...

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Lost Medicaid Funding

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

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