Fri
Jan 17 2020
10:38 am

Amtrak wants to start a route between the two cities. The stops would Nashville International Airport, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Chattanooga.

Amtrak wants to connect Nashville to Atlanta

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Thu
Jan 2 2020
01:58 pm

The number of uninsured nonelderly Americans decreased from over 46.5 million in 2010 (the year the ACA was enacted) to just below 27 million in 2016.

For the second year in a row, the number of uninsured increased. In 2018, 27.9 million nonelderly individuals were uninsured, an increase of nearly 500,000 from 2017. Since 2016 when the number of uninsured reached historic lows, the number of people who lack health insurance coverage has grown by 1.2 million.

Key Facts about the Uninsured Population

The minimum wage in more than 20 states and 26 cities and counties across the United States will increase starting on Jan. 1, affecting more than half of the country's population and marking the greatest jurisdictional raise in U.S. history.

Minimum wage to increase in more than 20 states in 2020

The minimum wage is increasing in these 21 states

Wed
Jan 1 2020
10:44 am

18 new Tennessee laws take effect starting Jan. 1

Interesting ...

Rep. Andy Holt, who sponsored the bill, says it allows people who didn’t have time for that 8 hour class, to legally carry a handgun.

“It’s a way to lower the barriers for individuals to, I think go ahead and be able to ascertain one of their constitutional rights, and that is the right to self protection,” said State Representative Andy Holt, (R) Tennessee, from District 76.

New Law Allows Gun Carry Permits without Hands-on Training

According to CNN's tally, he has spent at least 251 days at a Trump golf club and 332 days at a Trump property as President.

Trump spent 1 of 5 days at one of his golf clubs in 2019

Trump in 2011: The president 'plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain'

Sat
Dec 21 2019
12:06 am

Winning the battle and losing the war?

While the rest of Washington focused on impeachment proceedings Wednesday, Mitch McConnell successfully pressed forward on a subject that has been the one knockout success for the Republican Senate and President Donald Trump: judges.

So far, he has led the charge changing the landscape of the federal courts across the country with a record number of appellate court judges -- currently at 50 -- and Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

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I don't know much about her body of work, but my initial impression is, that is the type of person people want in government. They may not know it.

Swing district Democrat says she's a yes on impeachment

Slotkin, Backing Impeachment, Draws Instant Protests, and Applause

Starting this year, Ford is incorporating coffee chaff — coffee bean skin that comes off during the roasting process — into the plastic headlamp housing used in some cars.

Coffee chaff, on the other hand, is widely available, Miewelski said, and much of it goes to waste. Eventually, Ford hopes to incorporate the material into more cars and use it for more parts.

Ford is turning McDonald's coffee waste into headlights

WRS Inc., its local partners and city officials will brief residents on plans to convert the 435,667-square-foot property into a mixed-use development on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The briefing will be held at the Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue campus.

Knoxville Standard Knitting Mill site to be turned into mixed-use development

The largest decreases in life expectancy (based on AAPC for 2010-2016) occurred in New Hampshire, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, South Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Indiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates in the United States, 1959-2017

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"Nice work" to Sevier County on their waste management techniques mentioned earlier on Knoxviews.

Also appreciate the Knoxville and Knox County folks that deal with trash.

Some additional technologies cities are using around the world

How cities are using technology to solve their trash problems

Looks like a good idea

"It catches rainwater runoff from the rooftop and instead of diverting it to the stream it absorbs into the ground kind of like a natural sponge. the way the landscape used to be before we came in with our rooftop and pavement," said Ludwig.

Rain Gardens installed

Mon
Nov 25 2019
12:11 am

US households are now sitting on a record $14 trillion in mortgages, credit cards, student loans and other forms of debt.

Credit card rates recently hit 17%, the highest level in at least 25 years, making this an especially costly form of borrowing. Part of that rise has been driven by fierce competition to lure borrowers with flashy rewards.

Americans now have a record $14 trillion in debt

Household debt and credit report

Sun
Nov 24 2019
04:04 am

It's hard to conceptualize the three design options. Is there a video of the presentation?

I would like to see this and some other public like entities on the south waterfront instead of apartments.

Wow! First look at proposed Knoxville Science Museum

Sat
Nov 23 2019
07:47 pm

If you want to understand how American politics has become more polarized and extreme over the last decade, look no farther than Asheville, North Carolina -- now split between two of the most gerrymandered districts in the country.

Asheville's woes are the story of America

Wed
Nov 20 2019
01:28 pm

I was looking up the various public Christmas related ongoing decor entities in Knoxville area like Farragut Founders Park, Christmas at Chilhowee Park, Festival of Lights at The Cove.

Has there ever been an ongoing Christmas in World's Fair Park? Decorating the Sunsphere, and throughout the park. Christmas musical performances at the amphitheater, etc.?

Christmas at Chilhowee

Farragut Founders Park Christmas decorations

Knox County Festival of Lights at The Cove

Are there more within Knox County?

The breakthrough means that, for the first time, concentrated solar energy can be used to create the extreme heat required to make cement, steel, glass and other industrial processes. In other words, carbon-free sunlight can replace fossil fuels in a heavy carbon-emitting corner of the economy that has been untouched by the clean energy revolution.

Secretive energy startup backed by Bill Gates achieves solar breakthrough

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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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