This is just plain nuts. I have to agree with the Sheriff.
The Morgan County Sheriff Glen Freytag has stepped down as head of security for the county courthouse, disagreeing with the county commission's vote re-opening all of the doors to the courthouse, bringing metal detectors upstairs and allowing those with gun permits to carry firearms in the building. Commissioners found previous security a huge aggravation and voted to open all the courthouse doors, do away with the security guard position and move the metal detectors. The only people who will now be screened heading to the main courtroom.
I suspect lighting is a major line item in the County budget. I realize the electric utilities will squeal but this is the right thing to do.
The first major league baseball stadium is moving forward. Replacing existing lights at stadiums can reduce operation expenses by over 60% and last up to 50 years.
Our experience at home is that the latest versions of LED light bulbs are instant on, warm light, and destroy our electric bill. And the light is directed to areas where it is needed so we wind up being able to see better.
Update: Presentation to the TN Conservation Commission is attached (David Fields put this together)
“At this level of spending, the county may not have the necessary operating cash or working capital to sustain the operations of these funds,” Thompson added.
This is complicated stuff and the state uses a blunt instrument instead of a scalpel, as witnessed by the letters to the Property Assessor's office.
Here's a snip:
Gordan Evren Ellis, then 34, bludgeoned his mother, a renowned Oak Ridge physicist, to death in 2004, loaded her body into the trunk of her car, hauled it halfway across the state and set it afire. CNN Anchor Paula Zahn told him to do it.
the kicker came when the state’s only psych ward, which has fewer than 20 beds, wanted to free him on meds, which he WOULD NOT TAKE ON HIS OWN BECAUSE HE’S NOT CRAZY. Under the law, there was not a single thing a judge or the state could do about it. Mr. Ellis had been acquitted – not guilty. Publicity kept Mr. Ellis locked down in the psych ward for a while. Privacy laws bar me from knowing where he is now. Maybe he’s still there. Maybe not. (And that’s crazy scary). It is also the dilemma with an insanity defense, too insane to be guilty, too insane to be safe in society.
Apparently, the ability to no longer receive a federal subsidy to help pay your insurance premiums is a "benefit" the TNGOP wishes to generously bestow upon the citizens of Tennessee.
I am becoming a follower of Jamie Satterfield's work. This is a prime example of why...
Whodunnits in the courtroom are rare, especially when it comes to murder. The question almost always is not the who but the why. That’s because the law grades, if you will, the crime of murder by degrees.
At the top of the list is first-degree murder, the worst of the worst. The simplistic definition is that of a cold-blooded killer who makes a conscious decision to take someone’s life. But as the case currently on trial in Knox County Criminal Court shows, it is anything but simple.
Read the whole piece...
A "free*" concert by the Air Force "Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble" is coming Monday evening, at 7:30 PM, February 2nd to the Princess Theatre. This is an evening's entertainment, sponsored by the Princess Theatre Foundation, and Roane State Community College Arts and Lecture Departments, that is sure to please the whole family! Zack Williamson also played a great role in booking this event.
Even though this is a "free" event, tickets must be obtained in order to assure seating. Tickets will be made available at the usual locations: Rocky Top General Store and Harriman Jewelry Exchange. They should have tickets sometime next week, so call ahead to ensure availability.
For more information GO HERE!
Is this a good thing?
A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.
Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.
A state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to outlaw red light cameras in Tennessee.
Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) says people "are sick and tired" of the cameras. Holt adds that the cameras are nothing more than modern versions of speed traps.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientist Ashok Gadgil is developing a cheap and effective way to provide safe drinking water to 60 million Bangladeshis who live under the specter of arsenic poisoning. His idea is to create arsenic filters from coal ash, the fine gray powder that piles up at the bottom of furnaces at all coal-fired power stations, waiting to be discarded.
Click HERE to see for information.
Thursday, January 22 at 6pm
Kingston Public Library
Ken Wise, Professor at the University of Tennessee Libraries, author of "Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains," and co-author with Anne Bridges and Russ Clement of "Terra Incognita : An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934."
This event is free to all and there is no need to RSVP.
Kingston Public Library
1004 Bradford Way
More information at the Kingston Public Library.
“Any group that goes to such lengths to conceal its donors, activities and intent will consider a $5,000 fine to be nothing more than the cost of doing business,” he said. “Average Tennesseans who wish to be involved in the political process and can’t financially compete with secretive PACs dumping thousands of dollars to buy influence are the losers in this ruling. The commission sided with wealthy interests over truthful politics.”
...Mark Winslow, a member of the Tennessee state executive committee and former Tennessee Republican party employee, said the group’s filings “still raise huge questions about their disclosures.” Winslow was among several Republicans to file a complaint with election officials about Strong & Free Tennessee.
So let me get this straight...Accepting two billion dollars in Federal tax incentives is a dreaded "expansion of government" but giving another $300 million in TN taxpayer's money to VW is not? The TNGOP is expected to go along with this as long as VW doesn't strike a secret deal with workers that lets them organize and be represented by a union.
TVA is incredibly brain dead to the effect their actions have on people's quality of life in their never ending quest to sell more electricity.
Haslam's plan to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans is encountering problems among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature, with Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris saying he has yet to decide whether he will sponsor it.
And from our Glen Cassada is a slave to extreme right ideology Department:
House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin said, "There's just several concerns that I have and my constituents have. ... It's an expansion of government. More people are dependent on government."
Secondly, he said, "we're going into partnership with a federal government that's on the verge of bankruptcy."
The hypocrisy of those statements just astounds. This is mostly positioning to pretend that they are keeping the ideology foremost for a little while before they work a deal begind closed doors to get this passed. If there's one thing the GOP loves it's tax money. They've lost over $2 billion for the Tennessee economy already.
The Tennessee Legislature says they should be free to pass laws to force us to keep lousy internet service. President Obama cites Chattanooga ERB service as good example of what our Legislature is trying to stop. Why are they trying to keep us from having fast internet? Because they are being bribed with campaign contributions to keep lousy providers in business.
We have a situation in which our governments incentivize large corporations into locating in our region. That's our tax money being funneled to corporations in various forms. I tend to think of it as a bribe. The public has right to know what kind of money is involved since it is, after all, the public's money.
TVA doesn't feel like the public has any right to know how much money it is giving to a Korean corporation to get it to locate in Clinton. Frankly, I totally support the Knox News Sentinel's FOI request to know how much TVA is spending on its bribes. Since the company will create jobs in Clinton, why should Roane County rate payers have to pay for it?
Our Congressman Chuck Fleischmann agrees,
saying it is important that “our government and all related agencies function with proper transparency and oversight.”
This is a great step by the Environmental Review Board and the Roane County Commission. Now will TDEC step up and protect Roane County?
A worker at TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant doing regular walk-around monitoring Jan. 7 identified a leak of radioactive water at the plant last week.
A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman said today the leak resulted in a spill of between 100 and 200 gallons and some of that water, mixed with millions of gallons of cooling water, could have migrated to the Tennessee River.
From the Hard Knox Independent:
The Hard Knox Independent is one of a few new alt weekly newspapers rising up to fill the void of the MetroPulse.
I'm so sorry. Up until right this minute I had always thought you were rude to stare at your phone while we were trying to have a conversation.
...research from the University of Missouri has found that cell phone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests.
Tom Humphrey is Tennessee's most astute political observer. He is not only astute, he's honest and accurate. Maybe that's why the good guys love him and the bad guys don't.
Gov. Bill Haslam’s choice of Groundhog Day for the start of a special legislative session seems appropriate given that the political weather forecast for his second term may be strongly influenced by the outcome of those extraordinary proceedings...
...Ah, but now he’s ready to go for some tough stuff. Why, he’s even declared an intent to jack up the state’s gas tax rate during his second term. Of course, the groundhog governor has not been specific about how or when he will do this. Maybe this year, maybe not. It depends.
Most everyone can find Orion's belt. If you look to the right of the belt towards the Vee shaped cluster, Hyla (within Taurus), the V will be pointing toward the comet for the next few days. The bright light at the top left in the V is Aldebaran, just so you know.
RNeal covers the awesome Air Force 1 and the people it carries about this nation...
Did you know that Bob Corker was that short?
I got to the fire around 2:30 and stayed about an hour and a half. The building caved inward between 5 and 5:30.
More shots of the fire are posted HERE!
RNeal has the story at KnoxViews.com:
From Facebook reports it appears to be the Miller building. Several fire departments have responded.
$10 Doors at 7 Music &:30 BYOB
Daniel Kimbro and Greg Horne in supporting roles!
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- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)
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- Come Support The Talent Show Friday At 6PM! (mushy)
- 2nd Annual Multi-County Talent Show Deadline looms (mushy)
- Comment on the Kingston Coal Ash Landfill (bswinford1)