Sun
Mar 3 2024
11:51 am

What Happened to Tennessee? The Battle of Blue and Red” premieres on “The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper” on Sunday, March 3 at 8pm ET/PT on CNN.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new study Tennessee is among the seven states with the highest rate of people suffering from "long COVID." That study said nearly one in 10 Tennesseans suffers from it.

CDC study says nearly 1 in 10 Tennesseans has suffered from 'long COVID'

But, under the new public records exemption the department is pursuing, any future contract or expense could remain hidden from the public for at least five years and potentially forever depending on the length of the contract signed.

Tennessee’s tourism department tries to close public records with Super Bowl bid on the horizon

Fri
Mar 1 2024
07:17 am

to make money.

Surely everyone remembers the Blue Oval City being built by Ford in West Tennessee, off of I-40, southwest of Brownsville.

The developers are going wild. They are sooooo excited. However, there is apparently a problem.

Wetlands.

What are the odds this bill, or a variation of, will pass? In this day and age in the State of Tennessee, I'm not a gambler.

Great Reporting from the Tennessee Lookout.

Most of the wetland acreage regulated by the state is in West Tennessee, with a high concentration surrounding the new Ford factory in Haywood County.
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Haywood county, where the plant is located, has more than 57,319 acres of wetlands that could lose protections under Vaughan’s bill
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In Shelby County, where Vaughan is based, 35,482 wetland acres are at risk
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The region also lies atop the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the primary water supply for urban and rural communities, and farmers in west Tennessee. Wetlands serve to recharge and filter water that supplies the aquifer.
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Rep. Kevin Vaughan, a West Tennessee Republican and developer, wants to remove state oversight of construction on wetlands, impacting communities where he does business

The bill by Collierville Republican Rep. Kevin Vaughan would limit state oversight over more than 430,000 acres of Tennessee wetlands. That’s more than half of the state’s critical ecosystems, which serve as a bulwark against floods and droughts, replenish aquifers and are prized by hunters, anglers and nature lovers.

Environmental groups warn that the proposed bill, if enacted by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee, could inflict irreparable harm on future generations.

“The proposed legislation favors the interests of developers over the safety of future flood victims and pocketbooks of Tennessee taxpayers,” said George Nolan, senior attorney and director of the Southern Environmental Law Center in Tennessee.

“Once a developer fills and paves over a wetland, it is gone forever. This is no time to repeal laws that have protected our wetlands for the last 50 years,” he said.

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The legislation is scheduled to be heard Wednesday in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, with an amendendment that makes distinctions between wetlands.

The amendment would allow developers to build on “low-quality” wetlands and up to 4 acres of “moderate” isolated wetlands without seeking state permission.

Environmental groups say the proposal continues to place large swathes of Tennessee wetlands at risk.

“Vaughan’s current amendment is not a compromise as it requires no mitigation for low-quality wetlands regardless of size and no mitigation for large swaths of moderate-quality wetlands,” Grace Stranch, chief executive officer of the Harpeth Conservancy said. “The development resulting from those huge carveouts will likely cause increased flooding, a decline in water quality, higher water bills, and aquifer recharge problems.”

The measure has also drawn pushback from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

“We at TDEC fear the proposal could result in greater back-end costs,” Gregory Young, the agency’s deputy commissioner, told lawmakers earlier this month.

Alex Pellom, chief of staff for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, cautioned the bill could lead to more flooding; the state has already suffered its wettest years in history since 2019, leading to devastating floods, billions of dollars in property damage and loss of life.

Surge pricing is common with sports and concert tickets and for ride-hailing apps, with services like Ticketmaster and Uber using sophisticated dynamic pricing algorithms that change minute by minute, based on demand. However, there hasn’t been widespread adoption from restaurants because of the labor it takes employees to change menus.

Wendy’s will test new menus that change prices throughout the day

“Measles is the most infectious pathogen in humans that we know of,” said Kimberlin. “It’s like a heat-seeking missile. It will find the people who are not immune, and they’re going to get sick.”

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The company didn’t release a list of closed restaurants. Local reports show that Outback locations in Pennsylvania, Iowa and every Outback restaurant in Hawaii recently shuttered. Bonefish Grill locations in New Jersey and Virginia also closed, plus at least three Carrabba’s locations in New York closed.

41 locations of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s to close

Mon
Feb 26 2024
01:08 pm

The NEW Febreze Fade Defy PLUG(TM) is the first-ever plug-in air freshener with built-in microchip smart technology that is programmed to digitally manage temperatures to control how much scent is released to smell first-day fresh for 50 days (on low).

Oh, my. Do we really need microchips in our air fresheners? I mean, several years ago there was a shortage of microchips. I think they are just now getting caught up. A waste of natural resources?

Besides, I really can't imagine having a full time fake scent in my living spaces.

Mon
Feb 26 2024
06:54 am

First, TN State Rep. (D) Gloria Johnson and TN State Senator (D) Sara Kyle introduce a new bill to the state senate asking to raise the current minimum wage in Tennessee from $7.25 an hour to $20 an hour.

Not gonna happen. It's nice someone in Nashville is thinking about the hard working people of Tennessee.

There's more,

... two Memphis Democrats, state Rep. Dwayne Thompson (R-Shelby County) and state Sen. Sara Kyle (R-Shelby County) are introducing bills that would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax during the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

.. state Rep. Greg Martin (R-Hamilton County) and state Sen. Adam Lowe (R-Calhoun) introduced a bill (HB 1637/SB 1755) that would remove the sales tax for infant diapers, wipes and formula for a full year, starting in July. This was already introduced in Feb. 2023, but hey, try and try again.

... State Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville) and state Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) filed a measure (HB 1438/SB 1522) that would remove the 4% state sales tax rate on food items and increase tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

... "state Rep. Monty Fritts (R-Kingston) and state Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) introduced a bill (HB 2044/SB 2323) to exempt all food and food ingredients eligible under SNAP and WIC programs from state sales tax." ... "the measure would decrease state revenue by $147,864,100 in the coming fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years."
Hmmm, $147 million annually?

... "state Rep. Vincent Dixie (D-Nashville) and state Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) introduced a bill (HB 2413/SB 2468) that would first authorize retail marijuana sales and then impose a tax on those sales. The bill would levy a 12% tax on all retail sales of cannabis."

There are a couple of Repubs involved.

How many of these will pass?

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Sun
Feb 25 2024
07:11 am

Washington State is looking to cap rent increases to 7% a year. Oregon and California already have state rent regulations.

New York City’s [rent regulation] system covers 2 million people — almost a quarter of the population. San Francisco and Los Angeles — and more recently, St. Paul, Minn., and Montgomery County, Md. — are among the 200 local governments that regulate rents.

More than 30 states "prevent local jurisdictions from enacting rent regulations."

Something needs to be done. It could be rent regulations or required affordable housing. However, government should be careful to not disrupt existing neighborhoods without great considerations to possible zoning changes.

Nearly half of all renters in Knox County considered 'cost-burdened' because of rent prices

Metros where renters are the most overextended in Tennessee

Sat
Feb 24 2024
01:27 pm

Blount Memorial Hospital asks Reps. Burchett, Green for help with $4M FEMA request.

Burchett appears to be anti-government. How can he be expected to request assistance from the federal government?

Sat
Feb 24 2024
06:52 am

Last month Japan sent a lunar lander to the moon only for it to land on its side and not be that useful.

Thursday, a private U.S. company sent a lunar lander to the moon. It too landed on its side.

Those responsible have been doing a two step to explain the bad landing.

Fifty years ago the U.S. landed on the moon with men aboard the landing craft. Imagine the difference in technology now versus 50 years ago. I suppose sometimes newer is not always better.

Fri
Feb 23 2024
10:00 am
By: bizgrrl

AT&T says, oops! They're sorry.

"Based on our initial review, we believe that today’s outage was caused by the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack."

Yowza, that is a pretty big coding error. Glad to never have been in charge of a team where a coding error could affect so many people.

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Last week, Tennessee state lawmakers passed HB 878, which states “a person shall not be required to solemnize a marriage.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs law that allows people to refuse to ‘solemnize’ marriage licenses

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The Labor Department said that Tennessee-based Fayette Janitorial LLC illegally employed 15 children to clean a Perdue Farms poultry plant in Virginia and nine to clean a Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Iowa. They cleaned such equipment as head splitters and meat bandsaws.

Labor Dept. says Tennessee firm employed minors to clean meat saws, head splitters at slaughterhouses

Beginning this year, the registration fee for electric vehicles is $200, and $100 for hybrid and hybrid plug- in vehicles. If you own a gas-powered car, there is no extra fee.

Hybrid drivers in TN surprised by $100 extra fee for registration

SB 1683 was introduced by Sen. London Lamar (D - Memphis) and did not get a second when it was proposed in the committee. During the meeting, Sen. Paul Bailey (R - Sparta) asked if the federal government had already instituted a $35 cap for insulin. Lamar said the federal legislation only applied to Medicare patients, and her bill would have covered all people.

Bill that would have capped payments for insulin at $35 fails in TN Senate committee

Sat
Feb 17 2024
09:10 am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Expansions are under consideration by Republican legislative leaders in Georgia and Mississippi, in addition to Alabama, raising the prospect that more than 600,000 low-income, uninsured people in those three states could gain coverage, according to KFF data.
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It’s the kind of momentum some health policy analysts view as a favorable shift in the political discourse about expanding access to care. And it comes as a new crop of conservative leaders grapple with their states’ persistently high rates of poor, uninsured adults.
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Republican lawmakers in Tennessee and Florida have said they won’t allow Medicaid expansion. In Florida, advocates have launched a petition drive for a ballot initiative, but the earliest it could go to voters is 2026.

Tennessee voters not voting in their best interest. Alas, maybe it is hereditary. It has been going on a long time.

Fri
Feb 16 2024
03:07 pm
By: Treehouse

Trump owes because of criminal financial business. In addition to $5 million for a rape. He can't do business in New York for three years. Hell of a candidate y'all got Republicans.

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