As with any newspaper, The Daily Times, Maryville, TN, prints letters to the editor. It doesn't appear that all letters are printed based on my own experience. However, maybe they just got lost in delivery.

In a Letter to the Editor dated June 9, 2024, the letter writer compares the DNC (Democratic National Committee) to "an eight-legged monster. They devour gullible minds and spread chaos and hate while destroying anyone who disagrees with their communist ideology."

The letter writer closes with, "Marxist Democrats must be destroyed."

That's a little scary. Especially since the letter writer is local, Blount County. What are his plans? Will he start the destruction? Or, is he building up a team to continue the destruction of January 6, 2021?

Was it appropriate for The Daily Times to print this letter?

I agree with the letter writer of June 12, 2024. This person stated, "I'm deeply disappointed the editors chose to print this particular letter, not because of the the insults and bombast, but because of its explicit threat: “Marxist Democrats must be destroyed.” Not lose an election, but be “destroyed.” Democrats aren't Marxists or spiders, or scary, or a threat to democracy."

"Violence is the opposite of voting. Killing your political enemies is the opposite of democracy. “Marxist Democrats must be destroyed” is a threat that should not have appeared in any newspaper anywhere."

Maybe The Daily Times Editor will apologize.


Knoxville's priorities from 2025 to 2030 include major renovations to World's Fair Park, a new fire station and a more permanent plan for noise-capturing technology to deter excessive engine revving in the downtown area.

Knoxville plans big spending for the rest of the decade. Priorities: Affordability, safety

Jun 12 2024
06:57 am

Blount County Sheriff's office responded to a domestic dispute call at 1105 Jacob Springs Blvd in Rockford. Shots were fired. Blount County Sheriff James "said he estimated Millsaps to have fired around 150-300 rounds." "Millsaps had multiple high-powered rifles and handguns in almost every area of the house, Berrong said." "Berrong said there was an elderly woman within the home at the time of the shooting who was believed to be a bedridden relative. "

"Berrong said this marks four officers being shot in four months, with one of those being fatal. Berrong also said BCSO had responded to the same home on multiple occasions."

Something has to be done. It's not safe for us or our protectors. Keep our law enforcement officers safe. Keep us safe. Some sort of gun controls are needed.


The South Waterfront development plan is ready and city council members are going to see it for the first time on Tuesday evening

Knoxville City Council to see new plan for South Waterfront development

Tennessee River Waterfront Connectivity Study

Jun 10 2024
10:32 pm

A Del Mar man bought a GPS device, taped it to a plastic bottle and within a few hours, watched its journey to a landfill.

This man put a GPS tracker in his recycling

Jun 9 2024
07:50 am

We finally made it to the Kern's Food Hall. It was a bit better than we expected. Nicely refurbed inside. Liked the event lawn. People were watching a baseball game. Made me want to watch baseball.

The variety of food is intriguing. We look forward to the cuban (Hemingways) and pizza (Ava Italian) restaurants. We got donuts at Richy Kreme and coffee and a breakfast bite at Awaken Coffee.

We browsed through Archer Paper Goods and Mae Lee's Boutique. Didn't see Mellow Knox or we would have visited. Loved Archer Paper Goods. Well done.

There were quite a few customers there, from entire families to singles. We were there around noon and the brew pub and bar already had customers.

Parking was easily accessible, flat, and paved. We lucked into a spot right at the entrance. Currently there is no traffic light to get out of the area. You can easily turn right, but you are taking your chances to turn left to go South on Chapman Hwy. We did it, but a little dangerous. It is my understanding they will eventually have access to the light just south of the facility.

Here are some pics (click image for more...):

Witty told Congress last month that a third of Americans may have had their personal data stolen in the hack and that it would likely take “several months” before the company is able to identify and notify Americans who were affected. One reason for the lengthy notification process, he said, was that files on patients were compromised in the ransomware attack.

Patient data was stolen in a hack. Senators say no one told the patients about it

Update: Healthcare provider is Change Healthcare, a UnitedHealth subsidiary

Jun 7 2024
02:17 pm

The new location is 1528 Island Home Ave. (next to Printshop Beer and under the overpass). This spot will allow them to have all their services under one roof.


It’s become arbitrary in the sense that there are some states where you can commit a crime, and you’ll get sentenced to death. And in another state, you could commit the same crime, and you wouldn’t. Even within states, there may be one county where you’ll get sentenced to death for a crime but not in other counties.

He spent months visiting death row inmates and witnessed three executions. Here’s what he’s learned


“I think 65% of all the vehicle drivers in motor vehicle fatalities had either blood alcohol above the legal limit, THC or other illicit substances in the toxicology,” Thomas said. “75% of all motorcycle operator fatalities had some sort of substance in their system as well.”

2023 saw 35% increase in traffic-related fatalities: Knox Forensics

Jun 6 2024
08:52 am
By: bizgrrl

In memory of D-Day.

The Watch -

For twenty years
This sailor has stood the watch

While some of us were in our bunks at night
This sailor stood the watch

While some of us were in school learning our trade
This shipmate stood the watch

Yes.. even before some of us were born into this world
This shipmate stood the watch

In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen brewing on the horizon of history
This shipmate stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there
Needing his guidance and help
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for twenty years
He stood the watch so that we, our families and
Our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety, Each and every night
Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

Today we are here to say
'Shipmate... the watch stands relieved
Relieved by those You have trained ,Guided, and Lead
Shipmate you stand relieved.. we have the watch..."

"Boatswain..Standby to pipe the side...Shipmate's going Ashore.."

WWII veterans and supporters around the world saved us from the nazis and fascism. It's our turn to take care of our democracy. We have the watch.

Personally not a big fan of privately owned lots in a downtown area.

Parking concerns around Knoxville stadium linger ahead of 2025 opening

The 7 Best Smart Parking Innovations To Look Out For In 2023

I like the idea of "Pedestrian safety should also extend to stair towers. Fully exposed towers provide passive, “see and be seen” security. The more pedestrians can access daylit, open spaces, the safer the environment. "

How to Make a Better Parking Structure

Multi-use parking facilities seem like a good idea

Marjorie Taylor Greene called for an amendment which would have struck over "$433 million in NATO funding" from the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill... Atotal of 46 House Republicans voted in favor of an amendment to defund NATO...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke after Greene and hit back hard, “I think the sponsor of the amendment has shown pretty clear evidence that she has no idea what the NATO Security Investment Program is actually funding.”

U.S. House members from Tennessee that voted to defund NATO, include Tim Burchett, Diana Harshbarger, and Andy Ogles.

Jun 4 2024
12:23 pm

What: SKNBC Candidate Meet & Greet
When: Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 6:30pm
Where: South High Senior Living - 835 Tipton Avenue

The South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition (SKNBC) invites the public to an event to increase information and turnout for the August 1 election.

It will be held on July 9 at 6:30 pm at the South High Senior Living, 835 Tipton Avenue. SKNBC is composed of volunteers from neighborhood associations and businesses south of the Tennessee River in Knoxville who meet monthly to address a variety of issues affecting our community and neighborhoods.

All candidates that influence South Knoxville were invited including US House and Senate, State Senate District 6, State House Districts 15, 18, and 19, County Commission District 9, Criminal Court Judge Division II District 6, Property Assessor, and County Law Director. As of May 7, with 23 candidates invited (Siobhan Costanzo will be on the ballot but withdrew), 17 responded and a majority (14) were available on July 9.

The March Primary had low voter turnout and some races were decided by just a few votes. Now, most of the news is about the November presidential election but this August election is in many ways more impactful on citizens of Knox County.

All candidates will have up to 5 minutes to introduce themselves and address three questions:

  • Why do you believe you are the best qualified person for the position?
  • What do you know about South Knoxville/South Knox County?
  • What, if anything, will you do to improve the area?

There will be time after introductions for the public to meet and speak with candidates one-on-one.

The event will be held at South High Senior Living. This facility has been a great community asset and hosted 2 previous SKNBC-sponsored candidate events that were well attended. Light refreshments will be served.

SKNBC thanks South High, the candidates, and all the South Knoxville neighbors and businesses who are coordinating this important event.

Jun 4 2024
07:57 am

Here’s how Trump could make America great.
For the good of his country and his party, Donald Trump must withdraw from the presidential race.

By Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.

In a New York Times story about the drug overdose problem in Baltimore, it was pointed out that Knox County had the 2nd highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in the country.

Davidson County (Nashville) has the 3rd highest rate of fatal drug overdoses.

What's going wrong in Tennessee? No explanation in the article, it's all about Baltimore.

Jun 3 2024
07:48 am

S.916 - Junk Fee Prevention Act

The Price Isn’t Right: How Junk Fees Cost Consumers and Undermine Competition

“junk fees” – these are surprise, often last-minute charges that drive up the cost of products, and have no justification or connection to anything other than their quest for profits.

Brown: Corporate Junk Fees Raise Costs and Suppress Competition

Jun 2 2024
10:44 am

Don't cry for us, Sam Alito
The truth is, we never liked you
All through your flag days, your mad existence
You kept no promise
So keep your distance…

That's a start. Next verses would have to get into the Dobbs decision and his bizarre citations of a 13th century British jurist with some really weird ideas.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn and 7 other republican U.S. senators are reacting to the Trump guilty verdict by declaring to "to slow down the Senate’s business in response to the verdict." For some reason she is blaming the verdict on the White House.

TN Gov. Bill Lee says the verdict is "a political attack."

U.S. Senator Bill Haggerty says, the verdict is, "weaponizing the justice system against the opposing candidate..." and it is a "Dark day for American democracy."

May 31 2024
08:13 pm
By: michael kaplan

Dear Will Johnson,

At a recent City Council meeting, one Public Forum speaker was told by Mayor Kincannon that she and Council members do not answer questions, that the Public Forum is a "one-way street." Is there any Public Forum or Town Hall format in Knoxville where the Mayor and Council members can answer questions put forth by citizens?

Michael Kaplan


Mr. Kaplan,

You are welcome to write, email, or phone members of City Council. You may do the same for Mayor Kincannon.

Will Johnson
City Recorder


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