Aug 10 2022
09:50 am

The FBI search warrant executed against Former President Donald Trump's Florida residence has reverberated in local politics. Congressman Tim Burchett issued a Twitter statement, "I want to know what was the national security risk at Mar-a-Lago that warranted an FBI raid? Why did they decide it needed to happen NOW? FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland need to testify before Congress this week to explain themselves."
Burchett's Democratic opponent, UT journalism professor Mark Harmon, responded, "Let's talk about this in a televised debate, congressman. I'll be the one supporting the judge-approved warrant." Burchett has not agreed to debate his Democratic opponent in either of his past two elections for this office.
Earlier Burchett had put out a glib tweet declaring, "This just in, no pedophiles who were associated with Epstein have been arrested yet Mar-a-lago was raided?" Harmon retorted, "Let's help Tim with his memory problem" and posted this photo of Epstein and Trump.

Across Tennessee, pitching a tent on public land outside of designated camp sites is now a felony offense. Tennessee is the first state in the nation to take such a draconian step, but it’s just one of a number of states essentially criminalizing homelessness in an effort to reduce the number of unhoused people sleeping on the streets, at bus stops and in city parks.

In Nashville, it’s against the law to live in a tent on public land. Is that the best way to way to deal with homelessness?

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said on Friday he has started to send buses carrying migrants to New York City...

Texas governor sends migrants to New York City as immigration standoff accelerates

68 migrants arrived in NYC over the weekend on buses sent by Texas Gov. Abbott

The bill contains a bevy of tax incentives aimed at pushing consumers, developers, small businesses and others towards clean energy and more efficient energy usage – helping bring down the cost of buying electric vehicles, heat pumps, water heaters, rooftop solar panels and more.

Clean electricity nonprofit Rewiring America recently estimated a US household would save $1,800 per year if they installed electric heat pumps to heat their water and heat and cool their air, replaced a gas car with an EV, and installed solar.

How the climate bill could save you money on electricity, cars and appliances

Aug 6 2022
05:20 pm

Jacobs doesn't represent the majority of Knox County. But the majority of Knox County voters didn't vote, so I guess they don't care.

On a more positive note, Helsley had the strongest showing of any Democratic challenger in recent memory. So that's something. Baby steps...

Aug 5 2022
01:20 pm
By: bizgrrl

642,000 manufacturing jobs created during Biden’s term.

"The US economy has now regained all jobs lost during the pandemic, after a blowout July jobs report that showed a gain of 528,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Tennessee's new congressional map split Davidson county, home to Nashville, into three separate districts, likely shifting the state's delegation from seven Republicans and two Democrats to eight Republicans and one Democrat.

Andy Ogles will win GOP nomination in redrawn Tennessee 5th District

Aug 4 2022
05:35 pm

Taco Bell no longer offers taco salads.
Cheddars no longer offers onion rings.
Arby's no longer offers potato cakes.

What's next, no more Big Macs?

Aug 4 2022
01:33 pm

Tennessee's sales tax holiday
on food and food ingredients
begins at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022, and
ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

“Food and food ingredients” are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value.

Food ingredients do not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements, and prepared food.

The State of Tennessee sales tax is 7%.
Local governments in Tennessee are allowed to charge a local option sales tax of up to 2.75%.
I believe the sales tax holiday includes state and local sales tax. If so, that is nearly 10% off of purchases.

A four-year-old boy from Memphis, Nashville ICU nurse Caitlyn Kaufman and 36-year-old Christopher Sparks have all been killed in Tennessee during shootings that police attribute to road rage.

Study: TN has 3rd most road rage shootings per capita in the US

Aug 3 2022
12:43 am

The Drop Inn is nestled in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, which offers more than 50 miles of multi-use trails and a 500-acre wildlife area. There is no shortage of things to do! Ride directly from your campsite to some of the best trails in the southeast. Don’t want to leave camp? No problem– The Drop Inn features world-class trail development, along with an on-site airbag to keep you busy for days. Take a quick spin on some campground loops, warm up by the fire, and do it again.

The Drop Inn

Starting on September 1, 2022, Knoxville Police Department officers will no longer respond to certain non-injury car crashes, according to Chief of Police Paul Noel.
Officers will only respond to minor, non-injury crashes if a car is disabled in the roadway and requires a tow truck or other specific factors are involved, KPD said.

KPD: Officers will no longer respond to most minor, non-injury car crashes

What to do if you get in a car crash amid Knoxville Police changes

Aug 1 2022
04:12 am

New findings suggest there might be a connection between Covid-related loss of smell and cognitive impairment, but experts say more research is needed

Loss of smell is a warning sign of Alzheimer’s. What if you lose your sense of smell from Covid?

Loss of smell linked to Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment and biomarkers

Exxon's profit, excluding special items, came to $17.6 billion in the second quarter, nearly double what it made in its very profitable first quarter as oil and gas prices started to soar in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Second-quarter profit was up 273% from the same period a year ago.

Chevron earned $11.4 billion excluding special items, up 74% from the first quarter and 247% from a year ago.

$2,245.62 a second: ExxonMobil scores enormous profit on record gas prices

Jul 30 2022
06:29 am

Early voting in August, 2022, is for primary elections for
U.S. House of Representatives,
Tennessee Senate (odd-numbered districts),
Tennessee House of Representatives, and
Republican and Democratic State Executive Committeeman and Committeewoman (all districts).

General elections are being held for state judicial offices and applicable county and municipal offices.

Early voting ends today, 7/30/2022.

Election day is Thursday, 8/4/2022.

Tennessee elections calendar.

Jul 30 2022
06:25 am

Tennessee's sales tax holiday
on clothing, school supplies and computers
begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022, and
ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

During this time clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased tax-free.
Certain restrictions apply.
Items sold online are also eligible.
Items must be purchase for personal use, not for business or trade.

The State of Tennessee sales tax is 7%.
Local governments in Tennessee are allowed to charge a local option sales tax of up to 2.75%.
I believe the sales tax holiday includes state and local sales tax. If so, that is nearly 10% off of purchases.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people in Knox County and across most of East Tennessee to wear masks again after the area reported another increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and infections this week.

People recommended to mask up in Knox County again after CDC places more East TN counties under 'high' COVID risk

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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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