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Written on An Afternoon in the Library: In Which Our Correspondent Has Difficulty Finding a Place to Sit Down With a Book:

Jack, young man, those are the homeless, let out of the mission after lunch, to wander aimlessly and leisurely in the library till dinner at the mission. Maybe the library should be for tax-paying citizens?

Written on The Necessary: Things Downtown Needs: A Pharmacy, a Grocery—And One Public Toilet:

In Japan, it's common practice to urinate in public

Written on Turning the Corner: Is Knoxville Finally Learning How to Try?:

Remember UT history class about Knoxville taught by Dr. Wheeler? He said Knoxville money stayed in the family, and the locals were reluctant to invest in new business. Said it went back generations to pride in the land so they didn't share the wealth. Aren't most of the new developments funded by Nashvillians or Chattanoogans?

Written on Swept Under the Carpet?: UT Custodians Allege Harassment, Retaliatory Transfers, and More :

UT has adopted an employee evaluation policy based on budget concerns. The supervisor has to give a low score so the employee isn't eligible a for merit pay increase. It's campus wide.

Written on Metropolitan? Knoxville MSA is Now Nine Counties—But Not the Ones You Think:

I remember in the '70's Knoxville was 70th largest city & UT 12th largest university in the country.

Written on More Guns in Schools? State Legislators Aim to Put Armed "Resource Officers"—or Teachers—in Schools:

Easy way to settle the whole thing, at least in TN. This State has a strong HCP licensing program requiring background check, safety class, and range time. Problem is, so many places restrict the right to carry. Can't be on school property, in a courthouse, or in many private business establishments. The only restriction to carrying a weapon with a HCP should be, as now, when alcohol is consumed.

Written on The Medical Arts and Architecture: Rehab of Main Street Landmark, Its Architect, and the End of an Era:

Dr. Frank Boyer, famous in his profession, was my dentist throughout my childhood into my teen years. His office was in the Medical Arts Bldg.

Written on Look Fast: Four Campus Landmarks Aren't Long for This World:

That explains the bldg. behind Fulton's house was an infirmary and still has medical equipment stored inside as does the attic of the Fulton Home. They will come down when the current UC is demolished in a few years.

Written on Ed Westcott’s Secret City Photos:

My aunt's worked there from Muscle Shoals, AL. One of them, Elsie Corbell met an electrician, John Willimgham, also from Muscle Shoals. They married and I knew them as Uncle Johnny & Aunt Elsie. They left OR after the war, and went back home to work and retire.

Written on Two Local Eateries in Transition:

Tried it for lunch one day. Thought it expensive & a little small in portion. 1 Sandwich, 1 order of fries, and a drink cost $12. I'd say their rent went up from Dixie Lee Jct. to Bearden. The place was busy, nonetheless.

Written on A Walk in the World's Fair Park:

Jack, I can't find it, but a number of weeks back you mentioned a cabin now at Museum of Appalachia. Whose cabin was that?

Written on Complaining About County Taxes? Seriously?:

Hey, Jack, You have a fan!

Written on Some Suggestions For the Knoxville Visitor Center:

Here - here. Throw the bums out. Why is it, what was a good opportunity to put a fresh face on Knoxville, turned into a money-grubbing free-for-all?

Written on Is Knoxville the Birthplace of the First Rock ’n’ Roll Star?:

Some say Roy Brown's "Good Rockin' Tonight in '47, or Ike Turner's "Rocket 88" in '51, but Haley is as good a guess as any. Ever hear of Richard Penner? Professor Emeritus at UT. Wrote the first Roy Orbison hit, "Ooby Dooby", in '51?

Written on Possum Without the O:

Check out the picture of Moe reading the cookbook.

Written on Gloria in Excelsis:

They have a nice website, but the E. TN Historical Society museum downtown isn't listed as an attraction

Written on Proposed Closing of Lakeshore Raises Questions:

"deinstitutionalization—especially in the 1980s"...the beginning of the rich getting richer & the poor getting poorer. Wasn't that Reaganomics?

Written on How Others See Knoxville:

OK, I grew up here, and I'm proud to call it home, but we need to face reality. The Knoxville Smokies are located 20 miles away in Sevierville. We couldn't even build a minor league baseball stadium. The main traffic bearing roads are 2-lane residential such as Tazewell Pink, Northshore Drive, and Sutherland Avenue. We're way behind, and we should be the star of the State. Stay tuned to find out why.

Written on The Case for Saving Two Downtown Buildings:

OK, I grew up here, and I'm proud to call it home, but we need to face reality. The Knoxville Smokies are located 20 miles away in Sevierville. We couldn't even build a minor league baseball stadium. The main traffic bearing roads are 2-lane residential such as Tazewell Pink, Northshore Drive, and Sutherland Avenue. We're way behind, and we should be the star of the State. Stay tuned to find out why.

Written on How Others See Knoxville:

Who wants to come to Knoxville? Chattanooga has a premier riverfront and aquarium. Knoxville has 3rd Creek Sewage Treatment Facility. Nashville has the Parthenon, Knoxville has a 30 years old empty Sunsphere. Memphis has Beale Street, Knoxville has Magnolia Avenue. What would that billboard look like?

Written on Exploring the Wonder House:

There's a website for all your reindeer needs. It's listed as Kyle & Donna Wilson on Currier Lane. They lease a herd of reindeer out for Christmas parties.

Written on Exploring the Wonder House:

Here's one for you. Knoxville has 11th Street, and some of us remember 10th Street. Were there ever 1st - 9th Streets?

Written on Entrepreneur Scott West Returns From Prison, With a Lot to Say:

knoxborn you're a loser. Read the international commission on the drug war recently released report. The "drug-war" is a global failure, and West is a poster-child for the failed effort. I bet you live in a glass house.

Written on Some Further Notes on the Parson, and a Kitchen's Closing:

Memphis was surpassed by Nashville as Tennessee's largest city in population a few years ago.

Written on Knoxville’s Place in Hot-Dog History; The Apparent Origin of the Knoxville Tamale:

My Dad, who was born in 1910 and raised in Alabama, also enjoyed tamales as if they were a tradition. In some old family papers from the late 19th century, there are receipts for the purchase of oysters and oranges at Christmas time. A once a year, special treat. I would assume tamales were also a throwback to some old memories of his.

Written on Conflicting Gun Positions Leave Park-Goers in the Dark:

These are the requirements for a handgun carry permit in TN:

Applicants are required to be a resident of the State of Tennessee; Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
Applicants shall not have been convicted of any felony offense punishable for a term exceeding one (1) year;
Applicants shall not currently be under indictment for any criminal offense punishable by a term exceeding one (1) year;
Shall not be currently the subject of any order of protection;
Shall not be a fugitive from justice;
Shall not be an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance and the applicant has not been a patient in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or addiction within ten (10) years from the date of application;
The applicant has not been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in this or any other State two (2) or more times within ten (10) years from the date of application and that none of such convictions has occurred within five (5) years from the date of application or renewal.
Shall not have been adjudicated as mental defective; has not been committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution...and has not, within seven (7) years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm because of mental illness;
Shall not be an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
Shall not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
Having been a citizen of the United States, applicants shall not have renounced their citizenship;
Shall not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability;
Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking;

Why would anyone want to limit the rights of the good citizens, trained and tested, cleared and checked? Not many people can pass these stringent requirements this day and time. By restricting their right to carry, you're in effect, disarming the wrong people.

Written on In Their Own Words: John Nolt:

I cried for a week after the tragedy at TVUUC, although I had never attended service there nor was I close with any of its members. I was already in a depression anyway. I saw myself in Adkisson. I'll not shoot up a church let alone a liberal church, but I'm sad about my advancing age and inability to support my family. Mine is a special case in that seven years ago it fell to me to raise my son alone. He was 7, I was 47. We are totally alone, no baby mama, no grandmothers or aunts, uncles, cousins. It falls on me to keep a roof over his head and milk in the fridge. Lately, that's been difficult. I was laid off work last year and have struggled since. I know how it feels to get met with closed doors wherever you turn. No, you've used up this, and no you're not qualified for that, and no we have nothing for you. I'm supposed to be the stable, responsible parent. I've kept him safe for 7 years and now I can't. You have to be a single parent or maybe a Mother to know what that kind of responsibility feels like. So, in that way the kook hatemonger rang a bell for me. We're still in trouble; we could use some help. I felt drawn to the TVUUC for some comfort. When the crying stops, I would rather be dead than homeless in our society.

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