Commissioner John Keeble apparently thinks so. In this Daily Times article about the rising cost of English as a Secondary Language (ESL) programs in Blount Co. schools, Commissioner Keeble is quoted as asking "Is there any way to see if the children are legal?"
This raises some interesting questions. Anti-immigration is a popular wedge issue for conservative Republicans. But regardless of whether you think illegal immigrants should all be deported or should all be given amnesty, surely we wouldn't deny their children the basics of education and health care?
But that's exactly what some right-wing conservatives want to do. In my view, it is neither moral nor just to punish children for their parents' decision to try to make a better life for their family.
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They Maryville Daily Times today retracted portions of a previous story regarding a controversial divorce case.
Here is the full text of the retraction.
This action followed four days after the husband's attorney wrote to the editor complaining about coverage of this and another case, suggesting there could be legal consequences for the paper. Here is the full text of that letter.
The original article about the divorce controversy is gone from the Daily Times website. The woman's attorney, however, had previously remarked on the case here in comments. His remarks are here.
Last night, her attorney reacted to news of the Dally Times retraction here in comments. His remarks are here.
At the center of this controversy is Blount County Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young and his actions in this and two other controversial cases also covered by the Daily Times:
So now, everyone at BlountViews is up to date on all of these unfortunate situations. At this point, all of this needs to be settled among the litigants, their attorneys, the courts, and if necessary the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary judicial conduct review process.
If anyone has further discussion, comment, complaints, or evidence, it should be directed to the appropriate parties. They are:
Attorney for Mrs. Wright
Thomas F. Mabry
P. O. Box 52385
Knoxville, TN 37950
Attorney for Mr. Wright
Craig L. Garrett
Attorney at Law
607 Smithview Drive
Maryville, TN 37803
Judge W. Dale Young
Circuit Court - Division I
946 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone (865) 273-5550
Fax (865) 273-5558
Tennessee Court of the Judiciary
511 Union Street, Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37219-1768
The Maryville Daily Times
307 E. Harper Ave.
Maryville, TN 37804
F. Max Croster, Publisher, 865-981-1134
Larry Aldridge, Editor, 865-981-1115
I stumbled upon this report of an interesting case in today's KNS.
At the end of Friday's hearing, the Roseburghs presented Judge David Duggan of Blount County General Sessions court with sworn statements in which they asked the judge to order the arrests of Assistant District Attorney Clinton Frazier, Circuit Court Judge W. Dale Young and three members of the state agriculture department staff on myriad charges ranging from false imprisonment and kidnapping to suborning perjury, stalking, extortion, making false statements in official documents, official oppression, retaliation for past actions, civil-rights intimidation and more.
This couple and their grand jury ( adventures? ) in Blount county over selling plants is really interesting. If you can skip the religious comments and issues around the case it is really fascinating. Duggan declined by the way.
So, the case is one issue. The other is why am I reading this in the KNS and not in the Daily Times? What is going on down there? Are yee all 'Judged' out on us or what?
The Maryville Daily Times asked local elected officials for their thoughts on weakening the state's Open Meetings Act. The article is not online, but it's on the front page of Friday's paper. The responses are interesting.Continued...
The annual "What Parents Want Awards" recognize school systems that are academically solid, accredited, recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education, competitive in teacher salaries, above average in instructional expenditures, above average in expenditures for library/media services, and known for small class size.
According to SchoolMatch, only sixteen percent of the nation's 15,571 public school districts (2,516) have been recognized for meeting the needs of families choosing schools.
This blog entry goes with this event listing.
Come one, come all to the Blount County Public Library next Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6pm for a panel discussion on electricity production, Green Power, and energy efficiency. Learn how to lower your electric bills and thereby reduce the amount of air pollution generated and lower the demand for coal. Learn how the Green Power Switch program works and why renewable energy is better for environmental health.
Tell your friends and neighbors!
The presentation at the library is part of a larger community awareness effort undertaken by three Maryville College seniors. One of them wrote about their efforts for Hellbender Press.
Blount County Public Library
Three seniors from Maryville College working on a community awareness grant will be joined by a representative from TVA to give an inspiring and educational presentation on where our electricity comes from, how to use less, why you should, and how the Green Power program works. The talk is free and begins at 6pm.
One of the students wrote about their efforts for Hellbender Press.
Selected data from the Tennessee Department of Education 2007 Report Card:
|Students per teacher||15.4||14.8||16.6||15.2|
|Per Pupil Expenditures||$9,415||$8,979||$7,336||$7,794|
|% Proficient Math K-8||91%||95%||91%||90%|
|• Change from 2006||-5%||-1%||0%||1%|
|• African American||82%||87%||80%||82%|
|% Proficient Reading K-8||96%||96%||92%||90%|
|• Change from 2006||0%||-1%||1%||2%|
|• African American||90%||90%||86%||85%|
(*2007 Graduation rates for Blount Co. system not available, 2006 figure used. Click post title to see table in wider view.)
• The Blount Co. system spends the least per pupil, has the lowest percentage of local funding, and the lowest achievement.
• Alcoa spends the most per pupil and has the highest percentage of local funding, and has results in the middle.
• Alcoa has the highest percentage of minorities and Blount Co. has the lowest. All three systems are below the state average.
• Alcoa has the highest percentage of economically disadvanted and Maryville has the lowest.
• Hispanic students are outperforming in Maryville and Blount Co. schools and underperforming in Alcoa schools.
• Schools in the three Blount Co. systems outperform the state averages in most categories.
Printed in the Daily Times. County officials have given the go-ahead on the idea of creating an environmental court which, among other things, be a place to enforce littering laws. I travel all over the US and East Tennessee has some of the trashiest roads. I applaud the new director of Keep Blount Beautiful Allison Teeters for helping to push this along. Finally KBB seems to have someone who is genuinely interested in addressing litter an pollution in our county.
In the same article it looks like the Planning Commission is coming along in setting design guidelines for comercial buildings! The RAC has design guidelines, but not for commercial developments. I hope this happens quickly.
Mr. Garrett threatening lawsuits seems odd in that he questions in a public paper "the mother’s fanatical religious practices" (link...) . Does she claim she is a fanatic? I hope Mr. Sheppard intends on defending these outrageous remarks made toward his client.
For those who don't necessarily want the "corrected" version of the opposing lawyer Garrett, here is the transcript in question; (link...) Read it for yourself. Anybody else want their religion questioned this way in a court of law?
Croster, Aldridge, Trexler - are you ever going to stand up for your employees? Are you going to finish the FBI probe story? Will you tell Garrett to take his threats to Laney and stick em' where the sun don't shine? Ever think about being pro-active instead reactive?
In preparation for the summit, five town hall forums are being held in the region to discuss tourism issues impacting the Smokies and its gateway communities
Tomorrow morning at the library from 10:00 until noon we have a unique opportunity to voice our concerns and listen and learn what it means to be a gateway community.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has long been a great resource to those who understand that in order for tourist to get to the Smokies they must pass through our communities and what they see in route is just as important was what they see when they get to the Park.
An "America Recycles Day" Computer Recycling Event is
being held at Technology Solutions of Tennessee, LLC.
Date: Saturday, November 17th 2007
Time: 10am to 4pm
Where: Harper Plaza, 718 East Harper Avenue 37804,
downtown Maryville at the corner of East Harper and
Contact: (865) 386-5865 for details.
TSOT, LLC will be collecting Computers, Laptops,
Monitors, Printers, etc. from consumers and small
businesses. Please feel free to bring your old TVs,
cellphones, ipods, stereos, DVDs, VCRs, and cameras.
20% OFF COUPON FROM SOUTHLAND BOOKS
[& Free Coffee from Detour Coffee]
PARTICIPANTS (LIMIT 1)
No lead acid batteries or household wastes (chemicals)
will be accepted.
Here is your opportunity to get rid of your old computer, monitor, printer, cell phone....
Technology Solutions will be hosting this recycling effort and they are next to Southland Books.
What a great service to the community and for your efforts you will also receive a discount on some purchases at Southland that day! AND you get a free cup o'joe from Detour Coffee!
Hummm... let's get this straight! I can take in that pile of pc crap in the garage and as a reward for not hauling it to the landfill I get a discount on my purchase at Southland Books and a free cup of coffee?? No doubt folks, this is the best deal in town!
Thanks again to the gang at Technology Solutions of Tennessee and Southland for making community count!
Dennis Kucinich Brings House Resolution to Impeach Cheney to Floor.
It is happening. Dennis Kucinich has used a privileged resolution to bring to the floor of the House Of Representatives a resolution to Impeach Cheney.
You can follow debate on line here:
Better yet, you can influence the outcome by calling the offices of John Duncan and ask that he vote for this resolution to impeach. His Knoxville office phone number: 1-865-523-3772
The full text of the resolution is at:
So often, development plays a negative part in our lives, in our news, and in our discussions. I would like to start a discussion of what good and desirable development can look like. I love a good "green" development, but there are many ways of judging that: green space preservation, placement within the community with respect to infrastructure, green or recycled material use, and well, you should feel free to name what you think of as "green." There probably isn't any one development that will be consistently green in every regard.
So, what do you like to see in a development?
Please name a development you particularly appreciate and tell us why.
I'll start. How about "Little Mountain"? A total of 100 acres was saved, mostly in one lump, as a natural common area. No bulldozing the whole forest down here. The lots tend to be a little smaller to accommodate the preserve. The original farmhouse was saved as a guesthouse for the community. The negative is the steepness of the slopes in some places and they get pretty close to the top of the ridge with the houses, which is overall not a great thing. But I love the catchy "100 acre woods" phrase; makes me think Winnie-the-Pooh everytime. I can't think of the developer's name, but he deserves some kudos.
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