‘Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet’

The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. Whether and how federal officials act may ultimately shape the future of America’s information economy. — More at Salon.

Good piece in USA Today on TN football

HOOVER, Ala. — The basement in Butch Jones’ home is where you’ll find his personal trophy case, a glass-encased collection of the various rings, mementos, souvenirs and keepsakes accumulated during the course of a seven-year coaching career.

It includes no major hardware from Jones’ single season at Tennessee, which ended with the program’s fifth losing season in six years; it does, however, with its glittering markers of past successes, serve as a painful reminder of just how long it’s been since Tennessee’s name resonated on a national scale.

Tennessee has four losing seasons in a row, the program’s longest such streak since 1903-6. The Volunteers are 33-41 since the start of the 2008 season, the second-worst record in the Southeastern Conference, and have just 15 wins during the last three years – in comparison, long-suffering Vanderbilt has 16 wins in its last 20 games. — More.

Developing: Help find the owner of a 1964 East TN H.S. class ring

This popped into my inbox this weekend:

Hi there,

I found you a while back via a link from somewhere-Instapundit, maybe? Hope you are enjoying your new adventure! I actually am writing to ask for your help finding someone, or how I can best find someone.

My hubby found a 1964 ladies Greeneville, TN high school ring on the recently more greatly exposed TN River shoreline in Admiral Farragut Park last week and we are looking for the owner. Initials inside the ring are JH.

I’ve been putting my sleuthing skills to work to locate the owner, but so far they are not enough. I am not familiar with this area and don’t have any local contacts, as we moved here from NH just a few months ago.

I’d really like to get this ring back to the owner. It is still in good condition, albeit a little worn. It was obviously well-loved. This coming summer will mark the 50th anniversary of this woman’s high school graduation, so I thought it would be especially nice to get the ring back home where it belongs.

I’m open to any suggestions.
Thanks so much!

Kim Hall (@kimahall)

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I did some checking, beginning with a search of “greeneville tn high school 1964 yearbook,” where I found this. Scroll down and you’ll find “Judy Hensley.”

This is supposedly the yearbook.

I have sent this to the Greeneville Police Department. I’ve also sent it to Dr. Linda Stout, director of schools, as well as the school board. I’ve contacted editors at the Greeneville Sun, too.


WaPo: In rural Tennessee, a new way to help hungry children: A bus turned bread truck

Here, in the rural hills of Tennessee, is the latest fallout of a recession that officially ended in 2009 but remains without end for so many. More than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance, a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation’s poor.

First, schools became the country’s biggest soup kitchens, as free and reduced-price lunch programs expanded to include free breakfast, then free snacks and then free backpacks of canned goods sent home for weekends. Now those programs are extending into summer, even though classes stop, in order for children to have a dependable source of food. Some elementary school buildings stay open year-round so cafeterias can serve low-income students. High schools begin summer programs earlier to offer free breakfast. — More.

TN park among 12 top-secret swimming holes

Cummins Falls—Cummins Falls State Park, Tennessee

There’s something almost theatrical about the setup here at this 211-acre park about 80 miles east of Nashville. The wide steps at the base of the 75-foot waterfall look exactly like an amphitheater, with all seats facing the headliner: a deep, cold-water swimming hole. So it’s only appropriate that the falls have a dramatic backstory to match. When plans were hatched to transform this family favorite into plots for 85 riverfront houses, an enterprising conservationist group bought the land at public auction and sold it back to the state, turning Cummins Falls into Tennessee’s newest state park in May 2012. — More.

Here’s the state’s description: It is the eighth largest waterfall in Tennessee in volume of water, and was named one of the top 10 best swimming holes in the United States in the “America’s Best Swimming Holes” article in Travel and Leisure magazine. The article reads “It’s a hard-earned scramble to the bottom that involves hiking to the overlook, wading across the ankle-deep stream, climbing up to the ridge, and using a rope guide to walk yourself down to the water. This is not a swimming hole for lightweights. Translation: expect a younger crowd. But if you’re agile (and sure-footed), the descent into the cavernous pool is worth the effort.” Alice Bruneau, June 2010