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.
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.
Thousands in Tennessee left out of health care protection
“I’m in a wheelchair, and I’m going blind,” the 51-year-old Cleveland, TN., woman said. “I’ve been trying to get on disability. … It’s not easy. If you don’t have health insurance, you can’t even get in to see a doctor.” — More.
This popped into my inbox this weekend:
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.
Kim Hall (@kimahall)
This is supposedly the yearbook.
Rolling Stone country music coverage coming to Tennessee.
A massive winter storm is moving its way across the U.S. and is once again expected to blast portions of Tennessee, but, just like last week, East Tennessee is expected to be spared the worst of any frozen precipitation. — More.
Editorial on President Obama’s visit to Chattanooga today: Take your jobs plan and shove it
And this: So excuse us, Mr. President, for our lack of enthusiasm for your new jobs program. Here in Chattanooga we’re still reeling from your old one.
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.
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