Church Shooting Here in Knoxville

I was enjoying a nice peaceful day with the fam and just now heard about this. Not much to say except that I’m stunned. Things like this are so rare here. We were just having a conversation last night about what a great place this is to live and have a family. I’m reading a lot of other people’s reactions right now, and I’ll update this post with links…

SugarFatPie–“That is my church”

SayUncle–“The Mrs. often asks why I carry to church. It’s because shootings keep happening at churches.”

Michael Silence–A ton of updates and links to blogger reaction

More via Michael Silence–“Jim D. Adkisson singled out the church for its support of “liberal” and “gay” issues.” Here’s to hoping someone in prison gives him some enlightenment to gay issues.

More info on Jim David Adkisson–“He disliked blacks, gays, anyone who was a different color or just different from him.”

More stuff, really good stuff, from SayUncle:

The only difference another citizen with a gun would have made in this particular case is that instead of going to jail for three hots and a cot, Jim D. Adkisson would be going to the morgue.

The people who subdued him did so quickly and bravely. And hats off to them for that!

KnoxvilleTalks:  “I finally had to turn the radio off after the call in which a man literally said that the UU church was ‘reaping what it sowed.'”  That just proves that idiots can dial a phone.

::UPDATE::

I watched the local news, and I have to say I’m pretty disappointed in the coverage. Honestly, I expected programming to be preempted and coverage to be pretty heavy on this story.

::UPDATE #2::

Hat’s off to the News Sentinel for doing a tremendous job of following this story with constant updates.

If You Have A Loved One That’s Been Eaten By Pigs…

TCH sent this video of a clip on Knoxville hero John Bean. This is the original “Whoop Your Ass” Jerky Boy, and in my opinion the best. One of the things I love about these prank calls is that everyone he threatens responds to his threats with “Well come on down here then!”  Gotta love K’Town.

Best quote from the video–“He sold it to one of them A-Rabs…”

And favorite quote from the tapes–“They’s s’pose to be some damn good ‘uns”

Let me know if you haven’t heard these calls.  We can arrange a listening for you!

Thanks to a Couple of People

I don’t hold back taking shots at Knoxville every now and then, but today we were reminded of one of the reasons we love living here.  The Missus must have dropped her wallet while at the grocery store.  Not only did someone turn it in completely intact, but a KPD officer (sorry I didn’t get his name) was nice enough to bring it by the house this evening.  As she said, “that would never happen in Florida.”

How nice to live in a place where this kind of behavior is the norm and not the exception.  Thanks to both the person who was nice enough to turn in the wallet and the officer who returned it to her.

Seemingly unrelated, I’m reading “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” in the, uh, office right now and enjoying every word of it.  If you follow the link to Google books you can read it online for free!

Everybody Goes to Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel is one of our favorite places to people watch, mostly because you can see every stage of life there. Our trip today did not disappoint. Saturdays usually have the best variety of people because Sundays are dominated by the after church crowd, and weekdays are not as busy and are filled mostly with travelers. Today we saw…

  • Teenagers who look like they’d just gotten their driver’s license and were out with friends
  • Hungover college students who were looking to cure their ailments with some southern food
  • Dating and shacking-up couples who’d probably slept stayed in bed late this morning and were just getting up
  • Couples like us with young children
  • People with older kids–one table looked like they were taking their daughter and her sleepover friend out.
  • People who looked like they may have teenagers who were somewhere besides Cracker Barrel
  • People who looked like their hungover college kids were eating at a different Cracker Barrel
  • Older people who would rather let someone else cool their Saturday breakfast for them
  • Really old people who were being taken out to eat by their middle-aged kids.

As always, there were fat and skinny people, black people, white people, brown people, yellow people, bruised people (for real), ugly people, pretty people, but mostly hungry people.  I should bring my camera everywhere-especially Cracker Barrel.

This. I Love THIS!

SVD at KtownLowdown is running a contest to produce the best slogan for Knoxville in response to today’s MetroPulse article about KTown being a great place to do nothing.  Win a free t-shirt or bumper sticker just for being a smart ass!

KTown is notorious for stealing all the good ideas before I’ve had a chance to think of them, this contest and the domain name ktownlowdown.com being just a couple of examples.

Don’t even bother with “I Am Knoxville (And So Can You)”.  Apparently that idea has already been thought as well.

Coworking Publicity

A few weeks ago a reporter from the Knoxville Business Journal came out to our coworking meetup to do an article, which ran yesterday. Pretty good stuff in there. I’d invite anyone who’s working at home to come out and see what coworking is all about. We’re still working long term on building a foundation to get some actual workspace.

Still meeting Wednesday afternoons at Panera on Kingston Pike (across from Kroger in Bearden). Come out and see what it’s all about!

You Can’t Say That On…Anywhere

So I haven’t posted for a couple of days because I’ve been in the land of damn-these-people-drive-like-maniacs, aka the ATL.

I’m also way behind on reading, but I just came across a post that is really disturbing. Apparently, it’s now considered bad form to use the phrase “life insurance policy” and “Barack Obama” in the same sentence–not because of what it says, but because someone may read it the wrong way. It reminds me of that fateful day when the word “niggardly” was stricken from the English language because people who didn’t know what it meant (I didn’t at the time) were too lazy to look it up.

It’s so much easier to just get offended first and ask questions later, no?

East Tennessee High Schools Among Best In Country!

From the KNS:

Three East Tennessee schools are among the top 1,300 U.S. public high schools, according to a 2008 ranking released this week by Newsweek.

Oak Ridge High School in Anderson County is ranked 892, Farragut and West high schools in Knox County are ranked 1,031 and 1,042 respectively, according to the listing.

3 out of 1300?

0 out of 891?

Umm…yay?

Is this article supposed to be a pat on the back for area schools or a hit piece?  Lots of people are asking about Maryville High School in the comments.  Why wasn’t it included on this list?  Supposedly it is the pinnacle of high school football education in this state.

Remember that girl in high school that everyone thought was hot, mostly because everyone else thought she was hot?  Did you ever go back and look at your yearbook and realize that she wasn’t all that pretty?

Just wondering…

CoWorking in Knoxville. Why Not?

Although I didn’t get any work done, this was one of the most productive afternoons I’ve had in a long time. Today I met up with some fine folks to discuss the idea of CoworkingKnoxville. Of course, as the name implies, the general idea is that we actually will get some work done eventually. But today turned into more of a discussion of ideas centered around coworking and its possibilities in this area. For more information on coworking, a great place to start is Alex’s site, but the general idea is a shared space where people with different skill sets and backgrounds can gather to collaborate (or not) on ideas using shared resources, making everyone’s work time more productive and efficient.

The group of five who met today all came from different backgrounds, but without a doubt there is a common thread running through the collective consciousness. Although it’s an idea that all of us have in some abstract form in our minds (ok, it’s pretty firm for Alex), it’s still a little hard for me to get my own mind completely wrapped around at this point. But to me, that shared idea is “why not?

Why can’t a guy who works for a large corporation while remaining a blogging powerhouse out of his home office share workspace with a freelance marketing research consultant recently transplanted from LA? And why shouldn’t they have access to another guy who works a job locally but is tied into the local web development community? And wouldn’t it benefit everyone to sit next to an altrupreneur who is in Knoxville by way of San Francisco and may be here for a month or a year? Why can’t all of these people share internet access, and a conference room, and a big whiteboard?

Why can’t this movement grow to the point that people are actually attracted to come here to be a part of it? Why can’t we make Knoxville a place people flock to looking for this exact thing? After all, Knoxville is loaded with talented people and the cost of living is negligible compared to the West Coast.

Why can’t we make this happen? I think we can.