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    I try not to pay attention to the betting line....

    I try not to pay attention to the betting line. It's all about enticing gamblers, not about who will win.

    That said, UT has an excellent opportunity to win and take a giant step forward. First of...
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    Bingo, Ringo.

    Bingo, Ringo.
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    Anthem for Doomed Youth BY WILFRED OWEN What...

    Anthem for Doomed Youth
    BY WILFRED OWEN

    What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
    — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
    Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
    Can patter...
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    One of the things that makes college football fun...

    One of the things that makes college football fun to watch is that teams can change so much from year to year. UT was quicker and more aggressive, particularly on defense, than a year ago. That said,...
  5. ScarJo? Is that something like TaySwi? If you...

    ScarJo? Is that something like TaySwi? If you can't muster the appropriate level of veneration, at least show some respect.
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    KNS does not commission polls and I know of no...

    KNS does not commission polls and I know of no other local news outlet that does.

    Don't know about the rest of the state, but a similar thing happened in Anderson County:...
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    Here's Jack McElroy's column from last Sunday...

    Here's Jack McElroy's column from last Sunday about our coverage of the Fansler-Pridemore race:...
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    Toby, you're a hoot. Playing devil's advocate,...

    Toby, you're a hoot. Playing devil's advocate, you challenge Chapman as an arterial road by defining it as an arterial road ("It mainly feeds workers into the city."). I admire your audacity.

    JWP...
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    The rate doesn't go down year to year. It is...

    The rate doesn't go down year to year. It is adjusted every four years after the county-wide reassessment. Courtesy of the administration, I have a handy-dandy chart showing the rates, the tax...
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    I'm not sure either, but he might be referring to...

    I'm not sure either, but he might be referring to the results of reassessments.

    Property values are reassessed every four years. The last one was in 2012. Because of appreciation and new...
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    There have been plenty of bad Super Bowls. If...

    There have been plenty of bad Super Bowls. If you're talking about lopsided scores, this wasn't even the worst defeat Denver has suffered in a Super Bowl. That honor goes to the Broncos of Super Bowl...
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    Actually, the Common Core State Standards were...

    Actually, the Common Core State Standards were developed at the direction of state governors and state school board chiefs. To say that Common Core is a federal mandate is wrong.
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    I'm curious. Where do you think the "rotten core"...

    I'm curious. Where do you think the "rotten core" originate?
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    Wonderful photos and condolences to you and yours.

    Wonderful photos and condolences to you and yours.
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    I don't know, but we've been having trouble with...

    I don't know, but we've been having trouble with the site today. The story originally appeared in the Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140122/BUSINESS/301220165/
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    Thanks, pages and SnM, but the first rule of...

    Thanks, pages and SnM, but the first rule of Write Club is writers never say good things about their editors! Editors, however, can say good things about their writers, and I appreciate your...
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    Thanks, SnM, but you exaggerate both my...

    Thanks, SnM, but you exaggerate both my creativity and wit, and your denigration of your own would constitute slander if it came from another. It's OK to not get along with the world, as long as you...
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    Here's some good news: Today in Knoxville, a...

    Here's some good news: Today in Knoxville, a lawyer woke up, went to work and advocated for those who otherwise would have no voice. I don't care about the outcome. The fact that she fights gives me...
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    The most recent poll I found (May, Vandy) had his...

    The most recent poll I found (May, Vandy) had his approval rating at 63 percent.
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    This is a pretty good argument against elected...

    This is a pretty good argument against elected superintendents.
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    The superintendent's job is to be the...

    The superintendent's job is to be the administrator of the schools. It should be the job of the school board, the chair in particular, to secure funding from the county commission, with the...
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    Just as I suspected. Two mediocre teams playing...

    Just as I suspected. Two mediocre teams playing mediocre (at best) football that nonetheless resulted in a game that came down to the final possession. I called it a tossup, and it seemed that the...
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    Bama couldn't beat the Falcons. They couldn't...

    Bama couldn't beat the Falcons. They couldn't even beat Jacksonville. The difference between the NFL and college is huge.
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    Seasons don't exist in a vacuum, but they do...

    Seasons don't exist in a vacuum, but they do stand alone, especially with the annual turnover in college football. This year's Alabama team is not exactly the same as the 2012 team or certainly the...
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    In the context of a football season, I think...

    In the context of a football season, I think "great" is quantifiable. I look at it as a standard for any team to meet. You, on the other hand, are talking about how to interpret the results based on...
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