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Citizen EngagementNovember 2010
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In This Issue
-From the President
-Superintendent to Address County Schools' Progress
-State Budget Forecast and Policy Forum
-New League Members: Come to Orientation Nov. 9
-Save the Date: Holiday Gathering
-Petticoats and Politics Coming to Knoxville
-League Members Join Together to Support Minvilla
-Top Ten Things We Learned From Riki Ott's Visit
-League to Partner in Earth Fest

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LWVKKC Board of Directors 

Jamey Dobbs

1st Vice-president:
Laura Cole

2nd Vice-president: Barabara Nicodemus

Mary Headrick


Robin Brown
Lisa Carroll
Rynn Dupes
Susanne Dupes
Parci Gibson
Alexandra Hruz
Kelly Pemberton
Lee Ann Rodgers

Secret Money and Incivility in Elections

If you haven't seen the U.S. League's press release, "Election 2010: Secret Money, Incivility Leave Lasting Impact," you can read it here.

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Jamey DobbsFrom the President

We have a full lineup this month, beginning with our membership meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, to learn about Tennessee Race to the Top funding and the Knox County Schools Strategic Plan with Superintendent Jim McIntyre.  And new members won't want to miss our New Member Orientation the next night, Tuesday, Nov. 9.  Finally, we are proud to co-host the only state budget forum in East Tennessee on Tues., Nov. 16.  Read below for more details or go to our website, and I hope to see you and a friend soon.


-- Jamey Dobbs, President  548-0818


Superintendent to Address County Schools' Progress


McIntryreDr. Jim McIntyre joins the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County on Monday, November 8th at the East Tennessee History Center. Our Superintendent of Schools will talk with us about the County's strategic plan to provide "Excellence for All Children" and discuss the county's status relative to Race to the Top funding.  In addition, Dr. McIntyre will share with us information about the "Expect More, Achieve More" project related to Tennessee's increased standards.

Join us at the East Tennessee History Center, at 601 Gay Street, on Monday, November 8.  Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.  Dr. McIntyre's presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m.and will be followed by a question and answer session.  The evening will conclude at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.  Bring your friends!

  CREATING SOLUTIONS:  A State Budget Forecast and Policy Forum November 16, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon 

Boys & Girls Club Auditorium, 220 Carrick St., Knoxville TN 37921 

A nonpartisan budget forecast and policy forum. There will be bad news - the current state of the budget and the metaphorical winds buffeting the state's service infrastructures - but working together we can create some good news: solutions.

Presented by:  East Tennessee Council on Children and Youth & The League of Women Voters of Knoxville and Knox County

Register Now:

This free event has been approved for 2.0 Continuing Education Units by NASW, Tennessee Chapter.  


New League Members: Come to Orientation Nov. 9

All new members are invited to a small group orientation to the League at the home of Nancy Stewart on Tuesday, November 9.  The League has a proud culture of learning and democratic participation, and a "way of doing things" to make sure we sustain our nonpartisan credibility. We want all new members to learn more about the League's great grassroots history, and how we organize to learn together, make decisions, take action, and do our part to ensure responsive, accountable local government. 


You'll also get to meet some of our board members and ask all the questions you like. We'll start with appetizers at 5:30, then start the program at 6:00-7:00 p.m. 


Nancy's home is located off the Papermill exit of I-40 toward Weisgarber at 6611 Ridgerock Lane, 37909. For detailed directions, email Jamey at or call 548-0818.

 Save the Date: Holiday Gathering


Saturday, December 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Crescent Bend, the Armstrong Lockett House, Kingston Pike

Free tours of the historic mansion

Everyone bring your favorite holiday appetizer or dessert to share!


Petticoats and Politics Coming to Knoxville

League plans fundraiser for March 4th


Petticoats and Politics 2We are planning a very special kickoff for Women's History Month, so mark your calendars now so that you have the evening of March 4th available for our League fundraiser.  We have booked Kate Campbell Stevenson's one-woman show Petticoats and Politics.  It was a smash success at the League's National Convention in Atlanta, so we wanted to share it with everyone in East Tennessee.


It is a wonderful performance featuring Abigail Adams, First Lady and early women's rights activist; Rose Crabtree, Council member of the 1920 All-Female Town Council of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Alice Paul, early 20th century suffragist and co-founder of the National Women's Party; Eleanor Roosevelt, "First Lady of the World", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


More details coming VERY soon.  Find details about Kate Campbell Stevenson at


League Members Join Together to Support Minvilla 


The LWVKKMinvillaC has supported the Ten-Year Plan to end chronic Homelessness for some time.  I remember the first time I heard about it was at a LWV meeting several years ago when Roger Nooe came and presented to us.  Sounded a little weird at first listening, but as he spoke, I think several of us got the picture.  When you hear statistics that the city pays an average of $40,000 per year for services provided to each homeless person, and you hear the stories of people trying to get help and getting shuffled from agency to agency with each requiring something from the other, you can understand the feeling of helplessness that someone who wants help has. 


The idea of "housing first" signifies not only providing a home; centralizing services in that home gets people off the street, lets them know that we all recognize that many of us are just one layoff or one foreclosure from being on the streets ourselves and gives them hope for the future.  The League supported the idea of "housing first." 


Minvilla is the first permanent housing for the chronically homeless in Knoxville.  It took money, time, and commitment from the City and the County; from Volunteer Ministry Center and from lots of volunteers.  When Stephanie sent out a note about Minvilla saying there was the option to donate and have a plate put on the door of a room, it just seemed a perfect opportunity for LWV members to express their support. 


I couldn't afford the entire $500 myself, so I thought that a group gift with the LWVKKC name would be a public way of support. Thanks to the generosity of several members, we did meet our goal.  Judy Poulson, Marjorie Reynolds, and I attend the reception at Minvilla on Friday, October 26. Even though Volunteer Ministry Center did not receive our checks until Friday morning, Room 206 was plated with our name.  It was good to see and made me proud, once again, to belong to such a great organization!


--JoAnne Deeken

Top Ten Things We Learned From Riki Ott's Visit
  1. The Exxon Valdez spill was the world's worst drunk driving accident.
  2. Four years after the spill, the fishery collapsed.  Herring, which 40 species of fish feed upon, has not recovered.
  3. Oil is embedded in the rocks and sediments 20 years after the spill.  
  4. Oil and dispersant mix created in the cleanup is more toxic than either oil or dispersant alone, but not classified as hazardous.
  5. Symptoms of chemical poisoning mimic cold and flu: stuffy nose, headache, hoarseness, and dizziness. Skin problems are being misdiagnosed as scabies or MRSA.
  6. Damage will be worse than Exxon in the Gulf due to size of spill and 4.5 million coastal residents living near contamination.
  7. BP is in charge of the cleanup; in Norway, the Government mobilizes as if "at war," forces industry to pay.
  8. The Gulf South is being treated as a "sacrifice zone" for the rest of the country. We must commit to ending oil dependency now.
  9. How to make government responsive?  Citizens United case opened floodgate of money into elections, so Congress is not likely to act.
  10. Riki, however, is working on a movement to amend the constitution called:

League to Partner in Earth Fest

Our League has decided to partner in the development of this coming year's Earth Fest. Are you interested in "green" issues? Would you like to be involved in planning the event? Let us know if we can count on your time and/or ideas.


CALENDAR of Meetings and Events



Nov. 8:  Membership Education Workshop. Dr. Jim McIntyre.  Progress of Knox County Schools

Nov. 9:  New Member Orientation

Nov. 16:  State Budget Forecast and Policy Forum. Presented by LWVKKC in Partnership with Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Nov. 23:  Board Meeting

Dec. 12:  Holiday Gathering



Jan. 15:  Race Against Racism with YWCA. Join the LWVKKC running/walking teams

Jan. 18:  Membership Education Workshop. Daniel Sanders, Knox County Attorney. New Tools to Protect Knox County Landscape

Jan. 25:  Board Meeting

DATE TBA:  Breakfast With The League. Meet State Senators and hear status of legislation at state level.

Feb. 19:  Saturday Membership Education Workshop. Redistricting 101

Feb. 22:  Board Meeting

Mar. 4:  Women's History Month League Fundraiser.Petticoats and Politics, Kate Campbell Stevenson's One-Woman Show


Mar. 15:  Membership Meeting. Open Discussion to Set League Priorities

Mar. 22:  Board Meeting

Apr. 19:  Membership Meeting. Hot Topic suggested by members

Apr. 26:  Board Meeting

May 17 or 19:  Annual Membership Meeting

May 24:  Board Meeting

June 18:  LWVUS Council. National Council - all members invited

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Contact Info
League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County
P.O. Box 31825
Knoxville, TN 37930-1825