President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Armed Services Republican plots push for 0B defense budget Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance MORE on Wednesday plans to announce an increased U.S. troop presence in Poland, administration officials indicated. The “significant announcement,” to be made during a meeting between Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House, will be about the “new facet of our military-to-military relationship” between Washington and Warsaw, officials told reporters during a Tuesday background briefing. “This meeting . . . is a great opportunity for us to highlight our deepening military-to-military relationship and our mutual commitment to NATO and its priorities,” one official said. Defense One reported later Tuesday that the Pentagon will deploy another 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland, with … [Read more...] about Trump to announce US troop increase in Poland
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Jeb Rosebrook, whose long and diverse screenwriting career took moviegoers into deep space with "The Black Hole" and small-town Prescott with "Junior Bonner," has died. Rosebrook, who had lived in Scottsdale since 1995, died Sept. 3. He was 83. Despite his lengthy Hollywood career, he had a long relationship with Arizona. Born in New York City on June 11, 1935, he was raised in New York and Connecticut. But after he was diagnosed with asthma at age 9, his parents sent him to the Quarter Circle V Bar Ranch School in Mayer, a prep school now known as the Orme School. He would attend boarding school the rest of his childhood. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1957. He initially moved to New York and then Phoenix, where he worked in advertising for three years. He later left for Los Angeles, where he wrote his first novel during off-hours. The acclaimed "Saturday" was published in 1965. MORE … [Read more...] about Jeb Rosebrook, screenwriter of ‘The Black Hole,’ ‘Junior Bonner,’ dies in Scottsdale
In 2018, we said goodbye to a lot of greats in the world of arts and entertainment. There were the trailblazers: Aretha Franklin, who forever changed the face of music. Tom Wolfe, the white-suited gent who memorably blended journalism and literary techniques. John Gavin, a Mexican-American actor in the ‘50s who refused to be narrowed by his ethnicity. And Stan Lee, who revolutionized the comic-book industry and inspired geeks everywhere to dream. Then there were those who were simply terrific at what they did. Neil Simon, who could make almost anyone laugh, or Burt Reynolds, the biggest movie star in the world at one point in the 1970s. Nancy Wilson wasn’t merely a wonderful singer; she oozed class and good taste throughout her career. And, as always, there were those whose deaths simply shocked us: Mac Miller, Anthony Bourdain and Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries fall into that sad category. Here is a roll call of some who died in 2018. … [Read more...] about In memoriam: Remembering celebrities who died in 2018
Deputy Knoxville Mayor David Brace, 46, is a busy, busy person. He is really busy carrying out the latest wishes of Mayor Madeline Rogero. Last week that included signing his name to an attack piece (written for him) on Deputy Engineering Director Steve King and me. This piece was not accurate, correct or truthful, which apparently does not concern Team Rogero. In fact, the city administration never expected to lose their attempt to politicize the city Civil Service System by abolishing the deputy director position and removing King's retreat rights to his prior position. When Civil Service Hearing Officer Bill Petty ruled King had retreat rights, it took Rogero's folks two days to figure out what to do when the choice was very clear and simple. City Hall lost again Early this week, Team Rogero lost again before Petty when he ruled that he would hear the second part of the grievance by King. Both Rogero and Brace, plus a yet-to-be-determined third … [Read more...] about Victor Ashe: Team Rogero not concerned with truth in Steve King case
When Beverly Davenport was fired as UT chancellor, the vice chancellor for communications, Ryan Robinson, left almost immediately. He had started his job at $225,000 a year, and within 13 months Davenport had twice raised his salary without telling anyone to reach $255,000. This position is one that handles communications with the public. It is the voice of the campus while the UT system has its own communications office. Tisha Benton, currently deputy to the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment, assumes the position Dec. 17. More: UT, Davenport part ways with $1.33M agreement after unanimous board approval She worked here in Knoxville at one time at WATE and is considered well qualified. However, her current position in state government, where she makes $146,000 a year, often changes when there is a new governor. Her salary now jumps to $220,000 (an increase of $74,000 or 52 percent). That is the question here and campus wide. Namely, why … [Read more...] about Victor Ashe: Why are UT’s administrative salaries so out of step with market?