Showing posts with label Tennessee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennessee. Show all posts

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Random Fun

Love the throwback warm-up pants...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, November 14, 2016

UTK Diversity Dialogue Town Hall: Campus Carry

I wish I could make it to the Diversity Dialogue Town Hall: Campus Carry, but I've got a prior commitment for that time:
"The Division of Student Life’s Diversity Committee is excited to host the final Diversity Dialogue Town Hall event of the semester on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30PM in Alumni Memorial Building Room 32. This Town Hall will cover the recently passed Campus Concealed Carry Policy (Tennessee Law TCA 39-17-1309) which allows generally all UT full-time employees with a valid handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on UT property. 
We will hearing from members of the University of Tennessee Police Department, Faculty Senate, Students for Concealed Carry, and the Knoxville Chapter of Moms Demand Gun Sense in America."

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Go Vols

I know most people don't follow this blog to learn about my football interests, but this tweet was too good to resist. (It means more if you know the Vols had lost the last 11 games to Florida and were down 3-21 at the half.)


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Battle at Bristol

Funny, this is the same view I have from my house in Knoxville...

Friday, August 26, 2016

VolNet DMR and TYT MD-380

Putting the logo on the TYT MD-380 might be enough reason to buy one! Tennessee and ham radio for the win!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Carry Permit Holders at UT: Part 3

Let's just hope all the bad guys registered:
"Police at UT-Knoxville had fielded requests from 72 employees who wanted to be able to bring their guns on campus, a spokeswoman there said Thursday."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Carry Permit Holders at UT: Part 2

More on UT campus carry including specifics about the registration process and a map of the gun free zones...
June 16, 2016 
To: UT Faculty and Staff 
From: Troy Lane, associate vice chancellor for public safety 
Subject: Information for Faculty and Staff about Concealed Handgun Law 
This spring the General Assembly passed Public Chapter 1061. The law, which takes effect on July 1, allows generally all UT full-time employees with a valid handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on UT property. To read the law, visit http://utpolice.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2016/06/pc1061.pdf
The university has adopted a new safety policy at http://policy.tennessee.edu/safety_policy/sa0875 concerning firearms and has posted a list of commonly asked questions at http://policy.tennessee.edu/sa0875-firearms-faq.
At 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20, the University of Tennessee Police Department will begin registering full-time employees who intend to exercise their right to carry a concealed handgun on UT property on or after July 1. For a definition of full-time employees, visit http://policy.tennessee.edu/hr_policy/hr0105
To register, applicants are required to go to the UTPD office at 1101 Cumberland Avenue to complete the paperwork and sign the application in the presence of a sworn UTPD officer. Knoxville-area employees who intend to carry a concealed handgun on university property in the Knoxville area should come to UTPD to register. 
Applicants must bring their:
- Faculty/staff identification card
- Valid Tennessee driver s license
- Valid Tennessee handgun permit
The registration process requires applicants to acknowledge their responsibilities in carrying a handgun, which include their duty to secure and conceal it. UTPD will retain the list of registered permit holders, which can be shared only with other law enforcement agencies. 
Full-time employees are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun into meetings about tenure and employee discipline. Full-time employees may not carry a handgun into any stadium, arena, or auditorium when university-sponsored events are under way. Other prohibited locations are hospitals and offices where medical and mental health services are the primary services provided: Student Health Center, Veterinary Medical Center, Early Learning Center, and the speech and hearing clinics. A map of all prohibited locations is available at http://utpolice.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2016/06/UT-Concealed-Carry-Map.pdf
This new law does not extend the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus to students. Therefore, full-time employees enrolled in a class or classes at UT are unable to carry a concealed handgun on UT property. 
UTPD will offer a voluntary training course that will cover firearm safety, reiteration of statutory requirements and limitations, a review of prohibited locations, personal liabilities, and other pertinent topics. Information on the classes will be provided to registrants. 
If you have questions, please contact UT Police at 865-974-3114.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Carry Permit Holders at UT

The following e-mail went out from the UT President:

New Safety Policy about Firearms on Campus

On July 1, a new state law takes effect that allows Tennessee’s public colleges and universities’ full-time faculty and staff, who have handgun-carry permits, to carry handguns on campus. I want to share information about the law and the new safety policy we have adopted in response.

Safety Policy 0875 addresses how UT applies the many different state laws regarding firearms and clarifies when an employee may and may not legally carry a handgun on University property.

The policy, which also takes effect July 1, expands on the following key provisions of state law:
  • Full-time UT employees with valid Tennessee handgun-carry permits may carry handguns on UT property, if:
    • They are not enrolled as students; and
    • They notify the law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over the UT property on which they will be carrying a handgun
  • Employees must display their handgun-carry permits on request of law enforcement officers
  • Employees must not:
    • Carry a weapon other than a handgun
    • Carry a handgun openly or in any other manner in which the handgun is visible to ordinary observation
    • Carry a handgun at certain times and locations, such as:
      • Stadiums, gymnasiums or auditoriums where University-sponsored events are in progress
      • In meetings regarding disciplinary matters or tenure
I encourage you to review the policy in its entirety and answers to frequently asked questions provided here.

Additional information about implementation efforts will be shared soon by each campus and institute. Questions can be directed to the law enforcement contacts listed within the policy.

I understand strong feelings exist regarding guns on campus and want to assure you of our unwavering commitment to the safety of our faculty, staff and students as we implement this change.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I appreciate everything you do for the University.

All the best,
Joe

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tennessine

Tennessine:
"One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. 
Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and UT who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state. Since the name Tennessee has its origins in the name of the Cherokee village of Tanasi, it also becomes the first element with Native American roots."

Friday, April 29, 2016

UT Amateur Radio Club Field Day

"The University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club (www.utarc.org) is sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  The club's purpose includes attracting science and engineering students to the field of radio communications. It's primary radio transmitting station is located in East Stadium Hall and serves as the emergency communications backbone for the UT Campus in cases of disasters and major events. 
The purpose of the UTARC Field Day Event planned for April 30, 2016 from 8 am to 6 pm is to: (1) interest students in this activity, (2) test its low power portable radio equipment, and (3) perform the annual exercise if its emergency communications capability. 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has already granted and issued a special event licensed callsign for this activity (K4V)."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Equitable Structure for Employee Parking

New Equitable Structure for Employee Parking Begins August 1 at UTK:

"Beginning in the fall 2016 semester, the university will begin charging for faculty and staff parking through a tiered, equitable pay structure.
The changes are the result of feedback from employees and research conducted about faculty and staff parking at other large universities.
Employee permits for the 2015-16 academic year expire on July 31. The new pay structure will take effect for permits that begin on August 1.
The new employee payment structure has four cost levels and is based on an employee’s annual compensation.
Here are the levels:
  • $29,999 and under annual compensation will pay $20 per month
  • $30,000 to $59,999 will pay $30 per month
  • $60,000 to $149,999 will pay $35 per month
  • $150,000 and over annual compensation will pay $50 per month
Most faculty and staff will see no change to the price they currently pay, while a substantial number of our staff will begin paying less."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Go Big Orange

Via the Ham Radio forum at AR15.com:

Of course, being from Knoxville, I'm a fan of orange (and white).

And it makes sense that I would like the orange on the TERMN-8R.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Eduroam

I've recently learned about the Eduroam service and I must say it is a cool idea. Basically, a bunch of schools got together to allow wireless access at each other's locations:
"The eduroam initiative started in 2003 within TERENA's Task Force on Mobility, TF-Mobility. The task force created a test bed to demonstrate the feasibility of combining a RADIUS-based infrastructure with 802.1X standard technology to provide roaming network access across research and education networks. The initial test was conducted among five institutions located in the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, Croatia and the UK. Later, other national research and education networking organisations in Europe embraced the idea and gradually started joining the infrastructure, which was then named eduroam. 
eduroam allows any eduroam-enabled user to get network access at any institution connected to eduroam."
So say, I was a student at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. If I were to visit London, I would be able to connect to the LSE's (and many other's) wireless network. That's pretty slick.