Citizen Journalism, From the Newsroom

Styx Set to Rock Turner Field on September 17 with Free Postgame Concert

ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Braves 2011 Summer Concert Series presented by Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines announces a date with multiplatinum recording artist Styx, coming to Turner Field on Saturday, September 17th to rock Braves fans with a free postgame concert after the Braves vs. Mets game.   Fans who want special access to the band can also purchase VIP Field Passes for $20 at

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.  Some of their biggest hits include “Lady” (#6, 1975), “Come Sail Away” (#8, 1977), “Babe” (#1, 1979), “The Best of Times” (#3, 1981), “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), and “Mr. Roboto” (#3, 1983). Other hits by the band include “Show Me the Way” (#3, 1990), “Don’t Let It End” (#6, 1983) and “Renegade” (#16, 1978). The band has four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined, including two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, and Bad Company.  

The Atlanta Braves 2011 Summer Concert Series presented by Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines began Opening Weekend with The Avett Brothers and continued throughout the season with Yacht Rock Revue and the B-52’s. 

The Atlanta Braves is Major League Baseball’s winningest franchise since 1991.  During that time, Braves teams have earned 14 division championships, five National League pennants, a World Series title and most recently were the 2010 National League Wild Card Champions.  Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Atlanta Braves games are telecast on FS South, SportSouth, and Peachtree TV.  Radio broadcasts can be heard in Atlanta on 680 the Fan, Rock 100 FM, 93.7 FM and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.  Follow the Braves at,, and

Children, Community Meetings, From the Newsroom

Knoxville Zoo brings “YO GABBA GABBA!” characters

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Brobee™ and Foofa™, two of the friendly toy monsters from the popular Nick Jr. show Yo Gabba Gabba!™, will be making a special appearance at Knoxville Zoo this Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fans will have the chance to meet Brobee™ and Foofa™, pose for a photo, and say the magic words “YO GABBA GABBA!” with these loveable characters who have become a sensation with the pre-school crowd. Little green Brobee is cuddly and cute, and music, singing and dancing give him the confidence to try new things. Foofa is a pink flower bubble from Spring Flower Land. She’s pink and bubbly and loves all things cute and cuddly.

Yo Gabba Gabba!™ is a live-action program for children ages one and up that airs on the Nick Jr. cable television channel. Yo Gabba Gabba!™ is a trademark and copyright 2010 of GabbaCaDabra LLC. The chance to meet Brobee™ and Foofa™ is included with general zoo admission. For more information, visit Knoxville Zoo’s Web site at or call (865) 637-5331.

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ARG Financial Staffing

ARG offers temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire positions.   We offer a full range of roles and are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

  • Alcoa based company seeking Bilingual Customer Service Representatives.

Responsibilities include the following:

Delivering prompt, accurate, courteous customer service via phone, fax, mail, or email. Responding to and resolving issues to ensure customer satisfaction and retention. Handling customer questions, complaints, and billing inquiries with the highest degree of courtesy and professionalism to resolve customer issues with one call resolution.  Candidate must have the ability to analyze different accounts and give sound financial advice when applicable.

Compensation range $8.00 – $10.00 per hour.

  • West Knoxville based company seeking Bilingual Collector.

Responsibilities include the following:

Locating and notifying customers of delinquent accounts by telephone to solicit payment.  Receiving payments and posting amount to customer’s account; preparing statements to credit department if customer fails to respond; keeping records of collection and status of accounts.

Candidate must have the ability to work the following schedule each week: 

2 days = 8am – 5pm (1 being Friday)

1 day = 10am – 7pm

2 days = 11am – 8pm

Compensation range:  $9.00 – $11.00 per hour.

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From the Newsroom

Small Businesses Should Take Precautions Now to Avoid Allegations of Online Piracy

NASHVILLE — Small businesses that offer Internet access to their customers should take steps now to avoid allegations of online piracy, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
Record labels, movie studios and other industry groups struck a deal this month under which participating Internet providers will issue warnings to customers whose accounts are allegedly used to steal content. NFIB, the nation’s leading small-business association, is not a party to the agreement.
“Small businesses that offer Internet access, such as a coffee shop or a hotel or even a car mechanic with a waiting area, should be aware of the industry’s crackdown on piracy and take steps to ensure their customers aren’t using the service to steal content,” said Valerie Nagoshiner, acting state director of NFIB/Tennessee, the state’s leading small-business association.
Under the deal, customers whose accounts are allegedly used for piracy will receive at least five alerts from their Internet provider. 
Upon sending the fifth notice, the Internet provider may implement certain “mitigation measures” to stop the alleged piracy, including reducing Internet speeds or redirecting traffic to a special landing page until the customer contacts the Internet provider to discuss the issue.
“Internet service providers wouldn’t have to pull the plug on a customer after the sixth notice, but that’s a possibility, and that’s where businesses have to watch out,” said Beth Milito, senior executive counsel for NFIB.
“Small businesses rely on their Internet connections the same way they do the telephone,” she said. “It’s how they communicate with customers and vendors. It’s where they do business.”

Businesses can challenge a notice by paying a $35 filing fee and requesting an independent review, or they may challenge any action in court, but doing so would be time-consuming and take resources away from the business, Milito said.
“That’s why small businesses need to take precautions to prevent customers or even employees from using their Internet connection to steal content,” she said.
One easy way to discourage abuse is for businesses that offer Wi-Fi can prevent people who aren’t customers from using their Internet connection by requiring a password, Milito said.

“For example, they could print a password on the receipt and change it periodically, to prevent non-customers from using the service,” she said.
Businesses can also block access to certain websites and types of websites, Milito said. “This requires a little bit of know-how on the part of the small-business owner, and it may accidentally block access to legitimate websites, but it also can discourage people from using a business’ network to steal content,” she said.
“With more and more people carrying smartphones and even tablets, free Wi-Fi can help a small business attract and keep customers,” Milito said, “but unless a business owner uses commonsense and takes precautions, those customers could come at a hefty price.”
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at