Music concerts kick off in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. — The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association — home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Chamber Music Series — is Celebrating Our Past, Enriching Our Future during its 2019–2020 75th anniversary season. Subscriptions are available now, with prices starting at $30 for a Young Adult Chamber Music Series subscription. Youth 18 & Under attend all subscription concerts free through the Penny4Arts initiative and advertiser support. Visit for repertoire and concert information, and call 865-483-5569 for more information and to purchase. Individual tickets are available online at or at the door.


La Asociación Cívica de Música de Oak Ridge, sede de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Oak Ridge, el coro y la serie de música de cámara, están “Celebrando nuestro pasado, Enriqueciendo nuestro futuro” durante su temporada de su 75 aniversario. Las suscripciones están disponibles ahora, con precios que comienzan en $ 30 para una suscripción de la Serie de Música de Cámara para Jóvenes Adultos. Los Jóvenes de 18 años y menores asisten a todos los conciertos de forma gratuita a través de la iniciativa Penny4Arts y el apoyo de los anunciantes. Visite para obtener información sobre el repertorio y el concierto, y llame al 865-483-5569 para obtener más información y para comprar su entrada. Los boletos individuales están disponibles en línea en o en la puerta.



Safest Cities in Tennessee Released Ranking of the Safest Cities in America, by State

Nashville, Tenn. has published its annual report on the safest cities in each U.S. state for 2019. At a time when fear and uncertainty course through the country, the Safest Cities report aims to shift the discussion towards commemorating the cities that have been relentless in their pursuit of day-to-day safety for their citizens.

Tennessee’s top five safest cities are:

  1. Germantown
  2. Collierville
  3. Brentwood
  4. Collegedale
  5. Soddy-Daisy

The Safest Cities report was compiled using a statistical calculation of every city’s latest violent crime rate, property crime rate, and number of law enforcement officers employed. A total of 2,929 cities were analyzed in the report, filtering out any cities with populations of under 10,000. Furthermore, all crime rates were analyzed on a per-capita basis (i.e., per 1,000 inhabitants). Lastly, the data used in this report is a combination of information found in the FBI’s UCR program, as well as corresponding Census data.

See the full report here:


Nashville, Tenn. ha publicado su informe anual sobre las ciudades más seguras en cada estado de EE. UU. para el año 2019. En un momento en que el miedo y la incertidumbre avanzan por todo el país, el informe de las ciudades más seguras tiene como objetivo cambiar la discusión hacia la conmemoración de las ciudades que han sido implacables en su búsqueda de la seguridad cotidiana de sus ciudadanos.

Las cinco ciudades más seguras de Tennessee son:

El informe de Ciudades más seguras se compiló utilizando un cálculo estadístico de la última tasa de delitos violentos de cada ciudad, la tasa de delitos contra la propiedad y el número de agentes de la ley empleados. En el informe se analizaron un total de 2,929 ciudades, filtrando cualquier ciudad con poblaciones de menos de 10,000. Además, todas las tasas de delincuencia se analizaron per cápita (es decir, por cada 1000 habitantes). Por último, los datos utilizados en este informe son una combinación de información que se encuentra en el programa UCR de FBI, así como los datos correspondientes de la oficina del censo.


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Numbers and numbers… more numbers


–California had the largest Hispanic population of any state on July 1, 2012 (14.5 million), as well as the largest numeric increase within the Hispanic population since July 1, 2011 (232,000). New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanics at 47.0 percent.

–Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population of any county (4.8 million) in 2012 and the largest numeric increase since 2011 (55,000). Starr County — on the Mexican border in Texas — had the highest share of Hispanics (95.6 percent).

Tennessee Voters Support Senate Immigration Bill 3-to-1!

By Eben Cathey []

Nashville – According to the results of Harper Polling, an independent polling firm, over three-fourths of Tennessee voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers and families already here. Over three-fourths also think the bill currently in Congress is tough but fair, and want Senators Alexander and Corker to support it.

The poll offered several questions relating to immigration reform, including “How important is it that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year?” to which 91% of respondents answered “important” (71%) to “somewhat important” (20%). Tennesseans overwhelmingly showed support for an earned pathway to citizenship if undocumented immigrants meet certain requirements, with 77% of respondents showing “strong” (46%) to “somewhat” (31%) support for a legalization process that includes citizenship. The bill is being considered and debated today on the floor of the US Senate.

The following is a statement from Stephen Fotopulos, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition:

“The will of Tennessee voters is clear. We want Congress to do its job, make sense of our immigration laws this year, and finally bring order to the system. Undocumented immigrants are already in our state working hard and raising families, just waiting for the chance to get in line and on the books, and start the long, tough path to citizenship.”

ACLU-TN Launches Initiative to Ensure Immigrants Understand Constitutional Rights

NASHVILLE – In response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Arizona’s “show me your papers” law, the ACLU of Tennessee today launched an initiative to ensure that Tennessee’s immigrants understand their right to fair treatment in the justice system.
The centerpiece of this effort is the online “Immigrant Rights Resource Center,” with bilingual information on how to prepare for interactions with law enforcement.  ACLU-TN is publicizing the center with the distribution of posters in Spanish and English to social service agencies, businesses and churches across the state.
“The Constitution’s promise of fair treatment in the justice system applies to all people in this country, citizens and non-citizens alike,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director.  “ACLU-TN’s online Immigrant Resource Center is designed to help people understand the justice system and the safeguards it offers.”
The constitutional guarantee of due process ensures that people are treated equally within the justice system. The U.S. is not supposed to be a country that detains people, sometimes for years, without access to lawyers or family. Unfortunately, this is what is happening to thousands of immigrants caught up in raids, transferred into detention centers, and pressured into signing removal orders without being able to consult with counsel or family.
The printable documents in the resource center provide information on how the justice system works, as well as an understanding of constitutional protections. They include information on obtaining visas in cases of domestic and workplace abuse or human trafficking, encounters with law enforcement, the detention system, safety planning and raids.

Firefighters reaching for successful relationships with Hispanics

KNOXVILLE—  Firefighter Al Ludwig of the Knoxville, TN Fire Department created a program that will allow firefighters to communicate with Latino familias. Ludwig realized the Latino population in his community was growing, and he took the initiative to learn and teach his fellow firefighters some basic Spanish.

Teen Masquerade Ball to be at the Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, TN  (July 16, 2012)   Teens, plan now to participate in the Realms of Darkness Masquerade Ball at the Blount County Public Library.  Whether you’re a novice or an expert dancer, don’t worry because JW Becker, with Champion Ballroom of Knoxville, will be leading a ballroom dance class.

            The Masquerade Ball, the grand finale for this year’s summer reading program, “Own the Night,” will be on Saturday, July 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library.

            Teens can dress like a favorite book character—preferably of a spooky variety—or just in fancy, fun dance clothes!

            In addition, teens will be able to make masks for the masquerade ball, of course!  Free food will be available.  And there will be announcements of winners of various contests from the teen summer reading program.

                With more than eight years’ experience, JW Becker has learned how to help people new to dance to enjoy what they learn and make the journey into the world of dance a fulfilling one. JW has also been part of Knoxville’s own Dancing With The Stars this year with Missy Kane, a benefit for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and is glad to share his abilities for such a good cause.

            Champion Ballroom Center is committed to bringing the excitement and joy of dance to everyone.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

               For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site .  To sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email, go to the library’s Home Page, click on the “News and Events” tab, and then “Calendar of Events Signup” and type in your email address.  Also check out Facebook at “Blount County Public Library” and Twitter at “Blount_Library”

Robert Rodriguez, P. Diddy, Magic Johnson, Said Schwartz Begin 4 New Minority-Owned Indie Networks With Comcast

PHILADELPHIA, PA –– Comcast Corporation announced it has selected four new minority-owned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems between April 2012 and January 2014. After a thorough evaluation of more than 100 proposals, Comcast selected four networks ― two of which are majority African-American owned and two that are majority American Hispanic owned and operated and programmed in English.

“We are thrilled to work with such talented individuals to launch these new networks that will bring exciting and fresh content to consumers,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “Comcast is committed to delivering programming that reflects the interests of our customers, and we look forward to integrating these great networks into our rich programming line-up.”

African-American Category:

· Aspire: Spearheaded by Entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in partnership with GMC TV, Aspire is dedicated to delivering enlightening, entertaining and positive programming to African-Americans families, including movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts, and faith and inspirational programs. Aspire will celebrate the successes, achievements and accomplishments of the African-American community and create new opportunities for the next generation of African-American visionaries. The network will launch by summer 2012.

“Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams and will appeal to all generations. Aspire will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture. I’m most excited about Aspire creating opportunities for the new voices, new visions and the next generation of storytellers,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

· REVOLT: Proposed by superstar and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, this network is designed to have programming inspired by music and pop culture, including music videos, live performances, music news, and interviews and will incorporate social media interaction for music artists and fans. The network has entered into an agreement to launch in 2013.

“REVOLT is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. REVOLT will be live, like all great moments in television history. REVOLT will also be immediate, like today’s social networks. We know it was a highly competitive process and we want to thank Comcast for this opportunity to truly change television with REVOLT.”

Hispanic Category:

· El Rey: Proposed by legendary Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, this network is designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Hispanic producers, celebrities and public figures. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by January 2014.

“This partnership with Comcast signals an important moment for the Latino community in this country – we are passionate about creating a wildly entertaining destination that we can be proud of by appealing to both Latino and mass market audiences,” said Robert Rodriguez and CEO of FactoryMade Ventures John Fogelman. “We engineered El Rey to address a burgeoning opportunity to deliver unique, high-quality and compelling content to a hard-to-reach demographic and are excited to bring more opportunities to generations of talent, storytellers and dreamers through this special partnership.”


· BabyFirst Americas: Proposed by Spanish language television veteran Constantino “Said” Schwarz, this network is designed for infants, very young children, and their parents, and emphasizes the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by April 2012.

“We are thrilled to partner with Comcast and commend them for recognizing the importance of quality education for young children,” remarked Constantino “Said” Schwarz, CEO and Chairman BabyFirst Americas. “BabyFirst Americas aims to bring the essential academic building blocks for Kindergarten readiness into the home, making it accessible for families all across the U.S.”

Comcast made a series of voluntary public interest commitments in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, one of which is to launch 10 new independently owned and operated networks over the next eight years. Of the 10 networks, four will be majority African-American owned, two will be majority American Latino owned, two will be operated by American Latino programmers, and two will provide additional independent programming. Ultimately, each of the 10 networks will be added on select Comcast systems as part of the digital basic tier of service.

Interpreters and Translators meet in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Association of Professional Interpreters and Translators (TAPIT), is having its 9th Annual Conference from September 9-11, 2011 at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.

This important event will gather more than 100 professional interpreters and translators of 9 languages from 7 states for informative sessions and networking.

TAPIT members work in many languages including: