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From Jamaican Streetlights to Kilowatt Currency

"The system is so successful they are going from 30,000 to several hundred thousand customers as fast as they can put the meters in," he says. "In developing countries, they can't afford what we do upfront, so they pay over time as they add customers more »

Oct 10, 2013 by in Technology

Journalistic Jewelry

And where does that leave me? With the NAACP making the most cogent and sensible response to an awkward-to-terrible situation. How the hell did that happen? more »

Oct 3, 2013 by in On The Beat

To Honor or to Abandon?

When it comes to tending to your needs, there are but two ways you can go—you can honor them, or you can abandon them. Sounds simple perhaps, but let’s look more closely. more »

Oct 3, 2013 by in Shrink Rap

Girl Talk, Weapons Grade

“I know, right?!” I said excitedly…and about that time, a Brainerd cop in the booth behind me who had been typing up a report on his portable slapped the laptop lid closed, abruptly stood up, and glared at us as he began to walk past. more »

Sep 26, 2013 by in On The Beat

Party: Over

To my horror, the friend thought both he and I were insane and that the current generation of know-it-alls and slackers were, in fact, doing their best to raise the bar for the next as is their genetic mission. more »

Sep 19, 2013 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

Dreams of Insomnia

Is this all there is? Is this what I have to look forward to, where I came from, or where I shall be? It is horrible, to be nothing. To be Void. more »

Sep 12, 2013 by in On The Beat

Irony In Armor

It was originally intended to replace steel belting in vehicle tires, but 10 years later, it was field tested with cops as armor, and that’s where the pulse of modern ballistic protection started beating. more »

Sep 5, 2013 by in On The Beat

Serious About The Scenic City

“Teachers don’t get much, if any, developmental training about environment and environment education.” “I am impressed with the diversity and enthusiasm of the people I have met here. All seem to be working on air, land and water issues.” more »

Sep 5, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Derailing the Crazy Train

They were actively holding meetings on the topic as well as conducting training sessions that detailed their plans to secretly videotape police officers, pick a cop to abduct, and find a house that could be used as a jail and torture chamber. more »

Aug 29, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

The Inhuman Canvas

I eased onto the street and found the duplex and its correct side and let the music play out as I secured my car. My apparent customer was already approaching and began to talk with one hand firmly planted on her hip. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in On The Beat

Protecting Something Beautiful And Wild

In addition to the Sierra Club, other organizations opposing the hunt, including the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the National Audubon Society, cite a recent study revealed that 62 percent of Tennesseans oppose the hunting of cranes. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in Shades of Green

The Twelve Types of Facebook Users

The most common type is probably the group you are in: The Normal. The Normal has about 150 friends, of which they personally know about a third of them. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in Columns

Officer Alex and the Electronaut

It was there that he failed to complete a job application, but gloriously managed to complete a circuit, and in the process discovered the difference between state law and “Ohm’s Law”: You can fool one, but never the other. more »

Aug 15, 2013 by in On The Beat

I Saw In Tennessee A White Oak Growing

What he didn’t know was that 1) He was dealing with a fanatic tree-hugger, 2) I had actually hugged this tree, and 3) This tree had a name: Grandfather. more »

Aug 15, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Through the Google Glass

Glass responds to voice commands, even when I think I'm only conversing. After I say "take a picture" and Glass does, I'm thinking out loud about the interface and start saying to Shellabarger, "So when I say 'take a picture' it gives me..." more »

Aug 15, 2013 by in Columns

Cop Hydrotherapy

While some personal events of this year have left scars no surgeon could hide, I can't help but think of the last few days of work before I left. A truly unique sense of joy flowed through otherwise frustratingly monotonous hallways. more »

Aug 8, 2013 by in On The Beat

Concourse Discourse

“I’M SORRY, I DIDN’T CATCH WHAT YOU SAID,” my P.A. blared. “IT JUST SEEMS KIND OF WEIRD THAT YOU JUMPED OUT OF YOUR CAR LIKE THAT.” more »

Aug 1, 2013 by in On The Beat

D.U.I.: The Great Equalizer

The great equalizer. The bringer of death in some cases, but humility to all, is just a few beers or whiskeys away, so be mindful of the beast. more »

Jul 25, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Gig Tank: Bigger Is Better

"Parth came to me with an idea, and we decided to put our brains together and make a run of it," said Cook, who graduated from Sewanee in 2011 with degrees in computer science and Russian. more »

Jul 18, 2013 by in Columns

A Cop’s-Eye View of “The Verdict”

At the end of a sequence of events that I don’t feel the need to repeat, George Zimmerman was arrested and tried for the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. more »

Jul 18, 2013 by in On The Beat

The Hurt Locker

There are two outcomes here: The cops will get the hint and quit trying. Or we will have to start punishing the bad guys with the support of the people. more »

Jul 11, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Brightside of the Southside

I took a little heat recently for a recent comment I made about the Southside of Chattanooga after last week’s “Weekly Perfectly Justifiable Felonious Shooting Competition.” People were saying I sullied its name and espoused only the negatives, the more »

Jul 4, 2013 by in On The Beat

Dare To Be Stupid

He and I very calmly talked it out. I think we came to a mutual agreement, and I repeated this discussion at his sentencing for one Class E and two Class B Felonies... more »

Jun 27, 2013 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

Nature vs. Nurture: A Cop Duality

Narcs, traffic cops, robbery squads—totally different personalities unified only by a common patch, a common badge. No, I’m referring to the staple of the profession: Uniformed street cops. more »

Jun 20, 2013 by in On The Beat

Same Outfit: Different Decade

I had no idea where I’d be in the next year, much less ten or 15, but I sure enjoyed where I was at for the moment. I mean really: Could the city or the job get any better than this? more »

Jun 13, 2013 by in On The Beat

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