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Knoxville makes Top 100 small- to mid-sized cities list

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Knoxville is one of the Top 100 most livable small- to mid-sized cities in the country, according to a new survey by Livability.com.
The website ranked towns with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 based on eight categories — economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.
Only two Tennessee cities made the Top 100 — Knoxville, No. 61 and Chattanooga, No. 83.
California dominated the rankings with 27 of the Top 100. Palo Alto topped the list.
Knoxville ranked highest in education, amenities and health care and lowest in demographics and infrastructure.
Here’s what Livability.com said about Knoxville:
“Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville offers an affordable cost of living and abundance of recreation. Businesses cite the city’s strategic location, and as home to the University of Tennessee and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the area is widely recognized as a center for research and technology. Knoxville ranked on our Top 10 Cities for College Grads list for its diverse business climate and growing downtown.”
It’s hard to imagine there are 60 places better than Knoxville, but at  least were fared better than Chattanooga.
Click here for the full list of Top 100 small- to mid-sized cities.

Reasonable thoughts on debt deal, credit downgrade

Finding a reasonable, spin-free explanation of what the debt-ceiling debate and credit downgrade really mean is next to impossible.

But the Milken Institute has given it a try. The nonpartisan, independent think tank has published a thoughtful commentary from a panel economic experts from the left, right and center.

Here are a couple of comments about S&P’s downgrade of the US credit rating that I found particularly interesting (Phillip Swagel worked in the Treasury Department during the G.W. Bush adminstration. Jared Bernstein was chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden from 2009 to 2011.)

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Airlines and the volcano — different perspectives

Here are some different perspectives on the impact the volcanic ash cloud is having on the airline industry.

The New Yorker: The Airlines and the Volcano: “Losses” Don’t Mean Losses

Christian Science Monitor: Volcanic ash cloud economics: Europe’s winners and losers

The London Telegraph: Volcanich ash cloud: Is the no-fly zone necessary?

TIME: The Cost of Europe’s Volcanic Ash Travel Crisis