ear (2005-31)

Bug in Our Ear

 

Candidate Called Out

Ellis considered a run for the Commission seat but decided instead to support incumbent County Commissioner Mary Lou Horner . Horner, who was at the meeting, merely applauded Ellis’ comments.

Ellis did not elaborate on what offended him.

 

Addiction Driving Numbers

That led to the recent action by Knox County Commission to build another jail pod on Maloneyville Road to house more inmates.

Despite increased efficiency in the court system, the problem of jail overcrowding is evidently being pushed by the huge number of inmates with drug and alcohol problems. Hundreds of inmates that have been put on probation are back in jail because probation has been revoked for drug and alcohol offenses. Public drunkenness and drug possession by people on probation is filling the jails as quickly as the court system can clear space.

It will take about 18 months to add the new jail pod.

 

Revenue Loser?

We doubt it. Redflex signed a contract with Ventura, Calif. in 1991 that was to generate $5.7 million in fines in the first five years. The cameras resulted in $475,000 in actual revenue for the city, slightly less than the $480,000 the city had to pay Redflex for the cameras and the service. The city is re-negotiating the contract.

Knoxville City Council is supposed to get a look at the super secret negotiated contract Aug. 16.

 

Just Checking

The Broadway ramp was closed Friday night but re-opened at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the Buckingham Road, closed for eight days, was opened at 12 p.m. Sunday.

Those incentives for road contractors appear to be working.

Bug in Our Ear

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