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Live from Washington Avenue

Good News for Stinking Rich Football Fans

KelTec a Must-Carry

Reorg Now Clear

Bug in Our Ear

Live from Washington Avenue

There were more than 100 applicants for this year’s grants, and the 11 projects selected range from a conversion of Bill Clinton ’s former high school in Hot Springs, Ark. into loft-style apartments, to a rebuilding of the Holy Cross District in New Orleans that was damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Look for the projects in public service announcements on HGTV networks and on their website, HGTV.com, throughout the coming year.

Good News for Stinking Rich Football Fans

At Metro Pulse ’s last evaluation in the spring of this year, we spoke with the manager of Knoxville’s Gameday properties, Cathie Bleyler , who insisted that contrary to rumors otherwise, the Phase II units were selling well, and that the present delay— groundbreaking was originally slated to take place in 2003—was due to paperwork.

Most of the apartment complexes on the western fringe of Maplehurst have already been condemned (one, an apartment complex dating back to the late-1800s, subsequently burned down)  but the jury’s still out on what will become of Neyland Hills, the modest brick apartment complex that sits in between Maplehurst and the site of the forthcoming condos. A letter hanging in the laundry room, signed by the regional manager of Place Properties (owner of Fort Sanders high-rise Knoxville Place, along with dozens of other residential properties in college towns across the country, and multiple buildings in the Maplehurst neighborhood), requests that Neyland Hills residents quit making their checks out to Gameday, and informs residents that they have a new management contact person, Cathie Bleyler.

KelTec a Must-Carry

KelTec makes ugly little guns, mostly plastic, and not very accurate for distance. But the guns are flat, they don’t cause a bulge in your suit, and they require a lot of pull on the trigger to go off. This makes them the “carry” weapon of choice for at least a dozen public officials we know, mostly legislators. They fit in a suit coat pocket, or, with a clip-on attachment, fit down in the waistband of suit trousers.

They are also a lot of fun at parties.

Reorg Now Clear

It is now clear the reorganization involved moving Community Development honcho Rene Kessler out of the control of director Sam Anderson and under the supervision of Martin. A 1,000-page report, generated by the city civil service, accuses Kessler of racial discrimination, employee discrimination and retaliation against whistleblowers.

Anderson took a glancing blow in the report after he suspended a worker who filed a complaint with the feds alleging mismanagement of grant funds. Anderson says the two events are unrelated and he didn’t know about the complaint when he took action.

Anderson and Kessler are members of an East Knoxville political machine that supported Mayor Bill Haslam’s bid for the mayor’s office.

The Community Development Office administers the Empowerment Zone program, a $25.6 million infusion of federal funds into downtown and poor neighborhoods west, north and east of downtown.

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