Can I Get an Amen? We Will Have Controversy, But Let's Stop Now and Then to Celebrate Downtown
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
I got in my time machine the other night and went back to visit myself in 2001 when I was deputy to Mayor Victor Ashe and involved in the effort to revitalize downtown Knoxville.
Positive Nullification: From Legal Pot, Gay Marriage and the Right to Farm, States are Asserting Rights
Published 9/11/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 1 comment
And progressives need to come over to our side.
Wanna Buy a Carr? Alexander Tried to Avoid It, But He's Going to Have a Primary Race
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
Alexander did not get surprised like his Senate colleague Richard Lugar, who was upset by a no-name candidate in the Indiana Republican primary.
Profile in Courage: The Coopers Had to Make a Choice Many Families Face Today
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:19 p.m. 0 comments
The Cooper family, at some point, chose to support their daughter and their daughter-in-law, Krista, even at the risk of public criticism.
Hope and Change: If You Lower Expectations, You Can be Optimistic About the Coming Football Season
Published 8/21/2013 at 11:14 a.m. 4 comments
I hope University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is the second coming of Gen. Robert Neyland.
A Miserable Index: Knoxville Hospitals Under-Reimbursed for Medicare Costs at $50 Million per Year
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 1 comment
You can argue about the different rates between Knoxville and New York. But Chattanooga? And rated as having the same wage costs as Scott County?
Build It, They Will Come? Despite Hard Times, Can Tennova Afford Not to Build a New Hospital?
Published 8/7/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 6 comments
Despite the turmoil surrounding its parent company, Tennova appears to be proceeding with plans to build a hospital on Middlebrook Pike to replace the one off Broadway that we’ve always called (and still do) St. Mary’s.
The Education Playbook: How About Discussing What We Teach Rather Than How to Privatize Schools?
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 1 comment
Mark Twain is supposed to have said “everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it.”
Will Fix Succeed? If Voters Reject Amendment Requiring Appointed Judges, Will They Be Ignored Again?
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
What happens if they don’t? Will the voters be ignored again?
Keep the Park in World's Fair Park
Published 7/17/2013 at 3:50 p.m. 0 comments
World’s Fair Park is an island of greenery and a nice self-contained area that sits between downtown and the University of Tennessee campus. There is now a discussion and a task force discussing, among other things, moving the Clarence Brown ...
Haslam a Moderate? Changes in Education, Privatizing—Moderation Tag Doesn't Fit
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 2 comments
Many people, including a lot of people in his own party, view him as a moderate.
Paying for Our Sins: The Solution May Stink, But We Have to Deal With Decades-Old Failure
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments
I thought about the idealistic promise of Lady Liberty and contrasted it with our U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s amendment—20,000 more border guards, 700 miles of fence, and $4.5 billion in surveillance technology at the Mexican border.
The Nielsen Experience: Losing Control Over When Viewers Watch Their TV Shows is a Brave New World for Stations
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments
I recently had the opportunity to do some informal research on the state of the television industry. There is a lot of talk about the long-term viability of newspapers, but I think broadcast television faces greater challenges.
Let the People Vote: Courthouse Office Abuses Cry for Reform, But Abolishing Elections Isn't the Answer
Published 6/19/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
I have always opposed taking away the people’s right to vote and have long advocated that Tennessee elect more people to office—a state attorney general and school superintendents, for example.
What Are Core Values? We Face a Battle Over the Future of Education in Tennessee
Updated 6/13/2013 at 11:52 a.m. 0 comments
Gov. Bill Haslam’s education reforms hit a couple of speed bumps this past legislative session, but his reforms may hit a brick wall come next session.