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.
It's About Fairness: Collecting Sales Tax From Everybody Should Mean a Tax Cut for the Rest of Us
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:47 p.m. 1 comment
It’s not an Internet tax, dammit, no matter how many times lazy headline writers call it that.
Megasite Aftermath: Effort Now is to Stop the Intermodal in New Market with Focus on County Government
Published 5/29/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 2 comments
Property owners in New Market opposed to Norfolk Southern’s plan to build a transportation transfer point, where trailer trucks will gather to be loaded and unloaded off trains, have hired the attorney that led the fight that stopped a proposed ...
Ghostbuster! If You're a Rich Republican Who Needs Help, Who Ya' Gonna Call?
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
Well, the Ghostbuster for millionaire Republicans is Tom Ingram.
One Party is No Party: Haslam, Ramsey, Harwell Either Unite or Lose Control of State Government
Published 5/8/2013 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
One-party rule means no-party rule.
Train Wreck: You Can't Graft Obamacare onto Existing Business Models
Published 5/1/2013 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
Politico reported last week that the Congressional leadership is having secret talks about how to exempt Capitol Hill staffers from the insurance exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare.
Shock and Awe: Knoxville Hasn't Been This Shocked Since the Butcher Banks Closed
Published 4/24/2013 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments
When word hit news websites last week that the FBI had staged a shock-and-awe raid of the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, there was a common theme expressed in my round-robin of phone calls. Nothing this shocking has happened in ...