Systemic Stress: Is the UT Foundation Foundering?
Published 7/23/2014 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
While many universities domicile their fund-raisers in a foundation, UT’s method for doing so by leasing the development officers to the unit was unusual, to say the least.
Do Your Duty: Vote to Stamp Out Campfield
Published 7/9/2014 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Stacey Campfield is probably the worst excuse for a state senator that Knox County has ever seen.
Wither the BEP? Tennessee Public School Funding Must Be Made More Equitable and More Sufficient
Published 6/25/2014 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
However, the way the pie gets sliced varies widely from county to county.
Work Force: More Downtown Workers Are Needed
Published 6/11/2014 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
I’m delighted that Mayor Madeline Rogero has invited the Urban Land Institute back to Knoxville to advise on downtown development strategies, especially for the two major sites that are now vacant: namely, those of the former McClung Warehouses on Jackson ...
Ms. District Attorney: Knight Is a Worthy Successor to Nichols
Published 5/28/2014 at 1:42 p.m. 0 comments
The rest, as they say, is history. No one else was about to take on a candidate as formidable, and on May 6 Charme Knight sailed unopposed to victory as the Knox district’s first woman attorney general, effective Sept. 1.
Overdue Repayment: The County Owes Knox Schools Over $10 Million
Published 5/14/2014 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Knox County government owes Knox County Schools more than $10 million in reimbursement of wrongfully collected trustee’s fees on local option sales taxes to which the school system has been entitled over a span of more than 15 years.
Kooky Koch Cuts: Tennessee Doesn't Need More Tax Cuts
Published 4/23/2014 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
It’s heartening to see how cooler heads in the state Legislature managed to thwart a concerted effort by right-wing interlopers to ram through a tax cut at the very time when Gov. Bill Haslam has felt compelled to drop his ...
Reforms Referendum: Knox County School Board Elections are Crucial
Published 4/9/2014 at 11:15 a.m. 1 comment
If the dissidents prevail in all of them, it would undermine the base of support on the nine-member board that Superintendent Jim McIntyre has commended as the galvanizing force behind the changes locally.
Full to Capacity? New Downtown Hotel Proposals are Overblown
Published 4/2/2014 at 10:29 a.m. 2 comments
As a result, the prospect of a room glut is likely to preclude any of them from getting the financing needed for construction.
Pension Problems: A City Tax Increase is Needed to Cope With Recurring Costs
Published 3/19/2014 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Even with the 24-cent increase needed to raise revenues by $10 million, the resultant $2.63 rate would still be lower than at any other point during that span of time.
Controversial Cost Containment: Chattanooga's Pension Cuts Don't Bode Well
Published 3/5/2014 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
With Mayor Andy Berke leading the charge, Chattanooga’s Fire and Police Pension Board has approved cuts in retiree benefits and increases in employee contributions to its pension plan. All this in the name of putting the brakes on the escalation ...
Financial Transparency? Restoring Trust in the Knox County Trustee's Office
Published 2/19/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 1 comment
Leuthold insists that all of the trustee’s accounts are now being reconciled on a current basis. “With the steps we’ve put in place, now if we are out of balance we will find it immediately and be able to fix ...
Mr. District Attorney: Randy Nichols Has Served the Community Well
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments
The community owes a lot of gratitude to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols, who will retire in August after 22 years of distinguished public service.
Home Economics: Knoxville's Dwindling Supports for Supportive Housing
Published 1/23/2014 at 10:04 a.m. 0 comments
Even if Knoxville had the political will to provide more large-scale supportive housing for the homeless, which is doubtful, it’s even less likely that funding could be obtained for any more projects on the order of Minvilla Manor and Flenniken ...
Windfall Profit: Assaying a Big Boost in City Revenues
Published 1/8/2014 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments
It is tempting to conjecture that the City of Knoxville’s remarkable surge in revenues derived from the state’s Hall income tax could go a long way toward solving the city’s fiscal problems.
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