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.
Building Bridges at Knox County Schools
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 2 comments
Unless the breach that has developed between Superintendent Jim McIntyre and many teachers can be healed, his tenure and that of the school board members who support him could be jeopardized.
Extra Credit: Tennessee's Student Achievement Gains—And Teacher Stresses
Published 12/4/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
The NAEP assessment, often referred to as “the nation’s report card,” is given every other year to a sample set of fourth- and eighth-graders in math and reading in all 50 states. Tennessee was the only state to make gains ...
Knoxville Museum of Art Has a Lot to Celebrate
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments
As the KMA approaches the 25th anniversary of its opening in 1990, it has not only established financial stability but also an artistic identity and eminence that were also lacking in its early years.
Community Developments: Public Improvements Coming to Downtown's Environs
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
Indeed, when accompanying private projects getting a public assist are taken into account, developments on the perimeter are outstripping those in downtown proper.
Promising Protons: A New Provision For Prostate Cancer Treatment Perils
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments
When I first saw the TV spot touting proton therapy for prostate cancer, I was totally turned off.
Making a New PACT: Reaching Out to the Mentally Ill
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments
PACT is clearly designed to serve the very set of people who are now all too frequently landing in jail rather than in a treatment program for their mental illnesses.
Safety Center Issues: Keeping the Mentally Ill Out of Harm's Way
Published 10/2/2013 at 11:54 a.m. 1 comment
There’s a disturbing disconnect between the push for a Safety Center to divert the mentally ill and the publicly intoxicated from jail to temporary treatment, and the need for long-term supportive housing to deter the many who are homeless from ...
Learning Problems: Knox School Achievement Gains are Lagging
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:24 a.m. 1 comment
Superintendent Jim McIntyre has been making the rounds of local media heralding the accomplishments of Knox County Schools. But my own reading of this past year’s performance measures concludes that the bad news outweighs the good.
Campaigning for Visitors: Can Knoxville Really Attract a Lot More Tourists?
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:54 a.m. 2 comments
The jury’s out on whether Visit Knoxville’s ballyhooed initiative to attract a lot more visitors to the city will succeed in doing so. But if there’s a shortfall, it will probably be due more to lack of resources than lack ...
Flying Blind: Is CAP on a Quixotic Quest for Low-Fare Airline Service?
Published 8/21/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 1 comment
That’s the view, at least, of leading consultants who advise airports, local governments, and booster groups on such matters.
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