Budget Maneuvers: City Pension Woes Keep Mounting
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:53 p.m. 0 comments
Going on two years ago, the City of Knoxville’s Pension Board concluded that the 8 percent annual investment return on which its pension funding had been predicated was too high—contributing to a $127 million unfunded liability.
Next Big Step: The Quest for Downtown Growth Room
Published 5/29/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
But just as the city’s rapid growth in the late 19th century led to annexations in all directions, so may downtown’s 21st century resurgence beget extensions of its footprint.
Can Downtown Knoxville Sustain its Growth With New Construction?
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 3 comments
For all the entrepreneurial economic development that’s revitalized downtown Knoxville since the turn of the century, about the only new buildings to go up have emanated from the public sector.
New Developments: Gay Street is Getting Full
Updated 5/6/2013 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
The time could be at hand for Gay Street’s missing teeth to get filled in, restoring a full smile to downtown’s signature thoroughfare.
Letter: Critical Mass
Published 4/24/2013 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments
Moffett: I was especially interested as I was project designer for that three building complex—the Holiday Inn, the convention/ exhibition center and the office building—with consultation from the lead designer of Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.
Haslam's Bold Health Care Gambit May Result in a Better Plan—if it Works
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
Anyone who doubts Gov. Bill Haslam’s sincerity in seeking to provide high-quality health care coverage to low-income Tennesseans has another think coming.
Heading Upscale: Knoxville's Convention Center Gets a Posh Hotel Boost
Published 4/3/2013 at 10:13 a.m. 0 comments
To the extent it’s possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, Nick Cazana’s plans for converting the drab state office building on Henley Street into a sleek hotel will succeed in doing so.
Empty Seat: Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright is Usually Wrong
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
I’ve criticized or poked fun at lots of elected officials in this column over the years, but I’ve never before singled one out for ridicule.
Land of Opportunity: Making the Most of Lakeshore's Acquisition
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
Now that the city of Knoxville is completing acquisition of the site of the former Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, a big question becomes how to make the most of its magnificent 186-acre campus bordering Fort Loudoun Lake in West Knoxville.
Lockdown: School Security Needs Fortification, Not Recrimination
Published 2/20/2013 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments
Recent revelations of security system deficiencies at two Knox County schools need to be put in the rear view mirror, and the school system needs to move ahead with doing exactly what Superintendent Jim McIntyre called for in his Feb. ...
Misfires: Tennessee's Gun-Control Deficiencies and Anomalies
Published 2/6/2013 at 3:19 p.m. 0 comments
One gun control measure strongly favored by public opinion and supported by the National Rifle Association would require background checks on all gun purchases.
Safety Center? McNabb Center! How Best to Improve Knoxville's Mental Health Crisis Services
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments
Some 5,000 calls a month pour into Helen Ross McNabb Center’s 24/7 crisis service lines. They come from distressed individuals, their family members, hospital emergency rooms, and law enforcement officers.
Electoral Exit: Presidents Should Be Elected by Popular Vote
Published 1/9/2013 at 9:36 a.m. 2 comments
Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election with nearly five million more popular votes than Mitt Romney and a resounding electoral vote majority of 332 to 206. But was his electoral vote victory necessarily so clear?
New Billboards in Knox County Should Be Banned
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
County Commissioner Richard Briggs is spearheading an effort to make the ban permanent and also prohibit any more conversions. After holding hearings and a workshop, Commission is due to act on Briggs’ proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance in ...
Rookie Standout: Pension Reforms Highlight Rogero's First Year as Mayor
Updated 12/13/2012 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments
Madeline Rogero has accomplished a lot during her first year as mayor of Knoxville, but when asked what she considers most significant, she’s quick to single out her overhaul of the city’s pension plan.
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