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.
A New Marketplace: Health Care Exchange Enrollment Outreach Efforts are Ramping Up
Published 8/7/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 1 comment
Ready or not, the online insurance Exchange that is an “Obamacare” mainstay for making health care accessible and affordable to the uninsured will be opening for business very soon.
Dear Bill: An Open Letter to Gov. Bill Haslam
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:37 a.m. 2 comments
Your health care plan “would include co-pays for those that can afford to pay something, so the user has some skin in the game when it comes to health care incentives,” you told the state Legislature when unveiling it in ...
Losing Pace: A Track Coach Change is Needed at UT
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
However, after Clark assumed the combined helm, the women’s team began to decline, and the men’s team went from bad to worse.
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.
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