Trying to be Neutral: Assaying County Commission's Surprise New Chairman, Tony Norman
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
When, to the surprise of nearly everyone, including himself, Tony Norman was elected chairman of the Knox County Commission in September, it appeared to give impetus to his effort to strike back against forces that had provoked him as a ...
Subgroup Improvement: Closing Achievement "Gaps" in Knox Schools
Published 10/3/2012 at 3:37 p.m. 0 comments
I have been impressed with the Knox County school system and its leadership since Jim McIntyre became superintendent in 2008. So I was surprised that the McIntyre-led system failed to make a list of 21 “Exemplary School Districts” recently announced ...
Avoiding the Plunge: Congress Appears to be Taking Us Toward a Fiscal Cliff
Published 9/19/2012 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
It’s hard to believe that Congress will allow the U.S. economy to go over the fiscal cliff that’s looming at year’s end. Yet given this Congress’ oft demonstrated dysfunctionality, it’s hard to have any confidence that the dire consequences of ...
A New Alliance: Launching a Tennessee Health Insurance Co-op
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:29 a.m. 0 comments
When Jerry Burgess founded the HealthCare 21 Business Coalition in 1997, his mission was to help companies in the Knoxville area and beyond better manage their health benefits, with an emphasis on employee wellness and maximizing health plan value.
Biofuels Boondoggle? State's Investment in Switchgrass Doesn't Reap Benefits
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 1 comment
In 2007, when state government was flush with revenue, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen channeled $70 million to the University of Tennessee for what was called the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative.
Covering the Vulnerable: Why Expanding Medicaid in Tennessee is Compelling
Published 8/1/2012 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
The Affordable Care Act’s goal of making health care accessible and affordable to all Americans remains compelling, and none of its provisions more so than the one that makes all legal residents with incomes of no more than 133 percent ...
Down to the Buzzer: Restoration for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Published 7/25/2012 at 12:25 p.m. 0 comments
Until just recently, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame had become somewhat of a stepchild.
Are Online Courses Part of UT's Future?
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:07 a.m. 0 comments
Much-publicized online initiatives on the part of Harvard, MIT, Stanford and other top-tier universities have been most dramatically heralded by Stanford President John Hennessy’s proclamation that, “There’s a tsunami coming.”
State Funding Needed For Online Student Tests
Published 6/27/2012 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
The question, as evidenced by Knox County Commission’s rejection of the $21 million McIntyre sought for his technology initiatives that would have entailed a tax increase, is whether states and/or localities are prepared to pay for all of the infrastructure ...
KTSC Needs Revamping, Not Replacing
Published 6/13/2012 at 11:55 a.m. 1 comment
The Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp has an awkward name and has been in a very awkward position for the past several months.
Savings From Supportive Housing for the Homeless
Updated 5/31/2012 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
There’s been an 86 percent reduction in the incidence and cost of jail time in Knox County for formerly homeless individuals who’ve been placed in permanent supportive housing (PSH). That is one of the most striking findings of an intensive ...
Rogero’s Hybrid Pension Plan Deserves Support
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:34 p.m. 1 comment
Defined benefit or defined contribution: That is the question facing the city of Knoxville in providing a new retirement plan for city employees in the wake of the debacle that has saddled the city with $135 million in what is ...
What Will It Take to Get Knox Schools Funded for Success?
Published 5/2/2012 at 4:13 p.m. 3 comments
It’s clear that Knox County schools are underfunded. It’s also clear that Knox County has the capacity to do better.
Fill ’er Up With Natural Gas
Published 4/18/2012 at 12:30 p.m. 0 comments
Joe Sullivan reports on efforts by Pilot Flying J to support natural gas-fueled truck fleets.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Deserves Our Support
Published 4/4/2012 at 1:09 p.m. 2 comments
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is more than just a local visitor attraction. It’s a national shrine to women’s basketball and by extension a tribute to the remarkable accomplishments that women have made athletically over the past century.
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