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.
A Conference TV Revenue Bonanza Will Bolster UT's Athletic Budget
Published 11/28/2012 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments
Even if the University of Tennessee’s football fortunes continue to flounder, its Athletic Department’s financial future appears secure. Its saving grace is UT’s membership in the Southeastern Conference and the bonanza of football TV revenues the conference promises to garner ...
Overtime: College Football Games Last Too Long
Published 11/7/2012 at 11:57 a.m. 0 comments
I’ve been a lifelong college football fan, but at this stage of my life the games have gotten too long for me.
Product Development: Devising a New Tourism Brand for Knoxville
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
It’s got a new name and a new lease on life, but it remains to be seen how well the organization now known as Visit Knoxville can deliver on its imperative.
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 ...
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