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  • 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.

  • Knoxville's Rising Pension Costs Published 3/21/2012 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments

    Projected increases in Knox County contributions needed to fund its Uniformed Officers Pension Plan pale by comparison with those required to keep the city of Knoxville’s employee pension plans on a sound footing over the next decade.

  • Redefining Knox County’s Community Grants Process Published 3/7/2012 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments

    When County Mayor Tim Burchett announced he was dispensing with the citizen review panels that had been selecting recipients of community grants from Knox County, I would have expected lots of protest. But Burchett has drawn little criticism for his ...

  • Upping Performance Pay For Top Teachers Published 2/22/2012 at 12:07 p.m. 2 comments

    More performance-based pay for top teachers and for instructional coaches ranks high on Superintendent Jim McIntyre’s list of needed initiatives. But as matters stand, it’s not even clear where the money will come from to sustain the strategic compensation program ...

  • Joe Jarret For County Law Director Published 1/25/2012 at 11:50 a.m. 1 comment

    The job of law director is more complicated in Knox County than most places because the director represents not only County Commission and the mayor, but also all of the county’s other independently elected officials including the Board of Education, ...

  • Overcoming Obstacles to Blighted Property Reclamation Published 1/11/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments

    Mayor Rogero has made changing state law to reduce if not remove obstacles to delinquent-tax sales a top priority.

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