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.
Lakeshore’s Closing May Yield Benefits
Published 12/28/2011 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
The initial announcement of state plans to close Lakeshore Mental Health Institute sent shock waves throughout the community. But local mental health advocates and service providers are convinced that the state’s plan will strengthen rather than weaken supports for the ...
Development Projects Raise Questions About UT's Priorities
Published 12/14/2011 at 4:35 p.m. 0 comments
The University of Tennessee is pursuing several ventures in assorted commercial realms, primarily in the name of economic development and job creation in the state. Since all of these endeavors come at a time when UT is generally in a ...
Enhancing South Knoxville’s Heritage
Published 11/29/2011 at 6:43 p.m. 0 comments
The 22-acre hillside on which Fort Stanley once was mounted has been acquired by the Aslan Foundation for a reported $750,000. That brings to more than $3 million the total Aslan has invested in protecting key portions of what’s also ...
Pioneering a State Health-Insurance Exchange
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
Either a Republican victory in next year’s presidential election or an adverse U.S. Supreme Court decision could undermine implementation of the landmark federal health-care law that’s due to take full effect in 2014. But given the long lead-times needed to ...
Innovation Valley’s Unfulfilled Promise
Published 11/2/2011 at 2:39 p.m. 0 comments
ORNL and the University of Tennessee are plainly the Knoxville area’s two biggest economic assets. Not only are they among the area’s largest employers of the present, but they’re also the source of inventions and technologies that hold potential for ...
Hillside Protection Plan’s Time Has Come
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:27 a.m. 3 comments
After a protracted process that’s involved a lot of wheel-spinning, the time has come for County Commission and City Council to jointly approve a Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan worthy of the name.
Chattanooga’s Economic Development Edge
Published 10/5/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
Not since 2008, when Green Mountain Coffee started roasting here and Sysco opened its big distribution center, has Knoxville seen a major new employer come to town.
Alignment Needed In County Redistricting
Published 9/21/2011 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments
Of the 64 counties in Tennessee that have a single countywide school system, Knox County is one of only four in which school board districts are not aligned with County Commission districts.
All Online Sales Should Be Taxed
Published 9/7/2011 at 11:36 a.m. 0 comments
The dispute over whether Amazon.com should collect sales tax on its online sales to Tennesseans needs to be resolved. But the solution needs to come from Washington, not Nashville, and it should apply to all online retailers, not just Amazon.
A Former Metro Pulse Publisher Reminisces
Published 8/24/2011 at 5:07 p.m. 1 comment
Joe Sullivan: When Metro Pulse started in 1991, I was looking, at age 54, to undertake what amounted to my fourth career.
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