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.
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 ...
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