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.
Natural Gas Use Should Be Heating Up
Published 8/10/2011 at 12:12 p.m. 0 comments
Amid all the hoopla over developing clean, sustainable alternatives to oil and coal to fuel the nation’s vehicles and power plants, one that tends to get overlooked by many is natural gas.
Mark Padgett’s Dubious Mayoral Qualifications
Published 7/27/2011 at 1:30 p.m. 2 comments
Mark Padgett’s candidacy for mayor of Knoxville rests heavily on his business experience and accomplishments. Yet questions abound about just how successful Padgett has been in building his business.
The Carter School Gamble
Published 7/13/2011 at 2:54 p.m. 0 comments
At a school board meeting last week, Tim Burchett unveiled a plan for funding construction of the new school without borrowing a nickel. Instead, most of the money would be raised by selling county-owned property and applying the proceeds to ...
Is Knoxville Really the Worst City for Allergies?
Updated 6/30/2011 at 1:04 p.m. 2 comments
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Knoxville is the worst city in the nation for allergies. But how did they come to that conclusion? Joe Sullivan tracks down their numbers.
County Redistricting Presents Challenges and Opportunities
Published 6/22/2011 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a decennial rite of passage in Knox County’s body politic that occurs after new census population figures are released, as 2010’s were this spring.
Tax Reform Needed for Deficit Reduction
Published 6/1/2011 at 3:09 p.m. 0 comments
For all the disagreement in Washington, there’s broad bipartisan consensus on curtailing an estimated $1.1 trillion annual revenue drain in the form of what are known as tax expenditures. These backdoor outlays encompass the benefits of a myriad of federal ...
Supporting Supportive Housing
Published 5/18/2011 at 1:17 p.m. 0 comments
The perception abounds that efforts to provide permanent supportive house for the chronically homeless have been put on hold pending the outcome of a public process being conducted by a task force aptly named Compassion Knoxville. But such is not ...
Public School Funds Shouldn’t Go To Private Schools
Published 5/4/2011 at 1:44 p.m. 1 comment
Given all that’s being done to raise the public education bar in Tennessee, it’s hard to fathom why the state Senate has approved a bill to let low-income students use public school funds to pay for private school tuition.
Knox Schools are Getting More Than Meets the Eye
Published 4/20/2011 at 3:47 p.m. 0 comments
The publicized $384.7 million budget that the school board approved earlier this month doesn’t begin to tell the full story of the money going to Knox County schools in the year ahead.
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