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.
State Legislators Flout the U.S. Constitution
Published 3/30/2011 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments
In adopting a bill purporting to void the federal health-care law’s mandate that individuals be insured or pay a penalty, state legislators have thumbed their nose at the U.S. Constitution.
Knox County Fees Offices Not Following Charter Budgetary Provisions
Published 3/21/2011 at 5:16 p.m. 1 comment
Charter provisions requiring that the budgets of the county clerk, register of deeds, and trustee be approved by the Knox County mayor and County Commission have been disregarded—an issue which arose at a contentious County Commission workshop on Monday.
Is ORNL at a Tipping Point?
Updated 3/11/2011 at 11:39 a.m. 0 comments
The impending federal budget confrontation between the Obama administration and newly empowered congressional Republicans could represent a tipping point for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
House Budget Cuts May Hit Hard Locally
Published 2/23/2011 at 12:15 p.m. 1 comment
The $100 billion that an axe-wielding new Republican majority chopped from the federal budget in the House of Representatives last week wouldn’t make that big of a dent in the nation’s $1.6 trillion deficit for the current fiscal year. But ...
Filling Tennessee's Deep Budgetary Hole
Published 2/9/2011 at 12:43 p.m. 0 comments
This past year’s economic recovery has begun to lift state revenues out of the deep hole into which they plunged during the Great Recession of the two preceding years. But even sustained continuation of the 4 percent growth rate experienced ...
UT’s Baker Center Has Much To Offer the Community
Published 2/2/2011 at 11:39 a.m. 1 comment
Since its completion in 2008, the brick- and marble-clad Howard Baker Center has established an iconic presence on the University of Tennessee campus.
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