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  • 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.

  • 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 ...

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