Looking Forward to the Rogero Administration
Published 1/4/2012 at 12:10 p.m. 0 comments
With a new year and a new city government, what lies ahead for Knoxville? Mayor Madeline Rogero’s promise to make our town greener and more livable needs to be translated into policies, and there is cause for optimism.
Why Green Opportunities Make Good Business Sense
Published 12/7/2011 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
Until this month, no composting facility near Nashville could accept food waste. A couple of Lipscomb University graduate students noticed this opportunity a couple years ago. Now, finished with their degrees, they have started a business, obtained permits, and built ...
Why Rural Counties Should Tax the 1%
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:57 p.m. 0 comments
Coal and timber land is often owned by small holding companies that are owned by larger corporations and institutional investors. This makes it difficult to find an actual person associated with the land, and even county property assessors are sometimes ...
Mayor Burchett's Loose Ways
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
With a new Carter Elementary now assured, County Mayor Tim Burchett deserves cheers, but only in the sense that you clap for stragglers in a charity 5k run who were just trying to prove they could finish
Let’s Put a Stop to Redistricting Shenanigans
Published 9/14/2011 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Redistricting is one of the ugliest processes in our democracy. But there is a way to stop the shenanigans.
A More Than Tolerable Choice for the 6th District State Senate Seat
Published 8/17/2011 at 1:22 p.m. 1 comment
Gloria Johnson is the best candidate in the race, the one who can be trusted to act on behalf of people, not corporations.
Privatizing Public Services Doesn't Work
Published 7/20/2011 at 3:45 p.m. 2 comments
Privatization of public services has been a trend in government for a couple decades. It was hatched as a Republican concept, but because it enables graft and does little to limit legislative spending powers, it soon caught on among Democrats ...
Construction of a Hillside Plan Everyone Can Love is Ahead
Published 6/15/2011 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
If your primary objective is delay, local government is here to please. County government has a long history of delays and a toolshed of tricks, but recent votes have a revealed a new tool in the arsenal.
Has the Age of Sprawl Bought the Farm?
Published 5/25/2011 at 2:26 p.m. 2 comments
Demographic trends point toward continued population growth in Knox County, but where are the newcomers going to work and live?
TVA Shouldn’t Cut Corners on its Natural Resources Plan
Published 4/27/2011 at 1:18 p.m. 0 comments
TVA is the process of determining its environmental priorities for the coming decades, and they want your input.
Published 4/6/2011 at 12:23 p.m. 0 comments
Because the political center has drifted so far right, Republicans have been pushed against the barriers of respectability. State legislators break those barriers often to gain rightward ground. While this is a source of amusement for many, particularly those outside ...
Time for Hillside Compromise
Published 3/2/2011 at 12:01 p.m. 1 comment
Monday came in like a lion, a powerful storm with flooding as bad as we’ve seen in a decade. It went out like a lamb, County Commission deferring action on the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan for 60 days. It ...
Pale Shadow of a City Council
Published 1/26/2011 at 12:38 p.m. 0 comments
Groundhog Day came early this year, at least the Bill Murray version. City Council treated Knoxvillians to repetitive absurdity when they replaced the mayor and 5th District city councilman. It took 16 rounds of voting to put Charlie Thomas on ...
Published 1/5/2011 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Treating what is left of county farmland as nothing more than bait with which to lure jobs will result in a county without character. As experience proves, businesses attracted by the infrastructure and incentives that local governments like to dangle ...
Let's Consider Our Options to Fix Alcoa Highway
Published 12/8/2010 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments
Whether ghosts are real is not as important as whether the living consent to be haunted. A road upgrade in the works since 1989 without fruition is haunted by the political heft of car dealerships no longer with us and ...