State ABC Cracks Down on House-Infused Spirits. Can Tennessee's Cocktail Culture Survive?
Published 6/19/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
It wasn’t that long ago that house-infused spirits were a rarity in Tennessee, but these days, everyone from high-end speakeasies like Peter Kern Library to casual chains like Tupelo Honey have them on the menu.
Oak Ridge's Young Activist Marcel Neergaard Gets State Rep. John Ragan's "Reformer of the Year" Honor Revoked
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
When Marcel Neergaard decided to start a petition calling for StudentsFirst—a national political action committee pursuing “transformative” school reforms—to revoke the “reformer of the year” honor it had awarded to Tennessee state Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) in April, he ...
Multi-Million-Dollar Development Project Unveiled for South Knoxville
Updated 6/6/2013 at 9:27 a.m. 4 comments
South Knoxville riverfront development is back in the game with the announcement of a $150 million mixed-use project for the empty Baptist Hospital building. Hailed as a “game changer” for the southside, the project renderings also disappoint those who think ...
Can the Stagnating Knoxville Center Mall Be Saved?
Published 5/29/2013 at 11:07 a.m. 3 comments
Knoxville Center is what’s known in the industry as a “distressed asset”—so much so that in the last couple of years, its owner, Simon Property Group, the country’s largest mall operator, had washed its hands and put the property up ...
MPC Drafts an Ordinance to Create Building Design Guidelines in Certain Areas
Updated 5/17/2013 at 4:39 p.m. 2 comments
Last Thursday, the Metropolitan Planning Committee approved an ordinance that would allow the city to designate overlay zone districts. What are those? Paige Huntoon explains.
UT Holds Meetings to Address Custodians' Accusations, But They Don't Seem to Calm Nerves
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:17 a.m. 6 comments
Last week, University of Tennessee supervisors met with members of its custodial team to hear their complaints of mistreatment and poor management. Meant to clear the air, the meeting did not go altogether well, as Cari Wade Gervin reports.
Downtown Business Owners Question Rossini Festival's Move to Henley Street
Published 5/8/2013 at 11:01 a.m. 2 comments
After 12 mostly successful years on Gay Street and Market Square, the city will be moving the Rossini Festival’s unusual street fair in 2014 to Henley Street, between Main and Clinch, saying it is responding to business owners’ complaints. Jack ...
Stacey Campfield Beats the Rap for Libel, but Roger Byrge Plans to Appeal
Updated 5/1/2013 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments
State Sen. Stacey Campfield manages to get his libel suit thrown out of court, but the plaintiff is planning to appeal, reports Betty Bean.
Swept Under the Carpet?: UT Custodians Allege Harassment, Retaliatory Transfers, and More
Published 4/30/2013 at 6:25 p.m. 2 comments
From January 2012 until last week, 65 employees have left their positions in Building Services. Five of those employees retired, and two died (one on the job), which means a total of 58 employees have been fired or have resigned ...
TCWN Accuses State of Insufficient Enforcement of Clean-Water Regulations
Published 4/24/2013 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments
When the Tennessee Clean Water Network released its annual water-enforcement report last week, something looked odd. They collected data on the number of enforcement actions taken against groups or companies that had violated the terms of their discharge permits into ...
New Centennial Conservation Expo Promises to Conjure the Spirit of the Enormous, Influential 1913 Fair
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:22 a.m. 1 comment
On Wednesday, with some Edwardian fanfare, Mayor Madeline Rogero and her staff announced the centennial celebration of the National Conservation Exposition of 1913. If all goes according to still-unfolding plans, this year’s Centennial Conservation Expo will be an unusual Saturday ...
Non-Profit Developer to Consider Some "Fragile Fifteen" Buildings for Artist Work Space
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments
Artspace, a non-profit company that specializes in refurbishing old buildings into artists’ studios, is coming to Knoxville to see the lay of the land.
Should Developers Have More Rights Than Cities? They Just Might, if New State Legislation Passes
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
A new bill in the state Legislature aims to help developers by freezing municipal codes at the time building plans are submitted. But such a freeze on regulations could create a lot of problems for city planners, as Cari Wade ...
Gov. Haslam's "Tennessee Plan" for Expanding Health Insurance Faces a Lot of Obstacles
Published 4/3/2013 at 10:02 a.m. 0 comments
Last week Gov. Bill Haslam announced that he would not accept federal money to expand Medicaid, but he added a big qualifier. He’ll take those federal funds, all right, but only if he can work out a deal with the ...
Critics Say Tennessee Bill Aimed at Reducing Animal Cruelty May Actually Protect Food Industry
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:35 a.m. 5 comments
A bill ostensibly aimed at preventing animal cruelty could actually make animal abuse easier to hide. It would make it a crime to not turn over any unedited videos and photographs that record cruelty to livestock to law enforcement authorities ...
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