2014 Primaries: Board of Education
Published 4/16/2014 at 4:00 p.m. 3 comments
For elections that aren’t even countywide, the Knox County Schools Board of Education races have drawn outsized attention this year. In stark contrast to 2012, all three incumbents face challengers, and only one district, the seventh, is uncontested. Here are ...
2014 Primaries: Knox County Commission
Published 4/9/2014 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
So the Republican primary races—there are no Democrats running in these races—are packed with both fresh and familiar faces.
2014 Primaries: Knox County Sheriff
Published 4/2/2014 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Two new faces have thrown their hats in the ring against current sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones: Bobby Waggoner, a retired railroad officer and Knox County deputy, and Sam Hammett, an officer for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for nine years.
2014 Primaries: Knox County Trustee
Published 3/26/2014 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
So how is it that the Knox County Trustee’s office has become infamous for public scandals? It’s been by generating lots of headlines for the past few years. But that hasn’t stopped people from wanting the job. Republican candidates Barry ...
Homelessness Plan Update: City Council Members Take Positive Tone in Feedback
Published 3/19/2014 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
After introductory remarks from Mayor Madeline Rogero and Michael Dunthorn, from the city’s office on homelessness, Council members offered words of support for the plan.
Rikki Hall: An Original Mind
Updated 3/13/2014 at 11:13 a.m. 7 comments
A year ago, Metro Pulse columnist Rikki Hall was diagnosed with a particularly vicious form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme. After surgery and treatment at Duke University last year, he seemed to be getting better. But this year his health ...
Unexpected Closures on Gay Street Have Both Business Owners and City Officials Ticked Off
Updated 2/27/2014 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
The crane had a permit from the City of Knoxville’s engineering department to lift beams to the roof of 422 Gay St., the Cable Piano Building. But news of that permit seems not to have left the department.
Broadly-Written Sex Crimes Bill Attracts Concerns, Criticism From Press and Open-Records Advocates
Published 2/26/2014 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
State Sen. Becky Massey is carrying a bill on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police that, as written, would essentially make sex crimes secret.
Legislation Designed to Pay Performers of Pre-1972 Musical Works May Create New Problems Without Solving Old Ones
Published 2/12/2014 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
The songs are protected—songwriters and publishers have always gotten royalties—but the performances of those songs aren’t, which means singers and record labels generally don’t get royalties for use of those songs.
Meth-makers, Cold Sufferers Could Face Tighter Limits on Pseudoephedrine Purchases
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
This year, Haslam hopes to speed up the decline in meth labs across the state with what would be the most stringent monthly limits on pseudoephedrine and ephedrine product purchases in the country.
New Five Points Plan Aims to House All the Residents From Walter P. Taylor Homes—in 10 to 12 Years
Published 1/29/2014 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
Alvin Nance, executive director of KCDC, and the representatives of the planning team for the Five Points revitalization project were optimistic in their overview of the final draft of the Five Points master plan, though they hedged that tone with ...
Knoxville’s First Charter School Just Might Come From an Urban Ministry that Counts the Governor as a Board Member
Published 1/15/2014 at 9:51 a.m. 2 comments
As news has bubbled up about more and more charter operators looking to start new schools in Memphis and Nashville, it seemed unlikely that Knoxville could be left out of the mix for much longer. And on Tuesday, the news ...
New Survey Reveals System-Wide Dissatisfaction Among Knox County Teachers
Published 1/8/2014 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments
After outraged teachers started showing up at Knox County school board meetings last fall, Superintendent Jim McIntyre commissioned a survey of all teachers to find out how high morale actually is. The results are finally in, and they aren’t good, ...
Sounds Great: The Lakeshore Park Master Plan Offers Little to Object to, but Awaits Funding
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 1 comment
Monday evening at Deane Hill Recreation Center, the city rolled out a blue-sky master plan for Lakeshore Park. Considering it’s almost 200 acres at the high-profile corner of Lyons View and Northshore, there was a good deal of interest, even ...
The World's Fair Park Working Group Meets Again with More Ideas for the South Lawn
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:03 a.m. 1 comment
Not really a problem, and a popular place for a few festivals and Frisbee-chasing dogs, the South Lawn (located right between the constantly building university and the rapidly reviving downtown) has been envied by several planners of Big Projects since ...
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