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 ...
Reviving James Brown's Radio Station Call Letters, Rep. Joe Armstrong Aims to Fill a Void in Knoxville's Airwaves
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:04 a.m. 1 comment
WJBE—a “raw soul” radio station originally owned by one James Brown beginning in the late ’60s—is back on the air. State Rep. Joe Armstrong, who recently purchased the frequencies and the rights to the call letters, hopes to bring music ...
Safety Center Task Force Will Draw Up a Request for Proposals
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
At the task force’s July meeting, members requested some data on how many people booked in local jails would be eligible to go to a proposed safety center instead, where they would be treated for substance abuse, and any mental ...
Remembering Jon Haas, the Imaginative Developer Who Made a Difference in Fort Sanders
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:03 a.m. 2 comments
Maybe you never heard of Jon Haas. Maybe you weren’t familiar with his business ventures, and maybe you never lived in one of his Fort Sanders properties. But the measure of Haas’ life was greater than the sum of those ...
Plans for South Waterfront Park Unveiled
Published 11/6/2013 at 9:00 p.m. 0 comments
Almost nine years ago, Mayor Bill Haslam announced the South Knoxville Waterfront Development project. Not much of it has come to pass. But the new Suttree Landing Park will encompass five acres of waterfront. Is this the first step in ...