Downtown Wayfinding Plans Move Forward
Updated 12/6/2012 at 12:31 p.m. 1 comment
Tuesday night at a public meeting, the city rolled out a long-term plan to fix a problem people have been complaining about since the 20th century: a lack of coherent, informative signage. Jack Neely gives them a look.
The Ever-Controversial Sen. Stacey Campfield Already Has a 2014 Challenger: UT Prof Brian Stevens
Published 11/28/2012 at 1:04 p.m. 2 comments
Brian Stevens is a young and exuberant would-be politician. And he’ll need every bit of that energy because he’s already begun a two-year campaign against one of the most competitive and controversial politicians in the state (and arguably in the ...
The James White Parkway Extension Is Back From the Dead. Again.
Published 11/20/2012 at 10:46 a.m. 3 comments
It’s a plan that nobody seems to want except for TDOT: to extend the unfinished James White Parkway. This will destroy neighborhoods, ruin plans for South Knoxville’s urban wilderness, and make life even more difficult for Chapman Highway merchants. So ...
Down By Law? TABC Says Valarium's Closure Not Related To Any New Changes in the Law
Published 11/14/2012 at 8:55 a.m. 1 comment
After the Valarium announced its closing, citing liquor laws as the reason, it raised questions over how onerous these state requirements are. But as Cari Wade Gervin discovered, they’re actually less tough than they were before.
Power Play: TVA's Plans for Gallatin Plant Draw Ire From Environmentalists
Published 11/14/2012 at 8:53 a.m. 0 comments
TVA’s coal-fired power plant in Gallatin is 60 years old, and the agency plans to spend up to a billion dollars bringing it up to new EPA standards. But environmental groups say the plant, one of the dirtiest in the ...
Republicans Take Even More Control of the Tennessee Legislature
Published 11/7/2012 at 7:16 a.m. 1 comment
We visit Knox County's Republican and Democratic election-night parties to report from the front lines of victory and defeat.
Analyzing This Year’s Ballot Amendments for the Knoxville and Knox County Charters
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
The Nov. 6 election ballot includes charter amendments for both the city and the county. Have you conducted your charter amendment research yet? Well, if you haven’t, Cari Wade Gervin has done the work for you in this analysis.
The Volunteer: Candidate Profile of Anthony Hancock, Running for the 18th District Seat in the State Legislature
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
After playing for the University of Tennessee from 1978-1981 (where he majored in sociology and minored in business administration), Hancock played five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (who picked him in the first round of the 1982 draft) before ...
RIVR Media Launches Knoxville-Based Feature-Film Studio
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
Longtime cable-TV production studio RIVR Media is bringing a new venture to Knoxville: Nest Features, a movie studio. Led by married filmmakers Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor, Nest aims to produce four feature-length fiction films over the next two years, ...
Published 10/3/2012 at 1:28 p.m. 1 comment
Sure, you’ve read all about how butt-chugging is practiced by rambunctious frat boys, but what does it actually do to the human body (biologically speaking)? Mike Gibson asks a real doctor who prefers not to be named, for some reason.
American Planning Association Names Gay Street a Top 10 "Great Street"
Published 10/3/2012 at 1:26 p.m. 0 comments
On Wednesday, the American Planning Association declared Gay Street one of the Top 10 Great Streets in America.
"Bad Precedent"? City Council Approves $1.5 Million Grant to University Commons Developers
Published 10/3/2012 at 1:22 p.m. 0 comments
The city apparently can’t wait to give developers $1.5 million in order to pay for infrastructure to accommodate the University Commons shopping center on a brownfield near the University of Tennessee. Is luring in Walmart the best use of public ...
The Implosion of Webcaster Knox ivi Leaves Behind a Wake of Accusations
Published 9/26/2012 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments
The streaming is over, but not the screaming—at least figuratively speaking—as the remnants of local Web programming outfit Knox ivi are hashed over in the wake of accusations of bad business practices alleged by its former clients, creditors, and employees—as ...
Tennessee Looks To Adopt New Fracking Regulations, But Do They Go Far Enough?
Published 9/26/2012 at 9:37 a.m. 0 comments
The state’s Oil and Gas Board will meet one last time, this Friday, in Nashville to set fracking regulations that critics say don’t go nearly far enough, as Cari Wade Gervin reports.
Tennessee’s New School Accountability System Sets More Attainable Goals for Struggling Schools
Published 9/19/2012 at 1:53 p.m. 0 comments
After the state of Tennessee received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind, it devised its own schools-assessment program. With its initial wave of ratings out, things look better for some of Knoxville’s problem schools, but how does ...