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. 4 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 ...
Lost Tribe: Tribe One, Longstanding Inner-City Youth Center, Closes Its Doors
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:24 a.m. 1 comment
After a quarter-century of providing innovative educational, entrepreneurial, and recreational programs for the city’s under-served inner-city youth, Knoxville’s Tribe One has closed its doors on Magnolia Avenue. Mike Gibson reports.
Plowing Ahead: Knoxville Didn't Win Bloomberg Philanthropies' Contest Money. Is the "Food Corridor" Dead?
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 1 comment
Knoxville was one of the finalists in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayor’s Challenge with a multi-faceted plan for an “Urban Food Corridor” to increase access to healthy food, reuse abandoned lots, and create local food-industry jobs. It didn’t win the grant, ...