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, ...
Educational Fracking? UT Wants to Research Oil and Gas Drilling, But at What Cost?
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 1 comment
The University of Tennessee’s new plan to lease land in Scott and Morgan counties to oil and gas interests is causing no little dispute, as Cari Wade Gervin reports.
Marble Alley 2.0: Buzz Goss' Residential Project Looks Like a Boon for Downtown, if not the Landmark Once Proposed
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
The press conference at the blank corner of State and Commerce last Friday drew an impressive convention of mayors, commissioners, councilmen, and other conspicuous Knoxville boosters, affirming that architect-turned-developer Buzz Goss’ Marble Alley project is huge. But it’s not much ...
Legal Limits: Will Judicial Redistricting Get Pushed Through? How Much Will it Mess Things Up?
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is pushing for a new map, and much of the legal community is not happy about it.
State Charter School Authorizer Bill Raises Controversy
Published 2/27/2013 at 2:46 p.m. 0 comments
When Michelle Rhee’s controversial education reform organization, StudentsFirst, started pouring money into the campaign coffers of state House and Senate Education Committee members last year, it denied it was buying votes. But it has marshaled legislative support for education bills ...
Time is Money: KAT's Proposed Route Changes are Result of Expiring UT Contract and Increased Federal Funds
Published 2/20/2013 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments
Earlier this month, Knoxville Area Transit released a set of proposed changes to its bus routes. If the proposals are approved by the Knoxville Transportation Authority later this month, many riders may find their typical routes served more frequently by ...
Grand Old Party Pains: Small Election at the West Knox Republican Club Escalates Into Battle Over Party's Direction
Updated 3/5/2013 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments
Who knew that electing a vice chair of the largest Republican club in Knox County could get so many GOP shorts in a wad? But evidently there was something more at stake than this not exactly lofty position. Betty Bean ...