City Employees Start a Campaign Targeting City Council Member Nick Della Volpe in the September Primary
Published 8/7/2013 at 9:22 a.m. 1 comment
By the end of this week, crews of off-duty city police officers will begin putting up signs saying “Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Lodge #2 asks our friends and supporters to say ‘NO’ to Della Volpe, Knoxville City Council District ...
Flying Anvil Theatre Aims to Refurbish an Empty, Historic Building on North Gay
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 7 comments
The former address of the Willys Knight-Overland Company has seen better days—but this 1924 building on North Gay may fill its now-empty space with an unlikely product: theater productions. The Flying Anvil Theatre Company hopes to refurbish the historic building ...
Will UT's Greenwood Mural Go Into Hiding Again? Its Fate Remains Unclear
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
The smell of adhesives and solvents in the University of Tennessee University Center’s ballroom marks the beginning of the next chapter in the strangest art story in Knoxville history.
How Did the Idea For a Cultural Center at World’s Fair Park Become So Focused on Just the Clarence Brown Theatre?
Published 7/17/2013 at 11:50 a.m. 5 comments
After two meetings, the city’s World’s Fair Park Working Group only seems interested in assessing the feasibility of a new theater building for the University of Tennessee, not any other possibilities. What’s behind the single-minded process? Cari Wade Gervin reports.
Sheriff Says 287(g) Immigration Policy Imminent for Knox County
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
Despite the fact that Davidson County ended its controversial 287(g) immigration policy last fall after five years of sensational arrests, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones says he’s ready to get the same program started in Knox County.
City Takes Control of the McClung Warehouses
Updated 7/9/2013 at 6:17 p.m. 0 comments
After years of frustrations, the city has finally taken control of the long-embattled McClung Warehouses at 517-25 W. Jackson Ave., buying them for $1.45 million. In a hastily convened conference Tuesday evening, Mayor Madeline Rogero announced the city will be ...
TDEC Tries to Make Amends After Staffer Compares Filing Water Quality Complaints to Terrorism
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
After a public outcry over a TDEC official telling residents of Maury County that filing a complain over water quality could be considered “an act of terrorism,” the agency is trying to repair its public image. But when water-quality enforcement ...
A Looming Loss of Transportation Services for Rural ETHRA and CAC Riders Gets Avoided
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
The City of Knoxville helps steer ETHRA’s rural transportation service around some funding potholes, according to Paige Huntoon.
UT Opens Bidding for Oil and Gas Drilling—and Fracking—On State Land
Published 6/26/2013 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments
Last Friday, the University of Tennessee’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center led a group of interested parties around a piece of forest on Little Brushy Mountain. There were employees from five energy companies—Consol, Atlas, PCI, Miller, and Range Resources. ...
State ABC Cracks Down on House-Infused Spirits. Can Tennessee's Cocktail Culture Survive?
Published 6/19/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 4 comments
It wasn’t that long ago that house-infused spirits were a rarity in Tennessee, but these days, everyone from high-end speakeasies like Peter Kern Library to casual chains like Tupelo Honey have them on the menu.
Oak Ridge's Young Activist Marcel Neergaard Gets State Rep. John Ragan's "Reformer of the Year" Honor Revoked
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
When Marcel Neergaard decided to start a petition calling for StudentsFirst—a national political action committee pursuing “transformative” school reforms—to revoke the “reformer of the year” honor it had awarded to Tennessee state Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) in April, he ...
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.