Aug. 2 Primary Election Guide: Who's Running for What
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
Friday marks the first day of early voting for the August 2 primary, the first election since this year’s post-Census redistricting. Chances are, your district looks mighty different than it did last time you voted for your state and federal ...
Knoxville Abortion Clinics Losing Doctors
Updated 7/3/2012 at 3:46 p.m.
In April, the Tennessee Legislature passed the Life Defense Act, requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges. This new law and the death of a local doctor have made the availability of abortion in Knoxville uncertain, as ...
Smart Trips Uses Prizes to Lure Knoxvillians Into Carpooling
Published 6/27/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
A 2010 report from the Brookings Institution found that 85 percent of commuters here drive alone to work every day. Enter Smart Trips: an organization aiming to change this statistic. But can they really change ingrained habits with gift cards? ...
Can Local Democrats Line Up Blue Votes in a Red State?
Published 6/20/2012 at 5:30 p.m. 1 comment
After being trounced in state elections last year, local Democrats are making a renewed effort to connect with constituents they’re not normally associated with, like small business owners, and ones they may have taken for granted previously: young voters. In ...
Knoxville's War Against Blight Heats Up
Published 6/13/2012 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s war against blight opened a new front on Monday with two community meetings. Around a hundred people were in attendance to listen to a panel of neighborhood association members and others who have been involved in ...
Smaller School-Budget Increase Passes County Commission Without New Taxes
Published 6/6/2012 at 12:19 p.m. 1 comment
“It’s like an episode of Parks and Rec,” a friend e-mailed halfway through the epic Knox County Commission meeting on Monday. And indeed, the meeting could not had been more like the television show if it had tried.
Knoxville's “Demolition by Neglect” Ordinance Finally Gets Some Teeth
Published 5/30/2012 at 1:51 p.m. 0 comments
The city’s old “Demolition by Neglect” ordinance finally has a mechanism by which it might make a difference: a $100,000 enforcement budget. Jack Neely reports.
Aslan Foundation Acquires a Kingston Pike Landmark
Published 5/30/2012 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments
Last week, the charitable Aslan Foundation purchased one of Knoxville’s most unusual historic houses. Westwood on Kingston Pike went for $570,000. Aslan is a fairly new foundation instrumental in purchasing wilderness properties to be included in the Legacy Parks project ...
Former Lady Vols Sports Information Director Debby Jennings Considers Legal Action Against UT
Published 5/23/2012 at 10:01 a.m. 9 comments
The sudden retirement of Lady Vols Sports Information Director Debby Jennings was announced last week in a terse, three-paragraph press release that shocked fans of the women’s program—they feared that Jennings’ retirement was not voluntary. A May 18 letter to ...
Proposed School Budget Hike Includes Unprecedented iPad Program
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:07 p.m. 1 comment
If School Superintendent Jim McIntyre has his way, what started as a pilot iPad program at Pond Gap Elementary School this year will be extended to every student in all 87 of Knox County’s public schools by 2015. That means ...
New Studies Reveal a Rising Number of Homeless Families in Knoxville
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:03 p.m. 0 comments
Last Wednesday on Market Square, the Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition and the University of Tennessee jointly released two studies with powerful—and dismaying—statistics about the local homeless population.
David Bolt Earns National Acclaim for His Solar-Power Business, Sustainable Future
Published 5/9/2012 at 11:23 a.m. 0 comments
David Bolt has the distinction of having the first electric meter in Harriman, if not all of Tennessee, to spin backwards. It has been doing this since 2006, and this is a good thing. Since figuring out how to create ...
Mulchpocalypse 2012: How Did a Pile of Bark Turn Into a Fire-Breathing Dragon?
Published 4/25/2012 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
The mulch fire was pretty much all anyone talked about last week, other than Pat Summitt’s retirement. It was understandable, given the thick wood smoke that spread across town for days, making living rooms smell like fire pits and lungs ...
UT Professor’s Biosolar Advances Make an Old Energy Source New Again
Published 4/18/2012 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments
At first glance, UT’s Dr. Barry Bruce doesn’t come off like a guy whose work could one day change how we approach solar energy. He seems a bit laid-back for a researcher, with a vague Lebowski-like quality emanating from somewhere ...
City Council Votes Unanimously to Approve Non-Discrimination Hiring Policy
Published 4/18/2012 at 10:38 a.m. 1 comment
City Council voted unanimously, and without discussion, to approve an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity in hiring.