The Battle Over the James White Parkway Extension Heats Up
Published 12/12/2012 at 8:45 a.m. 2 comments
After a fiery public meeting on the James White Parkway extension, it’s clear that both sides want their way. But that’s the only thing clear about the project, reports Cari Wade Gervin.
Zipcar Car-Sharing Hitting Knoxville's Streets Early Next Year
Published 12/12/2012 at 8:43 a.m. 2 comments
Starting early next year, Knoxville will have Zipcar car-sharing both downtown and on the University of Tennessee’s campus.
UT Employees Want Their Domestic Partners to Get Insurance—Just Like They Do at Other SEC Schools
Published 12/5/2012 at 9:06 a.m. 0 comments
The UT Faculty Senate passed a resolution in April supporting benefit equality for all partnered employees of the university, whether married, or unmarried and in domestic partnerships. It was rejected by the university, but that hasn’t stopped faculty and staff ...
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 ...