State Senate Votes in Favor of the "Guns-in-Cars" Bill, Setting Up Potential Conflicts with Business Owners
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments
On Monday, the Tennessee state Senate voted to expand gun rights by approving SB 142—the so-called “guns-in-cars” bill—by a vote of 28 to 5. House Speaker Beth Harwell has said the House version of the bill will probably be passed ...
Tailor Lofts, Retailored: An Early Tour of Conversion's Conversion of "the Arby's Building"
Published 2/6/2013 at 3:06 p.m. 0 comments
Preservationist developers lament that they’re rapidly running out of old downtown buildings to renovate. Joe Petre’s Conversion Properties is reducing that dwindling number by one. A well-known real-estate broker, Petre has just lately turned preservationist developer, and is now converting ...
More Guns in Schools? State Legislators Aim to Put Armed "Resource Officers"—or Teachers—in Schools
Published 1/30/2013 at 10:37 a.m. 1 comment
After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, state Sen. Frank Niceley announced his plan to file legislation requiring either an armed resource officer or an armed staff/faculty member at every school. But just last week, state Sen. ...
PechaKucha! With Speed, Slide-Show Lecture Emerges as Nightclub Entertainment
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
The first thing you need to know about PechaKucha is how to pronounce it. You emphasize both Cha’s: pe-CHA-ku-CHA. If you say it fast, p’CHA’k’CHA, as veterans do, it gives you a sense of the pace of the thing that, ...
Vouching for Winners: More "Education Reform" is Coming, But Proponents Have Shaky Success Records
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Gov. Bill Haslam wants school vouchers, the Legislature wants a statewide charter authorizer, and those aren’t the only education reform measures heading down the pike this session. But the leaders of two of the most powerful non-profits influencing the changes ...
Questions of Faith: Knox Buddhism
Published 1/9/2013 at 9:22 a.m. 0 comments
Jim Conant and Brian Carniello are board members of the Buddhist center, and are sitting quietly against the wall in chairs on the opposite end of the room from the altar. Essentially, that’s what Buddhism is about: finding a peaceful ...
Night Shift: Downtown's First Night Celebration "Taking the Year Off"
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
First Night Knoxville had taken over Market Square every New Year’s Eve since 2007, but for the first time since its inauguration, it’s not happening.
Wild Ambitions: Supporters Hope Tennessee Wilderness Act Can Bypass Congressional Gridlock, Expand Knoxville's Backyard
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:42 a.m. 1 comment
As the 112th Congress draws to a close and the “fiscal cliff” dominates the news out of Washington, D.C., Tennessee stands to gain nearly 20,000 acres of new wilderness protection for six of the wildest parts of the Cherokee National ...
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.