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 ...
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.