News & Features » Ear to the Ground

Subscribe to RSS  Add to My Yahoo!
  • Postcard Not Big Enough? Published 7/16/2014 at 12:07 p.m. 0 comments

    There are a reported 20,000 postcards being mailed in Knox County this week urging residents to “vote for anyone else” but state Sen. Stacey Campfield, in the primary and the general election.

  • UT Wants Pro-Funding Candidates Published 7/16/2014 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s very carefully worded, so as not to anger legislators, but it’s a first for the University of Tennessee.

  • Some More Equal Than Others Published 7/16/2014 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell are doing just that, either making direct contributions or funneling the money to unopposed House members who then make the contribution themselves.

  • Word to the Wise? Published 7/16/2014 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s called Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book, subtitled “152 rules, lessons and reminders about running for office and making a difference whether it’s for President of the United States or president of your senior class.”

  • Ethics Complaint Filed Against Ramsey Published 7/9/2014 at 11:06 a.m. 3 comments

    An ethics complaint has been filed against Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey over his PowerPoint presentation calling the state attorney general an enemy of “job creators.”

  • Be Careful What You Wish For Published 7/9/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments

    When the Republicans redrew the lines for legislative districts, the Knox County delegation made sure they added as many Republicans as possible to their districts.

  • It's a Small, Small World Published 7/9/2014 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    Talk about weird coincidences.

  • Boomlet Fizzles Published 7/2/2014 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments

    >U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in his runoff election damaged the national media bloomlet for state Rep. Joe Carr, running against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

  • School Board Shut Out of Process Published 7/2/2014 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments

    The Knox County school board has discovered it has little to say about replacing board member Indya Kincannon, who resigned to go with her husband to Slovenia for a one-year posting.

  • Late Interest in Politics? Published 7/2/2014 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Congressman Jimmy Duncan’s supporters say his opponent has not shown much interest in politics before entering the race. They say Jason Zachary has had a pretty hit or miss voting record.

  • Bill Dunn? Liberal? Published 6/25/2014 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments

    The veteran conservative legislator says the designation has provided a lot of “chuckles.”

  • WVLT Gets Ratings Bump? Published 6/25/2014 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments

    May sweeps Nielsen numbers are closely guarded secrets but we hear that WVLT Channel 8 increased its viewership for the 6 and 11 o’clock newscasts in total number of households, though not necessarily in the all-important 25-54 demographic for ad ...

  • Duncan Aiding Dad's Campaign Published 6/25/2014 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments

    Campaign reports show that through May the campaign has paid him $21,000.

  • Lifetime Annuities a Problem? Published 6/25/2014 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments

    Employees who choose a lifetime annuity for children are a concern and the city may look at adjusting that benefit since it might be a long-term threat to the pension plan.

  • High Tech Market Square Published 6/18/2014 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s schedule called for her to be in Washington this week attending a Maker Faire. No, the mayor hasn’t taken up cabinet making.