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  • Speak of The... Published 4/16/2014 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments

    Former University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl is one of the hosts for a fund-raiser in Knoxville next week.

  • Et Tu, Cuonzo? Published 4/16/2014 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments

    Though Hart said he didn’t give Martin a deadline for an answer to the offer, the coach’s sudden decision to join the California Golden Bears was still a “surprise.”

  • Take This Job and Shove It Published 4/16/2014 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Republicans were noticeably absent at a going-away party for former state House Speaker Kent Williams last week. Williams is leaving the Legislature to run for Carter County mayor.

  • Pot Cousin New Cash Crop? Published 4/9/2014 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments

    A bill that allows the growing of hemp is expected to be sent to Gov. Bill Haslam this week, joining Kentucky as allowing the growing of the crop.

  • Where Did the Money Go? Published 4/9/2014 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments

    While sales tax collections are up this year, the state faces a budget shortfall in business taxes. There is growing concern that several large national and international companies in Tennessee have figured out a loophole that drastically cuts the amount ...

  • Reading on Old Rocky Top Published 4/9/2014 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments

    The most popular guessing game among political junkies these days is identifying the author of a new anonymous blog about Capitol Hill called Rocky Top Politics.

  • The Importance of Being A Published 4/9/2014 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments

    There is widespread suspicion that state Sen. Stacey Campfield got his friend Mike Alford to get into the state Senate race, joining Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs in running against him. Alford’s petition was turned in by a guy who ...

  • Haslam to Have Opponent Published 4/2/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments

    John Jay Hooker was expected to turn in a petition this week to run for governor as an independent.

  • City Lacks Leadership? Published 4/2/2014 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments

    Knox Heritage Executive Director Kim Trent took to Facebook recently to express some frustration, describing her disappointment in the last two years and decrying a lack of leadership.

  • More TVA Names Surface Published 4/2/2014 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    Two other names have emerged as potential TVA board members, both with ties to board member Mike McWherter. If confirmed it will likely mean a new day for TVA governance.

  • Annexations Likely to Stall Published 3/26/2014 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Knoxville has some weird areas, like 525 houses in the Kingston Woods area, between Westland Drive and Montvue, where 20 of the houses aren’t in the city. How do you hold a referendum?

  • Using Brownfield Gets Tax Break Published 3/26/2014 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments

    The program provides an exemption from the state’s franchise and excise tax for locating on a brownfield site rather than taking greenspace.

  • Former Speaker for TVA Board? Published 3/26/2014 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    TVA board member Mike McWherter is expected to be a major influence in picking three new members. The son of former Gov. Ned McWherter and the Democratic candidate for governor four years ago is said to have been consulted by ...

  • Marriage Dominoes Continue Falling Published 3/19/2014 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments

    Three federal judges, one each from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio, have ruled that the states must recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states.

  • Haslam's Ed Reform Program Ambushed Published 3/19/2014 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments

    It was one of the weirdest days at the Legislature in recent memory.