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Frank N. Carlson

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  • EPA Puts Forth Two Very Distinct Options for Regulating Coal Ash Published 05/12/2010 at 8:55 a.m.

    Last Tuesday, about 16 months after a coal ash pond at the Kingston Steam Plant ruptured and spilled a billion gallons of sludge in Roane County, the Environmental Protection Agency finally put forward its first proposal for regulating coal ash ...

  • Sean McCollough, Organizer of the 10th Annual Vestival Published 05/05/2010 at 11:46 a.m.

    Sean McCollough tells Frank Carlson about the festival for the rest of y'all.

  • UT Welcomes Al Gore; Gay Street Construction Update Published 05/05/2010 at 11:43 a.m.

    The University of Tennessee’s spring commencement kicks off Saturday with the College of Veterinary Medicine and wraps up Friday, May 14; On Monday, May 10, the city will provide a quarterly update on the Gay Street Streetscapes project at the ...

  • Burchett Routs Hutchison Published 05/05/2010 at 12:26 a.m.

    Sometimes things are over way before they end. That was true of the Republican primary for Knox County mayor, which had started to feel like a foregone conclusion weeks before state Sen. Tim Burchett demolished former Sheriff Tim Hutchison by ...

  • Knox County Elections; Key School Board Meeting Published 04/28/2010 at 10:59 a.m.

    This Tuesday is election day for county primaries, so visit your local polling station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to decide which mayoral, county commission, and school board candidates move on to the general in August; Speaking of electing ...

  • Primary Focus: The Charter Changes Published 04/28/2010 at 10:16 a.m. 1 Comment

    The changes to the structure of County Commission have their roots in a lawsuit and a citizens' movement.

  • Primary Focus: County Commission Published 04/28/2010 at 10:11 a.m.

    This year marks a seismic shift for Knox County Commission: The body’s being consolidated from 19 members to 11, with one commissioner elected from each of nine districts and two elected county-wide. But a lot of familiar faces are on ...

  • East Tennessee vs. Earth: Power Production Published 04/21/2010 at noon

    How TVA's reliance on coal-fired power plants continues to create massive air pollution and despoiled land.

  • County Mayor's State of Community Address; Community Gardens at Tribe One Published 04/21/2010 at 10:31 a.m.

    At the Bijou Theatre on April 27, the county mayor will deliver his state of the community address, in which he’ll lay out his plans for the coming fiscal year; After the mayor’s morning budget meeting, head off to work ...

  • Marble City Brewing Co. Attempts to Resurrect Knoxville Bottling Operation Published 04/21/2010 at 9:37 a.m. 5 Comments

    Marble City Brewing Co. founders Adam Palmer and Johnathan Borsodi are now in final negotiations to take ownership of the facility and its equipment from People’s Development Company Inc., with the hope they’ll be turning out a product come fall.

  • For Those Sexually Abused Decades Ago, State Offers Little Legal Recourse Published 04/21/2010 at 9:35 a.m.

    Last Wednesday, a 44-year-old Indiana man named Warren Tucker stood outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville and announced he’d been sexually abused by an East Tennessee priest some 30 years ago.

  • Knox County Mayoral Candidates Forum Published 04/14/2010 at 10:10 a.m. 1 Comment

    Spend this Friday evening at West High School getting acquainted with four candidates for Knox County Mayor.

  • MPC's Hillside and Ridgetop Task Force Meets Published 04/07/2010 at 10:16 a.m.

    The Metropolitan Planning Commission’s Hillside and Ridgetop Task Force will meet Tuesday to discuss—what else?—the group’s Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan.

  • TVA Chairman Mike Duncan Heads Republican PAC Published 04/07/2010 at 9:48 a.m.

    Last week word broke that TVA Chairman Mike Duncan is heading up a new political action committee to raise money for Republican candidates across the country.

  • New Citizens and Bridges Published 03/31/2010 at 11:02 a.m.

    Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will hold a free citizenship workshop from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, for permanent residents interested in applying for naturalization; On Tuesday, April 13, the city’s engineering department will hold a ...

  • House Move Blasts Hopes to End Mountaintop Mining This Year Published 03/30/2010 at 5:39 p.m.

    The combination of legislative pussyfooting and the use of an obscure procedure has all but killed prospects that a ban on mountaintop removal would pass the state Legislature this year.

  • Candidate Roulette and Homeless Plans Published 03/24/2010 at 10:33 a.m.

    On Thursday, about 50 candidates for elected office—or their spokespeople (boo...hiss)—will appear at the Knoxville Expo Center to meet and greet potential voters; In April, City Council will hold a two meetings to discuss two plans, the Five-Year Consolidated plan ...

  • Coal Ash Fears Resurface with Proposed Landfill Near Big South Fork Published 03/24/2010 at 9:41 a.m.

    Residents of Scott County and environmentalist groups across the state are voicing opposition to an application to build a 24-acre landfill upstream from the Big South Fork Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.

  • Healthy Kids Welcomes Community Input; CBID Monthly Meeting Published 03/17/2010 at 11:04 a.m.

    Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is looking for community input from those in the three target communities at its upcoming meetings; on March 22, the Central Business Improvement District will meet for its monthly meeting.

  • Knoxville's Connections to Appalachian Music Published 03/10/2010 at 10:27 a.m.

    Some see Knoxville as a city profoundly at odds with its Appalachian identity. But a notable exception to this is its embrace of regional music, and specifically of radio station WDVX. And in a way, this serves as nice metaphor ...

  • Is Knoxville Appalachian? Published 03/10/2010 at 10:22 a.m. 1 Comment

    So, is Knoxville really the “capital” of Appalachia? It’s something you often hear, but it’s not exactly an official slogan on tourist brochures. And it really depends on how you define what Appalachia is, and who Appalachians are. There are ...

  • City Holds Workshop on East County Sector Plan Published 03/10/2010 at 10:06 a.m.

    On Thursday, March 11, the city will hold a public workshop to discuss the Metropolitan Planning Commission’s update to the East County Sector Plan.

  • Let’s Build a Fort! Published 03/03/2010 at noon

    The Fort Sanders Stakeholders meeting will take place on Thursday, March 4; On March 10, the City of Knoxville will hold its 4th annual free small business clinic.

  • KAT Holds Public Meetings on Proposed Route Changes Published 02/24/2010 at 11:42 a.m.

    For all those public transportation enthusiasts out there (i.e. Jack Neely), Knoxville Area Transit is holding a series of meetings over the next month to take comments on changes to its routes.

  • CBID Board Meeting; City, County Governments Meet Published 02/17/2010 at 10:38 a.m.

    Next week there are at least three public meetings that merit the citizenry’s esteemed consideration: the board of the Central Business Improvement District convenes Monday, Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at 17 Market Square.

  • Tom Simpson and the KUB All-Stars; Gay Construction Published 02/10/2010 at 11:29 a.m.

    Don’t flip your wig, but on Tuesday, Feb. 16, KUB’s Tree Trim Policy Review Panel will welcome the public for a listening session with none other than Mr. TOM SIMPSON, East Tennessee regional urban forester for the state’s department of ...

  • Dual Building Codes Create Headache for Developers Published 02/10/2010 at 9:54 a.m.

    In a persistently anemic economy, some developers say city government is making the already cumbersome process of downtown development even harder.

  • The Knoxville Zoo's Looking for a Few Good Volunteers Published 02/03/2010 at 10:45 a.m.

    With Valentine’s Day approaching, are you feeling lonely? Perhaps a bit misanthropic? Are you looking for comfort in a life-form that will just listen, that won’t tell you it’s tired of hearing about your “stupid” story ideas, and that the ...

  • Downtown Knoxville’s Next Big Something Published 02/03/2010 at 10:28 a.m. 7 Comments

    Yeah, yeah, downtown’s so much nicer than it was 10 years ago. But has it developed enough? Plenty of people think it still has a long way to go before it’ll attain true downtown greatness. So what’s next? The Central ...

  • Knoxville's Old City District: Left Behind the Renaissance? Published 02/03/2010 at 10:26 a.m.

    As Gay Street and Market Square have come into their own in the past few years, the Old City looks, well, like just that—as though its best days were behind it. During the day, the streets are mostly empty. At ...

  • Anne MacDonald, Knoxvillian Living in Haiti When the Earthquake Struck Published 01/27/2010 at 10:37 a.m.

    Frank Carlson chats with Knoxvillian Anne MacDonald about her experiences before, during, and after the Haiti earthquake.

  • KUB Tree Trim Policy Review Panel Meets Published 01/27/2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Next Friday, Feb. 5, the newly formed KUB Tree Trim Policy Review Panel—a committee whose name is so bureaucratically dull that KUB’s own public relations department couldn’t get it right in its press release (“Trim Tree Policy Review Panel”)—will have ...

  • Randy Walker Throws His Hat Into the 7th District Race Published 01/27/2010 at 9:59 a.m. 1 Comment

    Randy Walker begins the year a political neophyte and a nice guy, but whether the latter must change to accommodate the former is uncertain. Since Chuck Williams became an independent late last year, Walker, the 50-year-old business developer from Oak ...

  • Henley Street Bridge Meeting, Round II Published 01/19/2010 at 4:05 p.m.

    Because you’re a loyal Metro Pulse reader and wait with bated breath each week to devour our incisive, timely, and irreverent copy, you read every last word of Jack Neely’s cover story last week on the upcoming renovation of the ...

  • Oak Ridge Attempts to Secure National Park Funding Published 01/13/2010 at 9:57 a.m.

    On Thursday evening, the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association will meet to discuss plans to build a national park in Oak Ridge in order to honor efforts made there during the Manhattan Project.

  • Proposed Townsend Cell Tower Raises Objections from Homeowners, Lawmakers Published 01/06/2010 at 9:36 a.m.

    On Thursday, for the third and probably final time, Blount County’s Board of Zoning Appeals will consider Chattanooga-based Wireless Properties, LLC’s application to construct a 180-foot cell tower on one of the highest ridgelines in Townsend.

  • And City Government's Off! Published 12/29/2009 at 2:52 p.m.

    In 2010, local government brings the sexy back.

  • A Lump of Coal from the City Government Published 12/23/2009 at 10:15 a.m.

    Local government usually grows quiet around the holidays, but City Council will meet on Dec. 29 for its regular twice-a-month affair. There’s no telling what they’re going to talk about because the agenda doesn’t go up until the Friday before ...

  • Defining the Legacy of TVA's Kingston Ash-Spill Disaster Published 12/16/2009 at 12:26 p.m.

    In late October, the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s independent research arm, released a report on the status of EPA’s efforts to regulate coal-ash disposal. The report opened with the TVA spill, and detailed how, for nearly 30 years, the EPA ...

  • Scenes From TVA's Kingston Ash-Spill Disaster—One Year Later Published 12/16/2009 at 12:05 p.m.

    One year ago, on Dec. 22, East Tennesseans discovered they were now living with the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history: the Kingston ash spill. TVA’s mismanaged storage of coal ash from the nearby Kingston Steam Plant resulted in ...

  • City Council Swearing In; CBID Discusses Strategic Plan Published 12/16/2009 at 9:43 a.m.

    At noon this Saturday, Dec. 19, the newly elected City Council members—Nick Pavlis, Duane Grieve, Brenda Palmer, Nick Della Volpe, and Daniel T. Brown—will be sworn in during a ceremony in the main assembly room of the City County Building ...

  • Energy Issues Published 12/09/2009 at 9:24 a.m.

    The city’s Energy & Sustainability Task Force will meet Friday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. for updates on its various green initiatives; on Thursday, Dec. 10, KUB will host a meeting to discuss a proposed electric substation in Fort Sanders ...

  • City Meets to Discuss Henley Street Bridge Repairs Published 12/02/2009 at 10:05 a.m.

    The City of Knoxville will hold a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, to discuss upcoming construction on the Henley Street bridge.

  • South Knoxville's My Village Provides Day Care for Underprivileged Families Published 11/25/2009 at 11:15 a.m.

    From the outside, My Village looks like a public school, which is a nice way of saying it looks like a prison. Barbed wire sits atop a chain-linked fence that surrounds a red-brick building. White paint chips gather on windowsills ...

  • East Knoxville's Broken Wing Meat Processing Aids Second Harvest Published 11/25/2009 at 11:08 a.m.

    Follow the dimly lit, sinuous Riverside Drive east from downtown, and after a few miles you’ll come upon a bucolic, two-story home with a white picket fence framing the driveway. Behind the house sits a fairly typical garage, complete with ...

  • Gay Street Construction Update Published 11/25/2009 at 10:15 a.m.

    On Monday, the city will hold a public meeting to discuss the ongoing Gay Street construction and lay out the future work schedule.

  • Eco-Conscious Young Adults Reach out to Urban Poor Published 11/18/2009 at 9:09 a.m. 1 Comment

    This year, a nonprofit called Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, or S.E.E.E.D., was launched. Since mid-September, Held, who’s S.E.E.E.D.’s program director, and about a dozen young people have been working on the video as part of an exercise to determine ...

  • Cumberland Ave Corridor Project; Annual Knox Heritage Preservation Awards Published 11/11/2009 at 11:19 a.m.

    The City of Knoxville and the Metropolitan Planning Commission will welcome residents to learn more about the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project on Thursday, Nov. 12; On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Bijou Theatre will host the 2009 Knox Heritage Annual Meeting ...

  • City, County Look to Address Blight Through Title Reform Updated 11/19/2009 at 10:40 a.m. 2 Comments

    Blighted properties present a particular challenge to local government. Not only do they not generate tax revenues, they also deflate surrounding property values, delay housing and retail investment, attract crime and pestilence, and drain tax dollars through maintenance costs or ...

  • Sidebar: A Selection of Commentary Lowlights Published 11/05/2009 at 10:53 a.m. 8 Comments

    debroberts54#598507: This story is sickening. What was going on in the minds of these animals while they were torturing these innocent people? How can you possibly do things so terrible to people that have done nothing to you. I know ...