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Frank N. Carlson

Recent Work

  • Online Comments: Civic Engagement At Its Best—Or Worst? Published 11/04/2009 at 12:03 p.m. 15 Comments

    Online Knoxville news readers get something hard-copy subscribers don’t: a parade of reader comments that range from the insightful to the insane. The posters of the comments can and most often remain anonymous, which raises the question, why do some ...

  • Experts Visit Knoxville to Discuss Blighted, Vacant Properties Published 11/04/2009 at 10:46 a.m.

    On Thursday evening the city and county will jointly welcome two outside experts on blighted properties and vacant lots to provide their assessment and solutions. Dan Kildee and Amy Hovey of the Genesee Institute, formed in Flint, Mich. to deal ...

  • UT Vets Among Those Held Up by VA Backlog Published 11/04/2009 at 9:15 a.m. 1 Comment

    Veterans began registering for the new GI benefit in July of this year, but on Aug. 1, when a new law went into effect, payments were nowhere to be found. The Department of Veterans Affairs had been inundated with 270,000 ...

  • City Council Elections; FInal Downtown North Streetscape Meeting Published 10/28/2009 at 10:13 a.m.

    Early voting has been going on for the last couple of weeks, but Tuesday, Nov. 3 is the big day for City Council elections; Next Thursday, Nov. 5 the final public meeting for the Downtown North Streetscape project will take ...

  • Charter Amendment Inches Forward; Recall Petition Continues Published 10/21/2009 at 11 a.m.

    On Monday, the Knox County Commission will meet and likely approve the first step towards allowing voters to amend the county charter so that they can remove from office the people they elected.

  • Meet Chuck Williams, Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 7th senate district Published 10/14/2009 at 9:43 a.m. 3 Comments

    Chuck Williams is a black man from the Bronx running for state Senate in East Tennessee; as a Democrat in a district in which many of the voters are white, Republican, and well-to-do; and on a fairly liberal platform of ...

  • UT's Fall Board Meeting; Police Action Review Committee Published 10/07/2009 at 10:43 a.m.

    The University of Tennessee’s board of trustees will gather for its fall meeting Oct. 8 and 9. The event is open to the public and will provide an overview of the school’s affairs, including reports on how the university’s enrollment ...

  • Drastic Change Proposed to Mining Permit Process Published 10/07/2009 at 9:41 a.m.

    On Tuesday, coal industry lobbyists, environmental activists, and concerned citizens will gather at the Knoxville Convention Center for one of six public meetings held across Appalachia to discuss increasing the difficulty with which coal-mining companies acquire permits to push fill ...

  • Conflicting Gun Positions Leave Park-Goers in the Dark Published 10/07/2009 at 9:30 a.m. 2 Comments

    As a result of the city and county’s conflicting positions on guns in parks, Knoxville residents and civic leaders now face the unenviable task of sorting through legal gray areas, some that the state attorney general has provided guidance on ...

  • Urban Planning and Pumpkins Published 09/30/2009 at 11:08 a.m.

    The Fort Sanders Long Range Planning Subcommittee will meet at the Museum of Art (1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr.) on Thursday, Oct 1 to discuss long-range plans and how to better meet the needs of its different denizens—from the hospital ...

  • Frank Carlson Responds to "Caper Facts" Published 09/30/2009 at 10:30 a.m.

    Frank Carlson:In large part, Madeline Rogero’s letter and my article are attempting to make the same point. My purpose in writing “Following a CAPER” was to explain why an annual report (The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report) released for ...

  • Don’t Take Your Guns To Parks Published 09/23/2009 at 2:30 p.m.

    After the city council voted to uphold its ban on guns in parks, the county will take its turn debating and voting on the issue.

  • Following a CAPER Published 09/23/2009 at 12:41 p.m.

    From the annals of city bureaucracy: inviting comments on an indecipherable report.

  • Taking One Step Forward And... Published 09/16/2009 at 5:58 p.m.

    This week, a couple of events showcase nicely the yin and yang of a city in transition: urban planning and gentrification on the one hand, and parks and pistols on (and in) the other.

  • A Healthy Debate Published 08/25/2009 at 6:36 p.m. 1 Comment

    Last month, a little more than 100 miles northeast of Knoxville, President Obama stood before aisles of canned goods, deli meats, and strategically-placed advertisements, and in a loose accent converted a Kroger on the Virginia side of Bristol into a ...

  • Zach Wamp and the C Street Band Published 07/29/2009 at 3:43 p.m. 7 Comments

    The air in Washington in the last few months has been steamy with the warm stench of sex scandal and the sweet aroma of irony. In the midst of a 50-yard-dash for ambitious Democratic policy goals that will irrevocably alter ...

  • The (Blue) Dog Days of Summer Published 07/01/2009 at 4:28 p.m.

    Summer has come late to the Chesapeake Bay this year. After being held off by a steady stream of both passing and persistent thunderstorms, higher temperatures are finally asserting a claim on a season rightfully their own, and in doing ...

  • TVA Chairman Mike Duncan Threatens to Politicize Agency Published 06/03/2009 at 11:18 a.m.

    Last month the former head of the Republican National Committee quietly took the reins as chairman of TVA. That’s either the setup to a joke, the punch line to one, or yet another sign the End is nigh. In any ...

  • Tempest in a Teabag Published 04/29/2009 at 11:08 a.m. 4 Comments

    In Washington, news has a paltry shelf life. Guests and fish are good for at least three days, but fresh ideas and new information begin to putrefy as soon as they hit the cynical air of a city that bathes ...

  • Republicans: Choose Life Published 03/25/2009 at 3:28 p.m. 3 Comments

    Since the morning of November 5, a great deal of ink, pixels, and breath have been expended over one question: “Whither the Republican Party?”