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Budget Maneuvers: City Pension Woes Keep Mounting
Published 06/05/2013 at 12:53 p.m.
Going on two years ago, the City of Knoxville’s Pension Board concluded that the 8 percent annual investment return on which its pension funding had been predicated was too high—contributing to a $127 million unfunded liability.
Next Big Step: The Quest for Downtown Growth Room
Published 05/29/2013 at 11:17 a.m.
But just as the city’s rapid growth in the late 19th century led to annexations in all directions, so may downtown’s 21st century resurgence beget extensions of its footprint.
Can Downtown Knoxville Sustain its Growth With New Construction?
Published 05/15/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 3 Comments
For all the entrepreneurial economic development that’s revitalized downtown Knoxville since the turn of the century, about the only new buildings to go up have emanated from the public sector.
New Developments: Gay Street is Getting Full
Updated 05/06/2013 at 11:02 a.m.
The time could be at hand for Gay Street’s missing teeth to get filled in, restoring a full smile to downtown’s signature thoroughfare.
Haslam's Bold Health Care Gambit May Result in a Better Plan—if it Works
Published 04/10/2013 at 10:43 a.m.
Anyone who doubts Gov. Bill Haslam’s sincerity in seeking to provide high-quality health care coverage to low-income Tennesseans has another think coming.
Heading Upscale: Knoxville's Convention Center Gets a Posh Hotel Boost
Published 04/03/2013 at 10:13 a.m.
To the extent it’s possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, Nick Cazana’s plans for converting the drab state office building on Henley Street into a sleek hotel will succeed in doing so.
Empty Seat: Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright is Usually Wrong
Published 03/20/2013 at 10:52 a.m.
I’ve criticized or poked fun at lots of elected officials in this column over the years, but I’ve never before singled one out for ridicule.
Land of Opportunity: Making the Most of Lakeshore's Acquisition
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:43 a.m.
Now that the city of Knoxville is completing acquisition of the site of the former Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, a big question becomes how to make the most of its magnificent 186-acre campus bordering Fort Loudoun Lake in West Knoxville.
Lockdown: School Security Needs Fortification, Not Recrimination
Published 02/20/2013 at 11:41 a.m.
Recent revelations of security system deficiencies at two Knox County schools need to be put in the rear view mirror, and the school system needs to move ahead with doing exactly what Superintendent Jim McIntyre called for in his Feb. ...
Misfires: Tennessee's Gun-Control Deficiencies and Anomalies
Published 02/06/2013 at 3:19 p.m.
One gun control measure strongly favored by public opinion and supported by the National Rifle Association would require background checks on all gun purchases.