ear (2006-02)

Clean Air Ministry?

Sentimental Owner

New Office Tower?

Top Spot, Finally?

Blue Programming

Grammatical Design

Bug in Our Ear

Clean Air Ministry?

The project has 150 people who have volunteered to leave their cars near home and ride the bus to cut down on commuter traffic. The plan would be subsidized by the Y-12 plant, which is also having parking problems due to construction projects.

The hang-up thus far has been finding a central location in West Knox County to park up to 75 cars in order for people to catch the bus. When the parking is found, the plan will be announced.

Ragsdale and Mayor Bill Haslam may call on some West Knox County ministers to see if church parking lots could be used.

How to accommodate the thousands of others who commute daily between Knoxville and Oak Ridge is still an open question.

Sentimental Owner

Hundreds of properties and millions of dollars later the former mayor of Chattanooga has sold off most of his real-estate holdings as he is running for the U.S. Senate. Several of his buildings had federal tenants, and he wanted to eliminate any conflict of interest he would have as a senator. Last week he announced the sale of 36 office and retail buildings and 250 acres of undeveloped property to Chattanooga investor Henry Luken .

Corker retained some of his holdings and remains in the real estate business. One of the holdings he retained was his first shopping center, in Maryville, which he built in 1982. “Every time we are in the neighborhood, I drive by to check it out. It means a lot to me,” Corker said. “Maryville is where I got started. It was a tough project, that required a lot of excavating work, but we did it. Blount County has been very good to me.”

New Office Tower?

The new office building would house state employees now occupying the building that sits beside the Holiday Inn and the Knoxville Convention Center, on the World’s Fair site. It was built at the time of the World’s Fair and was constructed so that the offices could be renovated into hotel rooms if the future need arose.

The new building begs the question of what will happen to the old building, and whether it might be purchased by Franklin Haney , owner of the adjacent Holiday Inn. It could be torn down to expand the existing Holiday Inn, or renovated for an expansion.

Or, another developer might be able to put together a plan to buy both properties and create a new convention center hotel. Development of a hotel at the convention center has been stymied by the inability of city government to reach an agreement with Haney. Former Mayor Victor Ashe attempted, without success, to condemn the Holiday Inn in order to build a new hotel. Building a new hotel is forbidden under the terms of a referendum passed by city voters, but there is no prohibition against city participation in developing and expanding an existing hotel.

Top Spot, Finally?

The betting now is that Dedrick may get the appointment to be permanent U.S. Attorney for the remaining years of the Bush presidency. He has enough years of service and could take the political post through to his retirement.

Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators have sent his name to President Bush, along with the name of District Attorney Jerry Estes , who serves McMinn, Bradley, Monroe and Polk counties.

Blue Programming

A few years ago the protesters were at WATE trying to cancel a groundbreaking new show, said to be profane and too violent for the local community. But WATE aired NYPD Blue anyway, and it went on to become a television classic. It was also, at one time, one of the highest-rated shows on local television.

Critics have generally declined to label The Book of Daniel a potential classic, but WBIR decided to carry the program observing that the choice to watch it or not is up to the viewer.

Grammatical Design

The report quoted one local supporter. “As long as they don’t tell our kids they were descended from no apes. If they do, we’re going to homeschool them.” Good luck with that.