“Was it just bad luck, that year of ’13? It was the worst year for historic preservation in my reporting career, and it somehow packed a few fresh disappointments about long-anticipated new projects.”
The words of MetroPulse "Secret History" columnist Jack Neely. For someone as dedicated to Knoxville’s history as Jack, 2013 was not a good year. Historic buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots, apartments, or in some cases, nothing but plans on a drawing board.
Today, Governor Bill Haslam announced his support for legislation that is intended to make it harder to create methamphetamine.
The proposal calls for reducing the amount of pseudoephedrine a customer can purchase without a prescription. The chemical is found in many over-the-counter cold medications. But it's also a chief ingredient of homemade meth.
Every eight years, appellate court judges in Tennessee are required to run for re-election. Because the eight-year cycle ends in 2014, this year’s ballot will contain a long list of justices and judges. For the typical voter, many of those names will be unfamiliar.
That’s why Tennessee will be one of only eight states to participate in a campaign called Informed Voters—Fair Judges, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges and the League of Women Voters.
A federal district judge in Alabama threw out several claims contained in a lawsuit against Pilot Flying J, including racketeering.
U.S. District Judge William Steele ruled the federal affidavit cited by Mobile, Ala.,-based Wright Transportation was not sufficient proof of the racketeering claim. He dismissed the claim, along with those alleging deceptive trade practices, misrepresentation and suppression.
The 2012 Republican primary for Tennessee's 3rd district seat provided one of the more intriguing races of the year. After wrapping up his freshman term in Congress, Chuck Fleischmann faced a challenge from a host of GOP contenders, including Mayfield Dairy President Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp, whose father Zach Wamp held the seat from 1994-2010.
Fleischmann won the heated primary and went on to easily beat Democrat Mary Headrick in the general election.
With Tennessee's death toll from the 2013-2014 flu season increasing, Knox County is responding by offering free vaccinations beginning Monday at two of its clinics. Starting 8:00 am, Knox County residents can receive a free vaccination at the main Health Department office on Cameron Avenue or at the West Clinic on Old Cedar Bluff Road. The vaccine will be offered until supplies run out.