The signs next to the free parking spaces on Gay Street say there's a two-hour limit between 6:00 am and midnight. However, the more savvy downtown drivers realized a while ago that two-hour limit was rarely enforced.
That's about to change.
Beginning Sunday, September 15, the Public Building Authority will take over Gay Street parking enforcement duties from the Knoxville Police Department. And while the KPD was often too busy to enforce the two-hour limit, the PBA is making it a priority.
Over the past decade, National Coal LLC's Zeb Mountain coal mine on the Scott/Campbell county border has become a rallying point for environmental groups and East Tennessee residents opposed to the practice known as "mountain-top removal". Mountain top removal is a process by which the summit or summit ridge of a mountain is removed to expose the coal seams that lie beneath. After the coal is mined, the summit is replaced to mimic the original contour of the mountain.
The Oak Ridge City Schools could close October 1st unless the city addresses a funding issue. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Oak Ridge City Schools could close unless the city finds $250,000.
The state gave notice that it would withhold almost $1.9 million a month from the school system, unless the city meets state-mandated funding.
In 2010, then-Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee challenged the University of Tennessee with the goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university by the year 2020. Since then, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has engaged in a relentless public campaign to make that happen.
The last open field bordering Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville has been sold to a developer for eight-point-five million dollars.
The four corners formed by the intersection of Cedar Bluff road and Kingston Pike went from empty fields to shopping centers in a matter of a few months, in some cases. Now the the last section of undeveloped land in that quadrant has sold.
City Councilman Chris Anderson is heading that effort, which includes an official nondiscrimination policy against gay and lesbian city workers. Activists are calling for similar policies in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis.