All posts by Sandra Clark

Kane won’t seek re-election

Sandra Clark
Editor

State Rep. Roger Kane says he won’t seek re-election to a fourth term in 2018. He enjoys the work but said he’s tired of the commute to Nashville and spending time away from his family.

Kane, 53, was elected from the state’s new 89th district in 2012. A former schoolteacher, he has made education his primary focus in Nashville. He chairs the House subcommittee on education instruction and programs.

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Landscaping project comes to life

Sandra Clark
Editor

Hearty back-slaps and big grins were in order as the Powell Business & Professional Association presented a check for $5,497 for landscaping to Knox County at the PBPA meeting last week. Jim Snowden, assistant director of Engineering & Public Works, accepted the funds.

Kim Severance thanked the PBPA “for holding this money sacred for almost 10 years,” and Snowden said the landscaping project on Emory Road at I-75 was the vision of Lillian Williams, who “raised matching funds for the grant back in 2008 and 2009.”

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Brantley undecided on seeking re-election

Sandra Clark
Editor

A political conundrum has surfaced two years ahead of the 2018 elections.

Knox County Commissioner Ed Brantley confirmed Monday that he’s undecided on whether to seek re-election to Seat 11, one of two at-large seats on the commission. Former commissioner R. Larry Smith has already named a treasurer and is raising money as a candidate for Seat 11.

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Sheriff’s Merit Council tables Holt

Sandra Clark
Editor

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones must be mad because he’s term-limited. Why else would he hire Hugh Holt for a purchasing director’s job that never existed and pay him more than even the chief deputy makes?

And last week Jones was back – this time trying to get Holt protected under the Sheriff’s Merit System Council, a system designed to protect deputies and jailers from political fallout.

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School rezoning could unwind ’89

Sandra Clark
Editor

Knox County is poised to undo much of the rezoning for racial desegregation that has affected families and even home construction for almost 30 years.

The school board must accommodate the fall 2018 opening of two new schools – Gibbs Middle (600 students) and Hardin Valley Middle (1,200). Those 1,800 kids are currently zoned for middle school somewhere else. With several middle schools currently under capacity, the challenge is to fill the new schools while keeping the others open.

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Smart growth increases tax yield, says expert

Sandra Clark
Editor

Joe Minicozzi says we must look at land like a farmer does – analyze it for best production.

The architect and Harvard-educated urban designer was in town last week, talking with policy makers about land use. Through his consulting firm, Urban3 LLC, he’s created a 3-dimension computer model to explain the tax yield of property for those who hold the power to rezone it.

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Union County is region’s ‘next big thing’

Sandra Clark
Editor

Roads, jobs, retail top county goals

If you’re thinking about building or expanding a business, look north to Union County. State funding is available to help stimulate growth in 23 so-called distressed counties. Union County is the closest to Knoxville.

It made the list with unemployment of 11.4 percent, per capita income of $18,000 and a poverty rate of 22 percent, according to the state’s most recent reports. Many residents drive to Knox County to shop and work.

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