Tag Archives: Andrew Graybeal

‘Start asking us what we want and Stop telling us what we need’

Sandra Clark
Editor

Wow. Sometimes the city just can’t give away money.

A small but noisy contingent of East Knoxville residents is protesting the city’s plan to spend between $6 million and $8 million to upgrade a 6-block section of Magnolia Avenue.

Dissent broke out at a Jan. 21 public forum at the O’Connor Center when the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes project was unveiled.

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Election is political and that’s OK

Sandra Clark
Editor

Early voting starts today (Feb. 10) and the election is March 1 for two countywide offices and two school board seats. It’s called an off-year election, and back when voters were smart enough to elect a school superintendent, that race was on this ballot, too.

It’s fitting that the countywide races will be decided in the Republican Primary, because one is fratricidal as Republicans struggle with what historian Bruce Wheeler termed the “otherness” of Appalachian life – the tug between modernization and tradition.

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