Tag Archives: Knox County Commission

Amy Broyles: A fighter till the end

Sandra Clark
Editor

Amy Broyles, 48, has wrapped up eight years on Knox County Commission, and most political types are speculating on her next move. Well, there are those nonpartisan City Council elections coming soon. …

Broyles, a Chattanooga native, has lived in Knox County since 1985. She bounced onto the commission in the wake of Black Wednesday, eager to bring folks together. She bashed into several block walls before finding a few new friends.

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Sidewalk issue won’t go away

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The fate of the much-publicized effort for a new sidewalk in West Hills along Sheffield from Wesley Road over to Vanosdale is not good for this year’s city budget as both Mayor Rogero and Vice Mayor Duane Grieve (who represents West Hills) are not supporting its inclusion in the budget.

This is a case where term limits work against the voters who no longer have a voice in the political future of Grieve or Rogero. They leave office respectively in 2017 and 2019.

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Carringer, Fugate show differences

Sandra Clark
Editor

Michele Carringer really wants to be on Knox County Commission, but it’s hard for her to clearly say why.

And last week, with a chance to appear with her opponents, John Fugate and Laura Kildare, at the Fountain City Business and Professional Association, she claimed a last-minute need to miss the meeting.

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If you don’t have the power …

Sandra Clark
Editor

Raw emotion was displayed by speakers opposed to Knox County Commission authorizing a contract for the Sheriff’s Office to use video cameras as a substitute for in-person visits for inmates at the county’s detention facilities.

Chair Dave Wright said upfront the commission has no power over staffing decisions of the elected sheriff. He said the people could speak but implied it was a waste of time.

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Watching out for neighbors’ kids: Beer board prepares for prom season

Sandra Clark
Editor

Knox County Commission, sitting as the beer board, had some 16 offenders hauled in to explain why their business had sold beer to minors.

Most mumbled about untrained staff making a mistake. But a couple of businesses stood tall, taking responsibility and pledging renewed efforts to prevent a recurrence.

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Dewhirst to develop Depot property

Jake Mabe
Features/Politics columnist

David Dewhirst is developing property at 301 and 309 North Central Street and 219-223 West Depot Avenue adjacent to the Southern Railway Depot into a combination residential and retail center that will also include what Dewhirst calls a “destination restaurant.”

The city of Knoxville’s Industrial Development Board voted to give Dewhirst’s Depot Development LLC a 12-year Payment In-Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) on the property at its annual meeting last week.

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