Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dumping out the notebook: 2014-15 Knox County budget

You just can’t get it all into 12 inches, you know? Commissioners Amy Broyles and Sam McKenzie gave a pair of impassioned speeches yesterday while proposing a 21-cent property tax rate increase. Then, McKenzie hammered commissioners who gave their reasons … Continue reading

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For the wonks: Calif. City Clerk quits in an email

This, from Jezebel, sums up the experience of people who get to cover government in/action, whether from the inside or outside. Pretty harsh, but also has some truth to the matter. … Kim Lehmkuhl. When she quit her position as … Continue reading

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Knoxville reads a lot – Amazon ranks city 3rd nationally

Marble City residents love their Kindles, according to Amazon. Their list of most well-read cities, based on data collected from April 2013 to April 2014, says Knoxville downloads the most Kindle books on its list. The release: 1. Alexandria, Va. … Continue reading

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Burchett: Knox Schools highly-funded

Sooooo … In the numbers game, comes this release from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s Office. Apparently school funding is just fine, Burchett said: Knox County ranks 11th out of the more than 130 school districts statewide in local per-pupil funding, … Continue reading

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PPU policy and capital improvement for the county

Knox County Schools officials agreed that there could be a better definition for PPU funds than currently exists. That in mind, I came across this little line of text in the Knox County budget that outlines a definition that shows the line … Continue reading

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Best of Metropulse and Jack Neely

Among all the Best of Metropulse wins for some truly legitimately good places – including a couple of my usual haunts – and sandwiched between the occasional half-baked critique slipped in while handing out laurels (c’mon, it’s the ‘best of’ for a mid-sized … Continue reading

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Budget discussions begin today. We count probable votes.

So the state is shorting the schools almost $3 million. Knox County pols say they won’t raise taxes or pull from the reserve funds to make up the difference. Talks begin today at a 2 p.m. work session. Tomorrow, commission … Continue reading

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