Swing-Set Economics

Playground with plastic slides

Knox County leaves it up to local communities to fund school playgrounds, with the result that some of the poorest areas have the worst equipment.

Axle Logistics to Expand

Tres Markham, Drew Johnson, Ali Fraley, Axle Logistics

The rapidly growing North Knoxville firm looks to add workers and build a second facility on Central Street with the help of a county tax incentive.

An Evolving Mission

classroom with empty desks

For the second time in three years, the Knox Education Foundation is looking for a CEO — and some updating of its vision.

Following the Money

Money

A handful of races on the Aug. 4 ballot have attracted unprecedented levels of funding. Where has it come from — and what are candidates spending it on?

Appeals Process Decision Delayed

Mayor Glenn Jacobs and public hearing speakers

As public opposition mounts, commissioners kick final approval of a revised ordinance restricting the Board of Zoning Appeals’ authority to next month.

Meriting Attention

Police cruiser with lights on

County Commission expands and revamps the Merit System Council, which protects Sheriff’s Office employees from political retribution.

Costs and Benefits

Commissioner Larsen Jay

County Commission weighs how to take politics out of the Merit System designed to protect sheriff’s employees … from politics.

Power Poll: Justifying Tax Hikes

A majority of survey respondents say city employee pay increases and county infrastructure upgrades are sufficient reasons to raise property tax rates.

Council OKs Budget, Tax Hike

Kincannon’s $434.1 million budget proposal and the accompanying 50-cent property tax increase get reserved but solid support.