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City Hall Reporter — Knoxville News Sentinel

City hall reporter for @knoxnews, alum of @universityofky. Fan of UK basketball, Reds baseball, alt country and all things outdoors. RTs not endorsements, etc.

Neighbors battle over Dollar General store — Residents in a Northwest Knoxville neighborhood don't want Dollar General's discount prices to translate to lower property values. Carrie Dougherty, a real estate agent who lives and sells houses in Seven Springs subdivision, has filed an appeal to keep the store from going up on a nearby vacant lot.

How ‘Tennessee Promise’ got its start — Like any good preacher, Buzz Thomas begins with his hands in his pockets and a casual tone, leaving plenty of room for his message to crescendo. He stands in front of a two-story wall of windows, and at 7:30 a.m. on a Tuesday in October, the rising sun is casting a soft glow on the buildings and trees behind him.

No salary, plenty of work for new Knoxville College president — Knoxville College's finances are so dire that the once vibrant historically black school cannot pay its new president a salary. "He is not going to take his salary until he can raise the money to pay the salary," said Frank Robinson, a trustee and chair of the college's finance committee.

LMU law school earns ABA accreditation — Lincoln Memorial University's Knoxville law school has received provisional accreditation, ending a three-year bid for approval that included multiple applications, a federal lawsuit and changes in the school's leadership. The American Bar Association, through its Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, approved the school's most recent application during the panel's meeting in Puerto Rico over the weekend.

UT refuses to release student trustee’s resignation letter — The University of Tennessee is refusing to release a letter from a student trustee who abruptly quit school and resigned from the governing board of the state's flagship institution. R.J. Duncan, of Nolensville, Tenn., resigned less than six months into a two-year appointment by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Kelly Leiter, former UT dean of communications, dies — Barnard Kelly Leiter, former dean of the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee and a one-time reporter for the Chicago Daily News, among other publications, remained a journalist even after his death last week at age 89.

Council to consider expanding panhandling ban — Panhandlers seeking spare change could face new restrictions if the Knoxville City Council agrees Tuesday to expand the current ban to include solicitation near homes, businesses and confined pedestrian walkways. "It's an attempt to get some sort of control in place because we've had an increase in recent years," said Rick Emmett, the city's downtown coordinator.

Attorneys in the same-sex marriage cases will appeal to U.S. Supreme Court — Attorneys in the same-sex marriage cases in four states, including Tennessee, will begin immediately drafting an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes the justices will take up the case in the current term. Regina Lambert, attorney for Knoxville plaintiffs Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty, said her colleagues in Tennessee and the other states agreed in a conference call Friday to file for appeal.

TN couple disappointed about gay-marriage ruling — Attorneys in Tennessee's same-sex marriage case expressed disappointment Thursday in the decision by a federal appeals panel to uphold bans in four states, including here. The decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals breaks ranks with other courts that have struck down anti-gay marriage laws - setting up the prospect of a Supreme Court review.

EPA bill grows in Knoxville College cleanup — It has cost the federal government $425,776 so far to clean up the thousands of chemicals abandoned in a vacant science building on the Knoxville College campus. The figure is not final and the federal agency will seek to recover the cost of the three-week June cleanup from the struggling historically black college, said Anita Davis, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Superfund Enforcement Branch in Atlanta.
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Dec 18, 2014

Lakeshore change orders, totaling $193K, are both approved. Timeline on demo remains the same, expected to wrap up in March.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @MayorRogero: Great to salute Inskip Elementary second-grader Josie Zavala, who used Safety City training to save a life!

Dec 18, 2014

Council, as expected, postpones appeal on the proposed Dollar General store. Here's today's story on the issue:…

Dec 18, 2014

Big news out of Beer Board meeting: @LaRosasPizza is coming to Knoxville. Welcome to my Northern Kentucky childhood, Knoxville!

Dec 16, 2014

Love seeing my old friend and talented former co-worker in our paper on the other side of the country.…

Dec 15, 2014

State: Driver in fatal crash not licensed to operate school bus via @knoxnews

Dec 11, 2014

Yes, I've already listened to #serialpodcast this morning and I'm so bummed to hear next week is the final episode!

Dec 09, 2014

RT @jamiescoop: Appellate court upholds Vanessa Coleman's convictions, sentence via @knoxnews

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