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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.

Knoxville College to suspend fall classes — KNOXVILLE - Knoxville College has informed the Tennessee Higher Education Commission it plans to stop teaching classes this fall to reorganize. In response, an advisory committee has recommended the commission suspend the school's authorization to operate, said attorney Julie Woodruff, the assistant executive director of postsecondary school authorization with THEC.

Knoxville City Council begins sign discussion — KNOXVILLE - The debate over how tall business signs should be in Knoxville is underway Thursday night at the City County Building, with more than 150 people packing the Main Assembly Room for a special-called City Council meeting. Most in the crowd represent Knoxville's business community and its chamber of commerce, wearing green stickers reading, simply: "YES."

City Council to tackle sign height — The question of how tall business signs can be in which areas of town will likely generate the most debate Thursday night as Knoxville council members meet to pore over a 38-page proposed sign ordinance.

City pension error could prove costly for taxpayers — Knoxville failed for 15 years to tell military veterans who worked for the city they could buy into the city pension plan for a few thousand dollars each. Now that mistake could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars if Air Force veteran Ed Kingsbury and others get the right to buy credit for years of military service.

City of Knoxville to buy state Supreme Court building — Knoxville officials plan to purchase the former state Supreme Court site, on the corner of Henley Street and Church Avenue downtown, before the state's offer to sell it expires in August. The state has appraised the long-vacant 1950s art deco-style courthouse at $2.4 million, said Bob Whetsel, the city's director of redevelopment.

UT, Strip merchants reach ‘Dining Dollars’ agreement — KNOXVILLE - A new agreement will allow University of Tennessee students and staff to use their VolCard at businesses along the Cumberland Avenue Strip as soon as this summer. VolCards, the debit-like card issued to students when they purchase a required university dining plan, cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets.

3 years later, City Council inches closer to new sign ordinance — Thirty times a City Council-appointed task force has met to pore over Knoxville's sign ordinance. Between them, the group's eight members have put in 480 hours and examined 5,727 sign permit applications going back a decade. They held two public meetings and collected comments from more than 200 residents.

Cherokee Forest squatter gets time served — The man who has twice been caught squatting in Cherokee National Forest, and most recently charged with clearing nearly an acre of protected land to build himself a cabin there, remained stoic during his sentencing in federal court Friday.

Cherokee Forest squatter gets time served, $3,500 restitution — KNOXVILLE - A federal judge Friday sentenced a Cherokee Forest squatter, who cleared nearly an acre of protected land to build a log cabin, to six months time served and $3,500 in restitution to the government. Terry L. Sharkey, 55, must also stay out of all national forest and park lands as a condition of his two years of supervised release.

City receives two bids for Cumberland Ave, Strip overhaul — Revamping the Cumberland Avenue Strip will likely begin this summer after the city of Knoxville, on its third attempt, netted two bids Tuesday from contractors willing to take on the work. Southern Constructors appears to be the lowest bidder at $16.8 million, well below the city's recently increased $22 million budget.
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Apr 18, 2015

Council priorities: development on ULI sites, Western Ave, Magnolia. Also: Diversity/inclusion, public transportation, blight

Apr 18, 2015

RT @knpa_tweets: If you would like to remember the life the young photojournalist Jonathan Krueger, a memorial scholarship fund...

Apr 18, 2015

Council members are now each listing each top three priorities as a body for the next year.

Apr 18, 2015

Been a lot of comments today on Nick Della Volpe. Anonymous allegation that he "bullies" and "belittles" other members in council survey.

Apr 18, 2015

Council members agree there's not many options for open forum like today, but she's available when they seek out one-on-one time.

Apr 18, 2015

Rogero has left the building. The council is now discussing their rapport with her.

Apr 18, 2015

Rogero: We are thinking about how does that really provide additional opportunity, and how do you market that?

Apr 18, 2015

Wallace: What you've lost over time is those jobs, and can we get that back? Rogero: Here's other piece of this -- @TNPromise

Apr 18, 2015

Wallace: One thing that would help Magnolia the most is jobs. Is there a way to get a site big enough to attract a Hicks Plastics to locate?

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