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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.

Court: City Council must vote on garage demolition — Knoxville City Council members must take a vote on whether the historic Pryor Brown Garage can be razed and replaced with a parking lot, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled this week in a opinion that could have wide-ranging implications.

KCSO investigates $19K in vandalism, theft at Farragut cemetery — The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft and vandalism of an estimated $19,240 in property at the historic Pleasant Forest Cemetery in Farragut after families reported graves of their loved ones had been damaged and sentimental items stolen, a spokeswoman said.

18 officers, firefighters installed by appeals panels, despite failed background checks — Both Knoxville Police Department detectives assigned to investigate the killings of Brittany Eldridge and her unborn baby were hired in spite of failed background checks, city records show. Former KPD investigator Lance Halseth, initially the lead detective in the case, was hired anyway in 2005 after his application - and its rejection by internal affairs investigators - were reviewed by an outside appeals panel of three city employees.

City council OKs tax deal for historic Farragut hotel — Knoxville City Council members Tuesday, despite concerns over parking, approved an incentive package worth $7.7 million to restore and reopen the historic Farragut Hotel downtown. Developer Rick Dover said he expects to have a deal finalized with a major hotel chain in the next 60 days.

Appeals process that led to detective’s hiring to be reviewed — Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said Friday he will examine the police department's procedures to find out how evidence in a high-profile murder case disappeared to "make sure we don't make those types of errors in the future." The department, however, will not conduct an internal probe of the lead detective in the case, Michael D.
Aug 14, 2015

Updated: Appeals process that led to detective's hiring to be reviewed via @knoxnews

Saturday forum to address interactions with police — In an effort to prevent "catastrophic" interactions between police and young black men, local leaders will hold a panel Saturday to help educate residents on how to respond when stopped by officers. "We do not want to see a repeat of the events in Ferguson or St.

Mayor Rogero examining police hiring appeals panel — KNOXVILLE - Mayor Madeline Rogero said Friday she is looking into an appeals panel that overrode a failed background check to allow the hiring of disgraced former Florida lawman Michael D. Washam. But Rogero stopped short of saying she had lost confidence in the appeals panel process.

Gov. Haslam, wife dedicate new Knoxville Botanical Garden welcome center — KNOXVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, joined a host of other local and state elected officials Friday morning at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum to dedicate a new $1.4 million welcome center. "If you look at this piece of property and say it could have been a subdivision or we could have just let it go," Haslam said.

Farragut Hotel 25-year tax deal headed to council — The historic former Farragut Hotel, a prominent, nine-story building on Gay Street that has sat mostly vacant for nearly a decade, could soon be restored to its original use. Knoxville City Council on Tuesday will consider a 25-year tax incentive package worth $7.7 million for a local developer to revive the property, making way for a national-brand hotel planning to move into the space.
Aug 14, 2015

RT @knoxnews: #Knoxville City Council to consider tax deal for developer to revive Farragut Hotel site:

Aug 18, 2015

If you missed my story from last week on this project, here it is:…

Dancing Bear restaurant reopening in Townsend — Less than two years after the Dancing Bear Lodge and Restaurant burned down, the Townsend resort will reopen its eatery this month under same name, but a different owner. Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro will debut Aug. 21 as a farm-to-table restaurant with an adjacent event space.
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Sep 04, 2015

Event organizers said they couldn't reach Drew and didn't expect him to attend.

Sep 04, 2015

Got a voicemail from Pete Drew, challenger to @marshallstair for council, & he said he will be at Tues forum unlike previously thought.

Sep 01, 2015

RT @GovSteveBeshear: The future of the Rowan Co Clerk is now in the hands of the courts. Per statute, I have no legal authority to to remove her from office.

Sep 01, 2015

Judge orders Rowan clerk to appear in court Thursday after she again denies marriage licenses via @heraldleader…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @knoxnews: On today's 1A: Bill carves out exemption in 'guns-in-parks law'; Young-Williams sees drop in euthanasia rates.

Aug 29, 2015

RT @MayorRogero: Here's the direct link to vote for Knoxville as Top Outdoor Town:

Aug 27, 2015

That's all for the forum and we're on to the meet-and-greet portion of this.

Aug 27, 2015

George: Get involved in discussions on State Supreme Court site, Jackson Ave, South Knoxville.

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