City Public Service crews to begin leaf pickup today

The weather may not feel like it yet, but “leaf season” is upon us, and City of Knoxville Public Service crews will kick off leaf collection on Thursday, Nov. 3.   City residents can rake or blow leaves to the curb for City crews to collect, avoiding the alternative of an agonizing weekend stuffing leaves […]

TDEC lifts water contact advisory in Sevier County

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) yesterday announced the lifting of a 23-year-old water contact advisory for the West Prong Little Pigeon River in Sevier County. “Water restoration projects take time and perseverance, and this is a perfect case study,” said Dr. Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner for TDEC’s Bureau of Environment. “For more […]

Knox County Air Quality Management bans open burning

Due to conditions of severe drought, Knox County Air Quality Management (AQM) is issuing a mandatory ban on open burning in Knox County effective immediately. Those holding open burn permits should postpone burning until further notice. New applications for permits will be suspended until the ban is lifted.   “We sincerely appreciate the public’s cooperation […]

Do I have to sign a traffic citation?

By Jed McKeehan When you are pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, or some other traffic violation, you will be told why you are being cited and you will be asked to sign the traffic citation as proof you understand the violations you have committed. But, do you really have to sign […]

Do we need Daylight Saving Time?

By Rosie Moore During his time as an envoy to France, Benjamin Franklin, publisher of the old English proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” anonymously published a letter suggesting that Parisians economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight. This 1784 satire proposed taxing shelters, […]

Halloween was work

By Joe Rector As soon as October arrived, folks were decorating houses and purchasing costumes for the celebration of Halloween. I’ve always been amazed at the keen interest poured out for the day. It wasn’t like that in my world. Halloween was simply a time each year for kids to get out of the house […]

Is Barnes on the way out or on the way up?

By Steve Williams Mixed feelings have been circulating throughout Big Orange Country lately about UT men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes. By the way, that’s UT as in Tennessee, not Texas, where Barnes spent the biggest part of his successful coaching career. Some are saying the 62-year-old Barnes is coaching from a rocking chair, a clock […]

We the People

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I feel like a soldier awaiting the signal to charge enemy lines. I never vote until election day because I don’t trust early voting where ballots might get lost or not even counted unless they’re necessary to decide a close vote. Perhaps I’m being silly and electronic voting is different, and […]

SEC over the NFL, Knoxville over Nashville

By Alex Norman So a few months back some of my old college friends and I scheduled a get together in the great state of Tennessee.  The plan was to spend a couple of nights in Nashville and see an NFL game.  We settled on the middle of October and the huge Titans/Browns game. Yes. […]

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