The Knoxville city council approved tax breaks on a building project at 17th and White Avenue Tuesday night at their meeting.
The project is an apartment complex with more than 250 units expected. This multi-nillion dollar project is planning to displace specifically the two businesses of Niro’s Gyros and the former McDougal’s chicken. As the director of redevelopment Bob Whetsel put it, ” This is probably a $29 million development.” The city council’s role in the matter is applying a PILOT program to give tax breaks. Payment In Lieu Of Taxes would mean that the building could get their construction completed before any taxes must be paid as well as five years of tax breaks after the building is complete.
There are multiple aspects of this project that could benefit the surrounding community. Four hundred construction jobs are expected for a period of two years. The utility needed for building this apartment complex also hopes to boost the surrounding area’s economy. There have also been two recent PILOT programs in the surrounding area. There are also plans for building a parking lot to serve the residents. Jared Shank, from Chicago, Illinois, has been working on this project two years now. His focus is on honoring the history of Knoxville and believes the PILOT program is essential for a successful building on 17th and White.
The main concern that seemed to be addressed by the council was whether or not the building needed tax breaks after completion of construction. The WBIR staff produced an article that described the working of this project in some detail. The council passed the PILOT program as, “the I’s have it,” the mayor repeated all night as every other movement passed as well on Tuesday night. Council members brought up the option that a form of stair-step taxes could be put on the apartment complex after completion. Josh Flory of Knox News also produced an article about the project and some of the reasons why the PILOT program is necessary. There will be a two-year period of construction that will supply hundreds of jobs to the city of Knoxville. This project will take a lot of money to pull together all that must be done to buy the property, construct the building and parking lot, and finally getting residents in the building. A project of this form warrants tax breaks because there will be large upfront expenses where no money will be made until the entire project is complete.
Dr. Ed Caudill discussed a book on the topic of media and what it should reflect for an audience.
Dr. Ed Caudill and author Brooke Gladstone have worked together to promote their viewpoints and one another’s. Both agree on certain aspects of today’s media, Caudill says of Gladstone, “ offers the most engaging and insightful critique of modern media since Walter Lippmann.”
In this book discussion Dr. Caudill addresses how both he and Brooke Gladstone perceive would be the best way to become an informed citizen. As Caudill said, “ Are we born stupid or do we become stupid.” There is a mass population that is led by the media and swayed very easily in different directions. When Dr. Caudill was asked what the best source of information would be, for instance the Knoxville news sentinel or CNN, he said you best option is to have a wide range of sources with good information.
Another key point of the talk was inspecting sources of information. Caudill addressed the fact that people need good sources, not just sources. The Knoxville News Sentinel was discussed, that much of their news came from police reports. This could lead an audience to believe there is more crime to fear in the world than there actually is. Caudill addresses this phenomenon of visual bias and how the media needs to reflect the values of their audience. There is an ethical obligation for any reporter to cover every story possible. Dr. Ed Caudill wrote a book recently, Intelligently Designed, which discusses the debate between creationists and evolutionists. Now if a reporter were to appear at one of theses debates and collect data from different individuals, each person interviewed should be given representation. Screening interviewees is a form of bias and excluding stories excludes part of the audience for a news network. The job of any news program is not to tell the story that is right, but to cover the entirety of a story and give everyone representation.
College football is completely changing from what we once knew. This year there will be a completely new trophy for the national champions and a new playoff style. For years the crystal ball of football was celebrated as a trophy unlike any other sport of the NCAA.
Any college football fan is probably happy there will be a playoff system now instead of some program deciding who the two teams would be that play for the national championship. The champion will be decided on the field by a series of playoffs similar to the NFL. Any fan would be happy for more competition, but everyone will miss the iconic crystal ball. Fox Sports is calling it a championship trophy instead of the BCS trophy. When the CFB, revealed on their official twitter page a picture of the new trophy they attached a quote, “ A new era, a new trophy”(Fox Sports).
The new trophy will stand two feet tall made of 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel. There will be four laces on the football-shaped trophy iconic of the four teams that will compete in the new playoffs this season. The trophy weighs 35 pounds, and will have a thirty-pound base to be hoisted from. Pictures have been taken with this new trophy but Bill Hancock director of the College Football Playoff said that the first hoisting would be reserved for the national champions on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.