About Gerald Witt
BiographyGerald joined the News Sentinel in late 2011 as the city reporter. After graduating from Appalachian State he worked at the Mooresville Tribune in his North Carolina hometown, and later for the Danville (Va.) Register and Bee. He then covered politics, government and sports at the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record. Gerald has received state and national recognition for investigative reporting and writing. .
IBM team tackled $5 million Knoxville problem: drafty homes
Published 05/25/2013 at 6:17 p.m.
A $3 million problem became a nearly $5 million problem for Knoxville this spring. Emergency utility payments for the city’s poor go to almost 10,000 households annually. The money and the problem reach across public funds, the Knoxville Utilities Board, ...
In transit: What to do about those leftover shelters on the UT campus?
Published 05/24/2013 at 4 a.m.
Hubert Smith’s effort to get city-owned bus shelters back from the University of Tennessee may end soon, and not the way he wanted.
Tiny street in Bearden triggers big questions about commercial district's future
Published 05/23/2013 at 5 a.m.
A decade from now, the closing of Ben Atchley Street in Bearden could be considered a turning point for the city’s district of independent shops and eateries, according to architect and Knoxville City Councilman Duane Grieve.
Councilman questions details of Rogero's bond debt plan
Published 05/21/2013 at 7:57 p.m.
The city of Knoxville could take on $31.4 million in new bond debt, according to Councilman George Wallace, but he would like to know if the proposed plan to spend it is the best.
Knoxville City Council holding budget hearings
Published 05/21/2013 at 1:06 p.m.
KNOXVILLE — Among the projects and proposals in Knoxville, work along Cumberland Avenue is set to start this year, and road projects along Jackson Avenue are in the budget proposed by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, with a few other jobs.
Libraries, rescue squad get attention in Knox County budget hearing
Updated 05/21/2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Compared to recent years in which Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre has taken his pitch straight to the public, Monday’s conversation on school funding with county commissioners was tame.
Ownby censure placed on commission agenda for May 28
Published 05/20/2013 at 5:03 p.m.
KNOXVILLE — Commissioner Jeff Ownby, who pleaded no contest to public indecency in May 10 after police caught him nearly a year ago engaging in oral sex with another man at Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park, apologized this month to Knox ...
City Council grants appeal, hands over Bearden street to developer
Published 05/15/2013 at 7 p.m.
City Council sided with developer Tony Cappiello on Tuesday by granting his appeal requesting ownership of a short side road next to his property for a proposed Anthropologie store in Bearden.
City Council OKs tax deal for former KUB building
Updated 05/15/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
Knoxville City Council members approved a resolution to offer tax incentives for redevelopment of the former downtown Knoxville Utilities Board offices located at the corner of South Gay Street and West Church Avenue on Tuesday.
Knoxville budget aims to expand downtown momentum (with video)
Published 05/14/2013 at 5 a.m.
Jody Freeman won’t specify the deeds she watched vagrants doing 12 years ago on the benches of Knoxville’s Cradle of Country Music Park.
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