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Robert Wilson

Title: Writer

Recent Work

  • Parents hear plans, specifics of proposed charter school Published 08/01/2011 at 10:22 a.m.

    Response to a call for a new charter school in Blount County has been described as strong, and a decision on whether it will move forward will come in three days. The Blount County School Board will vote on a ...

  • Families meet, greet Hope Academy founders at Everett Park Published 07/27/2011 at 1:45 p.m.

    Interest is at a high level for a charter school in Blount County in advance of a school board meeting Thursday, Aug. 4, at which the application of the Hope Academy will be voted up or down, according to organizers. ...

  • Administrators make moves in area schools Published 05/18/2011 at 2:17 p.m.

    As one academic year ends, administrators in Blount County’s three school systems are beginning to look ahead to the fall term and filling vacancies that will occur due to retirements and reassignments. It was previously reported that Mike Casteel will ...

  • Maryville schools discussion on music curriculum has parents at crescendo pitch Published 05/04/2011 at 3:01 p.m. 69 Comments

    What is being called a “work in progress” by Maryville school officials is nonetheless hitting a sour note for some parents of music students in the system. A trio of “design teams” is examining possible changes in course offerings that, ...

  • Bell, Wilson picked as finalists for Alcoa schools director Published 03/16/2011 at 2:03 p.m.

    The Alcoa Board of Education is preferring to stay close to home in selecting a new director of schools for the system. From a pool of five who made it to the interview portion, two veteran educators were chosen as ...

  • Sheriff: 12.8 percent cuts will cause consequences in safety Published 02/23/2011 at 2:25 p.m.

    A clearly exasperated sheriff told the Blount County Commission’s Budget Committee on Tuesday night, Feb. 22, that the 12.8 percent budget cut that is being asked of his agency would have “consequences eventually” in safety. He added that such cuts ...

  • Bredesen commutes Blount inmate’s term Published 01/17/2011 at midnight

    The cocaine Kenny Melton sold to an undercover officer was about as much as you would find in a headache powder. So far it has cost him his freedom for about a third of his life. Melton is a big ...

  • Alcoa City dedicates new pedestrian bridge Published 12/30/2010 at midnight

    Maybe it was the holiday season or the rainy cold, but there were a lot of red noses among the 100-or-so people who gathered Dec. 21 for the official opening of the new pedestrian bridge over the U.S. 129 Bypass. ...

  • ‘Biggest disgrace’ Published 11/15/2010 at 11:37 a.m.

    The chairman of the Louisville town finance committee looked the mayor in the eye and challenged him to “man up and apologize” in connection with a controversy that cost Kathy Lovingood, the Louisville town administrator, her job Tuesday. The mayor ...

  • New mayor fires Louisville town administrator Published 11/10/2010 at 2:40 p.m. 1 Comment

    Amid the mayor’s “questions” about money transfers between bank accounts, Louisville fired its town administrator Tuesday night in a meeting thick with tension and factionalism. The meeting drew as many as 125 people - standing room only - to the ...

  • County headed for budget crisis, says finance director Published 11/10/2010 at 2:39 p.m.

    Blount County’s new all-Republican County Commission will apparently get an early chance to exercise that party’s mantra of smaller government and fiscal austerity. According to a Monday night presentation by the county’s finance director, Stephen E. Jennings, to the commission’s ...

  • Lincoln Day Dinner Published 04/12/2010 at 10:13 a.m.

    The three Republican candidates for Tennessee governor offered a contrast in style at the Blount County Lincoln Day Dinner, if not particularly in message. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam all advocated the ...

  • Touching others Published 03/04/2010 at 12:14 p.m.

    Artistic Dance Unlimited of Alcoa is a business in motion in more ways than one. Certainly teaching dance to young people keeps both the staff and students moving. But one particular routing performed by ADU students has moved a national ...

  • From public to private Published 12/09/2009 at 2:56 p.m.

    David Bennett, 41, Blount County’s finance director and assistant county mayor, is leaving government to become CEO of an unnamed company in the private sector. Bennett’s departure was announced Wednesday at a news briefing in the office of County Mayor ...

  • Smoky Mountain memories Published 09/08/2009 at 11:07 a.m.

    Bobby Conley remembers rumbling over the mountain in the back of a pickup truck the first time he came to Newfound Gap for the dedication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wednesday, he did it again, but this time ...

  • Sheriff’s office renews search for Hearon Published 01/15/2009 at 11:47 a.m.

    Fulfilling a promise he made in late summer, Blount County Sheriff Jim Berrong today resumed the backcountry search for Michael Hearon, who disappeared without a trace from a family home in the Happy Valley community. Berrong said in late August, ...

  • Corker says country’s economic future to get ‘darker’ Published 10/22/2008 at 6:33 p.m.

    The nation’s economic future will get “darker before it gets brighter,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told the Blount County Economic Development Board Tuesday.

  • Open for business Published 09/11/2008 at 12:43 p.m.

    With an eye toward the discerning buyer, The Market at Washington and High opened Wednesday, offering an alternative approach to food shopping that is unique in Blount County. Five separate vendors under one roof will be selling meats and poultry, ...

  • Blount homebuilder still missing Published 09/03/2008 at 6:25 p.m.

    The possibilities as to where Mike Hearon is are almost too many to fathom. The one thing that is known is that he is gone, disappeared like one of those people in a witness protection program. A massive - an ...

  • Blount County honors fallen Marine on final journey home Published 08/20/2008 at 6:54 p.m.

    Blount County, in fact a nation, delivered the message Monday: All is well, Sgt, Ferschke, safely rest. With all the dignity and solemn ceremony these things generate and deserve, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke, Jr. was buried Monday, ...

  • For ‘Mr. P’ Published 05/21/2008 at 5:48 p.m.

    Come this fall, four Alcoa High School students will be living the legacy of a man who is remembered in the education community as one who cared and acted on it. The four young people are recipients of the “Mr. ...

  • Maple Lane Farm ready to Jam with Spring concert after injunction by neighbor denied Published 05/07/2008 at 6:22 p.m.

    The Strawberry Jam controversy got somewhat less sticky Tuesday as Blount County Chancellor Telford E. Forgety Jr. denied an injunction that would have prevented the owners of Maple Lane Farm from holding their annual concert.

  • Walland woman killed when tree hits trailer Published 03/05/2008 at 7:07 p.m.

    Gerald Blake talked to Sherry Lynn Lowe about cutting down dead trees near her mobile home Tuesday, about 45 minutes before a severe storm blew in.

  • Mighty mineral Published 01/30/2008 at 6:28 p.m.

    The three-year battle over fluoridation may be water under the bridge for the South Blount Utility District.

  • Audit is IN Published 12/31/2007 at 11:43 a.m.

    The long-awaited audit report by the Comptroller of the Treasury of the state of Tennessee, which includes an audit of the Blount County Sheriff's Office vehicles, has been released and finds eight practices that should be changed but concludes there ...

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