Jordan Crossing Developers Say They Are Ready To Go; City Needs To Re-Establish Industrial Development Board

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Developers of the planned Jordan Crossing near Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge said they are ready to launch the project, but the city needs to re-establish its industrial development board.

Officials said the board has not met since 2008.

The East Ridge Commission decided to name new members to the board and get it back in business as one of the requirements of the state's Border Region District. Under that act, East Ridge can collect 75 percent of the sales taxes for 30 years if it can find a developer to construct a project of at least $20 million and it brings in a million customers a year.

Realtor John Healy said developer Matt Wood has hired an engineer to draw up the plans, which he said include building up the land by the entrance to Camp Jordan Park and then clear cutting it.

Questioned by a council member, he said the land along the road will be landscaped.

The defunct East Ridge industrial development panel still has $258 in its bank account, City Manager Andrew Hyatt said.

The plan calls for a 300,000-square-foot commercial center at the 27-acre site.


Supreme Court Abolishes Mutuality Element Of Collateral Estoppel

In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has modified the state’s approach to collateral estoppel – a legal principle governing the relationships and issues between parties that are involved in successive legal proceedings. The decision will prevent a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense from contesting guilt in a subsequent civil lawsuit brought by the ... (click for more)

TVA Seeks Public Comment On Options For New Knoxville Headquarters

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public to weigh in on the potential environmental impacts of future plans for its downtown Knoxville headquarters. TVA released a draft Environmental Assessment on Thursday that considers whether TVA should sell the Knoxville Office Complex and Summer Place Complex and construct a new administrative headquarters on the Summer Place ... (click for more)

Boyd Questions Effectiveness Of Read 20 Program; Coppinger Defends It

County Commissioner Tim Boyd said he questions the effectiveness of the Read 20 pre-K literacy program and wants the director to come before the County Commission to answer questions.   County Mayor Jim Coppinger defended the program, noting that it was the creation of former County Mayor Claude Ramsey.   Commissioner Boyd said the low literacy level hearing ... (click for more)

Corker Says Without Budget Reform, Washington Is “Laying A Huge Burden On Future Generations”

In remarks on the Senate floor  on Wednesday , Senator Bob Corker joined a number of colleagues to discuss the broken federal budget process.   “The processes that we have in place make it impossible for us to really deal with our country’s fiscal issues,” said Senator Corker. “Today is the perfect example of that: we pass a continuing resolution ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)