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Knoxville makes Top 100 small- to mid-sized cities list

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Knoxville is one of the Top 100 most livable small- to mid-sized cities in the country, according to a new survey by Livability.com.
The website ranked towns with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 based on eight categories — economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.
Only two Tennessee cities made the Top 100 — Knoxville, No. 61 and Chattanooga, No. 83.
California dominated the rankings with 27 of the Top 100. Palo Alto topped the list.
Knoxville ranked highest in education, amenities and health care and lowest in demographics and infrastructure.
Here’s what Livability.com said about Knoxville:
“Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville offers an affordable cost of living and abundance of recreation. Businesses cite the city’s strategic location, and as home to the University of Tennessee and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the area is widely recognized as a center for research and technology. Knoxville ranked on our Top 10 Cities for College Grads list for its diverse business climate and growing downtown.”
It’s hard to imagine there are 60 places better than Knoxville, but at  least were fared better than Chattanooga.
Click here for the full list of Top 100 small- to mid-sized cities.

Knoxville No. 6 on safe driving list — really

Knoxville has some of the safest drivers in the country, according to an Allstate Insurance Co.
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The city ranks No. 6 on the America’s Best Drivers Report. Knoxville drivers “experience an auto collision” every 12.2 years, which is 18.3 percent less likely than the national average of every 10 years, Allstate says in a report released Thursday.

Sounds like a serious report, but it sort of makes me paranoid. It’s been a lot longer than 12 years since I’ve been in a wreck. Does that mean I’m due for a collision?

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Knox public transit ranks low in Brookings study

kat1_MP_10906.JPGNo car? Good luck getting to work in metro Knoxville. When it comes to connecting people without cars to job opportunities, Knoxville has one of the weakest public transit systems in the country, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution.

Of the 100 largest metros, Knoxville ranks 98 in coverage rate, or the percentage of households without a personal vehicle – zero-vehicle households – that have access to public transportation, Brookings reports.

Only Jackson, Miss. (99) and Greeneville, S.C. (100) rank lower in the think tank’s study.

Tennessee’s other large metros all rank higher than Knoxville. Memphis has the best coverage rate ranking at 62. Nashville is 94 and Chattanooga is 96.

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Smelly overtakes scruffy

Thank goodness for snooty New York writers.

For nearly 30 years Knoxville has suffered the unwarranted shame of being that “scruffy little city on the banks of the Tennessee River” – a label attached by a long forgotten Wall Street Journal reporter who scoffed at the notion Knoxville could stage a World’s Fair.

But now, thanks to another New York writer, smelly Chattanooga has overtaken scruffy Knoxville as the national image of East Tennessee.

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Knoxville Chamber challenges Wall Street Journal editorial

The Knoxville Chamber took a shot to the jaw Friday on the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page over the school voucher issue. But the chamber is slugging back.

The editorial — “Tennessee’s Chamber Maids” — chastises the Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville chambers of commerce for siding “with the teachers unions to kill education vouchers.”

Knoxville Chamber CEO Mike Edwards said the Journal completely mischaracterized the chamber’s position on the voucher bill. And the newspaper is wrong about the status of the bill.

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Free workshop looks at sustainable communities, clean energy

Tennessee local government leaders and residents can learn more about developing sustainable communities at a free workshop March 1 in Crossville.

The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service and the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council have partnered with the city of Crossville to develop a workshop on clean and renewable energy.

Local government sustainability coordinators from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, Athens, Nashville and Franklin will talk about clean energy projects in their cities. University of Tennessee President Emeritus Dr. Joe Johnson will provide the keynote address.

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Knoxville fares well in Brookings report

The nation’s economic recovery is “running out of steam,” but Knoxville is doing better than most other metropolitan markets when it comes to job creation and production, according to study released this week by The Brookings Institution.

Knoxville was one of only 19 metro areas that saw faster output growth in the second quarter than in the first quarter, Brookings reports in the quarterly MetroMonitor, which analyzes the health of the nation’s 100 largest metro economies.

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VW’s 30-mile supplier zone doesn’t worry Knoxville Chamber

A story in today’s Chattanooga Times Free Press says Volkswagen will encourage all suppliers for its new Chattanooga plant to locate within 30 miles of the soon-to-open factory.

Since Knoxville is about 100 miles from the VW plant, the 30-mile limit would seem to spell
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But Knoxville Chamber officials say they aren’t worried.

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Smiles for new VW plant; Frowns for Nissan Leaf

Volkswagen’s new plant nearing completion in Chattanooga is the subject of a favorable report on Forbes.com.

012010vwdealers036.jpg“The German carmaker is halfway through building one of the world’s cleanest automobile plants,” says the story by Jim Motavalli.

Read full VW story here.

Not so favorable, is the accompanying report on the Leaf, Nissan’s new electric car being built in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

“Turns out it might not be so green for its bottom line,” writes Josh Wolfe.

Read the Leaf report here

Photo: Angela Lewis/ Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Knoxville housing market recovery behind the curve

Knoxville’s housing market was behind the curve when the housing bubble burst a few years back and sales and prices plummeted. That was a good thing. The regional housing market suffered, but not nearly as much as cities in California, Florida, Las Vegas and other overheated markets.

Apparently the same is true when it comes to the housing market recovery. Sales prices are starting to rise in much of the country, but not in metropolitan Knoxville, according to a report released today by the National Association of Realtors.

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