+1 for "Flout." This is a Journalism 101 mistake. Edit the paper.
Everyone is done with this, except the handful of people who personally collect money off of it. If they're not smart enough to know which way the wind blows, then it's no wonder business is dying in downtown Chattanooga.
KZ106 is still playing from the same lineup they used when I was 13 years old. Those acts are too pricey to "be affordable" for a Riverbend stage. Are there any brains in the local entertainment industry?
When it comes to assessing the "money made" off of Riverbend, perhaps we should take into account the money lost when downtown regulars stay away because the festival is on. In Chattanooga, you either go to Riverbend, or you don't; and, if you don't, then you stay away from downtown for about three weeks. That is, stay away when: they are setting up, they are running the festival, and when they are cleaning up afterwards.
Meanwhile, a few people make money charging exorbitant sums to everyone to see nothing.
If you can't make money selling cold beer on a hot day, then we can't help the business class in Chattanooga. Get real. Wake up. Is there anything that looks successful or progressive or intelligent about these services offered at Riverbend? Entertainment is a service. If Riverbend was parked next to a yuppie neighborhood that actually had Chattanooga residents in it, then people would complain like hell to have it shut down.
No doubt, pin prices will go up next year. We'll get nothing out of it then, too. A few more years of this, and it'll be a carnival. As it is, Riverbend has long had a reputation of being little more than a mullet freak show with a $5 cup-too-small of beer on a too-hot day.
If hold your Riverbend pin up to your ear, you can hear a band going out of business.
The Mayor has failed us. Sending a !@#$%^ email is far below what's expected and needed at this point. We need a face.
Someone needs to face these people and tell them directly and unequivocally that this will not happen to them again. Anything less is unacceptable.
These poor people who live in Patten Towers deserve far better. No one in our city should be treated this way. No one.
Mayor Berke, you have failed. This was the city's fist real hour of need for leadership. It has not been the first crisis, but it has been the first crisis where human leadership could have made a difference. Political will can't stop tornadoes, floods or fires.
But leadership can stop the mistreatment of the poor.
Profiteering, willful negligence and ignorance: no one deserves this. That's what the people who live in Patten Towers are getting. Shame on the city!
Those Patten Tower slumlords from Chicago need to be billed for every fake fire call and penalized for defrauding our residents out of housing. They have failed, failed, failed our people. It is an intellectual embarrassment to every wealthy person in this city to see the condition that place is in.
We need to invite the best electrical engineers we can find to take a walking tour of that building. Lets have them explain to us why we should allow that thing to continue to operate as a business. Where are our engineers? Are they not responsible for public safety? Who the hell signed off on approving that thing?
It is a despicable mess! We need to put a stop to those PK Properties Patten Tower slumlords right now! The mayor and the city council need to take immediate action. We need to prevent any further harm to our residents. We need to send a clear, decisive, and multi-million dollar painful message to the deplorable scumbags from Chicago who profited off of this mess.
Shut down PK Properties' exploitation of Patten Towers now! Just disgusting!
Every rich person in this city ought to be ashamed. Where is your Ivy League education now? Our people need protection from profiteers who are ignoring basic facts about electricity! Shame on you all!
Edit the paper's website. You've got URL errors on the front page. Check the URL paths. The filenames near the suffix of .jpg aren't matching up right.
On the code for the front page, try the image url you are using on this page. Like, . . . 130522_Relief_t618_t305.jpg plus your session codes. The front page image src is calling a filename ending in a different string. "Image not found," is what we see.
There's a similar problem with your lead photo on the home page.
Coincidentally, the headline link for "Noticias Libres" is misspelled on the home page.
Dress it up. You can do it.
"Slick move," is what I thought. This restructuring is all about playing on the names of things. On one hand, he'll tell local Republicans he got rid of their most hated departments and people. On the other hand, he'll tell local Democrats he expanded and improved services. Meanwhile, the cynic in me says that what will happen is that important sections of the City government will fall into disrepair.
Starting new organizations requires leadership, vision and motivation. While a newly elected official might have those characteristics, career public service employees often do not. Instead of being fired up about new change, it's likely that someone who has been in City government for years has probably seen these types of swift re-vamps from every newly elected administration. They will hunker down to survive the chaos. This means that initiative will not get exercised. The immediate reaction is that employees will need to be policed and regulated. Internal friction will be created.
The too-sudden arrival of dramatic change is a novice leadership mistake. We'll see what the Mayor has done after the changes are in place and fully operational for about two years. Meanwhile, the perception of employees, inside the City government itself, will be a key indicator of the likelihood of success.
Having vision is not enough. The leader has to lead. If no one follows, then catastrophic failure will be the result.
These actions are not likely to inspire following. Fear is not enough. Fear of political firings is common among government employees near election time. Aggravating that fear will not inspire genuine initiative. Instead, it will provoke defensive and selfish reactions. Those will be corrosive to unit cohesion and performance.
Years ago, a Captain once told me that government officials will always be expected to do more with less: fewer people, fewer resources, less money, less time. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to recognize that somewhere along the way, organizations subject to those crushing pressures will come to a breaking point. We can't always do more and more with less and less.
It's the appearance of doing more with less that's the political charm. It's the effect of destroying departments that will crush loyalty among existing employees. It may be a bold step in the wrong direction.
If they can't weld, cast, cut, or coat, then they won't be able to build a sculpture. Any fool can complain about art. Qualified builders aren't the ones who are groaning.
We are all so glad you are in charge of nothing more than a few paragraphs of opinion.
If anyone should know better, it's UT-Ag. It's intellectually disappointing and emotionally upsetting to see the University do something so stupid for money. This will have permanent consequences for the land. There is no reasonable way for us to clean up this mess that fracking will create. Anyone with any foresight can see that the parts of this fracking system cannot be readily cleaned and maintained. The whole process requires pollution in the form of dumping to work.
This is a time when we would need a Governor to use his authority as President of the University to put a stop to stupidity. Instead, we see what we get from our politicians. Haslam himself owns gas stations.
The University of Tennessee needs to immediately stop this destructive behavior. It does not meet the standards we set for intellectuals who lead our state in education. @#$%^& totally stupid.