What a crap newspaper. Time and time again editors Jack McElroy and Jack Lail play a little game to keep important news away from local readers of the KNS.
This is not their other favored technique of omission. That is a time honored favorite of the two Jacks. This is more the needle in the haystack variety. What the two Jack's do is take non-relevant stories from other places and place them above stories this wish to push off the front page. Stories that might be a little uncomfortable for their political friends. It's plausible deniability, the kind the worst people use. "We printed it", heh, if you can find it.
So is a story about the call to audit the Solid Waste Department of Knox County less important than the fascinating story of School Board Chair Indya Kincannon losing 47 pounds? No, it isn't. Is the story of a wanted Morristown man found in a closet more important that the story that may blow the doors off corruption in Knox County government? No, it isn't.
Should we contrast this ploy with the inhuman advocacy journalism of Jack McElroy when he attacked Law Director Bill Lockett while he and his family were grieving the tragic loss of their son? McElroy and Lail kept that cruelty alive for a week on the front page of the printed and Internet version of the KNS. And then in classic fashion had the gall to keep it alive on his blog, where McElroy gives a pseudo apology.
Because of that cruelty there is now a call to remove Jack McElroy as editor of the KNS.
Today a Blabber wrote a good story on an important local issue that few people saw. There is a reason the KNS is suffering. The reason is the two Jack's. They protect their political friends and crucify their political friends enemies. The KNS is no longer a real newspaper. And that is why it will fail.
- Mississippi farmer plows up dog tag, seeks Oak Ridge owner's kin Published 1/12/2010 at 11:01 a.m. 6 comments OAK RIDGE - A Mississippi farmer plowing a field near Camp Shelby recently unearthed an old dog tag of an Oak Ridge resident, and he's trying to return it, officials at the American Museum of Science and Energy said today.
- Wanted Morristown man found in closet Published 1/12/2010 at 10:59 a.m. 8 comments MORRISTOWN - Two Hamblen County Sheriff's Office deputies on Monday night found a man listed on Morristown's most wanted list hiding in a closet.
- Clinton attorney Fisher choice for interim juvenile judge Published 1/12/2010 at 9:41 a.m. 1 comment CLINTON - Clinton attorney Brandon K. Fisher, 30, has been recommended to fill the interim Anderson County Juvenile Judge's seat.
- FBI: Suspect's bank-robbery spree may be up to 3 in Knoxville Published 1/12/2010 at 6:54 a.m. 6 comments KNOXVILLE - Authorities say a man who robbed a West Knoxville bank Monday may be the same suspect in two other Knoxville bank robberies.<
- Forecast: Warming up but snow showers in mountains Published 1/12/2010 at 6:19 a.m. 0 comments KNOXVILLE — Scattered snow showers are continuing this morning across the mountains of East Tennessee and southwest Virginia, but additional snow accumulations will be light. The morning commute, though, may be hazardous with slick roads in some areas. A winter ...
- Federal wrongful death trial begins over woman who died behind bars in 2000 Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 2 comments Roane County officials and a jail doctor have agreed to cough up an undisclosed sum to settle a wrongful death lawsuit involving an accused baby killer who died behind bars, but that won't stop a federal trial beginning today in ...
- KUB has reported 49 water main breaks; crews taking extra precaution with ice Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments Ten straight days of below-freezing temperatures have taken a toll of East Tennessee water pipes, as well as dented the region's stockpile of ice-melting road salt and brine.
- Convicted killer George Thomas calls his trial 'flawed' Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 23 comments Convicted killer George Thomas is calling his trial in the January 2007 torture slaying of a Knox County couple flawed, in part, because too many black people failed to make the cut in jury selection.
- ET soldier killed in battle Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 2 comments WASHINGTON - An upper East Tennessee soldier was killed during an enemy attack on his Afghanistan outpost last week, according to a Department of Defense announcement Monday.
- Woman charged with hiding suspect Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 1 comment MORRISTOWN - Police on Sunday arrested the last man wanted in a 2009 drug roundup and charged a woman with providing aid to the suspect by hiding him in her home.
- Kincannon weighs in on wellness program Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 1 comment An elected official whose personal fitness journey was jump-started by a Knox County school system wellness program will share her story today to motivate others to set their own goals this year.
- Jury picked for Dossett Leath case Published 1/12/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments It only took one day to select a jury and alternates for next week's trial of Raynella Dossett Leath on charges she killed her second husband, David Leath.
- HOPE program offers training for caregivers for elderly Published 1/11/2010 at 11:28 p.m. 0 comments It was the little changes that her family first noticed.
- Commissioner Smith to request audit of Knox County Solid Waste Department Published 1/11/2010 at 11:16 p.m. 0 comments Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith said Monday he plans to introduce a resolution authorizing an audit of the Solid Waste Department, which has been plagued by thefts and a long-running legal battle over its mulch production facility in Solway.
- Funeral to be held for Wartburg jailer Published 1/11/2010 at 10:17 p.m. 0 comments WARTBURG, Tenn. — Funeral services will be held today for Matthew Dale Rose, a Morgan County jailer who died in a single-vehicle wreck Saturday morning.