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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:41:22 +0000

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Comment on Homelessness in Oak Ridge? by wolfen

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:37:48 +0000

We are homeless and in a car people think because we have a car that we should be able to have a place to live. We are constantly having to move. There's no place to park in a car and be safe or not have the cops or someone else who is telling us to leave. We do draw ssi but noe one will even consider us because we are homeless and I have a service dog we are not allowed to even shower or eat at some shelters because of the fact I have a service dog. Where can we go for help knoxville will not help us and oak ridge had rather push us to knoxville.



Comment on Liquor licensees — changing the rules in the middle of the game? by Ellen Smith

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:29:17 +0000

It's clear to me that City Council needs to act quickly to repeal this ordinance -- well before any of the existing liquor licenses comes up for renewal. These businesspeople shouldn't have to worry about the possibility of being shut down by the whim of City Council.



Comment on Liquor licensees — changing the rules in the middle of the game? by Anne Garcia Garland

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:58 +0000

It is also a concern to me that now other owners have had their worries added to. Where in March Mr. Chinn and Mr. Hope voted without comment to grant variance to 7 of the 9 owners up for renewal (the other 2 were OR residents,) now those folks, scrambling to compete with grocery stores, must worry about losing the variances they have previously been granted at next year's renewal date. I have already heard speculation that the two council members are prejudiced and I don't think that is so. I do think there is another reason behind their sudden conversion to this position.



Comment on Liquor licensees — changing the rules in the middle of the game? by Kate Groover

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 03:42:19 +0000

Unbelievable! Shouldn't City Council be encouraging small business in Oak Ridge? And Chuck Hope? Shame on you! Aren't you a small business owner? This is exactly the reason that Oak Ridge has the reputation of being "unfriendly" to new business. Seems to me that both Mr. Hope and Mr. Chinn have voted for small business owners who don't live in Oak Ridge in the past. Might be interesting to know what they find so offense about these two young men. Good for the other liquor stores who are owned locally. Wish them luck! But competition is good for business and we need new business not another empty building. Mr. Hope definitely will not be getting votes from me or my husband. How can anyone support a councilman to a new term when he can't support new business in town?



Comment on Liquor licensees — changing the rules in the middle of the game? by Linda Mabry

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:02:47 +0000

I need to add Hilltop Package Store to the list of locally owned stores. My apologies for leaving them out.



Comment on Liquor licensees — changing the rules in the middle of the game? by Linda Mabry

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:53:13 +0000

Actually, there is one locally owned Liquor Store... Lizz's Wine and Spirits. Life long resident Aaron Wells currently owns this store. While we are discussing being 'business friendly', how about all of our current board members representing the city make it a point to support our local merchants? There is absolutely no need to shop elsewhere when we can purchase from a local resident and keep our money at home. Two business owners in my immediate family.. My son, Aaron and my husband Bib Mabry owner/operator Great Moments in Glass.



Comment on Liquor licensees — changing the rules in the middle of the game? by Emilee Smith

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 03:16:32 +0000

I was very disappointed in the votes of these two council members. How does them denying these young men the waiver help Oak Ridge? It actually hurts Oak Ridge. The sales tax would stay in Oak Ridge and they stated they were hoping to move back to Oak Ridge. Both of these councilmen are small business owners and have voted for wivers in the past. Look at the minutes. Shame on Councilmen Chinn and Hope for denying these young men a residency waiver, potentially sending a negative image to other small businesses wanting to do business in Oak Ridge. These antiquated regulations need to be removed so this embarassment never happens again. Thank you Ellen, Councilmen Hensley and Callison for voting to waive the residency requirement and allow these young men to operate in Oak Ridge.



Comment on Yes, Oak Ridge still has public transportation by Ellen Smith

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:39:15 +0000

Yes, but it's not full-service transit. We have a paratransit service called Oak Ridge Public Transit, operated for Oak Ridge by ETHRA. Rides are by reservation, 24 hours in advance. Cost is $2 per ride. Anyone can ride. See http://www.ethrapublictransit.org/oakridgetransit for details.



Comment on Yes, Oak Ridge still has public transportation by Robert

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:44:24 +0000

So is there a public transportation system that services the Oak Ridge area. If so is there a number or web url for more information? thanks in advance, Robert