The Race That Eats Its Young
At Frozen Head State Park, about 50 miles northwest of Knoxville, near Wartburg, Tenn., an unusual spectacle takes place every year in April. The 100-mile Barkley Marathons is one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world—a grueling, sometimes terrifying endurance event crowded by its own odd and colorful underground culture. And it’s led by a strange character who was inspired by the failed escape attempt by James Earl Ray from nearby Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in 1977. Matthew Everett records the insanity.
Police Blotter: Knoxville Kleptogeography
Count on It: Peace Doesn't Stand a Chance
Meet Your City: Meet Your Earth
Knoxville Googled: knoxville + sunglasses
Street Talk: Laura Jones, co-race director, Knoxville Urban Wilderness Challenge
NEWS & VIEWS
Citybeat: Field Test
Drunk driving isn’t as common as it used to be. Alcohol-related traffic deaths in Tennessee peaked at 686 in 1986; today, the toll is barely more than half that. Especially dramatic is the sharp decline in alcohol-related deaths involving victims under 21. According to statistics compiled by the anti-drunk-driving Century Council, that rate has plummeted by 67.4 percent—more than two-thirds—in the last 10 years. Something’s working. Jack Neely examines what went right.
Citybeat: Homing In
The committee charged with figuring out new solutions to Knoxville’s homelessness have come up with a name for themselves, Compassion Knoxville. Jesse Fox Mayshark attends their first meeting.
Jack Neely takes a walk on the Civil War side in downtown Knoxville.
Frank Cagle muses over state politics. Really!
Shot of Urban
Michael Haynes considers the lack of privacy among the denizens of Knoxville’s densest neighborhood.
All Foods Considered by Rose Kennedy
Soluble Solutions by Pink Lady
Thanks for Nothing!
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: On Tour
Art of Poland