If MMA has overtaken boxing as America’s favorite combat sport, you wouldn’t know from visiting Ace Miller Golden Gloves Sports Arena on a Tuesday night. More than 50 sweat-soaked young fighters, on some evenings, make the spacious gym seem almost cramped as they pound heavy bags, shadow-box, and spar with each other in two centrally located regulation-sized rings. Who are these people? Photographer David Luttrell and reporter Mike Gibson find out.
What Knoxville Needs: More Ways to Walk the Walk
Quote of the Week: "Candidly, I don’t know what he was doing..."
Knox Found Online: Cross-Country Lemonheads Fan Discovers Knoxville
Street Talk: Q&A: Tim Michaels, co-president and unofficial coach of the University of Tennessee Gymnastics Club
NEWS & VIEWS
Questions of Faith: Pastor Tim Tatum
As part of Metro Pulse’s ongoing discussions with local religious leaders, we present a rural Baptist minister who’d like to reclaim believers who’ve been hurt before. Already full-time pastor at the 140-strong congregation at Thorn Grove Baptist Church in rural Strawberry Plains, Tim Tatum’s the brains—and heart—behind a new venture. His smallish church is starting a second entity, the nondenominational Carter Community Church, to reach out to those who have given up on the Protestant faith. Rose Kennedy profiles.
Jack Neely offers some suggestions on other attractions Knoxville ought to be marketing.
Frank Cagle prognosticates a future of constant surveillance from above.
Joe Sullivan examines how County Mayor Tim Burchett has revamped the community grants process.
A Living World
Eleanor Scott visits the Knoxville Bike Collective.
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: On Tour
Music: On Tour
KSO Chamber Series
DVDs: Spoiler Alert
World on a Wire and Martha Marcy May Marlene
Comedian Steven Wright
Photographer iO Tillett Wright
Plaid Apron Cafe