Knoxville community figures and Metro Pulse readers share their thoughts on specific local issues.
Whose University Is It? A Post-Sex Week Reflection
Published 5/7/2014 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
The four universities I mentioned are public land-grant universities. They are special places having a great impact on my life. They have inestimable impact on the generation of knowledge for bettering the U.S. population. Tennesseans benefit significantly from UT, a ...
Echoes of 1968: Or How Steve Reich and Laraaji Changed My Life
Published 3/26/2014 at 8:34 a.m. 0 comments
Very few musical experiences have ever hit me as powerfully or stayed with me so memorably. It was a compassionate earthquake, in which every musical structure I knew was gently turned upside down. I recall everything about that moment, as ...
Sign of the Times: Reflections on Being a Human Billboard
Published 1/30/2014 at 3:06 p.m. 0 comments
I’ve seen human billboards at work before, wearing sun costumes or dressed up as the Statue of Liberty. Some dance. But here, I had no costume and no one told me what to do. Maybe they couldn’t afford to be ...
Looking Back at the Knoxville High School that Was—And What It Could Have Been
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:37 p.m. 0 comments
Guest columnist Arin Streeter looks at the history—and the potential—of the Knoxville High School building.
Good-Bye, Downtown: A Kimberly-Clark Forget-You-Not From 400 Goodys Lane
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:04 a.m. 4 comments
Kimberly-Clark has left the building. Long live the new building, the east wing of the former Goody’s glass headquarters in West Knoxville. By the time you read this, we’ll be relocated, with a view of Th’Katch sign.
Solar Flare-Up: Putting Green Lipstick on a Property Tax Pig
Published 6/19/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
The enlightened language in the bill’s introduction would make it seem that this red state wants to be green, at least when it comes to tax valuation of property that generates power from renewable sources—solar panels, for example.
Remembering Medgar Evers: Giving Thanks for a Civil Rights Hero on the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:50 p.m. 0 comments
Just a few months ago, we celebrated the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we do every year. And several months hence, when Nov. 22 rolls around, the media will be flooded with recollections and reminiscences about ...
Think Globally, Party Locally
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
Long before festivals Rossini, Kuumba, Irish, or Hola—heck, even before the 1982 World’s Fair came to town—Knoxville had its own little melting pot brewing right in the heart of West Hills.
We Can't Afford to Close Knoxville's Office of Sustainability
Published 4/25/2012 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
Susanna Sutherland was hired to start up and manage the Office of Sustainability with a federal stimulus grant in 2009. That grant money runs out this year.
UT’s New Athletic Director Should Take a Page From Pat Summitt’s Book
Published 2/22/2012 at 12:12 p.m. 3 comments
The University of Tennessee’s new athletic director, Dave Hart, will formally take over the Women’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in June. Actually, he pretty much already has, and devoted Lady Vol fans believe that the men’s side will undergo an ...
Death and Life: Recalling the Roots of Downtown Knoxville’s Revival
Published 2/1/2012 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
If one had to name a single work that transformed the way architects and planners look at the cities for which they design, it would be Jane Jacobs’ first book, published in 1961, The Death and Life of Great American ...
Saving an Abandoned House Can Benefit a Neighborhood
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments
Four years ago there would have been a waiting list for a house like this, when homes sold before signs were in the yard. But this isn’t then, and we need to find a buyer now. One who wants to ...
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