Drones For Journalism: UT Invests in Cutting-Edge Technology That Still Has to Clear Some Obstacles
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 1 comment
It’s about 18 inches square and cost about $700, which came out of the school’s regular technology budget. Once a lightweight GoPro camera (approximately $300) is attached to the bottom, the little drone becomes a next-generation journalistic tool.
Urban Wilderness Gets a Big Donation—Right Smack Dab in the Middle of the Proposed James White Parkway Extension
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments
“This is our crown jewel. It’s a crown jewel not only for Knoxville but for the entire region,” said Mayor Madeline Rogero at the announcement. “It raises the value of all these independent pieces into something much greater.”
Boomsday Brings Some 400,000 People to the Waterfront—Who Pays For It? What's the Environmental Impact?
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:10 p.m. 1 comment
But aside from the sheer spectacle of the 22-minute fireworks show choreographed to music, why does Boomsday matter to Knoxville?
TDOT Unveils a Modified Plan to Extend the James White Parkway, But No One’s Buying the Compromise
Published 8/21/2013 at 10:01 a.m. 3 comments
After reports surfaced that TDOT had to decided to go ahead with the James White Parkway extension, despite massive local opposition, the agency suddenly announced Monday it was postponing a decision until late this fall and unveiled a new boulevard-style ...
Food Trucks May Soon Be Allowed on City Streets—But Where, When, and How?
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
As Knoxville sets out to revamp its 1960 ordinances to permit food trucks on city streets, some vendors are worried the new laws may hurt their businesses as much as they help. Cari Wade Gervin reports.
City Employees Start a Campaign Targeting City Council Member Nick Della Volpe in the September Primary
Published 8/7/2013 at 9:22 a.m. 1 comment
By the end of this week, crews of off-duty city police officers will begin putting up signs saying “Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Lodge #2 asks our friends and supporters to say ‘NO’ to Della Volpe, Knoxville City Council District ...
Flying Anvil Theatre Aims to Refurbish an Empty, Historic Building on North Gay
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 7 comments
The former address of the Willys Knight-Overland Company has seen better days—but this 1924 building on North Gay may fill its now-empty space with an unlikely product: theater productions. The Flying Anvil Theatre Company hopes to refurbish the historic building ...
Will UT's Greenwood Mural Go Into Hiding Again? Its Fate Remains Unclear
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
The smell of adhesives and solvents in the University of Tennessee University Center’s ballroom marks the beginning of the next chapter in the strangest art story in Knoxville history.
How Did the Idea For a Cultural Center at World’s Fair Park Become So Focused on Just the Clarence Brown Theatre?
Published 7/17/2013 at 11:50 a.m. 5 comments
After two meetings, the city’s World’s Fair Park Working Group only seems interested in assessing the feasibility of a new theater building for the University of Tennessee, not any other possibilities. What’s behind the single-minded process? Cari Wade Gervin reports.
Sheriff Says 287(g) Immigration Policy Imminent for Knox County
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
Despite the fact that Davidson County ended its controversial 287(g) immigration policy last fall after five years of sensational arrests, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones says he’s ready to get the same program started in Knox County.
City Takes Control of the McClung Warehouses
Updated 7/9/2013 at 6:17 p.m. 0 comments
After years of frustrations, the city has finally taken control of the long-embattled McClung Warehouses at 517-25 W. Jackson Ave., buying them for $1.45 million. In a hastily convened conference Tuesday evening, Mayor Madeline Rogero announced the city will be ...
TDEC Tries to Make Amends After Staffer Compares Filing Water Quality Complaints to Terrorism
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
After a public outcry over a TDEC official telling residents of Maury County that filing a complain over water quality could be considered “an act of terrorism,” the agency is trying to repair its public image. But when water-quality enforcement ...
A Looming Loss of Transportation Services for Rural ETHRA and CAC Riders Gets Avoided
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
The City of Knoxville helps steer ETHRA’s rural transportation service around some funding potholes, according to Paige Huntoon.
UT Opens Bidding for Oil and Gas Drilling—and Fracking—On State Land
Published 6/26/2013 at 10:57 a.m. 0 comments
Last Friday, the University of Tennessee’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center led a group of interested parties around a piece of forest on Little Brushy Mountain. There were employees from five energy companies—Consol, Atlas, PCI, Miller, and Range Resources. ...
State ABC Cracks Down on House-Infused Spirits. Can Tennessee's Cocktail Culture Survive?
Published 6/19/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 4 comments
It wasn’t that long ago that house-infused spirits were a rarity in Tennessee, but these days, everyone from high-end speakeasies like Peter Kern Library to casual chains like Tupelo Honey have them on the menu.