The Devil You Know: Knox County's Insecticide-Spraying Campaigns Aim to Head Off a Possibly Deadly Virus
Published 9/12/2012 at 11:07 a.m. 0 comments
If you see a pickup truck driving through your neighborhood, spraying a mist into your yard, you don’t need to count yourself paranoid for wondering what the stuff is, what it’s for, and what it’s likely to do to you.
Closed for Repairs: A Petition Drive Hopes to Rally Support for Crossville's Tree House
Published 9/12/2012 at 11:05 a.m. 1 comment
Natosha Carson once found solace in the chapel of the famous Minister’s Tree House that peeks above the trees of Crossville. She went there one day when she felt like her life was falling apart because of an abusive relationship. ...
Hearing Them Out: Battling Blight at City's New Public Officer Hearings
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
It’s mid-morning on Friday, and the small assembly room at the City-County Building has about 20 people in it—more if you count the kids. There’s a large projection screen in front of the two historical paintings, and Robert Moyers, the ...
Undocumented, Unafraid? Local Activists Get Boost Against Anti-Immigrant Policies
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:40 a.m. 0 comments
In the middle of the road, sitting on a painted canvas, was Alejandro Guizar, 19. He chanted along with everyone else, even as police handcuffed him and three others before taking them to the Knox County jail.
Retailer Urban Outfitters is Coming Downtown With City Funds. Why Did They Need The Money?
Published 8/29/2012 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Last week, the city approved a $250,000 grant to developers of downtown’s Arnstein Building to help them lure in national retail chain Urban Outfitters. The project had previously been approved for a $300,000 CBID grant, and a TIF incentive. Should ...
With Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic Closure, State Lawmakers Eye More Anti-Abortion Legislation
Published 8/22/2012 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
The director of the Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic announced its closure last week, citing the Life Defense Act. Meanwhile, state legislators have more bills in the works, as Cari Wade Gervin reports.
Knox County Election Commission Shoots Down Petition Drive to Reinstate Belle Morris Polling Place
Published 8/21/2012 at 1:50 p.m. 0 comments
November will mark the first presidential election since Harry S. Truman upset Thomas E. Dewey that there’ll be no ballots cast at Belle Morris Elementary School. The Knox County Election Commission, by a 3-2 party-line vote, voted this week to ...
Young Immigrants Can Now Request Deferred Deportation
Published 8/15/2012 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments
The new policy announced by the Obama Administration in June allows undocumented young adults (ages 15-30) who came to the United States as children to apply to remain in the country for two years without further deportment action being taken ...
Matt Michaels: "It's an Approach to Daily Living."
Published 8/8/2012 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
As part of Metro Pulse’s ongoing discussions with local religious leaders, “Questions of Faith,” we present Knoxville’s newest rabbi: Matt Michaels at Temple Beth-El.
Can a Mobile Slaughterhouse Change the Face of Local Meat Production?
Published 8/1/2012 at 12:05 p.m. 3 comments
Loudon County farmer Chris Burger has livestock he’d like to sell as meat—but he has to take it Chattanooga to be slaughtered. Knoxville does not have its own abattoir, and they’re expensive to build. But what if there was a ...
New State Program Aims to Help Keep At-Risk Mentally Ill Out of Jail
Published 7/25/2012 at 12:35 p.m. 0 comments
The pilot program created by a bill sponsored by state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey will provide two years of funding for 10 people to be treated for mental illness as outpatients each year through the Helen Ross McNabb Center.
Electoral Electricity: Surveying the Tightly Contested Races in the Republican Primary
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:29 p.m. 3 comments
Early voting may have already gotten underway last Friday, but there’s still a ways to go before the Aug. 2 primary election. And as we reported last week, this year’s election has a twist: redistricting.
Aug. 2 Primary Election Guide: Who's Running for What
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
Friday marks the first day of early voting for the August 2 primary, the first election since this year’s post-Census redistricting. Chances are, your district looks mighty different than it did last time you voted for your state and federal ...
Knoxville Abortion Clinics Losing Doctors
Updated 7/3/2012 at 3:46 p.m.
In April, the Tennessee Legislature passed the Life Defense Act, requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges. This new law and the death of a local doctor have made the availability of abortion in Knoxville uncertain, as ...
Smart Trips Uses Prizes to Lure Knoxvillians Into Carpooling
Published 6/27/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
A 2010 report from the Brookings Institution found that 85 percent of commuters here drive alone to work every day. Enter Smart Trips: an organization aiming to change this statistic. But can they really change ingrained habits with gift cards? ...