Local Color: Lonsdale
Published 7/23/2014 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Lonsdale may be our least-known historic neighborhood. Most folks have heard of it, but your average Knoxvillian may not even be competent to offer confident directions about how to get there. It’s a comfortably scaled neighborhood of Victorian and early ...
The Stacey Chronicles: a Timeline of State Sen. Stacey Campfield's Greatest “Hits” in 10 Long Years of Legislating
Published 7/16/2014 at 3:30 p.m. 7 comments
As he runs for re-election as the 7th District state senator, Stacey Campfield campaigns from house to house like no other candidate. And standing on your porch, if you don’t know who he is, he seems like an affable conservative. ...
Signs and Portents: Tennessee's Numerous (and Sometimes Bizarre) State Symbols
Published 7/9/2014 at 12:52 p.m. 1 comment
Tennessee has an abundance of official symbols, especially for a smallish state with a middling population count. A moderately thorough inventory tells us that many of them are pretty common, or at least intuitive. But some are puzzling. A few ...
Orange Is the New Green: Is Knox County's New Video-Only Visitation Policy for Inmates Really About Safety—or Is it About Money?
Published 7/2/2014 at 2:31 p.m. 0 comments
On most days, over 70 percent of the men and women behind bars in Knoxville are pre-trial detainees. If those inmates are found guilty at trial, and they then enter a state prison as a convicted felon, almost all of ...
History at 78 rpm: The St. James Sessions May Finally Get Their Due
Published 6/25/2014 at 3:00 p.m. 1 comment
The St. James sessions are not the most famous early recordings of jazz, blues, and country music—but they’re a big part of Knoxville’s music heritage, and they may soon get international recognition. The German reissue label Bear Family Records, known ...
Streetscape Salvation: Will the City's Plan to Improve Magnolia Avenue Help Jump-Start East Knoxville's Revitalization?
Published 6/18/2014 at 10:20 a.m. 1 comment
East Knoxville gets a bad rap, though it does have clear issues with poverty, crime, and poorly rated schools. The city is planning to take a first step toward revitalizing the area with a streetscaping makeover for its main artery, ...
King Bee: Michael Gill’s Quest to Keep the Blues Alive in Knoxville
Published 6/11/2014 at 11:26 a.m. 0 comments
We’re launching a brand-spanking-new profile series that looks at people you may not have heard of but who nevertheless have an impact on your quality of life here. Our first True Knoxvillian is Michael Gill, the passionate blues fan who’s ...
Knox County Schools' Gang of 4.0 (Actually, Their GPAs Are a Lot Higher Than That.)
Updated 6/6/2014 at 11:11 a.m. 1 comment
When Knoxville high school students Kenneth Ye, Ethan Young, Adam Hasan, and Thomas Mitchell individually spoke out against aspects of the state’s education reform efforts, videos of their speeches went viral. They soon became national figures in the debate over ...
Cult of Celebrity: At Conventions Like the Fanboy Expo, Fading Stars (and even A-listers!) Find a Second Career
Published 5/28/2014 at 12:02 p.m. 1 comment
You will soon find an army of lesser celebrities invading downtown Knoxville as the Fanboy Expo gets underway. But why is it that people are so enamored with former sit-com stars and pro wrestlers? And is this any way to ...
Barry Bostwick: Convention Megaforce
Published 5/28/2014 at 11:53 a.m. 0 comments
He may not look much like the hapless Rocky Horror hero Brad Majors anymore, but that doesn’t mean Barry Bostwick hasn’t aged well. Truly, the silver-haired 69-year-old has the sort of distinguished good looks that keep an actor booked solid—even ...
Roy Wooley: Gruesome (Make-up) Star
Published 5/28/2014 at 11:49 a.m. 0 comments
Lest anyone doubt that fan/celebrity conventions are waxing strong, they need only consider the case of Roy Wooley. A special-effects and make-up specialist, as well as a fan-favorite contestant on the SyFy channel reality show/competition Face Off (seasons three and ...
Water and Blood: Amy Greene Just Might be the Best Contemporary Appalachian Novelist Around
Published 5/14/2014 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
“Here’s where I go when I write—not physically, but spiritually,” Greene says, surveying the spectacular vista from the top of the hill behind her parents’ home, the hill her grandmother dubbed “Old Jordan.” Everything is painted in different shades of ...
Saving the Salamander
Updated 6/25/2014 at 3:16 p.m. 0 comments
Dr. Matt Gray at the University of Tennessee is one of the world’s leading researchers on ranavirus, which can infect frogs, toads, salamanders, fish, and turtles. But amphibians, which begin life with gills and grow lungs as they mature, are ...
Bicyclists, Pedestrians, Motorists: Can it Ever Work?
Published 4/30/2014 at 10:09 a.m. 3 comments
Non-motorized transportation hasn’t been this popular in downtown Knoxville since before World War II. That’s probably a good thing, but it’s also the reason for escalating friction. Motorists say bicyclists are arrogant and dangerous. Bicyclists say motorists are arrogant and ...
Knoxville's Streets: They Weren’t Always Made for Cars
Published 4/30/2014 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments
The ongoing disputes between bicyclists and car drivers opens up kind of a sticky subject, and that’s history. “These streets were made for cars,” motorists who don’t ride bicycles like to say. That assumption comes with some asterisks.
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