Image Problem: How Well Do Knoxville’s Websites Present the City to the World? Um...
Published 3/6/2013 at 4:00 p.m. 3 comments
Ever try googling Knoxville to see what pops up? Unsurprisingly, a lot of public and semi-public websites from government-related organizations. But have you ever taken a good look at them, and considered what kind of image they portray of Knoxville ...
World’s Fare: West Knoxville’s Growing District of International Food Markets
Published 2/27/2013 at 12:18 p.m. 0 comments
Over the last five years, in what may be one of Knoxville’s most unexpected commercial developments, the area along Kingston Pike from West Hills to Walker Springs has nurtured a growing corridor of international food stores. Dennis Perkins takes us ...
Snack Food International
Published 2/27/2013 at 12:15 p.m. 2 comments
Even though exotic fruits and vegetables can be used in interesting and filling meals, one of the best things about prowling through international groceries is finding all the good stuff that’s bad for you.
Reform School: Tennessee's Growing Debate Over School Vouchers
Published 2/20/2013 at 11:50 a.m. 3 comments
With the so-called “Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act,” Gov. Bill Haslam has opened the floodgates in Tennessee to one of the most controversial aspects of the education reform movement: school vouchers. Whether you think that change is for better ...
Old-Time Revival: Traditional Appalachian Square Dancing Slowly Refinds its Footing in Knoxville
Published 2/13/2013 at 12:06 p.m. 1 comment
In Knoxville, for the first time in a long time, there’s a quiet revival of traditional Appalachian square dancing and old-time music. One might not think these things need any reviving, but for several decades now the traditional Southern squares ...
Clinton's Connection to Preserving Southern Square Dancing
Published 2/13/2013 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
In the early 20th century, a man named Bascom Lamar Lunsford, who was raised in the counties of Buncombe and Madison in North Carolina, saw Appalachian culture being erased by “progress”—railroads, highways and commerce. He began to worry that many ...
Local Color: Knoxville's Sutherland Avenue
Published 2/6/2013 at 4:13 p.m. 0 comments
Sutherland Avenue is West Knoxville’s cluttered back porch. It has a lot of important stuff on it, some cool and even beautiful stuff, but all pretty much jumbled out there, and we’re not always eager to show it to guests. ...
Con Hunley: If You Could Read Between the Lines
Published 1/30/2013 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments
Con Hunley’s country music career in the late ’70s/early ’80s is the classic tale of a Knoxvillian trying to conform to Nashville’s ways—and returning to Knoxville for a happier life. Despite jaw-dropping good looks and talent formidable enough to win ...
Tall Tales of Con Hunley
Published 1/30/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
Some extra anecdotes from a colorful career.
Knox Boplicity: How Rare Live Recordings From Bebop’s Heyday Wound Up in an East Knoxville Home
Updated 2/5/2013 at 5:03 p.m. 0 comments
How did recordings of 1951 live performances from New York City’s Birdland end up sitting forgotten in an East Knoxville home? The answer requires tracing a convoluted path through outdated audio technology, jazz fandom, and a long-forgotten Knoxville music scene. ...
Knoxville’s Urban Legends
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
Most cities have myths and tall tales that circulate and become accepted as fact—and Knoxville certainly has its own set of “truths” that people repeat and share among each other. But how factual are they? We investigate four of Knoxville’s ...
What's 'Historic'—And Who Says? Nine Practical Reasons To Save Old Buildings
Updated 2/1/2013 at 8:51 a.m. 8 comments
At this point, with the preservation-fueled revival of downtown bringing people, dollars, and uncustomary positive press to the city, the value of the community’s limited stock of old buildings might seem obvious. But their demolition is still occurring, often without ...
Who’s Afraid of the MPC?
Published 1/9/2013 at 12:27 p.m. 3 comments
You wouldn’t think an urban-planning organization like the Metropolitan Planning Commission would be subject to global conspiracy theories. Yet, in the past year or so, the 57-year-old MPC has been vilified as a puppet of the United Nations, plotting to ...
What Knoxville Needs
Published 1/2/2013 at 11:54 a.m. 1 comment
What does Knoxville really need? Everybody’s got an opinion, as we’ve discovered each week in our What Knoxville Needs column. While some of the ideas are a bit silly (a menacing face for the Sunsphere?), others are actually quite reasonable—in ...
10 Fascinating Knoxvillians of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Here are some of the most interesting figures we wrote about in the past year.
- Jan 23rd 2013 Practical Reasons To Save Old Buildings
- Dec 12th 2012 The Fabulous Hambright Sisters
- Dec 12th 2012 The E.M. Jellinek Center
- Oct 31st 2012 Ghost Hunting at Harriman's…
- Oct 17th 2012 Knoxville's World of Mushrooms
- Sep 19th 2012 Tennessee's Craft Beer Scene
- Aug 15th 2012 Walter P. Taylor Homes
- Apr 25th 2012 TVA's Tree-Clearing Policy
- Aug 24th 2011 MP's 20th: Some Favorite Covers
- Feb 23rd 2011 YWCA's Network of Help
- Sep 16th 2010 Bee Emergency
- Jul 21st 2010 Knoxville: Summer, 1967