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  • South Knoxville's Spy Teck Supply a One-Stop Shop for Sneakiness Published 6/16/2010 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Need a camera hidden inside a teddy bear? Gary Glarner won’t ask why. As Rose Kennedy discovers, Spy Teck Supply has everything you need for a bit of domestic espionage.

  • North Knoxville's Star Sales a Wholesale Wonderland Published 11/25/2009 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments

    Star Sales is on North Central, about a holler and a half past Happy Holler. It’s a plain cinder-block building beneath a big red star, which in this case suggests no influence of Communism. Based on its operating particulars, you’d ...

  • West Knoxville's Mennonite Church Helps Third-World Artisans Published 11/25/2009 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments

    Modest, a single story of clean white clapboard, a simple cross over the door, the Concord Mennonite Church stands out like a beacon. It’s way far west Knoxville, on Dutchtown off of 40W, just past billboards for the Katch One ...

  • South Knoxville's My Village Provides Day Care for Underprivileged Families Published 11/25/2009 at 11:15 a.m. 0 comments

    From the outside, My Village looks like a public school, which is a nice way of saying it looks like a prison. Barbed wire sits atop a chain-linked fence that surrounds a red-brick building. White paint chips gather on windowsills ...

  • East Knoxville's Broken Wing Meat Processing Aids Second Harvest Published 11/25/2009 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments

    Follow the dimly lit, sinuous Riverside Drive east from downtown, and after a few miles you’ll come upon a bucolic, two-story home with a white picket fence framing the driveway. Behind the house sits a fairly typical garage, complete with ...

  • Burlington’s Spontaneous Trading Post Published 8/5/2009 at 2:02 p.m. 0 comments

    As online social networking permeates the culture, and archived blogs and tweets and YouTube clips come dangerously close to replacing actual interpersonal experience, let us celebrate anything that brings people together in real contact and conversation. If there is aromatic ...

  • The Haven of Imani African Community Church Published 8/5/2009 at 2:00 p.m. 1 comment

    The singers at Imani African Community Church are enthusiastically transcending their space. It’s in the basement of the Middlebrook Ministries building near Sam’s Club on Middlebrook Pike, a lackluster concrete block-tan linoleum room with a stainless steel kitchen at one ...

  • The Strange Melting Pot of Green Acres Flea Market Published 8/5/2009 at 1:58 p.m. 1 comment

    A heavyset, gray-haired older woman—clad on this sunny Saturday in a grandmothery gray sundress and impressively circumferenced summer hat—peruses through knickknacks in the outer lot of the sprawling Green Acres Flea Market in Louisville. She’s here, it seems, just to ...

  • A Summer Afternoon in Fountain City Park Published 8/5/2009 at 1:57 p.m. 0 comments

    On a bright Saturday, Fountain City Park can seem like a color rendering of Paradise from a Jehovah’s Witness brochure. Children romp and couples hold hands on this micro-topography of small stone foot bridges spanning a clean, shallow creek, with ...

  • Caged Spectacle Published 11/12/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 1 comment

    The great games of the ancient Romans were pageants of grandeur nonpareil. At least as re-imagined by modern-day sword-and-sandals movies, at any rate. These were glorious spectacles staged in cartographically huge, open-air coliseums, towering sandstone walls bathed in sunlight and ...

  • Hard Workin’ Man Published 11/5/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    When your name is etched on the front of a university building, as Atlanta attorney Joel A. Katz’s is at the University of Tennessee’s Joel A. Katz Law Library, you probably have some latitude about who you can invite to ...

  • The Nothing That Didn't Published 10/29/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 4 comments

    At least it was nice and sunny outside, 65 degrees, with just a touch of a cool fall breeze in the air. It was lunchtime, and Market Square was teeming by Knoxville standards—packs of people out for a midday break ...

  • Descent Into Ripperology Published 10/15/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    “They’ve all got knives,” the kid working front desk at the Four Points Sheraton warns of the group convening upstairs on the mezzanine. And with that my mind is off, racing, conjuring all manner of bladed horrors: gleaming machetes, club-like ...

  • War Ain’t No Picnic Published 10/8/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    Many a school child knows the First Battle of Bull Run was the initial major land conflict of the Civil War, fought July 21, 1861—but many, many more remember it for another reason: picnickers. Washington, D.C. socialites trailed the Union ...

  • Crypt Keepers Published 10/1/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    In a weekend filled with sundry other scheduled events, and with football in full swing, it seems counter-intuitive that several hundred people have chosen to spend the better part of a pleasant early fall Sunday afternoon at a graveyard off ...