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The Politics of Sex Week UT
Published 02/26/2014 at 4 p.m.
Every week is sex week on a college campus (and in the Legislative Plaza, too, one might argue), but there have only been two Sex Weeks at the University of Tennessee, and both have been really big news, thanks to ...
Getting Gloria Johnson: Targeted by State Republicans, the Outspoken Knoxville Representative May Prove Difficult to Beat
Updated 01/13/2014 at 12:33 p.m. 2 Comments
Tennessee Republicans aren’t satisfied to have the governor’s office, supermajorities in both houses of the General Assembly, seven-ninths of the state’s congressional delegation, and both of its United States senators. They want more—they want to beat Gloria Johnson. But the ...
Rep. Gloria Johnson's Legislative Action
Published 01/08/2014 at 12:07 p.m.
In her first session as a state representative, Rep. Gloria Johnson sponsored or co-sponsored the following bills. (Keep in mind that Democrats were outnumbered by Republicans 70-28.)
Conservative Blogger Brian Hornback Faces a Libel Suit Filed by Knox County Republican Party Chair Ruthie Kuhlman
Published 10/30/2013 at 9:43 a.m.
Are bloggers subject to the same limits as professional journalists when it comes to libel law?
Former Members of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band Plan to Demonstrate Their Sympathies on the Field
Published 10/30/2013 at 9:42 a.m. 1 Comment
The Pride of the Southland Marching Band boasts some 345 members, but on Saturday, Nov. 9, their ranks will swell to more than 800 when the University of Tennessee Alumni Band joins them on Shields-Watkins Field for the annual homecoming ...
The Republic of Slovenia Has a Consulate in Holston Hills. No, Really.
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:29 a.m. 1 Comment
If you ever find yourself driving through Holston Hills, and happen to see a sign that says “Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia,” you can rest assured that it’s not a joke. So what the heck is a Slovenian consulate ...
City Employees Start a Campaign Targeting City Council Member Nick Della Volpe in the September Primary
Published 08/07/2013 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 ...
Ed White’s Sideline: Historian
Published 06/19/2013 at 5:59 p.m.
Ed White is a lifelong learner, a husband and father, a master gardener, and was one of the most able and giving AIDS care volunteers in Knoxville during the height of the plague. He long ago recognized the need for ...
The Resolution: 20 Years Ago, Knox County Commission Unleashed a Wave of Vitriol Against the Gay Community. How Far Have We Come Since Then?
Published 06/19/2013 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
On March 22, 1993, an anti-gay resolution hit Knox County Commission with the force of an F-5 tornado. The call had gone out from pulpits and conservative radio stations that the faithful were needed at the City County Building to ...
Stacey Campfield Beats the Rap for Libel, but Roger Byrge Plans to Appeal
Updated 05/01/2013 at 4:50 p.m.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield manages to get his libel suit thrown out of court, but the plaintiff is planning to appeal, reports Betty Bean.