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Frank N. Carlson

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  • Meet Your Next Governor Published 09/29/2010 at 9:46 a.m.

    Next Thursday the race for the governor returns to Knoxville, with our own Mayor Bill Haslam squaring off against Jackson beer king Mike McWherter for a debate at the University of Tennessee.

  • True Test of KUB’s Tree Panel Still to Come Published 09/29/2010 at 9:17 a.m.

    Two weeks ago, the KUB Tree Trim Policy Review Panel—a name designed seemingly to both tie your tongue and dull your mind—delivered its long-awaited report to a City Council committee with not a small amount of fanfare and self-congratulation. The ...

  • Castles in the Sky: Visiting the Minister’s Tree House and the House of the Almighty Published 09/22/2010 at 1:45 p.m.

    If God told you to build a giant structure by yourself (even if you’re not exactly an architect), would you do it? Two East Tennessee men faced this Noah-like quandary, and forged ahead with their ongoing construction projects. Floyd Banks ...

  • Green Ways and Highways Published 09/22/2010 at 10:16 a.m. 1 Comment

    Fresh off its induction as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, next weekend Knoxville will host the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ annual statewide ...

  • Studying the Inspirations of 'God’s Architects' Published 09/22/2010 at 10:09 a.m.

    In late spring of 2005, about three months before Hurricane Katrina arrived to devastate the Gulf Coast and its peoples, a 25-year-old graduate student at the Tulane School of Architecture named Emilie Taylor set out on a road trip across ...

  • “Meet” a Supreme Court Justice Published 09/15/2010 at 9:58 a.m.

    It’s a big week for the University of Tennessee.

  • The Official Insider's Guide to Knoxville, Vol. 2 Published 09/08/2010 at 12:11 p.m.

    Knoxville: It’s a tough town. And if you don’t learn the ropes fast, you’re liable to get bruised. But don’t worry—we’re going to make life easier for you. All you have to do is read our second volume of tips, ...

  • Slim Pickings Published 09/08/2010 at 9:47 a.m.

    Other than a Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting with no particularly sizzling items on the agenda, there’s not a whole lot of bureaucracy to busy yourself with over the next week.

  • Roane County Residents Voice Support for Stricter Coal Ash Regulation Updated 09/08/2010 at 2:56 p.m.

    More than a year and a half after that disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency is still working to put in place a federal framework governing the storage and disposal of coal ash to prevent another Kingston accident from occurring.

  • More Ridges to Meet Published 09/01/2010 at 9:49 a.m.

    The second public meeting to discuss the draft plan from the Joint City-County Task Force on Ridge, Slope and Hillside Development and Protection takes place this Thursday.

  • Local Enviros Hold Coal Ash Bash Published 08/25/2010 at 10:34 a.m.

    Some environmental groups have gotten together to hold a “people’s hearing” on the coal ash spill. At the event, an EPA official will explain the two rules for regulating ash now on the table, and testimony and comments will be ...

  • Proposal to Extend Pellissippi Parkway South Once More Moves Along Published 08/25/2010 at 9:54 a.m.

    On Monday, the public’s opportunity to contribute its two cents to the debate on whether 4.4 miles of farmland in Blount County should become a four-lane highway draws to a close.

  • The Metro Pulse Bar Crawl Published 08/18/2010 at 4:43 p.m.

    Just how big and varied has Knoxville's bar scene become? We sent out a writer, a photographer, and an artist to walk the drinking gantlet of The Strip, downtown, and Old City drinking establishments.

  • A Look Inside Marble City Brewing Co. Published 08/18/2010 at 11:37 a.m.

    Things are slowly but surely coming together for Marble City Brewing Company. This past April, word broke that a new brewery and bottling operation was coming to town. Since then, the start-up’s founders, Johnathan Borsodi and Adam Palmer, have been ...

  • Ridges, Slopes, and Hillsides Published 08/18/2010 at 10:47 a.m.

    Since March 2008, the Joint City-County Task Force on Ridge, Slope and Hillside Development and Protection has been working to develop a plan that balances conservation and development needs for those specific geographic features (see Citybeat).

  • The Struggle Over Knoxville's Ten-Year Plan Published 08/11/2010 at 10:56 a.m. 3 Comments

    The Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness was launched five years ago with much support from city and county leaders, as well as a lot of community good will. How could anyone disparage a plan to help Knoxville’s homeless? But ...

  • Why Does the Ten-Year Plan Focus on the Chronic Homeless? Published 08/11/2010 at 10:27 a.m.

    Despite the belief by some that Knoxville is unique in tackling chronic homelessness, the idea for the Ten-Year Plan didn’t originate here in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains or even in Tennessee. Its ideological grounding comes from early ’90s ...

  • Meet Your Transit Center Published 08/11/2010 at 10:21 a.m.

    This Friday Mayor Haslam—er, GOP gubernatorial nominee Haslam—will inaugurate downtown’s new bus station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Meet Your Zoning Labyrinth: Flenniken Building Published 08/04/2010 at 11:46 a.m.

    You may have heard about Flenniken, the former elementary school where the office of the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness is attempting to build 48 units of permanent supportive housing. What you may not know is that, while funds ...

  • Beautify Your City Published 07/28/2010 at 11:39 a.m.

    On Thursday, July 29, those interested in the long-term planning of Fort Sanders are invited to a meeting to review variances requested by Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for proposed signs on the hospital’s campus.

  • A Final Lightning Round for Our Knox County Mayoral Hopefuls Published 07/28/2010 at 11:01 a.m. 1 Comment

    In the interests of encouraging other underfunded, little-known candidates to serve as major-party placeholders in future elections, we thought it was worth a last visit with both Burchett and Maize. But we didn’t want to ask them the same old ...

  • Meet Every Civic Institution That Exists Published 07/21/2010 at 9:26 a.m.

    We’re nearing the end of the month, when basically every city/county/city-county entity decides to gather within the span of a few days to discuss the public’s business. If, like us, you love a lengthy, verbose agenda and a healthy dose ...

  • Federal Government Could Alleviate Downtown Library’s Woes and Save Local Dollars Published 07/14/2010 at 11:25 a.m. 1 Comment

    Since Knox County Library Director Larry Frank arrived at his position seven years ago, he says he’s examined just about every piece of property downtown, including the Convention Center (the city says no), the Post Office building (taken), and the ...

  • Downtown North Redevelopment Plans Published 07/14/2010 at 11:15 a.m.

    On Thursday, July 22, the city invites the public to a follow-up meeting on the streetscape plan for the Downtown North Redevelopment Area.

  • Knoxville Negocios: Profiles of Local Latino Businesses Published 07/07/2010 at 10:29 a.m.

    Take a ride along any of Knoxville’s main retail corridors—Kingston Pike, Chapman Highway, Broadway—and you’ll notice a growing number of colorful signs sprouting amid the usual chain venues. Taquerias, markets, bakeries, auto shops, and clothes stores representative of different Latino ...

  • Constructing and Deconstructing Knoxville's Latino Community Published 07/07/2010 at 10:25 a.m.

    In the work Loida and Luis Velazquez have done, the two major components of the local Hispanic community are represented: on the one end, the professional, educated class and entrepreneurs; and on the other, migrant laborers and unskilled workers who ...

  • Meet Your Candidates Published 07/07/2010 at 10:15 a.m.

    It’s after the 4th in a year ending in an even number, which means (at least) one thing: political campaigns. To help you decide which state and local candidates deserve the fancy of your finger—the index finger, that is—next week ...

  • In 4th District County Commission Race, Party Isn’t Everything Published 07/07/2010 at 9:27 a.m. 1 Comment

    In the County Commission 4th District, which spans west from near downtown out to just beyond Pellissippi Parkway, and from the river north up to Middlebrook Pike, Republican Jeff Ownby is hoping to unseat incumbent Democrat Finbarr Saunders. In the ...

  • Southeastern Glass Building Open House; Preservation Network Published 06/30/2010 at 10:22 a.m. 2 Comments

    It’s a festive weekend coming up as the nation celebrates its Independence (on a Sunday, boo, hiss). Between that and First Friday, there will be plenty of opportunities to drink too much and end up saying hurtful things to people ...

  • 8 Ways We’ll Make Out Like Bandits When Bill Haslam Becomes Governor Published 06/23/2010 at 10:30 a.m.

    Frank Carlson imagines a time when Bill Haslam is elected governor or Tennessee, and how we'll all personally benefit from his rise to power.

  • UT Board Wraps up Annual Meeting; Presidential Search Committee Meets Published 06/23/2010 at 10:07 a.m.

    The University of Tennessee’s Board of Trustees will wrap up its annual two-day gathering Thursday with a day of meetings beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee in the Plant Biotech Building, room 156-57. The ...

  • West Knoxville's Duncan Boat Dock a Fixture of Life on the Lake Published 06/16/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Frank Carlson visits Duncan Boat Dock on Fort Loudoun Lake, where generations of waterfarers come to fill their tanks.

  • Meet Your Homeless Plan Published 06/16/2010 at 10:49 a.m.

    Next Wednesday, the office of the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness will hold a meeting at the Deane Hill Recreation Center to explain how its plan was developed.

  • 2nd District Sees Two Local Dems Battle for Soul of the Party. Or Not. Published 06/16/2010 at 9:23 a.m. 3 Comments

    Former Democratic party chair Don Daugherty is running as an independent against incumbent Democrat Amy Broyles for the 2nd District Commission seat. In doing so, he is bringing some of the awkwardness of the primary season over to the general ...

  • MPC Meets; Food Policy Council Gathers Published 06/09/2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    On Thursday, June 10, the Metropolitan Planning Commission gathers for its monthly meeting; Tuesday, June 15, the Knoxville Knox-County Food Policy Council will meet.

  • Anti-abortionists Accuse Knoxville Planned Parenthood of 'Black Genocide' Published 06/02/2010 at 11:06 a.m. 12 Comments

    In the past year, Planned Parenthood has had some difficulty finding a new location in Knoxville. Protests in Bearden scotched a lease agreement at Homberg Place, and then a move to a building in East Knoxville has been greeted with ...

  • In Making Race Argument, Anti-abortionists Choose a Pregnant Taboo Published 06/02/2010 at 11:04 a.m.

    The Pro-Life Coalition of East Tennessee has chosen to enlist a powerful taboo in its quest to close a Planned Parenthood clinic. Fears of white control over the black population run deep, according to Cynthia Fleming, professor of Africana Studies ...

  • Meet Mark Crutcher, the Man Behind 'Maafa 21' Published 06/02/2010 at 11:02 a.m. 8 Comments

    Appearing throughout the anti-abortion documentary Maafa 21 as an authority on Margaret Sanger and the history of Planned Parenthood is a bald, pink head belonging to one Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, the company that produced the film. And ...

  • Take Back the Strip Published 06/02/2010 at 9:59 a.m.

    On Thursday afternoon, the city and the Metropolitan Planning Commission invite all those interested in the future of Fort Sanders to a meeting on just that topic.

  • City Holds Development Workshop Published 05/26/2010 at 9:25 a.m.

    On Thursday, the city will hold a workshop on the development tools at the city’s disposal and how they’re used to create business parks, such as the one being proposed for Midway.

  • A Look Inside the Tennessee Tea Party Coalition’s Inaugural Convention Published 05/26/2010 at 8:57 a.m. 1 Comment

    This past weekend, when the Tennessee Tea Party Coalition held its first statewide meeting at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, East Tennesseans were given the chance to see what its members look like up close. Judging by the turnout Saturday afternoon, ...

  • Gonna Have a Tea Party Published 05/19/2010 at 8:33 a.m.

    While not actually in the city, this Friday and Saturday the Tennessee Tea Party Coalition will hold its first convention in Gatlinburg.

  • Best Martini: Sapphire Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    At Sapphire on Gay Street, a martini feels like the appropriate thing to order.

  • Best Fight Against Inertia: Downtown Living Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Knoxville I remember most from my adolescence consisted largely of suburbs and strip malls, expanses of concrete and asphalt upon which telephone poles, traffic lights, and billboards marked spaces unique only in that they were a particular arrangement of ...

  • Best Neighborhood Bar/Pub: Preservation Pub Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Preservation Pub is the best neighborhood bar because it embodies Knoxville at its best.

  • Best Foreign Foods Grocery: Holy Land Market Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Holy Land Market on Sutherland Avenue is a bit of an anomaly: Where else can you find a selection of fine Middle Eastern staples like falafel and hummus—try the sun-dried tomato and basil, or the roasted red pepper and ...

  • Best Outdoor Sports Store: River Sports Outfitters Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    It’s great to have a place like River Sports Outfitters, which provides not only good equipment but also access to the sports themselves, making it more than a retail shop and something of a community and lifestyle hub.

  • Best Bike Shop: Bike Zoo Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Bike Zoo sits back in Downtown West Shopping Center, a location it’s held since 1993 that allows it to cater to both the campus crowd and one further west, in Bearden and Sequoyah Hills.

  • Best Bar: Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in the Old City provides good food, great beer, and a variety of live music in a setting welcoming to both families and those of us with no family values whatsoever.

  • School Board Chair Wants a Few Dollars More Published 05/12/2010 at 10:13 a.m.

    On Friday morning, members of the Knox County School Board will attempt to convince the County Commission to grant the schools $1.73 million more than is currently allotted in the budget for the coming fiscal year, 2010-11.