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Jesse Fox Mayshark

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  • Compassion Knoxville Prepares its Final Report Published 07/27/2011 at 12:11 p.m. 1 Comment

    Compassion Knoxville, the citizens task force looking for new approaches to homelessness in Knoxville, will distill the sometimes contradictory impulses expressed by about 600 people at dozens of public meetings into a set of recommendations to be presented to Knoxville ...

  • Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, July 28 Through Wednesday, Aug. 3 Published 07/27/2011 at 11:48 a.m.

    Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, July 28 Through Wednesday, Aug. 3.

  • One-Mix Drinks Published 07/20/2011 at 3:55 p.m.

    As much fun as it is to play with a well-stocked bar, toying with different bitters and juices and liqueurs, there’s still a lot to be said for simplicity. Especially when it’s a hot July day and you mostly want ...

  • Knoxville Candidates and Cash, Part 2 Published 07/20/2011 at 9:53 a.m.

    The big news in the most recent round of campaign financial disclosures for Knoxville mayor and City Council was at the top of the ticket, in the fund-raising battle between perceived front-runner Madeline Rogero and newcomer Mark Padgett, the money ...

  • Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, July 21 Through Tuesday, July 26 Published 07/20/2011 at 9:36 a.m.

    Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, July 21 through Tuesday, July 26.

  • Digging Into the City Campaign Reports Published 07/15/2011 at 2:37 p.m.

    The big news in the most recent round of campaign financial disclosures for Knoxville mayor and City Council was at the top of the ticket, in the fund-raising battle between perceived front-runner Madeline Rogero and newcomer Mark Padgett, the money ...

  • The Super-Sexy All-Singing All-Dancing Metro Pulse Guide to Pensions!!! Published 07/13/2011 at 11:57 a.m. 1 Comment

    Pensions! They’re important! They’re expensive! But they’re boring! Admit it: When you see the word “pension” in a headline, your eyes start to glaze over. So as our local governments in both the city and county start to wrestle with ...

  • Knox County's Pension Plans: Defined Benefits and Contributions Published 07/13/2011 at 11:45 a.m.

    Knox County has three different Defined Benefit plans, and three Defined Contribution plans.

  • The City of Knoxville's Pension Plans: Defined Benefits Published 07/13/2011 at 11:43 a.m.

    Unlike the county, the city of Knoxville is all Defined Benefits, all the time. Except when it’s not. Here is its alphabet soup of offerings.

  • Why Employers Hate Defined Benefits for Pension Plans Published 07/13/2011 at 11:39 a.m.

    So even with the dancing girls, you’re not interested enough to read a whole story on public pension plans. We understand. You just want to know if these things are really the ticking time bomb (or your clichéd-alarming-metaphor of choice) ...

  • Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, July 14 Through Monday, July 18 Published 07/13/2011 at 10:54 a.m.

    Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18.

  • 'Page One' Goes Inside 'The New York Times' and Finds... Well, That's Hard to Say Published 07/13/2011 at 10:39 a.m.

    The subtitle of Andrew Rossi’s film is “Inside The New York Times,” and it delivers on that to an extent. If you’re a news junkie curious about what the paper’s offices look like or what goes on at the daily ...

  • Knoxville Weather Attack! Published 07/06/2011 at 11:45 a.m.

    When a cloudburst swamped Knoxville on the last day of February this year, flooding intersections and storefronts and basements, it seemed March was just making an overly dramatic entrance: In like a lion on steroids. What no Knoxvillian could have ...

  • The Treepocalypse of Benny Smith Published 07/06/2011 at 11:36 a.m.

    Ask Benny Smith how he’s fared through the storms this year, and he’ll groan and ask, “Which ones?”

  • The Psychedelic Furs Come to Town, Playing Their 1981 album 'Talk Talk Talk' in Its Entirety Published 07/06/2011 at 11:30 a.m.

    Listening to Richard Butler’s sneering vocal 30 years on, it’s hard to see how anyone ever took the Psychedelic Furs song “Pretty in Pink” for any kind of valentine—much less as the inspiration for a romantic teen drama.

  • Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, July 8-Tuesday, July 12 Published 07/06/2011 at 10:51 a.m.

    Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, July 8-Tuesday, July 12.

  • Knoxville’s SlutWalk Organizers Hit a Nerve Published 06/29/2011 at 11:14 a.m.

    When Astrid Dees and Alex Pulsipher decided a few weeks ago to organize a SlutWalk in Knoxville this Friday, they didn’t know how quickly word would spread and how enthusiastic the response would be.

  • You Must Remember This: Taylor Swift Has Built a Mega-Selling Career Out of Carefully Observed Moments Published 06/29/2011 at 11:08 a.m. 2 Comments

    Taylor Swift has long since figured out who she’s supposed to be: the biggest pop star in America, give or take a Gaga.

  • Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, June 30-Wednesday, July 6 Published 06/29/2011 at 10:54 a.m.

    Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, June 30-Wednesday, July 6.

  • Drink Your Veggies Published 06/22/2011 at 11:46 a.m.

    The mixology renaissance of the past decade has led to both rediscovery and invention of all kinds of garden-laden libations. Whether muddled, infused, juiced, or reduced, fruits and vegetables are making their way from the food pyramid to the bar ...

  • The Rundown: Knoxville's Mayoral and Council Candidates Published 06/22/2011 at 10:51 a.m.

    After a small flurry of petition gathering and filing over the past few weeks, the field of candidates for this fall’s Knoxville city elections has turned out to be more crowded and colorful than expected.

  • UT Tuition-Hike Vote Thursday Published 06/22/2011 at 10:27 a.m.

    University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has a lot on its agenda when it gathers for its annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, June 23), in the Hollingsworth Auditorium.

  • Looking Back on a Decade of Bonnaroo Published 06/15/2011 at 10:57 a.m.

    When Dr. John and the Original Meters took the stage at Bonnaroo’s Other Tent on Saturday night, with their friend Allen Toussaint in tow, it represented more than just another good set of music in a weekend full of them. ...

  • Discover the Secret City Festival Published 06/15/2011 at 9:26 a.m.

    While we’re fond of Knoxville sobriquets like Marble City and Scruffy Little City, you have to admit that Oak Ridge has pretty much the coolest civic nickname around. And they wield it proudly, most notably in the name of the ...

  • Poker Games With a Knoxville Spin Published 06/08/2011 at 1 p.m.

    If places like Omaha and Texas can have poker games named after them, so can we. Here’s a slate of Tennessee-themed variants you can call at your next dealer’s choice night.

  • Knoxville Mayoral Candidate Profile: Ivan Harmon Published 06/08/2011 at 12:53 p.m.

    Ivan Harmon has been a school board member, a city councilman, a city employee, and a Knox County commissioner. He was also, 16 years ago, a candidate for Knoxville mayor. And now he is again. In this fourth installment in ...

  • Knox County Budget Heads to Commission Vote Published 06/08/2011 at 11:09 a.m.

    After weeks of debating the various austerity measures in County Mayor Tim Burchett’s proposed 2011-12 budget, Knox County Commission will finally bring the matter to a vote next week.

  • The Best, Most, Least, and Yeesh: Tennessee's (ulp) Legislators of the Year Published 06/01/2011 at 3:42 p.m.

    With so many unbelievable (and we do mean unbelievable) lawmakers to choose from, it was hard for us to choose our favorites for 2011. But here are some of the standouts.

  • Class of Clowns: The (Unauthorized) Yearbook of the 2011 Tennessee Legislature Published 06/01/2011 at 3:32 p.m. 1 Comment

    Whatever you think of our new Republican overlords in the House and the Senate and the governor’s mansion, the fact of the matter is this: Never in recent memory has the Tennessee Legislature generated so much national press. And unless ...

  • Meet Your Ridgetop Protection (Again!) Published 06/01/2011 at 10:45 a.m.

    The months-long battle over the proposed Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan enters a new arena next week.

  • Warm Weather Drinker Published 05/25/2011 at 2:30 p.m.

    Here in Knoxville, as we enter the season of outdoor imbibing, the rules can seem almost as arbitrary. The profusion of patios downtown and elsewhere attest to the popularity of the activity. On a sunny day or humid evening, the ...

  • Knox County Budget Battle Published 05/25/2011 at 1:50 p.m. 5 Comments

    When Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett presented his proposed 2011-12 budget earlier this month, he struck a stern and forbidding tone. There would be layoffs, a hiring freeze, funding cuts, and no raises for county employees. But while he’s been ...

  • End of the Free Ride for Seniors? Published 05/25/2011 at 9:34 a.m.

    A press release from Knoxville Area Transit highlights yet another of the programs marked for a big whack in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s proposed budget.

  • Statehood Day Festivities on Saturday Published 05/25/2011 at 9:29 a.m.

    Yes, the official holiday this holiday weekend is Memorial Day. But did you know Saturday is also Statehood Day in Tennessee?

  • Justin Vivian Bond: 'Dendrophile' Published 05/25/2011 at 8:33 a.m.

    As Kiki, the singing half of the subversive cabaret duo Kiki & Herb, Justin Bond created an indelible character: a boozy, bitchy, batty old nightclub entertainer. Now performing (and living) as Justin Vivian Bond—with a middle name added to reflect ...

  • Beck Center Faces Potentially Lethal Budget Cut Published 05/18/2011 at 11:31 a.m.

    Knox County Mayor Burchett has proposed a 92 percent cut in county funding for the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, from $150,000 to $12,000. The center has a total annual budget of about $300,000, its director says, and the loss of ...

  • Compassion Knoxville Holds Community Meeting Published 05/18/2011 at 11:01 a.m.

    Compassion Knoxville, the citizens group formed earlier this year to take up where the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness left off, has been busy for the past month, coordinating dozens of small community meetings around Knox County. Now it’s ...

  • BOK 2011 Best of the Best: Derek Dooley, Best Knoxvillian Published 05/12/2011 at 11:17 a.m.

    What does it take to be Knoxvillian of the Year? Sometimes, you just have to be anybody but Lane Kiffin.

  • Clifford Rodgers Aims to Calm Election Commission Turmoil Published 05/11/2011 at 3:54 p.m.

    Clifford Rodgers has set two early goals for his tenure as Knox County’s new elections administrator: one, learn how to do the job; and two, stay out of the headlines. Given the recent turmoil in the Election Commission office, the ...

  • City Council Workshop to Discuss Re-imagining Henley Street Published 05/11/2011 at 12:04 p.m.

    Should Knoxville take advantage of the closing of the Henley Bridge to redesign Henley Street? That’s what some local residents think, and they’ll make their case to City Council at a workshop meeting.

  • Gang Gang Dance: 'Eye Contact' Published 05/11/2011 at 11:01 a.m.

    The New York dance-rock experimentalists’ last album, Saint Dymphna, came out in October of 2008, and it felt autumnal: moody and pretty and sometimes a little chilly. So it’s maybe no coincidence that they’re releasing Eye Contact as spring leans ...

  • Saving Austin-East Magnet High School Published 05/04/2011 at 11:49 a.m.

    Ever since the old Knoxville city schools became part of the county system in 1987, Austin-East Magnet High School has been a target of reform efforts. As a school with a high percentage of lower-income students and persistently low test ...

  • Poly Styrene: 'Generation Indiglo' Published 05/04/2011 at 11:33 a.m.

    The sad news about this album is that what started out as a comeback turned out to be a goodbye. Poly Styrene died of cancer last week at the age of 53, the day before Generation Indigo was released in ...

  • UT Holds Free Anxiety and Depression Screening Published 05/04/2011 at 11:10 a.m.

    Anyone who has experienced mental illness, either personally or via a loved one, knows that there are no easy ways of dealing with it. But putting a name to it can be a good start.

  • City Council to Hold Workshop on Ridgetop Plan Published 04/27/2011 at 10:42 a.m.

    So after a two-month fear campaign by developers and the Chamber, County Commission on Monday narrowly voted down the Ridgetop/Hillside Protection Plan. But that 6-5 vote doesn’t mean it’s quite dead yet.

  • Mint Conditioned: Why Mojitos and Juleps Taste Like Spring Published 04/20/2011 at 3:44 p.m.

    Mint juleps and mojitos are distant cousins, culturally—one a hallmark of Dixie aristocracy, inescapably entwined with the Kentucky Derby, the other a Cuban concoction redolent of sugar-cane fields and endorsed by Ernest Hemingway. But stylistically, they have a lot in ...

  • Waste Watchers: Knoxville's Sewage Published 04/20/2011 at 2 p.m.

    Except for rare times when I’m afraid one of the kids might have put something down the drain that they shouldn’t have, I don’t think much about what happens to all that water once it leaves my sight. Neither, probably, ...

  • 'Atlas Shrugged' Bores the Audience Into Submission Published 04/20/2011 at 11:55 a.m. 22 Comments

    Why does anyone take Ayn Rand seriously? She was a mean-spirited crackpot who served as something close to a cult leader for her followers, and what little of her prose I’ve managed to force myself through is ludicrous potboiler stuff ...

  • ‘Under Our Skin’ Examines Lyme Disease Issues Published 04/20/2011 at 10:51 a.m. 1 Comment

    Lyme Disease is caused by tiny, spiral-shaped bacteria called borellia, which are carried by nymphal and adult deer ticks. The disease is named for Lyme, Conn., the town where it was first identified in the 1970s. Many doctors still think ...

  • Meet Your UT Master Plan Published 04/20/2011 at 10:25 a.m.

    Despite, the ever-tightening state budget, the University of Tennessee has big things in mind for its Knoxville campus.