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Jesse Fox Mayshark

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  • 'Your Highness': the Stoner Sword-and-Sorcery Movie We Didn't Know We Needed Published 04/13/2011 at 1:41 p.m.

    So what the hell happened to David Gordon Green?

  • Paul Simon: 'So Beautiful or So What' Published 04/13/2011 at 1:34 p.m.

    'So Beautiful or So What' isn’t exactly a rejuvenation, but it is in many places sprightlier than previous albums, revisiting musical sources that have enlivened Paul Simon in the past: doo-wop, gospel, Afropop.

  • Compassion Knoxville's Daunting Goals Published 04/13/2011 at 1:18 p.m.

    How much compassion does Knoxville really have? And for whom? Those questions hovered over the first meeting of the newly christened Compassion Knoxville task force on Monday, the latest effort to reach some kind of community consensus on the problems ...

  • Green-Living Forums at Pellissippi State's Earth Fest Published 04/13/2011 at 12:42 p.m.

    If you want to “Green It, and Mean It,” this year’s edition of Earth Fest will provide some informed commentary that could help.

  • Energy Efficiency Policies Forum Set for Baker Center Published 04/06/2011 at 10:23 a.m.

    With so much discussion about how or how not to generate power these days—Coal or nukes? Wind or solar?—there is a tendency to overlook the other side of the equation: how much energy we use. That’s where efficiency comes in: ...

  • Knoxville Mayoral Candidate Profile: Marilyn Roddy Published 03/30/2011 at 10:40 a.m.

    In the second installment of our ongoing series of mayoral candidate profiles, Jesse Fox Mayshark talks with Marilyn Roddy about her past, present, and our future—and why she doesn’t want to be known as “the West Knoxville candidate.”

  • Edible Garden Seminar Published 03/30/2011 at 10:03 a.m.

    Karen Petrey, a garden design expert with a Masters from the University of Tennessee, will give a presentation called “Edible Landscape” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Stanley’s Greenhouse.

  • 'Quality Growth' Conference Aims to Better Plan East Tennessee's Future Published 03/23/2011 at 10:44 a.m.

    A two-day conference on “quality growth” next week is gathering hundreds of planning professionals, local officials, environmental advocates, and interested citizens. Jesse Fox Mayshark scopes it out.

  • Black Culture Celebrated at “Themes in Black” Published 03/23/2011 at 10:07 a.m.

    This Friday evening, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is sponsoring its first “Themes in Black” event at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave.

  • The Seoul Power of Soju Published 03/16/2011 at 11:34 a.m.

    Soju has a near-universal presence on that South Korea’s dining tables akin to that of wine in Italy or sake in Japan. You cannot at the moment find soju in Knoxville. But it has been making inroads in the U.S. ...

  • Knoxville's Task Force Influx Published 03/16/2011 at 10:57 a.m. 2 Comments

    What do these things have in common: the problem of chronic homelessness in Knoxville; the controversy over development of property on Midway Road; the mounting cost of the city’s pension plans? Answer: They all have special task forces assigned (or ...

  • McIntyre Leads Public Forum on Teacher Pay Published 03/16/2011 at 10:09 a.m.

    Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre will lead a public forum on the changes that were made last year in teacher evaluation and pay at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at Fulton High School.

  • North Knoxville's Neon Service Co. Keeps the Craft of Neon Sign Making Alive Published 03/09/2011 at 4 p.m.

    Here, in a 6,000-square-foot building, is what proclaims itself as “Knoxville’s oldest and most reliable sign company.” Since 1953, under a succession of different owners, Neon Service Co. has manufactured, maintained, repaired, and replaced signs of all kinds for businesses ...

  • Meet Your Health-Care Reform Published 03/09/2011 at 10:29 a.m.

    It would be a bit of an understatement to say that a lot of confusion, distortion, and misinformation still colors public discussion of the federal health-care law passed last year. So if you’re still wondering what it means for you, ...

  • The War on Teachers Published 03/02/2011 at 11:44 a.m.

    With a flurry of bills, Tennessee’s Republican legislators have set their sights on teacher unions. But there haven’t been many labor disputes with teachers here, who make less than teachers in neighboring states without unions. So why are teachers and ...

  • The More Civil Discussion Over Teachers' Tenure Published 03/02/2011 at 11:38 a.m.

    Besides collective bargaining, the teacher-centric issue generating the most noise in Nashville this year is tenure. But it is, at least so far, a more civil conversation.

  • When Teacher Contracts Are Non-Negotiable Published 03/02/2011 at 11:34 a.m.

    One obvious question raised by the proposal to abolish collective bargaining for Tennessee teachers is, what would happen then? The bill itself offers little guidance, saying only that decisions to “employ, transfer, suspend, nonrenew, and dismiss all personnel” should be ...

  • Meet Your Electric-Vehicle Future Published 02/23/2011 at 10:36 a.m.

    You can get a sneak peek—and a test drive—of one of those new electric vehicles this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at World’s Fair Park, where Nissan will be showcasing its much-hyped Leaf.

  • Will County Commission Defer to Developers on the Hillside Protection Plan? Published 02/23/2011 at 10:18 a.m. 4 Comments

    At the beginning of a County Commission hearing Tuesday on a plan to protect Knox County ridgetops and hillsides, Commissioner Tony Norman framed the effort as a clash between “old-guard development interests in this county” and “a reasoned approach to ...

  • Metal Mountains: 'Golden Trees' Published 02/16/2011 at 12:47 p.m.

    Vocalist Helen Rush, guitarist P.G. Six, and multi-instrumentalist Samara Lubelski played together in the enigmatic band Tower Recordings, which recorded on and off for 10 years before dissolving in 2004. That history helps account for the seamless flow of their ...

  • Who's in Charge of the Ten-Year Plan? Published 02/16/2011 at 12:04 p.m. 3 Comments

    When local officials called a news conference on Feb. 9 to announce major changes in the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, there was an improvised air about the proceedings that left a lot of the media representatives present scratching ...

  • 'Gasland' Screening Examines Controversies of Hydrofracking Published 02/16/2011 at 9:49 a.m.

    Hydrofracking is a process by which energy companies pump enormous quantities of fluids into the ground to split open subterranean lairs holding reserves of oil or natural gas. As 'Gasland' details, fracking has generated controversy in recent years because of ...

  • Bourbon Renewal Published 02/09/2011 at 3:52 p.m.

    Until relatively recently, bourbon played off Kentucky’s down-home image. It was unpretentious, honest, accessible (the sweetness of the corn makes it friendly to whiskey dilettantes), a workingman’s drink that could also accompany a lawyer’s poker game. But that was your ...

  • Wanda Jackson: 'The Party Ain't Over' Published 02/09/2011 at 1:13 p.m.

    Although she sold more records as a country balladeer, and had a later, longer career in gospel, Wanda Jackson's early rock sides are what subsequent generations of fans have rediscovered again and again. One of those fans is Jack White, ...

  • Roddy, Rogero Stand Out in First Mayoral Candidates' Forum Published 02/09/2011 at 12:38 p.m.

    In the first face-off between the four candidates for Knoxville mayor, there was no denying who seemed best informed: the women. Jesse Fox Mayshark does the post-game analysis.

  • Meet Your Redistricting Published 02/09/2011 at 12:22 p.m.

    The total Republican control of Tennessee state government comes at a convenient time for the GOP: just as data from the 2010 Census arrives, paving the way for the once-a-decade exercise in political gamesmanship known as redistricting.

  • Taking Stock of WayneStock Published 02/02/2011 at 2:42 p.m. 1 Comment

    There is much to be said about the three-night extravaganza known as WayneStock that commandeered Relix Variety Theatre last weekend. But it would be hard to top the heartfelt homage paid by Daily Times writer Steve Wildsmith on his blog

  • How Tennessee's Schools Became Separate and Unequal Published 02/02/2011 at 2:34 p.m.

    After the Civil War, different colleges in Tennessee took different approaches to black students. Some, like Maryville College, even flirted with integration. But a strict law passed in 1901 put an end to that. And its origins lay partly in ...

  • The University of Tennessee's Long Road to Desegregation Published 02/02/2011 at 11:56 a.m.

    This year, the University of Tennessee is celebrating a half-century of desegregation. The emphasis has been on the relative peacefulness of the transition. But the road to a racially open university was a long one, strewn with obstacles deliberately placed ...

  • First Knoxville Mayoral Candidates Forum Set Published 02/02/2011 at 11:04 a.m.

    The Knoxville mayoral campaign is achieving lift-off, with the first round of financial disclosures this week and, next Monday, the first official candidates’ forum.

  • 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot': The Pop Rox Published 01/26/2011 at 12:27 p.m. 6 Comments

    The Pop Rox are a rock band in that they are musicians who play rock music, but really, they are entertainers. They know what people want, they want to give it to them, and they want to get paid to ...

  • Former CFO for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Faces Fraud Charges Published 01/26/2011 at 11:14 a.m.

    The former CFO for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy was recently indicted in federal court on 10 counts of wire fraud and eight counts of money laundering, as Jesse Fox Mayshark reports.

  • Meet Your (Mostly Republican) Legislators Published 01/26/2011 at 10:27 a.m.

    f you want a chance to see our local state representatives and senators up close, you can do it this Saturday, courtesy of the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

  • UT's New President Faces a Daunting Array of Issues Published 01/19/2011 at 11:38 a.m.

    Dr. Joe DiPietro once wanted to be a vet and spend his time taking care of cows and horses. Now he has to be president of the University of Tennessee. Sounds pretty swank, right? Except that he’ll be digging out ...

  • The Complex Job of Being President of the University of Tennessee Published 01/19/2011 at 11:29 a.m.

    "University president” is one of those important-sounding job titles that means different things in different places. It almost always includes a lot of politicking and fund-raising, but the details of the role depend entirely on the structure of the university. ...

  • The Politics of the UT President's Office Space Published 01/19/2011 at 11:25 a.m.

    As he takes office as university president, among the questions confronting Dr. Joe DiPietro is: Where exactly should that office be?

  • Public Input Sought for South Knoxville Sector Plan Published 01/19/2011 at 10:35 a.m.

    The Metropolitan Planning Commission is getting ready to update its South City Sector Plan, covering city-limits South Knoxville. The first meeting to gather public input will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 20, in the library of South ...

  • Assessing the Online Campaigns of Knoxville Mayoral Candidates Published 01/12/2011 at 1:20 p.m.

    It is still early in this city election year, and we will probably have to wait at least until the snow melts for good before we see the blossoming of candidate yard signs that lets you know a campaign is ...

  • Better Grades for Knox County Schools Published 01/12/2011 at 12:40 p.m.

    he State Report Card released on Jan. 7 held good news for Knox County Schools.

  • Meet Your 5th District Councilperson (Maybe It's You!) Published 01/12/2011 at 12:24 p.m.

    With the selection of an acting mayor out of the way, City Council’s next order of business is filling the seat of soon-to-depart Vice Mayor Bob Becker, who represents the North Knoxville 5th District. Council will appoint someone from a ...

  • City Council to Pick Interim Mayor Published 01/05/2011 at 10:49 a.m.

    For a short while on Monday, Jan. 10, Knoxville city government will seem as unstable as a banana republic in the midst of a coup. But don’t worry, someone will be in charge by lunchtime.

  • Longbranch Saloon Celebrates 34 Years Published 01/05/2011 at 10:24 a.m.

    The bar has been a mainstay of the Cumberland Avenue Strip for 34 years now, in two different locations, and has at one time or another hosted just about every musical talent in town.

  • Sparkling Wines That Won't Hurt Your Wallet Published 12/22/2010 at 3:21 p.m.

    For a long time, the choices available to Americans on the bubbly front were stark: spend a lot and get something good, or spend a little and get something bad. But as with so much else in our age of ...

  • God Bless Us, Every One (or, My English Christmas) Published 12/22/2010 at 11:09 a.m.

    It was 1991, I was just out of college, and there were no jobs in America. We had recessions back then, too. My girlfriend and I had spent a semester in Manchester during our junior year, and we had found ...

  • Midway: What's Next? Published 12/22/2010 at 10:57 a.m.

    A few things were clear after Friday’s County Commission meeting: There will be no business park at Midway Road. A well-funded and intensive lobbying effort by the Development Corporation of Knox County and the Chamber of Commerce was not enough ...

  • Meet Your Acting Mayor Selection Process Published 12/22/2010 at 10:34 a.m.

    Not much happening on the local government front this week, but City Council is supposed to hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

  • County Commission Reschedules East Knox County Sector Plan Vote Published 12/15/2010 at 10:21 a.m.

    The showdown over the proposed Midway Road business park that was supposed to take place at a County Commission meeting Monday got delayed yet again.

  • Bjorn Lomborg's 'Cool It' Says We Shouldn't Worry So Much About Global Warming Published 12/15/2010 at 9:45 a.m.

    Let’s leave aside the irony or synchronicity of writing about Bjorn Lomborg’s talky climate-change documentary Cool It in the midst of an East Tennessee cold snap. Lomborg, the self-proclaimed “Skeptical Environmentalist,” has his issues with Al Gore, but he’s not ...

  • The 10-Year Development Battle Over Midway Road Published 12/08/2010 at 1:10 p.m.

    After 10 years’ worth of previous development fights, East Knox Countians once again find themselves battling a proposed business park at Midway Road. At its meeting on Monday, Dec. 13, Knox County Commission is supposed to finally vote on the ...

  • South Knox Riverwalk Set to Open Published 12/08/2010 at 12:41 p.m.

    Most of the ballyhooed-but-belayed South Knoxville waterfront development may have to await another mayor, but Bill Haslam will get to cut the ribbon on at least a symbolic, scenic section of it before he heads to Nashville.