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Magical Reindeer Farts
Published 12/22/2010 at 11:22 a.m.
As children, Christmas is marketed to us as this sleigh ride through a wonderland of enchantment and awe. The snow-path before us sparkles with mystery: How is Santa going to get my pony down the chimney?
Unemployed and Uninsured in Knoxville, Tennessee
Updated 04/28/2009 at 3:02 p.m. 3 Comments
Zo Howell, age 2, flashes a gummy grin, his tiny mouth full of cream cheese. Eight-year-old Taye is across the room, play-wrestling a Great Dane. Somewhere outside their modest home in northeast Knoxville, a lawnmower growls to a start, nearly ...
The de-evolution of Down From Up
Published 03/04/2009 at 4:13 p.m.
Crowded around a table in an Old City pizzeria, the members of Down From Up look the part of a cooler-than-thou rock band: sunglasses, chains, enough black to dress a funeral procession. The aesthetic is a reasonable reflection of the ...
The Young opt for grown-up music
Published 01/21/2009 at 9:54 a.m.
Gay Street’s venerable watering hole, the Bistro at the Bijou, has long been an after-hours haven for downtown working stiffs. After a long day at the office, they slouch in, loosen their ties, and douse their troubles with a pint ...
Giving Horse Haven a Leg Up
Published 01/07/2009 at 11:56 a.m. 1 Comment
Horse Haven, a 5019(c)(3) non-profit, receives zilch in government funding and racks up tens of thousands of dollars each year in expenses. So how does it stay afloat? The answer is, it wouldn’t if not for a generous network of ...
Horse Haven: Shelter from the Storm
Published 01/07/2009 at 11:22 a.m.
All morning the December sky has been pressing down like an anvil, heavy and dark. The temperature is just above freezing—cold, but not quite cold enough to transform the sheets of rain into a more cheerful mist of snow. As ...
Published 12/17/2008 at 5:31 p.m.
Most of us no longer consider it remarkable that downtown Knoxville’s eastern skyline is rounded out by the world’s largest basketball. After all, it’s been a full decade since a crane lowered the 10-ton crown jewel of the Women’s Basketball ...
Christabel and the Jons Come of Age
Published 12/08/2008 at 3:10 p.m.
“Local Singer/Songwriter Throws Self to Wolves, Is Eaten Alive.” That could’ve been the title of my 2005 interview with Christa DeCicco, a shy songstress who’d recently been dipping her toes in the shark-infested waters of local open-mic nights. Her voice—a ...
Published 11/12/2008 at 5 p.m.
Boiled peanuts are a culinary litmus test. You either love them or they disgust you. Regardless of whether you’re for or against, you’ve no doubt noticed that those soggy sacks of gummy legumes are migrating north with the plantation-country deep ...
20,000 Leagues Under Tennessee
Published 10/08/2008 at 5 p.m. 1 Comment
Leslie Wylie goes deep into Knoxville’s quarries to discover their murky secrets.