New Lives: What Do Immigrants Find Here When They Decide to Start Over in Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.A.?
Published 12/04/2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Knoxville as refuge? For many immigrants, our small city in the Southeast is just that—a place for a new start. But what sort of lives do they find for themselves here, from opportunities to cultural acclimation? Paige Huntoon shares the ...
Knoxville’s Immigration Services
Published 12/04/2013 at 10:54 a.m.
Coming to the United States with little-to-no knowledge of how things like renting apartments and finding a job work is tough. But Knoxville is home to several organizations that aim to help people transition to their new lives much easier.
Passing Through: Allison Outerbridge
Published 12/04/2013 at 10:50 a.m.
Sometimes Knoxville is just a stop along the road for people looking to advance themselves in the United States. For Allison Outerbridge, Knoxville has been a launchpad of sorts for her career.
Safety Center Task Force Will Draw Up a Request for Proposals
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:04 a.m.
At the task force’s July meeting, members requested some data on how many people booked in local jails would be eligible to go to a proposed safety center instead, where they would be treated for substance abuse, and any mental ...
War Stories: Knoxville's Female Veterans Talk About Being a Woman In—and Out—of the Military
Published 11/06/2013 at 11:29 a.m.
This year hasn’t been short of controversy over the military’s treatment of women. Though they make up just about 14 percent of the armed forces, half of all victims of sexual assault in the military are women. But that’s not ...
Getting Help for PTSD
Updated 11/13/2013 at 11:10 a.m.
Knoxville doesn’t have a VA hospital. There’s a vet center and an outpatient clinic. But the main regional medical center for veterans is in Johnson City, nearly two hours away.
Coping With PTSD: One Female Veteran's Story
Published 11/06/2013 at 11:20 a.m.
Anita Taylor joined the Army at age 22, in 2000. She thought she’d be a badass like Demi Moore’s character in the movie G.I. Jane. It wasn’t until 2009 that she finally realized she needed to do something about her ...
Noam Pikelny Tackles Classic Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes—On the Banjo
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:19 a.m.
Banjoist Noam Pikelny’s new album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, isn’t your typical standards collection. In fact, it started out as a joke with mandolinist Ronnie McCoury, who ended up playing on the album.
Amy Dilworth: Knoxville's Domestic Violence Advocate
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:24 a.m.
“I am compelled by the positive stories I see of amazing women who have been through things that I could not even imagine... The abuser has little to no importance in their world now, and they find ways to empower ...
Scruffy City Cinema Club Presents 'A Band Called Death'
Published 09/25/2013 at 11:41 a.m.
Nathan Smith wanted to make going to the movies an event. As a fan of the Texas cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse, he was already interested in the idea of doing more than sitting in a dark room watching a big ...
Are You Ready for the New World of Health Insurance? What to Do, How to Do it, and When.
Published 09/25/2013 at 10:11 a.m.
Oct. 1 generally brings with it a flurry of handouts, information packets, and benefit details for American workers who get insurance through their employers. But this year, they’ll have even more information to sift through thanks to the Affordable Care ...
Opponents to Tennova's Middlebrook Hospital Plans Continue Waging an Emotional Battle
Published 09/18/2013 at 11:43 a.m. 3 Comments
Tennova’s plans to build a new hospital in West Knoxville off Middlebrook Pike—and eventually wind down the venerable St. Mary’s in North Knoxville—has been met with heated resistance from residents. Paige Huntoon checks in on the battlefront.
First Annual Knoxville Film Festival Aims to Help Spur Knoxville’s Moviemaking Scene
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:43 a.m.
Over the course of four days (Sept. 19-22), the Knoxville Film Festival will show 75 films on two screens at Downtown West Cinema—everything from full-length features to shorts to documentaries—from directors who hail from 18 different states and three different ...
Liza Zenni: Knoxville’s Art Advocate
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Liza Zenni is always looking forward. In her work as the executive director of the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, that’s been a good thing.
Drones For Journalism: UT Invests in Cutting-Edge Technology That Still Has to Clear Some Obstacles
Published 09/04/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 1 Comment
It’s about 18 inches square and cost about $700, which came out of the school’s regular technology budget. Once a lightweight GoPro camera (approximately $300) is attached to the bottom, the little drone becomes a next-generation journalistic tool.
Boomsday Brings Some 400,000 People to the Waterfront—Who Pays For It? What's the Environmental Impact?
Published 08/28/2013 at 1:10 p.m. 1 Comment
But aside from the sheer spectacle of the 22-minute fireworks show choreographed to music, why does Boomsday matter to Knoxville?
Gamenight Looks Backward and Forward With the Release of Its New Album
Published 08/21/2013 at 10:21 a.m.
Gamenight doesn’t play too many shows in Knoxville—it’s been about a year since their last show here. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t been hard at work. For most of that time, the indie-rock band has been preparing its new ...
Knoxville's Battle Over 287(g)
Published 08/14/2013 at 2 p.m. 1 Comment
For more than a year, local immigrant-advocacy groups have been trying to learn more about Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones’ plans to implement 287(g) in Knox County, a controversial immigration enforcement program that has raised charges of racial profiling in Nashville ...
Lynn Klimas Petr: Knoxville's Therapeutic Riding Expert
Published 08/07/2013 at 10:54 a.m.
East Tennessee native Lynn Klimas Petr, 56, has that intangible quality most horsewomen have.
Flying Anvil Theatre Aims to Refurbish an Empty, Historic Building on North Gay
Published 07/31/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 7 Comments
The former address of the Willys Knight-Overland Company has seen better days—but this 1924 building on North Gay may fill its now-empty space with an unlikely product: theater productions. The Flying Anvil Theatre Company hopes to refurbish the historic building ...
Alive After Five Celebrates 20 Years of Jazz and R&B at KMA
Published 07/31/2013 at 10:12 a.m.
This year’s anniversary bash for the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five concert series will be twice as big as the anniversary concerts normally are—not only is this the series’ 20th anniversary, but the series will also be going ...
Sheriff Says 287(g) Immigration Policy Imminent for Knox County
Published 07/10/2013 at 10:50 a.m.
Despite the fact that Davidson County ended its controversial 287(g) immigration policy last fall after five years of sensational arrests, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones says he’s ready to get the same program started in Knox County.
Austin Rock Duo Ghost Wolves Sets Up Camp in Knoxville for the Summer
Published 07/03/2013 at 9:56 a.m.
The Ghost Wolves aren’t locals, though they’ll be living like they are throughout July and into August.
A Looming Loss of Transportation Services for Rural ETHRA and CAC Riders Gets Avoided
Published 06/26/2013 at 11 a.m.
The City of Knoxville helps steer ETHRA’s rural transportation service around some funding potholes, according to Paige Huntoon.
Bonnaroo Recap: DOs and DON'Ts
Published 06/19/2013 at 11:55 a.m.
First of all, people are not shy about taking their clothes off.
Oak Ridge's Young Activist Marcel Neergaard Gets State Rep. John Ragan's "Reformer of the Year" Honor Revoked
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:42 a.m.
When Marcel Neergaard decided to start a petition calling for StudentsFirst—a national political action committee pursuing “transformative” school reforms—to revoke the “reformer of the year” honor it had awarded to Tennessee state Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) in April, he ...
Downtown Knoxville’s Broadband Internet Access Kinda Sucks. Can It Be Fixed?
Published 06/05/2013 at 2:06 p.m. 3 Comments
It’s no secret that there are many places downtown that get less-than-amazing Internet service—while some buildings have perfectly fine Internet connections, others suffer from substandard speeds or don’t get broadband service at all. How can this be in the 21st ...
MPC Drafts an Ordinance to Create Building Design Guidelines in Certain Areas
Updated 05/17/2013 at 4:39 p.m. 2 Comments
Last Thursday, the Metropolitan Planning Committee approved an ordinance that would allow the city to designate overlay zone districts. What are those? Paige Huntoon explains.
Aimée Classen, Knoxville’s Ecologist
Published 05/08/2013 at 11:19 a.m.
Aimée Classen seems most animated when talking about her work—both as an associate professor of ecosystems ecology at the University of Tennessee and as an associate editor-in-chief of the academic journal Ecological Monographs—and about the opportunities East Tennessee offers for ...
TCWN Accuses State of Insufficient Enforcement of Clean-Water Regulations
Published 04/24/2013 at 11:51 a.m.
When the Tennessee Clean Water Network released its annual water-enforcement report last week, something looked odd. They collected data on the number of enforcement actions taken against groups or companies that had violated the terms of their discharge permits into ...
Gangstagrass Fuses an Unlikely Combination of Hip-Hop and Bluegrass
Published 04/17/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Tthe way Rench puts it, bluegrass, with its drummerless bands, and hip-hop, with its heavy bass beats, seem perfect for each other. Luckily, he was able to find like-minded musicians in New York’s small bluegrass community, and assembled a group ...
Ashlyn Kittrell: Knoxville's Fashion Blogger
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:01 a.m.
Ashlyn Kittrell didn’t grow up paging through Vogue or Vanity Fair. The Oak Ridge native, 20, and Maryville College sophomore came to fashion a lot like other millennial women: through the mall.
Non-Profit Developer to Consider Some "Fragile Fifteen" Buildings for Artist Work Space
Published 04/10/2013 at 10:32 a.m.
Artspace, a non-profit company that specializes in refurbishing old buildings into artists’ studios, is coming to Knoxville to see the lay of the land.
Gov. Haslam's "Tennessee Plan" for Expanding Health Insurance Faces a Lot of Obstacles
Published 04/03/2013 at 10:02 a.m.
Last week Gov. Bill Haslam announced that he would not accept federal money to expand Medicaid, but he added a big qualifier. He’ll take those federal funds, all right, but only if he can work out a deal with the ...
Science Project: Can a Pair of West Knoxville Moms Put Together a New, State-of-the-Art Children’s Discovery Center?
Published 03/27/2013 at 11:53 a.m.
Ashley Klappholz and Ellie Kittrell have a vision: to create a cutting-edge children’s science museum for Knoxville, which they feel is a big gap in the city’s attractions. They have formed a board and have attracted funding for feasibility studies. ...
The Somewhat Great Debate: LaLonde Vs. Campfield
Published 03/13/2013 at 11:02 a.m. 1 Comment
It’s actually going to happen: State Sen. Stacey Campfield will indeed debate comedian J. LaLonde (a former morning disc jockey at WNFZ before he moved to Brooklyn in 2011) on Sat., March 30, at 8:30 p.m. at the Square Room.
Diane Richards: Knoxville's Canine Coach
Published 03/13/2013 at 11:02 a.m.
Diane Richards, 65, wasn’t always a dog-training guru, though you’d never be able to tell by looking at her.
Time is Money: KAT's Proposed Route Changes are Result of Expiring UT Contract and Increased Federal Funds
Published 02/20/2013 at 11:34 a.m.
Earlier this month, Knoxville Area Transit released a set of proposed changes to its bus routes. If the proposals are approved by the Knoxville Transportation Authority later this month, many riders may find their typical routes served more frequently by ...
Jinka McLaurin: Knoxville’s Knitter of Third Places
Published 02/13/2013 at 11:37 a.m.
Jinka McLaurin, 59, looks right at home in her Bearden yarn shop Loopville. The walls are covered in looped and twisted rings of yarn in every color and shade of the rainbow, and McLaurin is wearing a lime green sweater. ...
State Senate Votes in Favor of the "Guns-in-Cars" Bill, Setting Up Potential Conflicts with Business Owners
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:41 a.m.
On Monday, the Tennessee state Senate voted to expand gun rights by approving SB 142—the so-called “guns-in-cars” bill—by a vote of 28 to 5. House Speaker Beth Harwell has said the House version of the bill will probably be passed ...
Local High-School Band Ergo We Play Named Best Teen Band in National Contest
Published 02/06/2013 at 10:27 a.m.
The members of the local band Ergo We Play went back to school last week bearing the title Best Teen Band after winning the National Association of Music Merchants’ SchoolJam USA battle of the bands.
More Guns in Schools? State Legislators Aim to Put Armed "Resource Officers"—or Teachers—in Schools
Published 01/30/2013 at 10:37 a.m. 1 Comment
After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, state Sen. Frank Niceley announced his plan to file legislation requiring either an armed resource officer or an armed staff/faculty member at every school. But just last week, state Sen. ...
Knoxville’s Urban Legends
Published 01/23/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
Most cities have myths and tall tales that circulate and become accepted as fact—and Knoxville certainly has its own set of “truths” that people repeat and share among each other. But how factual are they? We investigate four of Knoxville’s ...
Karen Tindal: Knoxville’s Coach
Published 01/09/2013 at 12:31 p.m.
Karen Tindal recently changed jobs to become the executive director of Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville, a chapter of the national nonprofit, which started in Charlotte, N.C., in the 1990s. The program’s mission is to show girls that ...
Questions of Faith: Knox Buddhism
Published 01/09/2013 at 9:22 a.m.
Jim Conant and Brian Carniello are board members of the Buddhist center, and are sitting quietly against the wall in chairs on the opposite end of the room from the altar. Essentially, that’s what Buddhism is about: finding a peaceful ...
What Knoxville Needs
Published 01/02/2013 at 11:54 a.m. 1 Comment
What does Knoxville really need? Everybody’s got an opinion, as we’ve discovered each week in our What Knoxville Needs column. While some of the ideas are a bit silly (a menacing face for the Sunsphere?), others are actually quite reasonable—in ...
The Rev. Dr. John Butler: “Faith Without Work Is dead."
Published 12/19/2012 at 2 p.m.
For the Rev. Dr. John Butler, faith is larger than one person. It encompasses the entire community.
Rafiq Mahdi: "“It Shapes My Life in Every Aspect."
Published 12/19/2012 at 2 p.m.
Rafiq Mahdi is a striking figure. He’s tall and wears a traditional Muslim tunic that is bright white—without a speck of dirt in sight—and a white hat. But really, he’s just an everyday dad who happens to be Muslim.
Pastor Jill Sizemore: “Dogma Tends To Put God in a box."
Published 12/19/2012 at 2 p.m.
Pastor Jill Sizemore isn’t very tall, but she’s every bit the commanding figure an ex-lieutenant colonel should be.
Night Shift: Downtown's First Night Celebration "Taking the Year Off"
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:44 a.m.
First Night Knoxville had taken over Market Square every New Year’s Eve since 2007, but for the first time since its inauguration, it’s not happening.