2014 Primaries: Knox County Commission
Published 04/09/2014 at 10:56 a.m.
So the Republican primary races—there are no Democrats running in these races—are packed with both fresh and familiar faces.
2014 Primaries: Knox County Sheriff
Published 04/02/2014 at 10:18 a.m.
Two new faces have thrown their hats in the ring against current sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones: Bobby Waggoner, a retired railroad officer and Knox County deputy, and Sam Hammett, an officer for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for nine years.
2014 Primaries: Knox County Trustee
Published 03/26/2014 at 10:07 a.m.
So how is it that the Knox County Trustee’s office has become infamous for public scandals? It’s been by generating lots of headlines for the past few years. But that hasn’t stopped people from wanting the job. Republican candidates Barry ...
Obamacare in Knoxville
Published 03/19/2014 at 12:11 p.m. 1 Comment
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that more than 200,000 people in Tennessee are eligible to purchase plans through the marketplace, and more than 100,000 are eligible for subsidized premiums. But as of March 1, only 77,867 people have signed up. ...
How Do Knox County's Health Insurances Rates Compare?
Published 03/19/2014 at 12:08 p.m.
The lowest-cost plans found ranged from $160 to $190 per month, and the highest-cost plans were generally about $50 to $120 more expensive.
Knoxville Health Insurance Sign-Up Events
Published 03/19/2014 at 12:05 p.m.
Where to get help enrolling in health insurance before the March 31 deadline.
Blackstock Set to Reopen as the International
Published 03/19/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 2 Comments
After abruptly closing two weeks ago, the former Blackstock Auditorium is under new management.
Homelessness Plan Update: City Council Members Take Positive Tone in Feedback
Published 03/19/2014 at 10:45 a.m.
After introductory remarks from Mayor Madeline Rogero and Michael Dunthorn, from the city’s office on homelessness, Council members offered words of support for the plan.
Seeking Shelter: Can the City’s New Plan to Address Homelessness Avoid the Political Controversies that Doomed its Predecessor?
Published 03/05/2014 at 1:40 p.m.
The city has unveiled its new plan to address homelessness in Knoxville—a few years after the previous 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness was scrapped due to controversy over its sites for supportive permanent housing. How is the new ...
Old Homelessness Plan vs. New Homelessness Plan: What Are the Key Differences?
Published 03/05/2014 at 1:36 p.m.
The two plans, released a decade apart, have a coherent theme: reduce homelessness. They also have some similar goals, like increase coordination among agencies, increase economic opportunities, and ultimately prevent homelessness. But the populations each plan seeks to help are ...
What’s Happening at Minvilla and Flenniken?
Published 03/05/2014 at 1:33 p.m.
Although Knoxville's Ten Year Plan to to End Chronic Homelessness is no more, the two permanent, supportive housing developments it established are still in operation. How are they doing?
Elton John, Kanye West to Headline Bonnaroo 2014
Published 02/26/2014 at 2:02 p.m.
Headlining this year’s festival are Elton John, who’s making his American festival debut, Lionel Richie, Kanye West, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, the Avett Brothers, and Phoenix.
Broadly-Written Sex Crimes Bill Attracts Concerns, Criticism From Press and Open-Records Advocates
Published 02/26/2014 at 10:19 a.m.
State Sen. Becky Massey is carrying a bill on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police that, as written, would essentially make sex crimes secret.
Meth-makers, Cold Sufferers Could Face Tighter Limits on Pseudoephedrine Purchases
Published 02/05/2014 at 10:07 a.m.
This year, Haslam hopes to speed up the decline in meth labs across the state with what would be the most stringent monthly limits on pseudoephedrine and ephedrine product purchases in the country.
New Five Points Plan Aims to House All the Residents From Walter P. Taylor Homes—in 10 to 12 Years
Published 01/29/2014 at 9:52 a.m.
Alvin Nance, executive director of KCDC, and the representatives of the planning team for the Five Points revitalization project were optimistic in their overview of the final draft of the Five Points master plan, though they hedged that tone with ...
Beardsley Community Farm's Expects Its Biggest Snow Day Fund-Raiser on Jan. 24
Published 01/23/2014 at 9:50 a.m.
The first year Snow Day was held, Chov says, it cost a grand total of $50. Six years later, she says, it’s a much more involved process. About 100 people are on board to volunteer, cook the meal, emcee, and ...
What Knoxville Needs II
Published 01/02/2014 at 10:52 a.m.
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, others are actually quite reasonable—in fact, downright smart. So, as we ...
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.