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 ...
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.
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.
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.
The Ever-Controversial Sen. Stacey Campfield Already Has a 2014 Challenger: UT Prof Brian Stevens
Published 11/28/2012 at 1:04 p.m. 2 Comments
Brian Stevens is a young and exuberant would-be politician. And he’ll need every bit of that energy because he’s already begun a two-year campaign against one of the most competitive and controversial politicians in the state (and arguably in the ...
Tiki Bar Owner to Open New Club in Former Valarium Space
Published 11/28/2012 at 11:30 a.m. 1 Comment
The mysterious saga of the Valarium looks like it will have a new chapter soon, when local tiki entrepreneur Daniel Leal reopens the warehouse venue as Blackstock Auditorium.
Republicans Take Even More Control of the Tennessee Legislature
Published 11/07/2012 at 7:16 a.m. 1 Comment
We visit Knox County's Republican and Democratic election-night parties to report from the front lines of victory and defeat.
Holly Briggs: Knoxville’s Artistic Educator
Published 10/31/2012 at 11:34 a.m.
At Mooreland Heights Elementary, Holly Briggs teaches art to kindergarteners, all the way up to fifth-graders in an arts-integrated setting—art, music, and drama are incorporated into what the kids learn in math, science, social studies, and language arts.
Ghost Hunting With Knoxville’s Investigators of the Supernatural
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:29 a.m.
The Knoxville ghost-hunting scene is crowded with would-be supernatural sleuths, many inspired by the cable-TV hijinks of 'Ghost Hunters.' But why do they do it? For our special Halloween number, we go on the hunt with a local team of ...
Sightseeing Knoxville’s Ghost Tales
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:25 a.m.
If you’re not up for first-hand ghost hunting but still want to learn more about Knoxville’s supposed spectral history, then Laura Still is the guide for you.
The Volunteer: Candidate Profile of Anthony Hancock, Running for the 18th District Seat in the State Legislature
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:50 a.m.
After playing for the University of Tennessee from 1978-1981 (where he majored in sociology and minored in business administration), Hancock played five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (who picked him in the first round of the 1982 draft) before ...
Alley Oop: Local Artists Plan Downtown Alley Improvement Project
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:38 a.m.
A couple of local artists are tired of walking through the Armstrong/Strong Alley between Market Square and the 400 block of Gay Street.
Celebrating Local Art in an Unlikely Location
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:50 a.m.
Maybe you noticed some art displayed in one of the parking lots under Interstate 40 at Magnolia Avenue and Central Street during the first University of Tennessee home football game on Sept. 8. That was the new art show Second ...
Laura Still: Knoxville’s Story Teller
Published 10/03/2012 at 4:17 p.m.
Since Laura Still moved to Knoxville at age 20, she’s been busy. She’s worked as a dental hygienist (and still temps on occasion), a retail store employee, a volunteer Sunday school teacher, a stage manager for Shakespeare on the Square, ...
Back For More: Knox County’s Democratic Candidates
Published 10/03/2012 at 1:54 p.m.
It’s not easy being a Democratic candidate in East Tennessee for state or national offices. This region of the state was red before red was... well, maybe cool’s not the right word. Democrats have had a difficult time here challenging ...
Tennessee’s New School Accountability System Sets More Attainable Goals for Struggling Schools
Published 09/19/2012 at 1:53 p.m.
After the state of Tennessee received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind, it devised its own schools-assessment program. With its initial wave of ratings out, things look better for some of Knoxville’s problem schools, but how does ...
Closed for Repairs: A Petition Drive Hopes to Rally Support for Crossville's Tree House
Published 09/12/2012 at 11:05 a.m. 1 Comment
Natosha Carson once found solace in the chapel of the famous Minister’s Tree House that peeks above the trees of Crossville. She went there one day when she felt like her life was falling apart because of an abusive relationship. ...
WUTK Lands on mtvU's Top Ten List of Most-Listened-To College Radio Stations
Published 09/05/2012 at 11:11 a.m.
This week, the University of Tennessee’s student-run radio station, WUTK 90.3 FM, is being featured on the website of mtvU, MTV’s college-focused offshoot cable network.
Sara Baker: Knoxville’s Free Spirit
Published 09/05/2012 at 9:41 a.m.
Almost two years ago, Sara Baker became the director of women’s advocacy and written communications at the YWCA of Knoxville. That new position includes working on projects like helping craft legislation and partnering with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to ...
Undocumented, Unafraid? Local Activists Get Boost Against Anti-Immigrant Policies
Published 09/05/2012 at 9:40 a.m.
In the middle of the road, sitting on a painted canvas, was Alejandro Guizar, 19. He chanted along with everyone else, even as police handcuffed him and three others before taking them to the Knox County jail.
Jack FM Switches to Top 40
Published 08/22/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
The radio station formerly known as Jack FM is now 95.7 Power FM.
Young Immigrants Can Now Request Deferred Deportation
Published 08/15/2012 at 11:01 a.m.
The new policy announced by the Obama Administration in June allows undocumented young adults (ages 15-30) who came to the United States as children to apply to remain in the country for two years without further deportment action being taken ...
Susanna Sutherland: Knoxville’s Green Thumb
Published 08/08/2012 at 4:51 p.m.
Susanna Sutherland’s smile is as bright as her polished wooden desk is shiny. She says she’s shy, but the city’s sustainability program manager has a strong presence that easily fills her office.
Matt Michaels: "It's an Approach to Daily Living."
Published 08/08/2012 at 11:21 a.m.
As part of Metro Pulse’s ongoing discussions with local religious leaders, “Questions of Faith,” we present Knoxville’s newest rabbi: Matt Michaels at Temple Beth-El.
New State Program Aims to Help Keep At-Risk Mentally Ill Out of Jail
Published 07/25/2012 at 12:35 p.m.
The pilot program created by a bill sponsored by state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey will provide two years of funding for 10 people to be treated for mental illness as outpatients each year through the Helen Ross McNabb Center.
Electoral Electricity: Surveying the Tightly Contested Races in the Republican Primary
Published 07/18/2012 at 12:29 p.m. 3 Comments
Early voting may have already gotten underway last Friday, but there’s still a ways to go before the Aug. 2 primary election. And as we reported last week, this year’s election has a twist: redistricting.
Baltimore's Future Islands Find Inspiration For Their Latest Album 'On the Water'
Published 07/11/2012 at 11:36 a.m.
Future Islands is something like a postpunk band that plays keyboards instead of guitars, bassist William Cashion says. Someone once described them as “Joe Cocker singing for New Order. It’s kind of an easy description,” he says.
Smart Trips Uses Prizes to Lure Knoxvillians Into Carpooling
Published 06/27/2012 at 11:12 a.m.
A 2010 report from the Brookings Institution found that 85 percent of commuters here drive alone to work every day. Enter Smart Trips: an organization aiming to change this statistic. But can they really change ingrained habits with gift cards? ...
Kuumba Fest Celebrates 23rd Anniversary
Published 06/27/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Nkechi Ajanaku says planning the event every year is a struggle. The organization is short-staffed and underfunded, but as the economy slumped in the past few years, so too did the funds for the Kuumba Festival, which come from community ...
Can Local Democrats Line Up Blue Votes in a Red State?
Published 06/20/2012 at 5:30 p.m. 1 Comment
After being trounced in state elections last year, local Democrats are making a renewed effort to connect with constituents they’re not normally associated with, like small business owners, and ones they may have taken for granted previously: young voters. In ...