Tradition Meets Innovation in Knoxville’s Ever-Growing Sushi Scene
Published 10/31/2012 at 11:03 a.m.
A landlocked mountain city/town is not the logical place for a sushi revolution, but Knoxville is in the midst of one. Meshing the Americanized sushi pioneered by Nama and the traditional offerings from sushi chefs like Seisuke Fukuoka of Anaba, ...
Q&A: Dorothy Foltz-Gray, author of 'With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin'
Published 10/22/2012 at 4:48 p.m.
A longtime Knoxville resident who moved to Asheville in 2011, Dorothy Foltz-Gray published a memoir, With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin in October and will read from it at Union Ave Books Sunday, Oct. ...
Whitey Hitchcock, Mushroom Hunter
Published 10/17/2012 at 12:55 p.m.
In his signature T-shirts (most mushroom themed) and worn jeans, Whitey Hitchcock’s tramped Norris Dam and Cherokee Forest and some woods in Oak Ridge and Asheville, cataloging hundreds of mushrooms on his life list, some of them edible, some not. ...
Knoxville Chefs Who Heart Mushrooms
Published 10/17/2012 at 12:49 p.m.
While farm-to-table dining is a concept that has taken hold in Knoxville, how about forage-to-table? Here are some local chefs who utilize regional (as well as imported) mushrooms in their cuisine.
Q&A: Bobbie Crews, Creator of “The Survivor Project” on Permanent Display at the City County Building
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:25 a.m. 1 Comment
In partnership with Child & Family Tennessee, the city of Knoxville, and Knox County, Bobbie Crews’ art installation “The Survivor Project” became a permanent display at the City County Building Oct. 10. It was created as a response to women ...
Q&A: Katie Powell, organizer of volunteers for this year’s Downtown Home Tour
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:15 a.m.
Katie Powell, part of the Board of Directors for City People, is organizing the volunteers for this year’s Downtown Home Tour.
Q&A: De Wayne Kirchner, former Broadway costume designer and now owner of Designs by De Wayne
Published 10/03/2012 at 11:44 a.m.
De Wayne Kirchner, whose resume includes Dollywood and Broadway—particularly Radio City Music Hall—recently opened Designs by De Wayne costume shop at 741 N. Broadway.
Lahla Deakins/Burning Fork Studio
Published 10/03/2012 at 11:36 a.m.
We’re here to tell you that the journalism degree is not the typical path to artisan success, but Lahla Deakins is proof positive that it can work.
Q&A: Heather Donahue, winner of the amateur category at Cupcakes in the Park
Published 09/26/2012 at 11:28 a.m.
Heather Donahue’s orange creamsicle cupcake won the amateur category at Knoxville’s first cupcake festival Sept. 22: Cupcakes in the Park, which raised funds for Child & Family Tennessee and the Kent C. Withers Family Crisis Center.
Q&A: Cameron Broyles, a Demonstrator of “Highland heavy athletics” at the 6th Dandridge Scots-Irish Music Festival
Published 09/19/2012 at 10:19 a.m.
Ranked 64th by the North American Scottish Games Athletics in 2011 among Class B amateurs, Cameron Broyles will demonstrate his prowess at the 6th Dandridge Scots-Irish Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Q&A: Taylor Ramsey, Winner of the Jr. Fairest of the Fair pageant at the Tennessee Valley Fair
Published 09/12/2012 at 11:24 a.m.
A student at South-Doyle High School, Taylor Ramsey, 14, won the Jr. Fairest of the Fair pageant at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Published 09/05/2012 at 9:31 a.m. 2 Comments
Even Flea Puckett thinks it’s funny that her Etsy shop sells dog and cat quilts—but she’s had the name since childhood relatives couldn’t quite master “Felicia.”
Q&A: Dustin Moore, Manager and Driver for Tennessee Party Bike
Published 09/05/2012 at 9:27 a.m. 1 Comment
Dustin Moore is manager and driver for Tennessee Party Bike, a 15-passenger pedal-powered vehicle that offers group excursions in Pigeon Forge and is working to expand into Gatlinburg and Knoxville.
Q&A: Sherry Hunter, a Community Liaison for Little T Squares Dance Club
Published 08/29/2012 at 11:22 a.m.
As community liaison for Little T Squares Dance Club in Lenoir City, Sherry Hunter invites all to a Sept. 4 free preview of classes that will start the following week, held each Tuesday.
Q&A: Tonya Jelf, Organizer of the Alive After 35 Knoxville Meetup Group
Published 08/22/2012 at 10:32 a.m. 1 Comment
Tonya Jelf is the organizer and “hyper motivator” of the Alive After 35 Knoxville Meetup group, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in July.
A League of Her Own: Local Cookbook Author Heather Baird is SprinkleBaked Awesome
Published 08/22/2012 at 9:59 a.m.
Think of it as a momentary lapse, artistic appreciation run amok—but just for a few seconds.
Q&A: Peg Beute, a senior naturalist at Ijams Nature Center and an organizer of its Cicada Festival
Published 08/15/2012 at 12:13 p.m.
A senior naturalist at Ijams Nature Center, Peg Beute will be one of the leaders at its Cicada Festival family program Saturday, Aug. 25.
Konane Wildcrafted Designs
Published 08/08/2012 at 4:46 p.m.
A glimpse of a local handcrafter who plies her wares on Etsy: Konane Wildcrafted Designs.
Q&A: Paul Attea, a bike mechanic for the Knox Bike Collective
Published 08/08/2012 at 11:35 a.m.
Paul Attea is one of a handful of dedicated mechanics for the Knox Bike Collective (also known as the Knox Bike Co-op), and a lead on its search for a permanent new workspace for fixing bikes to sell and donate.
Q&A: Candice Lawton, co-founder and vice president of UT’s Project V.E.G.G.I.E
Published 08/01/2012 at 11:16 a.m.
Candice Lawton is co-founder and vice president of the University of Tennessee’s Project V.E.G.G.I.E (Vols Educating about Growing Gardens and Inspiring Environmentalism), centered around a community garden on campus.
Q&A: Greg Mason, vintage toy “picker” and contestant on 'Picked Off'
Published 07/25/2012 at 12:23 p.m.
A vintage toy “picker,” GregMason will appear on the Aug. 1 episode of Picked Off on the History Channel. His teammate is his brother Jim, a comic collector. The two will compete in elimination challenges.
Q&A: Strength and Conditioning Specialist Mary C. Weaver
Published 07/18/2012 at 4:19 p.m. 1 Comment
An NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist, Weaver completed a series of teleseminars July 14 on weight loss secrets for women over 40—the replay is available free to the public.
Asking No Questions: Some Food Culture Is Better Left Unexamined
Published 07/18/2012 at 12:31 p.m.
Sometimes I don’t have to consider every angle, know every detail. In fact, I have a whole list of recent incidents and oddities that I have been able to let go.
Q&A: Belinda Carter Hammond, director of the South High School Alumni Chorus
Published 07/11/2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Belinda Carter Hammond will direct and accompany the South High School Alumni Chorus in its debut Sunday, July 22 with a concert to honor retired choir director Harold Mays.
Q & A: Brianna Rader, College and Haslam Scholar at the University of Tennessee
Published 07/03/2012 at 3:15 p.m.
A College and Haslam Scholar at the University of Tennessee, Brianna Rader will talk about medical humanities for medical students Wednesday, July 11, at 4 p.m. at the Preston Medical Library.
Classic Knoxville Bar-B-Q Joints
Published 06/29/2012 at 2:29 p.m.
While there’s currently a barbecue binge going on in the Knoxville dining scene, decades ago there were but a handful of BBQ destinations in town. While the legendary Brother Jack’s is no more, there are veteran barbecue joints that are ...
Dead End BBQ Co-Owner George Ewart Reveals Some Secrets
Published 06/29/2012 at 2:21 p.m.
BBQ is suddenly all the rage in Knoxville, and Dead End is all the rage with BBQ fans, winning its third consecutive Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville “Best Barbeque” honor in 2012. Co-owner (with Robert Nutt) George Ewart took a ...
Veggie Options at Knox BBQ Places
Published 06/29/2012 at 12:41 p.m. 1 Comment
No one’s denying that barbecue is a meat lover’s world. But you don’t have to stay home or politely peck at a sweaty baked potato with “spread” just because you’re vegetarian and the gang is gung-ho for BBQ. There are ...
Q&A: Burton Mandrell, competing in the 2012 North American Collegiate Bridge Team Championships
Published 06/27/2012 at 12:01 p.m.
University of Tennessee students Burton Mandrell, Jenny Dabbs, Alex Happ, and Tim Michaels make up one of four teams qualified for the 2012 North American Collegiate Bridge Team Championships July 14 in Philadelphia.
Q&A: Samuel McCahill, coach at the Westside YMCA Kinder Hoops
Published 06/20/2012 at 5:24 p.m.
Samuel McCahill coaches the Westside YMCA Kinder Hoops program for 4-5-year-olds, girls and boys—and is also the Y’s district programming director.
Q&A: Jake Hudson of the Fort Loudoun Lake Association
Published 06/14/2012 at 10:30 a.m.
A zone manager with the Fort Loudoun Lake Association, Jake Hudson will teach a rain barrel workshop June 23 at New Harvest Center at 10 a.m.
Q&A: Kevin Whaley, Bodybuilder and Promoter
Published 06/06/2012 at 12:07 p.m.
Bodybuilder Kevin Whaley is one of the promoters for the Tennessee Natural Classic 2012 at Farragut High School on June 16. The competition will feature teen through masters categories.
Q&A: Bob Hess, owner of the online mushroom supply and showroom/demonstration farm Everything Mushrooms
Published 05/30/2012 at 1:37 p.m.
Bob Hess has owned the online mushroom supply and showroom/demonstration farm Everything Mushrooms since 2007. A few weeks ago he purchased his South Knoxville/Sevier Avenue location.
Q&A: Tom Cervone, new executive director for the Tennessee Theatre
Published 05/23/2012 at 10:33 a.m.
Starting June 1 as the executive director for the Tennessee Theatre, Tom Cervone is retiring as managing director for the Clarence Brown Theatre.
New Studies Reveal a Rising Number of Homeless Families in Knoxville
Published 05/16/2012 at 12:03 p.m.
Last Wednesday on Market Square, the Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition and the University of Tennessee jointly released two studies with powerful—and dismaying—statistics about the local homeless population.
Q&A: Siren Santina, creative director and co-founder of Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue
Published 05/16/2012 at 11:55 a.m.
Creative director and co-founder of Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue, Siren Santina represented the U.S. in this year’s World Burlesque Games, held May 7-13 in London.
In My Mother’s Kitchen
Published 05/09/2012 at 12:42 p.m.
I’ve never seen Lee Clayton Roper, or her mother Sally Clayton, now deceased, but I have this very clear image of the two of them, perhaps holding Sidecars, politely wrangling over the toasted clam rolls, in an airy, marble-countered Denver ...
Q&A: Meg Beach, director of the “Myth Adventures” children’s performing arts camp at the Clayton Center for the Arts
Published 05/09/2012 at 11:11 a.m.
A veteran writer, dancer, and storyteller, Meg Beach will direct the “Myth Adventures” children’s performing arts camp at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Q&A: Bruce Bogartz, owner and chef at RouXbarb
Published 05/03/2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Owner and chef at RouXbarb, Bruce Bogartz has won an unprecedented fifth straight Best Chef award in the Metro Pulse reader-voted Best of Knoxville awards.
Knoxville Southern Fried Burlesque Queen Siren Santina Heads to World Burlesque Games
Published 05/02/2012 at 10:36 a.m.
First, Southern Fried Burlesque Queen 2011. Next, the world. Knoxville’s own Siren Santina, creative director and co-founder of Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue, won the first-ever Southern Fried award in Atlanta last year, and has now been selected to represent the ...
Q&A: Jimmy Buckner, executive director of the Scarecrow Foundation
Published 04/25/2012 at 10:26 a.m.
Jimmy Buckner is executive director of the Scarecrow Foundation, an organization that focuses on ending hunger and will host its second Downtown Derby Week May 2-5 to benefit Second Harvest.
Q&A: Tim Tipton, operator of Anna’s Angels, a non-profit thrift store
Published 04/18/2012 at 11:42 a.m.
Tim Tipton operates Anna’s Angels, a non-profit thrift store started in 2010 that recently moved from Sutherland Avenue to 5710 Kingston Pike. The group works to break the cycle of poverty by awarding college scholarships to Appalachian children.
Q&A: Dianna Glandon, certified balloon artist
Published 04/11/2012 at 10:58 a.m.
Dianna Glandon is a certified balloon artist and owner of Above the Rest Balloons. Its team of balloon artists placed second in the Medium Sculpture category at the World Balloon Convention in Dallas.
Dogwood Arts Festival Revival
Updated 04/10/2012 at 10:03 a.m.
The fortunes of the Dogwood Arts Festival, launched in 1961, have fluctuated wildly over the years. By the late ’90s it had settled into an easily parodied collection of crochet Kleenex holders, hot-glue T-shirts, and church-bus excursionists for the most ...
Bazillion Blooms or Bust: Repopulating Knoxville's Dogwoods
Published 04/04/2012 at 12:56 p.m.
Jim Cortese says he didn’t care about getting credit for his idea. As a certified master arborist and passionate tree preservationist, he was just worried that the dogwood, namesake of the festival, high point of 60-plus miles of trails, had ...
Q&A: Laurielle Campbell, local organizer of a Trayvon Martin rally
Published 04/04/2012 at 10:51 a.m.
Laurielle Campbell is a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law and organizer of a March 27 rally on campus to bring awareness to the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida high school student shot by neighborhood volunteer ...
Q&A: Doug Renfro, inventor of The Big Push
Published 03/28/2012 at 10:48 a.m.
Doug Renfro is inventor of the Big Push, a plastic yard cleanup tool that both rakes and pushes leaves. The product is a contender in Walmart’s Get on the Shelf social media contest through April 3. Renfro also co-owns Radiant ...
Local Non-Profit Feral Felines of East Tennessee Helps Curb Cat Euthanasias
Published 03/28/2012 at 10:42 a.m. 2 Comments
Feral Felines of East Tennessee has at least 4,000 "TNR"s (trapped, neutered, and then released wild cats) to its credit, many performed with the help of the University of Tennessee Vet School’s quarterly “feral fixin’” events, and has grown to ...
Q&A: Stacie Preston, an entrant in the Spartan Death Race obstacle course
Published 03/21/2012 at 10:58 a.m.
A local nurse, Stacie Preston is currently completing the preliminaries for the Spartan Death Race in Pittsfield, Vt. The endurance race includes mud runs, obstacle and trail races, and physical and mental challenges.
Q&A: Aaron Killian, host of the Facebook page “Aaron Age 11”
Published 03/14/2012 at 10:54 a.m. 1 Comment
Aaron Killian hosts the Facebook page “Aaron Age 11,” publishing excerpts from his 1991 6th grade journal.