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.
Photographer iO Tillett Wright Intends to Capture the Humanity of the LGBT Community in Self-Evident Truth Project
Published 03/07/2012 at 10:57 a.m.
Widely known photographer, blogger, and LGBTQ activist iO Tillett Wright is coming to Knoxville as part of a the Self-Evident Truths photo project, a collection of thousands of unposed portraits intended to discourage anti-LGBT discrimination with simple images of real ...
Questions of Faith: Pastor Tim Tatum
Published 03/07/2012 at 10:42 a.m.
As part of Metro Pulse’s ongoing discussions with local religious leaders, we present a rural Baptist minister who’d like to reclaim believers who’ve been hurt before. Already full-time pastor at the 140-strong congregation at Thorn Grove Baptist Church in rural ...
Q&A: Tim Michaels, co-president and unofficial coach of the University of Tennessee Gymnastics Club
Published 03/07/2012 at 10:32 a.m.
As co-president and unofficial coach of the University of Tennessee Gymnastics Club, Tim Michaels is a lead organizer of the Orange and White Invite, the club’s competition.
Q&A: Mary Lynne Bell, co-resident manager of the Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse
Published 02/29/2012 at 11:51 a.m.
With her husband, Bob, Mary Lynne Bell is co-resident manager of the Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse in Maryville, and will direct its March 3 celebration of Houston’s birthday and the 200th anniversary of his teaching at the schoolhouse.
New Grant May Help Young Victims of Dating Violence
Published 02/22/2012 at 11:16 a.m.
While the numbers didn’t increase in the two years between the 2009 and the recently released 2011 Knox County Schools Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, almost 10.7 percent of high schoolers surveyed reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose ...
Q&A: Khann Chov, farm manager for the CAC Beardsley Community Farm
Published 02/22/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
As farm manager for the CAC Beardsley Community Farm, Khann Chov will supervise its seed swap open to the public 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25—and the community farm work day that precedes it from 9 a.m.-12 noon.
Published 02/15/2012 at 12:05 p.m.
Hear I go again, another food crush. Other people can describe their attraction to different foods as a preference, or a love affair, maybe, or a craving.
Q&A: Lisa Chassy, DVM, head veterinarian at Young-Williams Animal Center
Published 02/15/2012 at 11:25 a.m.
As head veterinarian at Young-Williams Animal Center, Lisa Chassy has been a lead in the center’s February “Beat the Heat” campaign to promote $20 spays for female cats, and will continue to promote low- and no-cost spays (and neuters) for ...
Q&A: Emily Ellis, Brown Bag Green Book series coordinator
Published 02/08/2012 at 4:17 p.m.
Ellis is a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library, and also coordinator for the library’s Brown Bag Green Book series.
Q&A: Stephen M. Dupree, one of 24 bachelors being auctioned to benefit the Friends of Literacy
Published 02/01/2012 at 10:22 a.m.
Stephen M. Dupree is one of 24 bachelors being auctioned to benefit the Friends of Literacy.
Non-Profit diaperLove Provides Diapers to Needy Families
Published 01/25/2012 at 10:47 a.m.
Megan Mullins was browsing Craigslist, looking for baby things, when one “Wanted” plea seemed to leap off the screen: a woman who had just recently moved to town, in desperate need for diapers for her toddler. Mullins responded, and discovered ...
Q&A: Susan Fowlkes, Knox County Health Department’s clinical nutrition director
Published 01/25/2012 at 10:28 a.m.
Susan Fowlkes is the Knox County Health Department’s clinical nutrition director and lead on its diabetes management classes open to the public.
Q&A: Erin Bicknese, proprietor and baker for the Knoxville Bread Co-op
Published 01/18/2012 at 11:06 a.m.
Erin Bicknese: "I guess in our culture there are so many things you’re told you can’t do, told, 'Thank goodness we have factories for that.' But you can learn if you try and you’ll get so much out of it."
Can Bowling Be Saved?
Published 01/11/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 1 Comment
The kitschy sport of swirly colored balls, stinky shoes, and lots of Pabst Blue Ribbon can still draw in bowlers, but the glory days of league bowling are in the gutter. Potential players today are lured away by more modern ...
Q&A: Martha Keith Farrelly, director of the Shannonham Singers
Published 01/11/2012 at 10:32 a.m.
As director of the Shannonham Singers, Martha Keith Farrelly will lead this all-volunteer senior citizens chorus when they present a choral suite, “The Blue and the Gray,” at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
Predictions for Knoxville's 2012
Published 01/04/2012 at 11:43 a.m.
For our first issue of the year, we asked a random sampling of Knoxville personalities a timely question: Do you have any predictions for Knoxville in 2012?
Sounds of Street Talk, 2011
Published 12/28/2011 at noon
Trying to pick my favorite Street Talk subjects from any given year is like expecting me to choose a favorite child—each one’s my favorite the week their interview runs. I always have some quotes I find especially memorable, though, and ...