'Clean' Bar Celebrates its Fifth
Published 08/03/2011 at 5:12 p.m.
The Pint House celebrated its fifth year in business July 29.
Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park Hires Chef Ortman
Published 08/03/2011 at 5:10 p.m.
Tom Ortman assumed exec chef duties Aug. 1.
Splashy Accommodations at Quality Inn
Published 08/03/2011 at 5:08 p.m.
The first property with an indoor water park for North Cedar Hospitality, LLC opened July 28.
Q&A: Linda Parsons Marion, playwright, 'Decoration Day'
Published 08/03/2011 at 4:33 p.m.
On Aug. 6, the Knox County Public Library will host a table reading of Linda Parsons Marion’s new play, Decoration Day. Set in Hawkins County, it is the story of two families meeting when one comes to clean a family ...
Q&A: Chandler Goff, inventor of the Luther Burger
Published 07/27/2011 at 12:06 p.m.
Chandler Goff: "The icing was my poor mother, who was heartbroken and irate when she saw Paula Dean trying to take credit for the idea on her show..."
TVUUC Shooting: Picking Up the Pieces Three Years Later
Updated 07/21/2011 at 5:51 p.m. 4 Comments
It’s been three years since gunman Jim Adkisson entered the sanctuary of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist church and killed two and wounded six before being knocked to the ground. His heinous act was front-page news for a bit, yielding ...
Q&A: Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director of tnAchieves
Published 07/20/2011 at 9:50 a.m.
Krissy DeAlejandro is the executive director of tnAchieves, a Knoxville-based scholarship program for Tennessee public high school graduates to receive up to $3,000 annually for community college tuition.
VeeV a la Acai Spirits
Published 07/13/2011 at 2:06 p.m.
Health benefits with your buzz are a strong temptation to pick a product made far away for an exception to the local food scene, and I can readily envision substituting VeeV for the vodka in my favorite vodka-marinara recipe.
Q&A: Jason Moeller, Researcher of walleye pollock in the Gulf of Alaska
Published 07/13/2011 at 11:07 a.m.
Onsite coordinator of education for the Knoxville Zoo, Jason Moeller recently spent 18 days assisting in a scientific survey of walleye pollock in the Gulf of Alaska, as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program.
Q&A: Maria Compere, Co-founder of the Knoxville Green Association
Published 07/06/2011 at 11:01 a.m.
Co-founder of the Knoxville Green Association, Maria Compere now serves as its beautification chair and has planned a sale of $1 perennials July 9 and 10 to benefit association projects such as an annual bulb giveaway and an edible garden ...
Q&A: Devon Hicks, Aspiring 'Saying Gay' Documentary Filmmaker
Published 06/29/2011 at 11:08 a.m.
Age 17, Devon Hicks is raising funds for a documentary about Tennessee Senate bill 49, aka “Don’t Say Gay,” and also serves as the chair of the Safe Schools Committee and It’s Okay to Say Gay campaign for the Tennessee ...
Q&A: Gay Activist and Comedian Del Shores
Published 06/29/2011 at 10:15 a.m.
A producer of Queer as Folk on Showtime, author and director of the Sordid Lives play, film, and television series, and passionate civil rights activist, Del Shores is touring with his second stand-up routine, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions. Knoxville and ...
ConAgra Awards Grant to Second Harvest
Published 06/22/2011 at 10:48 a.m.
Second Harvest has received a $20,000 grant from ConAgra Food Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer endeavor to support its Summer Food for Kids program, and the money could not have come at a better time, says executive director Elaine Streno.
11 Most-Needed Items on the YWCA Downtown’s June Wish List
Published 06/22/2011 at 10:22 a.m.
1. Used cellphones for victims of domestic violence
Q&A: Mary Whiteflower, teacher, How to Read Tarot class
Published 06/15/2011 at 9:43 a.m. 1 Comment
Mary Whiteflower: "And my belief is that everyone on the planet is somewhat psychic. It’s like muscles; we all have them, and whether you use them or let them atrophy influences how strong they are."
Chevrolet Fireball to Run Through Knoxville
Published 06/15/2011 at 9:36 a.m.
This week Knoxville was announced as a 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally destination. This means the run, aka the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, will arrive in Knoxville on Wednesday, Sept. 28, departing the day after, with the public ...
Q&A: Bridgette O’Dell, creator of adults-only PROMedy
Published 06/08/2011 at 12:29 p.m.
Bridgette O’Dell: "When I think about it now, I didn’t really enjoy my prom—it wasn’t as magical and awesome as all those movies make it out to be. It was just expensive and disappointing, much like most of my senior ...
Fantasy Food Picks
Published 06/01/2011 at 3:59 p.m.
What is a fantasy food? One you can’t have, or at least not right now, for reasons involving geography, the separation of the lands of the living and the dead, or the stubborn resistance of this world of ours to ...
Ed Bailey = Adult Baseball in Knoxville
Published 06/01/2011 at 11:25 a.m.
The city officially named its adult baseball league for late City Councilman Ed Bailey on May 31. Bailey, who died in 2007, was an outstanding catcher who played major league baseball for 14 seasons.
Carrie King, inventor,
patented solar port-a-potty light
Published 06/01/2011 at 10:23 a.m.
Carrie King: "For ladies, we want to see what we’re doing and touching in there. Sometimes you have to remind guys of the scariness involved with a dark port-a-potty."
Tennessee Legislature Unanimously Passes Strangulation Bill
Published 05/31/2011 at 5:43 p.m.
Even in straitened budgetary times and with a fiscal note projecting increased state expenditures of $786,700 for incarceration of those found guilty, Tennessee legislators unanimously passed a bill May 21 increasing the penalty for strangulation in Tennessee.
The International Biscuit Festival Puts Knoxville on the Hot, Buttery Culinary Map
Published 05/25/2011 at 2:15 p.m.
Last year’s International Biscuit Festival was a surprising success—the first-ever event gathered unexpectedly huge throngs of biscuit lovers who quickly exhausted the offerings of biscuit bakers. This year, the Biscuit Brain Trust is ready to meet the demand with a ...
Why Do You Love Biscuits?
Published 05/25/2011 at 1:58 p.m.
Knoxville biscuit aficionados reveal their true love of biscuits.
Winning Ways With Biscuits
Published 05/25/2011 at 1:53 p.m.
Even if you’re never going to grace the stage at the IBF Bake-Off, several small tweaks can enhance your biscuit experience. Here, celebrity biscuit experts and regular folks who happen to be biscuit fiends share their tips.
Q&A: Kelle Jolly, winner of Mountain Soul Vocal competition featuring Dolly Parton songs
Published 05/25/2011 at 12:16 p.m.
Kelle Jolly: "I have a bachelor of science in music education and I sing jazz, blues, classic, folk music—everything really."
Q&A: Children's Author Patricia C. McKissak
Published 05/18/2011 at 11:25 a.m.
Patricia C. McKissak was an educator and editor before turning her talents to writing children’s books in the late 1980s. Her work, much of it written in collaboration with her husband Frederick, focuses on African-American history and folklore, and has ...
Q&A: Brenda Herron, Restaurant Employee of the Year, Knoxville Tourism Alliance
Published 05/18/2011 at 11:05 a.m.
Brenda Herron: "I’m with the support team and our job is to help the restaurant staff get the food out, service the people. I also maintain the recipe books for all the kitchens."
Connected Tennessee Study Shows Business Benefits of Broadband
Published 05/18/2011 at 10:56 a.m.
A new report by public-private partnership Connected Tennessee shows a business with a broadband connection is likely to generate more revenue and jobs.
Q&A: Bill Tuggle, shoe shine stand operator, Plaza Tower on Gay Street
Published 05/11/2011 at 12:13 p.m.
Bill Tuggle: "I’ve shined shoes pretty much all my adult life, from my military days. But I’ve done this just a year; I retired from the apparel business, used to have a route in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia ...
Sororities Say, “It Takes a Village”
Published 05/11/2011 at 12:09 p.m.
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s sororities broke ground May 1 on Sorority Village on Morgan Hill, which upon completion will have sorority houses for 13 of the school’s 17 sororities.
Knoxville Launches Curbside Recycling
Published 05/04/2011 at 11:41 a.m.
Knoxville’s Public Service department first started trying to make city-sponsored curbside recycling feasible about six years ago with the encouragement of then-mayor Bill Haslam, says Deputy Director David Brace. The idea itself has been around Knoxville since the ’90s, when ...
Q&A: Keller Wallace, Volunteer Street Rod Association’s coordinator for Street Rod Nationals South Plus
Published 05/04/2011 at 11:33 a.m.
Keller Wallace: "Basically, I’m just the go-between from the National Street Rod Association and the VSRA—we’re the home club for the event this weekend."
6,000 calls for Knoxville's 311
Published 05/04/2011 at 11:12 a.m.
For only the second time in its almost six-year history, the City’s 311 Call Center crossed the 6,000 call mark in a single week.
April Carthorn, manager, Project NOW! partnership to help young people who are in transition from foster care to adulthood
Published 04/27/2011 at 11:11 a.m.
April Carthorn: "The statistics say one in every three foster children who are released to themselves—without a permanent adult in their lives—is homeless within the first year of exiting custody."
Hot and Fresh Biscuit Festival News
Published 04/27/2011 at 11:01 a.m.
The second annual International Biscuit Festival on Market Square is barreling down upon us May 27-28.
BaconFest 2011 Coming This Fall
Published 04/27/2011 at 10:59 a.m.
Because it’s always a good time to be thinking about bacon, we’re going to discuss BaconFest 2011 a few months early.
Cheers to Charity: River Sports Pint Night
Published 04/27/2011 at 10:56 a.m.
ay 3 will be the second Pint Night for charity event held at River Sports Outfitters.
World Series (of Poker) Comes to Cherokee
Published 04/27/2011 at 10:55 a.m.
All it took was a state-of-the-art, 3,000 seat Event Center (opened last Labor Day) and the most advanced PokerPro tournament technology by PokerTek, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel has hit the jackpot, hosting a World Series of Poker May ...
Going, Going, Gone—Villa Collina for $0-$21 Million
Published 04/27/2011 at 10:39 a.m.
A “without reserve” auction means “Villa Collina” at 5628 Lyons View Pike will sell to the highest bidder May 26, regardless of price. A few of the most intriguing numbers on the home and its auction.
Waste Watchers: Knoxville's Recycling
Published 04/20/2011 at 2 p.m.
I’m not completely convinced anything good happens to the aluminum cans—I’ve seen too many collection bins that have, oh, 17 bimetal cat food cans and maybe an empty laundry detergent bottle in with the Bud and Coke empties (that can’t ...
'Special Access to Discriminate' Act Likely to Pass
Published 04/20/2011 at 10:57 a.m. 2 Comments
When House Bill 600 reaches the State House for a vote on Monday, it will be the first time an “anti-equality” piece of legislation has come to the House floor since 2005, say opponents. Rose Kennedy finds out how it ...
Q&A: Mary Findley, Co-Author of Youth Declaration Presented at a Peace Rally April at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex
Published 04/20/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Mary Findley: "We are the next generation of leaders and decision makers and have the power in our hands to determine whether or not we wish to live in a country that maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons."
UT Ranked #8 Party School by Playboy
Published 04/20/2011 at 10:22 a.m. 2 Comments
University of Tennessee has landed at #8 on Playboy’s list of Top Party Schools in its May issue.
Black-Eyed Joe’s BBQ Feeds “First Fruit” to the Homeless
Published 04/13/2011 at 2:44 p.m. 3 Comments
Once a month for the past two years, Joe Bryant sets up at a spot below the I-40 bridge near the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army, and serves barbecue to what Joe estimates is 400-700 people. It’s ...
Q&A: Laura Jones, co-race director, Knoxville Urban Wilderness Challenge
Published 04/13/2011 at 12:50 p.m.
Laura Jones: "We don’t want people to be intimidated by the miles or modes; we want them to have fun and see what’s out there—and be aware of the economic potential."
Tennessee's Rankings in the United States Peace Index
Published 04/13/2011 at 12:37 p.m.
Only Louisiana ranked lower than Tennessee in the first-ever United States Peace Index, created by the international think tank Institute for Economics and Peace based on statistics indicating “absence of violence.” Here are some of the numbers that landed us ...
Knoxville's Urban Land Scouts Train Foragers, Farmers, and Bloggers
Published 04/06/2011 at 11:13 a.m.
Who are the Urban Land Scouts, and why are they mapping Knoxville’s edible flora? Rose Kennedy reports from their front ranks.
Q&A: Stacey Adam, owner, Blooming Earth Flowers floral CSA
Published 04/06/2011 at 10:55 a.m. 1 Comment
Stacey Adam: "CSA stands for 'Community Supported Agriculture' and ordinarily that’s a food CSA—you contract with a farmer to receive a basket of homegrown food every week of the season. With Blooming Earth, you pick up an arrangement or bucket ...
Dollywood: Barnstorming at 81 Feet
Published 04/06/2011 at 10:21 a.m.
Dollywood’s newest ride for 2011 pays tribute to the daring aerialists and pilots of the 1920s who used to do crazy stunts above the Sevier County fields where Dolly Parton’s father and grandfather worked crops. Here are the numbers on ...
Q&A: Connie McMahan, Professional-All Occasion Winner in Knox County Public Library Great Cake Bake Contest
Published 03/30/2011 at 10:12 a.m.
Connie McMahan: "I always loved baking, since I was a kid. My mother taught me—we always had dessert at our house. As an adult, I took a decorating class with one of my sisters as a birthday present to her, ...