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 ...
Q&A: Annelle Ferguson, co-redecorator of one of the KMA’s Thorne Miniature Rooms
Published 12/21/2011 at 11:34 a.m.
Annelle Ferguson: "We’re just frustrated decorators and architects. It’s kind of a joke of mine about most miniature artisans."
9 Reasons for Knoxville to Love Cheese
Published 12/14/2011 at 3:02 p.m. 1 Comment
While it’s usually tough to put into words such a heartfelt admiration and affection, to explain how one came to be bowled over by a product that’s simple milk, salt, cultures, rennet, and artistry, that is not the case here. ...
Q&A: Jeff Gubitz, executive director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:38 a.m.
Jeff Gubitz is the executive director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance, one of four groups presenting Knoxville’s fifth annual Menorah Madness on Dec. 26.
Best Cookbooks of 2011
Published 11/30/2011 at 3:26 p.m. 1 Comment
Here are this year’s best cookbooks, the ones with fine essays, sweet anecdotes, and step-by-step instructions included. That way, you can make your own memories.
Q&A: Tracy Foster, co-founder of Project Being There, which aids orphans in Vietnam
Published 11/30/2011 at 12:48 p.m.
With her husband Steve, Tracy Foster helped found a local group, Project Being There, which aims to expand opportunities for orphans in Vietnam.
Q&A: Lisa Higginbotham, director of the new Enough! volunteer program at the YWCA Knoxville
Published 11/23/2011 at 10:35 a.m.
Higginbotham will direct the new Enough! volunteer program at the YWCA Knoxville. Volunteers will answer phones, observe court proceedings, help educate the community, and help victims of domestic violence create individualized safety plans, understand their rights, navigate the legal system—particularly ...
Q&A: Garry Noland, volunteer astronomer at Marble Springs Historic Site
Published 11/16/2011 at noon
Noland will present a free lecture, “Stellar Evolution and Mass Confusion,” this weekend as part of the stargazing series held at Marble Springs, the historic home of Gov. John Sevier.
Q&A: Jim Richards, manager of Mast General Store’s Share the Warmth program
Published 11/09/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
As general manager of Knoxville’s Mast General Store, Jim Richards oversees its Share the Warmth program, now through Nov. 30, which is co-sponsored by Columbia Sportswear and benefits the homeless.
Foods In Phil’s Memory
Published 11/02/2011 at 2:43 p.m.
Food memories help me anchor, then catalog, time shared, joys and drudgery, humor and complacency. And so it was memories of carrot cake, California onion dip, dry red wine, and seedless watermelon kabobs that assailed me these past three days, ...
Finding Football Americana at a North Knoxville Gibbs-Carter Game
Published 11/02/2011 at 2:31 p.m.
Sure, there’s a buzz-cut, gangly teen cradling his slick-haired infant in one elbow as he exits the rest room, catching up the baby’s receiving blanket with an oversize Air Jordan foot when it trails into the hard-packed dirt behind the ...
Knoxville's New Curbside Recycling Program Gets Off to a Good Start
Published 11/02/2011 at 11:39 a.m.
A month since rollout began Oct. 3, the city’s new, free, curbside recycling program has posted big numbers and encountered only a few problems.
Q&A: Matt Harbaugh, president of the University of Tennessee’s Ultimate Frisbee club
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:40 a.m.
Matt Harbaugh is president of the University of Tennessee’s Ultimate Frisbee club, which just won its second consecutive Ultimate Observers Association SEC tournament and was granted an invitation to the UOA national championships.
Q&A: Robert McGinnis, Curator of James White Fort
Published 10/19/2011 at 12:14 p.m.
James White Fort curator McGinnis is also the tour guide for the historic site’s annual HearthScares “walking tour of ghostly Knoxville,” which departs the Fort at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Oct. 24-28.
A Preview of 'The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic'
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:36 a.m.
A preview of 'The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic' by local author Kelly Brown, with photos by Mark Andrew Large.
New Festival Focuses on Tennessee Food and Wine
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:23 a.m.
University of Tennessee’s Carol Costello hopes to start something big with this year’s first-ever state food and wine festival.
Vic and Bill’s Open Again
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:08 a.m.
After a chance to repair storm damage, Vic and Bill’s on 3553 N. Broadway is open once more—with new hours and new management, but still, to our great relief, all in the same family.
La Costa Becomes 31 Bistro
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:05 a.m.
La Costa on Market Square usually does a menu change for each season, but this is a little more radical: Now the restaurant will be changing names, to 31 Bistro, and amping the concept to become purely farm-to-table.
Glowing Body Yoga Studio Gets New Owner
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:03 a.m.
It’s official: Local attorney Tammy Kaousias, a regular at Glowing Body Yoga Studio’s classes since it opened three years ago, has become the new owner.
Ambition Tattoo Holds Benefit
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:02 a.m.
Danny Fugate isn’t wasting any time getting involved in the community.
The Parlor Adds New Location
Published 10/12/2011 at 11 a.m.
The Parlor is parlaying its success with the “hand-crafted food and music” at the cafe at the Knoxville Visitor Center and music shop at 776 Chickamauga into a third venue—a cafe at 1008 E. Woodland Ave., across the street from ...
Knoxville's Guardian of the Greenways
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:58 a.m.
Fear not, treaders of Knoxville’s extensive greenways system—you are protected! Or at least your litter will be attended to. That’s because Knoxville has its very own greenway ranger, Katie Bernier. The 22-year-old with a very liberal arts degree from Florida ...
Q&A: Jeff Siddons, organizer for the East Tennessee Electric Vehicle Show
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:38 a.m.
AmeriCorps member Siddons works as the East Tennessee Clean Fuels project coordinator, and helped organize the East Tennessee Electric Vehicle Show to be held Friday, Oct. 14 in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pastor Eddie Young: Helping the Homeless Here and Now
Published 10/05/2011 at 11:30 a.m.
In just three years’ time, Eddie Young has become an opinion leader and activist for Knoxville’s homeless. He’s also a pastor, the executive director of Redeeming Hope Ministries, part of the Redeemer Church on the corner of Highland and 17th ...
Reading 'The Amplifier,' Knoxville's 'Voice for Social Change'
Published 10/05/2011 at 11:30 a.m.
Intended to open dialogue and allow communication (versus being some sort of jobs program), 'The Amplifier' has covered some memorable stories and generated some engaging quotes.
Q&A: Debbie Roberts, chair of the City People Downtown Home Tour
Published 09/28/2011 at 9:54 a.m.
Through City People, residents, business people, elected officials, preservationists, activists, and artists work to address issues concerning Knoxville’s center city.
Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle Go Gospel for New Radio Show and CD
Published 09/28/2011 at 9:40 a.m.
Husband-and-wife duo Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle have found “kind of a little niche” as Sunday morning co-hosts of In the Spirit on WFIV 105.3 FM.
Q&A: Marty Velas, Smoky Mountain Brewery’s brewmaster
Published 09/21/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Marty Velas, SMB’s brewmaster, will speak at Tennessee’s first official Oktoberfest, in Kingsport.
Okra Angst, Be Gone!
Published 09/14/2011 at 11:43 a.m. 2 Comments
Why not just eat fried okra from (drum roll please) a local dining establishment? They have the rituals down, and the trained staff, and the commercial grade oil, and are already making it for all sorts of other diners, so ...
Q&A: Chelsea Knotts, organizer of a 5K run for homeless and impoverished runners
Published 09/14/2011 at 10:32 a.m. 1 Comment
Chelsea Knotts, a senior at the University of Tennessee, began a 5K running group through Redeeming Hope Ministries that includes a handful of homeless and impoverished runners.