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 ...
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.