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.
Q&A: Christal Yost, local organizer for Telamon’s Growing Tennessee youth initiative
Updated 09/09/2011 at 12:44 p.m.
Working through the Telamon Corporation, the only provider of migrant and seasonal Head Start programs in Tennessee, Christal Yost received a grant for 17 youth participating in Telamon’s Growing Tennessee youth initiative to create a large-scale painting.
New Location a Coup for Three Rivers Market
Updated 09/02/2011 at 10:03 a.m.
The Three Rivers Market, begun in 1981 as an earnest but frankly shabby food co-op on Broadway, finally opened the doors on its dream building Aug. 26.
Q&A: Jill Scheidt, president of the Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio
Published 08/31/2011 at 11:34 a.m.
Jill Scheidt is president of the Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, which she co-founded with Angela Howard, Lissa McLeod, Christy Muecke, Jake Weinstein, and Amber Winters.
Q and A: David Burman, one of 12 students participating in UT’s first Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program
Published 08/17/2011 at 1:05 p.m.
A University of Tennessee senior, David Burman has just returned from five weeks in Uganda as one of 12 students participating in UT’s first Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program.
The Palavah Hut Steams Up Beloved Food Memories
Published 08/10/2011 at 12:02 p.m.
Palavah Hut is a cheery little place, with folk-painted signs and brick walls. They serve takeout only Thursday-Saturday—homestyle specials replete with stews and rice and greens, like Taro root with tilapia in olive oil with fresh herbs and vegetables, and ...
Q&A: Donna Doyle, second-place winner in the Metro Pulse YUMMM! haiku contest
Published 08/10/2011 at 11:10 a.m.
Donna Doyle: "I do sometimes find myself stopping and counting syllables and somebody once told me that when I talk about love, I speak in iambic pentameter—just, wow."
Moonshine-easy Debuts at Preservation Pub
Published 08/10/2011 at 11:04 a.m.
Scott and Bernadette West have opened what is Knoxville’s first downtown rooftop bar at Preservation Pub.
Market Square Chef Challenge: La Costa vs. Oodles
Published 08/10/2011 at 11:01 a.m.
It will once again be La Costa vs. Oodles in a fourth annual head-to-head Market Square Chef Challenge Saturday, Aug. 13.
Samples to Stave Off Teen Pregnancy
Published 08/03/2011 at 5:13 p.m.
The Market Square restaurants are a cooperative group, and next week they’re banding together for “Samples on the Square.” Proceeds will benefit the Knox Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
'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 ...