Photos by Sheena Patrick

  • ON THE STREETS: Gloria Johnson (center) got her first taste of politics campaigning for Barack Obama in the 2007 Democratic primary, and  canvassed neighborhoods in 2008 with (from left) Susan Schottin, Chris Jerger, and Jon Wimmer.
  • Preservation Pub
  • Litton's
  • Fisher Tire
  • Dead End BBQ
  • An inside look at how those cool boats actually get made, at East Tennessee’s MasterCraft
  • An inside look at how those cool boats actually get made, at East Tennessee’s MasterCraft
  • An inside look at how those cool boats actually get made, at East Tennessee’s MasterCraft
  • An inside look at how those cool boats actually get made, at East Tennessee’s MasterCraft
  • INSIDE OUT: Production of each MasterCraft boat actually begins with a layer of gelcoat paint applied to the inside of the mold pieces. Later, the molds are removed and the fiberglass boat pieces are joined together.
  •  AN IMPROVED LABEL? Austin-East Magnet High School went through several classifications under the No Child Left Behind program, requiring “Corrective Action” in 2006. This year, under the state’s new accountability system, it’s been named a “focus school.”
  • MEAT AND POTATOES: Hey OK Fantastic bounces back from adversity to star at this weekend’s Demential Awareness Benefit at Relix.
  • Regrets, He’s Had a Few: Scott West says he’s back to working “65-hour weeks” at his family’s businesses on Market Square. He is also looking to expand their operations. Photo by Sheena Patrick
  • Best Place to Take Your Kids For Free - World's Fair Park
  • Best Museum - Knoxville Museum of Art
  • Best Middle-Eastern - Sitar
  • Best Asian - Taste of Thai
  • Best Meat and Three - Chandler's Deli
  • Best Cheese Selection - The Crown & Goose
  • Best Desserts & Best Hamburger - Litton's
  • Best Barbecue - Dead End BBQ
  • Best Frozen Treats Shop - Coolato Gelato
  • Best Bakery & Best Cupcakes - Magpies
  • Best Coffeehouse - Old City Java
  • Best Breakfast & Best Biscuits - Pete's Coffee Shop
  • Best New Restaurant - Night Owl Café
  • Best In-Store Pet: Napoleon at Nostalgia
  • Best Place to Board Your Pets - PetSafe Village
  • Best Thrift/Secondhand Clothing Shop - Planet Xchange
  • Best Fitness Center - The Rush
  • Best Yoga Studio - The Glowing Body
  • Best Health Food Shop & Best Green Business - Three Rivers Market
  • Best Hair Salon & Best Nail Salon - Salon Visage
  • Best Antiques Store - Nostalgia
  • Best New Business - Frank's Barber Shop
  • Best Bar - Preservation Pub
  • Best Restaurant - Tomato Head
  • Best Liquor Store - Bob's Package Store
  • Best Store - Bliss
  • Best Concert Venue - Bijou Theatre
  • Best Bartender - Amie Snyder/Sapphire
  • Making the Grade: During his visit, Gov. Bill Haslam met with Curriculum Principal Katherine Banner and toured several classrooms.
  • The Deciders: Gov. Bill Haslam, center, heard presentations from students and staff at  Austin-East High School last month, along with Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, left. Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre, right, told them the school has “the right leadership in place.”
  • Patrick McCrory (left) and Jeffery Moore, co-founders of the video-chat website, Mirrari.com.
  • NETWORK ISSUES: Patrick McCrory (left) and Jeffery Moore are the co-founders of Mirrari.com, a video-chat website that matches anonymous users to specific discussion topics. Big Hurdle #1: After launching your social networking site, how do you get people to use it?

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