ear (2006-20)

Mmmm…. Beer

Park Your Gas-price Complaints Here

E-gratulations

Oak Ridge Bound

Lawyer Shopping

We Didn’t Really Mean It

Bug in Our Ear

Mmmm…. Beer

When the previous incarnation of New Knoxville Brewing Company closed its doors in ’01, Asheville’s Highland Brewing Company took advantage of the situation, commandeering taps across Knoxville. Krusen mentions that, as a brewery with a bottling focus, the current New Knoxville is unable to meet the draft beer needs of the area and Woodruff is looking to take back the city with its hometown suds.

Each of the brews offered at Downtown Grill—with the exception of India Pale Ale and Porter—are being distributed.

Park Your Gas-price Complaints Here

Tennessee Valley Bikes, a new bicycle store at 3905 Chapman Highway, is peddling a new philosophy to South Knoxvillians: When it comes to commuting, two wheels are superior to four. Owner Bill Dellinger waxes poetic on the benefits of biking rather than driving around town. It’s a good workout, it saves money on gas, it’s kinder to the environment, and bikes are a heck of a lot easier to parallel park downtown.

TVP specializes in bikes geared toward urban commuting, including Kona-brand and cyclecross bikes, but it also encourages folks to bring in their old steel mountain bikes for an urban conversion; a set of street tires, fenders and a bike rack is usually all it takes to do the trick. And once commuters-to-be have their rides good and tricked-out, they’re invited to join group bike rides hosted by the store that teach road safety, focusing on how to navigate busy roads with confidence and style.

TVB is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by or visit www.tennesseevalleybicycles.com .

E-gratulations

Oak Ridge Bound

But somehow the same old route’s not what it used to be; rush-hour traffic clogs and rising gas prices have caused commuters to reconsider old options. With that in mind, as soon as three weeks from now, Knoxville Area Transit will begin very limited service—two trips in the early morning, two in the late afternoon; the routes will originate downtown, with service via a park-and-ride lot at Village Green in Farragut to Oak Ridge’s Y-12 plant, with a stop at the Commerce Business Park. One-way fare will be $2, a little more than $1.25 for a standard KAT fare—but considering that a Knoxville-OR commuter currently spends $2,000 to $3,000 annually in gasoline alone, it maybe a pretty good value.

Lawyer Shopping

Meanwhile there is growing pessimism that popular East Tennessee Appeals Court Judge Gary Wade may not get a court appointment—too many well-heeled contributors from other parts of the state. The smart money is now on Houston Gordon , a former Democratic Party chair and failed U.S. Senate candidate.

We Didn’t Really Mean It

Since then, the owner seemed to have fixed it up, greatly improving its appearance. And one architect made a convincing plea that the building was actually a good example of a postwar modernist commercial building.

Well, this week, they tore it down. The insurance company has moved to Baum Drive in Bearden. We hadn’t confirmed it at press time, but we hear the space will be used as a parking lot by a neighboring business.