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Dispatches from the Internet: what people are writing about Knoxville

Unpopular News Special Edition: The Owl of Knoxville

Ever heard someone called an "old bird"? Meet Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner of Knoxville, Tennessee. The editorial staff at the newspaper thought that what the world needed was a gallery of his wrinkled, judicial face. What we got was a shoddy photographic retrospective of the local judge who is less photogenic than a bloody razor....

Never more has a judge's robe looked more like a disheveled wind breaker in a category 3 hurricane. In addition to maintaining a standard of law and order in this Tennessee town, he was also voted as the Man Least Likely to Enjoy a Lap Dance in 2009. **


—Andrea Rothe,, April 13, 2011