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 part. In 2008, not only was the festival short a director, it was fighting years, even decades, of identity crisis. That's when Lisa Duncan took it over, and by all reports has succeeded in making it truly festive once again. Rose Kennedy stops to smell the dogwoods.
What Knoxville Needs: Inedible Entertainment
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The Weekly Plan-It: April 5-April 10
Street Talk: Laurielle Campbell, local organizer of a Trayvon Martin rally
NEWS & VIEWS
It seems inconceivable that you could take an oft-traveled four-lane road, add a huge shopping development and a slew of new housing at the mouth of its messiest juncture, narrow it to two lanes plus a middle turning lane and expect a happy result. But Knoxville city planners say they've done their homework—and that the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project will change traffic patterns for the better on the University of Tennessee's perpetually harried Strip. Mike Gibson reports.
Ear to the Ground
Gov. Bill Haslam gets lashed by the Wall Street Journal editorial page, a septic tank may determine a Democrat's bid for office, and the Gingrich campaign wonders: What to do with Stacey Campfield?
Jack Neely goes back in time before the Arby's Building was nicknamed the Arby's Building.
Frank Cagle cautions officials not to blame the sheriff's department for the county's pension-fund mess.
Joe Sullivan urges support for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
A Living World
Eleanor Scott looks at the Wall.
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: Local Heroes
DVDs: Spoiler Alert
Being Elmo, Senna, El Bulli
Performance Artist Christian Cox
Meet Your BOK 2011 Winner
Amie Snyder, Bartender, Sapphire