Table of Contents: Dec. 22-28, 2011

Vol. 21, #51


Questions of Faith
This Christmas week, we're launching a series of discussions with Knoxville religious leaders, exploring their viewpoints on faith and spirituality. The idea is to present an ongoing discourse, not definitive conclusions—a dialogue about how different religions contemplate life here on Earth, and what it means to those who minister to us. Meet Kally Elliot, Jyotindra Shukla and Yashodhar Bhatt, and John Paul Wiggers.

Weekly Plan-It: Highlights of the Week Ahead
Street Talk:Annelle Ferguson, co-redecorator of one of the KMA's Thorne Miniature Rooms


Citybeat: New "Dark Lord" In Town
It's usually unalloyed good news when Tennessee industrial recruiters sweet-talk a baron of industry into relocating to the Volunteer State, but it's tough to find any Tennessean who's ready to roll out the welcome mat for Don Blankenship. The former CEO of Massey Energy has reportedly moved to Johnson City, almost two years after the mine disaster that made him an infamous public figure. Betty Bean follows his trail.

Ear to the Ground
Gov. Bill Haslam has some sticky issues ahead with Republican legislators, there's a sliver of legal hope for not overturning the Christian/Newsom convictions, and Madeline Rogero gives a literary speech.

Secret History
Jack Neely follows his own holiday tradition—of recreating Christmas 100 years ago.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle recalls a holiday moment.

Shot of Urban
Michael Haynes describes the real downtown parking problem.

A Living World by Jesse Fox Mayshark
Making a Home in an abandoned house.


Music: Local Heroes
the everybodyfields

Eye on the Scene
Knox Musicians Come Together for the Late Phil Pollard

Local CD Review
The Vaygues: 'Dead Town and Other Selections'

Animal-Themed Art From UT Enlivens Downtown

Splash Panel
Considering 'Tintin' in the 21st Century

'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' Shows What the Wii Can Do—Five Years Too Late

'Mission: Impossible 4' Maintains the Franchise's Quality Control