Table of Contents: Dec. 8-14, 2011

Vol. 21, # 49


Knox County's Other University
Maybe you've never heard of Johnson University. Until early this year, it went by the name Johnson Bible College. Even by that name, it's a mystery to most Knoxvillians, though it's been right here for the last 118 years. It's twice as big as it was in the 1990s, and it has a national reputation, if mainly in certain circles. Jack Neely takes us on a tour of its campus and its colorful history.

Weekly Plan-It: Highlights of the Week Ahead
Street Talk: Gay Lyons, editor of Knox Heritage's Summer Suppers cookbook


Citybeat: Continuity of Care
The state's plan to shut down the 125-year-old Lakeshore Mental Health Institute still has to pass muster with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly, but it's clear there's a lack of political will to fund a huge facility with a small, though needy, clientele in tough economic times. Mike Gibson asks what will happen to the hospital's most troubled residents.

Ear to the Ground
Mayor-Elect Rogero gets some free PR, the law director's pay cut, some county office races start heating up, and it's the Haslams vs. Campfield.

Secret History
Jack Neely recalls a Christmastime mining disaster, 100 years ago.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle wonders if UT can afford not to hire a big-name coach for its football team.

Sideways Glance
Rikki Hall explains why going green is just good business.

Midpoint by Stephanie Piper
Christmas rituals

A Living World by Eleanor Scott
Urban hens


Music: On Tour
Carolina Chocolate Drops

Eye on the Scene
The Carawan Recordings, Dirty Guv'nahs

Local CD Review
Fifth Street Saints

Knox On Wheels by Jason Sakurai
Roush Mustang

Gift ideas

Video Games
Super Mario 3D Land

The Descendants