Table of Contents: Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2012

Vol. 22, No. 4

COVER STORY

Our Gang
Last year's session of the state Legislature was a morass of bills urging schools to "Don¹t Say Gay" and students to engage in "critical thinking." Were these the most important issues facing the state? Eh, not so much. But they did earn us lots of national ridicule. So surely our legislators have learned their lessons and will get serious about tackling real problems this year? Well... Cari Wade Gervin gives us her take on what to expect from our elected representatives in 2012.

KNOX TRIAGE
What Knoxville Needs: Downtown Diversification
Quote of the Week: "If you lose games, you get fired..."
Knox Found Online: A Supportive Note From Mother to Son
Street Talk: Susan Fowlkes, Knox County Health Department clinical nutrition director

NEWS & VIEWS

Ear to the Ground
With Rep. Harry Tindell Opting Out, Who Will Run For His District?, Here's Who is Endorsing Who in Republican Primary , Developer Says Tupelo Honey Café Coming to Market Square, and Arts Group Cabal Plots Takeover!.

Secret History
Jack Neely considers the possum.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle wonders if Gloria Ray is still Gloria Ray.

Insights
Joe Sullivan casts his vote for Joe Jarret for county law director.

A Living World
Eleanor Scott appreciates Knoxville's sweet and earnest graffiti art

Soluble Solutions
Pink Lady offers advice to the guiltily employed.

GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Music: Local Heroes
Persona La Ave

Eye on the Scene
Dirty Guv'nahs wrap up recording session.

Classical
Guest conductor Edward Cumming

CDs: File Sharing
Karen Dalton's1966

Movies
Shame

Local Flavors
Gay Lyons visits Aegean Mediterranean Grille