Table of Contents, June 21-June 27, 2012

Vol. 22, No. 25


How Gay Are We?
So, is Knoxville really the eighth "gayest" city in America? That rating by The Advocate magazine has alternately mystified and encouraged many LGBT residents. As the city celebrates its largest PrideFest yet—and the first one attended by a Knoxville mayor—it's clear a lot of progress has been made in recent years. But are we really a gay-friendly city? Mike Gibson surveys members of the Knoxville LGBT community.

What Knoxville Needs: Less Litter
Quote of the Week: "I'm going to make this like the 'Jerry Springer Show.'"
Knox Found Online: A Literary Appreciation of High-Gravity Beer
The Weekly Plan-It: June 21-June 26
Street Talk: Samuel McCahill, coach at the Westside YMCA Kinder Hoops



It Takes Youth and Business
After being trounced in state elections last year, local Democrats are making a renewed effort to connect with constituents they're not normally associated with, like small business owners, and ones they may have taken for granted previously: young voters. In the past several days, they've held meetings with each, and Paige Huntoon sat in to hear what they talked about.

Ear to the Ground
Writing assessment tests for eighth-grade students will be done online, Park Overall's got a primary hurdle, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander annoys the coal lovers.

Secret History
Jack Neely gives us a tour of the latest Victorian buildings that the University of Tennessee plans to demolish.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle observes the escalating battle between gun fetishists and lawmakers.

Sideways Glance
Rikki Hall details the shenanigans behind the Shelley Breeding court decisions.

A Living World
Eleanor Scott stops and smells the state flowers.


Music: On Tour
Grace Potter

Eye on the Scene
Richard Lloyd cancels out, Paste lists some local bands.

Video Games: Digital Hackery
Microsoft's SmartGlass

CDs: File Sharing
Public Image Ltd.

KMA's Streetwise