Table of Contents: March 29-April 4, 2012

Vol. 22, No. 13


Beyond John Gunther
John Gunther's remark in his 1947 best-seller alleging that Knoxville was the ugliest city in America prompted a whole new Dogwood Arts Festival—and a civic insecurity complex. But Knoxville has enjoyed, or endured, several distinct spells of good and bad press. Though each review reflects a visitor's limited view of the place, some consistent patterns suggest travelers' impressions may reflect Knoxville's real peaks and valleys over the years. Jack Neely shares our public image over the centuries.

What Knoxville Needs: Tourette Support Without Travel
Quote of the Week: "I don't know that I have any great insight..."
Knox Found Online: A Local Dragon Sighting
The Weekly Plan-It: March 29-April 3
Street Talk: Doug Renfro, inventor of The Big Push



Radio Daze
Since Cumulus Media's purchase of WIVK last fall, dozens of staffers have left or been pink slipped. The latest firing of award-winning program director Mike Hammond and other local talent raises concerns over whether the station will continue its storied tradition of community involvement. Mike Gibson tunes in.

Called to the Wild
Feral Felines of East Tennessee has at least 4,000 "TNR"s (trapped, neutered, and then released wild cats) to its credit, many performed with the help of the University of Tennessee Vet School's quarterly "feral fixin'" events, and has grown to 50 or more volunteers. Rose Kennedy hits the cat-herding trail.

Ear to the Ground
A state environmental fund is short of cash, Mose Lobetti retires again, local Dems pick their delegates, and the NRA turns to Democrats.

Secret History
Jack Neely compares Sundown in the City with its original inspiration in Chattanooga.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle weighs the pros and cons of revealing teacher scores.

Sideways Glance
Rikki Hall actually bothers to read Agenda 21—and wishes state lawmakers had made the same effort before condemning it

Olive In Wonderville
Olive J. Keith gets a haircut.

Ask Doc Knox
The good doctor recalls the short career of early country music singer George Reneau.


Music: Local Heroes
Lil Iffy and Dude Source

Eye on the Scene
Scruffy City Roots debuts, and spring's local music releases.

Books: Pulp

The Hunger Games

Video Games: Digital Hackery
Mass Effect 3, Pt. II

Classical Music
KSO Review: The Planets

Local Flavors
Gay Lyons reports on Love That BBQ