Table of Contents: Nov. 10-16, 2011

(Vol. 21, #45)


The Newspaperman
Jim Dykes was, 20-plus year ago, the most read, most quoted, most feared newspaper columnist in East Tennessee. His column was called "Without a Paddle," a name perfect for a Dykes effort in part because of the implied obscenity. Dykes called things like he saw them, ridiculed many, and bowed to no man. The East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame recently awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. And as Jack Neely discovers, it's been a lifetime like no other.

Weekly Plan-It: Highlights of the Week Ahead
Street Talk: Jim Richards, manager of Mast General Store's Share the Warmth program


Citybeat: Knoxville Elections Roundup
So who won the election?! Well, you probably know that by now, but come join us now for a behind-the-scenes tour of election-night revelry and disappointment. Jesse Fox Mayshark and Cari Wade Gervin file reports from the front lines of Knoxville politics.

Ear to the Ground
The Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan edges closer to actual approval, State House Clerk Joe McCord moves back to town, and why did Sierra Nevada really give Alcoa the thumbs-down?

Secret History
Jack Neely ponders the concept of "ugliness" and whether it really applies to two downtown buildings at risk of being torn down for that crime.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle considers the common trait shared between the tea party and Occupy Wall Street protestors.

Joe Sullivan gives us a progress report on the state's effort to plan ahead for insurance exchanges.

Guest Commentary by Sean Bolen
How the right homebuyer can make a difference in Old North Knoxville.

Midpoint by Stephanie Piper
Personal saints

A Living World by Eleanor Scott
A citizen-built bus shelter

Knox On Wheels by Jason R. Sakurai
Muscle-car dreams


Music: On Tour
The Pixies

Eye on the Scene
"Hedwig' for the Holidays, Dark Hallow Band break up

CD Reviews
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Kathryn Calder

Music: Classical
KSO Chamber Series

KMA's After the Fall

Video Games
Batman: Arkham City

The Marriage Plot

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Guest Speaker
Author and historian Jay Rubenstein