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.
NEWS & VIEWS
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?
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 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
A Living World by Eleanor Scott
A citizen-built bus shelter
Knox On Wheels by Jason R. Sakurai
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: On Tour
KSO Chamber Series
KMA's After the Fall
Batman: Arkham City
The Marriage Plot
Author and historian Jay Rubenstein