It's football time in Tennessee—which means it's also time for our annual team workout on the gridiron. Can't we get excited over the Big Orange, too? Or at least until the traffic jams start each Saturday? This year's All-Vol Issue includes:
OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE: As Derek Dooley starts his sophomore year at Tennessee, the glass is both half-full and half-empty, by Cari Wade Gervin.
THE UPLIFTER: UT's new strength coach is building better football players—and, he hopes, better men, by Mike Gibson.
HOMEGROWN HEROES: Big Orange rediscovers local talent to fill its rosters, by Wil Wright.
EXPERIENCE VS. INTUITION: Predicting the Vols' season. We pit tarot card reader Mary Whiteflower against former Vol and current sports radio host Terry Fair, by Rose Kennedy.
NEWS & VIEWS
Citybeat: Sweeping Decision
After a temporary reprieve last spring, Knox County School custodians and their allies are girding themselves to fight the outsourcing of their jobs to a local firm come next year. Mike Gibson gives us an overview of what's at stake in the issue.
Citybeat: A Coup for Three Rivers
Rose Kennedy gives us a tour of the new and improved Three Rivers Market in Happy Holler.
Ear to the Ground
Steve Hunley goes rogue, another update in the continuing legislative redistricting drama, the latest on the feral hog front, and Victor and Tom find somebody they both can get behind.
Jack Neely follows up on some previous stories.
Frank Cagle thinks Republicans' "big tent" is looking more like a pup tent these days.
Shot of Urban
Michael Haynes rejoices over the reopening of J's Mega Mart, as well as the other new groceries downtown.
Ask Doc Knox by Z. Heraclitus Knox
The Wonder House
A Living World by Eleanor Scott
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: On Tour
Local CD Review
Kevin Abernathy Band
Knox on Wheels by Jason R. Sakurai
Cookeville ice cream