Table of Contents: Aug. 4-10, 2011


Like a Country Song
Marie Wilson lives in a small apartment in Powell. She gets around pretty well for a lady going on 86, and some women half a century younger might envy her luminescent blue eyes. They might also envy her memories of certain old pals like Elvis Presley and Hank Williams. The Knoxville native grew up in Fort Sanders and went on to be one of first successful women songwriters in Nashville—in between working on the atom bomb and driving a school bus. It sounds like a made-up tale, but Wilson has the press clippings and the photo albums to prove it's all true. Jack Neely gets the story.

Police Blotter: Caught Greasy Handed
Weekly Plan-It: Highlights of the Week Ahead
Street Talk: Linda Parsons Marion, playwright, Decoration Day


Citybeat: In the Running
Are you a local political junkie who's tired of hearing about the Knoxville mayor's race? Good! Because this week we're beginning our look at City Council candidates. First up: At-Large Seat A, which has attracted a diverse field of four contenders. Jesse Fox Mayshark talks to all of them, and reports back.

Ear to the Ground
The 6th District state Senate race is a go, New Market opponents of Norfolk Southern have time on their side, the Amazon sales-tax battle continues, and a search for a few good writers.

Secret History
Jack Neely wonders who exactly counts as a Knoxvillian—or who should.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle takes a look at last week's mayoral poll.

Shot of Urban
Michael Haynes finds that what goes into the dumpster often comes back out.

Midpoint by Stephanie Piper
Ticket to Ride

A Living World by Eleanor Scott
Seed Bombs


Music: Local Hero
Larry Mullins

Eye on the Scene
R.B. Morris, Brad Renfro, Boxer Rebellion

CD Reviews
Gillian Welch, the War on Drugs

Tennessee Turned

Video Games
Dungeon Siege III

Cowboys & Aliens

Knox on Wheels by Jason R. Sakurai
Car show for a cause

Thrift-Store Finds by Anthony Nownes
Focus: Moving Waves