Table of Contents: May 26-June 1, 2011


Smitten With Biscuits
Last year's International Biscuit Festival was a surprising success—the first-ever event gathered unexpectedly huge throngs of biscuit lovers who quickly exhausted the offerings of biscuit bakers. This year, the Biscuit Brain Trust is ready to meet the demand with a bigger and even tastier festival. Rose Kennedy gives us a look behind the scenes while Cari Wade Gervin offers a personal exploration of the Southern tradition of beaten biscuits.

Police Blotter: Highway Robbery Pizza Special
Count on It: End of the Free Ride?
Meet Your City: Meet Your Statehood
Knoxville Googled: knoxville+bust
Street Talk: Kelle Jolly, winner of Mountain Soul Vocal competition featuring Dolly Parton songs


Citybeat: Budget Battle
When Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett presented his proposed 2011-12 budget earlier this month, he struck a stern and forbidding tone. There would be layoffs, a hiring freeze, funding cuts, and no raises for county employees. But while he's been painting an ominous economic picture for the county, 2nd District County Commissioner Amy Broyles refutes that idea and says Knox County is on sound financial ground, as Jesse Fox Mayshark reports.

Citybeat: Throwing Knoxville Under the Bus
A Brookings Institution study released earlier this month rated Knoxville 95th out of 100 metropolitan areas in terms of access to public transit. Is it a fair rating? Jack Neely looks at the numbers.

Ear to the Ground
The state Republicans' Statesman's dinner guest changes the script, gets an unlikely host, and TWRA gets some brushback from legislators.

Secret History
Jack Neely offers some updates on previous subjects.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle reviews the Republican Legislature's fizzled revolution.

Sideways Glance
Rikki Hall thinks Realtors and developers ought to face up to new economic realities and embrace smart growth.

Libacious by Jesse Fox Mayshark
Drinking outside

A Living World by Eleanor Scott


Music: On Tour
Holly Golightly

Eye on the Scene
Black Lillies, Relix Variety Theatre

Local CD Review
John T. Baker

CD Reviews
Tyler, the Creator; Justin Vivian Bond

Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn

Video Games
Digital Combat Simulator: A-10C

Kung Fu Panda 2