Table of Contents: March 17-23, 2011

COVER STORY

25 Ways of Looking at Pamela Schoenewaldt
Pamela Schoenewaldt is a former technical writer. And screenwriter. She's written for advertising agencies. She's been a freelance journalist. She's taught writing. She's taught English. She's taught at the University of Tennessee and at middle schools. She's made her living with words since the 1980s. She's had award-winning short stories published since the 1990s. And now she's an acclaimed first-time novelist with When We Were Strangers. Cari Wade Gervin gives us a look.

KNOX TRIAGE
Police Blotter: Seriously, Dude: Do Not File False Police Reports
Meet Your City: Forum on Teacher Pay
Knoxville Googled: knoxville+best
Street Talk: Dawn Darr, canine agility trainer and handler

NEWS & VIEWS

Citybeat: Use the (Task) Force
What do these things have in common: the problem of chronic homelessness in Knoxville; the controversy over development of property on Midway Road; the mounting cost of the city's pension plans? Answer: They all have special task forces assigned (or being assigned) to study them. But will their efforts really help to resolve these issues, or are they just convenient ways for politicians to punt? Jesse Fox Mayshark forms his committee of one to study the issue.

Citybeat: Stricter Laws for Strangulation?
Choking, or "attempting or intending to cause bodily injury by strangulation," is currently defined as a misdemeanor in Tennessee. Rose Kennedy examines legislation to change that.

Ear to the Ground
Outing Democrats, Jim Gray heads south, Walmart fights for taxation, and promising signs from the Beer Summit.

Secret History
Jack Neely considers Knoxville's Irish heritage.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle predicts more political enemies for County Mayor Tim Burchett.

Shot of Urban
Michael Haynes gripes about the hypocrisies of downtown's fair-weather fans.

Libacious by Jesse Fox Mayshark
Soju

GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Music: On Tour
Gordon Lightfoot

Music: On Tour
Asobi Seksu

Eye on the Scene
Pine Ridge House Concerts, Royal Bangs, Wolfe Jam

Boombox
Matt Woods

Local CD Review
Jay Allen

CD Reviews
Tim Hecker, La Sera

Books
Swamplandia

Video Games
Retribution

Movies
Cedar Rapids