Table of Contents: Dec. 23-29, 2010


Personal Tales of Christmas
Since we're coming out on the eve of Christmas Eve, we thought it'd be a good time to put aside our reporter's pads and ponder the true meaning of Christmas. Or, at the very least, our memories of the true meaning of Christmas. Therefore, we've got Jack Neely recollecting old TV cartoons, Leslie Wylie rediscovering her holiday spirit, Travis Gray entering the mindset of his suffering mother, Rose Kennedy finding an excuse to play Charades, Coury Turczyn using Santa's disfavor as a weapon, Cari Wade Gervin piecing together a lost Christmas dinner party, and Jesse Fox Mayshark bringing us all down with a memory of a nice guy who died.

Police Blotter: What If It Had Been 'Tron'?
Count on It: Farragut's Fab for Business
Meet Your City: Selecting an Acting Mayor
Knoxville Googled: knoxville+regas
Street Talk: Elizabeth Bricquet, Metro Pulse editorial cartoonist and honoree in Pelican Publishing's Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2011


Citybeat: No Way
A few things were clear after Friday's County Commission meeting: There will be no business park at Midway Road. A well-funded and intensive lobbying effort by the Development Corporation of Knox County and the Chamber of Commerce was not enough to produce a voting majority on the 11-member Commission. Its failure leaves open the obvious question of what happens next to the land, and Jesse Fox Mayshark tries to find some possible answers.

Citybeat: River Wreck
Last Saturday at 3 p.m., a small group of interested people convened in a banquet room at Calhoun's on the River, ostensibly to discuss the First Creek Tennessee River Shipwreck Project. Jack Neely gets to the bottom of it.

Ear to the Ground
No more county mulch, defriending a commissioner, and a new House minority leader.

Secret History
Jack Neely revisits a meeting at the court house on a cold day in 1860.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle says County Mayor Tim Burchett has passed his first few leadership tests.

Shot of Urban
Michael Haynes gets locked out in the cold, but ends up feeling lucky.

Libacious by Jesse Fox Mayshark
Sparkling wines that don't suck

Urban Renewal by Matt Edens
The Lucerne


On Tour
Alison Arngrim

Eye on the Scene
Raven Records, Big Ears 2011

CD Reviews
Pan American, T.I.

Music: Classical
KSO holiday concert review

Video Games
WoW: Cataclysm

True Grit