Comments by cturczyn

Written on 2014 Primaries: Board of Education:

Cari just got diagnosed with a pinched nerve in her wrist, which makes typing very slow going, so part 2 is going to take a bit longer to publish. Apologies!

--Coury, ed, mp

Written on A Hard Lesson: The Saga of the McClung Warehouses Comes to a Close. But What Did These Buildings Mean to Knoxville?:

in response to Keisler:

@Jack Neely: Regarding the last standing building that was then demolished Feb 2014. I understand this to be the property at 517 and 519 West Jackson Ave. It is perhaps the tallest of all the McClung buildings and referenced as the last building C.M. McClung saw during his lifetime. Are you certain of this statement? The reason I ask is because I understood this to be the 1920s addition, perhaps 1927. Look at the period advertisements to see three building structures by date. This tall building is not shown on the 1920 ad with Joe the Salesman. Please advise.

I am sad to see those buildings go. I visited them before and during the 2007 fire and have some charred embers for a souvenir keepsake.

What you also should note in future articles is that the original building at 507/509 housed the oldest existing elevator shaft, if I recall from the history books.

Jack Neely says: Knox Heritage doesn't have an official date for the building, but we used the date published in other sources, and it may be incorrect. It may in fact have been built after Calvin McClung's death in 1919, but soon after, because it was there by 1927.

Written on Love That BBQ:

in response to MaybeOnce:

Sadly, Bonnie Love passed away in January. I have only been to the restaurant a few times when I have been in South Knoxville but she always made you feel you we part of their home.

Obituary from the funeral home:

I am very, very sorry to hear that. She was a wonderful chef and host.

Written on Fort Sanders Hospital Deal Means to Tear Down Some More Victorian Houses:

in response to jmayshark:

This story is simply inaccurate in its assertion that Knox Heritage and the HFSNA have not been included. To clarify: The City administration has been working with all the concerned parties to try to reach a fair compromise to resolve a longstanding stalemate involving this property and the future of the hospital and surrounding neighborhood. Mayor Rogero and Bill Lyons, our Chief Policy Officer, met personally with representatives of Knox Heritage and had lunch with the President of the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association to discuss a compromise proposal before ever presenting the proposal to representatives of the hospital. The City has continued to engage all of those parties in the ongoing discussion.

Jesse Mayshark
Communications Manager
City of Knoxville
(865) 215-3710

For the record, in response to Mr. Mayshark's charge of inaccuracy in regard to whether KH and HFSNA have been included in the city's negotiations with the hospital, after double-checking with the principles involved, we stand by our original statement.

Knox Heritage and the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association have been occasionally briefed on the city's recent negotiations with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center concerning the historic structures on Highland Avenue and 18th Street, and have been advised by Knoxville Chief Policy Officer Bill Lyons about what was going to happen with the property.

Neither of the preservationist organizations characterize their briefings with Lyons as "negotiations."

Although Knox Heritage has previously had discussions with the hospital concerning possible uses of the property, without obvious result, neither preservationist organization was ever included in any of the city discussions with officials of the hospital that owns the property.

As of this writing, KH and HFSNA's primary concerns--that the hospital respect its 2000 agreements, that the block retain its NC-1 historic zoning, and that the three 1890s houses and one 1920s commercial building stay in place--have not been addressed in any resolution they have been apprised of so far.

Written on 'Breaking Bad': The Most Overrated Show Ever:

Why are you going out of your way to read a series-ending review if you want to avoid spoilers for a five-year-old show?

Written on Haskel Wexler Blurs Fact and Fiction in 'Medium Cool':

in response to leslippe:

So, "first off..." you're ticked at the title and feel the need to explain it because you haven't figured out yet that Wexler chose it for exactly that reason. Apparently, there's no one at your paper to edit you.
By that 'reasoning', you probably hated 'Inherit the Wind' because no actual gale blew through the courtroom...

What you 'reviewed' was only the assumptive arrogance of your ignorance.
He's an icon, you're an idiot.

It is immediately clear that the reviewer understands the film's title and the director's intent in using it:

"Yet not only does it beguile as a stand-alone phrase (not too cool, nor not cool enough, though maybe just middling), it also bullseyes the passion/detachment of both Robert Forster’s TV-news cameraman and of legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler’s film."

Also, you neglected to finish the sentence you quoted: "First of all, greatest title ever."

From that line, how in the world did you conclude he's "ticked at the title"?

Truly, I'd love to understand your thought process here. Do explain.

Written on MPC Drafts an Ordinance to Create Building Design Guidelines in Certain Areas:

in response to SCarpenter:

It's not Central Ave. It is Central Street.

Whoops! Fixed.

Written on Downtown Business Owners Question Rossini Festival's Move to Henley Street :

Here's a comment submitted by the Wests, owners of several Market Square businesses:

The West Family strongly believes Rossini Fest ON historic Gay Street and Market Square is GREAT for Downtown and Downtown’s many locally-owned businesses (be they retail, restaurant or bar). (In fact, Rossini Fest is our retail shop Earth to Old City's BEST day of the year, and one of the best events of each year for Preservation Pub and Oodles Uncorked restaurant.)

It’d be hard for anyone to argue that 60,000 extra people walking by one’s front door in one afternoon is harmful for that day’s business.

We’ve heard of Rossini’s rumored move from Gay Street to Henley Street (a move from a street of many retail businesses to a street with almost none), but that rumor doesn’t make sense to us.

Further, there is the issue of hosting Rossini Fest on a highway when Henley Street Bridge reopens...

Perhaps, the powers-that-be are talking about moving Rossini Fest to World’s Fair Park, but again the logic of having an event where only the promoter can benefit and none of dozens of other local Downtown businesses seems absurd to us.

What is the point of paying lip service to revitalizing Downtown while stripping away the elements that make that Knoxville Renaissance possible???

Peace and Freedom,
Bernadette & Scott

Written on Commune Update: Learning About Permaculture is Fun, But the Eating is Even Better:

The author is being a bit sarcastic in referring to it as a "commune" -- it's actually his family's old farm.

I'm not sure how up to date this site is, but here is a list of intentional communities in Tennessee:

Written on Image Problem: How Well Do Knoxville’s Websites Present the City to the World? Um...:

in response to Hayduke:

How can you write about the site and not mention how astoundingly useless it is? I wouldn't care if it had pictures of Mars on the front page if it was somehow possible to figure out when a bus was going to arrive at a certain stop without downloading two pdf files. As far as I can tell it's impossible to get anything useful other than the telephone number with an Android phone.

We get into its lack of functionality in the "Function Dysfunction" sidebar.

Written on Snack Food International:

in response to Brendini:

Can anyone confirm the address of Quality Turkish Market? It doesn't seem to show up on a google map search.

As the main story points out, it is "Located in the suite of shops that runs parallel to Downtown West Boulevard between Kingston Pike and Ray Mears Boulevard..." So, although the address for the plaza is ostensibly on Kingston Pike, you might find it easier to locate by heading north on Downtown West, then turning right into the plaza after the Home Federal bank that's on the corner of Ray Mears and Downtown West.

Written on Journal Broadcasting Targeting WIVK's Top Spot?:

Whoops! Corrected.

Written on Argumentative Behavior: Don't Let Bad Guys Control Conversation on Guns:

in response to KnoxCitizen:

I am so sick of MP always having such a "left" view on current events. This article was no exception. In my opinion, as a media organization, you should layout the facts and be as neutral as possible. This is why no one trusts the media anymore.

By definition, opinion columns are not going to be "as neutral as possible." Quite the opposite: They're stating the author's opinion. For a less "left" view, please see Mr. Frank Cagle's column, which we also run.

Written on 'Borderlands 2' Revisits the Gun-Filled World of 'Borderlands.' Is That Really Enough? :

in response to MrNomer:

1.The antagonist’s name is Handsome Jack, not Captain Jack. Captain Jack would be from Pirates of the Caribbean. You would know that if you had played more of the game.

2.The evil corporation in the first game is the Atlas Corporation, not Hyperion.

3.The stories in Borderlands and Borderlands 2 are quite different. I will admit that at the end the journey you do fight something that emerges from the Vault, but the paths you take to get there are very different. Handsome Jack’s motivation for sending countless waves of robots changes radically approximately halfway into the game, as does the original Vault Hunters' motivation for fighting Hyperion. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil the game for you.

4.How can you review a game with accuracy if you have not completed it? That’s like saying Citizen Kane is a terrible movie after watching the first two minutes. Frankly, it’s bad journalism.

Yikes -- that's a complete brain lapse on my part; thanks for the correction on the names.

But whether Atlas or Hyperion, there doesn't seem to be much of a difference between them, storywise. Which I think is part of the problem I was trying to describe.

Certainly, I would have preferred to finish the game entirely before reviewing it, but it wasn't physically possible. (I'm willing to bet a lot of reviewers of 30+ hour games don't either, but they're not so willing to admit it.) Despite those motivational changes you note in the storyline, I don't believe they make for a substantial difference in overall gameplay.

But that's just my opinion—not "journalism," per se. If you prefer to discount that opinion because I haven't completed the game to the very end, that's certainly understandable. However, I don't think the game mechanics will be much different at the end, (minus the leveled-up character skills).

Written on 'Borderlands 2' Revisits the Gun-Filled World of 'Borderlands.' Is That Really Enough? :

in response to Mantis123:

To be honest, I'm not even sure that you've played the game at all from the looks of it. There are tons of improvements made in this sequel that are worth mentioning. As an RPG, you would very obviously need to play for an extended period of time to even attempt to make a judgement like this. In my experience the game is vastly superior to the original and is probably one of the best (and most addictive) games I have ever played.

I'll be happy to recant if the game injects new ideas/gameplay as I finish it (though I wonder why the developers didn't just throw us some fresh bones right at the start). I do think it's an improvement on the original -- and it is certainly addictive, especially for those who didn't play the first game -- but I don't think the changes go very far. In your opinion, what are the major new elements that have made the game vastly superior?

Written on Restaurant Report: The Coop Café:

in response to DumbOldLocal:

For anyone reading this and thinking about trying the place, you might want to travel down WoodLAND instead of trying to figure out how to bend South Knoxville across the river and attach WoodLAWN to the big Tennova campus.

Happy Eating!

Yikes! A big correction. Thanks for pointing it out.

Coury, ed.

Written on White Supremacists Communing With Nature:

I can understand if our sarcasm is too dry for you personally, but if you read between the lines, I hope you'll realize the item wasn't exactly reverential to white supremacists—it was actually poking fun at the concept of them having an outdoors retreat to train themselves to be "winners." If you'll recall the last time the KKK came to Knoxville, local activists responded by publicly mocking them, which seems like an appropriate response to me.

—Coury Turczyn, editor


Corrected. Thanks!


Written on Letter: South Knoxville Doesn't Need No Stinkin' Pedestrian Bridge:

The headline was a paraphrase from a famous line in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

I believe the intent of the person who submitted the "What Knoxville Needs" suggestion was to promote the idea of allowing "people to shop, live, and play on both sides of the river” ON the riverfront directly across from downtown and the Volunteer Landing area. She was not suggesting that shopping, living, or playing doesn't exist anywhere in South Knoxville, but rather that it could be expanded to the riverfront near downtown. Which is a major goal of the city's South Waterfront Vision Plan.

--Coury, ed.

Written on The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Deserves Our Support :

Er, I don't think he's making that argument at all. He's just noting that there's certainly a leadership vacuum now. Joe Sullivan has been writing columns skeptical of Gloria Ray since around 2004:

Written on No Destination Attractions? Knoxville?:

in response to Freelub:

I guess not. Too critical of Mr Neely and the word d--- was used.

No comments were refused in this thread.

"Damn" on its own is not a banned word.

Maybe you should try again.

—Coury, ed.

Written on Meet Mark Crutcher, the Man Behind 'Maafa 21':

in response to mmuench:

It's also interesting that the entirety of this article is geared towards who Mark Crutcher is. Personally, I'd rather read an honest analysis of the film's content.

Written on Metro Pulse Endorsements Redux: 2011 Elections:

in response to cheshire:

Also, Imagination Library was associated with the Dollywood Foundation, not the Coal Employment Project.

Whoops -- that was an editing mistake on my part. Corrected.

Written on KNOX PUNX: Part One:

in response to Aelder:

Hello people of Metro Pulse! I am writing a paper on the punk scene in Knoxville in the '80s, and although this is a really great article, I was wondering if anyone would care to be interviewed so I could have a primary source of information...?

Well, you could ask Jack Neely at

Written on How the 'Harbrace Handbook of English' Changed the Way Americans Learn About Writing:

in response to albionmoonlight:

Funny that an article on a grammar handbook would misspell "straitlaced" as "straight-laced."

There is nothing "straight" about the lacing--"strait" means narrow and tight!

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, "straight-laced" is a variant spelling of strait-laced. And who can doubt the New Oxford American Dictionary?

Written on '11': Our 2nd Annual Awesome Issue of Mighty Lists:

I'm afraid he'd blow all his deadlines.

Latest: "*I* didn't break it. Maybe it was my subconscious."

Written on City Council Candidates Drop Out:

Would it have been too much trouble for you to actually read our throwaway paper before making such erroneous statements?

Coury, ed.

Written on '11': Our 2nd Annual Awesome Issue of Mighty Lists:

Truman Quote of the Day (from a couple of days ago):

"Guess what: Cheese makes the world taste good."

Written on None:

in response to Jack37919:

closed months ago

That's why it says "Closed" in red text next to the name at the very top.

Written on What’s Knoxville’s Oldest Restaurant?:

in response to pfbrown:

Cardin's Drive-In at 8529 Asheville Hwy apparently hasn't changed much since 1959. Skip Sonic and enjoy an authentic drive-in experience.

Here's our story on Cardin's:

Written on Requiem for Parson Brownlow:

in response to CSA_Libertarian:

The overworked "sextant" at Old Gray should probably be the overworked SEXTON at Old Gray. Metro Pulse emulates Brownlow even to the point of "He could write well, but didn’t always".

I changed it to "gravedigger" for ultimate clarity.

Thank you for your input.

Coury, ed.

Written on [img/photos/2010/08/04/2031_poster_plan-it.gif]:

in response to Raincrow:

OK, I'm here. What do I click, exactly, to sign up for the Daily Plan-it? Leaving a comment or clicking the "like" function seem to be the only actions I can take here.

You're actually supposed to go here for instructions:

The short explanation: Go to your profile page then click on the newsletter checkbox and save.

Written on Threatened Assault With Intent to Harm Xbox:

Please accept our apologies for the incorrect reference to UT football, which introduced the incident in a humorous light. The Police Blotter is based on daily police logs, which may not always reveal the full background of such an altercation. (It did not include the details you mentioned.) So, what seems like a fairly uneventful incident on paper may in reality be more serious, as it appears in this case. We have corrected the item.

Coury Turczyn, ed.

Written on Slayer with Megadeth and Anthrax:

in response to commiegirl:

I saw an ad in MP to win Jagermeister tics here, where??? Slayer is my husbands Fave band, And I want to try to get tics for our anniversary, 16 YEARS!!! Moneys tight and I will have to try to get the closer to the date, Unless, I had a chance to win them. He is the best man ever and deserves them so much. Thanks, Bekki

The sign-up form is here:

The contests are linked on our homepage in a small box in the middle... one more thing that'll be improved once we get our site redesigned.

--Coury, ed.

Written on Facebook Friend or 4th Estate?:

in response to Number9:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

These are all publicly visible Friends lists, as the story states.

Coury, ed.

Written on None:

in response to JMG:

This is actually on the 21st.

Thanks for the catch -- Coury

Written on Celebrity Sitings: Brushes With Fame at Knoxville Restaurants :

in response to geniuswaitress:

What an embarrassing cover typo! And in huge letters, too! I literally cringed...

Fun fact! According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of "pun" is: "the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words."

Written on Celebrity Sitings: Brushes With Fame at Knoxville Restaurants :

"Celebrity Sitings" is a play on the catchphrase "celebrity sighting" -- since the story is about the local "sites" that celebrities choose to dine in. Okay, so it's probably a grammatical nightmare, but I thought it was clever at the time.... ah well.
—Coury, ed.

Written on Celebrity Sitings: Brushes With Fame at Knoxville Restaurants :

Yeah, we actually discussed this at our editorial meeting today and mutually decided it was all Jack Neely's fault.

--Coury, ed.

Written on County Commission’s Growing Stature:

Actually, that lawsuit was dismissed a long time ago, so Saunders—who was just one of dozens of people from the Westwood neighborhood who were named in it—is no longer a defendant.

Coury, ed.

Written on The Dark Muse of Karl Edward Wagner: Part 1:

While the city itself could be doing more to note Agee's history here, it's not as if Knoxvillians haven't been recognizing Agee's life in significant ways. Last year, the University of Tennessee and the Knox County Public Library produced a month-long series of events celebrating James Agee. A centerpiece of that was the James Agee Centennial Film Festival, organized by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound -- it was certainly the most comprehensive (and most noteworthy) screening of films related to Agee, probably ever.

Of course, that was a long time in coming and took a lot of work. And I imagine it will be a similar wait before we see such recognition for Karl Wagner in Knoxville. Hopefully, people like John Mayer will keep pushing for a Wagner festival (or other observation) until enough people agree to make it happen. We will certainly support those efforts.

Coury, ed.

Written on Two Mysteries:

Love the whole photo essay!


Written on Peter and Zoe Stampfel with Damn Creeps:

Thanks for the eagle eye! Not to worry -- got a feature story on him coming out tomorrow.


Written on Says Knoxville's No Fun:

These comments are from Harry Keiser at UT, who gives speeches about the city to incoming freshmen:

Culture: 40th
40th in Performing Arts isn't too bad considering Knoxville's size
compared to say Los Angeles or New York City. Still, Jay Leno, Bill
Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Goo Goo Dolls, and Barenaked Ladies
have all done big shows within a few blocks of my Downtown Knoxville Loft in a one-year period...

Low-Impact Sports: 73rd
Since the bulk of that count is Golf & Boating, it's no surprise.
Arguably half of Knoxville's year is bad golfing weather, and better for swimming, hiking or the movies. And regardless of city planning and revenue, the Tennessee River/Loudon Lake, can't compete with the Sea, hahaha.

Popular entertainment (movie theaters, sports arenas, amusement
parks): 79th
This one's really a head scratcher. Sports Illustrated says Knoxville is the #1 college football city in the world. We have the #1
winningest college athletics team in history (Summit's Lady Vols). And we're the home of Regal Cinemas (their International Headquarters are in North Knoxville).

Not to mention our tributary Micropolitan area is home to a full-service Amusement Park. Dollywood might not rival Disney or Universal, but how many Metros have any amusement parks? 79th is almost shocking, because with all of those #1 national rankings, you'd think Knoxville would at least make the top 10 or 20...

Food and Drink: 82nd
While I find Knoxville's restaurants to be great, I can understand not making the top 25. Somewhere between 25 and 82 might be more reasonable unless we're talking about diversity of choices. The Mexican & Chinese restaurants here are pretty bad (chain establishments not withstanding). But for an upper-middle American meal (steakhouses, etc.), you'd be hard-pressed to do better anywhere in America.

High-Impact Sports: 90th
Under scrutiny this is another confusing one. As the article says, we have the Smoky Mountains, the #1 most visited American National Park where hiking and a bit of rock-climbing & skiing are par for the course. Additionally, the Princeton Review says that Knoxville has the #5 Best Athletics facilities in America. How do we get a #90 ranking with the #1 National Park and the #5 Athletics Facilities?

Gambling: 92nd
Gambling's illegal here so I don't know why we wouldn't be last
on the list. No racetracks, casinos, or bookies, as they're outlawed, so how did we beat out eight cities?

Written on Miss Olivia's Table:

Corrected -- thanks!

Coury, ed.

Written on knoxville + socialists = 1,700,000 hits:

Well, I suppose I could start limiting the results by putting the keywords in quotes, but I think that would only return pages with those two words used directly together — but what I’m really looking for are pages that have both of those words on them, not necessarily back to back.

Knoxville Googled is not intended as a gauge of the online popularity of “Knoxville socialists” or the other topics; it’s intended to find wacky things written about Knoxville. So if I were to start limiting the returns, I think the results may be less fun.

Maybe we just need to use a more accurate term than "hits"? Would "returns" work?

Coury, ed.

Written on None:

Updated. Thanks for the info.

Coury, ed.

Written on University of Tennessee Faculty Chamber Orchestra:

Spam deleted!

Coury, ed.

Written on Downtown Knoxville’s Next Big Something:

I have amended the photo credits to make them super-duper-DUPER clear, and will persevere to make sure this egregious lapse of journalistic duty never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever happens again.

Thank you for your eternal vigilance, 9!

Coury, ed.

Written on Knoxville Filmmaker Larsen Jay Garners Some National Buzz With That Evening Sun :

Corrected -- thanks for the catch!

Coury, ed.