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Jack Neely replies:
It's been quite a long time since I've researched that subject, but I think it's still my favorite ghost story, from the summer of 1894, when the whole west side of town was alarmed about a strange white beast, as big as a bear, but more doglike in shape. Much of it happened near Major Webb's home on Middlebrook Pike.
My understanding, derived mainly since I wrote that column, is that Major Webb lived at the Middlebrook estate, for which Middlebrook Pike is named. That handsome antebellum house is still there and well preserved, but not open to the public and hard to see, though this time of year you can make it out through the trees. It's off Middlebrook, on the north side, near where the street passes over the highway, maybe three miles from downtown.
The full story's in my 1998 collection, Secret History II, pp. 20-22. It's officially out of print, but last time I was there, Carpe Librum still had some copies.
-- Coury, ed.
It's not our policy to reject letters based on whether we personally disagree with the opinions being expressed.
And censoring such views so that people can pretend they don't exist in our city isn't much of a policy, either.
I would recommend writing a cogent, thoughtful response for publication. That would be useful for everyone.
Comment removed. This is not the place to air personal disputes.
This is really not the place to hash out personnel issue or rivalries, so I'm closing this discussion.
We staged it ourselves at Volunteer Landing. Don't you recognize Jack Neely?!
Kim was indeed mistaken in stating that Fern Lake is private (he made the assumption based on seeing no-trespassing signs); the sentence has been corrected.
However, as to the timeframe for when the tannery started dumping chemicals into Yellow River, Will Nixon's article in E: The Environmental Magazine states:
"For decades the tannery used tannin made from the bark of local oak trees, which sent an occasional black tide flowing downstream but left no lasting damage. But in 1965, the tannery entered the chemical age, converting to a 'chrome' tanning process that treated the hides with strong acids, and adding synthetic dyes and eventually more than 400 different chemicals."
Er, perhaps you don't quite grasp the concept of "Knoxville Googled" -- the column is a look at what OTHER people are saying about Knoxville, typically from out of state. We didn't write this particular note -- it was posted by "unintendedchoice" at the Letters to Twilight blog (as indicated), which is a site devoted to Twilight fandom.
Recipe fixed! Thanks for the tip.
"They watched it for about 45 seconds, long enough so that the alert mother got off a few photo shots of it with her cell-phone camera."
Stephanie's column appears once a month; her new column will be in next week's issue. I've previously asked her if she'd like to write more frequently, but she says she lacks the time.
What accurate, thoughtful information that is not controlled by advertisers do you feel we are not providing?
Corrected, with a note from Frank:
The column should have said the vote was a secret ballot in Nashville, rather than being a meeting in Knoxville which some legislators wanted. It was not closed, the results were reported. Numerous press reports at the time said the SENATE committee was closed and was reopened by Chairman Bill Ketron to accommodate the bill.
This story certainly turned out to be a disappointment for everyone involved, as we actually thought it would go over well. Obviously, we delivered a big miscue in the players' eyes, and I certainly apologize for that. It was not our intent to piss off the subjects of our cover spread.
What the text was trying to accomplish here was to convey the flavor of the event, reflecting the imagery in the photos. Was it exaggerated and over the top? Yes. And we thought this was in the same spirit as how the derby often projects itself to audiences at games. When you have players with character names like Lady Pain, Killer Bo Peep, or Madame Mayhem—and with the team name of "Hard Knox" itself—it does not exactly conjure a warm and fuzzy public image. Throw in some face paint, wild outfits, and (yes) shouted threats, and you have aggressive, physical entertainment that's also somewhat tongue in cheek.
The intro that Charles wrote attempted to play off that, written in a style not unlike a carnival barker trying to lure in ticket buyers. I think this comes across on the printed page better than it does online, but it obviously flopped with the players, which is a downer for all of us.
This was not intended to be a reported story looking into the entire derby lifestyle (which Metro Pulse has done in the past), but rather just a screenshot of the spectacle. This resulted in a narrow view of the sport, and I can understand now why this has upset so many players.
I assure you that future stories will provide a much more balanced view.
Correction: When Doug Horne was chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, he moved the headquarters into a building he owns near the state capitol. The party got the space for the amount paid in a previous, less desirable, location. The space is not rent-free as misstated in an Ear to the Ground. Rent-free would be an illegal corporate contribution. The party pays $3,766 a month for the space. Horne gave the party a contribution of $10,000 last quarter.
Are you going to this URL?
Corrected -- thanks.
The names listed in the "RINO Hunters" item were taken from a founding document prepared by the group itself. It now appears that this was more of a "wish list" on their part, so I have removed Reps. Kelsey and Dunn from the story, and reworded that particular sentence.
Coury Turczyn, ed.
I confess to changing the Elwood P. Dowd quote. I checked it against the version on IMDB.com, and changed it figuring that'd be the correct one. Michael has since assured me he copied his version straight from the DVD, so I have now reinstituted the original, not quite grammatically correct quote.
Apologies to all Elwood fans,
This comments area is intended as a forum for opinions about the article -- if you have personal disputes with family members, this is not an appropriate space for them. I will delete any comments that include personal accusations or disagreements with family members; those are best discussed between yourselves, not on our website.
--Coury Turczyn, editor
The caption is now corrected -- apologies for the typo and any confusion it might have caused.
I must note that at this point, the comments on this story are turning into spam. If any further messages about what's for sale or what's been sold at the store are added, I will close out the comments section on the story.
Check out production photos and more at:http://childrenstheatreknoxville.blog...
Ahem. Just to make sure everyone is clear, that is NOT the real Mayor Ragsdale posting here. Thank you.
It doesn't -- the wrong blurb was pasted in; new blurb inserted from our Best of Knoxville 2008 issue.
Whoops. Added missing byline.
At this point, the comments are getting way off-topic and are more about individual disputes. I will turn off the comments if this continues.
I agree with this criticism -- the story should have included students from the station, and that was one of my comments to Mike on his first draft. Unfortunately, he just didn't have time to do additional interviewing before we went to press -- one of the realities of weekly deadlines. Nevertheless, I think the final draft did a good job of conveying the overall issues facing the station.
We certainly regret the mistaken reference to Hindi, as John should have been able to tell the difference between the two languages. But no "attack" or criticism was intended by his noting what he thought was playing on the TV set; he was simply describing what he saw and heard when he was at the store. John does so with every review to convey the flavor of each place he visits.
This was not an article; it was a review, and as such, the writer is not really expected to interview the owner beforehand. Other than not liking the prices, he actually came away with a rather positive take on the place: "This neighborhood is young and alive and feels that way, and the tiny 18th Street IGA caters well to it."
I corrected the erroneous reference to Hindi-language TV yesterday but forgot to note it here, which I should have promptly done. We'll run a print correction next issue.
We'll be adding an automated movie-times feed later this year.