Urban Guy Takes a Ride in a (Semi) Autonomous Vehicle (AKA Driverless Car)

I recently took a field trip, thanks to Visit Knoxville, outside my normal habitat of downtown, in order to take a ride in Olli, the autonomous vehicle developed by Local Motors. The current version is a prototype and is awaiting mapping of routes in order to be fully autonomous. It’s the first of two vehicles […]

Visit Knoxville Reveals New Look for the Knoxville Visitor Center

Yesterday, Visit Knoxville offered a small preview of the new look of the Visitor Center and today the public is invited in to experience the new space. Established in 2004, the basic look and design had not been given a makeover in the subsequent thirteen years. While visitors from other cities liked what they found, […]

2015 International Biscuit Festival May Be The Best So Far

The sixth annual International Biscuit Festival has come and gone and, according to the website, as many as 20,000 people took part. I wouldn’t hazard a guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was, indeed, that many people. But there was a huge difference this year: Even with the massive crowds, movement through the […]

A brief encounter on a Mexican beach Leads to the Great Llama Race

Today’s article features guest writer Heidi Hornick. An experienced journalist, she’s offered to help cover some events I can’t manage to attend. This weekend, as an example, included three major events downtown: Rhythm n Blooms, the Chalk Walk and the Great Llama Race. Spread over three days, but intersecting on Saturday, the events stretched from […]

3rd Annual International Biscuit Festival 2012

I hope you had a chance to make it downtown this past Saturday. It’s hard to imagine the humble little biscuit causing the level of commotion it induced in our little city, but so it was. The prediction was for 25,000 people to be milling about downtown and I doubt we missed it by much […]