Art Market Gallery: Downtown Jewel Hiding in Plain Sight Celebrates 35 Years

The 400 block of Gay Street is probably the most active block in downtown Knoxville that isn’t called Market Square. If you asked downtown visitors to name the businesses they frequent off Market Square, many would name Mast General Store, Downtown Grill and Brewery, Babalu and Sutrees. Maple Hall and the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain […]

“The Man Who Lives Here is Loony,” Explores Psychological Depths with Jazzy Wordplay

It’s the kind of artistic encounter that inspires extended rumination and conversation. It rolls around inside your head for days, shifts shapes and turns again, rearing its head at unexpected moments. A quote comes to mind. A gesture. I settled in with Rusty Odom of Blank Newspaper to discuss, “The Man Who lives Here is […]

What Makes a City Beautiful? Keep Knoxville Beautiful Finds the Answer in Downtown Buildings

Keep Knoxville BeautifulĀ is a local organization devoted to just what their name would imply. Their mission statement indicates that they love all things “clean, green and beautiful.” To keep it clean, they organize major litter cleanups, support efforts to that end by smaller groups and educate area children. To keep it green, they offer a […]

New Year’s Eve in the City: 2015 into 2016

I know there are other stories which have already broken around downtown for the new year – and I’ll get to those, but this being a marathon of stories and not always a sprint, I’m going to linger one more day over the holidays. I had a great time bringing in the New Year and […]

East Tennessee Community Design Center Honors Ashley Capps

I’ve written pretty extensively about the East Tennessee Community Design Center in previous articles. Their work helps Knoxville be a better city. Their projects to assist organizations have helped over 100,000 children. They estimate $18 Million in economic impact from their projects in the last decade. They’ve designed 200 community parks, seen 92 of their […]