New York City, Knoxville, San Francisco and Oakland

Worlds sometimes collide and that was the case for me, yesterday. After five days in New York City, Urban Woman, Urban Girl and I returned to Knoxville. I love Knoxville. But New York City, which I’ll probably write more about in the coming days, is, after all, New York City. Our visit there was fabulous […]

Knoxville Brands Itself as “The Maker City”

When you think about Memphis, you think about barbecue, blues and Elvis. Nashville? Country music. Chattanooga? Gigabytes. Knoxville? Hello, Knoxville? We don’t have a singular identity that people generally identify quickly. “Gateway to the Smokies?” Do we want our identity to be that you can quickly get from us to another place? One alternative capitalizes […]

A Glimpse at the City’s (Near) Future: Inside the Mayor’s Budget

Back-to-back days last week I attended the official groundbreaking, though much ground had already been unofficially broken, for the Marriott Hotels coming to Church and State and the mayor’s “State of the City,” address. It was fitting that the two were held on consecutive days. The ground-breaking and the Tombras project sitting just behind it […]

The Tennessean, Knoxville’s New Luxury Hotel, Officially Opens

In its soft opening last weekend, Nicholas Cazana, president of the company which owns the property, said The Tennessean Hotel was filled to capacity giving his new staff a good sample of what they anticipate will be a very successful launch. The occasion was a ribbon cutting by Cazana, Mayor Rogero and Visit Knoxville’s Kim Bumpas, […]

Recognizing a City’s Beauty

Last night Keep Knoxville Beautiful held its annual Orchid Awards at the Standard. The awards have honored Knoxville’s most beautiful properties since 1979. The organization was founded in 1978 to help cleaning up the city in preparation for the 1982 World’s Fair. The group educates regarding environmental stewardship, organizes litter pickups and creates murals and […]