Smart Trips: A New Director and New Directions

Do you have a favorite department or division of city government? I have several (I’m weird like that), but one of them falls under Knoxville-Knox County Planning (formerly the Metropolitan Planning Commission). I’ve written about Smart Trips a couple of times before, in 2014 and again in 2017. I learned the group is under new […]

City Council Approves Supreme Court Site Plan

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously approved the most recent incarnation of plans for redevelopment of the parking lot portion of the Supreme Court site bounded by Locust, Church and Henley Street. While mostly the same, it has evolved slightly since I last reported on it in December. As approved, the building will stand at […]

Ruby Sunshine Opens at 37 Market Square

The thirteenth location of Ruby Sunshine restaurant opened on Monday in downtown Knoxville at 37 Market Square. It becomes the second location in Tennessee (Franklin opened two months ago) for the restaurant based in New Orleans, where it is called Ruby Slipper. Food Manager Ian Shordon, who you may know from Lonesome Dove or Landing […]

Fragile and Fading Structures Near Downtown

May is National Preservation Month. Knox Heritage, our local preservation organization, uses the month to highlight properties which appear to be in real danger of being lost. Previously titled “Fragile Fifteen,” the list is now called the “Fragile and Fading.” The list is a bit shorter, allowing for more concentrated focus. Some of the properties […]

Rhythm n Blooms 2019: The Look Back

A wonderful edition of the annual Rhythm n Blooms, presented by Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, has come and gone leaving festival goers exhausted and, hopefully, with a satisfying fill of their music craving for a while. By many measures this was the most successful in the run, with the first sell-out in its […]