With Pride Month Comes Reminders of Its Importance

As I’ve considered how to acknowledge Pride month this year, my thoughts turned to Oren Yarbrough’s series of articles last June. I didn’t really understand the history and the systemic nature of the abuse of the LGBTQ community at the hands of not only citizens, but the government until I read his articles. I didn’t […]

Baseball, Wilderness, an Early Farewell (and Taxes!)

I recently took a walk from downtown to the future site of the Urban Wilderness Gateway Park. The occasion was Mayor Rogero’s final State of the City address. It wasn’t exactly a “farewell,” as she is in office the rest of the year, but it felt a bit like the beginning of goodbye. I walked […]

Violins of Hope Offers a Somber Glimpse of the Past, A Testament to Human Resilience

I rarely write about specific gallery exhibitions. I was moved to do so for Violins of Hope, the most recent exhibition at the UT Downtown Gallery after attending the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony last Friday. Mayor Rogero offered opening remarks and current Knoxville Poet Laureate Marilyn Kallet read a poem written for the occasion. […]

Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes Project Set to Begin Soon (Plus Some Fun Cumberland Avenue Info)

August 9 at 10:00 AM, ground will be broken marking the start of phase one of the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes Project. Work is expected to begin immediately after and is anticipated to require close to a year for completion. Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers will complete this phase with Bryan Berry serving as Project Manager […]

Burn Memorial Unveiled

Saturday was a hot and humid day in the city, with temperatures hovering in the 90s by afternoon. It was a perfect setting for a suffrage march, rally and the unveiling of the latest sculpture in the city: The Burn Memorial. The memorial, which I wrote about only last October, seemed only a dream then, […]