COVID 19: Downtown Business Impacts, Part Two

This is the second part in our series on the pandemic’s impact on downtown businesses. I asked business owners a series of questions about the current situation. If you missed the first installment, you can find it here. Today we are joined by two more business owners telling their story in their own words. Scott […]

Busy Weekend Overwhelms Downtown Knoxville

It’s hard to imagine that all the following happened in downtown this weekend: Rappelling off the Langley Building, Dragonboat Races in the Tennessee River, Moonlight Paddleboard Racing in the same river, a history lecture by Jack Neely. What’s harder to imagine is that I didn’t make it to a single one of these or any […]

Blankfest 2015 Blankets Market Square with Tons of Local Goodness

Rusty Odom and Blank Newspaper have, for the second year in a row, put together an incredible celebration of local and regional musicians, comedians and burlesque performers. It’s a continuation of the many years of excellent support the newspaper has given local music and musicians. This past Saturday beginning at 5:00 PM and running to […]

Art, Comedy and a Little Bit More

What you are looking at today are a few of the spots I stopped along the way on Friday night. Crowds seemed oddly sparse, though some of the places I stopped had very big crowds. I’m not including everything from Friday night in this article because some of it had a unifying theme I want […]

Blankfest, Biscuit Fest, Book Fest, Bob Fest: They Just Keep Coming

Residents of downtown Knoxville might be forgiven if they suffer from a little festival fatigue this time of year. We’ve had Earthfest, Outdoorfest, the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Rhythm and Blooms Festival and the Rossini Festival. That’s a festival each for environmentalism, outdoor recreation, the arts, the specific art of music and the specific music […]