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 […]

Local Blacksmith and Knife Maker John Phillips Takes the National Stage

“Every step of the process can kill you.” These are the first words that arrest my attention as I sit down with local knife maker and blacksmith, John Phillips. I’d been hearing I should connect with him and eventually, he reached out, saying he’d been hearing the same.  By the time we finished I was […]

A Momentous Week in Knoxville and Across the Nation

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday. Lots of festivities have been underway for days and more is planned for today. The annual King March takes places on MLK, Jr. Blvd this morning starting at 10:00 and our historically warm temperatures make participation as easy as ever. Tonight there will be a King celebration at the […]

Scruffy City Comedy Festival Offers Lots of Laughs

I ended my weekend with the Scruffy City Comedy Festival. Unable to make the first two nights, I caught the final set at Scruffy City Hall on Sunday night. And it was a great way to start a week that could be short on laughs for many of us as this depressing election drama finally […]

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 […]