Current Construction on the South Side of Downtown

There is so much construction going on all around the downtown area that it’s easy to miss the progress and suddenly notice a new building has appeared. I took a walk around downtown and into South Knoxville to check on some of the projects underway and realized a lot had happened since I’d last tuned […]

Second Bell Rings in Its Second Year at Suttree Landing Park

  Last August something happened that had never happened before: South Knoxville, on the southern bank of the Tennessee River, with the backdrop of the city skyline, played host to its first ever music festival. Second Bell, the brainchild of Rusty Odom of Blank Newspaper, brought two stages and ten hours of music in a […]

Second Bell Festival Hits All the Right Notes

Any new idea or first time venture brings potential pitfalls. If that venture is an outdoor festival, it brings the risk of bad weather or other potential issues that could derail the entire event. While bad weather did threaten (forecasts were for 90% chance of rain, with over an inch expected), Second Bell Festival went […]

Second Bell Festival Expands Lineup, Announces Festival Plans

The Second Bell Festival, produced by Blank Newspaper is taking a more definitive shape as the August 18 event draws closer. I sat down with Blank’s owner and editor, Rusty Odom, to get the details on the first festival to be held in Knoxville’s newest park, Suttree Landing Park, and the first in south Knoxville. […]

Sevier Avenue Streetscape Project Input Deadline Approaches

Dawn Michelle Foster, Knoxville’s Redevelopment Director, said the project has been “on the docket,” since 2009. Nearly a decade later, the project has subsequently been broken into smaller pieces. Suttree Landing Park was a portion of the original master plan and it has largely been completed. Still, nearly a decade out, the heart of the […]