Union Avenue Books Announces Expansion

  Nobody reads anymore, right? The independent bookstore is dead and digital reading devices have replaced traditional books. If anyone wants a book, they order it online. Right? Apparently, the simplistic narrative doesn’t tell the complete story. Union Avenue Books, founded by Flossie McNabb and currently co-owned by Flossie and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, Knoxville’s […]

Knoxvillian Laura Mansfield Wrote the Book on Dealing With Aging Parents

She didn’t set out to write the book. It started with posts on her personal Facebook Page chronicling the trials, tribulations and sometimes hilarity of caring for her aging parents, Gmamma and DooDaddy. The posts garnered such a reaction as people became fans of the aging couple through Laura’s writing, that she started a blog, […]

A Weekend Rich in Diverse Entertainment

We entered the weekend fresh off the excellent performance of La Bohème by Knoxville Opera. Urban Girl’s first opera, it set a high bar. With various rounds of illness and school closings, Urban Girl got to continue her run of cool shows as she tagged along with Urban Woman and myself. The first round of […]

Final Knoxville Christmas Photographs 2015

It seemed this Christmas season was busier than ever around downtown. I struggled to list all the events happening around the city in my ten-day-calendar. It’s slowed a bit, now, except for one final blow-out on New Year’s Eve. After that we’ll settle into a slower winter rhythm – assuming winter really does make a […]

Celebrations and Shakespeare in the City

Late last week downtown was filled with celebrations of various sorts. Interestingly, three events in two days centered on literary achievements of sorts. Tuesday evening saw a celebration of a surprise publication and of the beginning of a journey to New York City for another. Thursday saw an annual production that honors the most esteemed […]