Taking Offense

Just before I entered second grade, my family moved to a new neighborhood. It seemed ideal: a double corner lot with a big yard, with streets safe enough to ride my bike on at any time. Freedom! Soon, however, my innocence and naiveté would…

Downtown

Nearly 29 years ago,  when I arrived in Knoxville in pursuit of a graduate degree, there was a certain celebrated, gritty quality about downtown. A wig shop sometimes seemed the only thing open on a boarded-up Gay Street, and the Old City…

Madness!

Photography in gallery below by Hobe Brunson. Bubbles can be slippery. The University of Tennessee men’s basketball team found out just how treacherous the footing can be last season. An NCAA Tournament “bubble” team by midseason, the…

Life Transitions

"Do you believe there are angels, people who are put into our path at the very moment we need them?” Neysa Peterson looks up at me with sparkling eyes, smiles, and nods. She replies, “Oh, yes. I felt that, too, when I met you.” It was the…

Security in an Insecure World

I felt sick when I saw my mom’s helpless look. She was in my living room, on the phone with my sister. My sister was back in New Hampshire checking on my parents’ house while they were here in Knoxville visiting me. I was having a beer with…

Mission Docs

It’s a snowy January morning at McGhee Tyson Airport. Passengers scramble through the terminal in search of their gates, ignoring the snow resting softly on the tarmac. That is, everyone except Dr. Abigail Blackmon. Gliding back in forth in…

Big Ears Festival

The 2018 Big Ears Festival promises to be the most adventuresome yet. AC Entertainment founder Ashley Capps answered a few questions from Cityview editor Keith Norris on the beginnings of the festival, this year’s lineup, and its place in…

Pete DeBusk

In late January, former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade sat with Pete DeBusk, founder of DeRoyal Industries and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Lincoln Memorial University. He came from humble beginnings in southwest…

Profit at Any Cost?

In 2016, the pharmaceutical industry earned profits of more than 202 billion on revenues of $1.1 trillion. That is a profit margin of more than 18%. No other industry has that large of a profit margin. There is no question we need…

Soldier, Doctor, Senator

Richard Briggs hates sitting in traffic. “Nashville’s is awful, it’s growing so fast. Middle Tennessee is one of the fastest growing parts of the country.” Richard is a Tennessee State Senator, elected in 2014. He lives in west Knoxville…