Knoxville’s ‘Big Ears’ festival draws praise in the NYT

The whole thing seemed too smart and feisty and multigenerational to live, at least in this country. But it’s not presented by a scratchy nonprofit; it’s run by AC Entertainment, one of the founders and producers of the enormous Bonnaroo festival, and manager-operator of those historic Knoxville theaters. It has a fighting chance. — More.

As the NYT has noted before, pull up a “couch” and enjoy.

(Via Mayor Rogero and Jennifer Lawson)

 

Knoxville’s secret super PAC

 A shadowy Tennessee company donated more than $5 million to a prominent conservative super political action committee days after establishing itself.

So who’s behind one of the largest batches of election contributions this year? There’s a questionable trail.

Campaign finance reports filed late Thursday show that the political committee, FreedomWorks for America, received seven donations totaling $5.28 million from Knoxville-based Specialty Group Inc. The money, which accounted for about 90 percent of FreedomWorks for America’s donations during the first 15 days of October, is helping pay for TV ads supporting conservative candidates for federal office. — More.

Knoxville’s Gay Street named one of ’10 Great Streets in America for 2012′

Launched in 2007, Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces – three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases diverse architectural styles, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity. — More.

Via Mayor Madeline Rogero.