Knoxville: ‘Mayberry with sushi’

Soaring ceilings, plush linens, and gracious service from tattooed attendants make the place feel like a country star’s mansion. Right outside the hotel’s door, Union Ave. offers some of the city’s most eclectic shopping. There’s a fierce local spirit here; aside from an Urban Outfitters that looks dropped from another planet, almost all the strip’s shops feature Tennessee products. — A must read from today’s New York Daily News.


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.