Knoxville’s new alt-weekly, the Knoxville Mercury, has finally arrived! You can find an issue in racks in retail stores, restaurants, and street racks around Knoxville. More distribution rack locations are coming. Please support local, independent journalism by picking up a copy and patronizing the advertisers. In this inaugural issue, you will find my first column with commentary on the importance of local arts coverage and a look ahead at the rest of the classical music season. And, there will be more to come in future issues. Thanks for reading.