A Sad Day: The Knoxville Mercury Shuts Down

As if there wasn’t enough consternation in our lives, Knoxville’s journalism scene has suffered yet another blow–the Knoxville Mercury will cease publication with the July 20 issue. As editor Coury Turczyn summarized in his goodbye announcement, “The reason is pretty simple: We were unable to raise enough money via advertisers, readers, and large donors to…

July 1 First Friday Shows at the Emporium Center

Downtown’s First Friday is always a big day for the Emporium Center; this month’s events are no exception. The First Friday openings of the shows listed below can be viewed from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The shows are hosted by the Arts & Culture…

The Knoxville Mercury Launches

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…

UT’s Ewing Gallery Presents “Compound Lens”

Compound Lens, an exhibition of photography and video from 19 UT alumni and students under retiring Professor Baldwin Lee, opens in the Ewing Gallery on the UT Campus on Sunday, January 11, and runs through February 8. Artists featured in the exhibition are: Christopher Miner Matt Ducklo Constance Thalken Bradly Dever Treadaway Wardell Milan Sarah Martin Jonathan…

A New Weekly For Knoxville: ‘The Knoxville Mercury’

The demise of the newsweekly Metro Pulse at the hands of its parent company, E.W. Scripps, two months ago, was painful for both its staff and its Knoxville readership. For many—and there is actual evidence to support this—Metro Pulse was the voice of the Knoxville downtown’s miraculous revitalization and of Knoxville’s cultural scene. Its closure seemed…