Saturday, July 31, 2021

NEW: Corpse Flower blooms

She came, she reeked, she conquered. That’s how the history books may recall Rotty Top’s brief tenure as the biggest star on the University of...

The Wire

NEW: Corpse Flower blooms

She came, she reeked, she conquered. That’s how the history books may recall Rotty Top’s brief tenure as the biggest star on the University of...

Hard Knox Life

A Corpse Flower by any other name

Just inside the front door of one of the austere, dignified buildings that crown “The Hill” at the University of Tennessee stands one of...

KAT gets wired

With a little luck and a lot of hard work, commuters along Bus Route 17 will be the first to experience riding in one...

Hard Knox Histories

Some liked it hot

The people who like to talk about East Tennessee’s “mild” winters and summers have presumably never been here in January — or July.  From May...

Beating the heat with history

Deadly shootouts, devastating fires and a bit of vaudeville thrown in for good measure… there are far worse ways to spend an evening in...

Fountain City’s historical headwaters

We’ve been really excited to be working with Jack Neely and the Knoxville History Project. Not only is it great to be working with...

Bearden holds history of roadside attractions

Some parts of Knoxville wear their history proudly, even the scars. Others parts of town, you have to look a little harder to find it. Bearden,...

Knoxville in 1796 sat at crossroads to future

When Tennessee became a state in 1796,  Knoxville was a frontier settlement where nearly everyone lived in log cabins with dirt floors yet they...

Hard Knox Humor

Silver canes, suspicious naps

Sucking the silver cane  Some people seem to exist for no reason other than to justify our society’s massive investment in jails. Case in point… Officer...

Nautical, nude naughties are no-no’s

Nautical naughties a no-no It’s summer!  It’s time to pour on the sunscreen, throw on the flip-flops and crank up The Beach Boys for some fun,...

Vegetation causes problems whether smoked or spoken to

“I have no idea” You know how it is. It can be hard to remember everything in the fast-paced world of the 21st century. You’ve got...

In-Depth

UPDATED: Another day, another death

Yet another life was lost to gun violence on Knoxville’s streets Wednesday when two people were shot in the parking lot of an apartment...

KPD investigates year’s 28th killing

Police investigators on Sunday continued to hunt for clues that could help them learn who killed a 34-year-old man whose body was found in...

TBI report, KPD stats don’t add up

Pretty much everyone involved in local law enforcement knew the release of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Annual Crime Report for 2020 was going...

“A system that creates more victims”

Numerous defendants and their loved ones have worked with Community Defense of East Tennessee (CDET) as they’ve made their way through the court system....

Woman becomes latest homicide victim

A 36-year-old woman became the city’s 27th homicide victim over the weekend after she was mortally wounded by gunfire in East Knoxville. The victim was...

Hard Talk

NEW: Message From the Editor

Yesterday was a bit of a mess.  Our website crashed Thursday morning. I don’t know the exact time it went down, as I was on...

Hard Knox Histories to feature Jack Neely

Told you we had a big announcement today.... Starting this Friday, we will begin a biweekly collaboration with Knoxville’s favorite historian, Jack Neely.  Every two weeks,...

EDITORIAL: An open letter to DA Charme Allen

  Until today, Hard Knox Wire hasn’t taken an editorial position on any of the issues that we cover.  The recent shooting death of 17-year-old Anthony...

NEW: Building your trust

Hello, I’m Jenna Stambaugh. I’m the new publisher here at Hard Knox Wire.   Although I have been surrounded by writers and reporters for most of my life, and despite having occasionally...

Big changes, big future

It’s a day of mixed emotions here at Hard Knox Wire.  My original  partner in this venture, Cliff Hightower, is leaving. I understand why he’s going....