December 30, 2004 • Vol. 14, No. 53

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Annual Manual

Native Knoxvillians of a certain analytical bent can spend years attempting to accurately describe the nature of their hometown. It’s a complex place. There’s some of the feeling of a big city, but its tight-knit communities maintain some of the atmosphere of a small town.

Maybe it’s a speck of small-town futility that has informed the peculiar chip on the shoulder that pervades some locals’ mindsets about Knoxville. Longtime residents and natives who have absorbed a sort of underdog attitude might slight Knoxville for its small-town perspective; some tongue-in-cheek critics concoct funny slogans that damn Knoxville with faint praise. Like “Knoxville, the City of Almost.” No matter. All cities get some things right some of the time. Knoxville’s getting it right more often than not. Take it from the transplants. Folks relocating to Knoxville from more metropolitan and progressive places swear Knoxville represents the best of both worlds. And we’re getting even better. Take a good look. It’s like they say about the weather in East Tennessee: If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes. It’s changing.

And, if you didn’t catch it last week...
The Year in Review Issue
Every December, Metro Pulse looks back at the year that was—what was spectacular and what we’ll be more than happy to forget. The year of 2004 found Knoxville with new leadership in the forms of Mayor Bill Haslam and new UT President John Petersen. Historic preservation issues catapulted to the forefront; residency and renovation projects took the downtown by storm; and lots and lots more....

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