Monday, May 16, 2022

NEW: Briefs for May 16, 2022

Police standoff ends peacefully  A police standoff in East Knoxville lasted for nearly four hours Saturday afternoon before the suspect finally surrendered peacefully, officials said. The...

The Wire

NEW: Briefs for May 16, 2022

Police standoff ends peacefully  A police standoff in East Knoxville lasted for nearly four hours Saturday afternoon before the suspect finally surrendered peacefully, officials said. The...

Hard Knox Life

Vestival enters 20th year

Hundreds of people flocked to the Candoro Arts and Heritage Center in South Knoxville for food, crafts and companionship as the popular celebration known...

Blasting out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens is a controversial idea...

This article was written by Chris Impey of the University of Arizona If a person is lost in the wilderness, they have two options. They...

Hard Knox Histories

Two centuries of Christmas, Knoxville style

Christmas conjures up a whole host of traditions and memories: Santa Claus, egg nog, mistletoe, late night church services, hot chocolate, and happy families...

History of 2016 Smokies fires now available

The following was written by Tom Fraser, mastermind behind the Hellbender Press: The results of an ambitious effort by University of Tennessee Libraries to capture the...

Big Orange roots are sunk deep into E. Tenn. history

It’s Football History Time in Tennessee! This week, local historian extraordinaire Jack Neely and our editor, J.J. Stambaugh, take a look at the humble origins...

‘A solemn Stillness holds’ at Old Gray

In this week’s Hard Knox Histories, local historian Jack Neely and editor J.J. Stambaugh discuss the background of one of Knoxville’s most prominent landmarks:...

Old City’s unique past remembered

Once upon a time, it was the part of town that most Knoxvillians had forgotten about, if they knew about it at all. These days,...

Hard Knox Humor

The worst dealer, fun with meth and three’s a crowd

The worst drug dealer  Unaware that they were about to encounter one of the most inept drug dealers in America, Knoxville Police Department officers responded...

Scruffies on drugs, drink and crazy

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had an installment of Tales of the Scruffy City, primarily because we’ve been tied up with more...

Scruffians battle Serpent Commandos of the Law

He didn’t want to go to jail No sooner did Knox County Officer Donald Pope try to pull over the silver Hyundai Elantra than the...

In-Depth

Lawsuit filed in death of Austin-East teen

It’s been exactly one year to the day since 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. was shot and killed during a struggle with four Knoxville Police...

“Anthony’s Laws” would force changes

If the federal lawsuit filed Monday over the death of 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. succeeds, it will change how the Knox County school system...

Knoxville bloodshed continues

This year’s seemingly endless bloodshed on Knoxville’s streets continued Monday when police discovered the bullet-ridden body of a man in an East Knoxville alley. The...

Arrests made in robbery-turned-murder

Two people have been arrested and as many as three others have been implicated in an attempted robbery that allegedly turned into a murder...

2021 is officially Knoxville’s bloodiest year

With less than five weeks to go before the calendar turns, 2021 has officially become Knoxville’s bloodiest year on record.  The tragic threshold was crossed...

Hard Talk

NEW: A clarification and thoughts on reporting about homelessness

Officials at Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) recently took issue with comments made by some persons who are experiencing homelessness who were interviewed for...

The Housing Crisis Alarm

I have worked at Volunteer Ministry Center and Knox Area Rescue Ministries for the past twenty years within what is sometimes known as Knoxville’s...

A message from the editor

Hello, friends! We have a couple of announcements to make this morning, the most important being that we’re going to be cutting back on our...

We’re back!

As the headline says, we’re finally back in the proverbial saddle and looking forward to continuing what we started around this time last year....

Hello, 2022!

We had planned to resume publishing Hard Knox Wire on January 3 after a two-week holiday. Unfortunately, Jenna Stambaugh remains incapacitated due to the...