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Tales of the Scruffy City

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 stories than we could keep up with —  but that didn’t...
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 car accelerated like a rocket-fueled bat from hell down the East...
Home placed on house arrest  You know you live in a rough neighborhood when even the freakin’ houses have criminal records …. Take the modest, two-bedroom home in the 2800 block of Nichols Avenue in East Knoxville....
Fight For Your Right  North Knox County has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, its population growth driven by a seemingly inexhaustible supply of Ohio retirees and corporate transplants who took one look at...
Reasonable suspicion  Out of curiosity, has there ever been a legal justification for putting a license plate on your car that’s actually registered to another vehicle? The answer, by the way, is obviously “no.” This, in turn,...
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 Joshua Hodge was dispatched to the Kroger Marketplace in Farragut just...
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, fun, fun in good ol’ K-town. We might not have the...
“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 to remember to drop off the kids, all those work meetings,...
FINE LINE BETWEEN GUTS AND IDIOCY  It seems that some people really, really don’t like cops. Some of them stage protests with lots of signs and the chanting of slogans. Some of them sign up to speak...
Warning: This column features descriptions of life in Knox County’s criminal underworld and therefore includes profanity as well as frequent references to crimes such as prostitution, drugs and theft. It is intended for mature audiences...