Kick back with Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis each Monday for the latest news happening in and around downtown Knoxville, and stay tuned on Thursdays for "Last Call" conversations with special guests. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by Knox News, part of the USA Today Network.
Last Call: Knoxville photographer Tod Sheley talks overcoming fear
Tod Sheley's band made it all the way to Bonnaroo ... and then they split. Left with nothing, he turned to photography, despite congenital rubella syndrome causing blindness in one eye and colorblindness in the other. Sheley's life has been filled with difficult challenges, but he's learning each day to face his fears.
Market Square's revitalization and one life-changing invention
Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis reflect on the revitalization of Market Square and the wasteland before it. Plus, 2020 couldn't be a true "dumpster fire" without the innovative mind of Knoxville's George Dempster. What's the latest on the Jackson Avenue ramps and the AJ Building? This episode has you covered.
Last Call: Michele Hummel talks the re-imagining of Market Square
Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance, reflects on the transformation of Market Square in the early 2000s and provides an update on the Square in its current state, including the effects of COVID-19.
Milestone move by city council leaves tears and plenty of questions
"The Scruffy Stuff" reflects on the historic move by Knoxville City Council approving a resolution to apologize and make amends for decades of urban removal. We tell the history of Lay Packing Co. in downtown Knoxville, share the latest brews news and watch a big urban tree come down.
Carole Baskin on what 'Tiger King' could learn from this Knoxville-led film
Attention cool cats and kittens: Carole Baskin is on the show. The "Tiger King" star joins co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis to share her role in a new tiger documentary from Knoxville director Michael Samtesto and Rescue Doc Films. Baskin also talks about her relationship with Joe Exotic, how she has adjusted to fame and what you can do to make a difference when it comes to saving big cats. Ryan and Calvin also take listeners behind the scenes inside the former Lay meat-packing plant site, which could be home to a future Smokies Stadium in Old City. What did we find on our urban exploration? Old equipment, loads of junk and quite a few surprises.
'Tis the season for Christmas cocktails, coffee, masks and maker goods
Holidays look different in 2020, but the Miracle on Gay St. bar is one Christmas tradition that will continue this year in downtown Knoxville. Highline Coffee and Jacks of Knoxville are merging to expand next door on Gay Street and add a second location on North Central Street. Plus, Dale Mackey makes masks fashionably relevant with her holiday line.
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