The Scruffy Stuff
The Scruffy Stuff
Knox News
Do you or a loved one suffer from FOMO when it comes to new businesses, events, music, beer and other downtown Knoxville topics? Then you may be entitled to "The Scruffy Stuff," hosted by urban life writer Ryan Wilusz and visual journalist Calvin Mattheis of
Lions and chickens and beers: Big news for Zoo Knoxville, Myrtle's and the Vols
In a neighborly fashion, Market Square business owners are reopening Myrtle's Chicken + Beer. Zoo Knoxville is adding a big cat to the family, and a big bear has a close encounter with the Anakessta Rail Runner. The University of Tennessee has new COVID-19 clusters and kickoff times, and Vols athletes participate in an anti-racism demonstration. Plus, was Kelsea Ballerini snubbed by the CMA Awards?
Sep 3
27 min
The reality of going virtual for Knoxville makers and entertainers
Tanika Harper joins the show this week to talk about her Harper's Natural business and what the upcoming virtual Maker City Summit will look like compared to past years. Concerts also go virtual with a new series from Big Ears, and Regal returns with news safety policies for COVID-19. We have an update on tailgating for UT football games, and Calvin photographs the return of high school sports. Plus, how is COVID-19 affecting tourism in East Tennessee?
Aug 27
49 min
Knox Brew Hub planning, college party banning and Peyton Manning
Zack Roskop, owner of Knox Brew Tours, joins the show as our first two-time guest to discuss his plans to open Knox Brew Hub in place of the former downtown Casual Pint. Hear from Peyton Manning about his new Saloon 16 and from Monica Kast, our higher education reporter, who discusses UT plans for COVID-19 and how the university is reacting to a cluster of cases. Scott West has big ideas for Market Square, including permanent seating and new open container rules. A new place for desserts is coming to Gay Street, and Regal is moving forward with reopening theaters this week.
Aug 20
48 min
Moneyball: Hear Boyd's pitch for Smokies in the city. Plus, new rules for beer in Market Square
Co-host Calvin Mattheis meets with Randy Boyd to get a first glance at what a Tennessee Smokies baseball stadium could look like in Old City. Ryan Wilusz reflects on his gridiron glory days as the Vols football season approaches. But how will teams deal with COVID-19? Former "Scruffy Stuff" guest Paris Woodhull has left her mark on Printshop Beer Company, honoring women's suffrage through art. Plus, Knoxville City Council passes an emergency ordinance allowing beer to be served in expanded outdoor dining areas – most notably, Market Square.
Aug 13
31 min
Catching up with Ashley Capps on Big Ears and Bonnaroo. Plus, a big update on bars
Ashley Capps joins the show to give an update on AC Entertainment, plus the future of Bonnaroo and Big Ears. We discuss Monday night's helicopter crash that killed Knoxville businessman Joe Clayton and what we saw when crews removed the wreckage. Knox County ordered bars to close, but local beer industry leaders have endorsed a curfew instead. Hear what Knox Brew Tours owner Zack Roskop and Casual Pint co-founder Nathan Robinette had to say and find out how the health board responded. Plus, Calvin and Ryan drool over the new Hen+Hoc butcher shop in Old City and share their best and worst experiences of the week.
Aug 6
46 min
Ron Rice: Before bikini pageants and private jets, the Hawaiian Tropic founder was a Vol
Ron Rice, founder of the Hawaiian Tropic sun tan products and pageants, joins the show to share his journey from Asheville to Knoxville to the luxurious lifestyle of private jets, exotic cars and celebrity encounters. Have you noticed holes on beer shelves? We talk with a brewery, distributor and canning company to find out why. Regal is postponing its reopening yet again, and Gov. Bill Lee is ignoring advice to shut down Tennessee bars and limit indoor dining. Plus, we get a sneak peak of Inskip Grill's new home in Fountain City ... just watch out for the gorillas!
Jul 30
42 min
The Lakeshore master plan is no walk in the park, and a downtown bar is closing
Julieanne Foy, executive director of the Lakeshore Park Conservancy, shares the master plans for transforming the park into an athletic, cultural and ecological wonderland. Casual Pint is closing its downtown location, and Fantasy of Trees becomes the latest downtown event to be canceled. School is starting soon, and not everyone is happy. Plus, Ryan and Calvin reflect on reviewing Market Square restrooms and share their best and worst experiences of the week.
Jul 23
38 min
New owners, controversy and rules in the Knoxville food scene
Charles Ellis joins the show to talk about his new position as general manager at Central Filling Station, which will host its first night under new ownership Thursday. The city wants business owners to get creative now that it's allowing restaurants to expand its outdoor seating in public places, and the Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants is again facing controversy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about plans for Fort Kid, travel restrictions for Tennesseans and a police shootout near downtown. Plus, higher education reporter Monica Kast joins the show to discuss big changes coming to UT this fall.
Jul 16
43 min
A sci-fi encounter (without the fiction), plus new scooters come to town
On this week's episode, we discuss a Knox County man's encounter with a UFO, a science venture firm coming downtown and a business building arcade machines. We also recap Knox County's new mask mandate, talk about the return of electric scooters and dream of living in a $1.5 million condo for sale downtown.
Jul 9
33 min
Concerts and plants? They both need light feat. Bandit Lites, Oglewood Avenue
Michael Strickland, founder of Bandit Lites, talks about his roots as a 12-year-old boy pioneering concert lighting in a school gymnasium to illuminating some of the biggest artists in the world. Jade Adams discusses the importance of black-owned businesses, including her own Oglewood Avenue Bohemian Boutique. Restaurants are closing on their own due to coronavirus, and Inskip Grill gets major national recognition. The city mandates masks in its buildings, Regal gets ready to open and a UT student blows up on TikTok.
Jul 2
49 min
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