Spelunking we will go

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

Yesterday morning’s temperature brought to mind the thing I dislike most about winter – it’s cold! I don’t know what the official low was, but I saw a raccoon wearing …

A brief history of newspaper carriers

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

As a boy, in between stints as a Marine Pirate, I delivered the afternoon newspaper. Those were the days when $4 would buy a fistful of comics and a whole …

Orange is the new orange

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

Tennessee’s incredible comeback win over Indiana in the Gator Bowl warmed the hearts of many long-suffering Vol football fans. Count me among their number.
If you grew up in Knoxville as …

A preview of 2020

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

January: Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs accepts a challenge from Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon to a no-holds-barred wrestling match on Market Square. In a bruising five-minute struggle, Kincannon bounces back …

Reviewing the Charter Review Committee

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

Every eight years a committee is formed to consider amendments to the Knox County Charter. Next year, 2020, the 27-member Charter Review Committee will review proposed changes to the charter …

You’ve come a long way, maybe

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

Just how remarkable is the (soon to be) 7-2 female majority on the city council? Very, compared to other Tennessee legislative bodies. Pictured here are Amelia Parker, Janet Testerman and …

Is he lyin’ about LION?

Larry Van GuilderAs I see it

I recently spent a few days in the state capital to attend the annual LION conference. Although the name suggests a gathering of zookeepers or big cat conservationists, it’s an …