Knoxville Opera is presenting Verdi's grand and epic opera, Aida. Performances will be given at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2:30. Featuring a cast of over two-hundred and an orchestra of over fifty , Aida has not been performed in Knoxville in eighteen years.

Soprano, Michelle Johnson sings the role of Aida and tenor, Dongwon Shin, the role of Radames. Together, they discuss the opera, their characters, Verdi's gorgeous music, and their prior experiences of singing these roles. 


In the autumn of 2008, federal agents raided a compound in southwestern Arkansas. They freed six girls who'd grown up on self-styled evangelist Tony Alamo's watch. A week later, Alamo was arrested on charges he carried minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

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Beverly Davenport will soon vacate the eighth-floor office suite she's held since becoming chancellor of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus fifteen months ago. Today, the university announced Davenport's removal, effective July 1.

A letter from UT System President Joe DiPietro read, in part, "I have decided it is in the best interest of the University of Tennessee to change the leadership of our flagship campus and terminate your appointment as chancellor..."

Knoxville Police Department

An ambitious plan to build a science museum and new headquarters for Knoxville's public safety departments  features prominently in Mayor Madeline Rogero's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019.


Alex Stokes is a comedian and author, having written a few books that he jokingly calls "bathroom books." The sort of lighthearted fare you might casually pick up and read when you only have a moment or two to spare. Stokes also works in Gatlinburg, where a bear has been visiting downtown, at times helping himself to food from unsecured trash containers. This inspired Stokes to write "The City Bear In The Smokies" -- his first children's book.