‘Go Knoxville’ section debuts Thursday

The News Sentinel’s new “Go Knoxville” publication hits the streets Thursday. The section – “Go” for short – will be in free-distribution racks in high-foot-traffic areas starting on Thursday afternoons and will be included in the daily newspaper on Fridays in place of our “Knoxville.com” entertainment guide.

"Go Knoxville" logo

“Go Knoxville” logo

“Go” will pick up many of the features of “Knoxville.com”: coverage of local music by Wayne Bledsoe and Jer Cole; stories by Amy McRary on the arts and on family happenings; dining reviews by the anonymous Grub Scout; Kevin Saylor’s Notsville parody column; Matt Ward’s pub crawls; Chuck Campbell’s music reviews; extensive coverage of new movies; and listings of every sort of local happening.

But there will be new content as well: an “Outdoors” section featuring a weekly excursion and an calendar of activities provided by the Outdoor Knoxville initiative; a column by “Downtown Randall Brown” highlighting don’t-miss events, especially in the central city; and a pair of new comic panels: “Bliss” by Harry Bliss and “Loose Parts” by Dave Blazek.

We also will be adding a couple of popular features from the recently shuttered Metro Pulse: “News of the Weird” and “Free Will Astrology.”

The section sports a brand-new look, as well.

Digitally, the content of “Go Knoxville” as well as daily things-to-do coverage still will appear on our Knoxville.com website (though the URL GoKnoxville.com will work, too).

This first edition includes a special treat: a Hike of the Month by writer Morgan Simmons and photographer Adam Lau. Readers familiar with this feature will recognize Lau’s spectacular visuals. Hike of the Month will appear regular in “Go” instead of our Friday features section, which now will change its name from “Active Life” to “Home and Garden,” reflecting its increased emphasis on the great indoors.