July was a weird month. Day-to-day life felt like
a return to pre-pandemic times without face masks, social distancing and the ability to gather without fear of a virus. But as the month ended and the new Delta variant gripped our daily routines, it began to feel like a return to last year. I’ve seen more people masking up again, myself included. Wearing a mask has become a security blanket of sorts.
It’s been a busy month nonetheless. Not much daily work to show, but I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a large project that is in the pipeline to publish in late August or early September. I will share that when it is live. And, as always, check out our weekly podcast,
, where we debate the latest Knoxville trends. The Scruffy Stuff
Here are some photos and a short video from July!
A view of the bar area inside the newly-opened Brother Wolf bar concept on 108 W. Jackson Ave. in the Old City in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, July 9, 2021. A formal opening is planned for mid July. Patrons dine inside the newly-opened Osteria Stella restaurant on 108 W. Jackson Ave. in the Old City. at the Market Square Farmers Market in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The market returned downtown Saturday after temporarily moving to the Civic Coliseum plaza due to the coronavirus pandemic. Carrots for sale from Hines Valley Farm at the Market Square Farmers Market. Officers are sworn in during a Knox County Schools Security Officer graduation ceremony at South-Doyle Middle School in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, July 29, 2021. School security officers are employed by Knox County Schools. They carry bond cards from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office which allows them to carry a gun and make arrests on school property or while working a school function. Elementary schools have school security officers while middle and high schools use school security officers and school resource officers from the city police or sheriff’s office. Knoxville Police are seen during a standoff at a home on Ohio and McPherson streets in the Lonsdale neighborhood in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Knoxville Police are seen during a standoff at a home on Ohio and McPherson streets. Keefer Atman (40) runs the ball down the field during Farragut High School football summer practice in Farragut, Tenn. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Farragut High School football head coach Eddie Courtney speaks with the team during summer practice. Players drill during Farragut High School football summer practice. Children wave from the back seat of the Family Truckster at the Farragut 4th of July Parade in Farragut, Tenn. on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Scenes from the Farragut 4th of July Parade. Bill Haslam speaks with a group of students at a Tennessee Tutoring Corps program at YMCA Pleasant Ridge in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Rising first through fourth graders are allowed to participate for catching up after learning disruptions from COVID-19. Around 700 tutors were paired with students across the state last year. Guests dine at Sweet P’s Uptown Corner, 3029 Tazewell Pike, in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The restaurant features several big screen televisions, vintage photos of Fountain City, a bar made out of old bowling alley wood. Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie confers with Will Johnson, city recorder, during a Knoxville City Council meeting at the City-County Building in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Hector Camargos of Taqueria Camargos prepares fresh tacos at Southern Tequila and Taco Festival in Farragut, Tenn. on Friday, July 23, 2021. The annual event in the JC Penny parking lot on Parkside Drive included several local and regional restaurants and distilleries and benefits Remote Area Medical Visitors relax in a shaded tent at Southern Tequila and Taco Festival. Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan poses for a portrait in her office in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The Central High School marching band practices on the football field during summer band camp in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, July 23, 2021. The Farragut High School Marching Band rehearses in the school parking lot during summer band camp in Farragut, Tenn. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Maternity shoot for my old roommate Brea!