Ryan Wilusz, Knoxville News Sentinel

Ryan Wilusz

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Ryan:

You could soon be sipping beer in the streets — a Downtown Festival District was approved

There currently are four active festivals that could be impacted: Dogwood Arts, HoLa , Rossini and the St. Patrick's Day parade and events. → Read More

I nearly beat Glenn Jacobs and Trey Smith eating wings — but helping kids was the big goal

The Reading Gives You Wings book drive raised more than 11,000 books, partially thanks to one huge donation. → Read More

Coronavirus cruise ship passengers offered treasure — gold tokens for an adult webcam site

It might not be the treasure you'd hope to find on a cruise, but 1,000 free CamSoda tokens can be redeemed by crew members and passengers. → Read More

Beer board proposes allowing alcohol on downtown streets and sidewalks for festivals

The proposed ordinance will require just one vote from the Knoxville City Council at its Tuesday meeting. → Read More

The man behind last year's floodwater flamingo is back — this time, riding a unicorn

Preston Murphy said he wasn't worried about the water, even though it was dirty. After all, he grew up playing in dirt. This would be nothing. → Read More

A popular beer market is expanding and bringing some South Knoxville to Sutherland

The only major difference between the two Trailhead Beer Markets will be location. But to the owners and employees, the new location is a big deal. → Read More

A boozy place is coming to town — but not beer, wine or liquor. Have you heard of mead?

Smoky Mountain Meadery near downtown Knoxville will make mead and a drink that is "the marriage of mankind's two oldest fermented beverages." → Read More

Have unused books? We're partnering with Glenn Jacobs to make a difference for kids

Reading helps us progress and is the cornerstone of learning. And I've heard learning is one of the best things you can do — so is donating. → Read More

With Rhythm N' Blooms on hold, a new music fest features The Dirty Guv'nahs, Ben Rector

The Knoxville music festival is taking place on what was supposed to be the second day of Rhythm N' Blooms in May at World's Fair Park. → Read More

40 Under 40: Seth Kehne turned his friends' first job into a career mowing and growing

When Seth Kehne was at UT, cutting grass was just his way of making money for textbooks and food. Now, its his multimillion-dollar business. → Read More

People don't usually associate East TN with pelicans — but this year it's a 'hotspot'

American White Pelicans are identified by their white wings, black edge and large yellow bills — an "unmistakable" look, according to TWRA. → Read More

Boy dies after leaving a Christmas Eve church service and getting hit by a vehicle

CPR was administered to the boy, who was transported by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. → Read More

Here's a look at some very cool ways downtown Knoxville changed in 2019

Murals were painted, streets were demolished, restaurants opened and conflicts arose this year in downtown Knoxville. → Read More

I stepped in a ring with 'Mayor Kane' to discuss his book — it didn't end well for me

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, aka Kane, goes 1-on-1 with Knox News reporter Ryan Willusz. Things didn't quite go as planned. → Read More

The famous 'Treehouse Master' is building some fascinating rentals at a Gatlinburg resort

The tree houses will feature all the amenities of a normal home — just smaller — with lofts, balconies and plenty of wilderness to explore. → Read More

Remember the viral, anti-bullying UT shirt? Turns out it raised an incredible amount

A viral UT shirt that touched lives across the country will now impact even more people by helping "make bullying history." → Read More

Does Nick Saban have beef with Jeremy Pruitt? Here's what he said in a new documentary

Nick Saban's coaching tree is like a regular tree — sometimes branches break off. And he has a problem when they take staff with them. → Read More

'Sesame Street' puppeteer may be gone — but Big Bird will be a Knoxville citizen forever

"I've never been an honorary citizen of any place, let alone Knoxville," Big Bird said in 1973 to then-Knoxville Mayor Kyle Testerman. → Read More

Here are 'The Five' questions we asked Fox News' Greg Gutfeld ahead of his Knoxville show

It's been a "nonstop crazy" year for news, according to Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld, who is coming to Knoxville's Tennessee Theatre this weekend. → Read More

Vanderbilt could be the superior team against Tennessee — change my mind

Tennessee and Vanderbilt on Saturday should be aggressive — like brawling over blenders and toys after rushing a business on Black Friday aggressive → Read More