The Eight Six Five will be a website dedicated to showcasing the positive pockets of Knoxville, TN.
I love this town. As hokey, as corny, as simple as that sounds, it is the truth. I've been lucky enough to be involved in many a project focused on what makes Knoxville great. From KnoxBands, to Paperthin, to Knoxify, it's all been interesting.
The Eight Six Five looks to incorporate all the previous experiences, in addition to my general penchant for a lot of geekiness, and wrap them into a site devoted to Knoxville. We'll have a monthly podcast that will be a roundtable discussion on our fair city, we'll be sponsoring different First Friday galleries, and we'll be reporting on all things Knoxville. Currently, there are 17 folks that have offered to help out and write. I hope to have a new article every day of the work week (Monday-Friday), covering a multitude of subjects ranging from art to music to concerts to non-profits to transfers to wellness to DIY'ers to pets to community awareness to etc to etc to etc. Also aim to have at least one video feature month. The goal of the site is to marry great article content to good photography.
All money donated will be accounted for on the website, at a special link, where any one who donates can see how I spend every dime. My intention is not to make any money with this site. Anything sold (as in t-shirts) I plan on taking the money from that, picking a local non-profit, and donating the full amount.
The podcasting equipment, hosting and other fees are what's making me reach out to the community. Originally I was going to fund all aspects, but had many a friend saying they'd like to pitch in. Kickstarter is a great format to help bring folks together. Which is, at it's core, what The Eight Six Five is all about.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I don't know that I really see any potential risks or setbacks. At the end of the day, most of this rests on my shoulders.
We will unveil them in the updates section on this page before the project comes to an end. All are Knoxville-centric, and are being crafted by unparalleled artists. We are extremely lucky to know such people.