Wow. The Knoxville News is asking bloggers to help report on its trial against the local government:

The newspaper’s lawsuit against Knox County Commission over alleged private meetings is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 11. The newspaper will be continuing to cover that issue but it clearly has a conflict of interest. So Editor Jack McElroy asked me if I’d post something seeking bloggers to follow, or monitor, our coverage of that trial.

I believe that’s a first.