Blues Cruise is July 23

Ready to cool off with some great food and drink plus entertainment on the water? Smoky Mountain Blues Society will host a Blues Cruise with the Tennessee Riverboat Company in downtown Knoxville on July 23, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

This Smoky Mountain Blues Society Blues Cruise will feature entertainment by The Stella Vees of Lexington, Kentucky. Photo submitted.

The Stella Vees are a traditional electric blues band that plays in a similar style to Albert Collins, T Bone Walker, Little Walter and Buddy Guy. With over 18 years of playing and touring together, the band performs a smoking style of blues with an authenticity, intimacy and steadfast dynamic that’s not often found in modern music. They bring to mind the vintage blues once so predominant in Chicago juke joints back in the day, while making it sound fresh and vital for a contemporary crowd.

Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Smoky Mountain Blues Society Members enjoy a special discount. Each voyage will also have a limited food menu and full bar available.

Boarding begins at 3pm. for this event and tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, ( and by calling (865) 525-7827.

Stay safe during summer heat

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 1999-2009, an average of 658 people died each year from heat-related illness in the United States. Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency; persons should call 911 right away if someone appears to be having a heat stroke.

Staying cool in a building with air conditioning for even a few hours a day could reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps.

–Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool. Cooling stations and senior centers are also available in many large cities for people of all ages.

–Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.

–Drink water often. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.

–Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.

–Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.

KCDC expands available housing

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has issued a request for proposals to award up to 300 Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers to developers for existing, new or rehabilitated housing units. The vouchers, known as PBVs, will increase the availability of affordable housing in Knoxville and Knox County.

“This is a significant step toward building the supply of affordable housing in our community,” said Ben Bentley, executive director and CEO of KCDC. “We encourage area developers to review the requirements of the PBVs and submit proposals.”

PBVs provide stability to affordable housing stock. As opposed to Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers that are issued to individuals or families, PBVs are attached to housing units. Owners of PBV units agree to rent the units to eligible tenants for the duration of the contract, which may range from 10 to 20 years.

Details about the request for proposals (RFP) for the Project-Based Vouchers are available at KCDC will accept proposals through June 30, 2019, or until issuance of 300 vouchers. KCDC plans to review proposals quarterly.

Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing high-quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency.

For more information, call 865-403- 1100 or visit

Local art exhibit on Broadway

Broadway Studios and Gallery located at 1127 N Broadway, Knoxville will be hosting Dino Day Liddick and Brandy Slaybaugh in an art show being held through Saturday, August 26, 2017. The opening reception will be held on First Friday, August 5th from 5-9pm. Light refreshments will be served and parking is on premises.

Dino Day Liddick is a self-taught painter currently from Knoxville TN. Rather than pulling ideas together traditionally used to produce “art”, he practices clearing his mind through the process of abstract painting resulting in an artistic product than can be shared. Photo submitted.

Brandy Slaybough works primarily with ink and watercolor. Her work is geared toward pantheistic themes and divinity in small things inspired by mythology & magic, fairy tales, and gods. She questions what is part of this world, what is supernatural, and the blurring of the line between the two. Photo submitted.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN. Found 1.5 miles north of the Old City and is between 4th and Gill and Old North Neighborhoods next to Vinyard Flooring. Regular business hours are 10am-6pm Thursday-Saturday or whenever the “open” sign is on throughout the week.

For more info please contact: Jessica Gregory 865-556-8676.


August 2017 art at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 4-25, 2017. A reception will take place on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Work by L. Bethsy Salage on the North Wall
Featuring floral paintings made with watercolors and metallic ink.

Terina Gillette: Temperance: An Expose of Emotion in the lower gallery
Terina Gillette resides in Knoxville. She works in a variety of media such as window painting, chalk art murals, traditional wall murals, working with acrylics, papers, pencils, and face & body painting. She publishes an International art magazine that highlights professional artists and students. The magazine has been sent to Belgium, Italy, Holland, and the UK. You will find Gillette teaching art to local home education students at her private studio as well as summer art camps at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She is a member of numerous associations nationwide and locally that promote and support arts and culture. Each weekend you can find her face painting unique and beautiful designs for public and private events around town. She is in her master’s program for psychology and recently graduated with a double Bachelors in psychology. She believes that art is an important venue for healing and enjoying life, and that art is the fullest expression of emotions.

A1LabArts: Open Show with Dada Inspiration: GODDESS/JAPAN/PEACE in the Balcony gallery
A1LabArts is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media. Through events, workshops, shows and performances, A1LabArts aims to make connections in the community among artists of different ages, interests and backgrounds. They see art as a bridge between ideas and people and use their space in Emory Place as a catalyst to spark innovation and make connections. Their current membership includes 60 artists and is open to the public.

Mary Saylor: A Whimsical Nature in the display case
Mary Saylor has been fascinated by all sorts of artistic endeavors from her childhood and was raised by parents who themselves were creative individuals. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a minor in Sculpture and taught art in middle school for some time in Ohio. Over the years, she has dabbled in various creative outlets including drawing, quilting, painting, woodcarving and clay and recently has focused on paper mâché sculptures. Saylor has a profound love and appreciation of all animals, great and small, and this devotion is clearly seen in her whimsical, humorous animal sculptures.

Dick Wills: Celebrate Color in the Atrium
Dick Wills is an older adult with a broad background and many hobbies. A Chemical Engineer by training, he owns and operates a manufacturing company in West Knoxville. He plays over 20 instruments and is a member of his church music worship program. Wills frequents the gym and hikes as much as possible. Several times each year, he travels to the northwest to search for and excavate dinosaur fossils. His art is multimedia: he utilizes oil, acrylic, dye, watercolor and more for paper and tissue collages and canvas/other surfaces.

“Colors are full of joy and are therapeutic,” says Wills. “They attract the eye and lift the spirit. It is not so much what you see, but how you feel when you see it. Simple color and form can change your attitude and brighten your day in one look.”

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

IRR announces business merger

Integra Realty Resources  in Jackson/Gulfport and Integra Realty Resources in Memphis have announced a merger that will expand IRR’s services in the Mid-South region. IRR offices in Jackson, Gulfport and Memphis — covering Mississippi, western Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas, provide commercial real estate consultation services.

“We’re expanding our resources and our ability to serve clients more productively and opening up new markets within specialty valuation practices,” said James “Jim” Turner, MAI, director of appraisal production for the combined offices.

IRR – Memphis’ focus in multi-family residential and industrial valuations and litigation joins IRR – Jackson/Gulfport’s expertise in multi-tenant office and retail, right-of- way, going concern business and large retail and hospitality valuation. The team now includes seven MAI-designated appraisal professionals and eight additional appraisal analysts on staff.

John R. Praytor, MAI, serves as senior managing director in Jackson. J. Walter Allen, MAI, is senior managing director in Memphis. Recent promotions include Michelle Alexander, MAI and a HUD approved MAP appraiser, to managing

director of multi-family residential valuations; Jonathan Stone, MAI, to director of industrial valuations; Eugene K. “Kenny” Owen Jr., Certified General Appraiser, to director of going concern business, hospitality, convenience store and self storage valuations. Jennifer C. Rigby, MAI, will serve as director of quality control and appraisal review, and Leslie R. North, MAI, will serve as managing director in Gulfport and support quality control for the south Mississippi market.

Impressionists on display at KMA

(Knoxville, TN) – The Knoxville Museum of Art announces American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony from August 11 through November 12, 2017.

Drawn from the extensive collection of the Reading Public Museum, this vibrant exhibition examines the key role played by artists’ colonies in the development of American Impressionism. It features more than 50 paintings and works on paper by Frank W. Benson, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, William Paxton, Robert Reid, Chauncey Ryder, John Twachtman, Julian Alden Weir, and many others.

Many of the nationally prominent artists represented in this exhibition have ties to East Tennessee and the KMA’s ongoing display Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee. More than a dozen participated in large art exhibitions held in conjunction with Knoxville’s 1910 and 1911 Appalachian Expositions, and the 1913 National Conservation Exposition. Their paintings appeared alongside those of several East Tennessee artists represented in Higher Ground, such as Catherine Wiley, Lloyd Branson, Adelia Lutz, Charles Krutch, and Hugh Tyler, to name a few. These sprawling and ambitious exhibitions were designed with the goal of bringing the “best contemporary art in America” to people of the region. The displays highlighted art currents of the day, and allowed East Tennessee artists to demonstrate their proficiency in a national context.

Among other ties, John F. Carlson served as a juror for the 1913 Expo art exhibition along with Knoxville impressionist painter Catherine Wiley. Robert Reid was one of Wiley’s art instructors during her studies in New York, and Mary Cassatt’s intimate domestic scenes inspired Wiley’s career-long interest in depicting women and children. As a result of these and other connections, this exhibition offers a broader national lens through which viewers can assess the work of Wiley, Branson, Lutz, Krutch, Tyler and other Higher Ground artists who also experimented with Impressionism.

Robert Reid (Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1862-1929 Clifton Springs, New York), Summer Breezes, ca. 1910-20. Oil on canvas, 33 ¾ x 39 inches, Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy KMA.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit

Art Market seeks artists

Knoxville’s Art Market Gallery is currently accepting applications for a Sunday, August 27, 2017 membership jury. Acceptance for membership is determined by a jury of six active gallery members and is based on the quality of the applicant’s work; the applicant’s ability to be involved in a cooperative effort; as well as, the needs of the gallery.

Patrons enjoy visiting the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville during a recent First Friday celebration, a city-wide event with open house opportunities at local businesses. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in ​2D & 3D media​. Prospective members may deliver four pieces of their work and completed application form with $30 jury fee to the gallery at 422 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Delivery may be made 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

Instructions and an application form are available at​.

Forensic science topic of lecture

(Knoxville, TN) In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Arthur Bohanan will discuss his new book, Prints of a Man, detailing his career of 55 years in the criminal justice field. A curious mind and a high school interest in fingerprints took him from Sevier County, Tennessee to the top of his profession as a forensics specialist, inventor, and crime solver with awards and honors too numerous to list.

Bohanan is perhaps best known for his invention of a method to take fingerprints from a dead body and for his work to identify bodies from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His pioneering work included the discovery of the chemical composition of children’s fingerprints and their change at puberty from a water base to an oil base, a key factor when working with the AMBER Alert system and missing children. Bohanan will also discuss his latest fascinating research to discover the rate of decay, cemeteries washed out by floods and hurricanes, and to locate and gender the long dead, in which he reports a 99 percent accuracy on blind testing.

The program is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available.

For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at

Tomato Jam is July 23

The Nourish Knoxville Tomato Jam, a drinks competition featuring some of Knoxville’s best bartenders and East Tennessee’s finest tomatoes, will take place July 23, 2017, from 12-3pm at The Mill and Mine. The event is a fundraiser for Nourish Knoxville. All proceeds go to further the mission of Nourish Knoxville: to cultivate and support relationships between farmers, artisanal producers, and the community and to build healthy communities through connections to local food. This event is for guests 21 years and older.

Eight bartenders will create their best tomato-based cocktail, and attendees get to vote for favorites. Longtime Market Square Farmers’ Market fans will remember Market Mixers, when downtown bartenders created cocktails based on local ingredients. The Tomato Jam was created out of the most popular Market Mixer, the tomato. For this event, Bloody Marys, Micheladas, and unique cocktail creations will be found all under one roof, thanks to The Mill and Mine.

These cocktails make great use of this summer vegetable (that’s technically a fruit) and popular for sauces, salsas, soups, and sandwiches. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and K, and potassium and lycopene. Tomatoes are available for much of the year thanks to hothouses, but are at the peak of ripeness and flavor during these summer months.

Guests at the Tomato Jam will have the opportunity to taste tomato-based cocktails from Emilia, JC Holdway, Knox Mason, Knox Kaizen, Lonesome Dove, Peter Kern Library, The Public House, and Sapphire.

Knox Mason will provide locally-sourced brunch bites and Three Bears Coffee Company will provide coffee. There will also be live music and games on the lawn.

Tickets are $40 each or $140 for 4.