IJAMS receives $10k donation

Knoxville, TN – The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to Ijams Nature Center, Inc., in support of the nonprofit nature center’s new Nature Preschool, which is scheduled to open August 2018. The preschool will focus on helping children to develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, while cultivating a love of nature that will serve as the basis for a conservation ethic later in life.

“This grant will allow Ijams to prepare the Miller Building and its grounds on the Ijams family’s original home site to become a place for children ages 3-5 to explore and learn about nature,” said Amber Parker, Ijams Executive Director. “Our goal is for these preschoolers to spend 80 percent of their time outdoors. Part of this grant will be used to purchase desks, chairs and supplies, but the majority will go toward funding a nature play area and renovating the building’s deck to provide a space for outdoor education activities. We are extremely grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

The new Nature Preschool will offer a morning and an afternoon session five days a week for up to 18 children per session. Ijams also plans to offer a morning-only Nature Preschool Summer Camp prior to the school’s fall opening to allow younger children to experience an age-appropriate version of its Nature Adventure Day Camp.

Ijams will host open houses Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, and Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for individuals interested in learning more about the new Nature Preschool, 2018 summer camps and other activities at the nature center.

This donation was recommended by Renee Trexler, Operations Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Knoxville location. Grainger has been a part of the Knoxville business community for more than 60 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products. “We are proud to recommend the Nature Preschool program at Ijams Nature Center,” Trexler said. “We understand the need to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people of all ages to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities, and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking, and more. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Ijams Nature Center received $10,000 from The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, in support of the nonprofit nature center’s new Nature Preschool, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2018. This donation was recommended by Renee Trexler, Operations Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Knoxville location. Pictured from left are W.W. Grainger, Inc. Operations Manager Renee Trexler, Ijams Education Director Jennifer Roder, W.W. Grainger, Inc. Sales Specialist Jeff Stewart and Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker. Photo submitted.

Arkis BioSciences opens new facility

KNOXVILLE, TN – Arkis BioSciences, a medical device company, has opened a new state-of- the-art facility at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, the University of Tennessee’s research and development park. Since its founding in 2013, Arkis BioSciences has operated from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation Business Incubator before expanding to Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, a move that provides access to the resources of the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM), the University of Tennessee, UT Medical Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The grand opening event, which took place at Arkis BioSciences’ 6,000-square-foot, state-of- the-art facility, drew researchers, educators, elected officials and business and community leaders.

Arkis BioSciences manufactures surgical instrumentation and catheter technology, for neuro-, general-, and plastic-surgeries.

Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus officially welcomed high-tech medical device company Arkis BioSciences at the University of Tennessee’s research and development park on Oct. 23, 2017. Ceremony participants included (from left) Cherokee Farm Development Corporation President and CEO Cliff Hawks; UT Interim Vice President for Research, Outreach, and Economic Development Stacey Patterson; UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport; UT President Joe DiPietro; and Arkis BioSciences CEO Chad Seaver. Photo submitted.

Knoxville hosts talent search

Knoxville, Tennessee – Have you got talent? The YMCA of East Tennessee and Knoxville’s Got Talent are teaming up for a community-wide talent search that will highlight the gifts of local artists and performers starting on 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Knoxville Marriott, 501 East Hill Ave. Auditions are open to groups and individuals of all ages and talents. Selected performers from the audition round will compete for a Knoxville’s Got Talent grand prize of $1,000 at a 2018 event at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Proceeds will benefit the Y’s youth programs.

“The Y’s cause is to strengthen the community,” said Rebekah Grace, senior program director at the West Side Family Y. “That’s what we do and why we’re here. This is a real chance for us to give youth more opportunity and to help them explore what they’re passionate about.”

The YMCA of East Tennessee’s many programs for youth include swimming and other sports, child care, after-school care, summer day camps, mentoring, gardening and many additional activities.

Pre-register for Knoxville’s Got Talent by Nov. 15. Secure your audition spot by calling 865-237-6968.

Kid’s play area added at IJAMS

Grayson Subaru has added 13.4 acres to permanently protected lands at IJAMS Nature Center in downtown Knoxville. The property will be a play area for children as well as a site for citizen science and environmental education programs.

“We have worked with Ijams on several events and projects in years past, said Randy Carter, Grayson Subaru sales manager. “Grayson has been waiting for the perfect project to come along to help Ijams in a big way, while giving Grayson a permanent presence at the center. We are excited that this new addition will offer generations of kids new outdoor educational opportunities, while bolstering Ijams footprint.”

Located just past the Mead’s Quarry entrance on the right side of Island Home Avenue between McClure Lane and Harold Lane. It features riparian wetlands along two creeks as well as upland habitat that includes a small cedar glade and secondary growth forest.

“This site has great potential and brings additional diversity to the Ijams landscape, and what we create will serve as a model for nature play areas across the country,” said Amber Parker, executive director of Ijams Nature Center. “Our goal is to have a space that allows parents to give their children a bit more freedom to roam, as many of us did when we were kids, but with the oversight and safety considerations required by modern parents.”

The Grayson Subaru Preserve will take shape over the next year. Parker said the staff plans to assess the needs for nonnative plant removal, stream restoration, trail planning and building this winter, host a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the late spring of 2018 and then continue to create the elements needed. Parker said there will be many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to help prepare the site.

Ijams staff will be able to use the Grayson Subaru Preserve for students in the center’s new nature preschool, which will open in summer 2018. Nature preschoolers spend 80 percent or more of their time outdoors, and the nature play opportunities at the Grayson Subaru Preserve will be perfect for these young learners.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from school field trips and off-site programs to on-site outdoor and classroom education programs that focus on topics from birding and wildflowers to yoga hikes, cooking classes and art programs. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Knoxville Opera goes to Church

Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Opera Goes to Church, the 9th annual concert, will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir and local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists in a unique presentation of gospel, spirituals, and opera highlights. The free-admission concert, one of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 100 education/outreach activities, will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Overcoming Believers Church, 120 S. Bell Street, in Knoxville.

“We are the only opera company in the world that has its own Gospel Choir and we are proud to present our eclectic repertoire featuring outstanding local and visiting guest artists. Our performances are an inspiration to both the performers and our very enthusiastic audience. We always make sure to give them something to cheer about!” said Jeanie Turner Melton, who will conduct the 30-voice Choir.

The event’s program will present a unique mixture of gospel, spirituals, and opera, including High Praise, I’m Going Away, What is This?, It is Well with my Soul, City Called Heaven, If I Tell God, I’m Chasing After You, and excerpts from Porgy and Bess and Turandot which Knoxville Opera is presenting in schools in early January and at the Tennessee Theatre on February 23 and 25, 2018.

The outstanding lineup of soloists includes local artists Evelyn Jack, Earl Smith, Lloyd Gable, Shirley Herbert, Francis Harshaw, and Rekeenya Cunningham. Catherine Daniel, Rochelle Bard, and Scott Bearden are among the Knoxville Opera guest artists who will be accompanied by Maestro Brian Salesky at the concert.

This year’s concert is sponsored by Home Federal Bank and The Fifth Commandment Fund.


Tales and Tamales in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Knoxville History Project (KHP) will be hosting “Tales and Tamales at Gallows Hill,” on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m., at 516 West Vine Avenue. The event is a fundraiser to support the work of the Knoxville History Project which researches and promotes the history of Knoxville. Tickets are $100 each (tax-deductible contribution) can be purchased via knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events.

Event Features:

-Knoxville Halloween Stories with renowned historian Jack Neely – tales of how Knoxvillians have celebrated October 31 throughout the city’s history.

-Music from Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, the Django-style string-jazz combo, the likes of which probably played in the Carpenters Union ballroom during the 1940s and featuring one of the spookiest songs in Knoxville’s history, Leola Manning’s 1930 cult classic, “Satan is Busy in Knoxville.”

-Special Shadow Side Ghost Tour of Gallows Hill – the area around the north end of downtown – with historian Laura Still from Knoxville Walking Tours. Every guest will leave with a signed copy of Laura’s in-depth book “A Haunted History of Knoxville.”

-Good old tamale dinner, provided by Good Golly Tamale, who in recent years have been reviving a Knoxville tradition that “Tamale King” Harry Royston started near the Old City in 1887.

-This will be Knoxville History Project’s very first event in the historic ca. 1946 building where KHP calls home. The event will be held upstairs in the old meeting hall that once hosted both union meetings and community dances.

The Knoxville History Project (KHP) is an educational nonprofit with a mission to research and promote the history and culture of Knoxville.

Rhythm & Blooms early tix

KNOXVILLE, TN – The administrators of Rhythm and Blooms have released a limited number of early bird tickets for next year’s celebration and festival in downtown Knoxville. The festival is scheduled for April 6-8, 2018.

Rhythm N’ Blooms festival honors the identity and spirit of our rich East Tennessee history while providing a premium listening environment for top-notch musical performances. Knoxville’s story has always been set to music. Rhythm N’ Blooms highlights that soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of the city’s varied music history by showcasing popular national acts alongside the finest musicians East Tennessee has to offer.

Ticket prices vary according to amenities.

Want to get involved as a volunteer? The Rhythm N’ Blooms volunteer program is a perfect opportunity to get involved within the community, meet new people, and listen to great music while enjoying a great volunteer experience. Volunteer tasks include welcoming fans and answering questions to supporting the venues and guest services.

Visit http://www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com.

New works at Emporium Oct. 2017

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 6-27, 2017. A reception will take place on Friday, October 6, 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. Knoxville Shimmy Mob and the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble will perform during the reception. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Tennessee Artists Association: The Fall Juried Show: 43rd Fall Art Exhibition in the lower gallery
The Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) will feature original art by over 20 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media.

The Arrowmont Experience in the Balcony gallery
The Arrowmont Experience will feature work by its current Artists-in-Residence, Max Adrian, Emily Culver, Elyse-Krista Mische, Paige Ward, and Xia Zhang, as well as a small selection of works from its permanent collection. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week, October 6-15, a collection of craft events and happenings across the state each October.

The Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community environment. Each year, five artists of different media are selected for the eleven month program, which begins mid-June and continues through late May of the following year. Participants receive exhibition opportunities, teaching experience, professional development and a private studio. Arrowmont’s artists-in-residence will showcase contemporary, craft-based works using a range of media including ceramics, fiber, mixed media, drawing, and installation. The current Artists-in-Residence include:
Max Adrian – fiber artist creating three-dimensional sculptural forms: www.maxadrian.com
Emily Culver – multimedia jeweler: www.emily-culver.com
Elyse-Krista Mische – printmaking, drawing, and ceramics: www.lifepropaganda.com
Paige Ward – ceramic and sculpture artist: www.paigeward.com
Xia Zhang – multi-media artist creating work centered on the vessel: www.xiayzhang.com

Synthia Clark: Anthropomorphize in the display case
With a background in photojournalism, Synthia Clark is an award-winning photographer based in Knoxville with a focus towards what she calls “the little things.” To Synthia, these are the obscure, usually unnoticed details all around us. In this exhibition, she focuses on finding faces in our surroundings.

Richard Jansen: Painting with Light on the North Wall
Photography has been Richard Jansen’s passion since 1970 after he returned home from Vietnam. As a freelance photographer, his motivation comes from his surrounding world. Image: Courtesy Richard Jansen.

“It is what I believe to be a beautiful gift from God,” says Jansen.

Melanie Fetterolf: The Love of Nature in the Atrium
The Love of Nature Painting series reflects a spiritual belief by the artist that a higher power has a hand in all that we do. The paintings are begun by hand, then given to nature (rain), and finally finished again by the artist. The paintings are a study of the juxtaposition of color and line, an experiment in the use of texture, and the abstract, uncontrolled nature of falling rain. They reflect a need by the artist to let go of control and allow the random and chaotic nature of the technique to create beauty.

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 www.knoxalliance.com.

Guitarists featured at fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, TN – Join Keep Knoxville Beautiful on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 6 pm until 10 pm at the Mabry-Hazen House for a music-filled fall evening. The Rocky Top Pickin’ Party will feature Kelsey Woods with special musical guest Andy Wood, the Tennessee Stifflegs, and you. All musicians are invited to play.

This family-friendly and waste-free fundraiser for Keep Knoxville Beautiful is unlike any other in Knoxville; in between sets, pickers of all levels will form breakout sessions around the grounds. Bring your own instrument to join in one of these pickin’ sessions and you will receive one free beer/beverage. General advance tickets are $10 or $5 at the door and all kids under age 12 get in free. The Captain Muchachos and Oinks and Cluckers food trucks will be on-site, and beer and beverages will be available.

Come join KKB in celebrating our clean, green, and beautiful city with music, pickin’, good food, and friends.

For tickets visit KeepKnoxvilleBeautiful.org.

New works at Marble City Opera

KNOXVILLE, TN – Marble City Opera will present a double-bill of Menotti’s The Telephone and Poulenc’s The Human Voice. Performances will be presented at The Square Room, Knoxville, Tennessee at 8:00pm on October 6-7, 2017.

Marble City Opera is pleased to return to The Square Room in downtown Knoxville with the presentation of these two short operas in English about women on the telephone. The Telephone is a 30-minute comic opera about Lucy, who is always on the phone, and Ben, who is trying to propose to her, but every time he tries to ask, the phone rings.

Poulenc’s The Human Voice is a 40-minute dramatic opera about Elle who is having her last conversation with her lover, who now loves someone else, and is based on Jean Cocteau’s play La Voix Humaine. Audiences will immediately relate to these two operas that take a look at women and their relationships through their ability to connect over the telephone.

“Marble City Opera continues to bring accessible opera performances to new venues and new audiences in Knoxville,” says reviewer Alan Sherrod of Arts Knoxville.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.marblecityopera.com. General admission is $25 online and $35 at the door.

UT’s Cronan is luncheon speaker

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Historic Homes of Knoxville are pleased to invite the public to a luncheon on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 226 years ago. Joan Cronan, Women’s Athletics Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Dr. Bruce Wheeler, University of Tennessee Department of History Professor Emeritus, will discuss “Women Who Made a Difference”.

Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the joint promotional activities of the Historic Homes.

Purchase tickets through www.knoxalliance.store or by calling 865-523-7543 by September 28.

UT’s success in both the athletic and academic realms speak volumes to Cronan’s decision-making and leadership ability, as demonstrated by appointment to the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Leadership Council and selection of her peers as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2008-09.

Professor William Bruce Wheeler was chosen by the University’s National Alumni Association as an outstanding teacher, and he has twice been awarded the L.R. Hesler Award for service to students. From 1987 to 1994, he was the director of the University Honors Program. In 2002, he received the National Alumni Association Award for Public Service. His responsibilities in the department’s graduate program are graduate courses, seminars, theses, and doctoral dissertations in United States Early National History.

Joan Cronan, Women’s Athletics Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will be a special speaker at the luncheon on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 226 years ago. Photo submitted.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville is a partnership that shares resources and participates in joint marketing to present the history, culture, and heritage of Knoxville and East Tennessee: www.hhknoxville.org.

Dinner honors Vietnam veterans

Knoxville, TN – This October, East Tennessee PBS will host a Veteran Honor Dinner to celebrate the area men and women who have served our country. The dinner will be held at The Foundry in World’s Fair Park on October 5, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Proceeds will go towards the production of veterans programs on East Tennessee PBS as well as supporting the needs of volunteers and visitors at a half-scale mobile replica of the Vietnam War Memorial that will be in Knoxville October 4 through October 8. Every ticket purchased sponsors a veteran to attend the dinner.

This dinner coincides with the opening ceremony of the memorial will bring together area veterans with our community for a fun night to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women in East Tennessee.

Guests include Captain Bill Robinson, the longest-held American Enlisted POW, Mayor Tim Burchett and Mayor Madeline Rogero. Fanatic Brewery is providing a veteran’s brew, created especially for this event. The event is being sponsored by Pilot/Flying J, Food City, The City of Knoxville, Covenant Health, Visit Knoxville, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, and the Clayton Foundation.

For tickets, table sponsorship or additional information, please contact Barbara Shipley at 865-595-0244 or bshipley@EastTennesseePBS.org or Kate Spears at 931-261-4965, kspears@EastTennesseePBS.org or go to www.EastTennesseePBS.org/dinner.


Theatre reinvents ‘Cinderella’ tale

KNOXVILLE, TN – Cindy & Ella, the Knoxville Theatre Club’s inaugural production, is based on the ancient folktale of Cinderella, but if you’re only familiar with the Disney cartoon, the plot of this dark comedy may be a bit surprising.​ ​

Stranded in the lifeless heart of Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma, and reeling from the traumatic death of her mother, young Cindy Wicket is left teetering on the brink of madness. When a handsome young man from Chicago arrives offering to buy the land, the stage is set for a final conflict over control of the homestead and the fate of all who live there. Photo: Knoxville Theatre Club.

When her scheming Aunt Eudora arrives claiming ownership of the home, a violent battle of wits and wills ensues.

Meanwhile, Eudora’s daughter Ella must wrestle with her own mounting desperation as she watches her hopes for the future vanish beneath dust, dead crops, and her mother’s all-consuming greed.

Co-author Sara Gaddis says about the production, “The Cinderella story is more than 3000 years old and there are versions of it in almost every culture, from Germany to Vietnam. We wanted to tell a story that was fun, exciting, and recognizable to everyone, but still left room to for us to explore the most enduring themes and relationships of those fairytales from a modern perspective, especially the messages the stories send to young women about their intimate and interpersonal struggles, the necessity and danger of hope, and the gifts or burdens our mothers leave us.”

Cindy & Ella stars Theatre Knoxville Downtown President Bonny Pendleton, Raine Palmer (The Office, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Chad Wood (Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tennessee Medieval Faire, Hamlet) and Maria Kauffman (Pride and Prejudice, Sleeping Beauty, The Crucible.) The show’s co-creators Gaddis and JP Schuffman have been producing original work together in NYC, Nashville, and Knoxville since 2010. In 2017 they founded Knoxville Theatre Club, which has hosted workshops and local community events such as The Pop-Up Theatre Project, Drama & Drinks, The Crow Flies Scriptworks, and the Knoxville Theatre Slam.

Cindy & Ella runs September 22-23 & 29-30, 2017 at Modern Studio, 109 W Anderson Ave, in Knoxville. Ticket prices vary ($5 to $25) and are available for purchase online at the theatre website. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.

Visit ​knoxvilletheatreclub.org.

Babalu Tapas & Tacos hires new chef

Babalu Tapas & Tacos has hired T.J. Saunders as executive chef of the downtown Knoxville restaurant. In this role, Saunders will oversee the culinary staff and create boldly flavored dishes featuring authentic, gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a southern twist.

“Chef Saunders’ culinary experience is paired with the enthusiasm and passion we look for when making a new addition to our team,” said Dee Hust, general manager of Babalu Tapas & Tacos Knoxville. “Chef Saunders impressed us from day one, and we look forward to seeing his creativity and innovation in the kitchen impress our guests.”

Saunders’ mother started teaching him to cook when he was in the third grade growing up in Lansing, Michigan. He then decided to follow in the footsteps of his role model, Julia Child, an iconic American chef, author and television personality.

“I even did a school report on how I wanted to be a chef when I grew up,” Saunders said. “I am excited to join Babalu’s team and help continue the restaurant’s great success in Knoxville. I look forward to introducing new savory dishes to the menu that I know diners will enjoy.”

Prior to joining Babalu, T.J. Saunders served as executive and regional chef for Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He previously had served as executive chef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Knoxville, Diverse Concepts in Knoxville and Café Del Mar in Del Mar, California. He served as a sous chef at Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, California, and at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, Michigan. Photo submitted.

Saunders trained under the direction of five certified master chefs in the Culinary Arts program at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Before starting his culinary career, he served as corporal in the United States Marine Corps and earned two Meritorious Mast for Operation Desert Storm.

Saunders and his wife, Spring, currently reside in Knoxville with their three children, Jack, Madeline and Gabrielle. In his free time, Saunders enjoys fitness and team training, spending time with family and traveling.

History comes alive in Knoxville

Knoxville’s 10th Annual East Tennessee History Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017. This event will celebrate the region’s history with reenactments, activities, and tours.

Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, along with dozens of businesses, historical organizations, museums, musicians, and individuals from across the region, the East Tennessee History Fair features fun and educational activities highlighting the people, places, stories, and events that comprise the shared history of our 35-county region. The event is free and open to the public.

Special highlights include:

–Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for the day, including Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee and Stories in Stitches exhibitions, plus the Streetscape with Streetcar 409 and Corner Drug Store, c. 1920-1930

–Antiques Fair—downtown Knoxville’s only antiques fair with vendors selling a wide variety of primitives, antiques, and tabletop items, sponsored by Case Antiques and Building Systems Technology, Inc.

–WDVX Music Stage featuring Russ and Becky Jeffers, Travelin’ Caudells, Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, Knox County Jug Stompers, Early Morning Stringdusters, and Seven Pine

–Living History Timeline—spanning the region’s history from the Cherokee to Vietnam War

–Abraham Lincoln and wife Mary Todd, Mary Anna Custis Lee and Robert E. Lee, and many other historical characters will roam the crowd

–More than fifty historical and genealogical societies representing county, regional, and state organizations from across the region

–“Old Fashioned Tennessee Checkers Skirmish” sponsored by Mast General Store

–Book sales by Friends of the Knox County Library featuring Civil War, WWII, and other local and American history-themed books for children and adults

–“History Hound” Dog Costume Contest—guests are invited to bring their pets to Krutch Park dressed as their favorite historical character. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the contest begins at 10:15. Celebrity judges will award fabulous prizes from PetSafe for “Best Costume” and “Most East Tennessee Spirit.”

–Tours of Underground Gay Street
–Walking tour with Jack Neely on the history of the Worlds Fair Park
–Walking tour with Knoxville Walking Tours on “Spies, Spooks, and Scoundrels”
–Craft demonstrations–spinning, quilting, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, raku pottery, woodworking, chair caning, basket making, natural fibers, clay work, lye soap making, primitive handmade items, and more
–Art Market Gallery will be celebrating being a part of Knoxville’s history for 35 years. They will feature a special exhibition of works by gallery members entitled Original Art of East Tennessee’s Spaces and Places, and give out Cherry Coke
–An enlarged children’s activity area with special crafts, games, and storytelling by the “King of The Wild Frontier,” Davy Crockett, along with a birthday party with cake for Davy’s 231st birthday
–Jump on the Big Love Bus for tours of downtown’s historic homes, including Blount Mansion, James White’s Fort, Mabry Hazen House, and Bethel Cemetery
–Market Square Farmers Market
–Home style food, goodies, cool treats, kettle corn and barbeque
–Vintage films by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the Tennessee Theatre—Open House with free tours of the Tennessee Theatre

Attendees of the East Tennessee History Fair often have a chance to chat with historical characters and reinactors who also have a love for history. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

For more information on the History Fair, please visit www.easttnhistory.org/eastTNhistoryfair or call 865-215-8824.

Celebrate July 4th at Mabry-Hazen

Mabry-Hazen House will host its second annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. On historic Mabry’s Hill attendees will enjoy a great view of the July 4th fireworks show, good food, and live music by Eli Fox. Tours of the historic home will begin at 6 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB.

Mabry-Hazen House offers food and entertainment without the traffic. Tickets are $60 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. Tickets are limited to 200 adults to ensure a quality event. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your attendance. There is plenty of parking and the site offers easy access to I-40 without traffic concerns. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or call 865-522-8661 for more information. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Sponsored by WDVX, All Occasions Party Rentals, and Crowne Plaza Knoxville.

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years, and the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America. Your attendance will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history.

Please call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.

Shakespeare shows begin July 13

The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 27th summer Shakespeare Festival, featuring the comedies Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) opens the festival on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Market Square. It continues through Aug. 12, alternating performances with Two Gentlemen of Verona which runs July 14 – Aug. 13.

Admission is free to the Market Square and Blount County Public Library performances.

The indoor matinees at the Scruffy City Hall are $15. A donation basket is passed at Market Square with a $ 10.00 suggested donation. Special VIP seating is available on the Square for $ 15.00.


July 13, 15, 21, 23, 27, 29, Aug. 4, 6, 10, 126

7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square

What happens when a young man suddenly finds his best friend’s girlfriend more desirable than his own? Shakespeare’s refreshing comedy of first love is complete with wily servants, disguised lovers and Crab – the most lovable, ill mannered canine ever to grace the stage. Valentine and Proteus, the two gents in question, prove that Romeo was not the only young lad in Verona to fall in love! “What light is light, if Silvia be not seen/What joy is joy if Silvia be not by.”


July 14, 16, 20, 22, 28, 30, Aug. 3, 5, 11, 13

7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square

This is 37 Plays. Three Actors. 90 Minutes. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt and Two Gentlemen of Verona is directed by Amy Hubbard, founding Artistic Director of The Actor’s Co-Op.

For more information, call 865-546-4280 or e-mail tennesseestage@comcast.net

Shakespeare On The Square would not be possible without the support of the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Clayton Foundation, the CBID, the City of Knoxville and Knox County.

Business networking event offered

Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can meet with up to 20 municipalities, plus multiple tradeshow vendors, in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s (ETPA) 12 th Annual Business Matching and Tradeshow event on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The event will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rothchild Conference and Catering Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Registration is free for attendees.

Attendees will be able to connect with cities, counties and other agencies to get information about their purchasing processes and contract opportunities. In addition to the tradeshow, breakfast and lunch sessions with governmental procurement agents will be available.

“It’s really beneficial for both parties,” said Penny Owens, business-matching chair for ETPA. “The businesses are able to meet with all of their potential customers in one stop instead of traveling all over East Tennessee, and the governmental buyers are able to meet with all the vendors in one place, too. Additionally, businesses can network with the tradeshow vendors to make it a very productive day.”

The East Tennessee Purchasing Association seeks to establish relationships among its members for the development of efficient purchasing methods and practices in the field of educational, governmental and public institutional procurement. For more information, visit http://www.etpanews.org.

Knoxville hosts alt fuel rally

KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) hosted a stop on the second annual ‘From Sea-to- Shining-Sea’ Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Road Rally Across America, a nationwide initiative highlighting the many benefits of using natural gas in transportation and the wide variety of vehicles currently operating on natural gas.

The spectrum of rally vehicles – ranging from a sedan to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) 3D-printed utility vehicle – illustrated the diverse private and commercial uses of clean-burning CNG.

Presented by NGVAmerica, American Public Gas Association (APGA) and American Gas Association (AGA), the rally launched outside of Long Beach, California, on June 5, and will conclude in Washington, D.C., on June 16. The journey includes 18 stops and covers 4,825 miles, demonstrating the growing availability of natural gas fueling stations across the country.

The event took place at KUB’s recently opened, publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 1820 Third Creek Road in Knoxville. The station began fueling KUB’s CNG fleet in November 2016 and celebrated its grand opening for public use in April.

“We are honored to host this rally to encourage and celebrate the use of clean burning natural gas in vehicles throughout our nation,” KUB President and CEO Mintha Roach said. “It is exciting to see the variety of vehicles today from organizations that share KUB’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.”

Roach announced during the program that KUB’s fleet this year earned Tennessee Green Fleet certification from the Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. The program certifies fleets based on actual impacts and other actions taken to improve fleet sustainability and efficiency. KUB’s fleet began using CNG in the 1970s and now also includes vehicles powered by electric hybrid technology, E85 flex fuel and biodiesel.

A variety of alternative fuel vehicles from KUB, Sevier County Utility District, Gibson County Utility District, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and Johnston North America fleets were on display at the rally, illustrating that any fleet can reap the cost and environmental benefits of CNG.

At the event, KUB presented the City of Knoxville with the First Fleet Award to recognize the city’s status as the CNG fueling station’s first fleet customer and for its leadership in alternative fuel use.

“As a local government, we seek to lead by example and show how practical, cost-saving investments can benefit our environment and the sustainability of our community,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “We thank KUB for setting an example for our community through a longtime commitment to sustainable practices.”

ORNL presented a look at the future with its 3D-printed utility vehicle, a natural-gas- powered hybrid electric vehicle using bi-directional wireless charging for a new approach to energy use and storage. Researchers at the lab’s National Transportation Research Center are examining new and innovative ways to maximize energy efficiency through transformative science and integrated technology solutions.

The Tennessee Call 811 hot air balloon also was on hand to support the event. The balloon travels the country as a reminder of the importance of calling 811 before digging to avoid accidental damage to underground utility lines, including natural gas lines.

CNG is an environmentally friendly gasoline and diesel alternative made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. Costing about half as much as gasoline or diesel fuel and releasing about 90 percent fewer emissions, CNG protects the environment and makes driving more affordable.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero accepts from KUB President and CEO Mintha Roach the First Fleet Award at KUB’s publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on June 13, 2017. The presentation acknowledges the city’s leadership in alternative fuel use and was part of the “From-Sea- to-Shining- Sea” Natural Gas Vehicle Road Rally Across America. Photo submitted.

Summit offers 3D mammography

Summit Medical Group will offer three-dimensional (3D) mammography at its Deane Hill Diagnostic Imaging Center starting in June 2017 with availability at the other Knoxville-area Summit Diagnostic Centers to follow soon thereafter. Aimed at enhancing patient care, 3D mammography provides a higher rate of detection for breast cancer than two-dimensional screenings.

3D mammography takes multiple images of breast tissue to create a multi-layered, three-dimensional image, compared to a single image created by traditional mammography. This 3D image provides a clearer picture, allowing doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time to help make a more accurate diagnosis. Thus, 3D mammograms help reduce false positives and the need for further testing, particularly for women with dense breast tissue.

“We strive to provide the latest technology and equipment to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care when they visit us for a screening or imaging procedure, and that now includes 3D mammography,” said Debbie Everts, mammography supervisor at Summit Diagnostic Centers. “The goal, as always, is early and accurate detection – and your peace of mind. If you’re due for a yearly mammogram, please consider 3D technology for your next screening.”

A 3D mammogram emits the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram, takes only a few seconds more to perform and causes no additional discomfort. The difference is the benefit of enhanced images for a physician to review.

Any individual can receive a 3D mammogram. Women age 40 and older should receive a yearly mammogram, as well as those with risk factors and family history as recommended by a primary care physician.

Summit operates three diagnostic centers in Knoxville, including locations at Deane Hill, Cedar Bluff and Fountain City.

Call 865-588-8005 for scheduling.

Bliss businesses moving to Gay St

Knoxville, Tn. — Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes have announced the businesses will move from 24 and 29 Market Square to a new location on Gay Street. Bliss opened at its current location in 2003, making it one of the oldest retail businesses currently operating on Market Square.

Tori Mason Shoes opened just under a year ago due to an expanding shoe department within Bliss. Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen’s Bliss Home brand currently has locations in west Knoxville, Nashville and a location in Louisville, KY scheduled to open July 2017.

The new location will be in the Miller’s Building at 445 Gay Street and will combine both Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes. The move will increase the total square footage of retail to 6,500 square feet from the existing 4,600 square feet.

“While we will miss Market Square, we are looking forward to this new opportunity. Gay Street has continued to change over the years and we are excited to be part of the continuing growth of retail there,” says Scott Sc​himmel.

​Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes will continue to be open in their current Market Square locations until the new location is complete. Anticipated occupancy is Fall 2017.

Family Fun Day at McClung Museum

KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host a free family fun day on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The “Day of Clay” on May 6 will highlight the museum’s collection of ceramics by featuring clay objects from different cultures and time periods. Visitors will have the opportunity to work with clay and bring home their own work of art.

All materials will be provided and reservations are not necessary.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Art sale at Knoxville Museum of Art

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location exhibition and art sale Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 6-8:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Local and regional artists have been invited to showcase their talent by producing work out of doors around Knoxville between April 26 and 29. The public is invited to watch as the artists paint around town. (Locations will be listed on knoxart.org in mid-April.) Artists will then exhibit and sell those works at the Awards Reception and Art Sale on Saturday, April 29.

North Carolina Artist Jim Carson is the Featured Artist and Juror for this year’s Artists on Location event. Carson has received a number of awards in both local and national shows, and gives workshops throughout the United States. Carson is known for his creative color balance and bold and expressive brushwork. He is a member of Plein Air Painters of the South East, an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.

Jim Carson, “Flowers in the Hamptons;” image courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art.

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 www.knoxart.org.

Boyd family donates to Knoxville Zoo

The family of Randy and Jenny Boyd have made a $5 million pledge to Zoo Knoxville, the largest private gift in the zoo’s history. To honor their generosity, the zoo has named the new 4 acre group of habitats for tigers, birds and primates the Boyd Family Asian Trek.

“Jenny and our family have always loved the zoo, so it’s personal,” said Randy Boyd. “The economic impact on the region is more than $34 million annually, but what children learn when visiting the zoo about care and love for animals is priceless.”

The pledge makes it possible for the zoo to fulfill plans to construct new habitats and experiences for both animals and guests. In April, Zoo Knoxville will unveil Tiger Forest, the first completed project of a 10-year master plan to transform the zoo. The new Malayan tiger habitat and breeding facility is part of the Boyd Family Asian Trek, which will expand to include new primate habitats for langurs and gibbons and a new café in 2018. The master plan also includes construction of a new reptile facility and otter habitat scheduled to open in 2020.

“The legacy of the Boyd family’s commitment to our zoo started many years ago. It was Randy’s vision while serving as the chair of our facilities committee that challenged us to think beyond anything we had ever done,” said Lisa New, President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville. “Their gift will transform the experience we give our guests, the care we provide our animals and the impact we will have in saving animals from extinction.”

“This takes our zoo to the next level,” said Eddie Mannis, Chair of the Zoo Knoxville Board of Directors. “It is our goal to be the ‘must see attraction’ in Knoxville and the ‘most talked about’ destination in the region. The Boyds’ generosity is the catalyst for these aspirations. We intend to welcome 800,000 visitors annually by 2025, and a majority of those will be tourists contributing to our local economy. The Boyd commitment benefits not just Zoo Knoxville but our entire community.”
Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.

Cat Fanciers come to Knoxville

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show has expanded to two days on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. Hundreds of felines will compete in 40 breed categories, and the show is adding a new event this year: feline agility.

“Feline agility is a new event that we’re debuting this year,” said Pennie Pendleton, show secretary for the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association. “The event features a racetrack for cats to jump, run and race through tunnels, over bars, around obstacles and through hoops. The kitties with the best time win rosettes and regional ranking.”

Cats representing approximately 40 longhaired and shorthaired breeds will compete from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in three different categories: kittens between 4 and 8 months old, championship cats and premiership class. The championship and premiership classes are distinguished by whether or not a cat has been spayed or neutered (with the spayed/neutered cats competing in premiership). The show is also adding a new eligible breed this year, the Bengals.

“Cats are judged against physical characteristics determined by a national breed council for each breed,” Pendleton said. “Those standards change over time, and new breeds are being recognized and added to competition. The Bengal is new to our show this year and is a very popular new breed now accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association.”

All purebred competitors are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, a nonprofit organization that holds the world’s largest cat registry. The association also presents a household pet competition event for cats that are not documented as purebred. Cats in this category are judged for uniqueness, pleasing appearance, unusual markings and sweet dispositions.

“As breeders and fanciers, one of our goals is to help the public understand the proper care for their cats,” Pendleton said. “We showcase shelter groups and foster groups and invite them to bring cats for adoption. Shelters can enter their kitties who are looking for forever homes in our household cats’ events.”

The Stray Connection feline rescue and other rescue groups will be on-site with adoptable cats and kittens and with booths to sell merchandise to support their organizations. The Winn Feline Foundation, a nonprofit group started by the Cat Fanciers Association to promote feline health through research and education, also will have a booth with information on the latest research for health and behaviors, as well as opportunities to support the organization’s ongoing mission.

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association is affiliated with the international organization, which hosts more than 400 cat shows each year across the world. Competition rules are set by the international CFA organization, and judges are internationally certified by the CFA.

The event is open to the public. In three years, event attendance has grown from 800 visitors in 2014 to more than 1,300 visitors attending the show in 2016. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults, and $4 for seniors and students. A coupon is available on the website for $1 off adult admission at www.TVCFINC.com.

About Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center

Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multiuse venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access and minutes from downtown Knoxville. The facility includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square- foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters. Chilhowee also is home to the Tennessee Valley Fair.


Zelda symphony comes to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN – MGP Live today announced 2017 tour dates for “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” in North America and Europe, including Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Upcoming shows will feature a new piece from the newly released Breath of the Wild, an all-new movement from Skyward Sword.

The two-hour concert comes to life with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Presale tickets will be available Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. through Monday, March 13, at 11:59 p.m. at  http://www.knoxvillecoliseum.com. General tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m.



Orchid Awards presented March 7

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at the Standard at 416 West Jackson Avenue on March 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The deadline for purchasing tickets is this Friday, March 3.

From 6:00 until 7:00, there will be a complimentary beer and wine reception with a floral beer specially brewed and donated to the event by Balter Beerworks. During the reception, guests may bid on silent auction items donated by local companies such as Bliss, Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber, TVB, Knox Whiskey Works, Ijams Nature Center, Meadowsweet Massage and Wellness, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and many more.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s three goals to promote a “cleaner, greener, more beautiful Knoxville” will be highlighted by a photo-booth, a beer garden, and with a live painting by muralist Perry Hodson. Guests will enjoy live music by the Old City Buskers.

The ceremony and dinner will begin at 7:00 and will be emceed by Dino Cartwright of WVLT. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce its next Community of the Year, the area of Knox County where it will focus the majority of its efforts during the 2017-18 year.

Gale Fulton, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will be the night’s guest speaker. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will also be in attendance, and will present the first Felicia Harris Hoehne Award. Dino will present the Orchids Awards to a winner from each of the following six categories: Outdoor Space, Public Art, Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery, New Architecture, Environmental Stewardship, and Redesign/Reuse. Finally, Tom Salter, Solid Waste Director at Knox County, will close the night by presenting the Mary Lou Horner Award to a previous Orchid winner that has been improved or remains “orchid-worthy.”

A list of all nominees can be found at http://www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/orchid-awards.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is this Friday, March 3. Individual tickets are $85 each and tables for 10 are $750. Tickets can be purchased at www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/orchid-awards/. All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community.

Circus comes to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – The Garden Brothers Circus brings motorcycle stunts, acrobats and aerialists, clowns and live animals for a family-friendly show at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Gardens Brothers Circus originated in Canada and has performed for more than 100 years. The circus is a family-owned business, which is now in its fourth generation of operations.

“We’ve pulled out all the stops for the celebration of our 100 years of entertaining families,” said Jim Davis, director of booking. “We have it all from acrobats and motorcyclists to elephants and llamas. Everyone becomes a kid again at the circus and creates long-lasting family memories.”

The performers include Chinese acrobats, a human slingshot, showgirls, clowns and motorcycle stunt artists. Among its live animals, Garden Brothers Circus is one of the last to showcase elephants in its show, as well as dogs and racing camels.

The show lasts approximately an hour and a half. Beginning an hour prior to the show, pony rides, elephant rides and camel rides will be available.

General admission tickets are on sale now at www.gardenbroscircus.com. The first 100 adult tickets purchased online are $9.95.

Ticket costs are: $8 for children, ages 3-12, and $24 for adults in general seating; and $18 for children and $24 for adults in VIP ringside seating. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free unless seated in the VIP section.

Free tickets for children will be distributed in the community at several locations, including elementary schools, day care centers, fast food eateries, convenience stores, community centers, churches and area merchants.

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square- feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square- foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.

Photo exhibit calls for artists

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo-entry.

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Juror Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit www.baldwinlee.com.

Knoxville Photo 2016 Best of Show – “Enigma” by Nathan Dean. Photo courtesy Arts & Culture Alliance. The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Auditions for TSC Shakespeare

The Tennessee Stage Company will hold auditions for the 2017 Shakespeare On The Square season on Saturday, March 4, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Sunday. March 5, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Emporium Building, 100 S. Gay Street.

Auditionees for Shakespeare on the Square are requested to prepare two contrasting monologues, at least one classical, of no more than one minute each. Please bring two copies of a resume and standard theatrical headshot. All auditions are by appointment only. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

For appointments please contact the Tennessee Stage Company by calling 546-4280 or by e-mail at tennesseestage@comcast.net.

The two shows to be performed this summer are The Two Gentlemen Of Verona and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged). They will run from July 13 – August 13, 2017. Rehearsals will begin the end of May.

For more information contact Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280 or visit www.tennesseestage.com.

Ancient Egyptian cats at McClung

KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, opens the new exhibition “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egyptian imagery for thousands of years. Now, 80 items from the Egyptian holdings of the Brooklyn Museum will be on view in “Divine Felines” at the museum through May 7, 2017. Stela with the Gods Bes and Tutu, 332-30 B.C.E.. Limestone, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund. Image courtesy McClung Museum.

Likely first domesticated in ancient Egypt, cats were revered for their fertility and valued for their ability to protect homes and granaries from vermin. But felines were also associated with royalty and deities. Combining a lion’s body and a king’s head, sphinxes guarded temple entrances and provided protection as temple objects. The ferocious goddess Sakhmet, depicted as a lioness or lion-headed woman, and the goddess Bastet, represented as a cat or a cat-headed woman, together symbolized the duality of feline nature — caring yet dangerous. The male leonine gods Bes and Tutu were popularly worshiped as protectors of fertility, health and fortune.

Exhibition programming, all free and open to the public, also will include:

A lecture on mummification in ancient Egypt by scholar Bob Brier, co-sponsored by the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Two free family fun days—”Purrs from the Past,” 1–4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and “To Kitties’ Health,” 1­–4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

A stroller tour for caregivers and infants through four-year-olds, “Kitties and Toddlers,” at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

A lecture on cat behavior by Julie Albright from UT’s School of Veterinary Medicine at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19.
“Divine Felines” is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and Yekaterina Barbash, associate curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition is presented by the Elaine A. Evans Museum Fund, Aletha and Clayton Brodine Museum Fund, the First Tennessee Foundation, UT Ready for the World, Audrey Duncan, Wahid and Samia Hanna, the Archaeological Institute of America, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the Arab American Club of Knoxville. Additional support is provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Arts and Heritage Fund.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays. Groups may schedule tours by calling 865-974-2144 or emailing museum@utk.edu. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays by request. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Poet reads in Library Series

Poet LeAnne Howe will read on Monday, February 6, 2017, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

LeAnne Howe, the Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories, and expressive cultures in her work. Her interests include Native and indigenous literatures, performance studies, film, and Indigeneity. Professor Howe (Choctaw) is the recipient of a United States Artists (USA) Ford Fellowship, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, American Book Award, and an Oklahoma Book Award, and she was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Jordan.  In October 2015, Howe received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, (WLA); and in 2014 she received the Modern Languages Association inaugural Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for Choctalking on Other Realities.

Her books include Shell Shaker (2001), Evidence of Red (2005), Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story (2007), as well as Choctalking on Other Realities (2013). She co-edited a book of essays on Native films with Harvey Markowitz and Denise K. Cummings titled Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film (2013). Howe’s most recent essay appears in a special issue of Studies in American Indian Literature (SAIL), Vol. 26, Number 2, Summer 2014, an exploration by scholars on her literary concept of Tribalography. Currently, she’s at work on a new play and a book of poems, Savage Conversations, about Mary Todd Lincoln and a Savage Indian she said tortured her each night in an insane asylum in Batavia, Illinois, in the summer of 1875.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@utk.edu.



Sprecher art on display at KMA

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces a new contemporary exhibition, Outside In, by Jered Sprecher from January 27 through April 16, 2017.

Sprecher lives in Knoxville and is a professor with the University of Tennessee’s School of Art. He enjoys a growing national reputation as one of the leading representative of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a “hunter and gatherer,” pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and x-rays.

Outside In reflects the dynamic range of Sprecher’s recent practice in terms of format, scale, imagery, and process. It also includes several new works configured in a provocatively informal manner designed to reference a space that is central to human domestic life since the dawn of time: the living room. The Study (2013), for instance, depicts an abstracted frontal view of a fireplace entrance defined in broad horizontal strokes in an icy palette that presents the original image in a strange new light. The painting reflects the artist’s examination of parallels between ancient domestic traditions in which the fireplace was a mesmerizing light environment that in contemporary life has been replaced by the ubiquitous digital screen.

Jered Sprecher, “Trees Walking”, 2015. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches.

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 www.knoxart.org.

New art exhibits at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-24, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and catering by Zoës Kitchen will be available.

The Slovene Independent Biennial in the lower gallery showcases contemporary graphic illustration in Slovenia. The more than 50 artists on display are alumni of the Independent Biennial and have won multiple national and international awards and grants for their work. Slovenia, a member of the European Union, is located in Central Europe at the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea. Image courtesy Independent Biennial.

National Juried Exhibition of 2017 in the Balcony gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its eleventh annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 45 artists throughout the United States. Exhibiting artists include: John Anderson, Mark Bender, Eric Buechel, Rebecca J. Buglio, Genevieve Byrd, Bill Cook, Jr., C Y Cooper, Yvonne Dalschen, Claudia Dean, Khoa Dang Dinh, Roger Fleenor, Gordon Fowler, Michael E. Galyon, William Goolsby, Nina Hardison, Ann Harwell, Chasidy Hathorn, Todd Johnson, Perry Johnson, Pat Kumicich, Vickie Kallies Lee, Brandon Lutterman, Benjamin Madeska, Michael Murphy, Julie Oglesby, Clay Pardue, Christen Parker, Amber Patty, Manya Pirkle, Jose Roberto, Chris S. Rohwer, Mark Runge, Mary Saylor, Byeol Shim, Nancy Stalls, Sam Stapleton, Jessica Stewart, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Dale Sumner, Cheryl Tarrant, Keith Thomson, Marilyn Avery Turner, Ken Van Dyne, Katherine Wagner, and Marianne Woodside.

Through My Eyes: Works by Derrick Freeman, an Autistic Artist in the display case
Derrick Freeman resides in Knoxville and is a 26-year old young man who, at the age of two years old, was diagnosed with autism. Soon after his diagnosis he stopped talking. By the age of three, he began to draw. Over the years, Derrick has exhibited his art at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Disability Mega Conference, the Art Fair of Madisonville, Very Special Arts (VSA) of Tennessee, Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee Historical Society, Blount Mansion, Davis Art Studio, Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University.

“Travel… Begins Close to Home” by Cheryl Sharp the Atrium
“The devastating fires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have reminded me of how precious our natural resources and historic structures are and how quickly they can be taken from us,” says Cheryl Sharp. Her exhibition will feature several images in Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reflecting the different seasons of the park, as well as images from the Knoxville area.

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 www.knoxalliance.com.

Zoo Knoxville breaks attendance record

Zoo Knoxville had a record attendance in 2016, surpassing the 2015 record of 440,115 by more than 30,000 visitors. The 2015 record was officially broken on Nov. 11, 2016 during the zoo’s popular Dollar Days event.

“It’s been a very successful year, so we thought it only fitting to finish in the spirit of the fun and sometimes unexpected experiences we’ve offered our guests in 2016 to celebrate,” said Lisa New, President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville. The Zoo offered the last visitors of 2016 the chance to win a behind-the- scenes tour of an animal area or an annual pass.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.

Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.

Art on display in mayors’ offices

More than 60 works of art are on display in the office and anteroom of Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero and in the hallway outside of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s offices. The work will be displayed through May 2017.

“This exhibition is fun to arrange because we do not impose a particular theme or color-scheme,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “We simply include works that look best together as a whole and that complement the surroundings.”

The fresh mix of artwork includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fiber, sculpture, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions.

Most of the works in the mayors’ offices exhibition are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Although the Mayor Rogero’s office isn’t open to the public for regular viewing, the anterooms and the other works on display on the 6th floor of the City-County Building are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.


Artists visit with Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero and in the hallway outside of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s offices. The artwork will be displayed through May 2017. Photo courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance.

Winter Princesses visit Zoo Knoxville

Zoo Knoxville is celebrating the holiday break with a unique and magical visit from Neverland and Company’s Snow Queen and Snow Princess. The zoo’s Wonderfully Winter Princesses event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.


The Snow Queen and the Snow Princess, along with famous friend Beauty, will be greeting visitors in the zoo’s cozy Winter Village, located in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent. The regal visitors will be available for photos and to meet their majestic guests, who are encouraged to dress as their favorite fairy tale characters.

The Wonderfully Winter Princesses event is included with general zoo admission and free for Zoo Knoxville members. The zoo is currently offering buy one, get one free tickets during Kroger BOGO Days through Feb. 28, 2017.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.

Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.

IJAMS opens new adaptive dock

Great news for sports lovers who have physical challenges! This month Ijams, the City of Knoxville, and Catalyst Sports celebrated the opening of a new adaptive dock at the Ijams River Landing on the Tennessee River.


In addition to expanding paddling opportunities, the dock is the first step in Ijams offering adaptive recreation for individuals with physical challenges. Ijams plans to partner with Catalyst Sports to offer adaptive paddling programs in 2017. The nature center also recently purchased two adaptive kayaks.

The dock is free and open to the public. Motorized watercraft are not permitted. Future plans for the River Landing include new space for environmental education programs, as well as paddling rentals for those who do not have their own boards or boats.

In addition, Mead’s Quarry at Ijams has a creative new place visitors to lock up a bike or take a seat. The new bike racks and benches, created by artist Derek White of Bird on the Wire Studios, pay homage to the industrial history of the Ijams Quarries. White, along with the help of Ijams staff members, Ben Nanny and Jack Gress, and community members Kelly Brown, Gregory Tune, Claude Hardy, Duke Brown, and Noel Kuck, installed the one-of-a-kind gear-and-cog design near Mead’s Quarry Lake on Dec. 19, 2016.


Knox Civic hosts 90s Tour

Following early sold out shows and mounting demand from fans, “I LOVE THE ‘90s TOUR” has added more tour dates, including a performance in Knoxville. The once-in- a-lifetime lineup comes together for a nostalgia-driven blast from the past and now comes to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.


The inaugural edition of “I Love The ‘90s Tour” invites Knoxville fans to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic, indelible names in rap, hip hop and R&B, featuring Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Coolio, Tone LOC, Color Me Badd, Rob Base and Young MC.

The Kansas City Star describes this 90s tour: “It was a satellite radio station come to life. It was the ultimate Throwback Thursday. It was a dance party filled with joyous Gen-Xers doing the ‘Funky Cold Medina’; in a ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’; and showing they could still ‘Push It, Push it real good.’ The crowd included many groups of girlfriends, some dressed up in era-appropriate overalls, neon shoes, gold chains and caps turned backward. They danced and screamed when they heard songs they recognized, and they heard many songs they recognized. -Kansas City Star

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square- feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square- foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.

Tickets are now on sale at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, charge by phone by calling 865-656- 4444 or 877-995- 9961 or online at KnoxvilleTickets.com. Reserved seating is $40, $55, $70 and $100. Applicable fees may apply.

Santa visits Chilhowee Park

Santa will be visiting Chilhowee Park this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. during Christmas in Chilhowee, sponsored by Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center’s venue management partner SMG, at 3301 E Magnolia Avenue.

After the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree, Santa will greet guests and pose for photos in the park’s historic bandstand, which was built for the 1910 Appalachian Exposition. The Vine Middle Magnet School Choir will set a festive tone with holiday carols.

Families are invited to build gingerbread houses with the Austin-East Culinary Arts Department, enjoy balloon animals and face-painting, and participate in hands-on activities with The Muse Knoxville. Krispy Kreme will serve doughnuts, and All Occasion Catering will provide hot cocoa.


Visitors to Christmas in Chilhowee can tour the park’s 88 lighted trees by riding the train or hopping on a hayride. Through Jan. 1, motorists can drive through the lighted tunnel during park hours. Sunset is around 5:30 p.m., and gates close at 10 p.m. Make sure Santa knows you have been good! Photo by Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center.

Admission is free. All events take place outdoors, so dress for the weather.

Knoxville store Rala expanding

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Knoxville gifts store Rala announces that it is expanding and moving to one of the commercial spaces at The Daniel in the Spring of 2017. The business, currently located at 323 Union Avenue, will open at its new location at 112 W. Jackson Avenue on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Owner Nanci Solomon says “We are thrilled to announce our expansion and move to the vibrant arts district of downtown Knoxville. After finding out that our lease would not be renewed in our current location, we looked around for a new space and found the perfect fit at the recently renovated John H. Daniel Building. The larger space will allow us to hold events, add contemporary home goods and accessories, expand our greeting card selection and feature more original art. We look forward to joining our new neighbors in the burgeoning Old City area just in time for the celebration of art on First Friday in March.”

Solomon is working with local artist and architect, Brian Pittman, of Johnson Architecture, Inc to design Rala’s new space. The Daniel partners, Ron Turner and Jon Clark, will manage the build out.

Rala opened in 2010 as a place where Knoxville could show off its rich community of artists and makers. They provide a venue for modern goods and gifts made with love by artists from around the corner and across the world.

Rala will remain open at their current location at 323 Union Avenue until the end of February 2017. Hours of operation will remain the same: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m -6 p.m.

Five Points project hosts meeting

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will hold a public meeting to present a site plan for Phase 3 redevelopment of the Walter P. Taylor Homes and Dr. Lee L. Williams Senior Complex to Five Points’ residents and community stakeholders on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walter P. Taylor Boys & Girls Club, 317 McConnell St.

KCDC’s design team of Barber McMurry Architects in Knoxville and Urban Design Associates, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will present the site plan for Phase 3 of the Five Points Master Plan, which will include 34 duplex and triplex buildings located at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and McConnell Street. The 98 one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be constructed to reflect the design and fabric of the existing community.

“This is a very exciting next step of the Five Points revitalization project. The proposed phase will serve as the new ‘front porch’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue,” KCDC Board of Commissioners Chair Dan Murphy said. “The site plan is designed to create neighborhood connectivity, outdoor community spaces and housing amenities that will enhance the Five Points community.”

Phase 3 of the plan will also include a new playground and in the center of the community, open green space and park with proposed historical markers. The greenway will be prepared adjacent to the proposed improved Kenner Avenue for future connection to the City of Knoxville greenway system.

The total cost of the Five Points revitalization project is approximately $85 million and is estimated to take place over 10 to 12 years. The City of Knoxville has dedicated $8 million over a 10-year period to the project.

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

For more information, call 865-403- 1100 or visit http://www.kcdc.org.

Mabry-Hazen offers free tours

Mabry-Hazen House in Knoxville invites the public to join them for their annual Christmas Tours. This is the final event of the year before the historic property closes for the winter.

Rooms of the house will be decorated in the spirit of the holiday season. Tours are scheduled for Saturday, December 10th from 5-8pm and Sunday, December 11th from 2-5pm. The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Donations are encouraged and appreciated. Mabry-Hazen House will be open by appointment from December 12th until March 1st, 2017.

Built in 1858, the Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with sweeping views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years, and the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America.

Please call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.

Beardsley Farm hosts fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, TN – The public is invited to join Beardsley Farm for a fundraising Winter Solstice Supper at OliBea in the Old City on December 21, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 pm. CAC Beardsley Community Farm has promoted food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach for 18 years.

This festive dinner will be prepared by OliBea owner and chef Jeff DeAlejandro and Chef Winter Hose. The supper will include some of Beardsley’s own produce in addition to locally sourced ingredients.
Tickets are $75 (plus service fees), and can be purchased at http://wintersolstice2016.bpt.me/
Proceeds from this dinner will support the farm’s mission to address food security issues in Knoxville through produce donations, community gardening, and education opportunities.
The supper will include meat, with vegetarian and vegan options. The dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 pm. Drinks will include water, tea, coffee, and beer from Crafty Bastard Brewery. Wine will be available for sale.
Please email beardsleyfarm@gmail.com if you have any dietary restrictions or needs, to request a vegan option, and for any special seating requests (i.e., you would like to sit with friends who purchased separate tickets).

Orchid Award nominations sought

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is now accepting nominations from the public for its beautification awards, the Orchids. Since 1979, Keep Knoxville Beautiful has presented Orchid Awards to Knoxville and Knox County buildings and outdoor spaces that beautify and elevate the local landscape.

Orchid Awards will be granted in the following categories:

New Architecture



Outdoor Space (Parks, Patios, Rooftop Gardens, Neighborhoods, etc.)

Public Art (Murals, Sculptures, Signage, etc.)

Environmental Stewardship (Properties that incorporate renewable materials, energy efficiency, LEED certification and/or other sustainable building practices)

Anyone can nominate a location or outdoor public artwork by completing a simple online form on Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s website, keepknoxvillebeautiful.org, or by calling the office at 865-521- 6957. Private residences are not considered for this award. Properties that received an Orchid Award since 2007 are ineligible except in cases of major renovations. For a list of previous winners, visit the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website.

Nominations are due by Friday, December 16, 2016.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is honored to have the East Tennessee Community Design Center serve as judges of the dozens of award nominations. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards at the annual Orchids Awards Dinner on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue.

For more information, contact Keep Knoxville Beautiful at info@keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.


See Ramsey House by candlelight

Knoxville’s historic Ramsey House will once again offer a unique holiday experience with the fundraising candlelight tour and dinner in the beautifully decorated, 1797 historic home of Francis and Peggy Alexander Ramsey on December 2-3, 2016, at 6 p.m.

The event will be held at Historic Ramsey House 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets are for individuals or groups up to ten persons; $125 per person donation to benefit Historic Ramsey House. Reservations are required 865-546- 0745.

For more information, Email judy@ramseyhouse.org.


Also known as Swan Pond, the Ramsey House was constructed circa 1797 by English architect Thomas Hope for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey (1764–1820), whose family operated a plantation at the site until the U.S. Civil War.  In 1969, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture and its role in the region’s early 19th-century history. Photo courtesy Ramsey House.

Appalachian Ballet presents The Nutcracker

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition – The Nutcracker in their 45th anniversary season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows December 3rd at 7:30 pm & December 4th, 2016 at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 9th at 7:30 pm and December 10th at 3 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Two school matinees (includes K-8 curriculum guide covering common core standards) will be presented at 10 am at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on December 1st and 2nd.

Prix de Lausanne 2010

Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince for the 45th anniversary season of The Nutcracker with the Appalachian Ballet will be Australian dancer, Aaron Smyth.

This international guest artist will be partnering ballerina Kylie Morton Berry, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with North Carolina Dance Theatre. Both audience favorites, Smyth and Berry performed together in the spring of 2015 at the Tennessee Theatre in ABC’s production of Cinderella and in last year’s Nutcracker performance.

This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography featuring guest artists David Ward from BalletMet as the Snow King and Jeff Wolfe as Herr Drosselmeyer. William Cannon returns from New York to dance the role of the Arabian Prince with Koura Wright as the Princess. New sets, props and costumes will bring the charming and spellbinding production to life.

For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, glorious tutus, soldiers, snowflakes and sugar plums at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium or The Clayton Center for the Arts – the first and second weekend of December. For tickets call Knox Tickets 865.656.4444 or Clayton Center 981-8590.

KKB hosts beautification project

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) will hold two beautification mobs to plant approximately 18,000 daffodil and tulip bulbs on November 19-20, 2016. Volunteers are needed for both days.

KKB will kick off the weekend on Saturday, November 19 by planting 2,000 daffodil bulbs next to the sidewalks of Sevierville Pike and E. Moody Avenue, near the end of the James White Parkway. Planting will take place from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and volunteers will receive a light breakfast and lunch. All tools and supplies will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle and wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Parking will be available at the intersection of Sevierville Pike and Compton Street, as well as on surrounding streets.

On Sunday, November 20 from Noon to 5:00 PM, KKB is partnering with the Town of Farragut to plant 16,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs at the Campbell Station Road I-40 Exit. KKB is seeking volunteers over the age of 12 to assist with the beautification mob. All volunteers will receive a lunch and a snack, and are also asked to bring a water bottle and wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Parking is available on the public road behind the Marathon Gas Station located at 800 N. Campbell Station Road.

“We’re at it again!” said Bob Graves, KKB board member and owner of sponsoring landscape design firm, Carex Design Group. “Last November, we planted over 60,000 daffodil bulbs on three I-275 exits with the help of over 220 volunteers. In the spring, the blooms carpeted the area with yellow and white, and we’re excited about seeing similar results on Sevierville Pike and the Campbell Station Road exit.”

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for one or both of the Beautification Mobs at keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.


New Summit Express Clinic opens

The Summit Express Clinic on Bearden Hill officially opened Nov. 1, 2016; the new clinic at 6537 Kingston Pike in Knoxville is only one mile from the current Wellington Drive location, but the short move is expected to reap big results for patients.

“The Bearden Hill location makes it possible for us to deliver the same services and same high level of care but in a better environment,” said Ranee Guard, vice president of diagnostic and therapeutic services for Summit Medical Group. “Bearden Hill’s Kingston Pike location is much more convenient, and we believe those coming to us for care will appreciate the clean, modern look and feel of the new facility.”

Located next to Calhoun’s in the Sequoyah Place shopping center, the clinic includes five patient rooms. Like all Summit Express Clinics, it is a full-service care center designed to fulfill the everyday and after-hours needs of area residents, whether or not they are under the care of a Summit Medical Group physician. The clinic provides medical treatment, laboratory and X-ray services seven days a week, and walk-ins are welcome.

Summit Express Clinics also are located in Farragut and Fountain City.


Representatives from Summit Express Clinics and the Knoxville Chamber participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Summit Express Clinic on Bearden Hill on Nov. 3. Pictured from left: Knoxville Chamber Ambassadors Jay Cobble and Christa Early; Wendy Hall, Ranee Guard and Elizabeth Vanzant of Summit Express Clinics; Ashleigh Adkins of Knoxville Chamber; and Knoxville Chamber Ambassador Rebecca Darnell. Photo submitted.

KKB helps preserve train mural

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) is on a mission to preserve the Knoxville Historic Train Mural, located on South Central Street in the courtyard of the Love Shack Restaurant in the Old City. Commissioned by KKB and created in 2001 by Walt Fieldsa, Eva Allawos, and Randall Starnes, the mural has stood for 15 years and shows significant deterioration. Keep Knoxville Beautiful has a goal of raising $4,500 to fund the restoration by original artist Walt Fieldsa.

The recent and devastating loss of KKB’s Knoxville Music History Mural from the wall of 116 East Jackson in the Old City highlighted the importance of ongoing stewardship for KKB’s second mural.

“The Knoxville Historic Train Mural is our only remaining mural and we are passionate about restoring it as soon as we can,” states Patience Melnik, Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s executive director. “Restoration work of this kind becomes more difficult and costly as the original artwork fades with time.”

Like the Music Mural, the Train Mural is faded and cracked from age and the elements, and the ownership of the building has changed since KKB originally obtained permission to create it. In this case, new owners Laura and Shawn Lyke guarantee the mural’s protection and are very supportive of efforts to revitalize it.

The mural depicts an important era in Knoxville’s historic development. It commemorates the impact that railroads had on the development of our city—both culturally and economically. After the introduction of the railroad around 1850, Knoxville grew from a river town with only 2,000 residents to a major wholesale center for the Southeast. In 1901, Knoxville saw the introduction and establishment of the Southern Railway Company, which built the Southern Terminal on Depot Street, just blocks from the Historic Train Mural.

To donate or for more information on Keep Knoxville Beautiful and the Historic Train Mural Restoration Project please visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.



Book celebrates local music

(Knoxville, TN) Knoxville’s Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round and its cast of musicians are the subject of a lecture and book signing by Ruth B. White at the East Tennessee History Center, November 6, 2016. The occasion celebrates the launch of White’s new book, Knoxville’s ‘Merry-Go-Round,’ Ciderville, and the East Tennessee Music Scene.

The noonday show was broadcast live from WNOX for more than twenty years and attracted a loyal and enthusiastic audience. The host of on-air talent include many who went on to Nashville to become country greats, such as Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Archie Campbell, Don Gibson, the Carters, Homer and Jethro, and Carl Smith, to only name a few.


Knoxville’s ‘Merry-Go-Round,’ Ciderville, and the East Tennessee Country Music Scene is a warm, sometimes hilarious, insider’s look back at this early period of country music, the stories behind the lyrics, and the shared laughter, tragedies, and tears of the Merry-Go-Round cast.

Ruth married Harold White in 1965. He had been a steel guitarist on the Merry-Go-Round and was playing with Grand Ole Opry superstar Hank Williams when they met. Together they became an important part of the Nashville music scene, Harold as a musician and “song plugger,” and Ruth in music publishing.
David West and the Cider Mountain Boys will provide a nostalgic look at music popular in the Merry-Go-Round heyday. A banjoist, David played with the Bonnie Lou and Buster Show, then as a regular on the Cas Walker Show until it went off the air. An astute businessman, he is involved in many local enterprises, but his real love is the operation of Ciderville, selling musical instruments and one of the largest Martin Guitar dealers in the country. It also serves as a popular venue for country music performances. Ruth devotes a chapter in her book to David and Ciderville, describing it as a place where “sounds Nashville has forgotten, original sounds of the mountains and rural areas” are still being played.

A foreword by WNTT-AM radio host James Perry introduces the book.

The program at the East Tennessee History Center is from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, November 6. The event is free and open to the public. The East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.

Pilot Pumpers raise $93k for UWay

Thanks to community members who purchased gas and other items at Pilot convenience stores, the 24th annual “Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” event raised a record-breaking $93,350 for the United Way of Greater Knoxville. The previous record of $90,400 was set in 2015.

From Oct. 10-12, 2016, local celebrities, including elected officials, media personalities and University of Tennessee sports figures, pumped gas and greeted customers to help Pilot raise funds for United Way. During the three-day event, Pilot donated five cents of every gallon of gas and 10 cents of every dollar spent in-store to United Way of Greater Knoxville’s 2016 campaign.

“The volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee,” said Jim Haslam II, founder and chairman of Pilot. “This event is a success because of the support of the community and our celebrity pumpers, who took time to visit our stores, pump gas and make purchases to benefit the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Thank you to everyone who helped make this donation possible.”

“Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” continues to be the organization’s single-largest special event fundraiser, helping United Way assist those most in need in our community. Since its inception, the special event has raised more than $1.2 million for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Celebrity pumpers distributed coupons for a free beverage during the event. Additionally, one lucky guest at each Pilot location and a few others using #pilotpumpers on social media won a $100 Pilot gas card.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett were among the celebrity pumpers, along with a host of Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission members, school board members and media personalities. Well-known sports figures participating included Michael Annett, NASCAR driver for Pilot Flying J Racing; Holly Warlick, Lady Vols basketball head coach; and the UT Spirit Squad.

“Each year, we are amazed by the community support evident at ‘Pilot Celebrity Pumpers,’” United Way CEO Ben Landers said. “We are grateful to Pilot for sponsoring this event, to the celebrity pumpers who volunteered their time and to all the Pilot customers who participated. This donation will have a great impact on our community.”

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot operates 39 convenience stores in Tennessee.


Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero pumps gas for a customer while serving as a “celebrity pumper” at the Pilot convenience store on Chapman Highway on Oct. 12, 2016. This year, “Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” raised $93,350 for the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Photo submitted.

New giraffe at Knoxville Zoo

A new giraffe arrived in Knoxville this month to join the city’s zoo herd in the Grasslands Africa habitat. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, one-year-old “Frances” comes to Knoxville on the recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), which manages the breeding and social placement of all giraffes in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She will be a companion to the zoo’s two female giraffes, Patches and Lucille, and a potential mate for male Jumbe in a few years when she is fully grown.


Frances, a new giraffe welcomed into the herd at Knoxville Zoo, is approximately 10 feet tall and weighs 740 pounds, and her smaller stature will make it easy for zoo-goers to identify her. Photo submitted.

Also this month, Zoo Knoxville welcomed a new Western lowland gorilla, a female who has been christened “Andi”.

The baby is named in honor of Andie Ray, a community visionary who loved gorillas and supported Zoo Knoxville’s work to save Western lowland gorillas from extinction. Andie passed away unexpectedly in December, 2015. She was instrumental in connecting the Ray family to gorillas at Zoo Knoxville. The Ray family named the first gorilla ever born at the zoo, Obi, whose name means “heart”, in June of 2015. The name “Andi” means “brave, strong, valiant and courageous”.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.
Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes.

For more information visit zooknoxville.org.

A1LabArts presents fall exhibit

On Friday October 7, 2016, from 5-10 pm A1Labarts will present their 2016 Fall Membership exhibition. Participants are 24 members of A1LabArts which were randomly paired to exchange their works of art over the summer and then create a piece in response to their partner’s work.


The results will be in this exhibit. In addition to this work, other members will also display their individual art as well.

There will be a closing reception as well held on Friday, October 21 from 6-9pm.

The gallery is located at 23 Emory Place, Knoxville TN 37917

For more information on the exhibit visit www.a1labarts.org.

Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.


Historic Parkridge offers Home Tour

The Historic Parkridge Neighborhood will be hosting a Home Tour on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Present-day Parkridge encompasses the early Edgewood subdivision which contains many houses designed by George F. Barber, Knoxville’s famous 19th-early 20th century, Victorian house architect. Parkridge has gained notoriety for having the largest concentration of George Barber homes in the nation. This area has been known as part of Park City to residents and former residents for over 100 years. Today the Edgewood-Park City Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.


The homes will span the eras from the 1890’s to the 1920s, and are good examples of the ongoing revitalization of the neighborhood. In addition, a walking tour of about 30 homes not open to the public will be offered. The walking tour will focus on the history of the Barber-designed homes and their former occupants.

Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance and $12 on the day of the event. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Parking is available at the Ashley Nicole Park, 620 Winona Street, 37917. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Last Days of Autumn Brewery, Three Rivers Market, or online at www.parkridgecommunity.wordpress.com. Tickets may be purchased until 4:00pm the day of the tour at Ashley Nicole Park. Walking is necessary and many houses have steps. Parkridge is a bike-able neighborhood and tour-goers are welcome to ride bicycles.

More information is available at historicparkridge@gmail.com, or 865-406-4364.

Knox Heritage hosts fall events

Knox Heritage has a lot going on for fall 2016, including a “behind the scenes” look at the restoration of the Farragut Hotel in downtown Knoxville and the Big Bash at Buck Brothers celebrating the restoration of the historic Rexall Building in Lenior City.

Be among the first revelers to celebrate the return of the Buck Brothers Building on October 22, also known as the Waller or Rexall Building. This century-old icon on Broadway in downtown Lenoir City is being restored and we are celebrating its history as a mercantile business, drug store, and dance hall. Enjoy flavors from the past and present with dishes that are Loudon County favorites. Start the evening with a trip back in time at the Lenoir City Museum next door. Then progress into the exciting Buck Brothers project to meet and hear from the developers Diane Powell and Mark Uhran. Dine and dance the night away to a premier band.


The “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the historic Farragut Hotel is October 21, 2016. This free event for Knox Heritage members will allow guests to see the $22 million transformation of this local icon while it’s underway thanks to Dover Development. The end result in 2017 will be a Hyatt Place Hotel that respects the historic character of the building. Festive beverages and savory snacks will be served.

Not a member of Knox Heritage yet? All memberships include your entire household and free admission to at least two “Behind the Scenes Tours” each year, our Preservation Awards Celebration in November, early access to Summer Suppers tickets, plus discounts at local retailers and restaurants and other perks.

For more information, email to rsvp@knoxheritage.org or call the Knox Heritage office (865) 523-8008.

Mayor to proclaim Louie Bluie Day

Sixteen years after legendary stringband musician and artist Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong performed at the Laurel Theater as part of a celebrated homecoming visit to East Tennessee, his son Ralphe will pay tribute to his father’s legacy with a concert at the same venue. In honor of the occasion, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will personally present a proclamation designating September 22, 2016 as “Louie Bluie Day.”

Ralphe Armstrong, a Grammy-nominated jazz and rock bassist based in Detroit, will perform as part of the Armstrong Legacy Trio, which also includes guitarist Ray Kamalay and violinist/mandolin player John Reynolds. The concert is Thursday, September 22, 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater.

Through her proclamation, Mayor Rogero’s will acknowledge Tennessee native Howard Armstrong’s musical virtuosity and his part in music history as a member of the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, who recorded for Vocalion during the St. James recording sessions of 1929. Howard, who was born in Dayton and grew up in LaFollette, received a WC Handy Award (now Blues Music Award), and the National Endowment for the Arts called him a “national treasure” when they made him a National Heritage Fellow award in 1990.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for Jubilee Community Arts members, $21 for non-members. Advance tickets are available online at JubileeArts.org; remaining tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7:30 p.m.

Ralphe was performing with his father by age 5. By 13, he played with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; by 16 he affiliated with Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa (which continued for many years). The original bassist in the Mahavishnu Orchestra with John MacLaughlin, Ralphe has performed and recorded with Aretha Franklin, James Carter, Sting, Roger Daltrey, Eminem, and many more artists in a wide variety of genres. Earlier this year, Ralphe was honored by his hometown and voted “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” at the Detroit Music Awards.

Kamalay has shared stages with Mark O’Connor, Doc Watson, Jethro Burns, Steve Goodman, and others. He began performing with Howard and Ralphe in 1988 when the three of them formed the Howard Armstrong Trio.

Reynolds was influenced by a number of traditional music masters including Howard Armstrong, with whom he performed for decades.

The Armstrong Legacy Trio’s performance at the Laurel Theater previews their 4:15 p.m. set at the 10th Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tenn. For more information about the festival, visit LouieBluie.org.

Hickman named to KCDC board

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has appointed Kimberly Hickman, a participant in the Section 8 homeownership program, to a two-year term as resident commissioner of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC). The KCDC Board of Commissioners consists of seven members and includes a resident commissioner who is a current participant in one of KCDC’s affordable housing programs.

“Kimberly is the first resident commissioner from our Section 8 program,” KCDC Executive Director Art Cate said. “She will bring a unique perspective on the direct community impact of the approximately 4,000 Section 8 rental and homeownership vouchers that we manage and administer. Kimberly has a passion for helping others, and I know that her experience in the Section 8 program and as a homeowner will be a tremendous asset to the board.”


Kimberly Hickman has been a resident of Knoxville since 2002 when she moved from Illinois with her family. Hickman was accepted to the Housing Choice Voucher Program and soon transitioned into the Section 8 Homeownership program. After participating in the required classes, she purchased her own home using the Section 8 voucher to pay a portion of her mortgage.

“I have been in the house with my children for almost two years. It took me five years total to save the money and complete the coursework while establishing credit,” said Hickman. “I have lived this process and that has given me a lot of insight that I hope to bring to this position.”

Hickman now resides in the East Knoxville community. She is a certified nursing assistant and the mother of two children, ages 15 and 16.

Hickman began her term on the KCDC Board of Commissioners on Aug. 1.

KCDC’s board oversees programs provided by the agency, including affordable public housing administration, redevelopment and rental assistance programs. Other board members are: Chair Daniel P. Murphy, professor of accounting at the University of Tennessee; Vice Chair Jacqueline Arthur, general manager of the Three Rivers Market; John Winemiller, law partner at Merchant & Gould; Bruce Anderson, general counsel at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; Gloria Garner, retired vice president of internal/external affairs for the Knoxville Area Urban League; and Bob Whetsel, retired City of Knoxville director of redevelopment.

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 quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency. For more information, visit http://www.kcdc.org.

Mural unveiled at Chilhowee Park

A new mural was unveiled at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. This community-led project was funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the East Tennessee Foundation and the First Tennessee Foundation.

“Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center plays a vital role in this community as a gathering place for recreation and fellowship,” said Knoxville City Councilman Daniel Brown. “I have many great memories of this park, which has served as the heart of this neighborhood since the early 1900s. This mural will provide great enjoyment to the local residents and guests that come to this facility.”

A neighborhood group developed the idea for a mural representing East Knoxville to be painted on a retaining wall at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. A committee of neighborhood association members selected University of Tennessee graduate and Nashville-based artist Brandon Donahue to develop a mural design that incorporated the history of East Knoxville and Chilhowee Park.

The mural was completed in late August this year.

Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multiuse venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access and minutes from downtown Knoxville. The facility includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square-foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters. Chilhowee also is home to the Tennessee Valley Fair.

Elected officials and representatives of the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee, Arts and Culture Alliance, East Tennessee Foundation and First Tennessee Foundation joined muralist Brandon Donahue to cut the ribbon on a new mural in Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center on Sept. 9, 2016. From left: Public Arts Committee member Susana Esrequis; Bob Booker; Judge John Rosson; Public Arts Committee member Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker; Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker; City Councilman Finbarr Saunders; artist Brandon Donahue; Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill; Ed Shouse; City Councilman Daniel Brown; First Tennessee Bank Foundation’s Joshalyn Hundley; East Tennessee Foundation’s Jan Elston; and Arts and Culture Alliance’s Liza Zenni. Photo submitted.

Bike parking laws changing

The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City of Knoxville have been updating the City’s parking ordinance to bring them into line with best practices from across the country. The proposed changes will be reviewed at the MPC meeting September 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the large assembly room of the City County Building located at 400 W Main St., Suite #403, in downtown Knoxville.

Highlights from the proposed changes:
The number of off-street parking spaces required has generally been reduced, and maximum limits set. (Section D of the draft updated ordinance)
Safe pedestrian travel to and through parking areas is addressed with standards for accessible pedestrian walkways in parking lots. (Section G)
Provisions for bicycle parking have been included in the updated ordinance. (Section I)
Landscaping requirements for parking lots have been enhanced. (Section J)

Please send comments on the proposed changes (whether you approve or disapprove of the changes) to the MPC Commissioners. In particular, they have received no comments on the bike parking requirements, even after having two public meetings.

Comments can be sent to commission@knoxmpc.org or Knoxville-Knox County MPC 400 Main St, Suite 403 Knoxville, TN 37902.

Jazz Orchestra season begins Sept 27

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s 2016-17 concert season begins on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 8pm with “Cuban Fire with Paquito D’Rivera”. The program will be held at the Bijou Theatre at 803 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.


Saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera’s extraordinary career defies categorization. A native of Havana, Cuba, Paquito is the winner of fourteen Grammy awards, a lifetime achievement award from Carnegie Hall, a NEA Jazz Masters award and a Guggenheim fellowship. Photo courtesy KJO.

D’Rivera’s performance credits range from Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra to the Warsaw Philharmonic, with many stops in between. For this special performance, Paquito and his rhythm section join the KJO for an exciting journey to the crossroads of big band jazz and Latin music.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from across the region. Since its inception in 1999, the orchestra has performed dozens of concerts in East Tennessee, appeared on major jazz festivals in Europe, performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed guest artists, and released four critically acclaimed CD recordings.

Tickets for the event are $35.50 adult, $15.00 student. Tickets are available in advance at http://www.knoxjazz.org, by calling 684-1200 or by visiting the Tennessee Theatre Box office.


Next Fryer Talk is Aug 30

Knoxville – The East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) is pleased to announce the next in a series of informal conversations about community design, called Fryer Talks. The event will be August 30, 2016, from 5:00 -7:00 pm, at Dead End BBQ, 3621 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville.

Fryer Talks are periodic forums, hosted by ETCDC, to engage the community in exploring relevant design issues in our region, and to remember a key founder, Gideon Fryer, who loved exploring ideas.

This talk, sponsored by RMX Technologies, LLC (www.rmxtechnologies.NET), will focus on best practices in zoning, in anticipation of a major update of the City Zoning Ordinance being conducted by the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). MPC executive director, Gerald Green will kick off the discussion and attendees will enjoy a free-flowing discussion. Food and beverages will be available via Dead End BBQ.

Fryer Talks are held at various venues, focus on topics of interest on the day they occur, are informal, and have an air of both academics and frivolity. Over time, the talks are intended to engage East Tennesseans in thoughtful, passionate, free and open-minded conversations about design issues that matter.

Limited space is available so interested citizens are encouraged to RSVP via email to charis@communitydc.org, or call 865-525-9945.

Knoxville Film Fest is Aug 26-28

The 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, will include more than 40 hours of film screenings at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28.

In addition to the screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, the 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and informative panel discussions will also highlight the festival.

“With more than 30 teams participating in the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition, the enthusiasm from our local filmmaking community is intense. One reason might be that the winner of the competition will leave with a cash prize of $5,000,” says Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director Keith McDaniel.

The opening night film, Opposite of Ernest, was directed by Knoxville-based filmmaker Chad Cunningham, the 2015 winner of the Knoxville Film Festival’s 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. Along with support from the Visit Knoxville Film Office, the Knoxville Film Festival awarded Cunningham $20,000 to create a feature-length film.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival ranging in price from $10 for individual block screenings to $75 for the full festival plus opening night reception. A Student Festival Pass is $25 with valid current Student ID.

The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.


Knoxville Convention Center awarded

The Knoxville Convention Center has received a 2016 Prime Site Award from a national publication for meeting and event planners. The Knoxville Convention also is one of 18 facilities selected from the Southeast region and is the only facility being recognized in Tennessee. Prime Site award winners are the highest-rated facilities in the country as voted by the publication’s readers, who are promoters, planners and bookers of facilities and venues.

“We are particularly honored by this award because recipients are selected by the clients and industry partners that we work with every day,” said Mary Bogert, general manager for the Knoxville Convention Center. “Being voted a top facility by our clients and partners for the past decade demonstrates our staff’s commitment to excellent client and guest service.”

The Knoxville Convention Center is one of 33 SMG-managed facilities to earn the award this year. The awards were presented by Facilities & Destinations magazine.


The Knoxville Convention Center is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square- foot exhibit hall, 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and up to 25 meeting rooms. In 2013, the Knoxville Convention Center became the first LEED-certified convention center in the state of Tennessee for its green programs. Photo submitted.


East TN History Fair is August 20

The East Tennessee Historical Society is hosting the annual history fair on Saturday, August 20, 2016, in downtown Knoxville. This event is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the region’s history with tours of the city’s historical sites, book signings and artist demonstrations, history-related vendors booths, music performances, film presentations, and more.


Civil war re-enactors are set to gather at the East Tennessee History Fair in downtown Knoxville on August 20, 2016, giving attendees a chance to learn about local, regional, and national historical events related to Tennessee. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Attendees to this year’s history fair may walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War; participate in hands-on activities that keep cherished crafts alive; board a bus and tour Knoxville’s historic homes.

The Museum of East Tennessee History on Gay Street will offer free admission to the facility’s current exhibits: Signature Exhibit – Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, and Feature Exhibit – Come to Make Records: Knoxville’s Contributions to American Popular Music.

New this year will be twenty of East Tennessee’s best antiques dealers set up on Market Street behind the History Center with a sampling of quality items. Participating Dealers include Malcolm Rogers, Barbara Elder McDonald, Natural Connections Antiques, Clay Good, Tony Lewis, J. R. Cartwright Antiques, The Lion & The Lamb, Russell Kear, Pat Cardwell and Monty Young.

Some artists scheduled to demonstrate their work include:

Jacki & Janis Proffitt – Woodworking
Gerry Valosik – Dry Needle Felting
Dale Liles & Jenny Bennett – Spinning & Fiber
Fox Hollow Creations – Chair Caning & Basket Weaving
Karen’s Country Critters – Primitive Items Made from Quilts
Serendipity Artist Gallery – Painting, Beaded Jewelry, Scarves
Peter Rose – Raku Pottery
Emma Martin – Leather Bound Journals
Wild Child Clay Works – Clay & Fiber /Natural Dying
Lillian Pearl Designs – Handmade Items & Jewelry
Mark & Nancy Shedden – Spinning & Powder Horns

Other highlights include:

–WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage featuring Russ and Becky Jeffers, Sarah Morgan, Grassroots Gringos, David West and the Cider Mountain Boys.

–Abraham Lincoln and wife Mary Todd, Mary Anna Custis Lee and Robert E. Lee, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and other historical characters will roam the crowd

–More than fifty historical and genealogical societies representing county, regional, and state organizations from across the region.

For a full list of the event’s activities, visit http://www.easttnhistory.org/


Book vendors and other merchants sell items relating to local, state, and national history at the East Tennessee History Fair. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Knoxville Marathon registration begins

KNOXVILLE, TN – Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon celebrates 13 years this year and race organizers are offering discounted fees to runners who sign up during the first 13 days of registration.

“Through Aug. 13, 2016 runners registering for the full or half marathon, relay races or 5K will receive a $10 discount, and registration fees for the Kids Run will be reduced to $10,” said Jason Altman, race director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

“It’s our small way of celebrating the 13-year mark and thanking the runners who have helped the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon maintain its status as the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee.”

The Covenant Kids Run and Covenant Health 5K will take place Saturday, April 1. The marathon, half marathon and relay races are set for Sunday, April 2. All of the races start in downtown Knoxville and end on the 50-yard- line of Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee.

“Covenant Health is committed to improving the quality of life in our region through better health. The marathon helps us promote fitness and good health and has a positive impact on tourism and quality of life in East Tennessee,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “I am proud of our association with the Knoxville Track Club and very pleased that we are continuing to host the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.”

For more information, call 865-684- 4294.

2016-04-03 CHKM Start line

Bliss to open shoe store

Tori Mason Shoes, the latest in the Bliss family of retail stores, will open this summer in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

“We are very excited about our newest concept. Bliss has carried shoes for several years, but embarking on this new adventure will give us the space to focus on offering a thoughtfully curated collection of shoes”, owner Lisa Sorensen notes.


Tori Mason Shoes in downtown Market Square will carry brands not readily available to the Knoxville client base: Bed Stu, Freebird, Jack Rogers, Miz Mooz and Dolce Vita. Photo submitted.

“Reinventing the 29 Market Square location gives us the space to offer more, all while providing fun experiences for customers like a selfie area”, owner Scott Schimmel adds.

Bliss History

In 2003, Bliss opened its doors in the Market Square location. In 2005 and 2008, two separate Bliss Home stores were opened, one downtown Knoxville and one in The Gallery in West Knoxville on Kingston Pike. In 2014, Bliss Home opened their first furniture store in Nashville, TN. All three Bliss Home stores offer casual contemporary furnishings, rugs and inspiring art and accessories.

Art Market seeks new members

Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville is currently accepting applications for a Sunday, August 28, 2016 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. Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in 2D & 3D.

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 23 through Saturday, August 27th. Instructions and an application form are available at www.artmarketgallery.net. Prospective members are encouraged to read the application form carefully. If you have questions or need additional information contact, Mary Saylor at 678­596­4696 or mesaylor@gmail.com.

The Art Market Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, has provided a venue for a range of traditional to contemporary art and fine crafts for thirty years. Currently the gallery represents over 60 regional artists. Works include paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media; drawings; photographs; woodcuts, intaglio monoprints and other print techniques; collage; weaving, felting, silk painting and other fabric techniques; ceramics; woodworking; jewelry; sculpture; and works in glass. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the gallery to get a sense of the fine quality of the work and the cooperative work environment.

Bar Church is July 13 at Open Chord

Celebrate Knoxville spoke with Matt Peeples this afternoon, who will be speaking at Bar Church on July 13, 2016, at 7:30pm at The Open Chord. This event (including the option to enjoy refreshing beer during the service) is sponsored by The Point, a church that meets regularly at Regal Cinema in West Town Mall.

“Bar Church is a way for us to connect with people in a relaxed atmosphere and communicate with them about faith,” Peeples said. “This is our third summer for doing Bar Church. It’s an event that moves around town and has previously been held at Relix Variety Theater, and Scruffy City Music Hall.”


Bar Church will be held July 13, 2016 at The Open Chord, a Knoxville business that features live music, a music school, and a music store, all in one location. People of all walks of life, believers and unbelievers and all points between, meet together, have a beer if they want to, listen to a message by Pastor Matt Peeples, and ask questions via texting during the message. Photo courtesy Bar Church/The Point.

“We have new cultural realities when it comes to communication,” Peeples said. “Feedback is not an option anymore, it is a demand. People have so many avenues for creating their own media channels and texting (during the message at Bar Church) gives people an opportunity to consider what is being said to them without feeling like they are being lectured. It is more of a conversation.”

Peeples said The Point is a church plant for Grace Lutheran in Knoxville and is orthodox Christian in beliefs. The doctines of the Trinity, Resurrection, and divine inspiration of Scripture are part of the creed.

Some people might think that having a church in a bar is a conflict of interest, but Peeples says that Jesus was/is interested in being culturally relevant. A relaxed, fun neighborhood bar is a place where conversations among different groups happen and relationships can be built.

When asked if Martin Luther was really a beer drinker, Peeples responded with “yes, his wife was a brewer. We joke that Bar Church is more beer, less wine than regular church.”

Bar Church is “music heavy” and can last from an hour and a half to two hours, with a cultural mix of music that can range anywhere from Christian contemporary music to Bob Marley and Foo Fighters. The “House Band,” as Peeples calls it, is led by Trey Sanson, formerly with Left Foot Down.

Peeples is originally from Kansas City and went to grad school in St. Louis. He lives in Knoxville with his wife and two sons, ages 3 years and 16 months.

The regular worship Sunday services for The Point are held at West Town Mall’s Regal Cinema at 9:30 am and 10:45 am.

For more information about Bar Church or The Point, visit http://www.thepointknox.com.

Urban Home & Garden tour offered

The East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) presents the inaugural Urban Home & Garden Tour Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 from 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Starting with the check-in station at the historic Phoenix Building, 418 S. Gay St., the tour will offer access to downtown Knoxville spaces with extraordinary outdoor components. Tickets for the event are $30 each, and all proceeds will benefit the Design Center.

“This self-guided tour of downtown will allow individuals to see creative outdoor features in downtown Knoxville that will inspire participants to truly utilize the outdoor areas around their own homes and see what downtown has to offer as a residential option,” said Wayne Blasius, executive director for the East Tennessee Community Design Center.

Featured properties on the tour include:

Crown Court Condos

Emporium Lofts

Gallery Lofts

Jackson Ateliers

Kendrick Place

Marble Alley Lofts

The Carson

The Holston

“Many people think they have to live outside the city center to have great outdoor options,” said Daryl Johnson, ETCDC board member and Urban Home & Garden Tour committee chair. “The Urban Home & Garden Tour will overturn that assumption, and attendees will enjoy residential buildings that are rich with history and fresh with original design and charm.”

For more information, visit http://www.communitydc.org/

Art Market features new works

KNOXVILLE, TN – Recent works by ceramic artist Patricia Herzog and Artist Diana Dee Sakar will be on display through June 26, 2016 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30 p.m., June 3; with complimentary refreshments and music performed by Robert Heck.

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“Angel Sainte Chapelle” by Sandra Abraham. Image courtesy the artist.

Sandra Abraham – Sandra’s paintings are images of places that she has visited during her travels including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, the Mediterranean, Bermuda, Florida, Maine, Eastern Canada, and the Southwest.

“Some of my work is painted plein air, but most of the images are first composed with my camera. Later in my studio the photographs are used to create intimate glimpses of a place that caught my eye,” says Abraham. She uses pastels that she occasionally combines with water media or oil paint. Influenced by Impressionism, she likes to explore the play of color and light within the landscapes of her paintings. In addition to pastels or oil paint, her work has turned to acrylic, gouache, collage or making painterly monoprints.

Elaine Fronczak – The Felt Elf – After retiring from a 40 year career as a clinical pharmacist Elaine followed in the creative footsteps of her family. Having spent much of her childhood in her grandmother’s sewing room where she was drawn in by fibers she naturally turned to a fiber medium. Below: Felt Bowl by Elaine Fronczak. Image courtesy the artist.

Elaine Fronzcak's felt bowl

In 2008 Elaine attended a workshop at Arrowmont where she learned to wet felt. Here she realized that wool, silk and other natural materials could be manipulated into three-dimensional creations in the color and shape of her choosing. Thus she began her current pursuit in the world of fiber.

“I am inspired by the colors of nature and the simplicity and functionality of pieces created by mid-century artists and designers. Using natural renewable materials and repurposed items allow me to create simple objects that bring beauty and comfort to the eye.”

The Art Market Gallery is a unique gallery in Knoxville because it is owned and operated by more than 60 of the best professional artists in our regional area. It is located at 422 South Gay St. and is conveniently located just a few doors away from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill and Brewery.  Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Parking is in the abutting garage and on the street and is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information call 865-525- 5265.

Knoxville hosts fake wedding

KNOXVILLE, TN – Brides- and grooms-to-be are invited to attend Knoxville’s inaugural The Big Fake Wedding. This bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding takes place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM at The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville.

Wedding guests for this promotional event are brides- and grooms-to-be who will enjoy experiencing local wedding vendors in action. Local married couple Katy and Casey Oliver will use the event to renew their wedding vows. The evening will include a catered cocktail-style dinner and reception and will showcase local wedding vendors. Tickets are $25.

Credited for changing the way future brides and grooms prepare to wed by The TODAY Show, The Big Fake Wedding has proved to be an innovative alternative to a trade-show style wedding expo. While The Big Fake Wedding is in the business of creating fake weddings, they continue to work towards their very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages.

For more information, contact Suzanne Cada at 865-523-7543.

When you’re ready for the real thing, the Blue Slip Winery located in Knoxville’s historic Southern Railway Station in downtown Knoxville prides itself on providing a unique urban, historical, and truly Tennessee wine experience, as well as sharing our beautiful event space for special events ranging from weddings, banquets, live performances, and other private parties. Visit Blueslip.com.

Summer Movie Magic begins

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Theatre is pleased to announce the 18th annual Summer Movie Magic line-up presented by Denark Construction. Movie-goers will travel back in time and see these American classics as they should be: in a historic theater, with a bag of popcorn in their lap, and a cold drink in their hand. Come experience some of your favorite classics beginning in June 2016.

Both digital and 35mm films will be screened this year, and organists Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ before each film.

Tickets can be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 865-684-1200 and are $9.00 adult, $7.00 children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; Subscriptions are $45.00 adult and $35.00 children and seniors.

“Summer Movie Magic is a long-standing tradition at the Tennessee Theatre, paying homage to the theater’s history and legacy as a movie palace,” said Becky Hancock, the Theatre’s Executive Director. “From opening day in 1928 and every year since, the Tennessee’s movie screen has featured Hollywood’s most beloved films and created special memories for movie-goers of all ages.”

Denark Construction returns as the presenting sponsor of the beloved Knoxville tradition! “Denark Construction is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Summer Movie Magic at the historic Tennessee Theatre,” said president Frank Rothermel. “Denark was construction manager for the comprehensive renovation completed in 2005, and the Tennessee is very special to our team, just as it is to the entire community.”

The movie line-up this year includes Some Like It Hot (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe); Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman); Steven Speilberg’s The Goonies; Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn); and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates.


Showing August 12 and 14, 2016 at the Tennessee Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.” First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Vera Miles) searches for her, and the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed. 

Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts facility with advanced technology, staging and lighting that draws top entertainment to the Knoxville area. The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit organization tasked with maintaining and preserving the historic theater and ensuring diverse arts and cultural entertainment remains in downtown Knoxville.

About Denark Construction

Denark Construction is a full-service general contractor, design-builder, and construction manager, based in Knoxville, Tennessee – with over 1 billion dollars in public, institutional, commercial, and industrial contracts since its launch in 1985.

KCAC announces promotions

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum (KCAC) has hired Brent Lackey as event manager, promoted Phillip Crawford to stage manager and promoted Jamie Cunningham to office manager.

Lackey is an event planning professional with more than 13 years of senior level experience in all aspects of large annual conference, event and expo planning. Most recently, Lackey served as training coordinator for UT Institute for Public Service Law Enforcement Innovation Center.

Crawford joined the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in 2014 as building superintendent and earned his degree in sound engineering from The Institute of Audio Research in New York City.

Cunningham, a six-year veteran at KCAC, manages the front office; she earned the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association Pauly Award for Service/Supplier Employee of the Year in 2016.

“We are excited to promote excellent employees and recruit the best talent to our management team,” General Manager Mary Bogert said. “Brent’s background in event management and customer service will be a big asset for event planners and promoters at our facility. As a six-year employee, Jamie’s elevation to office manager is well-earned through her dedication and attention to detail, and Phillip knowledge of the venue and its technical capacities helps artists who perform at our facilities shine.”


CEC breaks ground in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN – Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus has announced that Civil Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) will be the first private tenant at the research park, a move that brings the firm closer to its clients throughout the region and provides the needed custom design of office, laboratory and other space designated for maintenance and storage of technical equipment.

Consistently ranked among the Top 500 Design Firms and Top 200 Environmental Firms by Engineering News-Record, CEC is recognized for providing innovative design solutions and integrated expertise in the primary practice areas of civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering and sciences, survey, waste management, and water resources.

“We hope to provide a technical presentation series with the (University of Tennessee) College of Engineering for students and professionals,” CEC Vice President James Tomiczek said. “We’re particularly happy to be the first tenant of what will be a premier national research and development campus. We’ll be moving 25 local team members to this location, and we hope to see that number grow to 75 in the next five years.”

CEC already has an exceptional relationship with the UT College of Engineering and employs a number of its graduates, along with offering cooperative learning opportunities and internships to students. The increased access to Oak Ridge National Lab also will be beneficial, as CEC considers ways to integrate use of the lab’s supercomputer into some of the firm’s larger, more complex data-intensive projects.

“Increasing the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary degrees or credentials and making Tennessee the number one location in the Southeast for high quality jobs are our two top priorities,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus gives us a tremendous boost in both arenas, and I applaud CEC for having the vision to recognize and embrace the opportunities this campus provides.”

Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus - Aerial Photo

Cherokee Farm is the only research and development park in the Southeast affiliated with both a major research university and a national research laboratory. It includes more than 77 acres along the Tennessee River and is a collaboration of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Photo submitted.

Emporium presents four exhibits

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 3-24, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, June 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features music from 7:00-9:00 PM by Swing Serenade, a four-piece jazz band who plays fast swing, original grooves, and their own arrangements of beloved standards. Pasion Flamenca will perform flamenco dance and music in the Black Box from 6:00-6:30 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

The exhibits include the Knoxville Photo 2016 in the downstairs galley and Tennessee Watercolor Society 35th Exhibition in the Balcony gallery; A Mosaic Journey by Judy Overholt Wheeler in the display case; and Kim Emert Gale and Janet Weaver: Through Our Eyes in the Atrium.

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Sunday Morning by Bill Bailey

“Sunday Morning” by Bill Bailey is part of four exhibitions on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays, June 5 & 19, 3:30-6:30 PM. Photo courtesy the artist.

TN Theatre announces Broadway season

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Theatre has announced the 2016-2017 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season. Last year, Tennessee Theatre broke all house and box office records for sales and total attendance and welcomed approximately 34,000 people to the theatre.

“Part of the mission at The Tennessee Theatre is to offer diverse, high-quality entertainment, which includes bringing the best of Broadway to Knoxville,” says Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. “Broadway brings together long-time theatre attendees and first-timers to this beautiful venue, to experience a popular art form and create lasting memories in the Official State Theatre of Tennessee.”


The 2016-2017 season at the historic Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville kicks off with the Tony Award®-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, December 2-4, 2016.

For tickets, visit tennesseetheatre.com.

Foundation honors fathering skills

The Beta Theta Boulé Foundation of Knoxville will host an inaugural Father’s Day luncheon to celebrate the contributions of eight Knoxville area men and present the first Zaevion Dobson Scholarship to a local high school student.

The event will be held June 19, 2016 from 1:30-4 p.m. at The Foundry On The Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, in downtown Knoxville. Proceeds from the luncheon will help fund future scholarships for meritorious high school students in the Knoxville area.

Each of the eight honorees who will be recognized have demonstrated strong “fathering” skills and modeled leadership, commitment to educational achievement and civic responsibility.

“We believe these fathers and mentors strive to teach youth about equality, mutual respect for others and a devotion to democratic traditions,” Foundation President Harold Hicks said. “That’s why the foundation will recognize them, along with our first Zaevion Dobson Scholarship recipient, at our Father’s Day luncheon and community celebration.”

The honorees include:

Daryl Arnold, pastor of Overcoming Believers Church

Charles Crowe, director of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Offices Procurement and Contracts Division

Steve Diggs, president and CEO of the Emerald Youth Foundation

Valentino Jefferson, quality engineer in Knoxville

Todd Kelly Sr., businessman and former University of Tennessee Vol football player

David Rausch, chief of the Knoxville Police Department

Rick Staples, vice president of 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville

The late George Williams, longtime Alcoa public servant and co-founder of the Richard Williams Jr. Leadership Development Academy

Tickets are available by contacting Nathaniel Foster at 865-386- 4867 or natfoster01@gmail.com by June 1. Admission to the luncheon is $50, and a portion of the donation is tax deductible. Additional scholarship donations to the foundation are welcome and can be mailed to the Beta Theta Boulé Foundation at P.O. Box 23034, Knoxville, TN, 37933.

The Beta Theta Boulé Foundation is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the African-American professional fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Incorporated. The Knoxville Chapter, called Beta Theta Boulé, was organized 20 years ago and has a notable record of community service.


Enjoy Jewish traditional foods

KNOXVILLE, TN – You might be familiar with bagels and lox, or challah bread. But what about shakshuka or mandlebrot? On May 22, 2016 the greater Knoxville community will have a chance to try both of these Jewish foods, and many more, at the first-ever “Knoshville” Jewish Food Festival. (The event’s name is a play on the Yiddish word “nosh,” which means to snack or nibble.)


“Knoshville will bring together every Jewish organization in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge area, in celebration and appreciation of Jewish foods and cuisine. The entire community is invited to attend, nosh with us, and learn about the foods that bring us together,” says Deborah Oleshansky, Executive Director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. “It’s going to be very fun, and also very delicious.”

Knoshville Jewish Food Festival
Sunday, May 22 • 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC), 6800 Deane Hill Drive
Admission is free; minimum food purchase of $10.00
The entire community is invited to attend and nosh! (RAIN OR SHINE.)

Menu items to include:
Bagels and lox (smoked salmon); Shakshuka (Middle Eastern spicy baked egg dish); Bundt cakes; “black and white” cookies; mandlebrot (it’s like biscotti, but better) potato latkes (pancakes); potato knishes (delicious filling covered with dough and baked or fried); matzah ball soup (dumplings in broth); challah (Jewish egg bread)

Please note: In respect of kashrut, the kosher Jewish dietary laws and traditions, no meat or poultry items will be available at this event. Dairy, fish and vegetarian items and some gluten-free items will be available. The Knoxville Jewish Alliance looks forward to announcing a kosher deli event in Fall 2016. Stay tuned!

Participating organizations: Knoxville Jewish Alliance, Heska Amuna Synagogue, Temple Beth El, Knoxville Jewish Day School, Chabad of Knoxville, Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge, the local chapters of Hadassah and BBYO, and the Young Jewish Adults of Knoxville.

Knoshville will also feature Israeli dancing, music, and an art gallery. An AJCC pool open house will occur from 1:00PM – 5:00PM; pool use is free to the community.

Celebrate Cinco de Gato

KNOXVILLE – Celebrate “Cinco de Gato” on Thursday, May 5, 2016, when adoption fees for adult cats and senior cats will be just $5 at both Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., off Sutherland Avenue, and the Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike on Bearden Hill.

“Spring marks the beginning of kitten season,” said Jeff Ashin, Young-Williams Animal Center CEO. “By offering this adoption special, thanks to Strata-G’s generous support, we’ll be able to adopt more cats and make room for new ones as intake increases.”

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“Cinco de Gato” is a festive promotion timed with the popular Cinco de Mayo to help raise awareness of the need for spring adoptions. Photo submitted.

Every adopted animal will receive the services covered by the standard fees, which include veterinary physical exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, microchip with registration and more. The regular fees range from $50 to $100.

The promotion is sponsored by Strata-G, a Knoxville-based environmental services firm.

Young-Williams Animal Center, the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville, reminds the community to please spay and neuter pets.


Dogwood Arts fest is April 29-May 1

More than 60 juried artists will feature and sell their work at this weekend’s Dogwood Arts festival in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, April 29 through May 1, 2016. Admission is free.

Times are Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm.


Artisans working in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and wood will be selling their wares at Dogwood Arts. Throughout the festival, attendees can take part in interactive demonstrations including glass blowing, stone sculpting, quilting, photography, and fine art painting at Art in Action, located in Krutch Park Extension. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Throughout the festival, live entertainment will be happening on the Market Square stage and the pop-up stage on Union Avenue. The Children’s Stage, located at the Clinch Ave Krutch Park entrance, will showcase live entertainment geared toward children. The Creation Station will also have entertaining family-style craft activities throughout the festival for children of all ages and their families.

For adults, the Dogwood Arts Festival is offering wine tastings and food demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Tent. Friday night in the Culinary Arts Tent, the inaugural Dogwood Diva Dinner featuring Knoxville’s finest female chefs, Holly Hambright, Karen Crumley, Amber Lloyd, and Lisa Smith. Delight in passed hors d’oeuvres, first course, entrée and side followed by dessert, paired with wine. Space is limited.


TN watercolors on display

The 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society will be hosted by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville this year in the Balcony Gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from May 20 to June 24, 2016.

Regular business hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Extended hours to 7 pm on Friday, May 20, and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 21 accommodate the exhibition opening weekend activities. An early preview is available after the show is hung on May 13. Entrance into the Emporium is free and open to the public.

The Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS), founded in 1972, has represented the finest artists in the state for 44 years, having yearly juried exhibitions and more recently, biennial exhibitions. The 2016 Exhibition showcases 55 watermedia paintings chosen from close to 200 entries selected by the distinguished juror, John T. Salminen who is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He has won more than 220 national and international awards. His work is included in permanent collections in Asia, Europe and the United States.

His Life in a Song by Brenda Mills

His Life in a Song, by Brenda Mills. Watercolor on display for the 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society will be hosted by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville this year in the Balcony Gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from May 20 to June 24, 2016. Photo courtesy the artist.

TN Theatre to upgrade iconic sign

More than a decade after the creation of the new blade sign and marquee, the Tennessee Theatre is launching a fundraising campaign to refurbish the iconic sign and replace the lighting technology with brighter, energy-efficient bulbs.

“The Tennessee Theatre is one of the most photographed landmarks in the state and holds an emotional attachment for East Tennesseans as a symbol of our region,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “As part of our commitment to ensuring the theater remains vibrant and protecting the community’s investment of the grand restoration more than 11 years ago, it is time for us to update the technology for the sign and complete necessary maintenance. We are asking the community for support as we undertake this important project.”

Tennessee Theatre will host a free open house Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with backstage tours and Mighty Wurlitzer organ music. Attendees can purchase merchandise, bulbs and letters to support the campaign and learn more about the history of the iconic blade sign and marquee on Gay Street.

To support the marquee campaign, visit www.tennesseetheatre.com/marquee.


Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts center with advanced technology, staging and lighting that draws top entertainment to the Knoxville area.

Free symphony concert is May 5

Symphony on the Square, a free concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra takes place on the Bill Lyons Pavilion stage in Market Square Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street.

KSO Resident Conductor Maestro James Fellenbaum leads the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in an outdoor concert of light pops for Symphony on the Square, including classics from Mozart and Strauss on the first half of the program, and music of Broadway from Gershwin, Berlin and Mel Brooks on the second half.

“This free concert provides the opportunity to showcase the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in a relaxed atmosphere and give the gift of music to our community,” Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “We appreciate Home Federal Bank’s continued support that makes this free concert possible.”

Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets and/or chairs to enjoy the popular concert. Concert goers can also bring picnic dinners or pick up food at one of the many downtown restaurants. Convenient parking is free for those arriving after 6 p.m. in the city-owned Market Square, Locust Street and State Street garages.

The event kicks off the City of Knoxville’s Concerts on the Square series, which includes free concerts on Market Square. Jazz Tuesdays run from May 3 through Aug. 30 and Variety Thursdays run from May 5 through June 30, 2016.

Fourth & Gill tour offered

Knoxville’s Historic Fourth + Gill Neighborhood hosts its 26th Anniversary Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1-6 p.m. The tour begins at the stately Central United Methodist Church, one of the city’s most beautiful examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Visitors may visit one of Knoxville’s premier historical districts and step inside several neighborhood homes, a condominium inside the recently renovated Brownlow School Lofts, and the prominent Greystone mansion.

This year’s tour showcases the art of six local artists whose work will be displayed on porches throughout the neighborhood. The tour coincides with the Dogwood Arts Open Gardens and Walking Trails that feature four neighborhood gardens and several notable trees.

Maps (which include addresses for the gardens) for the self-guided tour are located inside the special event mailbox on the west side of Luttrell Street, adjacent to the Brownlow School Lofts.

Located less than two miles from downtown Knoxville, the Historic Fourth + Gill Neighborhood features over 280 residential structures including single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment and condominium buildings.

The Fourth + Gill Neighborhood Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to build and to sustain a vital urban community by protecting and preserving the historic architecture of the area and by promoting a strong sense of community.

Tickets may be purchased on the tour day for $12 (free for children 12 and under) at the Central United Methodist Church (201 Third Avenue) from 1:00-5:00pm.


Farmer’s Market approaching

KNOXVILLE, TN – Saturday, April 19, is the final day of NourishKnoxville’s Winter Market, and that means another lively year of Market Square’s Farmers’ Market is quickly approaching.
Beginning May 4, 2016, and every Wednesday from 11a.m. to 2p.m. and Saturday from 9a.m. to 2p.m., vendors within a 150-mile radius of the Market Square Farmer’s Market bring self-produced food and craft items including: fruits & vegetables, baked goods, art supply & product, and home-raised meats. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.
Market Square’s Farmers’ Market is an excellent platform for community to thrive; designated zones allow artists to perform, there is no fee to attend the market, and often times there are events for children.
Due to safety and health concerns, animals will be prohibited from entering the center aisle of the Market, however there are still pet-designated zones.
Parking is free in the City’s Market Square Garage and on meters, from 6 p.m.weekdays and all day on weekends – except for specific special events. Parking along the section of Gay St. from Summit Hill Dr. to Hill Ave. is free but limited to a max of two hours from 6 a.m. – midnight, seven days a week. PBA officers will provide parking enforcement.

Knoxville features Latino art

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Emporium Center welcomes the International Latino Art Exhibition in the main gallery, May 6-27, 2016. This exhibit is curated by Dina R. Ruta and features fifteen artists from five countries.

Organizers say this exhibition comes from a desire to innovate and give Latin American art a space and purpose here in Knoxville, promoting the integration of cultures in order to broaden the concept of art and establish it as a mode of communication. These exceptional contemporary artists have generated a dynamic dialogue that, together with the overwhelming power of color and varied gesture, consistent with the conception of it as a cultural symbol, transcends the chronological and geographical boundaries of the continent.

Featured artists include:

Argentina: Inés Barlasina, Ángel Barón Da conté, and José Utrera
Colombia: Jorge Yances
Honduras: Elías José Díaz Alcántara, Dennis Cerrato, Víctor López, Sergio Martínez, Santos Arzú Quinto, Omar Sánchez, and Iván Soto
México: Rafael Sáenz Félix and Héctor Saldívar
Venezuela: Ángel Blanco and Al Vanegas

A public reception will take place on Friday, May 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and chocolate fondue from the Melting Pot will be available.

Painting by Sergio Martinez

Artwork by Sergio Martinez is part of the featured international exhibit at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville May 6-27, 2016. Photo courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance.

Knoxville welcomes new luxury hotel

KNOXVILLE – With a champagne toast, Nick Cazana, Commercial & Investment Properties president, has formally announced the redevelopment of the former state office building at 531 Henley St. as The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences. The facility is scheduled to open in 2017.

2016-04-07 The Tennessean toast

Located in downtown Knoxville, The Tennessean is close to shopping and dining spots of Market Square, the city’s art and theater districts, World’s Fair Park and the University of Tennessee. Pictured from left: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; Nick Cazana; Kim Bumpas, Visit Knoxville president; and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. Photo submitted.

The City of Knoxville recently completed a covered walkway from the property to the Knoxville Convention Center and renovated the pedestrian bridge over Henley Street.

“The development of The Tennessean continues the renaissance along the city’s largest downtown green space at World’s Fair Park,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “It also is an important connector between downtown, Fort Sanders and the University of Tennessee campus.”

Marathon draws 8,000 runners

Race officials have verified the winners in the 2016 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place this past weekend in Knoxville. Local resident Gina Rouse (Knoxville) won the women’s full marathon with a time of 2:53:16.


Gina Rouse crosses the finish line with a time of 2:53:16. Now in its 12th year, this year’s Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race drew nearly 8,000 runners, representing its largest crowd ever. Photo submitted.

“On behalf of Covenant Health, it is my honor to congratulate the winners and all participants for their efforts today,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “Whether yours was the fastest time or you persevered until you got to the finish line, whether you ran the 5K or completed the full marathon, you’re all winners because you’ve made an important investment in your health.”

Race officials have verified the results in various categories, and the winners are as follows:

Men’s full marathon:

1. Bryan Morseman of Bath, New York, at 2:25:01

2. James Miller of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 2:36:21

3. Jake Rhyne of Maryville, Tennessee, at 2:51:07

Women’s full marathon:

1. Gina Rouse of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:53:16

2. Lynn Baione of Sevierville, Tennessee, at 3:05:03

3. Sarah Eldridge of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 3:20:49

Men’s half marathon:

1. Patrick Cheptoek of Bowling Green, Kentucky, at 1:10:10

2. J. Penny of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 1:14:23

3. Tony Casey of Johnson City, Tennessee, 1:15:16

Women’s half marathon:

1. Lydia Kosgei of Clarksville, Tennessee, 1:22:11

2. Emily Boles of Greensboro, North Carolina, at 1:26:23

3. Barbara Powers of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 1:27:49

Men’s 5K:

1. Nicholas Morgan of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:01

2. Douglas Cross of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:20

3. Bobby Haines of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:48

Women’s 5K:

1. Kathy Wolski of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 19:11

2. Emily Jones of White Bluff, Tennessee, at 22:33

3. Sue Moring of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 23:03

The race also included several handcyclists and wheelchair competitors. Winners in the handcyclist category for the full marathon are as follows:

Men’s Handcycle Marathon:

1. Dane Pilot of Weaverville, North Carolina, at 1:26:10

2. David Neumer of Kingston, Tennessee, at 1:43:49

3. Daniel Smith of Elizabethton, Tennessee, at 2:32:34

Women’s Handcycle Marathon:

1. Carly Pearson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:44:24

In addition to individual participants, the race also included a two- and four-person marathon relay. New this year, the men’s and women’s 5K run was held on Saturday, alongside the one-mile Covenant Kids Run.


Dinosaurs return to Knoxville

Travel back in time 65 million years at “Discover the Dinosaurs” at the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, 2016.


Now in its fifth year at the Knoxville Convention Center, the interactive exhibition, “Discover the Dinosaurs,” is an educational family outing featuring 40 museum-quality and animatronic dinosaur replicas. Photo submitted.

“Every year at the Convention Center, thousands of kids attend ‘Discover the Dinosaurs’ with their families to learn and have fun,” General Manager Mary Bogert said. “The exhibition features hands-on attractions and lifelike animatronic replicas that move and roar. Kids feel like they are getting up close to living dinosaurs, and parents like that their children are learning about fossils and the prehistoric era.”

The event also features activities , such as Dino Dig, where children pretend to be archeologists hunting for fossils in sand; Dino Den, where young guests climb and interact with dinosaurs their size; Dino Theater, where educational and entertaining videos are shown; coloring station; mini-golf; inflatables; scavenger hunt with clues hidden throughout the exhibit; and Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops rides. Additional activities such as gem and fossil mining and face painting are available for an additional charge.

The exhibit is open Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Discover the Dinosaurs” tickets are $22 for children, age 2-12; $18 for 13 and up and adults; and $15 for seniors. Children under the age 2 may enjoy the exhibit for free. (Tickets available Convention Center box office the day of the event.)

Residents CBID meeting tonight

The Downtown Knoxville Central Business Improvement District will host a residents meeting on March 29, 2016 at the Knoxville Chamber office, 17 Market Square, Suite 201. Residents are invited for a social time starting at 5:45 p.m.

The evening’s program agenda includes a panel discussion from 6:15pm – 7:00pm. The topic is “Property Management: 101, What Every Residential Property Owner Should Know.”

Discussion will focus on three different types of Home Owners Association (HOA) Management. The types include those organizations that hire an in-house employee to manage their HOA (presented by Greg Sherrill), those that have a contract with an outside agency to manage the HOA (presented by Rhonda Bird), and “Do It Yourself” HOAs that are self-managed by owners (presented by Amanda Mohney).

For more information, contact Michele Hummel at 865-246-2654.

Star Wars at Knoxville Zoo

Knoxville Zoo is giving children ages 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character free admission on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Star Wars characters will be meeting fans and posing for photos. The day will also feature a Jedi Training Camp for aspiring Padawans that includes light saber training and special instructions on how to use The Force, allowing each child to leave a certified Jedi Knight.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their own “Star Wars” attire to celebrate the occasion. Children ages 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character will receive free admission with a paid adult admission (limit one free child admission per adult admission). The opportunity to meet “Star Wars” characters is included with general zoo admission.

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Knoxville Zoo will bring the big screen to life March 19 with help from the MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion, the preferred costuming organization of Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the Star Wars film. Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville.  Photo submitted.

Knoxville Zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.

Scott Miller at Laurel Theater

Jubilee Community Arts presents Scott Miller & the Commonwealth Ladies Auxiliary (Rayna Gellert & Bryn Davies) on Friday, April 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater in downtown Knoxville.

Naturalized Knoxvillian Scott Miller returns to the Laurel Theater as part of a powerful acoustic trio featuring Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies, following the release of his latest album Big, Big World.

Raised in Virginia’ Shanendoah Valley, where he currently resides, Scott’s genuine interest and identity with the lore of the South and the Civil War, along with his intelligent and take-no-prisoners lyrics, set him apart from other roots rock artists and have propelled him to national and international prominence.

Tickets: $18-20, available at brownpapertickets.com. The Laurel Theater is located on the corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue in the historic Fort Sanders neighborhood of Knoxville near the UT campus. This show is expected to sell out quickly; get tickets now.


Alive After Five begins March 18

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the spring series of Alive After Five, premiering with Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival Band on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. This year’s spring series features eight shows, concluding on May 20.

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The spring series of 2016 begins with the opening performance of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival. Vocalist Kelle Jolly is the visionary of and prime mover of the weekend-long festival, and for this opening performance she has gathered many of Knoxville’s finest female musicians and vocalists to perform on one stage at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Some of the performers include Sara Clapp-Gilpin (vocals, piano), Kukuly Uriarte (vocals, guitar), Dana Gipson (vocals, drums), Bethany Hankins (vocals, violin), Maria Williams (vocals, bass), and vocalists Evelyn Jack, Katy Free, Jeanine Fuller, Deidre Ford, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, and more. Plus, Judy Rosenburg, Ann Ramsaur, and Maria Thompson of Ukesphere of Knoxville will perform.

Other performers in the series are blues bands Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues, Delta Moon, and The Stacy Mitchhart Band; swinging jazz bands Kukuly & The Gypsy Fuego and The Streamliners Swing Orchestra; and R&B/Soul/Funk bands Soulful Sounds Revue and Soulfinger.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on approximately thirty Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries.

Admission to the Spring series premier of Alive After Five is $10 for general admission and $5 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.

New exhibit at Emporium

A new exhibition entitled “A Stitch in Time” by local artists Bobbie Crews and Judi Gaston, will be on display March 4-24, 2016 at the Emporium in downtown Knoxville.

“A Stitch in Time” combines fiber arts and mixed media to create a fascinating look into the resilient lives of women through the recycling of reality and relationships as well as materials. The works of Crews and Gaston overlap in their concern for women: the layers of who women are and how they exist and subsist in the larger political and material world.

A public reception will take place on Friday, March 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view their works. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.


“A Stitch in Time” is on display March 4-24, 2016 in the Atrium at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays, March 6 & 203:30-6:30 PM.

Knoxville Mardi Growl is March 5

Knoxville’s 2016 Mardi Growl Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, and includes a festival in Market Square from noon to 2 p.m.

“Mardi Growl is an event for all types of dogs and people of all ages to enjoy,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We hope all Knoxville-area pet lovers will come celebrate with us and support the animal shelter by participating. As a nonprofit organization, events like these are so important to help us care for the animals we serve.”

Day-of-event registration is $20 per dog. Goody bags will be given to registered participants while supplies last. The Fulton High School band will also march in the parade.

“Mardi Growl is a marvelous blend of family, friends, dogs, pets and Mardi Gras with an animal flair and lots of fun,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “We encourage everyone with or without pets to come downtown to watch the parade and enjoy the festival.”

The parade begins on Willow Avenue in the Old City and winds to Jackson Avenue. The route turns south onto Gay Street, passing by a judges’ viewing stand at Krutch Park, and then turns onto Clinch Avenue to finish at the festival on Market Square.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center will offer microchips for $10, rabies vaccines for $10 and pet ID tags for $5. From noon to 2 p.m., more than 30 vendors representing pet product manufacturers, rescue groups and dog services will be set up on the square. The Old City Buskers will perform on the pavilion.

For more information about Mardi Growl, call 865-215-6599.

Knoxville to name Orchid winners

Knoxville, TN. – On March 1, 2016 Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce winners of its 34TH annual Orchids Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave.

The 2016 Orchids Awards will be presented to winners in three legacy categories (New Architecture, Redesign/Reuse, and Outdoor Space) and three new categories (Restaurant/Cafe/Bar/Brewery, Environmental Stewardship, and Public Art). The East Tennessee Community Design Center served as judges for the awards.

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchids Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy. “As a founder of our organization, and a significant leader in improving the Knoxville community, Ms. Horner worked tirelessly to continue making Knoxville environmentally beautiful,” said Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Patience Melnik. “This award is a tribute to her pursuit of our mission.”

Also new in 2016 is the selection of a Community of the Year, which will be announced at the 2016 Orchid Awards Dinner. Keep Knoxville Beautiful supports all of Knoxville in its efforts but will provide enhanced beautification projects to the selected community in 2016.

Attendees will enjoy music by the Old City Buskers, a silent auction with complimentary beer and wine reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events, and volunteer engagement.

Knoxville develops senior housing plans

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will hold a public meeting to present final renderings of a new affordable senior housing development to Five Points’ residents and community stakeholders on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walter P. Taylor Boys & Girls Club, 317 McConnell St.

The development will be the first units to be built back onto the footprint of Walter P. Taylor Homes and Dr. Lee L. Williams Senior Complex. Construction of The Residences at Five Points is expected to cost approximately $10 million and KCDC plans to break ground on the senior housing development in April 2016.

“This 90-unit senior housing development will put into action the first phase of the Master Plan,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Art Cate said. “Communicating with stakeholders and residents throughout this process is a top priority, and the community’s input and approval are critical to the project’s success. We are excited to present the final renderings for Phase I of the Master Plan to the community.”

At the Feb. 29 public meeting, KCDC and the Master Plan team also will update residents on plans for the next phase of redevelopment in the community.

For more information, call 865-403-1100.

Dogwood Arts names event chairs

Dogwood Arts has announced Knoxville business owners Eric Botts and Holly Hambright will serve as the 2016 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have both Eric and Holly representing Dogwood Arts in this, my inaugural season as Executive Director of this tremendous organization. I have had the good fortune of working with both of these servant leaders in previous roles within the Arts and Culture community and we’re fortunate to have them!” says Dogwood Arts’ Executive Director, Tom Cervone.

Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs serve as official community ambassadors for more than 15 Dogwood Arts events throughout the year.

Previous Dogwood Arts co-chairs include current board president Janet Testerman, Joan Cronan, Ken Lowe, the late Bobby Denton, Terry Turner, Alvin Nance, Mickey Mallonee and Eddie Mannis.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate regional art, culture, and natural beauty.  Since 1955, Dogwood Arts has been a Knoxville tradition that now produces more than 15 signature events, which include Art in Public Places, Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square, Rhythm N’ Blooms, Chalk Walk, Knoxville Film Festival, Bikes & Blooms, and Bazillion Blooms.

Fundraiser benefits Nourish Knoxville

Nourish Knoxville will host its inaugural Winter Warmer fundraising dinner on Saturday, February 26, 2016, at First Christian Church, 211 West Fifth Avenue. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

Knox Mason owner/chef Matt Gallaher will prepare a four-course dinner to benefit Nourish Knoxville, the non-profit organization. Mason is a frequent visitor to the Market Square Farmer’s Market. Each course he prepares for the fundraiser will highlight ingredients from local farms and will be served with a specially paired selection of beers. A vegetarian dinner option is available by request.

Shawn Poynter Photography will provide a photo booth for guests to commemorate this special evening of food and community.


Nourish Knoxville operates the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Market Square Holiday Market, and Winter Farmers’ Market in Knoxville. Tickets for the 2016 Winter Warmer are $75. File photo of Market Square Farmer’s Market by Celebrate Knoxville.

Knoxville seeks Poet Laureate

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville invites 2016 nominations for Poet Laureate for the City of Knoxville.

Knoxville has a long and rich literary heritage. George Washington Harris’s Knoxville-based tales of Sut Lovingood were an influence on Mark Twain, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden, wrote her first novel in Knoxville based on her experiences as an adolescent here. Pulitzer Prize winners James Agee and Cormac McCarthy both grew up in Knoxville, and the city figures prominently in their works. Poet Nikki Giovanni is a Knoxville native who attended Austin High School and has often written about her memories of the city.

The City of Knoxville Poet Laureate Program aims to extend and build on this heritage by recognizing and supporting citizen poets of exceptional talent and accomplishment.

The Poet Laureate shall serve a term of one year with an optional one-year renewal, beginning in the Summer of 2016, during which they shall serve as a public voice of Knoxville, creating city-specific works and participating in literary outreach and educational programs. The Poet Laureate will receive an annual honorarium of $3,000; the award should be considered honorific. The City of Knoxville shall retain license to use, reproduce, and compile the work created for the City by the Poet Laureate in his/her official capacity, but the Poet shall retain all other rights to the work.

The deadline for nominations to be received is Friday, April 1, 2016.

Legal residents of the corporate limits of the city of Knoxville may nominate a poet for the Poet Laureate position. Poets may not self-nominate. Those submitting nominations must be at least 21 years old.

Nomination forms, conditions for eligibility, and instructions for submission of nominations may be obtained from the Arts & Culture Alliance’s website at www.knoxalliance.com/poet.html, or send an SASE to Liza Zenni, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Knoxville hosts gymnastics event

KNOXVILLE, TN – Top collegiate gymnastics teams from across the country will travel to Knoxville to compete in the 4th annual Ozone Collegiate Gymnastics Classic at the Knoxville Convention Center, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.

NCAA women’s gymnastics teams competing in the invitational include Iowa State, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Pittsburgh and Southeast Missouri State University.

Premier Athletics of Knoxville presents the collegiate classic in conjunction with the 14th annual Ozone Gymnastics Invitational, a USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition with more than 3,500 Junior Olympic gymnasts from 16 states scheduled to participate.

These gymnasts, ages 6-18, will participate in women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling events at the Convention Center on Jan. 15-18.

All competitions are hosted by Knoxville-based Premier Athletics.


The Knoxville Convention Center is a 500,000-square-foot convention center in Knoxville, Tennessee, occupying the former location of the US Pavilion of the 1982 World’s Fair. It offers 120,000 square feet of exhibit space. 

Spaniels arrive at Knoxville Con Center

KNOXVILLE – The top spaniels from home and abroad will strut their stuff at the Knoxville Convention Center for the chance to be awarded “Best in Show” at the 96th Annual American Spaniel Club (ASC) Flushing Spaniel Show, Jan. 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jan. 2-3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At the event’s fifth year in Knoxville, hundreds of spaniels will compete by breed in several categories, including junior showmanship (ages 8-18), obedience, conformation and rally. Dogs and their handlers are expected from all over the world, including Australia, England, Japan and Denmark.

Besides the grand award of “Best in Show,” dogs also will be selected in the categories of “Best Veteran in Show,” “Best Puppy in Show,” “Best Bred-by Exhibitor in Show” and “Best Owner Handled in Show.”

“We’re thrilled each year to host hundreds of top spaniels and handlers,” said Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. “To be part of such a longstanding and competitive sporting event is an honor.”

The American Spaniel Club is the country’s premier organization for the promotion of the health and welfare of the spaniel breed.

Free tax workshops offered

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Revenue will be holding a free tax workshop for new businesses in Knoxville in January 2016.

The Knoxville workshop will take place January 13, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Department’s Knoxville regional office, located on the third floor of 7175 Strawberry Plains Pike.

Similar workshops are taking place in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Memphis and Nashville. These free workshops are designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements.

During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to these tax specialists, ask questions and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, and tax enforcement procedures.

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, please call (800) 342-1003 (toll-free inside Tennessee) or (615) 253-0600 (local Nashville-area and outside Tennessee).

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2015 fiscal year, it collected $12.6 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.4 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.

To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

Young-Williams offers holiday special

Young-Williams Animal Center and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley are partnering for a “Home for the Holidays” adoption special, sponsored by Grayson Subaru. From Dec. 21-23, 2015 all pets at Young-Williams Animal Center and the Humane Society locations will be $25.

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The agencies will kick off the adoption event with a tree lighting ceremony at Young-Williams Animal Village of Knoxville on Monday, Dec. 21. The adoption prices will be available at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., off Sutherland Ave; Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike on Bearden Hill; and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, 6717 Kingston Pike.

Every adopted animal will receive the services covered by the regular adoption fee, which includes a veterinary physical exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, microchip with registration and more.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization, community-supported through public and private donations, that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

Young-Williams Animal Center is located off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. Young-Williams Animal Village is located at 6400 Kingston Pike adjacent to Deane Hill Drive. Both locations are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m.

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit www.young-williams.org.

Survey studies arts and culture

The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

In Greater Knoxville, the research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Tennessee Arts Commission, the state’s arts agency. This is the fifth national study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts and culture spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. This will be the Alliance’s first time to participate.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Alliance will collect economic impact data from local nonprofits that offer arts and culture programming both formal and informal. “This study will show how nonprofit arts and culture are an important industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

The Alliance will also collect surveys from attendees at arts and cultural events. Previous national studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.


Nominations sought for Orchid awards

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is now accepting nominations from the public for its beautification awards, the Orchids. Since 1979, Keep Knoxville Beautiful has presented Orchid Awards to Knoxville and Knox County buildings and outdoor spaces that beautify and elevate the local landscape.

Orchid Awards will be granted in the following six categories:

  1. New Architecture
  2. Redesign/Reuse
  3. Restaurant/Cafe/Bar/Brewery
  4. Environmental Stewardship
  5. Outdoor Space
  6. Public Art

“This year we revamped a few of the categories to reflect some of the changes happening in our dynamic city,” said Patience Melnik, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful, “We added the restaurant/brewery, environmental stewardship, and public art categories to celebrate these growing elements in our community.”

Anyone can nominate a location or outdoor public artwork by completing a simple online form on Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s website, keepknoxvillebeautiful.org, or by calling the office at 865-521-6957.

Private residences are not considered for this award. Properties can win only once except in cases of major renovations. Nominations are due by Friday, January 8, 2015.


Celebrate season with gourmet cookies

CELEBRATE KNOXVILLE – With the popularity of farmers markets and flea markets, pop-up shops – temporary or seasonal businesses – are becoming more popular as well. Celebrate Knoxville’s Food Writer Mary June Thompson is taking advantage of this trend by baking up her own special gourmet holiday cookies this year, including flavors such as Mexican Chocolate and Chai Shortbread.


Thompson is already a familiar face to Celebrate Knoxville readers, as her previous Sustainable Cooking columns utilizing fresh produce from the Market Square Farmers Market received lots of positive feedback and continues to show up in popular searches for the site. Thompson counts Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa), Sean Brock, of Husk and McCrady’s restaurants in Charleston, SC, and having visited 48 states and 7 countries among her greatest cooking influences.

Where did the idea for this holiday cookies pop-up shop come from? I actually had a similar thing I wanted to do last year, but some things happened unexpectedly and I didn’t have the time. I always keep up with the current food trends, and pop-ups have been a big thing for a while now, so I thought that model fit perfectly with what I wanted to do–bake yummy treats for the holidays for a limited amount of time.

Are you creating recipes from ones you love (and have tried) or are you taking requests from clients? I am offering 7 different kinds of cookies (Triple Chocolate Chip with Sea Salt, Mexican Chocolate, Snickerdoodles, Ginger, Loaded Oatmeal, and Chai Shortbread) including a gluten free option, (Pistachio Amaretti). The offerings were carefully selected to be different from what one would typically find at a local bakery, including some twists on classics, as well as kinds people may never have had before. At this time, I am not taking special requests.

Do you ship them or do people have to live in Knoxville to get them? I will ship at cost for those who don’t live here but don’t want to miss out on the cookies.

Still trying the recipes out on your husband, JT or do you have other taste testers? JT is always my #1 taste tester, although several of the cookie varieties have been enjoyed by others in the past.

Celebrate Knoxville ran a story awhile back about your Valentine’s Day chocolate cookies. Any plans to continue this December shop into other holidays? I don’t have any definite plans at this time, but this has been very successful, so it’s not out of the question that I might offer a pop-up shop again.

What is the best way for people to place an order? Do you have the prices on Facebook? I am actually pretty much booked solid for the remainder of the time frame I am doing this, but I could possibly squeeze in a couple more orders for the weekend of the 11th-13th. Pricing is $20 per batch for all cookies except the Pistachio Amaretti, which are $25. Each batch consists of 2-1/2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on recipe yield. (I do have pricing and cookie descriptions in a previous Facebook post.)

Best cookie for someone who has been good this year is…. The Triple Chocolate Chip with Sea Salt. A modern twist on a classic that everyone loves.

Best cookie for someone who has been bad this year is… Whatever their least favorite flavor is, I suppose. But they still might enjoy them because the cookies are just that good, ha ha.


Mary June Thompson has been cooking and entertaining for nearly two decades. During this time, her cooking style has expanded and evolved from typical American fare to encompass many different types of cuisines, including Italian, French, Greek, Asian, Mediterranean/North African, and Latin American. Focusing on obtaining the best available ingredients and preparing fresh, healthy dishes with bold flavor defines her cooking style, regardless of cuisine.

Celebrate Knoxville, December 4, 2015.

Knoxville ice rink opens Nov 27

Knoxville’s only open-air ice rink opens to the public in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the rink is extending its season by 15 days and will be open Friday, Nov. 27, through Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

“This is an exciting time for Holidays on Ice,” City of Knoxville Director of Special Events Judith Foltz said. “For the first time in many years, the rink will be completely open air. We’re removing the tent, enhancing the rink with overhead lighting and extending the season by 15 days.”

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice:

1 Day Ticket Adult $10
1 Day Ticket Children Age 12 & Under $7
Season Pass Adult $45
Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under $30


Regular Hours Nov. 27 – Dec. 20 and Jan. 4-18
Monday thru Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking is free at all city-owned garages after 6 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the weekend, except for specific special events. City-owned garages include the Locust Street garage, the State Street garage and the Market Square garage.

Holidays on Ice is sponsored by Home Federal Bank.

US Cellular hosts mobile tech workshops

Knoxville area U.S. Cellular business experts are hosting free workshops in October 2015 demonstrating how businesses can take advantage of cutting-edge mobile technology.

“Running a business is a challenging endeavor by any measure; however, today’s businesses can take advantage of a number of mobile technology tools to help them succeed,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee.

Local U.S. Cellular business experts will be on hand to demonstrate the latest businesses learn about the latest mobile technologies and connected devices. You can explore the store and learn more about mobile security, the mobile workplace, mobile registers and overall business productivity. U.S. Cellular associates also can discuss technology to help businesses with fleet tracking, remote monitoring and e-forms, as well as the latest devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPad Air 2.

Dates and times for the free workshops are:

Oct. 20, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – 11001 Parkside Drive

Oct. 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – 2736 Schaad Road

Oct. 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – 8401 Kingston Pike

Oct. 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – 4873 N. Broadway

Brewer’s Jam celebrates craft beer

KNOXVILLE The 19th annual Knoxville Brewers’ Jam to support Community Shares of Tennessee will be held Saturday, October 17, at the World’s Fair Park.

The non-profit organization’s biggest annual fundraiser regularly draws up to 4,000 people to downtown Knoxville for a day of craft beer, live music, food and fun. Guests ages 21 and up receive a souvenir Brewers’ Jam glass and can enjoy unlimited samples of craft beer from approximately 60 different brewers.

Knoxville-based brewers participating this year include the new Balter Beerworks and Cold Fusion Brewing. Yee-Haw Brewing out of Johnson City will also be pouring their selection of beers, which are new to the Knoxville market.

A variety of food vendors, including Savory & Sweet Food Truck and Curious Dog Hot Dogs & Sandwiches, will offer festival attendees meals and snacks that pair perfectly with craft brew.

Rockabilly band The Royal Hounds headlines the music stage, which also features performances by Baseball The Band, Samantha Gray & the Soul Providers, and Deadbeat Scoundrels.

Gates open at 12 p.m. for VIP ticketholders; general admission ticketholders enter at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $45, plus applicable fees, available online at KnoxvilleBrewersJam.com or fee-free at Barley’s Knoxville, Three Rivers Market, Disc Exchange, Downtown Grill & Brewery, and Bearden Beer Market. VIP ($100) and designated driver ($15) tickets are available exclusively online. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

For more information, visit KnoxvilleBrewersJam.com, email knoxbrewersjam@communitysharestn.org or contact Community Shares at 865-522-1604.

Knoxville Ice Bears 2015-2016 season

The Knoxville Ice Bears start the 2015-2016 season with their annual Free Agent Showcase on October 9, 2015 followed by main training camp which will be kicking off on October 14.


The Knoxville Ice Bears will play their only exhibition home game on Saturday, October 17 as they host the Fayetteville FireAntz at 7:30pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Coliseum in downtown Knoxville. The venue is located at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Blvd. and offers convenient parking across the street. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville. 

The Knoxville Ice Bears officially drop the puck on the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, October 24 when they raise their fourth SPHL Championship banner in 10 years.

Earlier this year, Knoxville Ice Bears announced the hiring of Cole Burkhalter as the Director of Hockey Development. Burkhalter, a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee and earning his master’s degree from Canisius College, worked as the Assistant to Hockey Administration for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. While working with the Bruins, he helped the organization to a Northeast Division Championship in 2012 and to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013.

“I am thrilled to add another former member of the NHL to our staff as now he joins a former Pittsburgh Penguin as well as my background with the Philadelphia Flyers” said team President and GM Mike Murray.


Marble City presents Ghosts

Marble City Opera will present Ghosts of Crosstown by librettist Jerre Dye at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, Tennessee at 7:30pm on October 29, 2015, during National Opera Week.

This production will feature some of Knoxville’s favorite talent including bass-baritone, Brandon J. Gibson who will be singing a powerful opera from the cycle entitled Movin’ Up.

Ghosts of Crosstown is a cycle of four monodramas inspired by the 1927 Art Deco architecture of the Sears Crosstown Building in Memphis, Tennessee, and the ordinary lives of the people who worked and shopped there.

The librettist, Jerre Dye is the same for all pieces with different up and coming composers for each story.

Tickets are $20 for General admission, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance. Bar service will be offered before, during, and after the performance for all attendees.

Scruffy City Hall is located at 32 Market Square in downtown Knoxville.


Movies on the Square begins Sept 11

Knox County Public Library is once again hosting Movies on the Square in downtown Knoxville, from Sept. 11 through October 16, 2015. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars in Market Square.

Patrons can park free on weekends and after 6pm every night in over 5,000 spaces in the following Knoxville municipal garages:

Locust Street Garage
Market Square Garage
State Street Garage
Promenade Garage
Walnut Street Garage (new!)
Dwight Kessel Garage
Jackson Ave Surface Lot – corner of Gay & Jackson
Viaduct Surface Lot – under the interstate off E. Jackson

And the 2015 Movies on the Square lineup is:
September 11: Driving Miss Daisy (PG, 1989)

September 18: Rio (G, 2011)

September 25: Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)

October 2: No Movie – Free Black Lillies concert

October 9: Hotel Transylvania (PG, 2012)

October 16: A League of Their Own (PG, 1992)

Event raises funds for historic Knoxville

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are pleased to invite the public to a luncheon on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 224 years ago. Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development commissioner Kevin Triplett will be the featured speaker. Triplett, was appointed to Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development in March of 2015. Triplett, 49, was most recently vice president of public affairs for Bristol Motor Speedway. Prior to joining BMS in 2005, he worked in various roles for NASCAR, ultimately serving as managing director of business operations, guiding the operation and administration of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. He has twice been named one of NASCAR’s “25 Most Influential” by The Charlotte Observer.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets by calling 865-523-7543 by September 24.

Knoxville among health award winners

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. This month Tennessee received 3 awards totaling $2,175,838 to serve a proposed 19,378 new patients.

The August 2015 winners are the Tennessee Department of Health, the Memphis Health Center, and the Tri-State Community Health Center in Memphis.

In May of 2015, three awards totaling $1,578,524 also went to Tennessee, including Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, Christ Community Health Services in memphis, and United Neighborhood Health Services in Nashville. The awards are expected to serve a proposed 19,172 new patients.

“Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. “These Affordable Care Act funds build on the strong legacy of the health center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most.”

This investment will add to the more than 700 new health center sites that have opened as a result of the Affordable Care Act, including those awarded earlier this year. What started with one clinic in rural Mississippi and another in South Boston is today a national program that supports 1,300 community-based and patient-directed health centers with 9,000 sites serving nearly 23 million people.

“Health centers now provide primary care to one in fourteen people living in the United States,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards mean that more communities than ever can count on a health center to help meet the increasing demand for primary care.”


Melnik joins Keep Knoxville Beautiful

Knoxville, TN – The Board of Directors of Keep Knoxville Beautiful is pleased to announce that Patience Melnik has joined the organization as executive director. Patience brings a background in nonprofit project development and management to the position.

“The wealth of experience Patience has in grant writing and relationship building made her an ideal candidate for this position,” said Bob Graves, president of the board of directors.  “We are energized by her presence and look forward to her leadership as we continue the important work of keeping Knoxville beautiful.”

Patience fills the vacancy created by former Executive Director Allison Teeter’s departure in May to join the Knox County Health Department.

Before joining Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Patience served as Director of Environmental Health Programs at the Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), a nonprofit statewide environmental organization located in Knoxville, Tennessee. At TCWN, she was instrumental in creating, funding, and implementing the Bringing Tap Back project, which increased access to drinking water in Tennessee’s public places by providing water bottle refill stations to schools, universities, municipalities, and other organizations.

“I am thrilled to join Keep Knoxville Beautiful,” Melnik said. “At nearly 40 years old, the organization has such a long history of partnerships with other organizations and with countless volunteers to make Knoxville a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful place to live. It is an honor to have the opportunity to build upon the foundation laid by so many people over so many years.”

To welcome Patience, please join Keep Knoxville Beautiful for a Meet and Greet at the Fieldhouse Social located at 2525 UT Commons Way on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30 until 7pm.

Art Market features new works

Recent works by Gary Dagnan of Knoxville and Larry Gabbard of Kingston, will be on display Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2015 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 4. There will be complimentary refreshments along with jazz performed by Kelvin Walters.

Most of Gary Dagnan’s oil paintings are of the mountains, hills, lakes and structures of the East Tennessee area. He is inspired by the changing light and colors that come from distinctly different seasons of the South, explaining that he is more interested in the aesthetics of a scene than with documenting a specific place. Photo: Sunlight on Yellow Leaves by Gary Dagnan, courtesy the artist.

“I want my paintings to express the emotional and spiritual connection that I have with nature,” Dagnan says. With his work in more than 400 private and public collections, the Jasper, TN, native has had 18 solo shows, and his works have been in many national, state and regional art shows throughout the United States.

Larry Gabbard enjoys fast-firing techniques that create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. “I find the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce,” he says. While most of his elegant pottery is wheel thrown, he seeks out alternative methods, among them raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing. The Cincinnati, OH, transplant began his pottery career after moving to Kingston in 1999. He attends workshops of well known potters as well as classes at renowned educational institutions to learn more and refine his skills.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay Street next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 865-525-5265.

Knoxville hosts preservation conference

The annual East Tennessee Preservation Conference will be held in Knoxville on October 22-24, 2015. This popular event emphasizes finding solutions for securing the future of historic places while capitalizing on cultural heritage.

Primary sessions will be held at the East Tennessee History Center and the conference will include an opening reception and hands-on workshops at Historic Westwood. This year’s keynote speaker and special guest will be Donovan Rypkema from Washington, DC, recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures.

The Tennessee Historical Commission will be providing specialized training for Certified Local Government and Historic Zoning Commission members and AIA continuing education credits will once again be offered.

A variety of walking tours to sites in downtown Knoxville will be available.

Register for the conference by calling 865-523-8008.


The city of Knoxville and East Tennessee offer a wealth of historic buildings and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Photo of downtown Knoxville in the early 1900s courtesy the East Tennessee Historical Society.


Five Points redevelopment begins

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation has entered into an agreement with The Communities Group to serve as co-developer on upcoming phases of the Five Points revitalization.

“This relationship with The Communities Group is a very important one,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Art Cate said. “We have searched for a master developer partner from candidates across the country and were tremendously impressed with the company’s expertise and decades of experience in affordable housing redevelopment. Its talented staff will be an asset to us for Five Points and other major development and redevelopment initiatives.”

The initial agreement with The Communities Group outlines a 50/50 co-developer relationship to assist KCDC staff with planning, design, land use, development, construction and the securing of financing on Phases 2 through 4 of the Five Points Master Plan.

“We are excited to formalize and expand our partnership with The Communities Group.” said Dan Murphy, chair of the KCDC Board of Commissioners. “As the housing and redevelopment authority of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, KCDC is a regional model of a progressive, innovative agency. With The Communities Group, we have access to even more knowledge, expertise and resources for local projects and to offer our partners in the region.”

KCDC, The Communities Group and Thomas Point Associates currently are working with the City of Knoxville on the Jackson Avenue predevelopment market study, which includes the KCDC-owned former sites of the McClung Warehouses. The report will guide the next steps of redevelopment in that area.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Communities Group is one of the top affordable housing development experts in the country. The firm has experience with redevelopment funded through various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and grants, including HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants, among others.

KCDC is the housing authority and redevelopment agency for Knoxville.

For more information, visit http://www.kcdc.org.

Knoxville Chamber honors Propel grads

The Knoxville Chamber’s Propel Mentor Protégé program recently honored 6 protégés who represented the fifth graduation class of the program. During graduation, 22 new protégés were inaugurated into the program.

Propel matches small businesses with large successful firms to assist them in business growth.

The graduation and new class presentation featured an overview of the program featuring Hallerin Hilton Hill as the emcee. Vol football legend Inky Johnson gave the keynote address to the entrepreneurs and spoke about the integrity that small business owners should be concerned with as much as sales and revenues.

“The Mentor/Protégé program has helped me grow my business and the Chamber has helped me meet so many individuals who I can help as well,” said Delnise Moore of Always Moore Janitorial Services.

Currently, there are 32 small businesses in the program which is the largest class of mentoring teams since inception in 2009. Propel is funded as part of Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, a regional economic development initiative.

Propel candidates must have an established business for three years or have ten years expertise in their field and must agree to maintain Knoxville Chamber membership for three years.

Tradeshow highlights connections

Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can meet with up to 30 municipalities in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s (ETAP) 10th Annual Business Matching and Tradeshow event on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rothchild Conference and Catering Center, attendees will be able to connect with cities, counties and other agencies to get information about their processes and available contracts.

“It’s really beneficial for both parties,” said Penny Owens, business matching chair for ETAP. “The businesses are able to meet with all of their potential customers in one stop instead of traveling all over East Tennessee, and the governmental buyers are able to meet with all the vendors in one place, too.”

In addition to the tradeshow, educational seminars will be available for attendees. The State of Tennessee will host a session about how to do business with its departments, and the Small Business Administration will share information about its lending program and the Women-Owned Small Businesses government contracting program. U.S. Bank will lead a session on financing for small businesses.

Registration is free for attendees. To register, visit www.etapnews.org.

Film fest features local history

The Smoky Mountain Film Festival, a presentation of East Tennessee home movies, television footage and classic advertising, takes place this year on August 15, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre.


The event takes place in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual History Fair and Historic Tennessee Theatre and is sponsored by the Knox County Public Library System.

Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) will show rare home movies from the Thompson Brothers and Jack Huff collections along with outtakes from WBIR’s Heartland Series and other short films from the early days of Great Smoky Mountains National Park movement.

All films will be accompanied by live music, are free and open to the public.

For more information, please email TAMIS at tamis@knoxlib.org.

Dura-Line expands in Knoxville

Dura-Line is expanding its Knoxville-based global headquarters.

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Dura-Line manufacturers and distributes communication and energy infrastructure products and systems, and will nearly double its office space from 24,000 to 40,000 square feet at Parkside Plaza I in Turkey Creek. Photo submitted.

“We currently have both global headquarters and United States business, including all support, operating in the same building on the same floor,” said Dura-Line President and Chief Executive Officer Paresh Chari. “Since locating to Knoxville in 1996, Dura-Line has expanded from a company with $60 million in revenue to more than $700 million and has added the staff to match that growth. Since we became part of a multi-billion-dollar global chemicals company Mexichem, we have aggressive growth plans and are simply running out of space.”

Dura-Line was founded in 1971 in Middlesboro, Ky.

KCDC elects board officers

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has announced the appointment of new board officers following its annual board meeting.

Dan Murphy, a University of Tennessee professor of accounting specializing in federal taxation, will serve as chairman. Murphy was appointed by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero to the Board of Commissioners in 2013.

Jacqueline Arthur, general manager of the community-owned food cooperative Three Rivers Market, was appointed vice chairman. Arthur also was appointed to the KCDC board by Rogero in 2013.

Resident commissioner Phyllis Patrick, administrative assistant at Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc., will serve as treasurer. Art Cate, KCDC executive director and CEO, was elected secretary.

KCDC’s Board of Commissioners is a seven-member body appointed by the Knoxville mayor to oversee programs provided by the agency, including affordable public housing administration, redevelopment and rental assistance. The board members began their one-year term as officers at the board’s annual meeting on May 28.

Other board members are: John Winemiller, partner at the law firm Merchant & Gould; David Hutchins, architect and president of Hutchins Associates P.C.; Lisa Wagoner, supervisor of health services for Knox County Schools; and Dr. John Turner, retired senior vice president of education, training and diversity at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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 http://www.kcdc.org.

Kat offers free Cumberland fares

Beginning June 1, 2015, Knox Area Transit (KAT) will be an even better way to get through the construction in the Cumberland Avenue area, because it will be free.

Anyone catching a bus along Cumberland–from Gay Street to West Volunteer–can board fare-free starting June 1. All stops in the zone will be designated with a the bright round sign shown here, indicating a fare-free boarding location.

The fare-free promotion is intended to attract more people to transit, and thus relieve congestion through Cumberland, as well as provide easy access to businesses along the corridor during the City’s ongoing construction and redesign project.

“The Free Fare Zone will help people get to and from Cumberland Avenue during the construction, it will help the merchants there and it will help reduce traffic,” said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “It’s also a reminder that public transit is a great resource for our city.”

KAT will also be having some special promotions and events during the first week of the Free Fare Zone project.

The Cumberland Free Fare Zone will be in effect during the length of the construction project.


Firefighters honored for saving dog

Young-Williams Animal Center recently presented a brick that will be installed on its Walkway of Life path that leads into the shelter in honor of two local heroes. Knoxville Fire Department Capt. Robby Copas and firefighter Jeff McSwain saved Bella the boxer from a house fire in North Knoxville on April 30, 2015.

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Young-Williams Animal Center honored Knoxville Fire Department Capt. Robby Copas and firefighters Jeff McSwain for the lifesaving care they provided Bella the boxer during a house fire on April 30, 2015. Pictured from left: Copas, Ariona Thomas, Julyan Thomas, Cherie Cuervo, Bella the boxer, Dr. Jen Armstrong, Jeff Ashin and McSwain. Photo submitted.

“We felt it was important to recognize these two firefighters for the lifesaving care they provided to Bella,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “There are so many people in our community who do great things for animals, including these rescuers, and individuals and families who adopt from our shelter and donate time and money to animal welfare organizations. We are grateful to be able to honor Robby and Jeff with a brick of recognition on our pathway.”

When Copas and McSwain responded to the call on April 30, they found Bella unconscious on the bathroom floor. Upon removing the dog from the house, the firefighters gave Bella oxygen and cooled her body temperature with water from a booster tank.

“It is our responsibility to save any living being in danger when we respond to calls,” Copas said. “This time, it happened to be a dog, but the priority of saving her life never changed.”

Cherie Cuervo, Bella’s owner, thanked Copas and McSwain for their quick response and thoughtful care for Bella the boxer.

“Bella is my best friend,” Cuervo said. “I’m so thankful that they were able to respond to the call quickly and provide the care that was needed to save her life.”

Copas and McSwain appreciated the recognition from the shelter and the opportunity to reconnect with Bella.

“It’s so great to see her happy and healthy,” McSwain said. “We’re grateful to Young-Williams Animal Center for reuniting us with her and honoring us in this special way.”

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit www.young-williams.org.

Rossini Festival is April 25

Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Opera celebrates the arts with a spectacular feast of dance, music and performance through Knoxville Opera’s annual Rossini Festival International Street Fair on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

In its 14th year, the Rossini Festival International Street Fair is a full day cultural celebration with local and regional artisan exhibits featuring handcrafted works, live musical and dancing entertainment and culinary delights.

The Street Fair will also feature Brewtopia: A Craft Beer Garden presented by The Casual Pint in the Bijou Theatre parking lot.


Knoxville Opera, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Rossini Festival in Knoxville is April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features a variety of food and craft vendors and all day entertainment. Photo submitted.

Rhythm & Blooms Old City style

by Celebrate Knoxville Music Writer Adam Whipple.—It is evening underneath the tall green girders of James White Parkway, and Cozmo Holloway is playing slide guitar. A double-header train rolls by, blaring its horn down the Norfolk Southern lines, and James Trimble steps to the microphone. After a few songs, people begin to throw money on the stage. A schoolboy smirk crosses Trimble’s face as the band watches dollar bills fly out of the crowd, but such is the audience’s reaction. After all, it’s hard to get more Knoxvillian than the Guvs playing under a bridge in the Old City.

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Apache Relay perform for the 2015 Rhythm & Blooms Festival in the Old City section of downtown Knoxville. Photo by Adam Whipple.

You can trust festival organizer Chyna Brackeen to have the pulse of our town, though. To the crowds’ apparent delight, the lineup of this year’s Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms was chockfull of homegrown favorites. Beginning at the Cripple Creek Stage on Friday evening, local outfit Guy Marshall performed, along with Joey English. Guy Marshall won the performance slot in a contest put on in conjunction with The Casual Pint. Joey English’s band so wowed the judges and audiences, however, that they were offered a chance to open the festival alongside the winners.

Knoxville bands continued from there. Young trio Subtle Clutch, fronted by songwriter Briston Maroney, helped open the festival schedule at Boyd’s Jig & Reel on Friday. The weekend included more well-attended sets by locals Jill Andrews (yes, we still consider her local), Cereus Bright, Hudson K, William Wild, and an over-capacity crowd at The Pilot Light for LiL iFFY’s release of his last album, Final Spell. That particular show boasted a number of delightful anomalies, including an appearance by Marble City Opera’s Brandon Gibson and a group-sing of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”

Capacity crowds became something of a theme at the smaller venues. With a line of thirty or so on the sidewalk for LiL iFFY, the volunteers at the door restricted attendees to a one-in-one-out policy, a (good) problem which was repeated during Alanna Royale’s Pilot Light set. During Cereus Bright’s turn around the mic at Lox Salon, the audience simply overflowed into the adjoining room. The Jig & Reel was full on a consistent basis as well. Of course, it was not only the local sons and daughters who garnered attention. Though Cereus Bright’s sets at Lox and The Standard were some of the more well-attended events, both Apache Relay and 10-piece Houston-based soul band The Suffers garnered huge and appreciative audiences. Naturally, Cripple Creek Stage headliners the Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Decembrists drew great throngs of listeners.

For this writer, the Suffers were one of the gems of the weekend. Powerhouse vocalist Kam Franklin filled The Standard with her voice and vitality. Flanked by a horn section, she had the entire venue on its feet multiple times and brought people dancing into the aisles. The other great delight was Lox Salon being used as a venue. Bands stuffed themselves into a cozy space in the middle of the room to play for people sitting on dryer chairs and at washing stations. It could have been a scene out of Steel Magnolias.

Some venues’ aesthetics provided various challenges to the production staff, however. The exposed-roof and concrete floor design of The Standard cried out for acoustic treatments. With all chairs occupied and the back walls and balcony lined with people, there were enough soft surfaces to soak up all the mid-level frequencies. Anything less than a packed house, though—such as the respectable yet sparer crowd for David Wax Museum—left sound engineers fighting to keep the lyrics heard above the mid-range swell. Cripple Creek Stage experienced similar small woes with number of sonic microenvironments under James White Parkway and the throw-and-go style of sound check common to festivals.

Once again, Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms included a studious element. This time, Chyna Brackeen sought out the perspectives of industry professionals to provide burgeoning musical artists an inside track on how to navigate the often dark waters of their profession. A panel of reps from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, and CMT sat with local music writer Steve Wildsmith for a panel called “Publicity 101,” and Brackeen included her own experience with that of other agents in a panel optimistically titled “Making a Middle Class Income with Music.” The panel discussions ran all Saturday afternoon at the Emporium, covering the how-to on everything from social media to booking shows.

Interestingly, the festival revealed something of the Old City’s established character, with bartenders measuring success against the metric of regular weekends and Taylor the Rose Guy finding frustration at being denied entry to the Pilot Light by festival volunteers who knew little of the daily routine in that part of town. Regardless, the hosting of the entire festival in the Old City drew large numbers of folks who had no idea about Remedy and Java, about Dale selling bratwursts on the corner, about Hot Horse’s exciting juxtaposition of music and vintage clothing, or about The Knoxville Pearl (the cereal bar). Perhaps they’ll come back soon. We’re grateful to Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms for the kind introduction.

–Adam Whipple, Celebrate Knoxville, April 13, 2015.

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Dogwood Arts fest is April 17-19

KNOXVILLE – The Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is April 17-19, 2015. Several blocks of downtown Knoxville will be transformed into a lively street fair with 60 local and regional juried artists exhibiting and selling their original work.


The Dogwood Arts Festival is a downtown Knoxville celebration that features cooking demonstrations, festive food creations, and wine and beer pairings at the Culinary Arts Stage. This event is free. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Live performances all weekend long on the Market Square stage, the Union Avenue pop-up stage, and the Children’s stage. Blooming Boulevard returns to the Dogwood Arts Festival providing unique colorful flower markets filled with live blooming plants, herbs, flowers, and trees.

The Chalk Walk, back in its seventh year, is April 11. This event turns Market Square sidewalks into canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. This free event in Market Square and Krutch Park (Downtown Knoxville) is from 8am-5pm. Raindate is Sunday, April 12.

Fourth and Gill tour scheduled

The Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood in Knoxville will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1-6pm. Participants will tour Knoxville’s premier historical districts and step inside several neighborhood homes and two condominiums inside the recently renovated Brownlow School Lofts. The Tour begins at the stately Central United Methodist Church, one of the city’s most beautiful examples of Gothic Revival architecture.

Tour guests can take a leisurely walk through the neighborhood to visit homes, or guests can ride a red trolley bus – with a resident tour guide host – from point to point. Tickets purchased on the Tour day cost $12 (free for children 12 and under) at the Central United Methodist Church (201 Third Avenue) from 1:00-5:00pm.


The Fourth and Gill tour coincides with the Dogwood Arts Open Gardens and Walking Trails that showcase four neighborhood gardens and notable trees. Maps (which include addresses for the gardens) for the self-guided tour are located inside the special event mailbox on the west side of Luttrell Street, adjacent to the Brownlow School Lofts. Photo of downtown Knoxville dogwood trees by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Located less than two miles from downtown Knoxville, the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood features over 280 residential structures, including single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment and condominium buildings. The Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to build and to sustain a vital urban community by protecting and preserving the historic architecture of the area and by promoting a strong sense of community. Organization contact is PO Box 3845, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37927-3845.

Total Quality Logistics creates jobs

Total Quality Logistics officials have announced the transportation services company will expand its operations in Tennessee by opening a new location in Knox County at 800 S. Gay St., Suite 810.

The company will invest $1 million to open a sales office in downtown Knoxville to meet the needs of its expanding client-base, creating at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.

This is TQL’s second expansion in Tennessee in just over a year. In January 2014, TQL invested $1 million to open its first Tennessee office in downtown Nashville. With the announcement of its Knoxville office, TQL will operate 31 offices in 17 states across the country.

TQL is one of the fastest growing providers of transportation logistics services in North America, connecting shippers who have product that needs to be moved with truckload carriers who have the capacity to move it.

TQL’s Knoxville office is expected to open in July 2015. People can apply for jobs immediately and should start the process online at www.tqljobs.com.

Knoxville hosts bike summit

City of Knoxville officials will present the finalized Bicycle Facilities Plan at a public meeting to be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street. The plan identifies the improvements that could develop a system of connected bike corridors, including on- and off-road facilities, that is focused on improving the accessibility, safety and convenience of traveling by bicycle.

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Knoxville city planners will present a map of the proposed corridor enhancements and the priority list of more than 100 projects including new bike lanes or other safety accommodations, to be designed to account for traffic flow and road conditions, at a public meeting in April. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

In addition, Knoxville is hosting the TN Bike Summit April 23 – 24, 2015. This event is a chance for the Knox area community to discuss how to build safe roads, strong communities, and a Tennessee where everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of bicycling and walking.

The keynote speakers for the Bike Summit are Gil Penalosa and Martha Roskowski, both of whom were featured speakers at the international Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in 2014.

Visit knoxtrans.org.

Knoxville historic homes receive award

The Historic Homes of Knoxville were honored by the Tennessee Association of Museums at the recent 2015 TAM Annual Conference held in Jackson, Tennessee.

The homes received an Award of Excellence for their collaborative brochure which provides information on each of the seven historic sites. The brochures are available at each of the seven sites and at the Knoxville Visitors Center. The Historic Homes were selected for this honor by a committee of museum professionals and TAM board members who evaluated nominees against museums of comparable budgets.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville is a successful partnership between seven historic homes that offer guided tours throughout the year.

The seven historic homes are Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood.

Spring arrives at IJAMS

Spring arrives officially today and Knoxville’s urban wilderness, IJAMS, invites residents to enjoy the warmer weather by exploring the nature center on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Just some of the weekend scheduled events are:

9 am – 10 am
(All Ages) Grab your favorite four-legged friend and join Ijams’ own veterinarian, Dr. Louise Conrad, as she walks her own canine companions. She’ll review good doggy etiquette at the park and help owners understand the special safety concerns for dogs in nature. The fee for this program is $5 for non-members and FREE for members. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

9 am – 12 pm
IJAMS BIRDING SERIES: Backyard Birding Basics
(Recommended for Adults) Studying birds can open up a new world of outdoor exploration. This hands-on workshop will take you into the field to learn more about the practice of birding as well as how to identify common bird species. Instructor: Stephen Lyn Bales. Fee: $29. This is an UT Non-credit course.

9:30 am – 11 am
PEG’S KITCHEN: Breakfast is Served
If you are heading to Ijams this Saturday morning for a program, hike or simple walkabout, bring your appetite. Each week, Peg’s Kitchen features one of Ijams’ very own chefs, including the original… Peg! The menu varies from biscuits and gravy with sausage to pancakes and maple syrup, plus fresh fruit, coffee or tea. Come hungry! The fee for breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). For $10, you can get all you can eat! No pre-registration is required.

10 am, 2 pm, 3 pm
ANIMAL PROGRAM: Ijams Creature Feature
(All Ages) Have you met all the animals that call the Ijams Visitor Center home? If not, be sure to stop by every Saturday for a chance to get nose-to-beak with some of our resident furred and feathered ambassadors. This program is FREE, but donations to support animal care are welcome. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

1 pm – 4 pm
(Ages 16 and up) The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. This immersive nature study allows participants the chance to wade in creeks, stargaze in an open field, and even catch bugs and tadpoles. How often do you get the chance to act like a kid again? This week is the introductory session for the 2015 class. Open to registered participants only. For more information, call Peg at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114.

6 pm
IJAMS BIRDING SERIES: Woodcock Supper Walk
(All Ages) Join senior naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales as he reveals his secret location for observing the whimsical mating display of male woodcocks. Filled with struts, peents, flutters, and tweets, it is one of the most unique performances in the birding world. Peg’s kitchen will also be serving a traditional soupy supper to warm our bellies before we go adventuring. The fee for this program is $10 for Ijams members and $15 for non-members. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

Knox Heritage hosts Spring tour

Knox Heritage is hosting a behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most interesting places in and around Knoxville on March 12, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.


The Knox Heritage event begins at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon on North Central Street, in the Old City section of downtown Knoxville. A reception celebrating the property’s restoration will be held there beginning at 5:30pm before moving on to tour several renovation projects nearby undertaken by developers David Dewhirst and Mark Heinz. File photo of Old City by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

This is a great opportunity to see historic preservation in progress and connect with folks who are passionate about preserving, restoring and transforming the places that make Knoxville a great place to live and work.

Residents and interested supporters are invited to join the Knox Heritage community with a membership. Knox Heritage’s architectural salvage efforts have saved countless treasures from the landfill and provided materials for restoration projects across the region. The new office is located at 619 Broadway and offers an expanded inventory, plus will also host artisans and craftspeople for retail and gallery exhibits.

Editor’s Note: There will be a grand opening for the new Broadway space on April 3, 2015.

For more information, call 865-523-8008.

IJAMS hosts Bird Nesting program

KNOXVILLE – Ready to get out and do something fun this weekend? Join IJAMS Nature Center senior naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. for an indoor program on “Bird Nesting.”

Bluebirds need pine needles, titmice need hair, wrens need a hidey-hole and robins just need a flat surface and mud. Learn quick tips on how you can help your backyard birds nest successfully. After the program, enjoy hiking around the IJAMS Nature Center.

The fee for the Bird Nesting program is $7 for Ijams members and $12 for non-members.

IJAMS’ chef Peg will also be serving a traditional breakfast.

Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

IJAMS Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace and environmental learning center in downtown Knoxville.

Knoxville hosts Vietnam veterans

Knoxville, TN – The Tennessee State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America is honored to be coming to Knoxville for the 2015 George C. Duggins Region III Conference at the Hilton Hotel, on March 26 – 29, 2015.

Approximately 300 Vietnam veterans plus their spouses/guests will be welcomed from the seven states of Region III: Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia with registration and a hospitality event on the evening of March 26.


The purpose of the Conference is to learn from noted experts and share important training regarding Agent Orange and the linked diseases affecting veterans and their children and grandchildren, to continue the battle against veteran PTSD and the increasing crisis of veteran suicide and much more. Knoxville was the host city for the Tennessee State Council’s 1st PTSD & Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting.

The opening ceremonies on March 27 will include welcome remarks by Barry Rice, President, Tennessee State Council, Rich Gill, President of Knoxville VVA Chapter 1078, Knoxville and Knox County Mayors, Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Region III Director Sara McVicker, and VVA President John Rowan.

Jennifer O’Neill internationally acclaimed model, actress, film and television star (with 35+ feature films), spokesperson, producer and author will receive an Achievement Award for her dedication and work with her Hope & Healing at Hillenglade program.

Visit http://tscvva.org/

Starr Hill expands into Knoxville

Knoxville, TN – Starr Hill Brewery is expanding its distribution into Knoxville, TN in early February 2015.

“Based on Starr Hill’s success in Central and Eastern Tennessee, we’re focused on satisfying the customers’ growing demand for quality craft beer in Knoxville,” said Brian McNelis, Starr Hill’s President and CEO. “We’re also encouraged to see the Volunteer State move on legislation that creates a more favorable climate in which craft breweries can prosper.”

Starr Hill’s lineup of beers available in Knoxville will be headlined by the successful Northern Lights IPA and Grateful Pale Ale.

“We’re excited to introduce our robust portfolio of beers to Knoxville,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Brewmaster. “Our team looks forward to any opportunity to win that tasting moment with new customers when they discover Starr Hill.”

Starr Hill will be distributed in Knoxville by Eagle Distributing Company. After an initial 60-day draft-only launch, Starr Hill will offer the same products to the Knoxville market in package.

Scott Miller headlines Bijou event

Scott Miller and The Commonwealth will perform on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre for the 2015 Bijou Jubilee.

Presented by Pilot/Flying J and supported by Ole Smoky Moonshine, the annual fundraiser takes place Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.


The Bijou is hosting an exclusive VIP Pre-Show Party again this year. With the $100 VIP ticket, guests will enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance by Scott Miller and Mic Harrison plus food and drink from Holly’s Eventful Dining, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Ashe’s Wine & Spirits, and Bearden Beer Market.

An auction featuring artist-signed instruments and framed posters will also be held during the event.

Proceeds from the event will help preserve Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre, located at 803 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Knoxville train bell is returned

Knoxville’s Three Rivers Rambler held a special ceremony recently to celebrate the return of No. 154’s stolen bell.

No. 154 is an 1890 steam engine that ran freight operations in Knoxville in the early 1900s. The engine was stored in a Knoxville park for fifty years before being restored by the Three Rivers Rambler train ride. The coal-fired steam engine- believed to be one of the oldest operating steam engines in the United States- has been in service on the Three Rivers Rambler for about four years.


Last summer 154’s bell was stolen from the engine. Two members of the Knoxville community- Bo Shafer, owner of a local insurance company, and Finbarr Saunders, a city councilman- each stepped forward to donate a replacement bell to the 3RR. Bo Shafer’s bell is now in operation on steam engine No. 203. Finbarr Saunder’s bell will be permanently displayed in the new 3RR depot.

Due to the efforts of the Knox County Sheriff’s department, 154’s bell was recently recovered and returned today to its proper place. A replica of 154 was given to Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones.

Rhythm N Blooms is April 10-12

Rhythm N’ Blooms 2015 is back and ready to rock Knoxville a three-day span from April 10-12.  With the stages set exclusively along downtown Knoxville’s historic Jackson Avenue, Rhythm N’ Blooms will showcase first-timers, chart-climbers, and highly lauded acts from varied musical backgrounds.

Festival producers, Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, are pleased to release another small taste of the 2015 festival lineup, with many more artists to be announced. In addition to The Decemberists, The Dirty Guvnah’s, and Delta Spirit, the next group of artists who will be at Rhythm N’ Blooms includes:

The Apache Relay
Humming House
Alanna Royale
Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
*repeat repeat

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.


IJAMS hosts 2015 Seed Swap

Join IJAMS Nature Center for the ever popular annual seed swap on January 31, 2015, from 1-4 p.m.

Ijams’ Seed Swap promotes the sharing of vegetable, flower and other seeds among area gardeners. This event supports genetic diversity, sustainability and self-reliance in the garden.

This program is free.

Located in Knoxville, Ijams is an urban greenspace filled with rocks, rivers, trees, trails, owls and salamanders. Visitors of all ages and ability can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, learn or simply enjoy the day.

Ijams is a sanctuary for all visitors to learn and connect with the natural world.

Ijams is also a member and visitor-supported nonprofit organization. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come.




McCoig named Leader of the Year

Rachel McCoig, Knoxville Convention Center food and beverage manager, recently was recognized by her peers as the 2014 Leader of the Year. Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert presented the award during the annual employee holiday gathering.

“Every employee at the Knoxville Convention Center is hardworking and talented. To be selected as ‘Leader of the Year’ by her peers is an honor,” Bogert said. “Rachel leads by example and goes the extra mile to make sure our clients have the best experience at our facility. Her professionalism, creativity and teamwork endear her to both staff and clients.”

McCoig oversees and supervises banquet servers and is responsible for planning, budgeting and successful execution of all catering and concessions events.

McCoig joined the Convention Center staff in May 2013 with extensive experience in hospitality. Originally from Montgomery, Ala., McCoig has worked throughout the South in the food service industry before settling in Knoxville. She has served as the food services director for Valley Services Inc. in Jackson, Miss., and interim food service director at Tyler College in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, McCoig oversaw a $10 million annual operation that included refreshment, catering and dining services at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

She has a bachelor’s degree in the nutrition and foods department at Auburn and served a culinary internship in 1994 at the Hotel Nicolay in Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany.

Celebrate Christmas in the City

It’s Christmas in the City; there’s so much to see and enjoy in downtown Knoxville this holiday season, from making a holiday wreath at Ramsey House or visiting the Holidays on Ice skating rink in Market Square.


The Holidays on Ice skating rink is open daily through January 4, 2015 in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (season passes are also available). Admission includes skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

On December 13 and 20, the Market Square Farmers Market hosts the Holiday Market throughout Market Square and Market Street. Vendors will have booths set up with handmade gifts, holiday decor, food and more. This is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Parking is free in Knoxville’s Market Square (406 Walnut Street) State Street and Locust Street garages all day on weekends.

Dec. 13
Wreath Making Workshop at the Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike.
Join your friends for this great tradition of fun and creativity and go home with a beautiful natural green wreath. We supply the Holiday treats, materials and the expert instruction of Julia Shiflett and her Christmas helpers. Make your reservation in advance and bring handheld garden pruners and gloves. The social is 12:30 p.m. with the class starting promptly at 1 p.m. Sign up with a buddy or start a family tradition. Reserve your spot by calling 865-546-0745.

Dec. 14
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Celebrate the Christmas season in the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre, Gay Street, as Home Federal Bank presents classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Admission is free; no ticket is required. Seating is limited to the theater’s capacity. Doors open one hour prior to each screening.

Dec. 13 – 15
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
The pageant combines a cast of 90 members, live animals, realistic sets and authentic costumes to create a powerful presentation of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ and the meaning of Christmas. The story is told in beautiful music and narration. The pageant is free and is interpreted for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm, Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm, Monday, December 15 at 7 pm, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Free Admission.

Knoxville calendars now on sale

While making your New Year’s plans, make sure you plan to pick up a 2015 Knoxville Remembered calendar to keep you on track for all your appointments. This year’s photos include views of Chilhowee Park, the construction of the Kress Building, the Airplane Filling Station and many faces of Knoxville past. All photos used are from the Calvin McClung Historical Collection’s Digital Collection.


The production and distribution of Knoxville Remembered calendars is made possible through partnerships with the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

Calendars are $15 and are available at select locations. Proceeds benefit the Knox County Public Library Staff Association. For large orders or to order by phone, call Casey Fox at 215-8713.

Calendar sale locations:
East Tennessee History Center Gift Shop
The Disc Exchange
Friends of the Library Branch Sales
Mast General Store
Pratt’s Country Market
Raven Records & Rarities
Rothrock Used Book Store (in Lawson McGhee Library)
Union Avenue Books

For large orders or to order by phone, call Casey Fox at 865-215-8713.

Knoxville gets new Civil War marker

Knoxville is getting a new Tennessee Civil War Trails Marker on December 5, 2014. Located at the Knox County Courthouse, the new marker tells the story of Union and Confederate rallies taking place in April 1861 only blocks apart on Gay Street.


The Knox County Courthouse features several historical markers include a Veterans Memorial (pictured) for Knoxville’s soldiers who served in the Spanish American War (1898-1902), another honoring John ‘Nolichucky Jack’ Sevier, for whom nearby Sevier County is named, a and a WWII Memorial placed by the Simon Harris Chapter of the D.A.R. The new marker highlights the story of Union and Confederate rallies taking place in April 1861 only blocks apart on Gay Street.  Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.
The ceremony for dedication will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., December 5, 2014 at the Knox County Courthouse, Main Street. Participating in the dedication will be Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. Representing the state is Tennessee State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West, who, along with Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, co-chairs the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Others participating in the program are East Tennessee Historical Society Director Cherel Henderson, and Calvin Chappelle, chair of the Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

The Tennessee Civil War Trails Program is part of a five-state trails system that encourages visitors to explore both well-known and familiar sites associated with events of the Civil War. Tennessee has 310 markers, and its trails guide is the most requested of the five states, which also include Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Round It Up benefits needy

KNOXVILLE – On Tuesday, November 25, at 10 a.m. the City of Knoxville, KUB and Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee will introduce the Round It Up program, a pilot program that will raise funds through customers of KUB to help weatherize the homes of low-income homeowners and renters.

The program was developed in response to the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge report which found that the city has an aging housing infrastructure that consumes energy in excess, often leaving the city’s most vulnerable residents (the elderly, physically disabled, mentally ill and low-income families) with utility bills too large to pay.

The announcement event will include remarks from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, CAC Executive Director Barbara Kelly, KUB President and CEO Mintha Roach and KUB board chair Bruce Anderson.

Knox Heritage holds preservation awards

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Knox Heritage holds its 2014 Preservation Awards ceremony and Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. The special guest of the evening is Knoxville’s Mayor, Madeline Rogero. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards at 6:00 p.m. A report of the organization’s work from the previous year will be delivered by Knox Heritage board president Annette Brun. Mayor Rogero will deliver remarks before the Preservation Awards are presented.

Awards for the best in preservation during 2014 will be presented in the following categories: the City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award and the Knox County Mayor’s Award; the Greystone Award; the “Fantastic Fifteen” for preservation rehabilitation, restoration, compatible infill and preservation stewardship; the Volunteer of the Year; and the Media Award.

Blount Mansion hosts holiday tours

Blount Mansion will host a colonial Christmas celebration and Open House on Friday, December 5, 2014, with candlelight tours of the mansion at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Enjoy Christmas traditions from the colonial period while enjoying demonstrations of what Christmas was like on the Tennessee frontier. Guests artists and crafts people will particularly enjoy a demonstration of colonial yarn spinning techniques while enjoying some snacks and warm drinks.


The Blount Mansion, also known as William Blount Mansion, is located at 200 West Hill Avenue in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, and was the home of the only territorial governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount (1749–1800). Blount, also a signer of the United States Constitution and a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, lived on the property with his family and the mansion served as the headquarters of the Southwest Territory. In 1796, much of the Tennessee Constitution was drafted at the mansion.

Tennessee state historian John Trotwood Moore once called Blount Mansion “the most important historical spot in Tennessee.”

Suggested donation for the Open House, which will be used to help preserve the mansion, is $5.

For more information call (865) 525-2375.

Sustainable Cooking column to launch

KNOXVILLE – (November 14, 2014) CelebrateKnoxville.com is pleased to announce that the site will launch a brand new online food and cooking series, “Sustainable Cooking,” by Knoxville’s own foodie Mary June Thompson, beginning next week.

“Sustainability is a hot topic, and a current trend in the food world is using what many of us consider to be the “throwaway” parts of the foods we consume,” says Celebrate Knoxville’s Laura Long Martin. “Contributing Food Writer Mary June Thompson will share her ideas on how to use some typically discarded items, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, stale bread, and tea leaves, to create delicious dishes that anyone can make and enjoy at home–and produce less food waste as a result.”


Mary June Thompson (pictured) has been cooking and entertaining for nearly two decades. During this time, her cooking style has expanded and evolved from typical American fare to encompass many different types of cuisines, including Italian, French, Greek, Asian, Mediterranean/North African, and Latin American. Focusing on obtaining the best available ingredients and preparing fresh, healthy dishes with bold flavor defines her cooking style, regardless of cuisine.

Mary June counts Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa), Sean Brock, of Husk and McCrady’s restaurants in Charleston, SC, and having visited 48 states and 7 countries among her greatest cooking influences.

“I am really inspired by this new cooking theme and look forward to sharing my Sustainable Cooking recipes with CelebrateKnoxville.com readers,” Thompson said.

Thompson is already a familiar face to Celebrate Knoxville readers, as her previous cooking columns utilizing fresh produce from the Market Square Farmers Market and other fresh food venues received lots of positive feedback and continues to show up in popular searches for the site.

Knoxville hosts Fanboy Expo

The region’s premier pop culture meet-and-greet and collectibles event, Fanboy Expo, comes to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-9, 2014.

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Some of the notable guests will include:

• John Rhys-Davies, best known as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

• Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom, “Happy Days”

• Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” series

• William Zabka, best known as villain Johnny Lawrence in “The Karate Kid”

• Tommy Flanagan, Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones, Michael Ornstein, Kristen Renton and

Natalie Skyy known for their roles on the hit FX series, “Sons of Anarchy”

• George Newbern, the voice of Superman in the animated Justice League series

• Sarah Douglas, best known as Ursa opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman” and

“Superman II”

• Shannon Farnon, who voiced Wonder Woman in “Super Friends”

• Dee Wallace, best known as Elliott’s mom in “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial”

• Sandahl Bergman, known for her role as Valeria in “Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold


• Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants”

• Several cast members from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

• Julius LeFlore, stuntman for “Return of the Jedi”

• Wrestling legends Jim Duggan, known as “Hacksaw Jim Duggan,” and Chris Chavis, “known

as “Tatanka”

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available for purchase at the door, $15-$25 single day and $50 weekend.

Knoxville Blue Slip Winery relocates

Knoxville City and Knox County officials and dignitaries were in attendance at yesterday’s grand opening of the Blue Slip Winery at the historic Southern Railway Station (built in 1903) in downtown Knoxville.

Blue Slip Winery owners Linn Slocum, Jeff Galyon, and Marvin House called the new location for the business “a treasure” and thanked family, friends, business leaders, and a host of others (including local grape growers!) for helping to make their dream a reality. Beginning in 2009, the business was formerly located on Jackson Avenue in the Old City and is Knoxville’s first urban winery.

The new location in the Southern Railway Station provides not only more space for the on-site production of handcrafted wines made from local grapes, it also provides a place where customers can rent space for special events including wedding receptions.


Celebrating the grand opening of the Blue Slip Winery in the Southern Railway Station are from left: Blue Slip Winery owners Jeff Galyon and Linn Slocum, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Blue Slip Winery partner Marvin House, CEO of Knoxville-based Merit Construction. Photo by Laura Long Martin, CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero praised the location for the new business, saying that the area was “walkable and bikeable,” and featured not only ample parking but also a bus stop right out front.

“This is about being downtown in the heart of the city,” Mayor Rogero told the crowd at the event’s official ribbon cutting. “This is about shopping local.”

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett also expressed the county’s approval of the site, calling it “Napa Valley Tennessee,” and joked that although he did not drink alcohol, he was a certainly a big fan of economic development.

Jim and Betty Tolliver, owners of the Old Smokey Railway Museum, attended the event and said they were “thrilled with how the building has been restored.”

Jim Tolliver pointed out historic items in the building’s showcase shelves and noted that the Southern Railway Station’s former ticket window was still a great feature, along with restored benches and ornamental fireplaces.

–Laura Long Martin, CelebrateKnoxville.com, November 4, 2014.


Jim and Betty Tolliver, owners of the Old Smokey Railway Museum, stand next to former ticket window in the restored Southern Railway Station in downtown Knoxville. The building is now the new location for Knoxville’s first urban winery, Blue Slip Winery. Below, the view of the Southern Railway Station from the Gay Street Bridge. The Blue Slip Winery building is on the right. Photo by Laura Long Martin, CelebrateKnoxville.com.




Knoxville hosts public trans expo

More than 800 government workers from counties and municipalities across Tennessee will gather at the Knoxville Convention Center this week for the Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) Conference and Expo and the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA) East Tennessee Development Symposium.

The Tennessee Public Transporation Association Conference and Expo will be held Nov. 4-7, 2014. The event is hosted by Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) and the City of Knoxville. The sessions and workshops will focus on issues facing public transportation. An exposition also will be held in the exhibit hall with vendors showing the latest transportation services, equipment, technology and products.



The Tennessee Public Transportation Association Conference and Expo and the Tennessee Stormwater Association East Tennessee Development Symposium will meet at the Knoxville Convention Center this week, Nov. 4-7, 2014 to focus on issues facing public transportation. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com. 

“All of us at the Knoxville Convention Center love our city and our state,” Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert said. “We are proud to be able to host these conferences that teach best practices and trends for improving services across Tennessee.”

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and up to 25 meeting rooms. For more information, visit http://www.knoxvilleconventioncenter.com.

Celebrate Knoxville salutes horror writers

This week Celebrate Knoxville salutes The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror literature.

Locally, residents will enjoy visiting any branch of the Knox County Public Library for great books as well as fun activities for all ages. As the oldest continuously operating public library in the state of Tennessee, the KCPL offers more than one million books, periodicals, compact discs, films, audiobooks and downloadables through 19 locations across Knox County.



Since launching on October 1, the HWA Horror Selfies social media campaign has become a viral sensation garnering over nine million impressions on Facebook and Twitter during its first two weeks. The effort has attracted the attention of literary legends and The New York Times bestselling authors Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Ramsey Campbell, as well as some of cinema’s biggest names of past and present, including directors Mick Garris (THE STAND) and Josh Boone (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS).

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today, with over 1250 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.




Diabetes walk at UT Gardens

Knoxville, TN, October 7, 2014 — This year, more than 500 area residents will come together to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at UT Gardens in Knoxville, Tennessee, the city’s one-day fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association.

Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

To register, volunteer or find out more information, please call 1-888-DIABETES. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Boo! at the Knoxville Zoo kicks off

Knoxville, Tenn.— BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® kicks off Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 with safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun scheduled over three weekends.

BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 28 years, is a family event featuring trick-or-treating through the zoo along the BOO! Trail, the Madaris Monster Mash tent with music and activities perfect for preschool and elementary-aged event-goers, friendly costumed characters and entertainers throughout the zoo, and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)

Boo! at the Zoo tickets are $7 per person. Children under two are admitted free. Parking is $5.

Tickets are available at in advance by phone at (865) 637-5331.

Old Gray lantern tour celebrates history

Part history, part theater, and all fundraiser, the annual Lantern and Carriage Tour at Old Gray Cemetery takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 4 – 7PM (rain or shine).

This event is an afternoon of food, fun, carriage rides, and some amazing stories of adversity and accomplishment told by historical reenactors throughout the cemetery during the tour.


This year’s Old Gray Cemetery Lantern Tour takes place from 4-7 p.m., September 28, 2014, rain or shine. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

In addition, the site is now a Tennessee Urban Forestry Council arboretum. Marble stones, made possible by The Akima Club and Knoxville Garden Club, identify botanical and common names of over forty trees.

As you tour the facility and grounds, you’ll be met by historical characters (actresses, novelists, businessmen, soldiers, politicians, more) that would love to share their story with you.

Parking for this event will be across the street at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emory Park Place and neighbor parking lots.

Entrance ticket: $ 10.00 for adults and $ 5.00 for students. Carriage ride additional fee $5.00. No Reservations Required.

The cemetery is located at 543 North Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Knoxville Convention Center wins award

The Knoxville Convention Center was recently named Attraction of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association at the organization’s annual Stars of Industry award ceremony in Nashville.

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,000-square-foot divisible ballroom and 25 meeting rooms.


Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert (center) accepts the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association’s Attraction of the Year award from the TnHTA President and CEO Greg Adkins and TnHTA Board Chairman Danny Sumrall at the annual Stars of Industry awards ceremony in Nashville. Photo submitted.

Downtown Knoxville gets upgrades

Knoxville Market Street motorists now have the option of either paying for parking by plugging in coins or swiping a credit card at new solar-powered meters. If the Market Street machines perform well over a three-month test period, then the City will proceed with plans, in three phases, to replace 1,390 parking meters throughout downtown.

The 12 new Market Street meters will continue to offer short-term parking for up to one hour.

KUB is also making significant upgrades in the downtown area over the next 15 months. Lane and sidewalk closures will be necessary during this time and motorists may need to utilize alternative means of access to businesses, offices and parking. Some on-street parking may be restricted throughout downtown. South Central Street is currently closed for these upgrades, and will remain closed for a period of two months. Detours will be required.