Gerdau helps warm the holidays

KNOXVILLE, TN – In a tradition dating back to December 2000, Gerdau helped “warm up” the holidays and the cold winter months for 401 Lonsdale Elementary School students at its 18th Annual Mitten Tree held Dec. 4, 2017. Through the event, Gerdau provides hats, mittens, holiday treats and a visit from Santa for each child at the school. The gathering is a highlight for both Gerdau employees and Lonsdale staff and students.

“The Mitten Tree is something our students look forward to and truly appreciate,” Lonsdale Principal Wendy Hansard said. “Gerdau brings in the perfect hats and mittens, and we enjoy seeing our kids wearing them as they walk to school each day and pull them back out again to enjoy the playground.

“It’s fun to see the children’s faces light up as they talk with Santa before selecting their mittens. We appreciate the men and women at Gerdau for bringing this celebration to our school year after year.”

Gerdau Knoxville Vice President and General Manager John Miller (center) is joined by, from left, Lonsdale Elementary School kindergarten students Mare’Anna McCord and Ana Juan Pascual after the children made their selections at the steel recycling company’s annual Mitten Tree event at the school Dec. 4. Gerdau has provided hats, mittens, holiday treats and a visit from Santa to the school’s students each year since 2000. Photo submitted.

Gerdau enjoys celebrating with the students who live in the community near the steel recycler.

“The Mitten Tree provides a meaningful way to celebrate the holidays by supporting and spending time with the students in our own backyard,” Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller said. “I particularly enjoy the kids’ smiles as they tell their wishes to Santa.”

Gerdau has a robust social responsibility program that focuses on providing community support in the locations where it operates.


Orchid Awards nominations sought

KNOXVILLE, TN – 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:

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,, or by calling the office at 865-521-6957. Private residences are not considered for this award. Properties that received an Orchid Award since 2008 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 18, 2017. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards at the annual Orchids Awards Dinner on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue, downtown Knoxville.

For more information, contact Keep Knoxville Beautiful at

Ebenezer Scrooge returns to CBT

Clarence Brown’s performance of “A Christmas Carol,” returns to the mainstage November 22 through December 17, 2017. In the play, Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to face the true cost of his mistreatment of others in a series of supernatural visits from ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future.

At each performance, patrons can enhance the experience by enjoying holiday treats at the concession stand and taking pictures with “Scrooge and Tiny Tim” in a specially designed photo experience which will be stationed in the main lobby. The $10 children’s tickets can only be purchased by calling or stopping by the Box Office at 865-974-5161. Groups of 8 and more see the 7:30 pm show for $15 on Sunday, Nov 26, Sunday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 5.

A Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, November 22 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the theatre. A Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, December 3 following the matinee. Deaf Night @ the Theatre, where all patron interactions including the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language, will take place Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. On Wednesday, December 6 at the CBT Family Feast, families can attend dinner at 6:00 pm and then see the show for only $10. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm.

Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard.

For more information or tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit us online at


Beardsley celebrates fall harvest

KNOXVILLE, TN – Visit Beardsley Community Farm for a free, family-friendly community event on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm. The Harvest Festival will celebrate the farm, the community, and all things fall. Enjoy free food, children’s activities, live music, and tours of the farm. Parking will be available in front of the Education Center, at the Wesley House, Mobile Meals, and the Ed Cothren Pool. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes.

Enjoy free chili with Flour Head Bakery Bread. The chili will be created by our friends at KARM, and the greens and ice cream will be prepared by UT Culinary School. Much of the produce in the chili, greens, and ice cream is sourced directly from CAC Beardsley Community Farm.

This event is perfect for kids! Children’s activities will include paper hats, face painting, ring toss, and nature crafts. There’s something fun for every child to enjoy. Don’t forget that Halloween costumes are encouraged. Carve your own pumpkin and bring the finished jack o’ lantern to Harvest Festival. The Beardsley Farm crew will be judging the winner based on originality and carving skills.

The music lineup includes:

1:00-1:45 Travis Bigwood

2:00-2:35 Badd Hattrs

2:45-2:55 Miss Take (Hip Hop Dance)

3:00-3:45 The Pinklets

4:00-4:45 Paul Lee Kupfer

In case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled. Call 865-546-8446 or email with questions.

Free Volunteer Expo is Oct. 7

Volunteer East Tennessee’s annual Volunteer Expo returns to West Town Mall on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Volunteer Expo is a free event with more than 40 participating nonprofits in one location. The expo was created by Volunteer East Tennessee to help community members connect with nonprofits and learn about service opportunities that match their skills and interests.

Volunteer Expo attendees can meet with and learn about a variety of nonprofits that make a difference in the community. Participating organizations represent the arts, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, human services and more. If you have ever wanted to make a difference but did not know how to get involved, the Volunteer Expo is a great place to start — whether you are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or a long-term commitment.

“We see the Volunteer Expo as a way to highlight the nonprofits that help make Knoxville a thriving community, many of which rely on the generous support from volunteers,” said Alyson Gallaher Executive Director of Volunteer East Tennessee. “Volunteer East Tennessee has a commitment to help grow the collective of our partner nonprofit organizations, which positively impacts our community. We are proud to organize and host this event for the greater Knoxville area at West Town Mall.”

There is no cost for community members to attend the event. The first 300 attendees to create volunteer accounts on-site or show proof of an existing volunteer account with, receive a Volunteer East Tennessee PopSocket. There will be a DIY service project happening on-site during the Expo. The project, assembling hygiene kits, will be sent via the Red Cross to recent hurricane disaster areas. Community members participating in the Volunteer Expo will also be eligible for a raffle with an assortment of prizes.

For more information on the Volunteer Expo, please visit or contact Melanie Vincent, Regional Director at 865.582.4085.

Volunteer East Tennessee’s mission is to inspire service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities. Volunteer East Tennessee is a nonprofit organization that offers a unique technology that will assist local nonprofit organizations with fulfilling their needs with quality volunteers, volunteer training, and a broader reach into the community and region.

Knox Library hosts Chekhov fest

KNOXVILLE, TN – Readers are invited to join fellow book-lovers at the Knox County Public Library for an in-depth look into the stories of Anton Chekhov, the father of the modern short story. Professor Natalia Pervukhin, author of Anton Chekhov: The Sense and the Nonsense, will lead the discussions at Lawson McGhee Library October 3 & 10, 2017, at 6:30 pm. Stories scheduled to be explored include Joy, Object d’Art, A Daughter of Albion, A Defenseless Creature, A Silly Frenchman, In a Strange Land, Sleepy, and Enemies .

The Check Out Chekhov event is part of ChekhovFest, hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and is being held in conjunction with Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of Three Sisters.

The Lawson McGhee Library is located at 500 W Church Avenue in downtown Knoxville.

For more information about ChekhovFest go to

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:
Emily Culver – multimedia jeweler:
Elyse-Krista Mische – printmaking, drawing, and ceramics:
Paige Ward – ceramic and sculpture artist:
Xia Zhang – multi-media artist creating work centered on the vessel:

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

Kidney Foundation benefit scheduled

The 5th annual VOLS for Kidneys Golf Classic benefiting the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is set to tee off on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. The tournament benefits local dialysis patients and will feature former athletes from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, otherwise known as Vols for Life (VFLs), who will be stationed throughout the course to interact and take pictures with registered participants.

“This is a great event for golfers and UT fans,” ETKF Executive Director Katie Martin said. “We welcome and encourage participation by those whose lives have been touched by kidney disease, who are interested in meeting VFLs or who simply want to enjoy a day outdoors for a great cause.”

To register, visit, call 865-288- 7351 or email The cost is $1,000 per team of four, $250 for individuals and $200 for hole sponsorships. Early registration is recommended, as the tournament typically fills quickly. Registration opens at 10 a.m., lunch begins at 11 a.m., pictures with VFLs start at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registered golfers will receive a tournament gift and other items from tournament sponsors, catered lunch by Cherokee Country Club, snacks and beverages during and after the tournament. Awards include top 3 teams, closest to the pin and longest drive.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) helps local kidney patients in 15 East Tennessee counties with costs for transportation to and from dialysis treatments, free dental work for patients whose last barrier to placement on the kidney transplant waiting list is dental clearance, and provides nutritional supplements and blankets to make dialysis treatments more comfortable for patients. It also provides patient and caregiver education; facilitates prevention, detection and awareness of kidney disease; and promotes organ donation.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation VOLS for Kidneys Golf Classic is sponsored by Averitt Express and DaVita Dialysis. Individuals or community service groups interested in volunteering may contact Martin at 865-288-7351 or

KCDC expands available housing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red Cross event in Knoxville June 24

(Knoxville, TN) On Saturday, June 24, 2017 the USA Cycling National Championship weekend in Knoxville starts out with a fun ride, Pedal for the Red, benefiting the American Red Cross of East Tennessee. Pedal for the Red marks 100 years of service for the Red Cross in Tennessee.

For recreational riders, Pedal for the Red is a great way to kick off the championship weekend. On June 24, Pedal for the Red riders will inaugurate the pro time trial course from 7:30 to 9:30 am, before the USA Pro Time Trial competitions get underway. The Pedal welcomes riders of all ages and levels, and supports the vital work of the Red Cross East Tennessee. It’s a unique opportunity for amateur cyclists to experience a professional course and be part in the weekend’s cycling events.

This is the first year for Pedal for the Red, but it marks a century of Red Cross service in Tennessee. For 100 years, (1917 – 2017) the Red Cross has provided shelter, support and relief during disasters and continues to provide other vital services including support for military and their families, aid to victims of home fires and on-going educational training.

“We are largely a volunteer driven organization,” said Sharon Hudson, Executive Director, Red Cross East Tennessee. “During the recent wildfires in Sevier County, our committed and highly trained volunteers spent days and weeks helping others in our community.”

WATE anchor, Lori Tucker, and former University of Tennessee quarterback, Heath Shuler, will lead Pedal riders on a 4.8 mile course along closed Knoxville streets. The ride begins on East Jackson Ave. in Knoxville’s Old City, and winds along car free streets to Neyland Drive and back along South Central St. to the start/finish line. For two hours, the pro time trial course will be open only for the Pedal. Riders can do one lap or as many as they can in the two hours.

Riders can help “Celebrate the Red” with a free red t-shirt and a complimentary pancake breakfast following the ride. The pancake breakfast will be served near the start/finish line providing Pedal for the Red participants a great location to watch as the Pro Time Trials determine the national champions.

“We’ve worked with our partners, USA Cycling and Visit Knoxville, to make Pedal for the Red an experience the entire community can enjoy,” said Christy Phillips, event chair. “During this exciting competitive weekend, we’re offering a cycling event that is open to everyone. It’s a great representation of the spirit of the Red Cross.”

The idea for Pedal for the Red began at Blackberry Farm with the late Sam Beall who valued family friendly, outdoor experiences like cycling. Beall shared his thoughts with Joe Thompson, Red Cross Board member, and the idea for the annual Pedal for the Red was born.

Registration and additional information can be found at In addition to riding the Pedal for the Red, volunteers are needed for the full weekend of events. Cyclists can ride the Pedal for the Red and then volunteer for the professional events.

Participants and non-participants are encouraged to help support the work of the Red Cross East Tennessee through

Pedal for the Red is proudly presented by Phillips & Jordan.

Follow on Twitter @PedalfortheRed or like on Facebook at

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, please visit or visit on Twitter at @RedCross.

Foundation to honor fathers

The contributions of four Knoxville area men will be celebrated at the 2nd Annual Scholarship Luncheon being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017. The event begins at 2:00 PM. The four honorees and four scholarship recipients were selected by the Beta Theta Boulé Foundation of Knoxville.

Each honoree has demonstrated strong “Fathering” skills and have modeled leadership, a commitment to educational achievement, and civic responsibility. According to Foundation President Harold Hicks, our Foundation believes these fathers and mentors strive to teach youth about equality, mutual respect for others, and a devotion to democratic traditions.

Among this years honorees are: Elder Christopher Battle, Pastor Tabernacle Baptist Church; Reginald Jenkins, Executive Director of UUNIK Academy, Inc. and Lecturer; Adriel McCord, Vice-President at First Tennessee Bank and co-chair, Blount County MLK, Jr Celebration Committee; and Willie G. Wilson, Founder and Chief Sensei at the Karate Five Association.

The $2,000 Zaevion Dobson Scholarship will be awarded to K’nori T. Bone, a student at Austin East High School. The other scholarship awardees are Moriah J. Brown, a student at Hardin Valley High School; Nisrine J. Hilizah, a student at West High School; and Chelsey B. Jordan, a student at the Webb School of Knoxville.

The Beta Theta Boulé Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The Foundation is affiliated with the Beta Theta Boulé, which is the Knoxville Chapter of the African American professional fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. The Knoxville Chapter, was organized twenty-one years ago and has an impressive record of community service. The proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for meritorious high school students in the Knoxville area.

Tickets to the event may be obtained from Nathaniel Foster, telephone number 865 386-4067, or by email at Tickets to the luncheon are available for a donation of $55.

Theatre hosts dog auditions

KNOXVILLE – One of this year’s Shakespeare On The Square plays is The Two Gentlemen of Verona which boasts one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters – Crab, the Dog. The Tennessee Stage Company is seeking that special dog looking for his (or her) chance to shine on stage for 12 performances. Shakespeare On The Square runs July 13-August 13, 2017 and is held in Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Tennessee Stage Company is teaming up with the Young-Williams Animal Center. On May 20 Tennessee Stage Company will hold dog auditions at the Division Street facility of Young-Williams, 3201 Division St, Knoxville. The auditions will take place from 2-4 pm.

Young-Williams Animal Center seeks to serve the community through innovative approaches to sheltering, adopting, the spaying/neutering of animals and public education about animal welfare.

For more information, e-mail or call 865-546-4280 or visit

Shakespeare On The Square is sponsored by The Tennessee Arts Commission, the Clayton Foundation, the City of Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosts event

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host a Trash Run in South Knoxville on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Check-in will begin at SoKno Taco Cantina at 3701 Sevierville Pike at 5:30 p.m. and the run will start at 6:00.

The Trash Run is a non-competitive fun run and litter pickup for runners/walkers of all ages. There is no designated route for the event; rather, participants are encouraged to spend an hour running or walking and collecting litter in the area. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will provide maps, gloves, bags, safety vests, and litter-pickers.

At the conclusion of the run at 7:00, participants are invited to enjoy a free beer and taco and will have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate, all courtesy of SoKno Taco Cantina. The event is free but participants must register at or by visiting and clicking on the Upcoming Events link.

South Knoxville is Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s Community of the Year through June 2017, and this is one of the last events that KKB will host in the area. Please join Keep Knoxville Beautiful at the Trash Run and help make South Knoxville a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live.

Knoxville Rotary hosts Derby fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rotary Club of Knoxville’s annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party Fundraiser will be held in a new venue, Lighthouse Knoxville Event Center on Baum Drive on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include the following festivities:

Red Carpet Arrival
Races projected on 15-foot TV
Ladies’ Fancy Hat Contest
Gentlemen’s Bowtie Contest
Photos with a Real Thoroughbred
Silent Auction
Derby-inspired hors d’oeuvres & Signature Drinks
Live music between races provided by Tall Paul

Quickly, Jockeys & Juleps has become one of the Rotary Club of Knoxville’s most important annual fundraising efforts. Proceeds from the event go directly to benefit the Rotary Foundation of Knoxville’s charitable work and are used to fund many of Rotary’s projects at home and abroad. Projects that include college scholarships; book donations to elementary school libraries; reading programs; clean water projects; local park projects; elementary school cleanup; tickets for underprivileged youth to see and participate in theater, opera and symphony performances, and many others.

For those interested in attending, tickets are now on sale for $75 each and can be purchased through the Rotary Club of Knoxville’s Facebook page or by visiting

Animal Center hosts kitten shower

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1-3 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center will host a kitten shower to prepare for an influx of kittens during the spring season. The kitten shower will take place at the shelter’s 3201 Division St. location.

Guests are invited to play shower games, choose kitten names for a dollar and meet cats that currently are available for adoption and enjoy cake and refreshments. In return, Young-Williams Animal Center asks that attendees bring a shower gift to help care for the new kittens.

Items needed include:

Feeding bottles

Powdered kitten milk replacer

Canned kitten food

Kitchen scales that measure in ounces

Microwavable heating pads/discs

Kitty litter

For more information, visit

Dreambikes hosts photography fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Mitchell Connell, photographer and Assistant Manager at DreamBikes Knoxville, will host a fundraiser photography exhibition to create a college bookstore scholarship fund for the DreamBikes youth interns. The opening reception will take place during April’s First Friday – Friday, April 7, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm, at DreamBikes, 309 N. Central Street just outside the Old City.

DreamBikes is Knoxville’s Non-profit bike shop, which provides hands-on, paid job training to local teens from moderate to low-income neighborhoods. 100 percent of the proceeds from this show will go towards college and career scholarships for the teen employees at DreamBikes.

The photography exhibition will consist of a very limited run of photographs taken while Connell traveled by bicycle, documenting a span of almost ten years. Connell says: ” My life was changed as a teenager when I began traveling by bike. Since then I’ve ridden more than 10,000 miles and taken thousands of photographs along the way. This photography exhibition is a celebration of the bicycle as a means of empowerment and travel, and I hope this show inspires others teens to find the freedom of a bicycle.”

Mitchell Connell graduated from UT Knoxville in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science. While in college he managed the UT Bike Shop, led bike tours for the UT Outdoors Program, and had two exhibitions of photography at the 1010 Gallery. After graduation Mitchell worked as a bicycle technician at REI until he left Knoxville to complete a through hike of the Appalachian Trail. Since returning from the trail Mitchell has dedicated himself to the development of DreamBikes’ Knoxville location.

Donations towards scholarships will be accepted at the door. Photographs will be available for purchase, as well as a limited edition book of photography, T-shirts, and stickers custom designed as companions to the show.

For the opening reception, Joseph Gillenwater (Maspeth), Sally Buice, and Spencer Connell will provide musical performances. Food trucks will be available as well.

Part non-profit bike shop, part community revitalizer, DreamBikes is an organization that hires and trains teens in disadvantaged neighborhoods to repair and sell donated bikes. Since 2008, DreamBikes has refurbished and returned over 10,000 used bikes to the community, provided jobs for over 80 teens, and helped a diverse audience see the world from the saddle of a bicycle.


Volunteers needed for river clean-up

If getting a little dirty to make Knoxville a cleaner place excites you, you’ll want to volunteer for Ijams River Rescue Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Keurig Green Mountain and TVA, the 28th annual Ijams cleanup event focuses on 30-40 locations along the Tennessee River and its associated creek tributaries from the river’s headwaters in Knoxville to the shores of Loudon County.

“Between 800-1,000 people pick up 10-14 tons of trash and debris as well as numerous old tires during this event each year,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “We welcome individuals as well as groups of all sizes from local businesses, nonprofit organizations and scout troops. It’s a fun way to get involved and help ensure healthier, cleaner water for the residents and wildlife of East Tennessee.”

Volunteers can register online at through March 31. All supplies will be provided, including gloves and bags that have been donated by TVA and American Rivers’ National River Cleanup program.

Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt designed by Ijams senior naturalist, artist and author Stephen Lyn Bales. This year’s shirt features a frog, one of the earth’s most environmentally sensitive creatures.

“Frogs live in two environments: land and water,” Bales said. “They have very thin skin, which easily absorbs toxic chemicals and other pollutants, so frogs are a good indicator of environmental stress. We can tell how healthy an environment is by how many amphibians live there.”

The 28th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by Keurig Green Mountain and TVA is sponsored by the City of Knoxville, First Tennessee Foundation, Grayson Subaru, Dow Chemical Company, Mesa Associates Inc., Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, River Sports Outfitters, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wood Realtors, Knox Area Climbers, AmeriCorps, and the Water Quality Forum.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 300-acre educational and outdoor adventure park 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 daily 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 or call 865-577-4717.

Poets read for library series

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Monday, March 27, 2017 poets Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers will present readings at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s 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 begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Maria James-Thiaw began bringing poems to life on stages during the spoken word revolution of the mid-nineties. Her works have been published in several journals including Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, Black Magnolias, Love Your Rebellion, the Spirit Speaks anthology, and others. She serves on the board of Philadelphia Stories and the Writer’s Wordshop. She is the author of three poetry collections including “Talking ‘White,’” which deals with issues of class and culture while celebrating our literary history. She is a professor of writing in the Department of English and Communication at Central Penn College in Pennsylvania.

Bobby C. Rogers is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University. His first book, “Paper Anniversary,” won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2015, he was named a Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress by Poet Laureate Charles Wright. His new book, “Social History,” has just been released by LSU Press in their Southern Messenger Poets series.

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, or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Fire departments receive donations

KNOXVILLE, TN – Cherokee Distributing Company and MillerCoors have teamed up and are pleased to announce a joint donation of $12,000 to the local fire departments who served during last year’s wildfires in Blount and Sevier counties.

Each of the following fire departments will receive a $1,000 gift:

Blount County Fire Department

Caton Chapel Volunteer Fire Department

English Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Kodak Fire Department

Pigeon Forge Fire Department

Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department

Sevier County Rescue Squad

Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department

Sevierville Fire Department

Seymour Fire Department

Walden’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Wears Valley Volunteer Fire Department
For every case of Coors Banquet beer sold during the month of December, Cherokee Distributing Company and MillerCoors donated 50 cents to local fire departments whose areas were affected by the fires. The proceeds from the campaign totaled $12,000.

Cherokee Distributing Company area manager Mike Dunn (center) presents a check for $1,000 to the Blount County Fire Department. Cherokee Distributing Company and MillerCoors teamed up to donate a total of $12,000 to the fire departments who bravely fought the wildfires in Blount and Sevier counties in 2016. Pictured from left: Blount County Fire Department Lieutenant Tim Ogle, Mike Dunn and Blount County Fire Department Captain Kermit Easterling. Photo submitted.

DNA testing lecture at ETHC

(Knoxville, TN) In a free workshop on March 25, 2017, from 1-3pm, noted genealogist Dr. George K. Schweitzer will explain how DNA testing works and how you can use it in family research. A frequent lecturer and the author of 22 books on genealogy, Dr. George K. Schweitzer is a professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee and member of the ETHS Board of Directors.

Every cell in your body has a set of chemical strings called DNA. They contain DNA inherited from many of the ancestors in your family tree. Modern technology permits us to find the portions given to you by your forebears. By correlating this information with your genealogical research, you can trace back to most, if not all, of your ancestors through the past five generations. Comparison of your results with those of others can help you discover unknown cousins who may have valuable genealogical information which lets you expand and enrich your family tree. The test will also estimate your ethnic origins.

The workshop is part of the East Tennessee History Center’s free genealogy courses presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, Knox County Public Library, McClung Historical Collection, and Knox County Archives. The workshops are free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

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

Knox Makers share work space

Knoxville Mayor Rogero is scheduled to cut the metal ribbon to kick off the grand opening of Knox Makers new community-oriented makerspace on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 AM. The event, located at 116 Childress Street, is open to the public and will include tours of the new workshop spaces and displays of projects made using the tools in the space that consist of 3D printing, lasercutting, wood working, metal working, and more.

Knox Makers is a place for the Knoxville area’s engineers, artists, hobbyists, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs to work and play. It is a technology and art collective dedicated to the promotion of creativity enabled and informed by science. Knox Makers provides lectures, workshops, and outreach programs that inspire and educate both members and the general public. The nearly 7,000 square foot workshop enables projects ranging from making your own costumes to building your own furniture to designing your own electronics.

“Knox Makers is more than just tools and a workshop,“ says Knox Makers President, Doug Laney. “We have almost 100 members who come together and share what they know. By combining skills and working together, they can make things that they wouldn‘t be able to make alone. That collaboration brings a real sense of community to the space. Being a part of that community is the best thing about Knox Makers.”

The Grand Opening will begin with the ribbon cutting at 11AM, with tours and demonstrations continuing until 4PM. Knox Makers will be signing up new members and selling t-shirts during the event. Mean Mama’s Burgers and Such along with Big O’s Famous Barbecue food trucks will be on site serving lunch.

ETPA seeks property nominations

Knoxville – The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in our region. The objective of the list is to inform our communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance as well as the value of what will be lost if action isn’t taken soon to avoid their destruction. Nominations are due by March 30, 2017 and are accepted for sites at least 50 years old and located in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties. The 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8 will be announced on May 1, 2017 to kick-off National Preservation Month. The nomination form and more information is available online at

ETPA has presented a list of endangered heritage sites in our region since 2010. The organization seeks to develop preservation strategies for each property included on the list. Endangered properties can be saved by working with property owners, developers, government officials, citizens and local historic organizations to find preservation solutions that work. Past endangered heritage lists can be found online at

About the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties.

ETPA partners with Knox Heritage to serve as the regional arm for preservation activities in the 16 counties mentioned above. The ETPA board of directors is comprised of local leadership from each of the 16 counties. ETPA advocates on issues of major importance to historic preservation, collaborates with other organizations with similar interests and goals, works to educate the public on the many benefits of historic preservation and actively seeks strategies for addressing challenging historic preservation issues in the region.

KKB names Orchid Award winners

Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at the Standard this week. The event honored Knoxville’s most beautiful properties by presenting awards in six categories: outdoor space, public art, new architecture, restaurant/café/bar/brewery, redesign/reuse and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the Mary Lou Horner Award was presented to a former winner who remains “Orchid worthy,” and the Felicia Harris Hoehne Award was presented for the first time.

The winner for outdoor space was Suttree Landing Park, and the winner for public art was the Locust Street pedestrian bridge. For new architecture, the winner was the Natalie Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The winners for restaurant/café/bar/brewery were Balter Beerworks and K Brew. For redesign/reuse, the winners were the Daniel and Patricia Nash Designs. Finally, the winner for environmental stewardship was the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials. The Mary Lou Horner Award was presented to the Tennessee Theatre.

This year’s newest award was created to honor a person who exemplifies KKB’s mission of making Knoxville a “clean, green, and beautiful” city. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero presented Ms. Felicia Harris Hoehne with the inaugural Felicia Harris Hoehne Award.

Harris Hoehne joined the Keep Knoxville Beautiful board in 2009, and is an active member of the Spring Place Neighborhood Association. She is dedicated to the KKB mission and hires crews to pick up litter in her own and other people’s neighborhoods.

Over 200 people attended the event, and guests enjoyed live music from the Old City Buskers, a live mural painting by Perry Hodson, a silent auction, and a specially brewed beer called “the Good Neighbor Orchid” provided by Balter Beerworks. The night’s guest speaker was Gale Fulton, who is the director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful announced that the 2017-2018 “Community of the Year” will be East Knoxville. The 2016-2017 “Community of the Year” was South Knoxville, where KKB will continue to focus their efforts until June of 2017.

All proceeds from the Orchids Beautification Awards will go to benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s education and beautification programs.

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

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 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.

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



Design Center names board members

Knoxville, TN – The East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) has announced that four community leaders have been named as new board directors. With the inclusion of Lane E. McCarty, granddaughter of the founder, the late architect Bruce McCarty, ETCDC adds a third generation to this legacy.

The new directors, each serving three year terms, are:

-Dwane Dishner, Dishner Design

-Alicia Griego Gast, First Tennessee Bank, Private Client Relationship Manager

-Lane E. McCarty, TVA – Office of General Counsel (Bruce McCarty’s granddaughter. Her father, Doug McCarty, is an emeritus board director.)

-Mary Beth Robinson, Place Synergy

“The Design Center has served East Tennessee for many years, through the work of strong, committed volunteers. Our new Directors are great examples of this ‘volunteer spirit’ at work,” Rick Blackburn, board president, said.

Besides Blackburn, board officers elected for 2017 are Nathan Honeycutt, AIA, first vice president; Katharine Pearson Criss, second vice president; Jan Evridge, treasurer/past president, and Sheryl Ely, secretary.

Founded in 1970 through the vision of the late architect Bruce McCarty, ETCDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources. The Community Design Center offers its services through the pro bono contributions of area architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers and other design professionals. ETCDC has assisted in as diverse range of projects, from traffic calming in neighborhoods to planning for Knoxville’s new urban wilderness. ETCDC serves Knox and the surrounding 15 counties of the East Tennessee Development District.

Additional information is available at

New voices at Knoxville Writers Guild

The Knoxville Writer’s Guild’s Thursday, February 2, 2017 program, “Bold New Voices,” features three electrifying, socially and politically engaged young poets and performing artists at the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 S. Third Avenue, Knoxville, starting at 7 p.m.

Rhea Carmon is a mathematician, poet, singer, youth mentor and creator of the powerful Fifth Woman group, inspiring women to “step on stage and bare their souls in front of an audience.” Her monthly reggae-inspired poetry slams excite and nurture scores of young poets. Photo courtesy Knoxville Writers Guild.

Jeb Herrin brings his dramatic experience as a medic in Iraq to his work in the MFA program at the University of Tennessee. His work takes us deep into the soldier’s journey from training to deployment, and then back to civilian world, where another battle for survival begins.

Ben McClendon’s work is widely published, exploring ecology, politics, and the power of queer love in an age of profound environmental risk. Poetry, he says, “is well situated to explore, celebrate, and inquire into all things ecological because its tradition has always been to explore the human, and through us the world.”

Knoxville Writers Guild meetings are open to the public. A $2 donation is requested at the door.

Knoxville Symphony hosts benefit show

The musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra are pleased to present a special concert on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM entitled “Music for the Mountains” at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, in Knoxville. This benefit concert, entirely musician-organized and led, will support the Gatlinburg disaster relief.

More than 22 musicians are volunteering their time and services to play solos and in trios, quartets and larger ensembles including traditional classical repertoire as well as familiar holiday selections.

“I grew up in Sevierville, and I have been looking for a way to help with the Gatlinburg wildfire disaster effort,” says organizer Jeffery Whaley, Principal Horn with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. “In planning this benefit concert with my colleagues in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, I am overwhelmed by the support and willingness to participate I’ve encountered, even during this very busy time of year.”

The event is free to the public, and all donations go to Dollywood Foundation’s “My People Fund” which assures 100% of donations will directly benefit the families who have lost homes in the wildfires.

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

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

Locals provide relief from wildfires

Tennessee State Bank, the Dollywood Foundation and WIVK radio have partnered for the My People Fund to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the recent East Tennessee wildfires, according to TSB President and CEO Todd Proffitt.


The Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so they can get back on their feet. To help in this effort, donations can be made at any TSB location, which includes branches in Sevier, Knox, Cocke and Jefferson Counties or at the Dollywood

“Tennessee State Bank offers thoughts and prayers of support to all affected, which includes some of our own TSB families who were touched by the recent fire disaster,” Proffitt said. “We are thankful to all who have responded to this crisis; with willingness to serve in any capacity. Tennessee State Bank is blessed to be part of this community and stands ready to participate in the healing and rebuilding process. We are grateful to live and work in the Volunteer State.”

Tennessee State Bank is a locally-owned and operated community bank headquartered at 2210 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The bank consists of 15 branch locations throughout Knox, Sevier, Jefferson and Cocke counties. The bank is a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) member and an Equal Housing Lender.

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Knoxville writers host potluck supper

Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will share their works and hold a mix and mingle potluck for December’s monthly program. Both current members and the public are encouraged to attend and to bring a covered dish or holiday snack.

The event will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Ave. Attendees should enter off of the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

We will also have sales tables provided for KWG members to sell their work.

For those interested in reading, there are a few simple guidelines:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. You can join or renew your membership before the readings begin. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for those taking part to establish speaker order.

2) What you read should be your own work or that of another group member. If it will be the work of another KWG member, you are required to have permission to read his/her work.

3) Your reading time will be three minutes maximum. It’s not necessary that your reading last the full amount of time allotted. For instance, if you have a one-minute poem and don’t have anything else you’d like to read, that would be fine.

4) What you read should be suitable for a general audience. In other words, please show courtesy to those attending. Think of approaching your reading as something to be shared and appreciated by one-and-all.

The Knoxville Writers Guild membership is $30 and $15 for students. Visit

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
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 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).

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


Free museum visits for veterans

The East Tennessee Historical Society invites all veterans, active duty military, and their families to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as our guests on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in defense of our nation and earning the state the nickname, the ‘Volunteer State,’” says ETHS Director Cherel Henderson. “We are pleased to honor the contributions of our military, past and present, by inviting them to visit the museum as our special guests on this day.”

The signature exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee explores three centuries of life in our region. Visitors will find stories and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, and the Civil War to World War I and World War II. The Museum of East Tennessee History is open to the public before and after the Veterans Day Parade, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum of East Tennessee History is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

About East Tennessee Historical Society
Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged as one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education. For 182 years the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseans hold on to our unique heritage—recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share.

Young Williams hosts fall event

Young-Williams Animal Center will host its annual Furry Fall Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The event will take place from noon-4 p.m. at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street in Knoxville. It is free and open to the public.

Pet- and family-friendly activities at this year’s festival include:

–Food trucks, including Dale’s Fried Pies and Cooks on the Curb
–$10 rabies vaccinations by the Knox County Health Department
–MEDIC Regional Blood Center mobile blood drive
–$10 pet microchipping and microchip registration by Young-Williams Animal Center
–Information about pet adoption from Young-Williams Animal Center and other local and regional animal rescue groups
–Pet supply vendors
–Information about high-quality, low-cost Spay/Neuter Solutions by Young-Williams Animal Center
–Treats for furry friends and give-away items for kids
–Kid Zone, including cookie decorating, face painting, games, inflatables and an arts-and-crafts booth


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.

Books donated to Knox Library

Copies of “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” have been donated to Knox County Public Library. Summitt was the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I basketball. With 1,098 victories and eight national championships, she established the Lady Vols as the top women’s athletics program in the country.

Knox County Public Library offers more than 1.5 million books, periodicals, compact discs, films, audiobooks and downloadables through 19 locations across Knox County including one of the premier historical and genealogical collections in the Southeast.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation,” said Janet Drumheller, head of collection development for Knox County Public Library. “Pat Summitt will always be such an inspiration to our community, and we are so happy to share her story with our patrons through Maria’s book.”

Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2011 and coached her final season in 2011-12. Summitt died June 28, 2016, at the age of 64.

The book was authored by Moxley Carmichael writer/editor Maria M. Cornelius. The public relations firm made the donation of the books to the library.


Janet Drumheller and Mary Pom Claiborne, both of Knox County Public Library, accept 20 copies of “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” from Alan Carmichael, far right, and Maria Cornelius, both of Moxley Carmichael. The books will be in circulation at every library branch and the main downtown facility. A book also will be placed in the permanent and non-circulated collection at McClung Museum. Photo submitted.

KKB hosts Pickin’ Party

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) is revitalizing a unique KKB tradition on Friday, October 14, 2016. KKB’s Rocky Top Pickin’ Party will be held under a full moon close to downtown at the historic Mabry-Hazen House from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. It will feature the musical talents of The Bearded and the Hardin Valley Thunder. All are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument and join the breakout sessions between sets.

Barbeque and tacos will be available from the Rollin’ Smoke and Captain Muchacho’s food trucks.

Tickets for this family-friendly event include 4 FREE beers or beverages, and can be purchased through the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website. Attendees who bring an instrument pay only $5!

General advance tickets are $15, or $20 on the day of the event. All of the proceeds go toward Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.

“Here in East Tennessee, many people dabble in bluegrass and Americana. We’re encouraging everyone from these closet musicians to local virtuosos to enjoying making music by joining the breakout pickin’ parties held around the grounds,” says Patience Melnik, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “The event is also unique because it will be low-waste. Our organization strives to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful Knoxville, so we are making the event as environmentally friendly as possible in order to align it with our mission.”

“We have worked hard with everyone involved to minimize waste,” adds Sarah Carman, Programs Coordinator at Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “Most of the food sold by Rollin’ Smoke and Captain Muchacho’s will be served with reusable packaging, with the remainder served with recyclable or compostable packaging. We will collect compost and our recycling trailer with bins will be on-site.”

“We hope the event will inspire others to consider minimizing their waste, and will encourage event organizers to take advantage of our recycling trailer, which is a free resource for anyone to borrow for local events,” Melnik said. “Most importantly, though, we hope folks will come enjoy a relaxing fall evening of music,food, and friends, all while supporting Keep Knoxville Beautiful.”

To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful and to purchase tickets to the Rocky Top Pickin’ Party, please visit

Medicare information sessions planned

Medicare Advantage through BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be hosting free informational sessions this fall to educate seniors about the healthcare options available to them. Statewide, there are about 361,000 people enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Lisa Wright, principal consultant and other Medicare advocates from BlueCross will be holding educational meetings all across the state that are free and open to the public. Anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare Advantage is welcome to attend. Below is a list of meetings scheduled for East Tennessee. All meetings are scheduled for 10 a.m.

Knox area meeting locations include:

Oct. 26, Hilton Garden Inn, 216 Peregrine Way, Knoxville
Nov. 4, Clarion Inn, 5634 Merchant Center Blvd., Knoxville
Nov. 28, Hilton Garden Inn, 216 Perigrine Way, Knoxville
Founded in 1945, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee serves more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

For more information, visit the company’s website at

Celebs pump for United Way

Local officials and media personalities will help Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the 24th annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event Oct. 10-12, 2016. Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. The 2015 event tallied a record $90,400, and since its inception, the event has raised more than $1 million for United Way.

During the three-day event, Pilot will donate five cents per gallon and 10 cents for every $1 spent on inside sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

“Our customers’ dedication and support for this event and the United Way for the past 24 years has been astounding,” said Jim Haslam, Pilot founder. “Knox County is so lucky to have media personalities, elected officials and other celebrities who are generous to donate their time on behalf of the United Way and its partner agencies that do great work year-round to help those in need.”

Celebrity pumpers this year include Pilot Flying J NASCAR driver Michael Annett, University of Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart and University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Holly Warlick, along with a host of other state and local officials and local television and radio personalities.

For a complete list of celebrity pumper times and locations, visit

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot operates 40 convenience stores in Tennessee.

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UT Gardens Plant Sale is Oct 8

UT Gardens in Knoxville will hold their fall plant sale on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A Preview Sale (for UT Garden members, UT Faculty & Staff and Volunteers only) will be offered on Friday, October 7, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Membership rates range from $15 per year for students to $100 for professional photographers.

A Bouquet Zinneas at the UT Farmers Market

This plant sale provides trees and shrubs that are known for being hardy for the Tennessee region. UT Gardens is located at 2518 Jacob Drive. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive, and right at next light onto Chapman Drive. Visitor parking is directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens, and is marked with signs for “2-Hr Visitor Parking.”

Featured plants for the sale include:

The Dogwood Appalachian series was developed by UT to provide the region with powdery mildew and anthracnose resistant dogwoods. Featured cultivars that will be available are ‘Appalachian Joy’, ‘Appalachian Spring’, ‘Appalachian Blush’, and ‘Appalachian Snow’.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas, cultivars ‘Ruby Slippers’ and ‘Munchkin’ feature robust bloom sets that stay upright with heavy rains. Both cultivars provide fall interest with the leaves changing from green to burgundy. ‘Sweet Tea’ Mountain Gordlinia is a new and hard-to-find hybrid of the Franklin Tree and Lolly Bay which has improved disease resistance and cold hardiness. Blooms July – September and is semi evergreen.

For a list of featured plants for the sale, visit:

Carpetbag Theatre receives grant

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. is proud to announce the receipt of a major multi-year grant awarded from The Roy Cockrum Foundation in support of the organization’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Series.

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. will be utilizing the funds received to remount six of the most beloved plays from the theatre’s past, as well as supporting the future creation and development of Carpetbag’s newest original work currently entitled, “Bricks.”

With generous support from The Roy Cockrum Foundation, Carpetbag will be remounting these original works as fully produced performances at fully equipped Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee venues. The performances will take place over the course of the three years leading up to the Anniversary celebration (2017, 2018, 2019) with two productions per year. CBT will invite former ensemble members who have remained in the professional field to return as guest artists and directors of the project.

The scheduled plays to be presented are as follows: Between A Ballad and A Blues, Nothin’ Nice, Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens, Ce Nitram Sacul, SWOPERA (a Spoken Word Opera), and Red Summer. The development of Carpetbag’s newest work, “Bricks” will trace the history of the African American brick making industry and its significance to the region.

The Carpetbag Theatre is a Professional African American Legacy Theater company with a rich history of service to diverse populations. As an intergenerational ensemble company, the company’s efforts are to engage communities of color and other disenfranchised communities. An ensemble company both artistically and administratively, CBT works collaboratively to fulfill this mission, to build communities and to develop social capital, emphasizing inclusion and cross-cultural dialogue.

The mission of The Roy Cockrum Foundation is to award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States.

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

Tomato Crush feeds thousands

The Knoxville Convention Center is inviting volunteers to assist in the second annual “Tomato Crush” event to prepare hundreds of healthy, premade meals for hungry families across East Tennessee. The event to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee will be held in the Convention Center’s industrial kitchen on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will assist in preparing fresh tomatoes for processing into red sauce to be used in a variety of dishes. Volunteers also are invited to bring locally grown or canned tomatoes to donate to Second Harvest.

“Last year, we had a great turnout to help the Knoxville Convention Center staff prepare more than 1,000 gallons of healthy, red tomato sauce for Second Harvest Food Bank,” Convention Center Executive Chef Chris Moore said. “We need volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help us exceed last year’s donation. No culinary experience is required. There are many different tasks, and several chefs are available to help supervise.”

Sysco, US Foods and local farmers have donated tomatoes, onions, garlic and other ingredients for volunteers to turn into sauce. Approximately 80 volunteers from the University of Tennessee Culinary Arts program have signed up for Saturday’s event.

The idea for the event stemmed from conversations about the lack of fresh, healthy ingredients in the local food system – and its effect on the population – among members of the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council and Gail Root, programs director for Second Harvest.

This year’s Tomato Crush is being held in memory of one of the founders of the event, James Bosi.

Volunteers interested in participating in the event should meet at the Clinch Avenue entrance of the Convention Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 27. Participants will be taken to the industrial kitchen on the hour and half-hour. Parking is available at the Poplar Street lot and the Locust Street Garage.

If possible, interested volunteers should contact the Knoxville Convention Center in advance at 865-522- 5669. Notification of participation is requested but not required.

Knoxville hosts Shoes for School

KNOXVILLE – More than 1,200 children received new tennis shoes and school supplies over the weekend thanks to the 14th annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League, U.S. Cellular and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

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Organizers, sponsors and volunteers prepare to kick off the 14th Annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL), U.S. Cellular and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) on Aug. 6 in Caswell Park. Pictured from left: City Councilman Dan Brown, KAUL president and CEO Phyllis Y. Nichols, Dana Dorcas of U.S. Cellular, Jody Nix of ETCH, Ola Blackmon-McBride of KAUL and other supporters. Photo submitted.

“A simple pair of shoes can help children start the school year off on the right foot – with confidence,” said Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. “For the Knoxville Area Urban League staff and volunteers, this is a special day. ‘Shoes for Schools’ is one of our signature events, and it’s one of our most joyful days of the year to serve our community.”

The Knoxville Area Urban League, U.S. Cellular, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and other sponsors hosted a festive atmosphere with food, games and inflatables provided by booth sponsors representing area businesses, nonprofit organizations, church groups and others. The event is a community effort that families and volunteers eagerly anticipate each year. Children participating in the event complete a pre-registration process with participating agencies.

“We greatly appreciate our staff and sponsors who give time and donations to make this event successful and meaningful for the children in need in our community,” Nichols said.

Since 1968, the Knoxville Area Urban League has assisted disadvantaged people attain social and economic stability and self-sufficiency through direct services and advocacy. The League works to provide a skilled and diverse workforce; to increase homeownership; to support economic and small business development, and to enhance education efforts for our youth. The Knoxville Area Urban League is a United Way partner agency and affiliate of the National Urban League. The League’s work and results are evident in the lives of the over 8,000 people it impacts each year.

For more information, call 865-524- 5511 or visit

Ice Cream Social for community planners

Knoxville, TN – An Ice Cream Sunday Social and Community Engagement Session will be held Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 1:00-3:30 pm. The East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) and the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) will host the event to gather suggestions for the East Knox County Community Plan, being prepared by MPC. It will be at the Carter Senior Center, 9036 Asheville Hwy.

All interested groups, including residents, landowners, community representatives, business owners, and county officials, are encouraged to attend. The information gathered will provide important input for this planning process.

Community members will have the chance to review past plans, consider areas to preserve and for potential future development, identify challenges today, vision for tomorrow, planning priorities, and participate in a Visual Preference Survey. There will be a prize drawing at the end of the session.

East Knox County has wonderful assets such as historic communities, long-standing farms, beautiful vistas, open space, and is flanked by two scenic rivers. Growth is likely, but how future developments impact the environment and benefit the community is yet to be defined. A goal of the East Knox County Community Plan is to ensure that community members are engaged in the process and able to make suggestions, which impact the quality of any future growth. The plan will be a realistic and effective community resource with a set of concise action steps for implementation.

A community representative stakeholder committee has been established to help with the process of gathering input and evaluating recommendations. The group includes representatives from several East Knoxville communities along with key elected and appointed county officials.

Please RSVP via email to or call (865) 525-9945. Cruze Farm Ice Cream will be served.

Discount pet adoptions offered

KNOXVILLE, TN – Young-Williams Animal Center will host its 2nd annual “Pet-riotic” event on Monday, July 4, 2016 with adoption fees for dogs ages 4 and older set at just $4. Spay/neuter surgeries for dogs will also be $40 off the regular low-cost option of $70.

“Last year, many families embraced their ‘pet-riotic’ spirit, and we were able to place several shelter animals in loving homes,” Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Jeff Ashin said. “While some adopters prefer puppies, adult dogs make wonderful pets. Many of them come to us with some training, and that maturity helps them make a smoother transition to a new home.”

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In addition to the adoption special, Young-Williams is offering $40 off the price of all spay and neuter surgeries. Pet owners must schedule an appointment by July 1 to receive the reduced spay/neuter rates of $5 for cats and $30 for dogs.

Ashin emphasized how important it is to have these special promotions during the summer when the center experiences its highest intake of animals.

“Spaying or neutering helps control the pet overpopulation in the community, and over time, helps decrease the number of homeless animals entering the shelter,” Ashin said. “The $40 discount on spay/neuter surgeries complements our $4 adoption special for homeless dogs already in the shelter and looking for a forever family.

“The Fourth of July is a time of celebration when many people have the day off from work. We hope individuals and families will consider adopting a dog as part of their ‘pet-riotic’ activities and use the holiday to find a furry family member, get pet supplies and introduce a great dog to a new home.”

Every animal adopted during the special promotion will receive the services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

The adoption special will be available at Young-Williams Animal Center at 3201 Division St., off Sutherland Avenue, and the Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike on Bearden Hill. The facilities will be open during regular business hours of noon-6 p.m.

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit

Gerdau raises $2000 for research

Representatives of steel recycler Gerdau’s Knoxville mill recently held their fourth annual golf tournament benefiting primary amyloidosis research. The rare and devastating disease took the life of former Gerdau Knoxville vice president and general manager Arlan Piepho at age 63.

The tournament raised $2,000 for donation to the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Piepho’s memory. The donation supports a research team led by Dr. Alan Solomon seeking to find better treatments for primary amyloidosis.

“The golf tournament was a fun time for a worthy cause,” Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller said. “We are honored to help make a difference in the lives of amyloidosis patients by supporting research that will help find new ways to diagnose and treat the disease.”

The golf tournament was held at Ruggles Ferry Golf Club and drew 55 participants.

Gerdau, a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world, has a robust social responsibility program that focuses on providing community support in the locations where its business operates. Pillars under the social responsibility program are health and wellness, history and culture, education and affordable housing.

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Matt Woodward, Todd Wakefield, Allen Osborne and Don Kidd comprised the first-place team at steel steel recycler Gerdau’s annual benefit golf tournament at Ruggles Ferry Golf Club May 10, 2016. The tournament raised $2,000 for amyloidosis research at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Photo submitted.

HHS funding awarded to Knoxville area

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

Cherokee Health Systems of Knoxville was among the seven cities in Tennessee receiving an award, and will be receiving $524,999.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Secretary Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”


Covenant Health to award grants

KNOXVILLE, TN – Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is currently accepting proposals for its Community Contribution Program, which will award funds for healthy living initiatives in East Tennessee. The deadline for the proposals is August 1, 2016.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and regional government entities that are considered nonprofit and serve Knox County and/or one of its eight contiguous counties: Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union.

Projects should represent unique ideas, methods and approaches that utilize physical fitness activities


Improve quality of life in the community

Promote healthy living practices

Promote healthy eating habits in relation to physical activity

Support current programs promoting physical activity (i.e. supplies, equipment, materials or other similar items)

A combination of all of the above

Applicants may submit proposals up to $10,000, and multiple recipients may be selected. Proposals must be submitted by Monday, August 1. The award date will be no later than September 30, 2016.

Application forms are available at

Bark in the Park June 11

Knoxville’s Bark in the Park, a celebration for dogs and people, will be held at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Gates will open at 3 pm with a five-dollar entry donation.

The festival includes games and contests for people and their pooches, plus the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley’s Kid’s Corner will feature face painting, henna tattoos, balloon art and more.

Festival vendors will include artisans, pet-oriented businesses, and pet-friendly businesses. There will be lots of great food and festival goers will be able to cool off with a cold drink at the “Barkin’ Beer Garden sponsored by the Bearden Beer Market and Yazoo Brewing Company.

And to help keep Fido cool, there will be cool-down pools and Grayson Subaru’s Misting Tent. Of course, Rescue Alley will be there as well, representing hardworking specialized animal rescues.

For more information, visit

Knox Library Book Sale is June 25-28

Knox County Public Library’s 2016 Annual Used Book Sale will be held June 25–28, 2016 at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Thousands of beautiful used books will be on sale to benefit the Knox County Public Library. From Members Only Day on June 25 through Bag Sale Day on June 28, this year’s sale offers great book bargains for everyone.

Knoxville residents can support Friends of the Knox County Public Library in 2016 by registering a Kroger Plus Card and choosing Friends as the recipient.

Participants earn points for the library with every purchase that will be converted into dollars of support for Friends. Participants still receive Kroger Plus Card discounts just like before, and benefit the library at the same time.

Follow these easy steps to link your card to Friends: Register your card online—create an account, then enter your email, favorite store, and Kroger Plus Card number. At the bottom of your Account Summary, click Enroll under Community Rewards, and either enter our Kroger Non Profit number (65466) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.



Knoxville receives Invest Health grant

A $60,000 grant administered through the East Tennessee Community Design Center has been awarded to the city of Knoxville by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new Invest Health initiative is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise, and quality

Knoxville and Jackson are the two Tennessee cities among the 50 mid-size cities in 31 states selected to receive the grant. Cities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000 were asked to form five-member teams including representatives from the public sector, community development, and an anchor institution, preferably academic or health-related. The Knoxville team includes: Becky Wade, Knoxville Community Development; Phyllis Nichols, Knoxville Area Urban League; Martha Buchanan, Knox County Health Department; Gerald Green, Metropolitan Planning Commission; and Susan Martin, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Michelle Eichinger of Designing4Health, LLC, who assisted in developing the team’s proposal, will help in process facilitation.

According to Wayne Blasius, ETCDC executive director, “The team will explore equitable transportation solutions and mixed-use development, including local transportation and planning policy change, and integrate health impact in the planning process in development projects. Further, the team will develop a coordinated, collaborative approach and explore funding strategies to support health equity in the community planning and the built environment.”

Mid-size American cities face some of the nation’s deepest challenges with entrenched poverty, poor health and a lack of investment, Blasius said.

Administrators of the grant believe the program has the potential to fundamentally transform the way Knoxville improves opportunities for healthy lives by addressing the drivers of health including jobs, housing, education, community safety and environmental conditions.

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 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.

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.

Berean seeks award nominations

Knoxville, TN – Berean Christian School is seeking award nominations for students, staff, and alumni who serve in the greater Knoxville area community. The public is invited to nominate any member of Berean who they think has stood out in the school or community through service, academics, or athletics.

Persons already nominated include Coach Chris Lindsay who was named TSSAA District 2 Coach of the Year, and Brianne McGill, a senior invited to teach English as a second language (ESL) in China this summer. Other nominees include student playwrights, basketball players who earned district honors, and an 8th grader who will be competing in the state Geographic Geography Bee.

Berean offers a wide variety of ways that students can get involved through clubs, volunteer opportunities and extracurricular activities. These experiences help to foster leadership.

To nominate a student, staff/faculty or alumnus for a Shine Brightly award, visit and click on the Shine Brightly tab to complete the form. Submissions will be featured on Berean’s blog and social media with the hashtag ‪#‎shinebrightlybcs.

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.

Young-Williams elects officers

KNOX COUNTY – Young-Williams Animal Center recently elected the new officers and announced the new members of the 2016 board of directors.

“We are so fortunate to have such active and engaged board members that are willing to donate their time and talent to help serve our animals and community,” said Jeff Ashin, Young-Williams Animal Center CEO. “Our staff is working hard to continue to provide the best medical and shelter services for the 12,000 animals we take in each year, as well as reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community through the Spay/Neuter Solutions program and raise additional funds to care for the animals. None of this would be possible without our board’s leadership, and we are excited for what this year will bring.”

The Board Chair is Kristi Lively, DVM, DABVP of Village Veterinary Clinic. Newly elected board officers include Janet Testerman (VChair), Bob Thomas (Secretary), April Harris (Treasurer). New Members include Brad Van Der Veen, Allison Klesse Smith, Natalie Stair, and Melissa White.
Young-Williams Animal Center reminds the community to please spay and neuter your pets. 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.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, call 865-215-6599.

Girl Scouts name Fugate CEO

The Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachian’s (GSCSA) board of directors has named appointed Lynne Lawson Fugate as CEO of the council following an extensive search process.

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Lynne Lawson Fugate Fugate, former Executive Director for Nine Counties, One Vision from 1999-2005, has been named CEO of The Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachia. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and currently serves on the Knox County Board of Education. Photo submitted.

“Lynne’s extensive experience as a leader and member of business and community organizations, combined with her proven leadership in the private and non-profit sectors, make her an ideal fit for GSCSA and its current needs,” said Jennifer Knight, Board Chair, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “Our search committee was impressed with her insights, intuition, and an eagerness to connect with the people who comprise our diverse stakeholders across the council. We congratulate Lynne and look forward to GSCSA flourishing under her leadership.”

Fugate was Executive Director for Nine Counties, One Vision from 1999-2005. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and currently serves on the Knox County Board of Education.

The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The council has approximately 9,000 girl members and 2,000 adult volunteers in the Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Tri-Cities metros. Membership is always open to girls and volunteers.

Knoxville Kidney Run is March 19

Local dialysis patients will benefit from the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s Lucky Kidney Run and Irish Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in downtown Knoxville.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) helps local kidney patients in 15 East Tennessee counties with costs for transportation to and from dialysis treatments and provides nutritional supplements and also blankets to make dialysis treatments more comfortable for patients. It also provides patient and caregiver education; facilitates prevention, detection and awareness of kidney disease; and promotes organ donation.

The 5th annual 6K run and 6K/2K walk start from Market Square at 10 a.m., progressing from downtown to the Fourth and Gill neighborhood and back.

The event also includes an Irish Festival, which is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Market Square. The event will feature live music, dancing and vendor booths, and kids will enjoy large inflatables and midway games.

Festival admission is free; tickets for children’s entertainment are available online during race registration or at the event. All on-site sales of food and game tickets will be cash only.

“Whether you plan to run or walk or simply enjoy the festival, the Lucky Kidney Run and Irish Festival promises fun for the entire family,” said ETKF Executive Director Katie Martin. “Anyone whose life has been touched by kidney disease or just interested in enjoying the outdoors for a great cause is welcome to participate.”


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.

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.

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

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,, 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.


UT Gardens hosts conifer sale

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ready to create a low maintenance garden? Join University of Tennessee Gardens experts to learn about some of the most beautiful evergreen trees and shrubs available and how best to use them in your landscape.

The event is indoors, Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the University of Tennessee Brehm Animal Science Arena at 2506 River Drive on the UT agricultural campus. This is near the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

Visitors are invited to attend a free lecture by UT plant science faculty members Sue Hamilton and Andy Pulte from 1:30 – 3 p.m., to be followed by a conifer sale from 3 – 5 p.m.

Adaptable to a wide range of soil and site conditions, conifers are the perfect anchor and companion plant in any landscape and ideal for providing four-season interest. After the lecture, shop the UT Gardens conifer sale for exclusive and hard-to-find selections and add to your low-maintenance landscape.


More than 140 different conifer selections are being offered at the plant sale including pine (Pinus), Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria), arborvitae (Thuja), hemlock (Tsuga), yew (Taxus), Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus), juniper (Juniperus), cypress (Cupressus), cedar (Cedrus), false cypress (Chamaecyparis), and Dawn redwood (Metasequoia), bald cypress (Taxodium), spruce (Picea), Japanese elkhorn cypress (Thujopsis). Photo submitted.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s mission: research, teaching and extension.

4th & Gill hosts ARToberfest

The Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood in Knoxville hosts the 2nd Annual ARToberfest from 2-9pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The celebration takes place on Morgan Street, between Gratz Street and Third Avenue near Central United Methodist Church.

An ever-expanding event for the whole family, ARToberfest festivities include a showcase featuring over 50 art vendors, live music by the Knoxville Polka Kings, Misty Mountain String Band, and Uptown Stomp, artistry by the Cattywampus puppets, a chalk walk, geocaching, and the Tennessee at Alabama game on the big screen. The standard fare is brats (meat and vegetarian), beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage options.

Tickets cost only $10, and an advanced ticket purchase comes with one free beverage of choice; kids 12 years old and under are admitted free of charge.

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.


South College tourney supports parenting

Students from the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2016 presented a recent donation of $2,200 to Susannah’s House from money raised through their annual golf tournament.

The check presentation to representatives of Susannah’s House was made at the charity’s location at 923 Dameron Ave., in Knoxville. The Edmund J. Wise Physician Assistant Society Golf Classic was held earlier this summer at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge with 55 players, 21 volunteers and 20 sponsors. Wise is a South College faculty member and serves as the society’s adviser.

“I speak for all of the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies students when I say we are truly grateful for everyone who supported our golf tournament this summer and made this donation possible,” said Ryan Roe, vice president of the class of 2016 for the School of Physician Assistant Studies. “Susannah’s House provides invaluable services to mothers and children across East Tennessee, and we are proud to partner with the organization.”

Susannah’s House serves mothers who are recovering from substance abuse and their prenatally exposed infants. The staff helps the mothers achieve sobriety, enhances relationships between mothers and children and builds better life skills for the future.

“We believe destructive cycles can be broken,” said Rebekah Fetzer, executive director for Susannah’s House. “Our goal is to serve women who have the desire and commitment to change. This donation will help us care for mothers and children. We are truly appreciative of South College and the students’ efforts to help our organization.”

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2015-09 South College Susannah’s House Donation: Class of 2016 students from the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies presented $2,200 to Susannah’s House. Pictured from left: students Jessica Hannigan, Ryan Roe, Adaku Taylor, Meredith Cummings and Kate Pryor and Susannah’s House Executive Director Rebekah Fetzer. Photo submitted.

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)

East TN PBS hosts open house

East Tennessee Public Broadcasting Station studios will host their annual Open House on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, from 6:30pm to 8 pm. Public television members, supporters and the general public are invited to tour the station, meet their favorite local show hosts and learn about educational initiatives occurring across the state.

There will also be light hors d’oeuvres and a garage sale where guests can pick up station-related items; DVD’s, CD’s, books and other items while supporting educational, not-for-profit programming.

Show Host Meet and Greet with:

Dr. Overholt, The Dr. Bob Show
Ernie Roberts, TN Learn: Mathline
Marshal Andy, Riders of the Silver Screen
Missy Kane, Fit & Fun
Sanda Allyson, Scholars’ Bowl
Vicki Lawson, Tennessee Life

In partnership with American Graduate’s Stories of Champions, East Tennessee PBS will be recognizing Tennessee organizations and programs that are successfully helping communities address the high school dropout crisis.

Educational programs to be recognized:
XCELL Mentor Program
Tennessee Scholars
PBS Digital Innovator

East Tennessee PBS exists to serve the needs of East Tennessee as a community partner affecting positive change by educating, entertaining and challenging minds.

The station is located at 1611 East Magnolia Ave, in Knoxville.


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.

Democrat Women support education

KNOXVILLE, TN – When school starts back for the 2015-2016 term, students at Maynard Elementary School can expect a real treat. Free books are on the way.

Due to a program launched by Martha Rose Woodward, a retired school teacher, Betty Reddick, Democratic Women of Knoxville’s leader and Sid Gwyn, local businessman, students in grades 2nd through 5th will be given free books each to take home and keep.

More books will be given to the students during this school year in hopes of increasing reading practice. Democratic Women of Knoxville, a club that recently celebrated its 25th year, sponsors programs and events that support education.

As a long-time member of Friends of the Library, Woodward said that she negotiated with the group in order to purchase books left over from their big sale held in May at a discounted rate.

“After Betty’s group paid for the books, I selected the ones I knew would coordinate with the skills being taught in each grade. After I boxed up the books, we needed a place to store them. Betty was going to rent a storage unit, but my good friend, Sid Gwyn, had an empty house he offered as space for storage until time for school to begin,” said Woodward.

The books were sorted according to grade levels and placed in bags made by the members of the club from tee-shirts.

Contact was made with the principal of Maynard Elementary School, Kim Wilburn-Collum, who was thrilled for her students to have the opportunity to be given free books. A date was set and free books will be going home with the lucky students soon.

“We wanted a program like this one,” said Wilburn-Collum. “We just didn’t know how it might happen. This fits the needs of our students.”

Anyone in the community who would like to make a donation for the program may contact Betty Reddick via e mail at

Democratic Women of Knoxville meets on the first Monday of the month at 12:00 noon at the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Central Labor Council, located at 1522 Bill Williams Drive. Membership is open.


Democratic Women of Knoxville’s Club made no-sew bags using old tee-shirts to hold the free books being distributed at Maynard Elementary School in Knoxville. Photo by M. Woodward.

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

Grants available for healthy projects

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is accepting proposals for its Community Contribution Program, which will award funds for healthy living initiatives in East Tennessee. The deadline for the grant program, now in its second year, is July 31, 2015.

Projects should represent unique ideas, methods and approaches that utilize physical fitness activities to improve quality of life in the community.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and regional government entities that are considered nonprofit and serve Knox County and/or one of its eight contiguous counties: Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union.

Applicants may submit proposals up to $10,000, and multiple recipients may be selected. Proposals must be submitted by July 31, and the award date will be no later than September 30, 2015.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, racewalking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.

For more information, call 865-805-2476.

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