Push-ups for Pennies raises $15k

KNOXVILLE, TN – Push-ups for Pennies, a fundraiser sponsored by Pilot Flying J, has raised more than $15,000 for Knoxville Challenger Sports, an organization that provides sports opportunities for children and young adults with special needs. Team members participated in the first annual Push-ups for Pennies event by securing monetary pledges for each push-up they could complete during a week-long span in November. Pilot Flying J also sold T-shirts as part of the fundraiser, which the company plans to host annually each November.

“We launched Push-ups for Pennies to show support for an organization that gives back to our community beyond measure,” said Josh Perrin, director of Operations Support for Pilot Flying J. “Knoxville Challenger Sports makes a tremendous impact in the lives of people with special needs by helping them come together and enjoy fun sports activities, and our team was proud to push our abilities to the limit to raise funds for them.”

Knoxville Challenger Sports provides participants opportunities in baseball, basketball, golf, swimming and bowling. In addition to the monetary donation, Pilot Flying J provided sports equipment to the organization.

Nic Arning of Knoxville Challenger Sports (center) and Pilot Flying J team members celebrate the donation of more than $15,000, along with new athletic equipment, with participants of Knoxville Challenger Sports and their families at Pilot Flying J headquarters on Nov. 17, 2017. The money was raised through Pilot Flying J’s “Push-ups for Pennies” program. Photo submitted.

Cedar Bluff school hosts fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The Cedar Bluff Elementary School Safety Patrol is holding a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 6-7:30pm. The Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the Cedar Bluff Elementary School Cafeteria at 705 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Knoxville.

Proceeds will benefit the Safety Patrol’s trip to Washington, D.C., which is scheduled for June 1-4, 2018. Tickets are $5. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, drink, and dessert.

Attendees are invited to join in and enjoy fabulous food donated from Tiger Rock, Gondolier, and Safety Patrol Families.

For more information call 865-567-0569 or email: CedarBluffSafetyPatrol@gmail.com.


Tales and Tamales in Knoxville

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

Event Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jenkins is new Dogwood Arts exec

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dogwood Arts, a nonprofit organization which promotes and celebrates the arts, culture and natural beauty of the greater Knoxville region, has announced its new Executive Director is Sherry Jenkins. The Dogwood Arts Search Committee interviewed many applicants from across the country and Sherry emerged as the candidate of choice.

“We believe (Jenkins) is the perfect fit as we move Dogwood Arts into the future,” said Shanna Browning, president of the Dogwood Arts board of directors.

Sherry Jenkins (pictured) has served on the Dogwood Arts board since 2014 and most recently was Vice President, Operations for National Services, LLC. She has vast experience in Executive level management and project management along with extensive fundraising experience and volunteer leadership across a number of local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Jenkins also holds a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dogwood Arts started in 1955 led by members of the Knoxville Garden Club and other concerned citizens with a vision that began as a civic beautification project… the Dogwood Trails. Over the last 62 years Dogwood Arts has become a year-round celebration of the area’s beauty through a variety of cultural events and exhibits such as Art in Public Places, Rhythm N Blooms, Chalk Walk, and the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square.

Guitarists featured at fundraiser

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

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

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

For tickets visit KeepKnoxvilleBeautiful.org.

UT’s Cronan is luncheon speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WDVX celebrates 20 years of music

Knoxville, TN. – From its humble origins situated in a camper located in an East Tennessee campground, through to its present stature as one of America’s — make that the world’s — foremost authoritative voices for authentic Americana, WDVX has established an enviable niche in the realms of roots music and other indigenous forms of folk, rock, blues and country. Lauded by listeners and artists alike, many of whom received their initial exposure on the station’s airwaves, WDVX has become a true bastion of Americana music in all its many forms.

To commemorate that remarkable legacy, the station will present the WDVX 20 Year Celebration on November 17, 2017 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. In addition, the concert will also be broadcast live on WDVX.

Co-produced by Senior Creative Consultant and On-Air Personality Tony Lawson and WDVX Program Director Katie Cauthen, the festivities will feature an impressive array of artists spanning all realms of the Americana spectrum, including a number of special guests to be announced later. Each portion of the live variety show will be introduced by a WDVX personality, along with a special set focusing specifically on East Tennessee artists, hosted and curated by Cruz Contreras and Sam Quinn, from Knoxville’s own nationally-known band The Black Lillies. In addition, two-time IBMA award winner Phil Leadbetter has gathered many of the leading lights of the Bluegrass world for a special performance that promises to be one of many remarkable offerings showcased throughout the evening.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 8 through all TicketMaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at KnoxBijou.com. In addition, a limited number of tickets will be offered in advance at the free WDVX “Cheers to 20 Years” concert taking place in Knoxville’s Market Square on Friday, September 1.

East Tennessee’s Own WDVX is a listener supported public broadcaster heard locally on 89.9, 102.9, and 93.9 and streaming on WDVX.com. WDVX is a service of Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation, a 501c3 organization.

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 https://www.etkidney.org, call 865-288- 7351 or email katie@etkidney.org. 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 katie@etkidney.org.

Maple Hall wins Watermelon Crawl contest

Knoxville’s Watermelon Crawl organizers recently recognized the event’s Best in Show winner and made a donation to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital at a ceremony on Aug. 18, 2017 at THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel. The Shelton’s Reverie cocktail by the team at Maple Hall and The Parlor at Maple Hall was named Best in Show based on voting by Watermelon Crawl guests. Voting was done through donations to Children’s Hospital, with one dollar equaling one vote.

During the Watermelon Crawl on Aug. 1-6, a collection of downtown Knoxville restaurants and bars presented original watermelon-based creations, from cocktails to food to dessert. Guests who purchased the items could vote for their favorite creation through donations to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, which totaled $352.

“We’re thrilled with the camaraderie and teamwork that the Watermelon Crawl created among downtown businesses,” Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel, said. “And we all love the extra benefit of supporting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as we celebrate the sweetest part of summer. We already have ideas for an even bigger Watermelon Crawl in 2018.”

Participating establishments included Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Café 4, Cruze Dairy Farm Pop-up Shop, Fairgrounds and Windows on the Park at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park; The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel; Juice Bar in Market Square; Knox Whiskey Works; Maple Hall and The Parlor at Maple Hall; and Oliver Royale.

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is not affiliated with or an organizer of this event.

The organizers and beneficiary celebrated on Aug 18 the results of the city’s first Watermelon Crawl event at THE TENNESSEAN Hotel. During the Watermelon Crawl, several downtown Knoxville businesses offered watermelon-focused food and cocktails and accepted donations for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. From left: Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel; Callie Word, community development manager for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; Ryan Sheley, operations manager for Maple Hall, which was winner of Best in Show for its Shelton’s Reverie cocktail; and Dave Mason, account manager for Graphic Creations, which provided promotional support for the event. Photo submitted.

Beardsley Brews is August 19

KNOXVILLE, TN – The inaugural Beardsley Brews event, a CAC Beardsley Community Farm Benefit, will be hosted at Schulz Bräu Brewing Company (126 Bernard Ave, Knoxville) on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 4-9 pm. Beardsley Brews will feature live music and a brew off between some of Knoxville’s finest breweries. Brewers are challenged to create a beer using Beardsley Farm’s produce.

This year’s contestants are: Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, Crafty Bastard Brewery, Last Days of Autumn Brewing, Cold Fusion Brewing, Fanatic Brewing Company, and Saw Works Brewing Company. Come cool off and try delicious cold beer featuring Beardsley Farm produce.

Admission: $10 admission, beer tickets are $3 each. Cash and cards accepted.

For more information, please visit beardsleyfarm.org or call 865-546-8446.

Marble Springs hosts Soiree

Marble Springs Historic Site is hosting the annual Sevier Soiree on Friday, September 15th from 6:30-8:30pm. This event is a celebration of the rich history and scenic beauty of the historic farmstead of John Sevier with music and a Southern inspired dinner prepared by Bradford Catered Events. Guests also will enjoy touring the scenic 35 acre property, 5 historic structures, and a silent auction.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the only historic site charged with interpreting the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier. Marble Springs is operated and maintained by a non-profit organization, the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association. This fundraiser will help the site’s mission of education and preservation of the historic farmstead, ensure quality school tours and educational programs, and assist in the continued maintenance of our arboretum and hiking trails. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased by Sept. 2. Guests may purchase online from the Marble Springs website at www.marblesprings.net. A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible.


Knoxville hosts Watermelon Crawl

A collection of downtown Knoxville restaurants and bars are celebrating the tastiest part of summer and benefiting a great cause during the inaugural Watermelon Crawl. The event runs Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 1-6, 2017 and is in celebration of National Watermelon Day on Aug. 3. During the period, participating restaurants and bars will offer watermelon-based creations, from cocktails to food to dessert.

“The Watermelon Crawl is a fun way for people of all ages to enjoy being downtown and sample creations featuring this sweet, summertime favorite,” Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, said. “The event also benefits East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, so it’s a good time for a great cause. We encourage participants to visit a new establishment each day.”

There is no entry fee, but crawl participants will purchase their food and drink selections at each establishment.
Additionally, participants may vote for their favorite offering to be Best in Show by making a donation benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Participants will “vote” by cash or check placed in envelopes provided by each establishment, with each dollar representing one vote. A winner will be announced at the end of the event.

To date, participating establishments include:

Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 412 S. Gay St.
Café 4, 4 Market Square
Cruze Dairy Farm Pop-up Shop, 408 S. Gay St.
Fairgrounds at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.
The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, 531 Henley St.
Juice Bar, 2 Market Square
Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St.
Oliver Royale, 5 Market Square
The Parlor at Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St.
Windows on the Park at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.

All funds collected through the voting process will be donated to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is not affiliated with or organizing this event.

Enjoy a taste of summer during the First Annual Watermelon Crawl on Aug. 1-6, 2017 with downtown Knoxville establishments offering watermelon-based food, desserts and cocktails. The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel will offer this Smoky Watermelon cocktail.

Tomato Jam is July 23

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $40 each or $140 for 4.

Visit NourishKnoxville.org.

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 pedalforthered.org. 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 https://www.crowdrise.com/pedal-for-the-red.

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

Follow on Twitter @PedalfortheRed or like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pedalforthered/.

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 redcross.org 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 natfoster01@gmail.com. Tickets to the luncheon are available for a donation of $55.

Knoxville Aquatics Center to expand

Knoxville, Tennessee – The YMCA of East Tennessee is teaming up with Tennessee Aquatics for an $8 million capital campaign to fund a state-of- the art aquatic center, double the size of the West Side YMCA’s existing building and add needed parking. Their collaboration will also allow for high-quality masters and youth swimming training at all local Y branches.

“This a citywide partnership and we’ll work with Tennessee Aquatics on all the latest training and water curriculum,” said Jim Dickson, CEO of the YMCA of East Tennessee. “It’s going to be fantastic. Our menu of programs will go from introduction to the water through Olympic training.”

The capital campaign was announced at a press conference today. More than $2.4 million in leadoff gifts have already been raised and the Y hopes groundbreaking for the West Side Aquatic Center can be held in October. A ribbon cutting is tentatively scheduled for late 2018.

The 29,000-square- foot aquatic and wellness facility will be built on the site of the West Side Y’s outdoor pool. Projected to cost $5 million, it will feature two pools with different water temperatures, a combined total of 20 swimming lanes, plus locker rooms and wellness space.

Renovations to the existing building are expected to cost $3 million. The West Side Y’s indoor pool area will be transformed into needed program space. Changes will include a 3,000-square- foot Child Watch Center and playground, more than 85 parking spaces, a new driveway connection and other updates.

The proposals depend on the success of the capital campaign.

One of the largest youth sports organizations in Knoxville, Tennessee Aquatics is the premier organization for area master-level swimmers and has trained a number of Olympians.

“This is a win-win for everyone involved and we couldn’t be more proud of the collaboration,” said Davis Tarwater, president of Tennessee Aquatics’ Executive Committee and an Olympic gold medalist.

Tarwater began swimming at age 9 for Pilot Aquatic Club, which later merged with Tennessee Aquatics.

“This will enable us to take the next step in fulfilling our mission, which is really to help provide access to competitive swimming and its benefits to as many people as possible,” said Matt Kredich, head swimming coach at the University of Tennessee and executive director of Tennessee Aquatics. “Right now we enjoy one of the best facilities in the country with UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. This will provide an additional facility with easy access that will allow us to expand our presence in West Knoxville.”

Marshall Goldman, chief executive officer of Tennessee Aquatics, said the organization will be able to provide a standardized program influenced by a college head coach who has had swimmers participate in two of the past three Olympics. He also noted that Tennessee Aquatics has an 85-year- old world champion on its team.

“We’re also excited that this is not just a pool project,” Goldman said. “We’re going to help be part of the continued growth of the YMCA. Parents will now be able to spend that time taking a class or working out at the Y while their kids are at swim practice.”

Dickson said the West Side YMCA, which was built in 1969, is the most-popular local Y and serves around 10,000 members.

“We’ve known for a long time that we need to expand and this will allow for a higher quality experience for our members,” he said. “The West Side Y has been open for 50 years and it’s definitely had a lot of Knoxvillians go through its doors, learning to swim and playing in youth sports. Now it’s time to get ready for the next 50 years.”

Knoxville Symphony hosts Show House

East Tennessee residents and visitors are invited to collect home decorating tips and inspiration at the 30th annual Knoxville Symphony League ShowHouse, which will be open until May 10, 2017.

The 4,510-square- foot home is located in a new subdivision on Artisan Row off Westland Drive and features the handiwork of 13 of the area’s most prestigious local designers and artisans. The Symphony ShowHouse will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Single tickets to tour the house are $15, while a season pass is $25.

The Foxhollow Goodson smart home In the newly developed neighborhood is wired for all smart home capabilities, including intuitive thermostat and panel to control all functions of the home. The home also features a master suite with spacious custom closets, formal dining room, great room with two-story ceilings, large patio with exquisitely manicured courtyard and chef-grade kitchen. This home highlights the juxtaposition of sleek industrial features and reclaimed wood.

“The Knoxville Symphony League has been organizing and sharing show houses with the community for the past 30 years,” said Rhonda Webster, chair of the Knoxville Symphony League ShowHouse, which benefits the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. “We hope everyone will visit the Symphony Show House and enjoy how unique and inspiring this particular home is while also being able to support the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.”

The on-site symphony gift shop also will offer decorating ideas and an assortment of items for sale. A portion of the items sold in the gift shop will benefit the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Guests will experience live music at various times while visiting the Symphony ShowHouse. Complimentary parking and shuttle services are available at First Church of God, located at 6708 Westland Drive.

The following local designers and artisans are involved with the 2017 Symphony ShowHouse:

Jeffrey Hansen and Linda Cox of Bill Fox Furniture

Scott Bishop of Westwood Antique & Design Market

Jeff Heiskell of Ethan Allen Design Center

Mitzi Mayer of Perpendicular Design

Gail Reed of Trend and Traditions

Susan Gates of The Velvet Pug

Joyce Simms of The Painted Pig

Kim Jackson and Meg Troutman of O.P. Jenkins

Janet Greer of Friedman’s Appliances

Regina Turner, artist

Tom Cover, artist


The Knoxville Symphony League (KSL) is a guild of volunteers who organize fundraising events to benefit the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, specifically the education and community partnerships programs, including scholarships for students involved in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestras. The Knoxville Symphony League hosts three pillar fundraisers each season, including the annual Symphony Ball, the Elegant Dining Series and the Symphony ShowHouse. These events fund KSO programs that provide cultural and educational outreach in the community.


Punch Brothers to perform

KNOXVILLE, TN – This year’s Bijou Jubilee, presented by Pilot Flying J and supported by Four Roses Bourbon takes place Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with a VIP pre-show party at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers says the Bijou is excited to welcome bluegrass band Punch Brothers back to the U.S. Cellular Stage as the featured artist for the 9th annual Bijou Jubilee. The public is invited to join in the festivities for a celebration of the historic Bijou Theatre, which serves as the primary fundraiser to support ongoing preservation and operations of this legendary venue.

There are two ticket options:
Reserved General Seating • $49.50
VIP Premier Seating & Pre-Show Party • $200

VIP tickets are limited and include access to the pre-show party at Club LeConte featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and spirits, a silent auction, and live entertainment.

All ticket holders will have a chance to participate in our live auction featuring signed instruments and tour posters from artists who have played on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre. The live auction will take place immediately prior to Punch Brothers’ performance.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10am Eastern.

Bluegrass band Punch Brothers is Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass). The band is scheduled to perform at the 9th annual Bijou Jubilee in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 25, 2017.

Spin class for community gardens

Knoxville, TN – Enjoy a Moonlight YMCA Rooftop Spin Class to Benefit Community Gardens, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Lindsay Young Downtown Y Rooftop.

Two professional cyclists, Clay Murfet and Brandon “Monk” Feehery will lead the one-hour spin on the rooftop, which will offer spectacular views of April’s full moon, traditionally known as the Pink Moon.

Participants, who will donate $40 to ride, will receive a limited edition PINK MOON T-shirt and a special cup to commemorate the ride.

The Y has several community gardens in Knoxville, which have produced more than 12,000 pounds of produce since their inception, with 100 percent of their produce given to area food banks.

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 www.knoxvillerotary.org.

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.


Evergreen Ball raises $725k for Park

KNOXVILLE, TN – Friends of the Smokies gathered for an evening of elegance at Cherokee Country Club to celebrate Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and to raise more than $725,000 for the park’s annual needs at the 2017 Evergreen Ball.

The fundraiser featured a silent auction, wine auction, and live auction which included one-of-a-kind experiences and vacation packages to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Andes Mountains of Argentina.

The recent fires in Gatlinburg weighed heavy on the heart of Rev. Dr. Matthews, a North Carolina native.

“Our brothers and sisters on this side of the mountains have been through so much this past year,” Matthews said. “Let’s come together tonight and show the world what Smokies Strong looks like.”

At the close of the evening’s live auction Sharon Miller Pryse, President and CEO of The Trust Company and Friends of the Smokies board member, announced a challenge gift of $30,000 to establish the Cades Cove Preservation Fund in recognition of The Trust Company’s 30th anniversary.

Generous donations by the guests in attendance exceeded this goal, for a total of more than $75,000 dedicated to the preservation of Cades Cove. Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas of America’s most-visited national park, claiming more than 2 million of GSMNP’s 11 million total visitors in 2016.

Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $55 million in support of GSMNP since the organization was founded in 1993.

“After a challenging season, it is heartwarming to see the outpouring of love and support for the Smokies shine through,” said Superintendent Cash. “We are so thankful for the support of Friends of the Smokies and all of you here tonight.”

2017 Evergreen Ball Co-Chairs Tim Chandler and Sam Curtis with their wives Katie Chandler and Jody Curtis. The evening’s program was emceed by WBIR anchors Robin Wilhoit and Russell Biven, and included welcome messages by Friends of the Smokies board chair Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews and GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash. Photo by Bob Franklin.

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.

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 Foundation.org.

“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.

Visit www.tnstatebank.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tnstatebank.

Beardsley Farm hosts fundraiser

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

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

See Ramsey House by candlelight

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

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

For more information, Email judy@ramseyhouse.org.


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

Johnson Architecture raises $ for charity

Knoxville’s Johnson Architecture Inc. team was out in force at the recent Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk at the University of Tennessee’s Circle Park. The team was formed to support firm partner and leukemia survivor Rick Friel and raised to-date $12,024 for the 2016 event, second-highest among all teams, and a total of over $62,000 for the cause since 2009.


Participating employees, family members and friends for Johnson Architecture’s Light the Night Walk included, from left, front row: Eva Matthews, Ellie Biden, Meridieth Williamson, Cooper Williamson, Nicholas Riordan, Rick Friel, Cole Overton, Juliet Biden, Emily Haire and Titus Haire. Second row: Hannah Matthews, Sunny Biden, Colleen Riordan, Jack Riordan, Heather Overton, Kelley Hicks and Heather Ryan with son Trey. Third row: Danielle Hemsley, Karen Williamson, Josh Biden, Mike Riordan, Jeff Williamson, Daryl Johnson, Joey Staats, Shehara Hapuarachy and Jimmy Ryan. Photo submitted.

In addition, Johnson Architecture has earned an East Tennessee Preservation Award for its work on Maryville College’s iconic Anderson Hall renovation, which preserved the character of the 19th century building’s character while creating a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The ceremony was on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 in Morristown.

Todd Morgan, left, director of preservation field services for East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, joins Johnson Architecture’s Daryl Johnson, founder and president, and Danielle Hemsley, director of business development, at the East Tennessee Preservation Awards in Morristown on Nov. 4. Johnson Architecture was recognized for its renovation and restoration of Maryville College’s Anderson Hall, which preserved the iconic structure’s 19th century character while creating a state-of-the-art educational environment. Photo submitted.

KKB helps preserve train mural

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

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

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

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

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

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



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.

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 www.pilotpumpers.com.

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

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Time for planting dogwood trees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Once again, Dogwood Arts encourages Knoxville to take part in the community-wide dogwood tree-planting day on Saturday, December 3, 2016 . As part of the Bazillion Blooms program, Dogwood Arts asks Knoxville communities to keep their neighborhoods and communities beautiful for years to come by planting not only dogwood trees, but flowering trees and shrubs, bulbs, and perennials during the Fall gardening season. Fall planting allows plants to develop a strong root system over the winter months, so they are strong for upcoming summer heat.

Since the inception of the Bazillion Blooms program in 2009, Dogwood Arts has been working towards a goal of planting 10,000 new trees in the Knoxville community in 10 years. Dogwood Arts is selling disease-resistant dogwood trees at dogwoodarts.com or by phone at (865) 637-4561 through November 18. These 3’ – 4’ bare-root trees are available for $25 each or five for $100.


Trees ordered from Dogwood Arts must be picked up on Saturday, December 3, from 9 am to 12 pm at the UT Gardens off Neyland Drive. Trees will not be distributed at a later time or date. Photo submitted.

Since the initiation of Bazillion Blooms in 2009, Dogwood Arts, along with community and corporate partners, have planted more than 8,000 April-blooming, disease-resistant dogwood trees.

Bazillion Blooms, a program of Dogwood Arts, is sponsored by the ORNL Federal Credit Union. For more information, visit dogwoodarts.com or call Dogwood Arts at (865) 637-4561.

Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.

Holiday Bazaar and Bake event is Oct 7-9

SEYMOUR, TN – Looking for a great place to get some early shopping done? A Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held October 7, 8, and 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Sunday until noon) at Holy Family Catholic Church, 307 Black Oak Ridge Road, in Seymour.

“We have something for everyone on your shopping list at our annual event,” says Marie Kruzel, who is organizing the event along with a women’s group known as The Crafty Ladies. Kruzel is the artist/crafts guild president this year.


Guests to the Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at Holy Family Catholich Church (October 7-9, 2016) will enjoy shopping for beautiful handmade arts and crafts such as this vintage necklace (above) or hand-turned wood Christmas tree ornaments (below) as well as home baked cookies, breads, cakes, and pies. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.


“We’ll have jewelry and artwork, vintage items such as purses, plus a children’s corner with gifts for kids,” Kruzel said.

Raffle tickets for winning a handmade quilt and vintage Victorian style doll house will be offered during the event. You do not have to be present to win.

Kruzel said that Sunday’s bazaar at the end of the weekend also includes free coffee and chicken salad croissants for attendees.

All proceeds for the event go towards reducing the mortgage debt on parish property.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the raffle, call 865-712-8252.

Iconic sign gets an upgrade

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Theatre will celebrate the return of its iconic vertical sign to Gay Street and the newly refurbished marquee with a free open house and relighting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

“The vertical sign is an important part of downtown Knoxville’s visual identity and our theater’s history,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “After more than two months of work, we will welcome back our vertical sign and refurbished marquee, both of which will shine on Gay Street even brighter and better. We look forward to the public joining us for the celebration.”


During the open house sponsored by McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects and Interior Designers, the Tennessee Theatre will be open to the public for self-guided tours of the stage and backstage areas from 6-8 p.m. House organist Dr. Bill Snyder will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and a caricature artist will be at the event to draw guests with the iconic Tennessee Theatre marquee.

At 8 p.m., guests will move outside onto Gay Street, which will be closed in front of the theater for the event, for a ceremony featuring Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Tennessee Theatre board members and officials from Pattison Sign Group, which handled the project. Elected officials and donors will join Hancock in leading a countdown to the official relighting of the vertical sign and marquee with brighter, more energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

When the marquee project was announced in April, the Tennessee Theatre launched a fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 to cover the cost of the refurbishment. Through cash and in-kind donations, the theater has raised more than $136,000 and is asking for the community’s continued support to completely fund the project.

At the event, guests also will have the opportunity to sponsor a bulb for $25 or purchase several commemorative items, including a hand-crafted vertical sign glass ornament or fine art print of the marquee, to help fund the project. More information on the campaign can be found at www.tennesseetheatre.com/marquee.

The marquee project also was supported by a $65,000 grant from the City of Knoxville, corporate gifts from Pattison Sign Group and Scripps Networks Interactive, and individual donations from the community.

Locally headquartered Pattison Sign Group, one of the largest sign and visual communication companies in the world, donated its services at cost to remove the vertical sign, replace all light bulbs, repair wiring and damage and reaffix the sign to the Burwell Building.

At its facility in South Carolina, Pattison Sign Group divided the four-ton vertical sign into three pieces for accessibility to replace 3,300 light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting; install electrical upgrades; repaint the sign; and repair cosmetic damage from daily wear-and-tear and recent hailstorms.

Additionally, the company oversaw repairs on the Tennessee Theatre marquee, which remained in place. Approximately 2,400 light bulbs were replaced, cosmetic damage was repaired, the marquee was repainted and message boards on the marquee were replaced and upgraded.

“The Tennessee Theatre sign is one of the most beloved icons of our region,” said Jeff Allison, sales manager at Pattison Sign Group. “At Pattison, we do work around the world, but this project has been especially meaningful for our employees who live and work in this community. We are pleased to be able to give Knoxville a brighter and more beautiful sign and marquee.”

Pattison Sign Group anticipates that the vertical sign will return to Gay Street about a week before the official relighting and will remain dark until the ceremony. Gay Street will be closed overnight for the sign to be placed back on the Burwell Building, a process expected to take approximately eight hours.

About the Tennessee Theatre

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

For more information, visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

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.

McClung displays mate to artifact

KNOXVILLE—A prehistoric Native American statue currently on display in the lobby of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is thought to be the female counterpart to a male figure that was named the Tennessee State Artifact in 2014.

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The pair appears to have been made by the same sculptor between A.D. 1250 and 1350, and the two rank among the finest prehistoric sculptures ever found in the United States. Both statues were found in the 1930s at the Sellars farm in Wilson County, Tennessee, and they appeared together for the first time in the Tennessee State Museum’s recent “Ancestors” exhibition. Paired male and female statues are thought to represent founding ancestors of the prehistoric Native American societies of the middle South.

The male statue was sold to UT in 1940 by the tenant farmer. The figure has been featured in several scientific and popular publications, including a 1941 issue of “Time” magazine and as a United States postal stamp celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. It has been featured in various museums worldwide, including the 1992 exhibition “Tresors du Nouveau Monde” at the Musees Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels, Belgium, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit “Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand” in 2004 and 2005.

The female statue was sold by the Sellars family to Lillard Yeaman, sheriff of Smith County and an amateur archaeologist, and then to John C. Waggoner Jr. of Carthage, Tennessee. Waggoner has loaned the statue to UT, and the pair will be on display in the lobby of the McClung Museum through the end of the year.

Recognizing the importance of keeping the statue in Tennessee and reuniting it with its male counterpart, Waggoner has offered the museum a purchase option. To reach this end, the museum is now engaged in a fundraising effort.

Exhibits at the McClung Museum showcase the geologic, historical and artistic past of Tennessee, as well as cultures from around the globe.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays.

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 HumaneSocietyTennessee.com.

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.



Photography workshop offered

Marble Springs State Historic Site will host a photography workshop on April 23, 2016 at 11am. This event will take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville.


This workshop will be taught by Doug Mills, videographer for the award winning Heartland Series. At this workshop guests will be taking pictures of the scenic historic site while developing some basic photography techniques as well as their own artistic vision.

Cost is $20 per person with all proceeds going towards educational programing at Marble Springs.

For more information or to register please call 865-573-5508 or email info@marblesprings.net.

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.”


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.

Churches present community concert

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Feb. 7, 2016, the congregations of First Baptist Knoxville and Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host a concert for the community featuring Babbie Mason. Mason will join First Baptist for their 11 a.m. worship service that Sunday; the concert will follow at 4 p.m. A five dollar donation is recommended at the door, and all proceeds will support the nonprofit organizations Family Promise of Knoxville and Knox Area Rescue Ministries.


Inducted into The Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2010, Babbie Mason has influenced the Christian community through her singing and songwriting for nearly three decades. Apart from music, Mason is also an author, teacher, motivational speaker and a television talk show host. She has shared the stage with President Jimmy Carter, Michael Jordan, President Gerald Ford, Steve Forbes and Jeff Foxworthy.

“Mason’s music has always spoken across race and generation with the Gospel story,” said Tom Ogburn, pastor of First Baptist Knoxville. “We are thrilled that this concert will not only be an act of community between First Baptist and Mt Zion, but also benefit our city.”

First Baptist Knoxville and Mt Zion Baptist have significant historical ties. First Baptist was chartered with both white and African American members. After the Civil War, two African American congregations came out of First Baptist:  Mt. Olive and later, Mt. Zion. This evening of music and worship will act as a relational renewal between the two churches and will trigger future endeavors of fellowship, worship and mission.

For more information, call First Baptist Church Knoxville (865) 546-9661 and Mt. Zion Baptist Church (865) 522-2715.

Exam Jam at The International Dec 4

(Knoxville, Tenn.) –The Music Department of Volunteer Radio WUTK 90.3 The Rock is proud to announce the station’s seasonal fundraiser, Exam Jam XI, happening Friday, December 4 at The Concourse at the International beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds benefit WUTK-FM.

Organizing this event has been a semester long undertaking for the members of WUTK’s Music Department. In addition to organizing the event, the students have solicited donations from local businesses for raffle prizes for this event. Student members of WUTK’s Music Department reached out to a variety of local bands in order to ensure a diversity of entertainment for the evening.


Entertainment for Exam Jam XI will be provided by local Americana rockers Handsome & The Humbles, the very hot 3-piece pop-punk band Hellaphant, genre flipping giants Senryu, and the electro-indie rock sounds of The Enigmatic Foe. The show takes place at the International in downtown Knoxville starting at 8 p.m.

Ramsey House plans holiday events

Historic Ramsey House will hold its Annual Candlelight Tour on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, Christmas carols, and tours of the beautifully decorated, historic home. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The annual Ramsey House wreath workshop will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 starting at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments; instruction begins at 1 p.m. Attendees need to bring a pair of small garden shears and garden gloves. Every year Julia Shiflett and her “wreath elves” pick the finest fresh greens and holly berries, tie beautiful bows, and find the most fragrant cloves and oranges for participants to make a beautiful holiday wreath and pomander.The cost of the workshop is $35 per person. For more information or reservations, call Historic Ramsey House at 865-546-0745.

Christmas Dinner with the Ramsey’s will be held December 4-8 starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. Each evening will feature a candlelight tour of the beautifully decorated home and lovely holiday dinner prepared by Rosa’s Catering. The dinner will be held in the 1797 home of Francis Alexander Ramsey, his wife Peggy, and their children. This is a great opportunity to entertain the special people in your life, employees, or clients. Seating for a total of twenty guests in the dining room and the parlor is available each evening, and individual ticket purchases are also welcome. All proceeds go directly to Historic Ramsey House. Reservations are a must and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $125 per person ($100 of the cost is a tax-deductible donation). For more information or reservations, call Historic Ramsey House at 865-546-0745.

McClung Museum hosts holiday sale

Knoxville’s McClung Museum will hold its annual sale Nov. 3–10, 2015. Shoppers will find savings on fall and holiday items, books, and toys. New items from local artists including handmade wooden pens, unique jewelry, prints and pottery also will be available.

Proceeds from the sale support the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture’s educational programs, which reach thousands of university and K-12 students in the East Tennessee region each year.

Sale items will be available while supplies last. Some exclusions will apply.

The McClung Museum and the Museum Store are open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays.

Complimentary parking is available in front of the museum on Circle Park Drive on a first come, first served basis.

Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Brewer’s Jam celebrates craft beer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pilot to benefit United Way

Approximately 80 elected officials and media personalities will help Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the 23rd annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event Oct. 5-7, 2015.

During the three-day event, Pilot will donate five cents of every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 percent of in-store sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

“We appreciate our customers’ dedication and their support of this event and the United Way for the past 23 years,” said Jim Haslam, Pilot founder. “Our community is fortunate to have local celebrities willing 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.”

Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. The 2014 event tallied a record $89,400, and since its inception, the event has raised more than $1 million for United Way.

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

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.”

2015-09 South College Susannah's House donation

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.

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.


Event raises funds for historic Knoxville

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

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

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