Celebrate Knoxville is now closed

The Celebrate Knoxville web site and related social media accounts are now closed. It was a great five years, but it’s time to move on to the next adventure.

Thank you to all our writers, photographers, sponsors, editors, and friends who supported us in many ways, big and small. We could not have done this experiment in online-only publishing local arts and entertainment without you.

Our new adventure is one that relates to our new passion: food and farming in Tennessee. There is so much more interest in local food sources, great restaurants and great chefs, sustainable farming methods and permaculture, homesteading, livestock and gardening, home brewing and home wine making, the list is so long.

So whether you’re just interested in how to mill and bake sourdough bread, or make your own kimchi, or brew your own beer, or if you think you might be raising grassfed beef or sheep or goats someday,  join us on the farm at TNFoodandFarm.com.

Awards celebrate East TN history

The 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Awards winners have been announced. The event followed the 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Conference and was held in the Riggio-Lynch Chapel, designed by award-winning architect Maya Lin. The East Tennessee Preservation Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and projects contributing to the protection of East Tennessee’s heritage. This year, the following were recognized for their contributions:

The Tanner Store in Wartburg has occupied a place of importance on the Courthouse Square since it was built in 1906 to house a bank. John Everett and Maude Williams Tanner purchased the building in 1923 and opened the Tanner Drug Store and Restaurant. It has remained in the Tanner family since that time and at one point was the oldest continuously run family business in Tennessee. Recently added to the National Register of Historic Places,
the building had fallen into disrepair. The community of Wartburg has rallied to repair and stabilize the structure. Many volunteers have contribute time and/or money to restore the parapet and trim work, fix the leaky roof, and re-glaze windows.

Artist Wendy Leedy from Bean Station uses her talent to help preserve Grainger County’s history. With 60 published calendars to her credit, her drawings of significant historic sites in the county have graced calendars for Citizens Bank and now the Grainger County Historic Society. The 2018 calendar features iconic local structures such as the National Register Nance House in Rutledge, the long-abandoned Dotson School built in
1904, and the original Grainger County Courthouse that was destroyed in 1946.

Senator Ken Yager has been a valued supporter of historic preservation in his district for many years. Most recently, Senator Yager secured an appropriation of $100,000 for repairs to the Oliver Springs Depot. The landmark structure was featured on the 2017 East Tennessee Endangered Eight list. Built in the 1890s, the structure houses the community’s library and local history museum.

The former 52 acre National Register District of Morristown College buildings were demolished by the City of Morristown in 2016 to make way for a new public park. In an effort to preserve the history of the school, the Holston Methodist Conference and Morristown Task Force on Diversity joined forces to produce a video highlighting images and stories from former students. The video is available on YouTube and has been shown at
community events and civic club meetings.

The Oak Grove School located in the Sharp’s Chapel community of Union County was featured on the East Tennessee Endangered Heritage list for many years. It is one of only 30 remaining Rosenwald Schools in Tennessee. The two-room schoolhouse was built between 1917 and 1929 and served a variety of purposes until the early 1960’s. In recent years, Preservation Union County has led efforts to restore the building. The grassroots effort has shown the power communities can have in preserving their historic structures. The School will become the home to Preservation Union County and serve as a hub for community activities.

McKayla Floyd, an 18-year-ol Sevierville Girl Scout, and some friends took the lead in cleaning up the long neglected Esslinger Cemetery on Douglas Dam Road. It started with making the grave of Revolutionary War
2 soldier William M. Robertson accessible once again and grew from there. Upon hearing from the local American Legion that the condition of the cemetery made placing a flag on Robertson’s grave on Memorial Day impossible, Floyd sprang into action. The young preservationist recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award from the Esslinger Cemetery project.

The University of Tennessee’s Facilities Services Complex is an adaptive reuse of a 90,000 SF industrial facility in Knoxville’s Marble City neighborhood. Once a nationally recognized marble-processing plant, the building now serves as the home of the University’s Facilities Services Department. Extant features like riveted steel framing, hardwood planking, and a silo were maintained. The project has garnered awards from American School and University magazine and from the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Zack Taylor is a “genealogy detective” known for researching African-American history in Jefferson County. Zack took the lead and worked with A.M.E. Zion Church in New Market to restore the burial grounds there. It unveiled a portrait of New Market’s African-American history. Burial began in the cemetery in 1891 and includes the grave of a woman who witnessed the New Market Train Wreck of 1904 and another born into slavery in 1853. It is the final resting place of at least one Civil War soldier. Zack and other volunteers have cleared brush, positioned military markers, placed tombstones, and extensively researched the cemetery’s history.

Barry Thacker and Carol Moore know about youth engagement and that understanding the stories of a community’s past can impact the people of today. What started as an idea to clean up Coal Creek to improve trout fishing, grew into an expansive community initiative that engaged youth in new ways of discovering and preserving their history, including restoring Militia Hill, creating the Coal Creek Miner’s Museum and history trails, establishing historic markers and listing sites on the National Register. As founders of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Barry and Carol have provided multiple college scholarships to Rocky Top area students and reconnected them to their East Tennessee and Welsh heritage.

Food writing workshop offered

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Erin Elizabeth Smith, poet, editor, publisher, teacher, shows the ingredients of great food writing that stimulates the senses, illuminates regional culture, and advances fine writing. The workshop will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Erin says, “Southern food has always been more than fried chicken and biscuits—it’s the story of our grandmother’s hands, a lyric of hardship, the rush of the first summer tomato reddening on the vine.” This multi-genre workshop will focus on how Southern food culture can help to inform our stories, poetry, and memoirs. Participants will discuss ways to incorporate elements of the Southern history and mythos of our cuisine into their work. The workshop also includes a cooking demo as well as a collection of recipes from across the South to take home with you.

The public is invited to the workshop, which will will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 East Third Avenue. The cost to attend is $50 (payable at the door by cash, check, or card), with a 40% discount offered to Knoxville Writers’ Guild Members and a 50% discount to students. Scholarships are available for all Knoxville Writers’ Guild programs. To register or to apply for a scholarship, please contact Pamela Schoenewaldt at p.schoene@comcast.net Pre-registration is required.

Erin Elizabeth Smith teaches poetry writing, public writing, and a variety of literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of two full-length collections, The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake 2011) and The Fear of Being Found, which will be re-released by Zoetic Press in 2016.

Smith’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, West Branch, and Willow Springs, among others. In 2009, she graduated with her PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1999, she founded Stirring: A Literary Collection, and since then has also served as the managing editor of Sundress Publications and the Best of the Net Anthology (2006-2013). Smith currently lives in Oak Ridge, TN where she is the Creative Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity. Additional information can be found at www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org www.facebook.com/KnoxWritersGuild
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Orange & Blue event this week

For the 29th year, fans of the Tennessee Vols and Kentucky Cats will be competing to see who can donate the most blood for their local blood center. For the past several years, the Vols fans have been trounced losing most recently by 600 units. This year, however, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is hoping that Vols fans can turn it around.

Donors may leave the blood drive down a pint, but they’ll be leaving with a lot more. Not only will donors know they’re helping a sick patient at a local hospital, they’ll also receive the annual Orange/Blue t-shirt, a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s, a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich, a free Wendy’s Frosty, a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse, and free admission to Fantasy of Trees.


Upcoming MEDIC locations include:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
MEDIC Knoxville, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm
MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike, 6:30am-6pm
MEDIC Crossville, 79 S Main Street, 8am-4pm (CST)
Pellissippi State, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 8:30am – 4pm
Walmart Oneida, 19740 Alberta St, 11am – 7pm
Walmart Rockwood, 1102 North Gateway Ave, 11am – 7pm
Walmart Sevierville, 1414 Parkway, 11am – 7pm
UT Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), 11am – 7pm
UT Hess Hall, 1720 Melrose Place, 2pm – 8pm
UT Sorority Village, 2950 Sorority Village Circle, 12pm – 7pm

Thursday, November 17, 2016
MEDIC Knoxville, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm
MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike, 7:30am-7pm
MEDIC Crossville, 79 S Main Street, 12pm-6pm (CST)
TN College of Applied Technology in Crossville, 910 Miller Avenue, 8am – 2pm
Walmart Jefferson City, 630 Hwy 11E, 11am – 7pm
Walmart Morristown, 4331 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, 11am – 7pm
UT Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), 11am – 7pm
Pedestrian Bridge/Hesler Biology Building, 11am – 7pm
Volunteer Hall, 2pm – 8pm

Friday, November 18, 2016
MEDIC Knoxville, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm
MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike, 6:30am-6pm
MEDIC Crossville, 79 S Main Street, 8am-4pm (CST)
Walmart Clinton, 150 Tanner Lane, 10am – 6pm
Walmart Morristown, 475 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy, 11am – 7pm
Walmart New Tazewell, 432 S. Broad St, 11am – 7pm
Walmart Newport, 1075 Cosby Hwy, 10am – 6pm
UT Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), 11am – 7pm
Brown Hall, 12pm – 7pm
College of Law, 12pm – 6pm

Questions? Visit medicblood.org/eligibility or call (865) 524-3074.

Horror fest pays tribute to genre

by Laura Long. —Last night’s short films screenings for the Knoxville Horror Film Festival at Scruffy City Music Hall showed the growing popularity of the genre as well as increasing diversity among fans and participants of the festival. Organizers William Mahaffey, Nick and Kim Huinker, and volunteers scrambled to take care of the packed venue as attendance numbers exceeded expectations.

“We actually had to go downstairs to get more chairs, which was great,” Mahaffey said in a phone interview with Celebrate Knoxville. “Having the last night and awards at Scruffy City (which seats between 150 and 200 including the balcony) gave us greater visibility than we had before at Relix (Variety Theatre).”


Horror fans gather at Scruffy City Music Hall in downtown Knoxville for the last night of the Knoxville Horror Film festival held October 21-23, 2016. The evening screenings included eleven short films and the feature “Beyond The Gates,” which won the festival’s Special Jury Prize, Emerging Vision award. Photo by Laura Long.

Editor’s Note: “Beyond the Gates features an Elvira-ish performance by Barbara Crampton, known for her roles in Re-Animator (1985), Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), You’re Next (2011), and We Are Still Here (2015).

Mahaffey said that Scruffy City Music Hall in Market Square also provides the event with better quality projection screening and sound, along with an on-staff technical person to help with challenges that sometimes occur with film festivals. Even though the submission requirements for format are specific, things happen. This year, there were some glitches, and Mahaffey said they rescreened a couple films on a different day once the problems had been worked out.

“We had 150 submissions for the festival this year, ten from Tennessee, with more female directors and more female involvement that ever before,” Mahaffey said, also acknowledging that Sunday night’s short film audience also had more people of color than in years past.


This year’s Knoxville Horror Film Festival also included an earlier screening of Phantasm 3, from the 1979 franchise and fan favorite that often lands on best-of lists. Here, a decorative take on the the well-known deadly orbs from the Phantasm films line the festival stage at Scruffy City Music Hall. Photo by Laura Long.

“Horror is huge right now, and indie horror is big, and I am amazed at the number and popularity of television programs available right now with horror themes, including The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, the Exorcist show, and Ash vs. Evil Dead,” Mahaffey said.

Fans of the Knoxville Horror Film Festival say one of the best features of the festival is the FREE monthly events that occur in other places around town that help promote the event. Attendance has grown, as well as the number of corporate sponsors. The Grindhouse Grindout local film part of the festival, which encourages local filmmaking, is one way that organizers hope to encourage local films. Utilizing the talents of local artist Adam Deal (who designs the T-shirts, swag, and web presence) helps to connect artists of all kinds to the event each year.

“We’ve grown a lot since that one night at Pilot Light (Venue in the Old City) eight years ago to the three-day festival we have now plus monthly events,” Mahaffey said. “I work on the festival year round.”

The Knoxville Horror Film Festival features awards for 2016 include:

Beyond The Gates

Fury of the Demon

Angela Trimbur, Trash Fire

Michael St Michaels, The Greasy Strangler

Bobby Miller, The Master Cleanse

Trash Fire

Trash Fire


Awarded to Cauchemar Capitonné and Death Metal

When Susurrus Stirs

Death Metal

Cauchemar Capitonné


Najarra Townsend, The Stylist

Pierre Teulières, Le Plan


The Call of Charlie


Bobby McGee, Ghost Hunter

Bobby McGee, Ghost Hunter


Toothless (There’s Something Wrong With The Power)

Operation (Iron Swann)

My Best Friend’s Husband And My Ex Diddled My Stepdaughter (Team Honey Cat)

Punk Rock Flop House Massacre (Bottomless Pit)

The ensemble in Teen Immortals vs The Nephilim (Fig City)

My Best Friend’s Husband And My Ex Diddled My Stepdaughter (Team Honey Cat)

Teen Immortals Vs The Nephilim

1. Teen Immortals vs The Nephilim (Fig City)
2. F***ed IV Death (70/30)
3. tied between Rip It (Mad House) & Punk Rock Flop House Massacre (Bottomless Pit)

The Two Sides of the Red Curtain (Skitchbook & Flashpoint Creative)

Visit http://www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com/

TL3 to rock IJAMS July 31

CELEBRATE KNOXVILLE – Tim Lee 3 kicks off Ijams’ summer Music in the Park series this Sunday, (July 31, 2016) but the band has a ton of stuff going on right now.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Susan Bauer Lee is in Girls Rock Camp today, so if you haven’t been keeping up with that on Facebook, go here: https://www.facebook.com/susanbauerlee

Celebrate Knoxville connected online with Tim Lee about the upcoming TL3 show at IJAMS. Turns out they really have a full plate and are ready to share with fans on the road and at home.

“We are in the process of recording our fifth full-length record, which we have planned for a late-October release,” Tim Lee says. “In the meantime, we’re splitting our on-the-road time between the TL3 and Bark, mine and Susan’s duo. Bark was a side project that has taken legs. We will record a full-length Bark record sometime this fall or winter.”


The TL3 has a couple cool shows coming up, in addition to the Ijams show. They will be opening for Unknown Hinson at the Shed in Maryville on Aug. 13 and playing at the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 6. After those shows, the band will lay low for a few weeks, although Bark will still be out, playing shows in Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Spartanburg, St. Louis, Winston-Salem, and elsewhere.

“For October, we are planning a weekly Friday night residency, the rock n’ roll happy hour, from 7-9:30 each Friday,” Lee says. “The TL3 will play two of them, and Bark will play two. All four shows will feature special guests, and the final show on Oct. 28 is slated for the TL3 record release show.”

In the meantime, check out Tim Lee Three at IJAMS on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Doors open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5; kids 5 and under free.

Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace and environmental learning center with a mission to encourage stewardship of the natural world. The facility is located at 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville.

For more information about the summer Music in the Park series or other events at IJAMS, call (865) 577-4717.

–Celebrate Knoxville, July 27, 2016.

Abandon your art in Knoxville

A1LabArts is hosting their second Abandoned Art Workshop on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 3 – 7 p.m. at The Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place in Knoxville.

In this workshop, participants will get to experience the joy of the creative process and explore a variety of methods and materials to make a piece of art. The next step can be both difficult and fun. Participants will leave their art in a public place for others to discover, keep, and love.

Workshop attendees will be provided with all of the supplies necessary to create their masterpiece. Participants can stop in or stay the whole time to make, take, and give away their art. Cost for materials is $10.

Those who find abandoned art are encouraged to document their find on the Abandoned ART Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/abandonedART.

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

Sustainable Cooking from Market Square

Sustainable Cooking by Celebrate Knoxville Food Writer Mary June Thompson.—At the heart of Sustainable Cooking is local food, particularly from producers who utilize sustainable farming practices. Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers’ Market just kicked off its 12th season this past Saturday, and I visited the Market to buy local, sustainable ingredients straight from the growers.


A few local farmers, such as Brewer’s Mushrooms, also grow foods that have medicinal properties, which is gaining popularity. Of course we all know that plant foods are better for us than processed foods, but the modern medical community is just beginning to study the specific effects of certain plants on our health, and while more research is needed to confirm much of the anecdotal evidence out there, a lot of the research is proving that the ancient world was onto something in treating or preventing common maladies with the fruit of the earth.


Best wine pairing for this week’s Market Square Farmers Market recipe: Pour a glass of Blue Slip Winery’s Spring Traminette, containing flavors of apricot and honeysuckle, which complement the fruit and honey notes in this salad.

MJ’s Health Salad

Dressing: In a large bowl, combine 1 Tablespoon each unfiltered apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil; 1 teaspoon local wildflower honey; 1 small or half of a large garlic clove, minced; and 1/8 teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper per salad serving. Whisk until emulsified and set aside while assembling salad ingredients.

Salad: You will need, per salad serving: 2 Tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts; 2 Tablespoons crumbled goat cheese; 2 Tablespoons finely chopped dried apricots; 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries, 2 cups fresh baby spinach.

Whisk dressing again just before adding the salad ingredients to the bowl. Toss to coat and divide equally among plates, if preparing multiple servings.

Serving suggestion for a non-vegetarian entrée and additional lean protein: Marinate 1 organic chicken breast per person in buttermilk (and a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired) for at least 4 hours or up to overnight in the refrigerator. Drain, pat dry, season with salt, pepper, and cayenne, and grill until internal temperature reaches 165° or to desired degree of doneness. Cool to room temperature, slice, and toss with other salad ingredients.

Why is this a truly a health salad with sustainable ingredients?

Honey is said to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar has been shown to have an antibacterial and anti-glycemic effect. Raw garlic consumption may offer protective benefits against heart disease and cancer. Extra virgin olive oil contains healthy fats and antioxidants, which contribute to heart health and reduce inflammation. Despite all the recent hype about kale, spinach is still a nutritional powerhouse, containing, among other things, good amounts of iron and Vitamin K, which are essential for blood health. Dried apricots provide fiber, which is essential for the digestive system, and minerals such as iron and potassium. Strawberries are full of Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and antioxidants. Goat cheese has calcium and protein. And walnuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of nutrients, including protein, heart-healthy fats, and significant amounts of trace minerals. This merely highlights some of the health benefits of these foods and is not a complete list of all their nutritional aspects or health benefits. Regardless, consuming a sustainable, local, plant-based diet is an easy and delicious way to benefit your overall health and may help to prevent chronic diseases from developing in the first place. Now that’s my kind of “medicine”.


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

—Sustainable Cooking, CelebrateKnoxville.com, May 6, 2015.

History center offers Open House

Knoxville’s Museum of East Tennessee will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13, 2014. The event will feature craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments.


Entertainment will be provided by the Kids in America Show Choir from Holston Middle School and Appalachian folklore and mountain ballads will be performed by professional storyteller Elizabeth Rose.

Visitors are invited to browse the ETHS Museum Store for traditional gifts, history books, and children’s items.

Museum admission is free for the day. Exhibits currently on view include the feature exhibition Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones, an East Tennessee Streetscape and Corner Drug Store, and Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, a look at 300 years of history, from the Cherokee to the 1982 World’s Fair.

Also on display for the holiday season is a crèche made in Germany and brought to East Tennessee in 1883. The beautifully carved nativity set and carousel belonged to the Fickey family of Wartburg. Family legend indicates that it had origins in the Fickeys’ home district of Erzgebirge some 150 years before being brought to this country.

All events are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Museum of East Tennessee is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. For more information, call 865-215-8824.

Fulton Bellows expands in Knox County

Fulton Bellows, LLC will expand operations by relocating and integrating new equipment to its existing Knoxville, Tennessee facility. Fulton Bellows, the oldest manufacturer of seamless metal bellows, will invest $3 million and create 27 new jobs in Knox County.

Fulton Bellows products are utilized by several markets including aerospace and defense, industrial, automotive and medical. Aerospace and defense markets utilize Fulton’s products for fuel control, flight controls, air-to-air missiles, oxygen generating systems and satellites. Fulton’s products have a wide variety of uses within the industrial market and can be found in such applications as household and industrial hot and cold water plumbing controls, heating and ventilation systems, and industrial boiler applications. A long term supplier to the automotive industry, Fulton supplies products such as thermal actuators, switches, valves and throttle position sensors. Medical market applications include gas control systems and can be found in operating rooms in surgical procedures.

The Fulton Company was established in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1904 as the Fulton Sylphon Company.

McClung Museum offers free exhibits

KNOXVILLE—Museum lovers are invited to explore and enjoy a variety of free exhibit-related events in August at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The activities are planned in connection with the temporary exhibit “The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum,” which explores paintings, works on paper and sculptures from the museum’s permanent collections.


The events kick off Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, showcasing landscape paintings from “The Collector’s Eye.” The 1 to 4 p.m. event will take place in the exhibit gallery and the museum’s lobby.

For more information, visit http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.

Robotics Revolution event in Knoxville

The Muse Knoxville (formerly The Discovery Center) hosts the Robotic Revolution in August 2, 2014 at Chilhowee Park in East Knoxville.

The Muse Knoxville (formerly The Discovery Center) hosts the Robotic Revolution on August 2, 2014 at Chilhowee Park in East Knoxville.

East Tennesseans have an opportunity support a great cause by competing in “Robotics Rilvary” at the Robotics Revolution on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The event will provide participants multiple opportunities to learn about coding, Lego leagues, robotics, 3D printing, drones and industrial and technological advances.

Robotics Revolution, presented by the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium, is a project of The Muse Knoxville and is being coordinated by NeighborMaker Events, LLC. It is being held in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville.

“Robot Rivalry will provide a fun way for business teams to compete by building a simple, motorized ‘robot’ under the leadership of an experienced youth mentor,” said Ellie Kittrell, executive director of The Muse Knoxville. “It’ll be a great way to support science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) efforts in East Tennessee, while competing to reign supreme in head to head competitions with other businesses on the ‘robot runway.’”

Robotics Revolution is a day-long event, from 10am-4pm. Admission is $6. For more information, call 865.594.1494.

Roots business focus on fresh foods

by Laura Long Martin, Celebrate Knoxville.  Matt Parris, owner of Roots Organic Gourmet has been operating out of the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina since 2006. Roots offers nine flavors of hummus, which are available throughout the Southeastern and Southern Pacific United States in Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Ingles, and dozens of indie grocery stores. Continue reading “Roots business focus on fresh foods” »

New logo designed for KMA

KNOXVILLE – In honor of its 25th anniversary and refurbishment of the Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed facility, the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) engaged brand communications firm Ferebee Lane + Co to create a new visual identity for the museum. Ferebee Lane, based in Greenville, South Carolina, worked closely with the museum’s board of trustees, Executive Director David Butler, and staff to help clarify the KMA’s distinctive qualities and convey its position as a vibrant regional art museum.

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Knoxville Museum presents cajun music

Alive After Five, the live music series at the Knoxville Museum of Art, presents “Pardi Gras,” a belated celebration of Mardi Gras, featuring the music of the Roux Du Bayou Cajun Band on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 6 p.m.
Led by Paul Gregoire from Dulac, Louisiana, Roux du Bayou plays authentic cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, and Mardi Gras music. Their high energy style has brought them repeated engagements at a variety of venues all across the country. 
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TN Dept of Revenue hosts tax workshops

The Tennessee Department of Revenue will host a series of free bimonthly tax workshops, including one in Knoxville on July 16, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Department’s Knoxville regional office, located at 7175 Strawberry Plains Pike, Suite 300.
Other workshops are scheduled to be held in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Memphis and Nashville in July.

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Knoxville writers host July open mic night

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will have an opportunity to read their work at the Guild’s annual open mic night on Thursday, July 3, 2014. The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.

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Louie Bluie Fest celebrates Howard Armstrong

LAFOLLETTE -The seventh annual Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival celebrates the legacy of musician, artist and raconteur Howard Armstrong on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tenn. Admission is free, but a $2 per person or $5 per family donation is requested to help offset the cost of the festival and maintain its “no admission” status for the whole community.

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Jazz concert scheduled for Market Square

Vance Thompson’s Five Plus Six band will perform a free concert on the outdoor stage at Market Square in downtown Knoxville on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 8pm. In the event of rain, the concert will move indoors to the Bijou Theatre.

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Knoxville Museum features Leonardo Silaghi

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Leonardo Silaghi: 3 Paintings, through July 27, 2014. Silaghi’s turbulent canvases document his physical approach to painting while conveying the chaotic transition of his Romanian homeland from a decaying Soviet satellite state to a twenty-first-century society still taking shape.

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