Tomato Crush feeds thousands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Knoxville welcomes new luxury hotel

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

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

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

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


Dinosaurs return to Knoxville

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

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

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

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

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

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


Knoxville hosts gymnastics event

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

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

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

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

All competitions are hosted by Knoxville-based Premier Athletics.

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


Spaniels arrive at Knoxville Con Center

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

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

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

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

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


Knoxville hosts Science Week events

An event celebrating the growing interest in nuclear science will be centered in Knoxville next week for the Nuclear Science Week at the Knoxville Convention Center on Oct. 22-24, 2015.

“Because of our area’s strength in scientific businesses and organizations, Knoxville is perfectly positioned to host scientific meetings and conferences,” said Mary Bogert, general manager for the Knoxville Convention Center. “We are excited to host this event, which covers all aspects of nuclear science, and promotes East Tennessee as an area of innovation through such organizations as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, Provision Center for Proton Therapy and the University of Tennessee.”

The three-day event showcases some of East Tennessee’s leaders in nuclear science. The primary focus of Nuclear Science Week 2015 is uniting the community and world through nuclear science.

Panel discussions and presentations will take place Friday, Oct. 23, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will welcome conference-goers at 8:20 a.m. and introduce the day of panels. A public screening of a new film about nuclear energy, titled “Pandora’s Promise,” will be shown concurrently at 6:30 p.m. at the Convention Center and Oak Ridge Associated Universities Pollard Technology Conference Center.

The week also will include sessions for students and teachers to learn about concepts and current issues of nuclear science in the region and internationally. On Thursday, Oct. 22, local kindergarten through sixth-grade students will participate in interactive nuclear science and engineering activities, including nuclear detection demonstrations, cloud chambers, electromagnets and atom assembly at two sessions from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

All Nuclear Science Week activities and panels are free and open to the public. Prior registration is encouraged at http://www.nuclearscienceweek.org. A schedule also is available on the website.


Fanboy Expo comes to Knoxville

Fanboy Expo Knoxville takes place at The Knoxville Convention Center Oct. 16-18, 2015.

“Fanboy Expo is always one of our favorite events of the year,” said Mary Bogert, general manager at the Knoxville Convention Center. “Every year, Fanboy continues to offer exciting pop culture icons and celebrities to regional audiences, and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint.”

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Numerous comic book industry professionals and tattoo artists are also scheduled to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be judged on cosplay, or costume play, of their favorite comic book, television series, movie or video game. Contestants’ costumes must be at least partially handmade and will be judged by professional or celebrity judges on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Winners will be selected in different categories based on cosplay experience, ranging from beginner to professional levels. Children’s and group costuming categories are included. An overall male and female winner also will be selected.

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available online and for purchase at the door.


Dinosaurs return to Knoxville

The Knoxville Convention Center once again is inviting families, young people and adults to travel back in time 65 million years at “Discover the Dinosaurs” on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, 2015.

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Now in its fourth year at the Convention Center, the interactive exhibition, “Discover the Dinosaurs,” is an educational family outing featuring 40 museum-quality and animatronic dinosaur replicas. In the exhibit’s first three years, more than 43,000 children and adults have attended the attraction. Photo submitted.

“Discover the Dinosaurs,” produced by Blue Star Media, is designed to provide children and adults with a unique and educational way to explore prehistoric life. The exhibit allows visitors to get close and even touch the replicas. The backdrops are custom-designed to reflect the landscapes of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Several of the dinosaurs are controlled with interactive animatronic buttons that allow children to control the dinosaur’s movements and sounds. The non-moving dinosaurs are able to be touched. The dinosaur replicas are proportionally sized to scale.

The event also features activities, such as Dino Dig, where children pretend to be archeologists hunting for fossils in sand; Dino Den, where young guests climb and interact with dinosaurs their size; Dino Theater, where educational and entertaining videos are shown; coloring station; and scavenger hunt with clues hidden throughout the exhibit.

Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops rides, mini-golf and inflatables are available for an additional charge.

The exhibit is open Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For tickets, visit http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.


Knoxville hosts Fanboy Expo

The region’s premier pop culture meet-and-greet and collectibles event, Fanboy Expo, comes to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-9, 2014.

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Some of the notable guests will include:

• John Rhys-Davies, best known as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

• Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom, “Happy Days”

• Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” series

• William Zabka, best known as villain Johnny Lawrence in “The Karate Kid”

• Tommy Flanagan, Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones, Michael Ornstein, Kristen Renton and

Natalie Skyy known for their roles on the hit FX series, “Sons of Anarchy”

• George Newbern, the voice of Superman in the animated Justice League series

• Sarah Douglas, best known as Ursa opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman” and

“Superman II”

• Shannon Farnon, who voiced Wonder Woman in “Super Friends”

• Dee Wallace, best known as Elliott’s mom in “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial”

• Sandahl Bergman, known for her role as Valeria in “Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold

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• Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants”

• Several cast members from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

• Julius LeFlore, stuntman for “Return of the Jedi”

• Wrestling legends Jim Duggan, known as “Hacksaw Jim Duggan,” and Chris Chavis, “known

as “Tatanka”

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available for purchase at the door, $15-$25 single day and $50 weekend.


Knoxville hosts public trans expo

More than 800 government workers from counties and municipalities across Tennessee will gather at the Knoxville Convention Center this week for the Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) Conference and Expo and the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA) East Tennessee Development Symposium.

The Tennessee Public Transporation Association Conference and Expo will be held Nov. 4-7, 2014. The event is hosted by Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) and the City of Knoxville. The sessions and workshops will focus on issues facing public transportation. An exposition also will be held in the exhibit hall with vendors showing the latest transportation services, equipment, technology and products.

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The Tennessee Public Transportation Association Conference and Expo and the Tennessee Stormwater Association East Tennessee Development Symposium will meet at the Knoxville Convention Center this week, Nov. 4-7, 2014 to focus on issues facing public transportation. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com. 

“All of us at the Knoxville Convention Center love our city and our state,” Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert said. “We are proud to be able to host these conferences that teach best practices and trends for improving services across Tennessee.”

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and up to 25 meeting rooms. For more information, visit http://www.knoxvilleconventioncenter.com.