Posted on March 10th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
Bob and Angie Wilson on March 1 at the wedding of our co-worker, Amanda Shell, and Mark Jennings
The Blue Streak is going to take a break this week as we at Moxley Carmichael mourn the sudden death on Saturday of our beloved colleague, Bob Wilson.
Bob, our digital media manager, worked at Moxley Carmichael for five years. He was a wiz at what he did. He worked with almost all our clients, advising them on social media strategies and applications and helping build great websites for them. You may know him from his frequent guest appearances on local TV shows, especially on WBIR-TV, Channel 10, and on Fox 43. In fact, he was scheduled to appear on Mornings with Fox 43 today.
We will miss the skills Bob brought to our company. But more than that, we will miss Bob himself. Bob was an even-keeled, gentle guy who had true interest in people and a knack for making them feel good. He wanted to be sure everyone felt welcomed. Maria Cornelius noticed this when she joined Moxley Carmichael last year. (read more)
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Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
Jenny and Randy Boyd
Jenny and Randy Boyd welcomed about 100 Leadership Knoxville alumni to their elegant west Knox County home recently where they participated in a wide-ranging discussion that covered subjects from politics and education to pets, music and sports.
The occasion was an installment of Leadership Knoxville’s fundraising series called “Behind the Scenes.” Prior to the Boyds, community leaders including Jim Clayton, Pete DeBusk, Dee Haslam, Kreis Beall and Ken Lowe have participated in the series, as well as former head UT Football Coach Derek Dooley, artist Richard Jolley and wiz music promoter Ashley Capps. It’s a great series.
Randy Boyd is the chairman, CEO and majority shareholder of Radio Systems Corporation, the parent company of PetSafe, Invisible Fence and Sport Dog. Last year, he took a leave of absence from his company to join Gov. Bill Haslam‘s administration as an adviser to the governor on higher education. He and his wife also are owners of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team, an Argentine winery and two nightspots in Knoxville’s Old City. To say he is a “Renaissance man” would seem to be an understatement. (read more)
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Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
Bobbi Wolverton was an international flight attendant from 1965 to 1973.
Bobbi Wolverton was a young woman straight out of college in 1965 when she went to work for World Airlines as an international flight attendant — or stewardess, as they were then known. “Those were the glamour years of aviation,” she said of her eight years in the air.
Wolverton, who now lives in Tellico Village, shared stories of her flying experiences with guests at a recent Elegant Dining dinner arranged by the Knoxville Symphony League to raise funds for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
To qualify for the job, Wolverton said, women had to be between the ages of 21 and 28 and they couldn’t be married or wear eyeglasses. They had to be between 5’2″ and 5’8″ and weigh less than 135 pounds. Stewardesses wore designer uniforms and had designer luggage — without rollers. “We weren’t allowed to pick our suitcases up,” she related. “We had to hire valets to do that. But it only cost 25 cents, so that was not so bad.” They traveled from the airports to their hotels in limousines. (read more)
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Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
The already married Joey Creswell and Janet Testerman enter what we thought was their surprise engagement party. One of Joey’s daughters, Georgie, is behind them.
I knew from the minute the invitation arrived that this party was going to be fun! It was, according to the information on the heavy beige stationery mounted on a glittery bronze background, a surprise engagement party for my friend Janet Testerman and her sweet fiance, Joey Creswell. The invitation came from Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington and the party was to be this past Saturday at their new home on Lyons View Pike. But mum’s the word, the rhyming verbiage warned. “We must keep it under wraps/Until their arrival,/when we greet them with/loud cheers and big laughs.”
Well the surprise actually was on the guests – not the wedding couple! When everyone had assembled and had their first drink, we were told Janet and Joey were about to come in. We hid on both sides of the entryway and were ready to yell “Surprise!” when Steve Brewington announced them from the microphone set up for the band. But instead, he said, “Ladies and gentlemen, give a big welcome to – as of four hours ago – Mr. and Mrs. Joey Creswell!” (read more)
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Posted on February 20th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
State Rep. Joe Armstrong serenading his wife, LeTonia, Feb. 15 at Icon Restaurant and Lounge
We had not been to Icon Restaurant and Lounge since it closed as a nightclub and reopened as a “farm-to-table” eatery late last year. So when we got the invitation to attend a Valentine’s party organized by our friend LeRoy Thompson, we decided to take him up on it. (read more)
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Posted on February 19th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
The new restaurant, C&C Bistro, located on Clinch Ave., offered these pork rillettes at the launch party last night.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent some quality time today “smiling and dialing,” as they say. Why? Because the eateries participating in this year’s Knoxville Restaurant Week were announced last night in an event at The Emporium, and I want to be sure I get in on the great deals at establishments I love. You should go to the event’s website (click here) and snatch up your own reservations before all the good time slots are taken!
Knoxville Restaurant Week, in its fourth year, is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.
From March 2-7, Knoxville diners will be treated to a special week of great meals for this great cause. Three-course meals will be offered at a special fixed price of $25 or $35 at the participating local restaurants.
Knoxville “foodies” can now make reservations at their favorite dining spots. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early, as popular restaurants fill quickly. (read more)
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Posted on February 17th, 2014 by Gene Rump
Steve DuPree drinking a toast with his neighbors last week upon the demolition of McClung Warehouses.
Thanks to Gene Rump for writing this guest post for The Blue Streak. Photos are by Leigh White. -Cynthia Moxley
When the titular mayor of Gay Street calls a blessing … folks show up. And about 30 did last Thursday afternoon to bless the demolishing of the McClung Warehouses.
This was all P. Smith’s idea … she’s lived on Gay Street for as long as anyone here can remember. The downtowners gathered on the viaduct bridge and shared memories. Some talked about the first fires in 2007 that terrified neighbors in the Fire Street Lofts and the hot ash that rained down on rooftops on Gay Street and Jackson Avenue.
One remembered visiting the warehouses with her grandfather when the shops were still in business.
There was talk about dogs and the snow and the giant snowball fight on Gay Street the night before. (read more)
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Posted on February 11th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
Pimento cheese on cheddar crackers were one of the passed appetizers during cocktail hour. The best pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted!
A great fringe benefit of living in Knoxville is being so close to the vaunted Blackberry Farm. So it didn’t take much consideration for Alan and me to buy a table for eight at this past Sunday’s fundraiser there for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. To be on the safe side, we also arranged for a limousine to transport us and our guests, so we wouldn’t have to worry about the aftereffects of the wine pairings that were part of the meal.
The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the perfect setting for this event. It is large enough to allow the KSO Chamber Orchestra to perform a 30-minute set after dinner, but is still small enough to feel intimate. The food and wine, as usual, were knockouts. And the Chamber Orchestra hit just the right tone with its beautiful short performance. I just wish we could do it every Sunday!
This is the third year for this fundraiser for the KSO. Renovations at Blackberry may cause us not to be able to have it at the same time next year. Here’s hoping something can be worked out. Until then, here’s a peek at the fabulous evening. (read more)
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Posted on February 6th, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
Appetizer board at Sweet P’s first “farm to table” meal.
You gotta hand it to the guys at Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House. When they come up with a concept, they are going to see it through no matter what.
Case in point: Owners Chris and Jonathan Ford wanted to show support and encouragement to their cooks, Josh Russell and Eddie Faircloth, and their idea to offer occasional “farm to table” meals at the restaurant, which usually sticks pretty close to traditional barbecue fare. Never mind that we are smack dab in the dead of winter, and there’s not all that much available on the farms. On Monday, Feb. 3, a few friends and family members gathered at the cozy Maryville Pike eatery for a practice run of the farm-to-table concept. Guess what? It was fabulous!
“Part of the success of Sweet P’s is due to the people who work here,” Chris Ford said at the opening of the meal. “Josh and Eddie wanted to be creative and we are experimenting on you!”
Russell said a core tenet of the meal was the focus on locally produced products. “Unfortunately, we picked the most difficult season, but that forced us to step outside the box,” he said. Faircloth explained that 50 percent of the menu items originated within a 30-mile radius of the restaurant. (read more)
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Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Cynthia Moxley
Two top-notch — but very different — concerts and an excellent, thought-provoking play reinforced to Alan and me this past weekend what a great and diverse cultural city Knoxville has become.
Hot country singer Keith Urban, winner of dozens of awards including Grammys, Golden Globes and CMT honors, absolutely rocked Thompson-Boling Arena Friday night with an amazing display of virtuoso guitar and piano playing, singing, and affection for his 10,500 or so fans on hand.
Saturday night, folk and pop legend Art Garfunkel turned the Bijou Theatre into a quiet listening room and amazed with his lilting vocals, poetry reading and candid Q&A session with the audience, which was four tickets short of a sellout at the some 750-seat venue.
On Sunday, prior to the disastrous Super Bowl, we attended a matinee performance at Clarence Brown Theatre‘s Carousel Theatre of the post-Civil War play, “The Whipping Man,” about two former slaves who return to the Richmond home of their former master and find his son there gravely wounded. The play is amazing, the acting and sets near perfect, and the subject matter deep and fresh. Because of strong language, it is not recommended for anyone younger than high school age. (read more)
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