Category Archives: Media

Blackberry, Lonesome Dove beckon writers to return

It would be foolish not to believe that a huge part of the draw of the annual Southern Food Writing Conference is the chance to have dinner at acclaimed Blackberry Farm in nearby Walland, Tennessee. And this is a mutually … Continue reading

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Food writing conference whets visitors’ appetites

The Southern Food Writing Conference always brings a bevy of heavy hitters in the journalism and cookbook writing world to Knoxville and this year’s conference, held here earlier this month, was no exception. Writers and editors from Better Homes & … Continue reading

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‘The Final Season’ captures essence of Pat Summitt

I was lucky enough to receive one of the first copies of “The Final Season,” the new book about University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt’s last season coaching the legendary Lady Vols. The early copy was a gift … Continue reading

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News Sentinel Open is in full swing

Of course sports fans love the News Sentinel Open, being played at Fox Den Country Club through Sunday. A stop on the Web.com tour, it offers an opportunity to get a firsthand look at up-and-coming professional golfers, guys who could … Continue reading

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Watermelon coolers, raw meat and Swedish women (What a conference, y’all!)

Yes, dinner at Blackberry Farm is a main attraction of the Southern Food Writing Conference every year. But there’s a whole lot of other good eating and drinking during the two-day food fest. The goal of the whole thing: put … Continue reading

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How to impress a food writer. (And me!)

Of course you heard about the International Biscuit Festival earlier this month, but did you know that scores of journalists and other writers were in town a few days before that for the fifth annual Southern Food Writing Conference? Yep. … Continue reading

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Tar Heel trained, Knoxville’s gain

You wouldn’t think it from reading his editorial cartoons in the News Sentinel, but Charlie Daniel is really a sweet, quiet and unassuming guy. With a wicked sense of humor, of course. I have known Charlie for more than 30 … Continue reading

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Whittle-ites reunite

The early 1990s were a challenging time for me. I had just left my job as a newspaper reporter and editor at the now defunct Knoxville Journal (sad story for another day), and I was casting about trying to figure … Continue reading

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An unusual auction item? We’re game!

It was at the Front Page Follies this summer when auctioneer Bear Stephenson announced an item I thought sounded like fun. A game dinner prepared by News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable and his wife, Mary Ann, in their home — … Continue reading

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“You all have a kick-ass town!”

That’s what Don Short, the star of the Scripps Networks TV show, West End Salvage, had to say when he made an appearance here recently at a Knox Heritage Summer Supper fundraiser. Short, whose show runs on Scripps’ DIY Network, … Continue reading

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