Category Archives: Media

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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Jack Rose: He was a good guy

That, actually, is what Jack wanted people to say about him. And those are the very words that were printed on the program at his memorial service last week. Jack passed away at age 58 from an autoimmune disease that … Continue reading

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Southern Food Writing Conference is full experience

Last week, leading up to the fabulous International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville was host to almost 100 food writers, chefs, photographers, bloggers and other foodies attending the Southern Food Writing Conference. The conference, now in its fourth year, also features, as … Continue reading

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Knoxville Mercury hopes to rise

The folks at The Knoxville Mercury, the alternative weekly newspaper that will be the successor to Metro Pulse, are getting settled in to their office space in The Walnut Building. Looking at a mid-March launch, they now have office furniture … Continue reading

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Booze Traveler makes pit stop in Knoxville

Our friends at Scripps Networks Interactive summoned a few folks last Friday to happy hour at the tiny Peter Kern Library, the speakeasy off the lobby of The Oliver Hotel in downtown Knoxville. The purpose of the event: to introduce … Continue reading

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United Way givers treated to Alison Krauss

If, as is said in 2 Corinthians, “God loveth a cheerful giver,” Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd has made God love us a little more — because he made us a little more cheerful about our giving! How? Boyd, this year’s … Continue reading

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The best golf shots come at the parties

The News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot golf tourney earlier this month was a huge success, organizers say. Golfer Martin Piller walked away with a $99,000 purse and more than 38,000 spectators got a taste of the professional golf experience. … Continue reading

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Biscuits, soul food and ‘coming out’

When you get a bunch of food writers, cookbook editors, chefs and other foodies together for a couple of days, the subject matter is going to be very diverse. The opinions are going to be strong. And there’s going to … Continue reading

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