Category Archives: Music

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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Emilia exudes excellence

For the longest time, downtown dwellers and aficionados have bemoaned the fact that, of all the great and diverse number of eateries located there, there has not been in ages even one honest to goodness upscale Italian restaurant — only … Continue reading

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Shreveport a Go-Go

My mother loved Johnny Rivers, the rock and roll singer famous for such hits as “Secret Agent Man,” “Summer Rain,” “Memphis,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving” and “Poor Side of Town.” We lived in Rome, Georgia, until I was in … Continue reading

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Elegant dining, uproarious stories

Jeff Lee, the general manager of WBIR-TV Channel 10, took the podium at a recent Elegant Dining event to benefit the Knoxville Symphony. (He serves on the Symphony Board.) “Many times you see people on TV and you think you know … Continue reading

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Get thee to the Show House!

You still have a week to grab some friends and make a day of visiting the Knoxville Symphony League’s Show House. Conveniently located on Legacy Cove Way in the Rocky Hill neighborhood, this year’s Show House offers an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Interesting, innovative Inuksuit

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision on my part. Something I’m not really supposed to do without consulting my business (and life) partner, Alan Carmichael. (I did get his buy-in later before it became official.) But Ashley Capps and Mary Thom … Continue reading

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Nervous about entertaining? Do it anyway.

Don’t let fear of not being perfect prevent you from entertaining in your home. Gatherings of family and friends provide real nourishment beyond that contained in the food. Hospitality makes memories. That was the message that cookbook author and lifestyle … Continue reading

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Symphony Ball: In a League of its own

You don’t normally expect to see a bagpiper and cloggers at the elegant Knoxville Symphony Ball at Cherokee Country Club, but since the theme this year was “A Tennessee Christmas,” it seemed appropriate. The ball every year is the signature … Continue reading

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Bravo to Knoxville Opera on a ball with it all!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Those folks at the Knoxville Opera know how to throw a great party! Case in point? This year’s Prima Donna Ball, honoring Knoxville’s own Mary Costa, who helped launch the Knoxville … Continue reading

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As Kool & The Gang would say: Celebrate!

The annual Knoxville Area Urban League Equal Opportunity Awards Gala is a jam-packed night. You have a general reception, a VIP reception for sponsors, the awards ceremony itself, dinner and then dancing. This year, entertainment was by James “JT” Taylor, … Continue reading

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