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Ken Burns: U.S. needs ‘less pluribus; more unum’

Historian Ken Burns was in Knoxville recently, appearing on behalf of the East Tennessee Historical Society and Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. The $300 per seat dinner at the downtown Hilton featuring Gov. Bill Haslam interviewing Burns was … Continue reading

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Cindy McConkey: ‘Playing in the big leagues now’

Cindy McConkey, groundbreaking sportswriter, public relations professional and non-profit manager, passed away at age 58 last month after a four-year battle with biliary liver cancer. An avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, she commented proudly to her husband just 10 days … Continue reading

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Mozart in the mountains

Seventy-five Knoxville Symphony supporters gathered Sunday at Blackberry Farm for what I think is one of the best opportunities of the fundraising year. You get to have dinner at our area’s premier dining establishment AND hear an intimate 30-minute performance … Continue reading

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Grandiose ‘Gilded Age Gala’ greets 2018

Talk about an evening that had it all! That’s what the folks at Knox Heritage aimed for more than a year ago when Kim Trent, the preservation organization’s executive director, came up with the idea for an extravagant New Year’s … 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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Plays, food and jazz make perfect trip: our tips

Thanks to Scripps Networks Interactive for the awesome long weekend in New York City. Alan and I purchased at a charity auction a while back a trip package donated by the Knoxville-based company, and we just redeemed it. We bought … Continue reading

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Fun, fireworks and fowl to celebrate Fourth

It’s summer and that means Knox Heritage’s uber popular Summer Suppers are in full swing. I love these things. They are great little (or big) parties put together by a creative host committee at a private home or interesting setting. … 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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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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“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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