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Symphony ShowHouse goes uptown. (You should, too!)

Every year, the Knoxville Symphony League typically selects a brand new 5,500-square-foot home, usually on the water, and invites an assortment of interior designers to decorate its various rooms. Called the Symphony Designer ShowHouse, tours of the home are one … Continue reading

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‘An Emerald Evening’ rakes in the green!

Congratulations to the Knoxville Symphony League for hosting its most successful Symphony Ball in recent history! Held this past Saturday at Cherokee Country Club with a St. Paddy’s Day theme, “An Emerald Evening” brought in about $150,000. Of that, about … Continue reading

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Chancellor to white supremacists: We’re ready for you!

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport has a message for white supremacists planning to come to campus Feb. 17: “We are on it!” Davenport spoke to about 20 women — and one man — on Wednesday at a luncheon put … Continue reading

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Betsey Bush: She was “all in”

If you had wanted to merge together all the arts organizations in Knoxville, you could have taken a vote on it yesterday at the memorial service for philanthropist and community enthusiast Betsey Bush. Leaders of all the major institutions were … Continue reading

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Fried caper dust and a little night music!

Music by the Knoxville Symphony. Wine from Randy and Jenny Boyd’s Argentinian vineyard. Perfect weather on the lake. And food featuring such exotic elements as fried caper dust, house made elk duxelle ravioli and fried squash blossoms. What could be … Continue reading

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Crush of events makes exciting year-end

As 2016 hurtles to its conclusion, holiday and other kinds of special events literally have tumbled on top of one another. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a busier year-end season in Knoxville. The Knoxville Symphony League threw its annual … 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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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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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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Behind the Smile: Stewardess from air travel’s “golden age” shares tales of sex, humor and terror

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,” … Continue reading

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