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Even Mother Nature loves Ijams and the Symphony

In the 32-year history of Symphony in the Park, the fun, fun event where the Knoxville Symphony plays at an outdoor fundraiser for Ijams Nature Center at the nature center, there’s never been a rain plan in place. And, although … 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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‘Great’ Lyle Lovett charms Tocqueville Society

Country singer Lyle Lovett was in Knoxville the other day providing a concert for a small gathering of Knoxvillians at the Mill & Mine on Depot Avenue. The occasion was the annual Alexis de Tocqueville Society dinner, a “reward” for … Continue reading

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Party of five, your jazz orchestra is ready

For years, when speaking of arts organizations in Knoxville, people have referred to “the big four,” meaning the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Opera, the Clarence Brown Theatre and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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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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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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Big Orange boogie woogie

If I can help it, I’m not going to miss seeing boogie woogie piano player Jason D. Williams when he is in our area. The spitting image of (a younger) Jerry Lee Lewis, Williams most recently was in town for … Continue reading

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Newest Vol is a winner!

This is a guest blog post by my friend and client Mary Bogert, the general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. She wrote it for her own blog, From Inside the Center, shortly after a welcome event that Moxley Carmichael … Continue reading

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“Wouldn’t you want your son to play for Cuonzo?”

New UT head men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is surprisingly soft-spoken. So when he addressed the sell-out crowd at the Cancer Support Community lunch at the Foundry last week, organizers rushed to adjust the sound system so he could be … Continue reading

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Sexist Little League coach sent Joan Cronan, UT’s Women’s Athletic Director, on her career path

Joan Cronan was 12 years old and growing up in the town of Opelousas in southern Louisiana. “I was a tomboy before it was cool for women to be in sports,” the UT women’s athletic director told a lunch gathering … Continue reading

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