Tag Archives: Mike Strickland

A Big Orange welcome for new athletics director

More than 200 community and business leaders gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center last week to be utterly charmed by the University of Tennessee’s new athletics director, John Currie. For his part, Currie seemed equally enamored with Knoxville.

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Knoxville community welcomes new campus leader

Beverly Davenport, UT-Knoxville’s new chancellor, charmed more than 200 Knoxville business and community leaders recently with her enthusiasm and openness at a reception held in her honor at the Knoxville Convention Center. Costs of the reception were paid for entirely … Continue reading

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That bird didn’t fly, but wine was divine

I might not be the most adventurous eater you’ve ever met, but I do try to sample new things from time to time. Thanks to the wonderful Trust Fall dinners (click here and here and here and here), I have … Continue reading

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Symphony in Park was sublime. Season will soar!

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra launches its 81st season tonight and Friday with new conductor and music director Aram Demirjian taking the podium at the Tennessee Theatre for a program called “Russian Passion” featuring the works of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. But … Continue reading

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Red pandas and party animals at Zoofari

The Knoxville Zoo was transformed earlier this month into an exotic Himalayan village, the home of the elusive red panda, an animal that has put Knoxville on the zoological map. It is there, in Nepal, where certain villagers have been … Continue reading

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Miranda Lambert, are you kidding me?

When Mike Strickland, the CEO of Knoxville-based Bandit Lites, came to speak recently to the Executive Women’s Association, I knew it would be interesting. But I figured that, since he also is the chairman of the board of the Knoxville … Continue reading

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Furrow: “They may kill you, but they won’t eat you!”

In 1988, Knoxville auctioneer-car dealer Sam Furrow was awakened by a call from a banker. “Mr. Furrow, your dealership is out of trust to us for about $2 million,” the man said. Furrow sat up and shouted, “It can’t be!” How could that happen to … Continue reading

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