There sure have been a lot of fun holiday parties this year. But one of the best ones had nothing to do with the holidays at all. It was the “Job Well Done” party that Nikitia and LeRoy Thompson threw in honor of Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Held at their lovely North Knoxville home, the party was last Friday — on Rogero’s last full day as mayor. The following morning, she would turn the office keys over to the newly elected mayor, Indya Kincannon, at the inaugural festivities at the Bijou Theatre.
Appropriately, Mayor Rogero was in a relaxed and celebratory mood on Friday night. “I just have to hope nothing disastrous happens in the next 12 hours or so!” she joked. And, fortunately, it did not.
The band, “Jazzy Lynn and the Guys,” was fantastic and had the dance floor (actually the living room) hopping from the get-go. LeRoy, who has a beautiful singing voice, was both emcee and vocalist. The food — barbecued meat of all kinds — came straight off the grill to be served with greens and pasta on a buffet.
The Thompsons’ grown children — Dezmond and Tionna — were big helps with the party, their parents said. Dezmond was our technical advisor as Moxley Carmichael provided a loop of photographs of Mayor Rogero through the years to be shown on the big screen TV. She appeared on the Blue Streak more than 110 times during her two terms in office, and John McCulley and Charley Sexton, with help from our great interns, culled those photos for the project. The Thompsons gave a thumb drive with all the photos to Mayor Rogero as a souvenir.
As for her immediate plans, Mayor Rogero said she will leave shortly on a long trip. She deserves it for what truly was a job well done.
A word about the decor. Nikitia and her friend, Cassandra Denton, tied the decorations to the theme, “Year of the Woman,” a nod to the fact that, for the second time in a row, Knoxville’s mayor will be a woman. As will the vice mayor (Gwen McKenzie) and the majority of City Council members.
And now, the real evidence of how much fun everyone had: