Category Archives: Knoxville

Kefi: ‘profound passion’ in the Old City

We lived in Farragut a couple of decades ago, fortunately at the same time that one of my all-time favorite restaurants was open there: Kalamata Kitchen. It was a fabulous Greek restaurant operated by Lori and Jim Klonaris. You may … Continue reading

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Trust Fall: We were wowed in a warehouse!

The Trust Fall dinners are back! We were so lucky to have secured tickets to the latest one, thanks to friends who couldn’t attend. The Trust Fall dinners work this way: you buy tickets and then you trust the planners. … Continue reading

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Natalie Haslam: East Tennessean of the Year

The East Tennessee Historical Society honored Natalie Haslam last week with its highest honor. She was named East Tennessean of the Year and feted during a sold-out banquet at Cherokee Country Club. She was surrounded by friends and family members … Continue reading

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Leadership Knox ‘best class ever’ – settled!

It’s a running joke among Leadership Knoxville classes. Every class claims that its class is “the best class ever.” But, I’m here to tell you that the matter has been settled. If you can refute this evidence, let me know. … Continue reading

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Long Table: a bracing, bodacious blowout

Dining al fresco when the temperature is dipping into the 40s might not seem like such a good idea, but the alcohol helped. The occasion was the recent Sunday evening Long Table Dinner set up in the middle of Central … Continue reading

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After 50 years, Urban League lets loose with After 7

The Knoxville Area Urban League is 50 years old this year and, to celebrate, the civil rights organization last week brought in popular R&B group After 7 for its annual awards gala. And it recognized its eight previous Whitney M. … Continue reading

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Surprise party hits high note for organist Bill Snyder

It’s been a big month for Dr. Bill Snyder. On Oct. 1, the former University of Tennessee chancellor and engineering dean, retired from his longtime position as house organist of the historic Tennessee Theatre and was honored with a 90-minute … Continue reading

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Governor Bill Haslam: It’s been the honor of a lifetime.

With exactly 100 days left in his term of office (as of today), Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, last night had a casual chat with 100 or so community leaders who are the biggest donors to the United … Continue reading

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Cause for Paws ’18: carousing for the critters

It was hot. But with the combination of a lovely setting, food by the fabulous Holly Hambright, drink service by The Pour Guys, Americana music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and a cause that anybody can get behind, … Continue reading

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90th anniversary cocktail party: the bees’ knees!

“Party Prohibition style!” the invitation said. And a sold-out crowd threw on their pearls and feather boas and shelled out a bunch of clams to do just that! It was not your average night in downtown Knoxville as folks in … Continue reading

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