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‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’

Like Although that quote is credited to the late Queen Elizabeth II, last week it rang true here in Knoxville to the many friends of Christy Lee, among whom Alan and I count ourselves. Christy passed away suddenly on July … Continue reading

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Kids get shoes, school supplies — and smiles!

Like About 6,000 people packed Caswell Park on Saturday for the Knoxville Area Urban League’s annual “Shoes for School” event, which provided local children with new shoes and school supplies and connected families with valuable community resources. The back-to-school bash … Continue reading

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Tom Jester: ‘Call me when you’re serious.’

Like Ad man Tom Jester’s business card had a drawing of a jester’s hat on it. The slogan on the card? “Call me when you’re serious.” I always loved that. Jester’s celebration of life was held last week and it … Continue reading

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Susan Packard’s lessons we need to heed

Like I went to a party last week that was two years in the making. Not because it was so fancy or ornate. Quite the contrary. It was warm and cozy. But, two years ago, when Mary Ellen Brewington heard … Continue reading

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Ken Burns: U.S. needs ‘less pluribus; more unum’

Like Historian Ken Burns was in Knoxville recently, appearing on behalf of the East Tennessee Historical Society and Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. The $300 per seat dinner at the downtown Hilton featuring Gov. Bill Haslam interviewing Burns … Continue reading

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Knox chefs shine at Big Ears

Like Of course, folks came to the Big Ears Festival, held last weekend in downtown Knoxville, for the music. And, this year in particular, for the films and poetry. But we had another great asset on display, as well: our … Continue reading

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Cindy McConkey: ‘Playing in the big leagues now’

Like Cindy McConkey, groundbreaking sportswriter, public relations professional and non-profit manager, passed away at age 58 last month after a four-year battle with biliary liver cancer. An avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, she commented proudly to her husband just 10 … Continue reading

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Blackberry, Lonesome Dove beckon writers to return

Like It would be foolish not to believe that a huge part of the draw of the annual Southern Food Writing Conference is the chance to have dinner at acclaimed Blackberry Farm in nearby Walland, Tennessee. And this is a … Continue reading

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Food writing conference whets visitors’ appetites

Like The Southern Food Writing Conference always brings a bevy of heavy hitters in the journalism and cookbook writing world to Knoxville and this year’s conference, held here earlier this month, was no exception. Writers and editors from Better Homes … Continue reading

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‘The Final Season’ captures essence of Pat Summitt

Like 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 … Continue reading

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