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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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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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Tony Spezia: It’s not a risk if you know the outcome

Tony Spezia, who recently retired from his position as CEO of Covenant Health, gave a speech at a party in his honor April 1 that truly knocked it out of the ballpark. Spezia’s speech was so powerful that Alan and … Continue reading

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Potlucks feed friendships — for 23 years

Leadership Knoxville is an intense 10-month program during which participants get to learn more about our community and its leaders. There are two overnight trips involved — one is orientation and the other is a visit to the state capital … Continue reading

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I think that I shall never see a beer so lovely in a tree

Garden party season is in full swing in East Tennessee. And that’s fine with me. The Great Gardens Party, a fundraiser for the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, is held each year in a different great garden. This year, its … Continue reading

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‘Taste of Greece’ perfect antidote to adversity

If ever a church seemed snake-bit (aside from the actual snake-handling churches, of course) it is Saint George Greek Orthodox Church on Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Reeling from the alleged theft of more than $360,000 by its trusted treasurer that … Continue reading

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Patios, porches and rooftops: another downtown progressive dinner and another pair of targets!

Success just makes us bolder! As regular Blue Streak readers know, some of us downtowners are determined to convince all our friends to move here, too! Our strategy is to seduce them by inviting them to join us on one … Continue reading

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