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Bourbon Tasting

Bourbon lovers recently gathered at Fox Den Country Club for a dinner and bourbon tasting. The evening kicked off with a round of Old Fashioneds followed by four more pours of Elijah Craig and a dinner menu designed to complement the pours.

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Drive-Thru Fish Fry

The Piney Ruritan Club of Loudon hosted a drive-thru fish fry to support its scholarship programs and charitable endeavors. Each plate was $10 and contained fresh fried catfish, hushpuppies, “tater wedges,” coleslaw and a drink.

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Chop To The Top

The Loudon County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new Chamber member East Tennessee Axe Throwing Co. with--what else?--an axe throwing tournament. Proceeds were used to benefit the Chamber Member Education Fund.

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An Artful Space: David Butler and Ted Smith's Home Reveals Their Passions

Prior to moving into their contemporary-style South Knoxville home, David Butler and Ted Smith say they looked at at least 350 ranch-style houses before finding the perfect fit for them...

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VIProfile: Nikki Estridge

Nikki Estridge, actor, writer, director and producer, says she had no time for theatre as a high school and college student. “I was so involved with sports,” she said. Estridge earned an athletic/academic scholarship to the University of Tennessee where she played softball for the Lady Vols, graduating with high honors.

The Power of One

The starfish story is probably familiar. The story was adapted from an essay by Loren Eiseley, a mid-20th-century author, into more of a parable: A man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

Good News

SmartBank promotes Cain

SmartBank recently announced the promotion of Cynthia Cain to Executive Vice President and Director of Financial Planning & Analysis. As an Executive Vice President and the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis...

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Business Bosses Support Cookie Bosses Program Connects Local Businesses with Girl Scout Troops

The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians’ Business Bosses Supporting Cookie Bosses program provided local businesses an easy way to support the community’s youngest entrepreneurs...

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The Christman Company Earns Pinnacle Business Award

The Christman Company earned top honors in the large business excellence category in the Knoxville Chamber’s 2021 Pinnacle Business Awards. The Christman Company has built some of East Tennessee’s historically significant structures...

April Issue

Editor's Letter

About eight weeks ago, I called Sherri Gardner Howell, my good friend and one of VIP’s favorite freelance writers. Sherri can handle pretty much any writing task, which is why I call on her so often. She brings creativity and heart to every story. This time I thought I might stump her...

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