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Spirit Awards

The Helen Ross McNabb Center recently recognized Adam and Jenny Brock and Wes and Liz Stowers at the Spirit Award Dinner held at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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Get Served

Volley4Life recently hosted Get Served at the Southern Railway Station in downtown Knoxville. The beer tasting event featured over 50 beer tasting selections, food trucks, silent and live auction and 50/50 raffles.

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Dream Train

Guests were recently invited to hop on board the Dream Train for an excursion on the Three Rivers Rambler. At the station, guests enjoyed a greeter cocktail provided by Post Modern Spirits and freshly baked biscuits from Matt Robbs Biscuits and Brew.

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Artitude was held recently at the Atrium at Cherokee Mills. Tickets included hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction featuring local and regional artists. Proceeds from the event went to the Cancer Support Community.

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Hand in Hand: Fundraising Gala

A Hand Up for Women recently held its annual fundraising gala at The Foundry on the Fair Site. Entertainment was provided by Kelle Jolly and the Professors of Jazz with Keynote Speakers Eva Pierce and Phil Williams.

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Downsizing Downtown

Monique Anderson became intrigued by downtown when she and other members of her Leadership Knoxville project team studied downtown in 2000 and when she and husband Bruce went on City People Home Tours.

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VIProfile: Lisa New

Lisa New, President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville, didn’t aspire to the head job there. “My goal was to be a field researcher in primatology--more of an academic and science role,” she said. “The zoo was a pit stop that became a life goal.” New, a Knoxville native and graduate of Carter High School, earned a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Ethology, the study of animal behavior, from the University of Tennessee. 

From Now Town to Downtown

In the early 1970s, “Now Town, U.S.A.” was the rallying call in downtown Maryville. Now Town was a federally funded revitalization project that transformed downtown Maryville into a pedestrian mall. The fact that Maryville’s central business district hasn’t functioned as a pedestrian mall in decades is the biggest clue to the fate of Now Town...

Blount County

Mark and Sharon Oldham

Married since 1984 and entrepreneurs since 1989, Mark and Sharon Oldham have been the owners and operators of Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro since 2014. They chose Townsend for its natural beauty and location.

Blount County

Paula Osborn

Longing to work in the town that raised her, Paula Osborn took the plunge and opened her own business. After spending most of her professional career working in Knoxville, Osborn was just far enough away from her hometown that she missed out on events that were important to her, such as volunteering at school events.

People & Places

Operation HOPE Graduate Opens Business

Charles D. Hill was encouraged by his wife to launch a business after he retired from Memphis Light Gas & Water after 20 years. Initially inspired by his mother, Irene Holt, who was an entrepreneur and owned a restaurant, sports bar and fish market...

May Issue

Editor's Letter

At the recent Hats in Bloom Luncheon, I kept hearing how great everyone looked and how much fun it was to wear hats. More than one person said, “We should wear hats more often.” I agree. There was a time when no well dressed lady would have been seen without a hat, but these days for most people, hats are more the exception than the rule. 

Upcoming Events


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May 27, 2019

Live the age of Chivalry with Robin Hood!

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, invites you to travel back in time to celebrate the high Middle Ages with Robin Hood at the fifth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire. This rugged outdoor festival will spring to life, and run for three weekends, including Memorial Day. 


May 28, 2019

Bring your kids, lawn chairs, blankets, pets, and friends to enjoy outdoor Knoxville nights, live music, food, fun, and community in Market Square. The City of Knoxville provides these free Concerts on the Square all summer long.


May 29, 2019

The third annual Knox News Sports Awards will honor area high school athletes at a red carpet gala. The show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from Pittsburgh Steelers and former Vol quarterback Joshua Dobbs.