Q&A: Shannon Ernest Farabow, Co-host of the First-Ever Ironwood Art Fair
Published 03/05/2014 at 1:29 p.m.
Farabow will co-host (with artist Sarah Brobst) the first-ever Ironwood Art Fair on Friday, March 14, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with bands and belly dancers; and on Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Ironwood Studios (119 ...
Who’s That “Sex Week Girl”? UT Student Brianna Rader Starts a Campus Conversation—But Sparks a National Controversy
Published 02/26/2014 at 4 p.m.
Last year, the University of Tennessee’s first Sex Week caused a storm of controversy—it had its university funding revoked by administrators after Sen. Stacey Campfield raised a ruckus about it. Now it’s back again. and legislators are frothing at the ...
Q&A: Marsha S. Wilson, Executive Director of the Knoxville Bar Association
Published 02/26/2014 at 11:13 a.m.
Executive director for the Knoxville Bar Association, Marsha S. Wilson is lead planner for its free Community Law School sessions March 7 and 8 on the topics of “Estate Planning for Everyone” and “Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.”
Q&A: Michael Torano, One of 22 Bachelors Being Auctioned to Benefit Friends of Literacy
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:10 a.m.
The 44-year-old Michael Torano, director of marketing for Knoxville Opera, is one of 22 bachelors being auctioned to benefit Friends of Literacy on March 14. Donors can also cast votes for their favorite as Knoxville’s Most Eligible Bachelor by donating ...
Q&A: Gary Harmon, Author of 'My Daddy Takes His Legs Off'
Published 02/12/2014 at 11:18 a.m.
Harmon (pictured here with the illustrator, Kathryn Shilling Oaks), wrote the autobiographical kids’ book My Daddy Takes His Legs Off, a story of a girl whose friends don’t want her dad to pick her and her brother up from after-school ...
Q&A: Charlotte Tolley, Executive Director of Nourish Knoxville
Published 02/05/2014 at 10:42 a.m.
Tolley, the executive director for the recently formed nonprofit Nourish Knoxville, organizes its Winter Market at the Historic Southern Railway Station on West Depot Street, held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on the second ...
Q&A: Carrie Ollom, Tennessee TOPSoccer Coach of the Year
Published 01/23/2014 at 10:15 a.m.
A state championship coach for FC Alliance, which grooms young soccer players for competitive opportunities, Carrie Ollom was named US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Tennessee Coach of the Year for her work building FCA’s program for young people with special needs.
Q&A: Louise Conrad, Staff Veterinarian at Ijams Nature Center
Published 01/15/2014 at 9:48 a.m.
Staff veterinarian at Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.), Louise Conrad and her dog Gandalf will lead a “Wagging Walk” for dogs and their owners at the park Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. She’ll review basics of walking ...
Q&A: Carolyn Rogers, Coordinator for the LGBTQ Helpline
Published 01/08/2014 at 11:33 a.m.
Rogers is the coordinator for the LGBTQ Helpline, which is staffed nightly from 7-11 p.m. at 865-531-2539. The helpline is seeking new volunteers to provide information, a listening ear, and referral services for the LGBTQ community and their parents, friends, ...
What Knoxville Needs II
Published 01/02/2014 at 10:52 a.m.
What does Knoxville really need? Everybody’s got an opinion, as we’ve discovered each week in our What Knoxville Needs column. While some of the ideas are a bit silly, others are actually quite reasonable—in fact, downright smart. So, as we ...
Q&A: Bob Riehl, an Instructor for the Taoist Tai Chi™ Society of Knoxville
Published 01/01/2014 at 10 a.m.
Bob Riehl is a continuing instructor for the Taoist Tai Chi™ Society of Knoxville (co-presidents are Susan Benner and Jenny Arthur), which will hold an open house and free one-hour demonstration at its Happy Holler facility (1205 N. Central St.) ...
Best Of Street Talk 2013
Published 12/26/2013 at 10 a.m.
Here are a few of the Q’s and A’s Rose Kennedy particularly liked this year.
Q&A: Sandy Goddard, Local Comic Who Will Play Side Splitters Comedy Club's Bad Santa
Published 12/18/2013 at 12:03 p.m.
Goddard: I knew once my kids detested me I was ready!
Best Cookbooks of 2013: This Year's Best Lure With the Promise of Better Food, More Fun, and Plain Better Living
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
That’s the same way this year’s most appealing cookbooks seemed to strike me: Each is irresistible without being decadent or sultry.
PioneerHouse Letterpress and Design/Julie Belcher
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:07 a.m.
PioneerHouse (also a storefront art gallery on Gay Street) is the latest hand-printing letterpress endeavor from Julie Belcher, who has been a devotee for more than 15 years.
Q&A: Monika Hancock, Organizer of the Christmas Crawl: A Holiday Downtown Pub Crawl
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:03 a.m.
As the development associate for the ALS Association of East Tennessee for Care Services, which fights Lou Gehrig’s disease, Monika Hancock is the organizer of its benefit, The Christmas Crawl: A Holiday Downtown Pub Crawl on Dec. 13. The crawl ...
Q&A: Lilly Sutton, Co-organizer of a Benefit Concert for Survivors of Storm Haiyan
Published 12/04/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Along with Bob Grimac, Lilly Sutton has organized a benefit concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. She and RB Morris will perform to help the survivors of Storm Haiyan.
7 Things (You May Be Glad) You Don't Know About Me...
Published 12/04/2013 at 10:47 a.m.
I would like to create a derivative time-passer whereby we all share things people might not know about us in regards to Knoxville and food.
Q&A: Lisa Soland, Local Playwright, Actress, and Theater Instructor
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:36 p.m.
A local playwright, actress, and theater instructor, Lisa Soland is touring to promote her first children’s book, 'The Christmas Tree Angel' (Celtic Cat Publishing, illustrated by Bethany A. Badeaux).
Q&A: Jentry Jones and Henry Gertsen, Team Leaders for the L&N STEMpunks
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Jones and Gertsen are team leaders for the L&N STEMpunks, the L&N STEM Academy’s FIRST Robotics team, which is holding a “bring your own” tailgate Nov. 23 before the UT-Vanderbilt game as a fund-raiser to restore the iconic L&N sign ...
Q&A: Travis Daniel Wilson, Founding Member of the Coalition Against Mandatory Meal Plans at the University of Tennessee
Published 11/13/2013 at 12:18 p.m.
A sophomore, Travis Daniel Wilson is a founding member of the Coalition Against Mandatory Meal Plans at the University of Tennessee. The group includes UTK Campus Disability Advocates, UTK Amnesty International, UTK Fencing Club, Eco-Vols, UTK College Democrats, UTK Students ...
Knoxville’s Pizza Icons
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:36 a.m.
We certainly have a lot of pizzerias in town, but these places are true pizza destinations.
Q&A: M.D. Kirkpatrick, Creator of Whirly Gigs
Published 11/06/2013 at 10:46 a.m.
M.D. Kirkpatrick’s show and sale, “Whirly Gigs,” will be on display through the holidays at Pioneer House.
Q&A: Bryan Stooksbury, Competitor in the 6th Annual World Championship of 'Big Buck HD'
Updated 10/31/2013 at 2:09 p.m.
Bryan Stooksbury ranked first among online qualifiers for the 6th annual World Championship of 'Big Buck HD,' a high-definition bar and arcade game. He’ll head for Chicago with fourth-seeded Ben Perkins Nov. 8 and 9 to try to win $15,000.
Q&A: Samma and Greg Highland, Entrepreneurs Behind the Gluten-Free Food Service RootDiet
Published 10/23/2013 at 1:36 p.m.
Samma, a nutritionist and dietitian, and Greg, a long-time restaurateur, recently opened RootDiet, a meal delivery service that provides gluten-free and allergen-free meals to Knoxville-area residents. They make the meals from farm-grown, in-season ingredients.
Q&A: John Innes, Designer of the Cherokee Forest “Adventure Map”
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Owner of GoodPoint Inc., known locally for its User Friendly Maps division, John Innes recently released the Cherokee Forest “Adventure Map,” which shows the entire forest and 50 of its top destinations. (He is also the man behind the awesome ...
Gail DeLuca/White Fox Beads
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:27 a.m.
“I continue to be inspired by the beads themselves, often getting pleasantly distracted when doing routine things like inventory or checking in new stock.”
Q&A: David Moon, Investment Manager, Business Columnist, and Author of 'Thoughts Are Things'
Published 10/09/2013 at 11:46 a.m.
An investment manager and business columnist for the News Sentinel, David Moon recently released Thoughts Are Things, a collection of daily devotionals for children and their families.
Q&A: Brianna Rader, Co-Organizer of UT’s Sex Week Fall Preview
Published 10/02/2013 at 12:19 p.m.
Brianna Rader and Jacob Clark are the co-chairs and founders of SEAT (Sexual Empowerment & Awareness at Tennessee), organizing the Sex Week at University of Tennessee last spring that controversially had its school funding removed at the 11th hour. The ...
Q&A: Mala Jani and Gayatri Mahadevan, Partners in the Nritya Masala Dance School
Published 09/25/2013 at 12:30 p.m.
Partners in the Nritya Masala dance school, Mala Jani and Gayatri Mahadevan teach Bollywood dance classes for adults and kids at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts (Tuesdays) and Revolution Dance (Saturdays).
Q&A: Emily Wheeler, Pastry Chair for the 34th Annual GreekFest
Published 09/18/2013 at 11:35 a.m.
Emily Wheeler is the pastry chair for the 34th Annual GreekFest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church. The event runs September 20-22 at 4070 Kingston Pike.
Q&A: Allison Armstrong, Organizer of Sprint for the Prints
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:38 a.m.
Allison Armstrong organized Sprint for the Prints, a 5K fund-raiser for the University of Tennessee College of Nursing Student Nurses’ Association Precious Prints Project, which provides a fingerprint silver charm to families who lose a child at East Tennessee Children’s ...
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:01 a.m.
A big-city education has affected Lara Duren’s artistic outlook, but not her enthusiasm for this area.
Q&A: Kelly S. Absher, Co-Organizer of Pints for Prevention Beerfest
Published 09/04/2013 at 11:17 a.m.
I think cancer is a subject that no one really wants to discuss because of the devastation it has caused so many families. Early detection is very helpful in increasing survival rates. It is hard to reach men about the ...
Q&A: Lisa Kurtz, A Potter Who WIll Open a Retrospective Show Benefitting Alzheimer's Tennessee, Honoring her Mother, at the District Gallery
Published 08/28/2013 at 1:58 p.m.
My mom’s disease has progressed to the point that she is not able to attend this show. I believe that she would be thrilled to know that the show was in her honor. She would be very proud.
Q&A: April Montgomery, Organizer for the Dog Days of Summer Fashion Show
Published 08/14/2013 at 10:11 a.m.
Owner of the boutique Suzani Styles, April Montgomery originated the idea for the Dog Days of Summer fashion show, an adoption benefit for the co-host, Young-Williams Animal Center, at the Bill Lyons Pavilion on Market Square Thursday, Aug. 22 at ...
Knoxville's Diner Burgers
Published 08/09/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 1 Comment
Maybe it’s the bustle, the shiny grill, or the smell of fry oil and grilled onions drifting in the air, but every now and then nothing but a ’50s-style burger plate will do. Here are three places happy to oblige, ...
Knoxville’s Classic Burgers
Published 08/08/2013 at 10:28 a.m.
Knoxville’s sizzling-hot burger market owes quite a bit to a core group of Knoxvillians who created the classics—and those who daily carry on the mouth-watering quality traditions. Here, some originators and a couple of torchbearers discuss secrets of their success.
Anika Toro: Photography, 3D Mixed Media, Unique Keepsakes
Published 08/07/2013 at 10:55 a.m.
You have to love an Etsy artist whose favorite materials include both film and glue—Anika Toro uses all sorts of bits and pieces to enhance photos that include shots of nooks and crannies in Knoxville.
Q&A: Jeff Gordon, Host and Founder of the Cresthill Cinema Club
Published 08/07/2013 at 10:50 a.m.
Host and founder of the Cresthill Cinema Club, now in its 10th year, Jeff Gordon will screen a notable 1940s film noir, 'Fallen Angel,' at the meeting August 23 at 8 p.m. He describes it as “a moody murder mystery, ...
Q&A: Scotty Hicks and Rob Kuban, Maryville History Teachers and Authors of 'The Ultimate Survival Guide for Teachers'
Published 07/31/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Maryville middle-school history teachers Scotty Hicks and Rob Kuban recently published The Ultimate Survival Guide for Teachers, available at Amazon.com.
Boggs at the Bistro Turns 20: A Loyal Customer Sums up Two Decades for Martha at Bristro at the Bijou
Published 07/31/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
When I learned from Martha Bogg’s husband David Patterson that she was to celebrate her 20-year anniversary at the Bistro on Aug. 1, it was tempting to mark the occasion by insinuating myself and my recent memories of edamame hummus ...
Tomato Crush: Move Over Grainger County—Knoxvillians Are Being Swept Away By the Joy of Heirloom Tomatoes
Published 07/24/2013 at 11:29 a.m.
Yes, we all know and love Grainger County tomatoes, right? But lately, local farmers’ markets have been stocking up on a new, even more exotic strain of summer bliss: heirloom tomatoes. With their different shapes, colors, and flavors, heirlooms are ...
Fresh Recipes for Heirloom Tomatoes
Published 07/24/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
Though University of Tennessee’s commercial vegetable extension specialist Annette Wszelaki admits she almost considers it “blasphemous” to cook a fresh, homegrown tomato, there are chefs and cooks who want a little more than the basic salad or sandwich addition. So ...
Q&A: Tyler White, University of Tennessee Chef Instructor
Published 07/24/2013 at 11:07 a.m.
Tyler White, University of Tennessee chef instructor, will supervise three summer-session lunches at UT’s Ready for the World Cafe, open to the public and planned and served by Pellissippi State culinary arts students. The Italian-themed lunch is Aug. 1, the ...
Q&A: Jennifer Johnsey, Instigator of the Southern Women Expo’s Cup Song Contest
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:01 a.m.
Jennifer Johnsey is the instigator of the July 20 Cup Song Contest that’s part of Night Moon Productions’ Southern Women Expo July 19-20 at the Knoxville Expo Center.
Q&A: Jared Brentz, Top Contender in the Amputee Long Drive Championship
Published 07/10/2013 at 12:19 p.m.
Knoxville native Jared Brentz is a top contender in the first annual Amputee Long Drive Championship presented by Pilot Flying J on July 18-19 at the Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon. He was born with arthrogryposis and club feet ...
Q&A: Larsen Jay, Founder and CEO of Knoxville’s Random Acts of Flowers
Published 07/03/2013 at 10:01 a.m.
Larsen Jay is founder and CEO of Knoxville’s Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit that collects donated flowers from such places as weddings and florists to donate to patients in area hospitals, nursing homes and hospices. Recently, RAF expanded into ...
Q&A: Wil Wright, AKA LiL iFFy
Published 06/26/2013 at 10:19 a.m.
LiL iFFy is Knoxville native Wil Wright’s alter ego. His band of the same name made its first Bonnaroo appearance last weekend—the only Knoxville-based artist to perform.
Q&A: Bryan Alexander, Creator of Knox Composts
Published 06/19/2013 at 1:17 p.m.
Alexander recently created Knox Composts, a new program that allows residents and small businesses in Knoxville to recycle their organic food scrap waste for a modest fee and get composted soil back in return.