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.
Q&A: Debbie Donahoo, Publicist for the Ladies of Charity Wild West Roundup
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:36 a.m.
Debbie Donahoo is the publicist for the June 22 Ladies of Charity Wild West Roundup, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to LOC’s emergency assistance program for Knoxville and surrounding areas.
Jessica Weiss Jewelry
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:01 a.m.
A professional metalsmith, Jessica Weiss creates custom-made jewelry such as this wraparound ring with its turquoise, emerald, peridot, and chrysophrase. Though she ditched her marine biology studies for fine arts study after “three hard years” of classes, all Weiss’ jewelry ...
Q&A: Larry Kitchen, Winner of the 2013 Mark DeWolfe Award from Interweave Continental
Published 06/05/2013 at 2:11 p.m. 1 Comment
Larry Kitchen will receive the 2013 Mark DeWolfe Award from Interweave Continental (Unitarian Universalists for Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns) at the UUA’s general assembly in Louisville June 20. The award memorializes the first openly gay UU minister.
Q&A: Jessica Popek, Development Director for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
Published 05/29/2013 at 10:56 a.m.
Development and marketing director for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, Jessica Popek is organizing its 19th Bark in the Park fund-raiser June 8 on Market Square, including games, contests, vendors, and dog-friendly restaurants.
Q&A: Nic Arning, Raising Funds for the Hank Rappe Playground at Lakeshore Park
Published 05/15/2013 at 12:07 p.m.
Nic Arning is part of a committee raising funds for a universal playground to be built at Lakeshore Park in memory of 3-year-old Knoxville Youth Sports tee-ball player Hank Rappe. Hank, the son of Dr. Matt and Brandy Rappe, passed ...
Q&A: R. Bentley Marlow, Vice Chair of Redeeming Hope Ministries
Published 05/08/2013 at 12:47 p.m.
Vice chair of Redeeming Hope Ministries, R. Bentley Marlow has created an Indiegogo online fund-raising campaign to create a large vegetable garden in Fort Sanders to benefit the underprivileged and transient community.
Dayberry Creations—Beverly Pridemore
Published 05/08/2013 at 11 a.m.
Knoxville is lucky to have many Etsy proprietors who studied at the University of Tennessee, and Beverly Pridemore is among their number, though she says she’s also been drawing and painting most of her life.
Q&A: Norman and Margie Smith, “Angel Riders” in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
Published 05/01/2013 at 9:59 a.m.
During the week beginning April 27, the Smiths of Knoxville rode free of charge as “Angel Riders” as part of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America to raise money for chronically ill children.
Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus Makes a Joyful Noise
Published 05/01/2013 at 9:57 a.m. 1 Comment
The group is the brainchild of its president, the activist Bleu Copas, who met Hamblin at the Equality on the Hill demonstration in Nashville last year. Hamblin and Copas, with two or three other singers, had their first public performance ...
Q&A: Sean Messamore, One of the Leaders for Knoxville Hardcourt Bike Polo
Published 04/24/2013 at 10:47 a.m.
One of the leaders for Knoxville Hardcourt Bike Polo, Sean Messamore is helping organize its session April 27 at 7 p.m. and the group’s fund-raiser for the Kick Stand Knoxville bike collective May 11 at 9 p.m.
Q&A: Dallas Norton, Lead Princess of the Knoxville Opera’s Princess Parade and Tea Party
Published 04/17/2013 at 9:41 a.m.
A University of Tennessee opera student, Dallas Norton will lead the Knoxville Opera’s Princess Parade and Tea Party at the Rossini Festival, Sat., April 27 starting at 1:30 p.m.
Smoky Mist Gardens—Cheryl Morgan
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:07 a.m.
The occasional handcrafted wool item or jams, jellies, or jars of chow chow made from the last of summer’s green tomatoes do make it onto Cheryl Morgan’s Etsy site, but most of what she proffers is the product of a ...
Q&A: Michael Lucas, Farragut High Student and Winner of Many Krispy Kreme Donuts
Published 04/10/2013 at 11 a.m.
Michael Lucas, a 15-year-old student at Farragut High School, was the first in line for the grand opening of the Krispy Kreme (11208 Kingston Pike) on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 a.m., winning a dozen free donuts per week for ...
Q&A: Deborah Herzel, Staff Attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee and “Duncan Award” Winner
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:08 a.m.
A staff attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Deborah Herzel earned this year’s “Duncan Award” for embodying the legacy of the late U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr., in the “professional” category. The award will be presented by Senior ...
Pilots ’N Paws: Pilot Chris Pease Airlifts Adoptable Dogs to States With a Better Chance at Life
Published 03/27/2013 at 11:32 a.m.
Chris Pease estimates in the past three years he’s flown dozens of missions on behalf of Pilots ’N Paws, the nationwide organization that acts as a clearinghouse to match private pilots willing to provide free transport with people and organizations ...
Q&A: Brian Overly, Member of the Rattle Rock 4-Wheel Drive Club
Published 03/27/2013 at 11:29 a.m.
Brian Overly is a member of Rattle Rock 4-Wheel Drive Club and organizer of its “Wheel for the Cure” event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital April 13 at Windrock ATV Park (555 Windrock Ln.) in Oliver Springs.
City Tastebuds in a Small Town: Why I Missed Knoxville Food in Western North Carolina
Published 03/27/2013 at 10:23 a.m.
Never before would I have described my food habits as “citified.” After all, I live in Knoxville, not Chicago or New York—or even Denver or Tulsa.
Q&A: Melissa Nance, Executive Director of Friends of Literacy
Published 03/20/2013 at 9:51 a.m.
Melissa Nance is executive director of Friends of Literacy, which is holding an open house celebration for its new location at 900 E. Hill Ave on April 5 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Q&A: Karla Cornwell, a Nurse and Certified Yoga Instructor Who Teaches “Golf And Yoga”
Published 03/13/2013 at 3:08 p.m.
A nurse and certified yoga instructor, Karla Cornwell teaches “Golf and Yoga” workshops at Fairways and Greens Golf Center at 626 Simmons Rd.
Published 03/13/2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Though she calls herself Guerrillagranny, Sherry Ward of Maryville is never far from the influences that held sway when she was a child.
Q&A: Jennifer Ussery, Volunteer and Youth Specialist with the American Red Cross-East Tennessee
Published 03/06/2013 at 11:44 a.m.
A volunteer and youth specialist with the American Red Cross-East Tennessee, Ussery will teach “Disaster Dudes” as part of a free Preparedness Day for kids K-5th, March 9 from 9 a.m.-noon at 6921 Middlebrook Pike.
Benton's Bacon on Knox Brunch Menus
Published 03/06/2013 at 11:18 a.m.
Knoxville’s first super-size BaconFest was in 2010, but three years later, the love affair with all things bacon-y still sizzles. In the forefront: local chefs’ and diners’ affection for Allan Benton’s products lovingly tended a short ways down the road ...
Knox Brunch on a Budget
Published 03/06/2013 at 11:12 a.m.
Lavish brunch is swell, but this relaxing meal doesn’t have to be three courses or even a heaping plate. There are plenty of restaurant breakfast foods that will still hit the spot—without slamming your budget.
Knoxville's Brunch Masters
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:51 a.m.
Knoxville's brunch scene seems to be expanding exponentially! Here are some of Knoxville's standout brunch masters and what they offer.
Q&A: Clint Young, Second-Place Winner in the 'Yummm!' Brunch Haiku Contest
Published 02/27/2013 at 12:12 p.m.
Clint Young submitted the haiku “Chicken ‘n Waffles with a side of assumption” to win second place and a $25 French Market gift certificate in the second Metro Pulse YUMMM! restaurant guide haiku contest, themed “brunch.” His entry reads: “Last ...
Q&A: Lisa Mellon, Organizer of Game On Against Cancer to Benefit the Thompson Cancer Survival Center
Published 02/20/2013 at 11:44 a.m.
Lisa Mellon (pictured with husband, Scott) is co-owner of Games & Things, the site of Game On Against Cancer to benefit the Thompson Cancer Survival Center March 1. Attendees will challenge local celebrities in such games as billiards, cornhole, and ...
The Twisted Pine—Amy Strange
Published 02/13/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Amy Strange has lived in Knoxville less than a year, and the home-schooling mom hopes (“Lord willing”) it will be her family’s longtime residence after 10 moves in 13 years. However long she’s here, she’ll sell quirky photo-note cards and ...
Q&A: Carla Lewis, President of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition
Published 02/13/2013 at 11:22 a.m.
A Maryville resident, Carla Lewis was elected president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition on January 19.
Q&A: Melanie Drouhard, Designer at the Project Runaway Fashion Show and Fund-Raiser
Published 02/06/2013 at 11:25 a.m.
Project Runaway is a fashion show and sale to benefit Child & Family Tennessee’s runaway shelter, Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Foundry. Melanie Drouhard is one of the designers who will repurpose two KARM Thrift Store items ...
Q&A: Mark Harmon, Author and Former County Commissioner
Published 01/30/2013 at 12:03 p.m.
Former county commissioner and journalism professor Mark Harmon and author Brian Griffin will speak about writing to deal with tragedy at the Knoxville Writers’ Guild’s Feb. 7 meeting. Both men were present when a shooter killed two at the Tennessee ...
Seed Stalking: I Look Forward to Little Sprouts—They prepare for Doomsday
Published 01/30/2013 at 10:20 a.m.
One of my favorite jokes starts with a man in Knoxville in January setting the scene: warm quilts, scented candles, a locked door. “And then,” he tells his wife, “we can roll around and snuggle up and—read our seed catalogs.”
Q&A: Wade Orloski, One of 20 “Guys That Give” Participating in a Friends of Literacy Bachelor Auction
Published 01/23/2013 at 10:10 a.m.
Wade Orloski is one of 20 “Guys That Give” participating in the Feb. 8 bachelor auction at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center to benefit Friends of Literacy. Public online votes for “Most Eligible Bachelor” close Feb. 1—the winner will be ...