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 ...
Q&A: Khann Chov, manager at CAC Beardsley Community Farm and organizer of its Snow Day fund-raiser
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:55 a.m.
As farm manager at CAC Beardsley Community Farm, Khann Chov is lead organizer of its Snow Day fund-raiser.
New Eve Jewelry—Megan Craig
Published 01/09/2013 at 12:30 p.m.
Megan Craig has been making jewelry for eight years, and says her latest venture, an Etsy shop begun in November, came out of a desire to repurpose vintage bits into beautiful, modern jewelry.
Q&A: Trent Steele, president and founder of Smoky Mountain DockDogs
Published 01/09/2013 at 11:59 a.m.
Trent Steele is president and founder of Smoky Mountain DockDogs, which kicks off its fourth year with an annual members meeting January 19 and is currently accepting new members.
What Knoxville Needs
Published 01/02/2013 at 11:54 a.m. 1 Comment
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 (a menacing face for the Sunsphere?), others are actually quite reasonable—in ...
We Gather Together: Best Cookbooks of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5 p.m.
The best of this year’s cookbook crop all seem to follow that theme, proffering foods that sustain family and friends or just one very special loved one—serving up dishes that make hearts glad. Each has its own recipes for a ...
Q&A: Aubrey Ingham, Cool Sports’ Organizer of the Score a Goal For Kids Tournament
Published 12/19/2012 at 12:01 p.m.
Turf sports director at Cool Sports on Watt Road, Aubrey Ingham organized its first Score a Goal For Kids tournament Dec. 22, to benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. They are still accepting individual and team entries
Q&A: Jill Colquitt Fisher, Handmade Holiday Trunk Show Organizer
Published 12/12/2012 at 8:40 a.m.
Jill Colquitt Fisher’s Handmade Holiday Trunk Show is back for the first time since 2010; the third and final show is Dec. 13-16 at 14 Market Square, the former Marble Slab Creamery site.
Q&A: Karen Kirst, Author of the Historical Novella 'Smoky Mountain Christmas'
Published 12/05/2012 at 9:52 a.m.
An author for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line, Karen Kirst will sign (and sell) copies of The Gift of Family at an open house at Tea at the Gallery (4501 Kingston Pike).
Sassy Glass Studio
Published 12/05/2012 at 9:21 a.m.
Along with hand-crafting fused glass art at her brightly-colored, aptly named Sassy Glass Studio in Knoxville, Lisa Mueller now teaches glass-fusing classes throughout the year and somehow finds time to be a partner with her husband in ALM Photo.
Q&A: Sandy Wells, Conductor Of Sing-Along 'Messiah' Concerts by Clinch Valley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Updated 12/01/2012 at 9:16 a.m.
Sandy Wells, director of the Tennessee Valley Ensemble, will conduct three free, sing-along Messiah concerts by the Clinch Valley Community Chorus and Orchestra beginning Dec. 1 at the Norris Methodist Church (62 Ridgeway Rd.).
Q&A: Amanda La Bell, founder of Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet
Published 11/20/2012 at 9:55 a.m.
Amanda La Bell is the founder of the Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet, which is holding a benefit auction at Crush at 121 West Jackson Ave. on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., and also an online auction on its Facebook ...
Q&A: Rhonda Thompson, Collecting Coats of All Sizes for People in Need
Published 11/14/2012 at 1:50 p.m.
Working with One Warm Coat and A Spark of Kindness, Rhonda Thompson is collecting coats of all sizes for people in need through Nov. 21.
Q&A: Marty Gensheimer, American Red Cross Volunteer Responding to Hurricane Sandy
Published 11/07/2012 at 11:25 a.m.
American Red Cross volunteer Marty Gensheimer drove a Knoxville Emergency Relief Vehicle to Manhattan and Long Island Oct. 27, one of the first 15 units providing disaster relief from superstorm Sandy.
7 Ways to Be a Better Sushi Consumer
Published 10/31/2012 at 1:44 p.m.
Improve your sushi experience just by keeping these seven tips in mind.
Sake Drinking Tips
Published 10/31/2012 at 1:42 p.m.
David Bohannon created the sake training program for the service staff at Nama Sushi. Here is his cheat sheet for those who already enjoy the potent potable (with its alcohol by volume of 9-18 percent), and those who would like ...
Cindy Day Studio
Published 10/31/2012 at 11:22 a.m.
She’s done lots of graphic design and work with local ad agencies, but Cindy Day’s “fascination with the detail of things” is most evident in her watercolors and pen and ink drawings, many available as prints or notecards.
Q&A: Susan D. Espiritu, Principal of Pond Gap Elementary and a 2012 National Distinguished Principal
Published 10/31/2012 at 11:19 a.m.
Principal of Pond Gap Elementary, Susan D. Espiritu was honored in Washington D.C. on Oct. 19 as one of 60 2012 National Distinguished Principals named by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Tradition Meets Innovation in Knoxville’s Ever-Growing Sushi Scene
Published 10/31/2012 at 11:03 a.m.
A landlocked mountain city/town is not the logical place for a sushi revolution, but Knoxville is in the midst of one. Meshing the Americanized sushi pioneered by Nama and the traditional offerings from sushi chefs like Seisuke Fukuoka of Anaba, ...