Monthly Archives: November 2011

Academy, a Comedy

The featured article on the front page of Tuesday’s Knoxville News Sentinel was a first-hand account of Jamie Satterfield’s experience in the FBI Citizens Academy. Her experience was a lot like mine. I took the eight-week class two years ago. … Continue reading

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Skilled Skillet

Lunch at Monell’s was like another Thanksgiving feast, except with strangers. My wife and son and I arrived in Nashville an hour before he was to catch a ride back to school. Fortunately, there was no wait for a table … Continue reading

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Ginger Sale

The gingerbread houses were once again more interesting to me than the trees at Fantasy of Trees.The annual event benefits East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Several of the best entries were made by the Greenback School FCCLA students. I also liked … Continue reading

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That’s the Spirit

The congregation at the 8:15 a.m. Mass at All Saints seemed fairly nonplussed by the changes to the Roman Missal. In the United States, the Catholic Church started using a new English translation this weekend, which was the first Sunday … Continue reading

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Convection Connection

The old argument about cake vs. pie turned up in two unusual places last weekend. First, I saw a photo on Facebook of a cake in the shape of the Greek letter Pi. Then, I saw cupcakes that looked like … Continue reading

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Pump It Up

One item got cut from our 2010 Thanksgiving menu when we realized we had too many other side dishes. This year, my wife prepared a rice-stuffed pumpkin, which was our contribution to the Thanksgiving feast at a friend’s house. When … Continue reading

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Syncopated Rhythms

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast on both NBC and CBS. The official telecast on NBC is too scripted while the coverage on CBS isn’t scripted enough. The hosts of “Today,” who work together every day, recited the banter … Continue reading

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Valley of Bones

The forensic memorial service that I attended Monday was on the news last night. Dr. Bill Bass said it was only the third time the ceremony had been recorded on video and the first time by an American television station. … Continue reading

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Stamp of Approval

Earlier this month, WBIR and WTNZ aired a report about the Body Farm and its connection to the movie “The Blind Side.” After the broadcast, producer Amanda Dill contacted me with an idea for a follow-up. She still had more … Continue reading

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Dancin’ Fool

It took repeated viewings of a DVD but I finally figured out how to do the simple dance step that had been vexing me. The DVD was the 2008 performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. … Continue reading

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Instrumental Health

Maestro Frank Graffeo was contacted by a television producer who told him that they wanted to bring a camera to the Joy of Music School for a documentary. When a large number of crew members showed up with high-end equipment, … Continue reading

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Causing a Komo-tion

Jamie Lynn Drohan broke the news last night on her Facebook page. She is leaving Knoxville for a job at KOMO-TV in Seattle. Her last day at WATE-TV will be December 2. She starts at KOMO in January. I often … Continue reading

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Waltz and Schmaltz

The two professional dancers decided to arrive a day earlier than originally planned. Noel Dupuis and Melody Staples will perform this weekend in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of “The Nutcracker.” They rehearsed with the company on Thursday … Continue reading

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Mouseketeers

They use a real dog in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Herr Drosselmeyer gives it to Frau Stahlbaum as a Christmas gift before he gives Clara the nutcracker. The mice are not real. They are … Continue reading

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