Tag Archives: education

Three B or Not Three B

A teacher in Maryville sent me an email that touched my heart. She wrote: “My name is Taylor Emerson. I’m the lead teacher and center coordinator at Blount County Birth to Three, an early intervention program for children with and without … Continue reading

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Hall Effect

Post by Friends of Literacy. . Two of the five inductees into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame visited WNOX on Thursday, bringing the total number of honorees present to three. I interviewed Vince Vawter and David Lauver for … Continue reading

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Hazari Materials Team

A crowd was gathered around Dr. Al Hazari on Market Square on Sunday. The chemistry professor had a table at the HoLa Festival and was putting on a very cool demonstration, literally. When my wife and I approached, Dr. Hazari was … Continue reading

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Showtime at the Apologetics

The amount of anti-Catholic comments on a single Facebook post astounded me. Most of the comments show ignorance about the Church. Some comments are actually hateful. Heather Burian, a recently-hired reporter for WVLT-TV, filed a story about the Diocese of Knoxville’s first … Continue reading

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Home Improvement

The Diocese of Knoxville unveiled its plans for a new cathedral on Sunday. Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish hosted a picnic on the lawn and parking lot where the new cathedral will be built. Different tents housed artists’ renderings of the … Continue reading

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UT on TV

The August issue of the East Tennessee PBS program guide arrived in the mail the other day. Members like me receive the guide every month. I’ll be on the air Monday night during Antiques Roadshow urging “viewers like you” to become a … Continue reading

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The Hall You Say

August 1 is the anniversary of my first blog post in 2005. It’s an ideal day to share some very good news that I received this past week. Dear Mr. Murphy, . Congratulations – you have been selected to be … Continue reading

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Folly Ball

 Jean Ash, president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, asked me to take on an additional duty at the Front Page Follies. I read the descriptions of the auction items before Bear Stephenson sold them. … Continue reading

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Previewing Bass Seminar

 Dr. Bill Bass has granted me about a dozen interviews, most of which were for the radio. On Friday, we recorded an interview for an upcoming broadcast on East Tennessee PBS. I’ll have more details about the show in the next … Continue reading

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Game for the Board

The election results are in. I am now an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I was contacted a couple of months ago by Alan Carmichael and Jack … Continue reading

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The Morah and the Maestro

The organizers of “Some Enchanted Evening” asked me to take on a few additional duties. I had previously agreed to be on the honorary committee for the March 23rd event, which was a benefit for the Knoxville Jewish Day School. … Continue reading

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Fox Valley of the Shadow of Death

Bodies decompose more slowly in the cold. So how do you establish the time since death of a murder victim in Appleton, Wisconsin, when most of the scientific data comes from Knoxville, Tennessee? You can estimate decomposition rates using “degree … Continue reading

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Yes Energy

One of the best things I learned at this year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest is something that I had already learned about radio. Until Saturday, I hadn’t realized that it was yet another similarity between the two disciplines. Consultant Valerie Geller … Continue reading

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School of Rock

The students at Knoxville Catholic High School star in a lip-dub video of Katy Perry’s song “Roar.” My wife and I recognized some of the kids from their appearance in a play we watched three years ago at Sacred Heart … Continue reading

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