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Funnel Vision

“Mama Jane” Harris has revealed her newest creation via social media. It’s the Funnel Cake Bacon Cheeseburger. I don’t have to imagine what it must taste like. I already know. I saw Mama Jane on opening day of the Tennessee Valley Fair … 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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Dodgeball

The Chancellor of the diocese yelled, “watch out” as he pulled me out of the way of the Bishop rolling toward us in a giant hamster ball. That’s a sentence I couldn’t have predicted I would write. That's the adventurous … Continue reading

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Fry Fair Lady

“Mama Jane” Harris invited me to come back to the Tennessee Valley Fair on Tuesday, which was Senior Citizen’s Day. I told her I wasn’t 65 yet. She said that wasn’t the reason. It was to taste test something she’s … Continue reading

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Fryer Challenge

Two of my co-workers moved to Knoxville within the past year and had not yet attended the Tennessee Valley Fair. They heard me raving about the Fair Food Throwdown several months ago when the Fair’s Sarah Thompson came to the … Continue reading

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Waterfell

The “waterfall” effect has always been a highlight of Boomsday as fireworks cascade down the side of the Henley Street Bridge into the the Tennessee River. For the past few years, there has also been a waterfall of rain.  This year, … Continue reading

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Fry, Yai, Yai, Yai

Sarah Thompson from the Tennessee Valley Fair asked a question to which she surely knew the answer. She wanted to know if I would try a Twinkie stuffed with a Twix candy bar, wrapped in bacon, then deep-fried and drizzled … Continue reading

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Fig One and Fig Two

Ten days ago, I noticed the first tiny fig on my tree. It has gotten slightly bigger and it now has company. At least two branches are sprouting fruit, although the total number of figs is still less than ten. … Continue reading

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Sweet Land of Liberty

During the Festival on the Fourth, the City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events distributed free Statue of Liberty crowns made out of foam. My wife quickly realized that the 32-ounce Diet Coke in her hand could double as a … Continue reading

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Money Funny

The camera shutter must have clicked right as Eddie Money delivered an outrageous punchline to one of his stories. Samantha Jones emailed me the picture, which I believe was taken by photographer Mike Kelly. The moment was captured backstage before Eddie’s concert … Continue reading

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Pigmeat? Mark ‘Em!

When the KCBS rep asked new judges to raise their hands, I did. Although it was my fourth time as a judge at the Big BBQ Bash, it was the first time the event was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque … Continue reading

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The Big Get Bigger

Between now and Saturday, I will re-read the regulations and judging procedures of the Kansas City Barbeque Society as part of my preparation for being a judge at the Big BBQ Bash in Maryville. This is the first year that … Continue reading

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Toe the Line

If you look closely between comedienne Kristine Kinsey’s hand and foot, you can see a photo of me. In a short film called Deposit, she is seen painting her toenails and asking if the color matches my eyes. The movie was an … Continue reading

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Money Changes Everything

Eddie Money was the headliner at the Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge on Friday night. Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX, CROET, Pro2Serve and UCOR sponsored the concert. I had the privilege of doing the stage introduction right before Eddie started. … Continue reading

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