Tag Archives: fireworks

Well, If You Ask Me

Everyone knows “that guy.” It turns out that I might be “that guy.” I occasionally receive emails from Phil at Movoto. A month ago he sent me a link to a list of “9 Knoxville Stereotypes.” This week, he wrote to me … Continue reading

1 Comment


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

Comments Off on Waterfell

Sunday Night Football

The confirmation of the rumor that Boomsday 2014 and the Vols’ home opener would switch days made me happy. Having Boomsday on a Saturday means that I get two days off in a row on Labor Day weekend. It’s unusual for … Continue reading

Comments Off on Sunday Night Football

Boomtown Crier

A thunder storm passed through Knoxville around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday while a large crowd was gathering on Neyland Drive for Boomsday. When event organizers got word of the approaching rain, they decided to suspend the festival until the bad … Continue reading

Comments Off on Boomtown Crier

The Pages of My Mind

Independence Day and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I love Easter and Christmas but those are Holy Days first, holidays second. This week, I’m looking back at some memorable Independence Days. Before moving to East Tennessee, … Continue reading

Comments Off on The Pages of My Mind

Festive Y’all

For the first time since 2006, I wasn’t traveling or working on the Fourth of July. My wife and I were able to attend a picnic at Panther Creek State Park with some friends who had invited us to join … Continue reading

1 Comment

Fire and Rain

The mostly-dismantled Henley Street Bridge loomed above the 2011 Boomsday festival in Knoxville. The mortar shells were placed upon rail cars and to the center of the nearby railroad bridge. The fireworks went on as scheduled, despite the weather. This … Continue reading


Over? Did You Say Over?

The 25th annual Boomsday fireworks had been over for only a few minutes on Sunday night when I started recording video of two flames burning on the railroad bridge across the Tennessee River. Fire boats made their way to the … Continue reading


Bridge the Gap

Since the first Boomsday in 1987, Pyro Shows has sent fireworks flying and cascading from the Henley Street bridge. The bridge is currently dismantled, causing them to move tonight’s show several yards downstream to the railroad bridge. A few clues … Continue reading

Comments Off on Bridge the Gap

Boom Goes the Dynamite

Helen Taylor from East Tennessee Cremation Company sent me a Facebook message. She wouldn’t be able to attend the “Fun with Forensics: Adventures in Chemistry” summer camp run by Dr. Al Hazari. Instead, she and her daughter recorded a video … Continue reading

Comments Off on Boom Goes the Dynamite


First Night Knoxville held a press conference on Wednesday to announce the schedule for this year’s festival. For the third consecutive year, Einstein Simplified has been asked to appear at the family-friendly event. I feel the best compliment a performer … Continue reading

1 Comment

Kaboom? Kabust!

If all goes according to plan, I will visit Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota next summer. They are the final four states in my quest to visit all 50. My wife and I have been discussing routes and … Continue reading

Comments Off on Kaboom? Kabust!

Fire Places

WBIR opted to move their telecast of Boomsday closer to the action this year. Previously, the station put its anchors outside Baptist Hospital, which is now closed.  On Monday night, Robin Wilhoit and John Becker were positioned on a Southern … Continue reading

Comments Off on Fire Places

Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

After a long day downtown, would it be worth fighting the crowds to see the fireworks in Washington, DC? My wife and son and I decided it was. As a bonus, we got to hear the music from “A Capitol … Continue reading

Comments Off on Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free