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Going to the Ball

Some people go to a ball on New Year’s Eve. I’m fortunate that the ball comes to me. For the second year, I was privileged to emcee the year-end countdown in Knoxville’s Market Square. Whitney Good of WATE-TV interviewed me on … Continue reading

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Juju’s Mettle

Walking into the Carlyle Club felt like walking onto the set of a 1930s or ’40s movie. I half expected the Haynes Sisters to show up and do a number. The art-deco themed club is located in Alexandria, Virginia. In a … Continue reading

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Christmas Elfies

The tree-lighting ceremony at the Regal Celebration of Lights on Friday night was significantly shorter than in previous years. It consisted of the introduction of politicians, the arrival of Santa Claus via firetruck, and the countdown to the tree lighting. WATE anchors … Continue reading

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Bear with Us

Amanda Marr from the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce brought a friend with her. Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear wore his Christmas vest and relaxed on the back of the couch in the WNOX studio. I interviewed Amanda about the 25th anniversary … Continue reading

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Here Comes the ‘Sphere

The Sunsphere is one of my favorite things about Knoxville. I have stood on top of it and I took a photo of it that was published on RoadsideAmerica.com. During the Festival on the Fourth, I included the Sunsphere in several … 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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Jelly Bean Dip

When our kids were young, my wife began an Easter tradition of photographing them dumping jelly beans from plastic eggs into their baskets. Even though the kids are grown, she and I continued the tradition with each other. This morning … Continue reading

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Patrick Stew Art

During a trip to the supermarket a few weeks ago, I realized it is almost impossible to find St. Patrick’s Day candy. There are a few items you could order online, such as green M&Ms or shamrock-shaped milk chocolates. This afternoon … Continue reading

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Shamrock Sham

The endcap display of Valentine candy positioned next to the shelves of Easter candy made me wonder. Where do they keep the St. Patrick’s Day candy? I didn’t really expect to find any St. Patrick’s Day candy in the supermarket, but … Continue reading

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Trader Jokes

A radio commercial for Trader Joe’s caused me to do a double take and then to laugh heartily. I  heard the ad on WTOP.com the other morning. The announcer was suggesting a Valentine’s Day gift for a casual acquaintance. The … Continue reading

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Photo Finish

Alexis Zotos of WATE and Kyle Warnke of WVLT covered the New Year’s Eve festivities on Market Square. I met Kyle for the first time on Tuesday. I’ve known Alexis for a while. She is also a fellow member of … Continue reading

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Having a Ball

Stacey Handel’s Facebook comments prior to my New Year’s Eve gig was “That is awesome! Will you be televised?” I responded, “I don’t think so but maybe I can get someone to put me on YouTube!” That’s exactly what I did. … Continue reading

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Clark Borrowing

The City of Knoxville Special Events Office invited me to emcee the New Year’s Eve ball drop and countdown to 2014 on Market Square. Obviously, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to emulate, in a small way, the famous deejays … Continue reading

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Helium Brands

On Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, I enjoy relaxing at home while watching parades on TV. Today, of course, I watched coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and CBS. The CBS broadcast is a talk-show disguised … Continue reading

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