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The Work of Our Hands and of Our Minds

Bishop Richard Stika blessed the new offices of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee on Thursday. The agency moved its administrative offices to Dameron Avenue, across the street from the Knox County Health Department. It is a return to the space … 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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Drossel-tweeter

Although it’s not even Advent yet, I will attend the same Christmas party four times this weekend. I have the privilege of playing Herr Drosselmeyer in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of The Nutcracker. On Saturday morning, Mona … Continue reading

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Ballet Selfie

The piece of music stuck in my head on Friday night was the finale of act II of The Nutcracker. For some reason, my Nutcracker earworms tend to be the parts right before my character goes on, as opposed to … Continue reading

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Fort Night

There were many great costumes at the 4th annual Hearth Scares Ball at James White’s Fort on Friday night. My favorite, given my morbid sense of humor, was the guy dressed as Ernest Hemingway. He had converted an inflatable pool toy … Continue reading

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Stride and True

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk traces its roots to an annual walk in Boston that started in 1984.  It got its name in 1993 when it expanded to other cities. The Knoxville chapter held its 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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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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Darkness on the Edge of Clowns

Stephanie Beecken of WATE-TV interviewed me about the death of Robin Williams. I told her how he had been an influence on me comedically and that I had been a fan since the late ’70s. The piece aired at the … Continue reading

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Stride Along

Knoxville’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer was hugely successful last year. The organizers asked me to reprise my roles as emcee of the event and co-emcee, with Amanda Hara, of the kickoff luncheon. They were very complimentary of our efforts … 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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Butcher Block

Gene Patterson of WATE-TV calls in to Star 102.1 via ISDN most afternoons. When I’m filling in for Rich Bailey, I get the opportunity to interact with Gene. After our on-air conversation on Tuesday, Gene told me that he had … Continue reading

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Choose Your News

Three of the local weathermen will perform in the Front Page Follies on Saturday night. David Aldrich, Todd Howell and Ken Weathers rehearsed their song with musical director Terry Silver-Alford tonight. The Front Page Follies got some nice news coverage … 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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