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This Is the Night, It’s a Beautiful Night

The editor of the All Saints newsletter contacted me via Facebook on Monday. She wanted permission to use my blog posts about the Adult Social and Alex Notte in the next issue. She discovered the posts when some of our … Continue reading

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Let’s Make a Blank

Fr. Michael Woods called me on Sunday. He was still buzzing with excitement about the All Saints Adult Social that was held on Friday night. He said that I did exactly what I promised to do in our planning meetings and … Continue reading

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Game Show Networking

An Irishman, a Ghanaian and a Colombian walk into a bar… well, actually they walked into a meeting with me the other night. I was there to explain “Match Game” to three priests who didn’t grow up watching it like … Continue reading

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The Perfect Cheer

Russell Biven had a secret. He had gone to elaborate lengths to prepare for Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars but he remained tight-lipped about his routine at the full-cast meeting on Wednesday. Over the past few weeks, Biven … Continue reading

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God Bless the D.o.K.

The noon Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral celebrated three things: the Feast of St. Joseph, the inauguration of Pope Francis; and the fourth anniversary of the ordination of Bishop Richard Stika. In his homily, Bishop Stika told a story about … Continue reading

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Paving the Way

The subjects of the most recent broadcasts of “Your Stories” are connected by a parking lot. Last Wednesday, Abby Ham featured Judge Tim Irwin on “Your Stories.” Yesterday, she repeated a November 2010 profile of my friend Fr. Ragan Schriver, … Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness

 WBIR anchor emeritus Bill Williams received a loud round of applause when he was introduced as emcee at the Knoxville Choral Society concert on Saturday night. In her introduction, KCS president Angie France mentioned that Williams and Edye Ellis were behind … Continue reading

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Going Off to College

Justin Cardinal Rigali moved to Knoxville when he retired as Archbishop of Philadelphia. The mandatory retirement age for bishops is 75 but cardinals can vote for the next pope until they are 80. Rigali will turn 78 in April. Yesterday he … Continue reading

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Bearden Bites

Abby Ham covered two topics that especially interested me this week. On Tuesday, she interviewed Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified about our move to The Well for our weekly comedy improv shows. We perform every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at … Continue reading

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Day Two Remember

A Twitter hashtag bothered me this morning. A fill-in news anchor on a local station used the hashtag #ChristmasIsOver on her feed. It was also the last thing she said on the air at the conclusion of this morning’s broadcast. In reality, … Continue reading

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When the Lights Go Up in the City

A friend of mine loves to eat at a particular restaurant on Market Square. Every so often, I’ll get a text asking if my wife and I want to join him for dinner. On Friday, I had a sense of … Continue reading

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Macy’s Paradigm

One of my biggest pet peeves about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is when someone erroneously calls it the “Macy’s Day Parade.” It occasionally happens during a live telecast, which is somewhat understandable. However there is no excuse for NBC … Continue reading

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Tech Mate

 Beth Haynes of WBIR-TV sent me a tweet of encouragement for the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s performances of “The Nutcracker” this weekend. Beth was invited to appear in the party scene but she had to decline due to November … Continue reading

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In Costume

Kristi Lannon of Crass Couture said the black outfits emphasized the pepper in my hair and beard rather than the salt. I wore two Marc Nelson Denim outfits in the “Gator Hator Fashion Show” on Wednesday night. Journalist Dan Andrews … Continue reading

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