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Chosen Few

Fr. Michael Woods had some good news. He texted me a picture of the certificate All Saints Catholic Parish received from the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Readers Choice awards. The parish is a runner-up in the Favorite Place of Worship category … Continue reading

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Magna Carter

Fr. David Carter was actually transferred to Saints Peter and Paul Basilica over a month ago. The parishioners of All Saints Catholic Parish had a chance to say goodbye last night. Fr. David celebrated the 5:00 p.m. Mass at All Saints. There … Continue reading

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Neil Down with It

Ripley is one of the first people I met in Knoxville. In fact, she picked me up at the airport when I moved here to work at the old 100.3.  She was the night jock and music director. She has … Continue reading

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On the Fritz

In The Nutcracker, Fritz drops and breaks the title character. In the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association production of The Nutcracker, my character (The Governor) cheers for Fritz when he and the boys scare Clara and the girls. When I … Continue reading

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If I Were a Richman

Maestro Lucas Richman of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was my first guest on the Classic Hits 93.1 Celebrity Couch. You’ll notice that it’s the same setup as the Classic Hits 93.1 Comedy Couch. The different names give me the opportunity … Continue reading

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LaBove It All

This week’s guest on the Classic Hits 93.1 Comedy Couch is Carl LaBove, who is headlining this weekend at Side Splitters Comedy Club. LaBove got his start touring with Sam Kinison,  Bill Hicks and a few others who were known … Continue reading

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Hallows Points

There was a cake in the narthex at All Saints Church in honor of All Saints Day! There was also a table where parishioners could place a small statue of a favorite saint. In the sanctuary, icons of the Virgin … Continue reading

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Apple to the Core

Proceeds from the 36th annual Apple Festival at Washington Presbyterian Church in Corryton went to three great causes: Wesley House, Morgan-Scott Project and Living Water International. My wife and I learned about the beneficiaries after we got there. We went … Continue reading

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Library of Congress

EWTN may broadcast some of the speeches and ceremonies from the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress, which took place on September 13 and 14 in Sevierville. In the interim, we can watch highlights on Joe Aboumassa’s YouTube channel. The clip embedded below … Continue reading

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Spiritually Richer

During Stephanie Richer’s encounter with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, she asked if he gave a blessing to the New York Football Giants after their most recent loss. He responded that he thought he’d have to give them an anointing. The funny story and … Continue reading

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Rollin’ with Dolan

One of the great joys that came with emceeing the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress was the brief conversations I had with the main speakers. For example, I told Dr. Scott Hahn that I have a Facebook friend who loved Rome … Continue reading

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True Presence, False Alarm

Bishop Richard Stika’s episcopal motto is “Jesus, I Trust in You.” That thought certainly crossed my mind at the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress when the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was interrupted by an unexpected noise. The fire alarm … Continue reading

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Roman Minutes

The Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress is underway at the Sevierville Convention Center. On Friday evening, Bishop Richard Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali had the crowd laughing as they began an entertaining conversation about the Cardinal’s early career. There were … Continue reading

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Bacon Whoopee

Sometimes I wonder how I end up on a planning committee for an event. I felt it happening when Sarah Thompson, the director of public relations for the Tennessee Valley Fair, said, “let’s have a meeting after the fair so … Continue reading

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