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GIF You’re Happy and You Know It

The fourth annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest will be held on March 6 and 7 at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and I can hardly wait. There will be five returning groups and four new participants. Festival organizers created posters that fans can print or … Continue reading

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Franklin, My Dear

In episode one of the web series State of Franklin, the main character fights with his estranged wife and her new boyfriend. He ends up getting hit on the head. When he returns home, he sees a flash of lightning … Continue reading

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Dixie Win

 Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede held a media preview to show off its new set and some of its new show. Those of us who attended were treated to a free lunch that included a tasty rotisserie chicken and their famous … Continue reading

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Holly Jolly Dolly

Today was the last day of the season at Dollywood. The theme park is now closed until March. During the park’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, they featured characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In the Reindeer Games area, I saw an … Continue reading

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Voyage to Greeneville

Sinbad the comedian did a few interviews in advance of his appearance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. I recorded a conversation with him today. We talked about comedians who influenced him including George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. I chose … Continue reading

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Three B or Not Three B

A teacher in Maryville sent me an email that touched my heart. She wrote: “My name is Taylor Emerson. I’m the lead teacher and center coordinator at Blount County Birth to Three, an early intervention program for children with and without … 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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Nut-T Uncle

The Nutcracker cast t-shirts were distributed Wednesday night. Over the summer, visitors to the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook page voted to choose the artwork on the front. When we voted, we didn’t know who had submitted the various … Continue reading

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Sunday Drive

One of the jokes in my stand-up routine is about the police directing traffic outside large churches on Sundays. When I first started at Star 102.1, I would regularly get stuck in the backups when trying to get to work … 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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Cape Measure

Photographer Yvonne Dalschen needed to test the lighting in one of the rooms at the Dance Centre of Oak Ridge. She was preparing to take photos of some of the youngest dancers in The Nutcracker. Yvonne asked me to pose … Continue reading

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SEAL the Deal

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill wouldn’t comment on Zero Dark Thirty when I asked him about it last month. After the interview, I told a few co-workers that I thought I might have just spoken with the man who killed … Continue reading

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Pres-toe Change-o

The directors of The Nutcracker gave me the green light to expand the part of Uncle Drosselmeyer. Since being cast as the magical toymaker, I have been researching how other ballet companies use the character. I want to bring some … Continue reading

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Promulgating Bone Science

Body Farm founder Dr. Bill Bass must have liked my recent television interview with him. He plans to give DVDs of the August episode of Tennessee Life as gifts to his family members. The show’s producer, director and editor all … Continue reading

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