Four weekend events prompt downtown street closures

Four downtown events this weekend are expected to draw large crowds, and motorists are advised of accompanying road closures.   Relay for Life Midnight 5K Run – Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 The Knoxville area annual Relay for Life celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at World’s Fair Park. The festivities […]

Local Before It Was Cool: Pick Tennessee products celebrates 30 years

Local Before It Was Cool: Pick Tennessee products celebrates 30 years

Thirty years ago, Danny Shelton grew cantaloupes and peppers on his farm in New Market, near Knoxville. That’s when he heard the Tennessee Department of Agriculture was launching a brand new program called “Pick Tennessee Products.” The new program would help food growers and makers finds new markets and new marketing strategies to keep their […]

Men’s Mental Health Is More Important Than Ever

Men’s Mental Health Is More Important Than Ever

A Father’s Day Message from Commissioner E. Douglas Varney   In the United States, researchers have calculated that approximately 6 million men suffer from depression each year, and many are reluctant to disclose their mental illness symptoms or seek treatment. It is also estimated that one in four men will be affected by mental illness, […]

Spider-Man, Captain America coming to Zoo Knoxville Saturday

Marvel Comics favorites Spider-Man and Captain America are coming to Zoo Knoxville for a special appearance at Superhero Saturday presented by Advance Financial Foundation this Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  To make the event even more marvelous, kids ages 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite super hero get […]

We Love District 1 Day

Join District 1 neighbors for a free, family-friendly event open to the public to encourage residents to take notice of all the wondrous happenings in East Knoxville-District 1! Organized by local resident and activist Michael Covington, ‘We Love District 1 Day’ aims to pay tribute to District 1’s historic venues and tourist attractions with informational […]

Third Thursday Concerts kick off tomorrow

On June 16, Knox County kicks off a new summer concert series, Third Thursday Concerts at New Harvest Park, with world-renown dobro player Phil Leadbetter and Friends.   The free concerts, held June through August on the third Thursday of each month, take place immediately following the New Harvest Park Farmers Market from 6 to […]

Public Invited to Clingmans Dome Open House

Public Invited to Clingmans Dome Open House

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend from the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a special open house event at Clingmans Dome. As part of a grant competition from the National Trust for Historic Places, Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) are competing against 19 other parks for a […]

Zoo Knoxville’s red wolf pup now has a name

Zoo Knoxville’s red wolf pup now has a name

Zoo Knoxville’s wildly popular red wolf pup now officially has a name.  Waya, (pronounced WAH-hyuh), is the Cherokee word for “wolf” and received the most votes after the zoo asked the community to help christen him.   “The name Waya symbolizes the respect and connection East Tennesseans have with native wildlife and the culture of […]

‘Unfortunate Situation’ But No Ethics Violation

By Sally Absher Last week the Knox County Schools Ethics Committee heard the complaint filed by Adam McKenry, Randy Susong, and Leonard Sams against Bearden High School principal Dr. John Bartlett, BHS Athletic Director Nathan Lynn, KCS Director of Facilities and Construction Doug Dillingham, and KCS Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. McKenry and Susong were treasurer […]