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VOL. 44 | NO. 4 | Friday, January 24, 2020

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William Blount Book Talk. The Thursday event will be held inside the Blount Mansion Visitors Center with Christopher Magra, a history professor for the University of Tennessee. In 2019, Blount Mansion was able to secure republication of William H. Masterson’s 1954 book, William Blount, the only biography of the man who built Blount Mansion, signed the U.S. Constitution and shepherded Tennessee into statehood. The original publisher, Louisiana State University Press, granted permission for Blount Mansion to republish a limited number of copies. Magra will present a critical analysis of Masterson’s work, including possible new avenues of research for scholars interested in Blount and his times. Magra is an acclaimed author and award-winning teacher who has published two books on the maritime dimensions of the American Revolution. A light reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by Magra’s presentation at 6 p.m. $5 per person. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. Information


Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast

The event is held by the Knoxville Chamber, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Blount Partnership, and outlines the legislative priorities of the region. Following the breakfast, there will be a tour of Y-12. Pre-registration is required for the tour, and space is limited. To be placed on the list, email Shelby Fowler at 7:30 a.m. $25 per ticket. Y-12 New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge. Information


Blount County Hall of Fame

Organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, the event recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their fields. Inductees, living or deceased, must be a resident of Blount County, work in Blount County or have been born in Blount County. The VIP reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. $100 per ticket. The Showroom at Five Points, 1529 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville. Information


Region State Legislators’ Hospitality & Tourism Lunch

A networking and luncheon event will be held, sponsored by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association, Visit Knoxville and Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council with the region’s state legislators. The keynote speaker will be Melanie Beauchamp, assistant commissioner, Rural Tourism & Outreach, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. A special presentation, “9 Lake Excellence in Tourism Awards,” also is part of the luncheon. 11 a.m., $30 per ticket. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information

Pinnacle Business Awards

The 16th annual gala presented by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is a black-tie affair that has become one of Knoxville’s premier social events with hundreds of business and community leaders in attendance. The awards include categories for excellence in small, midsized, large, women-owned and minority-owned business; young entrepreneur, community impact and innovator. Contact Michelle Kiely for table and sponsorship information. 6-11 p.m. $120 for members, $150 for non-members. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

Beat the Winter Blues Wine & Cheese Party

This event is a popular benefit for the Ronald McDonald House and offers wine, cheese, music and beautiful blooming flowers at Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm. $45 per person. 5:30 p.m. Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm, 3029 Davenport Road, Knoxville. Information


American Heart Association Heart Ball

The annual event celebrates the work and mission, donors and volunteers and the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts. The event includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, seated dinner and entertainment. A late party also will be held. For more information, contact Maggie Boulware at or 865-293-5114. 6 p.m. $500-$5,000 levels plus $50 for late party only. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Snowflake Ball

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Office on Aging will hold its annual event, now in its 12th year, which is a significant fundraiser to benefit the Senior Companion Program. The event features a catered dinner, dancing, silent auction, cash bar and live music by The Ensemble Swing Time band. A Snowflake Ball King & Queen also will be recognized. 6 p.m. $50-$60, $500 table of eight. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

The Red Shoe Gala

CASA of East Tennessee’s annual event, now in its eighth year, features a Wizard of Oz theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” with signature cocktails, beer and wine, dinner, desserts, silent auction, dancing and live music by Remedy. Red shoes are encouraged. All proceeds benefit CASA of East Tennessee to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for safe, permanent, loving homes. Tickets are $115 per person. Contact Ada Hernandez-Bell at for additional information. $180 per couple, $1,000, table of eight. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information


St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral: Concerts on Cumberland

Enjoy the Goulding & Wood Opus 52 Pipe Organ dedicatory recital with Scott Dettra, organist and director of music of the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. Dettra was formerly the organist of the National Cathedral and is highly regarded by critics and audiences. The performance is part of Chords for the Community presented by St. John’s Cathedral Arts. St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville. Information


2020 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture

Culinary historian, educator and author Michael W. Twitty will present the lecture. His book, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South,’’ is a memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry and Southern foods from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. The Cooking Gene won the 2018 James Beard Awards for Best Food Writing and Book of the Year and was a finalist for The Kirkus Prize in nonfiction. Twitty’s lectures provide his perspectives as an African American and a Jewish man on race, culture, food, faith and history. The event honors the late writer, speaker, teacher, historian, environmentalist and friend of local libraries. Speakers represent a wide range of backgrounds but all have a deep connection to one or more of Stokely’s passions: Appalachia, the environment, and racial and gender equity. This year’s lecture is hosted by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the Library Society of the University of Tennessee. Other sponsors are the Knox County Public Library, Knox County Public Library Foundation, East Tennessee Historical Society, The Press Room, Union Ave Books, UT Libraries and WUOT. 7 p.m. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

FEB. 14-16

Dogwood Arts events

The Sesame Street 50th Birthday Bash is coming to the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show. Familiar characters from the world’s most iconic street will be at the Knoxville Convention Center with character meet and greets for the whole family. Meet Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and others during the weekend. The Birthday Bash will take place Friday 2-5 p.m. complete with a dance party, birthday treats, character photo ops, along with crafts,? an indoor play area, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to paint Ms. Pig E. Bank. The 2020 Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show will be held Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m-5 p.m. The event features hundreds of exhibitors offering innovative ideas for home and garden, an art market, grand gardens, expert presentations on the How-To Stage, and much more. $10.00 for adults, $8.00 seniors 65+/military free for children 12 and under? The House & Garden Show is the largest fundraiser for Dogwood Arts and helps keep 90% of their events free to the public each year. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St, Knoxville. Information


Cancer Support Community

The event celebrates the 30th year of providing free support and education to those living with cancer in East Tennessee. The evening will feature a short reflection on the organization’s impact over the past three decades and a comedy routine by Jason Love. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee. 6-10 p.m. $250 per ticket; $2,500 table of 10. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

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