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Dogwood Arts is A Year-Long Celebration!

For those of you who thought Dogwoods and springtime were a far away dream, I have good news! The Dogwood Arts Festival gives Knoxville a reason to celebrate all year long! According to the statistics from the 2014 season so far, “Dogwood Arts events, exhibits & programs generated an economic impact of over $6.2 million […]

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Six Reasons to Love Knoxville

There are far more than six reasons to love Knoxville, and everyone will have different reasons why they love being here, according to their own lifestyle and interests. Here are six of the reasons why I love this scruffy little city. 1) We love the arts. From the Knoxville Museum of Art to the Symphony, Knoxville offers a wide variety […]

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TN Economy Looking More ‘Robust’

According to the University of Tennessee’s Center for Business and Economic Research, Tennessee’s economy is looking to be more ‘robust’ as 2014 comes to a close. See below for the excerpt from the Knoxville Chamber Economic Development newsletter: ‘The University of Tennessee recently reported that the state saw positive trends for job growth and personal […]

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Knoxville Says “HoLa” During Downtown Festival

I had the opportunity to attend the HoLa festival in Downtown Knoxville on Sunday, and I must say, what a fun festival! The music and dance demonstrations were inspiring, and young and old alike were dancing through Market Square! Flamboyant costumes and the smells of homemade international delicacies filled the square, along with a few thousand […]

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Knoxville Economic Development Update 9.25.14

It is always noteworthy when a business celebrates a benchmark in the community, and this is no exception. Exedy America has just celebrated such a notable occasion, and as part of the Knoxville Economic Development Committee, I wanted to share it with you. Here is the snippet from the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce: “Exedy America, […]

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Welcome to Fall in East Tennessee

Of the beautiful and distinct four seasons we have, Fall is by far my favorite season. As September gives way to October, the trees begin to get dressed in their Autumn ballgowns:  brilliant tones of yellow, orange, and red. The remaining green grass of summer lay below like a blanket, creating the most magnificent contrast within this […]

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Weekend Happenings 9/19/2014-9/21/2014

Anyone in East Tennessee knows what happens when there is an “off weekend” for UT Football: there are literally tons of great events happening throughout town. This weekend is no exception, being the first “off weekend” of the 2014 football season. FRIDAY SEPT. 19, 2014 Movies on Market Square Tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wall […]

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KMA Artscapes and UT Arboretum Wildflower Walks

There are two wonderful cultural events in Knoxville over the coming days: KMA Artscapes 2014 and the University of Tennessee Arboretum’s Fall Wildflower Walks. As a patron of the Knoxville Museum of Art, I am most excited about the upcoming KMA Art Fair September 14-20, 2014. The KMA Art Fair includes an art sale, masked […]

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Tennessee Ranked 4th in Nation for Best Business Climate

Tennessee Ranked 4th in Nation for Best Business Climate   “Business Facilities Magazine has named Tennessee No. 4 on its list of states with the Best Business Climate. Tennessee fell just behind Louisiana, Utah, and Texas on the list. The state also ranked No. 1 for Education: Race To The Top Leaders; No. 2 for Best Infrastructure; No. 2 for Automotive […]

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Knoxville Restaurants Urban Legend

Shoppers in the Rain by David Patterson Knoxville has carried an urban legend that it is one of the nation’s cities with the highest restaurants per capita, but that myth has been proved to be untrue by some fairly simple statistics. Knoxville may not have the highest amount of restaurants per capita, but there are a plethora of […]

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