Knoxville Symphony Orchestra completes ambitious KSO1x1 music project

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has completed the KSO1x1 Project, featuring 24 short pieces commissioned from 25 composers and digitally premiered by the Symphony’s musicians. The KSO1x1 Project pairs a KSO musician with a donor who sponsors the composition of a short solo piece. Composers from Knoxville to Belgium to Tanzania participated. The sponsor of the piece attends the premiere of … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center needs emergency fosters for Hurricane Ida rescues and current pets

Young-Williams Animal Center needs new emergency foster families for rescue animals that will arrive via transport because of Hurricane Ida and animals currently in the shelter. Millions of Gulf Coast residents and businesses have been left without power after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi this week. Animal shelters and rescue groups in those areas need to safely … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League’s ‘matchmaking’ event draws 100+ people to pair disadvantaged businesses with stadium project

More than 100 people attended the Knoxville Area Urban League’s networking session for disadvantaged, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses to explore construction opportunities connected to the proposed multi-use stadium development near downtown. The “matchmaking” event, held in partnership with GEM Community Development Group, was open to pre-registered people who own or work for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). Contractors, subcontractors and … Read More

Free Symphony on the Square concert to return to Market Square in September

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) will perform a free evening concert in downtown Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Market Square. Sponsored by Home Federal Bank, this family-friendly concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. “Market Square is a great place to watch an outdoor show, especially as we get ready for … Read More

Volunteer Ministry Center breaks ground on Caswell Manor

Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC), along with business and community leaders, officially broke ground Aug. 18 on Caswell Manor, a permanent supportive housing development to be built at the intersection of East Fifth Avenue and Winona Street. Caswell Manor will be VMC’s second supportive housing site, and construction at the East Knoxville location is expected to be completed in fall 2022. … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center reaches critical capacity for dogs and cats

Young-Williams Animal Center has reached critical capacity for dogs and cats, and adopters, fosters and volunteers are needed immediately because the shelter lacks space for the intake of additional lost, surrendered and stray animals. “Our community always comes through for us, and we really need you right now,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We’ve seen a high … Read More

Local entrepreneurs receive $6,500 from Knoxville Area Urban League CO.STARTERS pitch contest

Local entrepreneur Randy Boyd presented checks totaling $6,500 on June 30 to three winners of the annual business pitch contest held by the Knoxville Area Urban League. The nonprofit’s 10-week CO.STARTERS program allows entrepreneurs to build and test small business ideas while gaining feedback from their classroom peers and instructors and input from local, successful business owners. At the end … Read More

Big Ears, in association with Ijams Nature Center, announces Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK

Following installations in Central Park and Golden Gate Park, Oak Ridge native and 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Reid brings her immersive audio public art experience back home to East Tennessee Big Ears is excited to announce that composer Ellen Reid — 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner and Oak Ridge native — will create a version of her signature … Read More

Big Ears Festival presents Suttree’s Knoxville: A Hymn to the Past in Music & Film

An archival film with live score based on Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville novel Suttree Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel, Suttree, set in Knoxville in the 1950s, chronicles four years in the life of Cornelius Suttree, who has abandoned a life of privilege, lives in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River and spends his days exploring the gritty underside of the city … Read More