Knoxville Symphony to celebrate July Fourth with free concert in World’s Fair Park

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present the 38th Annual Free Pilot Company Independence Day Concert on Monday, July 4, at 8 p.m. on the World’s Fair Park performance lawn. Music Director Aram Demirjian will lead the KSO in this family-friendly concert as part of the City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth celebration. No tickets are necessary to attend. Guests … Read More

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra introduces NXT GEN Series to empower young artists

Series tickets available for purchase Monday, June 27 The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is uplifting its most promising young musicians with the new NXT GEN Series, which will feature three performances in the Old City in August, October and November. Series tickets go on sale Monday, June 27, for $108 at knoxjazz.org/next-gen. Single event tickets are $40, and will be available … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League announces retirement of longtime CEO Phyllis Y. Nichols

National search underway to identify organization’s next leader The Knoxville Area Urban League today announced the retirement of Phyllis Y. Nichols, the organization’s longtime president and CEO and a highly regarded leader of one of the country’s best-known civil rights organizations. Nichols will conclude her nearly 30-year career with the Knoxville Area Urban League in September and is the longest-serving … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League awards $16,000 to local entrepreneurs, receives $10,000 investment

The conclusion of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s CO.STARTERS training and business pitch competition ended in celebration June 7. Mark Isom, president and CEO of Premiere Building Maintenance, presented checks totaling $10,000 to the top three winners and surprised the other six participants with $1,000 each. Verizon also announced a $10,000 grant  to support the program’s positive impact in the … Read More

KSO to perform four community concerts across East Tennessee in May

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present a series of family-friendly community concerts this May, including a special performance in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair. “The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance,” says Mario Lopez, KSO Director of Education and Community Partnerships. “We … Read More

Webb School dedicates new Governor’s Center for Innovation

Center offers entrepreneurship classes, maker spaces and STEM programs for community. Webb School of Knoxville administrators and community leaders officially dedicated this week the 4,500-square-foot Governor’s Center for Innovation, which is named after Webb School alum and former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The center offers cutting-edge spaces to guide students through the cycle of innovation from theory to practical application. … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League earns inaugural Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has announced the recipients of its first “Empower Makers” Global Impact Challenge, and the Knoxville Area Urban League earned $27,000 for its efforts to empower East Tennesseans with opportunities to earn. Initiated in 2021, the Global Impact Challenge grant program will award up to $25 million in grant funding over the next five years … Read More

Abandoned dog that captured Knoxville’s heart succumbs to illness

Young-Williams Animal Center announced today that Bridget, the female dog recently found on Jenkins Road by Knoxville Police Department Animal Control officers, passed away on March 15. Despite the two-week effort by a team of veterinarians, specialists and staff to save her life, Bridget’s health took a turn for the worse Tuesday, and she succumbed to her illness. “We’re deeply … Read More

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra unveils ‘feast for the ears’ in 2022-23 season

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season marks a new and exciting year filled with timeless classics, debut performances, eclectic repertoire and renowned guest artists. Subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased at knoxvillesymphony.com at any time or by calling 865-291-3310 on Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Current subscribers can retain their seats if they renew by April 30. … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League to hire 20 community health navigators with national funding to bolster vaccination rates

The Knoxville Area Urban League will be able to hire 20 community health navigators after being awarded funding with five other National Urban League affiliates to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities. Other affiliates that received funds are in Houston, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, Missouri. The Knoxville affiliate, … Read More