Hundreds milled about Knoxville’s Rothchild Catering and Conference Center at the Farragut High School Technology Gala Saturday, January 28, 2017 with one common goal: contribute to the mission of gaining one-to-one technology per student ratio. Because of generous wallets and caring hearts, a total of $65,000 was raised by dozens of silent auction items, raffles, and live auction items. It was an honor to share the stage with PacMan Productions Owner/WVLT Sports Reporter,… Read More

Monday, November 28, 2016 is a date that thousands of Sevier County, Tennessee residents and business owners will not soon forget. It is the day that fires began to ravage its way through the beautiful Smoky Mountains and burned tens of thousands of acres of land including homes, stores, parks and wildlife. The aftermath of the deadly fires beckoned a call from the American Red Cross and local disaster relief teams. The… Read More

The fourth annual Cash for Kids’ Sake fundraiser benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee was held at The Standard in downtown Knoxville. Over 200 people attended the event which included a silent auction, live auction, dinner, fellowship and a reverse raffle. In the midst of exciting bidding on hot items like a Peyton Manning signed football, multiple getaway trips, and a VIP experience to Zoo Knoxville, participants did not want… Read More

Senior defensive end LaTroy Lewis knew there was more to life than college football and the scheduled community service days with teammates. The sparked idea, the business plan, the mentors, and now the non-profit organization:  Project Elevate. The purpose of the foundation is to “mentor, culture, cultivate and educate children while building interpersonal relationships between urban youth and impactful community leaders.” Lewis teamed up with Sevier Heights in Knoxville, Tennessee, to host Hero Day… Read More

It is always an honor to visit my alma mater, the University of Tennessee, and speak in sport management classes. My sports journalism journey began at UT in a communications course where we toured the studio, set and production of a live broadcast; so to return to a classroom where students have wide open opportunities is not only encouraging, but it is exciting. We discussed various topics in sports journalism like live… Read More

September 10, 2016 has arrived! The Battle at Bristol kicked off with a Tailgate Party concert Friday evening inside Bristol Motor Speedway featuring Kenny Chesney along with Old Dominion and the Band Perry. ESPN’s College Gameday, pre game country music concerts, packed RV and camp grounds, plus a college football game attendance record of 156,990 fans created an atmosphere for the biggest college football game in history. Virginia Tech and Tennessee took the… Read More

The Knoxville Chamber along with a host of sponsors joined to create an event that aimed to inspire, connect and engage young professionals in the community. The 2016 Endeavor Young Professionals Summit welcomed over 500 atteendees for group and breakout sessions which focused on personal development, professional development and the Knoxville community. It was a thrill and a joy to emcee Endeavor and have the opportunity to introduce community leaders like the… Read More

Three-year-old Joshua Collins dresses from head to cape as his favorite superhero, Batman. The toddler’s mom, Jessica Collins, says it all began when Joshua met a K-9 officer in what looked like a bat mobile. Since that meeting, he believes police officers are heroes; Batman to be exact. “Every time we see a vehicle with words on it or anything, it’s ‘Batman! Batman! Batman!’ Jessica says. To know her son admires authority… Read More

Friends and family of Jeremy Easterday gathered at Powell Levi Park for a bittersweet party to collect gifts of diapers, wipes, toys and gift cards for “Christmas in July.” The gifts will be delivered to Alice Easterday and her three children who lost their husband and father on June 21, 2016. 32-year-old Jeremy Easterday was killed in a head-on crash on Beaver Creek when a Pontiac Grand Am crossed into his lane…. Read More

Random Acts of Flowers partnered with Alzheimer’s Tennessee to repurpose the flowers from the Pat Summitt “Celebration of Life.” Volunteers picked up the flowers from Thompson-Boling Arena, deconstructed the arrangements and created 372 bouquets that were delivered to Alzheimer’s and memory care patients in East Tennessee. Executive Director for Random Acts of Flowers Knoxville branch, Jennifer Sheehan, says it is a great opportunity to brighten the day of someone else. “We are… Read More