Young-Williams Announces Lower Adoption Fees

With the goal to increase adoptions and save more animal lives, Young-Williams Animal Center is lowering its adoption fees indefinitely.

New adoption fees are kittens: $100, reduced from $125 (kittens are also buy one, get one free); adult cats (6 months-3 years): $25, reduced from $75; older and senior cats (3 years or older): free, reduced from $50; adult and senior dogs (any dog 6 months or older): $40, reduced from $75-$125; puppies: $250 adoption fee remains; and small mammals and exotics continue to range from $10-$60.

All potential adopters will be screened and fully vetted by shelter staff, and those who aren’t a good fit will not be approved for adoption. Young-Williams Animal Center’s mission is “a home for every pet,” and this is another initiative to reach that goal. 

Young-Williams Animal Center has studied best practice methods of shelters around the country. Shelters that have lower adoption fees year-round experience reduced overall cost, see more animals get adopted, and have less behavior and medical problems among the sheltered pets as well.

For more information about pet adoption, visit

Sunset Arts & Music Festival Set for July 14

Sunset Arts & Music Festival celebrating original art through live music, visual artists, craftsmen and food will be held on Saturday, July 14, at the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn in downtown Knoxville. Gates open at 5 p.m.

The musical lineup will feature The Delights String Quartet, Blue Mother Tupelo and JD McPherson.

Ticket prices are $5 for youth 12 and under, $10 for teens 13-17, $20 for adults 18 and up, and free for ages 60 and up.

All proceeds for this event will go to benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help the elderly and the disabled stay safely in their homes and provide respite for their families with kind, trained in-home caregivers. This event will go to support the SCHAS Sliding Scale Fee fund program. For more on this program and the festival, visit


Comedian Eddie B brings uncensored, raw, and hysterically realistic portrayal of a teacher’s hectic life with “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. The Houston native is single-handedly changing the comedy game, tapping into the minds of teachers around the world and selling out major arenas throughout the country in minutes.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting, by calling 1.800.745.3000, at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Box Office or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are priced at $25-65, plus applicable fees.

Through a rigorous comedic set characterized by original material and accented by physical comedy, Eddie B says what teachers everywhere are thinking but couldn’t quite say out loud … until now. He is now the official “voice of teachers.”

Steve Jenkins Promoted to CEO of Positively Living

The board of directors of Positively Living has announced that Steve Jenkins has been promoted to CEO.

“Steve’s dedication, drive and passion has led to record growth for Positively Living,” Jeff Wilke, the president of the board of directors, says. “In the last two years, Steve has been instrumental in opening a new medical clinic in Knoxville, expanding services in the greater Knoxville and East Tennessee areas, as well as launching a new branch in Chattanooga. Along the way, Steve has built a team focused on delivering quality, compassionate care to all our clients, which is the cornerstone of our mission. We are proud of what has been accomplished under Steve’s leadership and honored to announce his promotion.”

Before his promotion, Jenkins served as the executive director of the organization, a position he has held since 2006.

Since 1997 Positively Living has served vulnerable groups struggling to survive the challenges created by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental illness, addiction and disabilities. Its mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves through advocacy, counseling, socialization, housing, case management and support.

Tickets on Sale Now for “Paw Patrol Live”

All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present “PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an action-packed, music-filled production. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series “PAW Patrol,” produced by Spin Master Entertainment, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure during the hit live stage show, playing 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. August 18 and 2 p.m. August 19 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets for all three performances are on sale now and can be purchased at or by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets are $22, $26 and $37. A limited number of $53 Gold Circle and $127 VIP (Very Important Pup) Packages also are available.

“PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” includes two acts and an intermission, and incorporates an innovative costume approach to help bring the pups to life on stage. The performance is interactive, encouraging audiences to learn pirate catchphrases, dance the pirate boogie and help the pups follow the treasure map and solve picture puzzles during their mission! 

‘Quiet time’ for animals, new hours at Young-Williams Animal Center

Young-Williams Animal Center continues to make changes aimed at benefiting both adoptable animals and potential adopters. After lowering adoption fees, the shelter is rolling out new hours of operation.

Young-Williams Animal Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, offering pet adoption services and lost-and-found access for an additional two hours each morning. The shelter’s former public hours were noon to 6 p.m.

The expanded hours of operation include a new feature: one hour of “quiet time” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. daily, when all traffic in and out of animal rooms will cease, lights will be turned off, and animals will be left alone to rest. The center will close, also allowing staff to take lunch at this time or work quietly in offices behind closed doors. If an adoption is in process already when quiet time begins, staff will continue to work with that adopter in the lobby area.

Spay/neuter solutions hours will remain the same—the services will be available from noon to 6 p.m. daily at Young-Williams Animal Village.

For more information, visit

Johnson Architecture Donates New Facility Design for Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue

After a devastating fire last December, plans to rebuild the Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue started quickly since the surviving animals and new rescues would need a permanent home. Knoxville-based Johnson Architecture volunteered to donate its time to design a new structure for the nonprofit organization.

The new design recently was revealed to the organization’s donors, sponsors and supporters.

The facility, which will be built on the foundation of the former structure in Clinton, Tennessee, will feature 5,600 square feet of interior space; a 1,700-square-foot mezzanine; front and rear porches; and 4,200 square feet of open-air, covered storage. It will include a bird aviary, reptile viewing area and eight stalls to house a variety of animals.

A wooden quilt square, commonly found in East Tennessee barn architecture, will hang above the back door on the facility’s exterior to memorialize the animals that perished in the fire. The quilt square also will include the names of the animals.

Construction began in March. Visit to donate to the rebuilding efforts.

Southern Living Names The Tennessean the South’s Best Hotel for 2018

East Tennessee’s first personal luxury hotel, The Tennessean, has been named the South’s Best Hotel for 2018 by Southern Living.

The list is determined by votes from Southern Living’s readers on what they think are the South’s best places.

Opening its doors in April 2017, the hotel boasts 82 guest rooms and suites and 12 luxury residences. It also is home to the Governor’s Suite, a 1,600-square-foot space with a baby grand piano, dining room, butler’s pantry and nearly 360-degree views of the city.

For reservations or more information, visit

Knoxville Resident Publishes Latest Book

Michael Grant has just published his latest novel, Manhattan, a sequel to In the Time of Famine.

Manhattan is the continuing saga of Michael and Emily Ranahan’s life. The time is 1850. In fleeing the famine in Ireland to find a new life in the New World, they come ashore at New York City on an island called Manhattan, a chaotic, odiferous city filled with rascals, ne’er-do-wells, rapscallions and corrupt politicians.

As they form their new life together they will experience the horrors of the infamous Five Points, the challenge of No Irish Need Apply signs, the Great Panic of 1857, the frightful Civil War riots and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.   

Michael and Emily will experience all the joys and sorrows that a city like Manhattan can offer.

Michael Grant is a retired NYPD lieutenant and author of 16 books. He lives in Knoxville with his wife, Elizabeth, and their golden retriever, Beau.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Pilot Customers Raise $12,029 for JDRF with “Paper Sneakers” Campaign

Pilot Convenience Stores presented a donation of $12,029 to JDRF East Tennessee for proceeds raised during the “Paper Sneakers” campaign.


JDRF East Tennessee received the check from representatives of Pilot at the Pilot Convenience Store, 405 Lovell Road in Knoxville.


The funds were raised through the sale of paper sneakers, which were sold at Knoxville-area Pilot convenience store locations. The funds will be used to help adults and children in East Tennessee who deal with Type 1 diabetes. JDRF supports a variety of services, including local outreach and counseling, raising awareness, and funding national research to find a cure.

Knoxvillian Gina Rouse ‘three-peats’ as women’s champion at Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

The 2018 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place March 24-25 in Knoxville, continued its reign as the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. Now in its 14th year, the 2018 race had more than 8,300 registrants.

Gina Rouse of Knoxville won the women’s marathon for the third year in a row with a time of 2:56:33. The 38-year-old had winning times of 2:52:06 in 2017 and 2:53:16 in 2016. Bryan Morseman of Bath, New York, won the men’s marathon with a time of 2:27:11. He also won the race in 2016 with a time of 2:25:01.