Volunteer is a Verb

Here in Knoxville, “Volunteer spirit” has a double entendre that usually involves a particular shade of orange. However, Alyson Gallaher likes to say “volunteer is a verb.” As executive director for Volunteer East Tennessee, a sort of matchmaking center for local nonprofits and individuals who want to serve, she is the expert on volunteering in this area. With 85 community partners…


As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Harmony Family Center Hosts Pickleball Tournament Harmony Family Center’s hosted its inaugural “Volley for Change” Pickleball Tournament sponsored by PYA Waltman Capital Sept. 20–22, which included singles, men’s and women’s skill and age-group competitions, as well as mixed doubles skill competition. Approximately 135 participants had a wonderful time playing in the USAPA-sanctioned event at the Knoxville Racquet … Continued

Practice Gratitude

We all logically know that money by itself will not make us happy. Yet so often we find ourselves falling into the trap of wanting the next best thing, or struggling to delay gratification (for ourselves or those we love)—denying something good now in order to have something great later. Aside from focusing on willpower and self-discipline, which seem so…

Retreat to The Swag

Tucked away on the Cataloochee Divide, nestled between Knoxville and Asheville, is a mountaintop, award-winning resort designed to whisk away all your worries. At The Swag, guests are invited to unwind, unplug and enjoy the view. 

Five Ways to Give Back

November ushers in a season of giving, but it’s typically centered around holiday gifts to family members and friends. This year, what if we all took a different approach and decided to give back to our community instead? We all hold an incredible power to make a difference in one another’s lives, and sometimes all it takes is one small…

Cookbooks Worth Owning

Yes, yes, you can always look up recipes online, but cookbooks are more than lists of ingredients and instructions! They are works of art, pages of history and tangible gifts that can be passed down through generations. As the baking season gets underway, add to your cookbook collection with these suggestions from Union Ave. Books. 

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Pop into Finn’s Restaurant and Tavern on any given evening, and you’ll immediately forget you’re in Knoxville. Through the front door, under the American and Irish flags, you’ll take to the wooden staircase and be greeted into the restaurant by two painted murals: Céad Míle Fáilte (Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”) and the traditional Irish blessing, “May the Road Rise…

Fall, Glorious Fall

October is my favorite month of the year. It brings warm days and cooler nights, sweaters come out of the closet, football season is in full swing, the smell of wood smoke fills the air, and, if we are lucky, the glorious colors of the autumn leaves in East Tennessee will put on a show. … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Titanic Museum Attraction Going All-Pink for October This year, Titanic’s iconic marching pink flamingos and giant ship-mounted, 15-foot pink ribbon will be joined by a crop of real pink pumpkins in calling attention to the 2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign action at the Titanic Museum Attraction, announces Mary Kellogg, president, COO and co-owner of Titanic Pigeon Forge. The … Continued