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…