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Thursday, Feb 2nd Building a Short Story Collection Knoxville Writers’ Guild will host Building a Short Story Collection with Michael Knight from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in Addison’s Bookshop and Event Center, 126 S. Gay St. in Knoxville. Knight, director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will discuss making a short story collection and read from a work in progress. He is the author of three novels: “Divining Rod,” “The Typist” and “At Briarwood School for Girls;” three collections of short stories: “Dogfight and Other Stories,” “Goodnight, Nobody” and “Eveningland;” and a book of novellas, “The Holiday Season.” “The Typist (2010) was listed as a Best Book of the Year by several publications, including The Huffington Post and Kansas City Star, and was included on Oprah’s Summer Reading List,” an event press release stated. “Eveningland (2017) was selected as an Editor’s Choice Pick by The New York Times and as a Southern Book of the Year by Southern Living Magazine. His fiction has appeared in magazines and journals such as Esquire, Narrative and The New Yorker. …”
Thursday, Feb 2nd Authors Guild of Tennessee Authors Guild of Tennessee will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, in Faith Lutheran Church, Jamestowne Boulevard, Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30 a.m. Published authors are invited to attend. “AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published,” an AGT press release stated. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT website for updates and information:
Thursday, Feb 9th Evening With Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson An Evening With Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Presented by Secret City and the Hardin Valley Academy baseball program, runs from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in The Venue at Lenoir City, 7690 Creekwood Park Blvd. Autographs with the former Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos Hall of Fame outfielder are only allowed with the purchase of a VIP ticket. The Meet & Greet with Dawson begins at 5:05 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to “A one autograph per ticket rule will be strictly enforced,” an event press release stated. Each ticket will have an assigned seat. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., courtesy of Brown Bag. “Purchase a general admission ticket to ensure your party can sit together,” the event press release further stated. The Leadoff Dinner Ceremony runs from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Event also features a silent auction. No refunds will be given.
Thursday, Feb 16th Black-Owned Business Clinic and Legal Advice Clinic Knoxville Bar Association announces a Black-Owned Business Clinic and Legal Advice Clinic is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 E. Fifth Ave. in Knoxville. As part of the clinic, business owners can bring their questions to be addressed by local attorneys experienced in business law. Those wishing to attend this session should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. to hear a presentation from Professor Eric Amarante of the UT College of Law.  The presentation will educate business owners and entrepreneurs about legal and business issues affecting business ventures, and provide other tips on how to protect and enforce their legal rights.  Appointments are first-come, first-served.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. For more information, including pre-registration, visit

Art a win for Joyce

Farragut Primary School first-grader Joyce Hu’s art won a state-level award. Joyce won third place in her grade level in the State of Tennessee’s Art Review and Showcase competition earlier this school year, and is among only 19 students selected. Collectively, the winning students’ works — the top three of each grade level and Best of Show — will hang in Tennessee State Museum in Nashville through May. FPS art teacher Ruth Granroth submitted Joyce’s piece for the competition, and was only allowed to nominate one piece of art per grade. “All of her art is very well-done,” Granroth said. “She really has an eye for depth and detail.”

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Farragut’s 1st ‘First Lady,’ Marie Leonard, 96, passes

Marie Leonard, the Town of Farragut’s 1st “First Lady” who played a vital role in helping present the new Town of Farragut with dignity during a critical period in the early 1980s, has passed away at age 96 (see her obituary in Community section, page 8B). “She was one of the finest ladies that you could ever know,” said former Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford, an ex-South Ward alderman and the Town’s first vice mayor who was particularly close to Mrs. Leonard and her husband, the late Robert “Bob” Leonard, a highly respected attorney and the Town’s first Mayor (1980-1993) who passed away in 2012. “Her personality was ideally suited to be the First Lady of the Town of Farragut,” he added. In meetings with other leaders of Knox and surrounding town and county governments, “Marie was always by Bob’s side, always friendly, always talking to everyone,” Ford said.

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