Valet service now available

Valet service now available

A fantastic new amenity is now available to guests at evening events at the Knoxville Convention Center. Thanks to our friends at Primo restaurant and Premier Parking, valet parking will be offered at the Clinch Avenue drop-off Tuesday through Saturday! Premier Parking will provide valet service to Primo restaurant guests and [...]

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Convention Center staff, volunteers crush for a cause

Convention Center staff, volunteers crush for a cause

At the end of last year’s tomato growing season, Knoxville Convention Center Chef Chris Moore, Sysco Business Manager James Bosi and several other area chefs sat down to come up with a solution that would feed hungry East Tennesseans and prevent food waste. The resulting inaugural Tomato Crush event was [...]

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Senior spelling bee champ crowned in Knoxville

Senior spelling bee champ crowned in Knoxville

At the National Senior Spelling Bee this past weekend, the 2016 national champion, Jim Sherry of Troy, Alabama, was crowned following the correct spelling of the final word of the day: bivouacking, meaning to stay in a temporary camp without cover. Runner-up Phyllis Werness of Minneapolis, Minnesota, misspelled “Ghibelline,” a member [...]

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Knoxville Convention Center executive chef creates ‘TRUPRO’ class

Knoxville Convention Center executive chef creates ‘TRUPRO’ class

Last week, several young people graduated from a program started by Knoxville Convention Center Executive Chef Chris Moore that offered hands-on culinary career skills training and mentorship to individuals recovering from substance abuse problems. In the fall of 2015, Moore partnered with True Purpose Ministries, a low-cost residential program for those [...]

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There’s no season like show season!

There’s no season like show season!

This is the time of year when the Knoxville Convention Center has the opportunity to roll out the welcome mat for some longtime shows and their faithful supporters. We appreciate our annual bookings and the nearly 90,000 people these popular shows bring to the Convention Center each year! Nearly every weekend [...]

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Scientific conferences choose Knoxville for innovation

Scientific conferences choose Knoxville for innovation

With two national scientific conferences in our facility this week, the Knoxville Convention Center welcomes industry leaders in two rapidly emerging fields – carbon fiber and energy and environmental technology. Meeting and convention planners select Knoxville for its central location and close proximity to heavy hitters in scientific innovation, such [...]

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Convention Center makes its holiday transformation

Convention Center makes its holiday transformation

This weekend, the Knoxville Convention Center completed its annual transformation into a holiday season wonderland centered on the spirit of giving. Messer Construction Co.’s “Holiday Canstruction” is back for the third year and benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, while the 31st Annual Fantasy of Trees, presented by [...]

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Political rally brings national attention to Knoxville

Political rally brings national attention to Knoxville

The organization and realization this week of the Donald Trump for President rally brought nearly 10,000 people to the Knoxville Convention Center and was a massive undertaking due to the compressed timeline, security considerations and high level of public interest in the event. Trump’s appearance Monday evening also garnered significant media [...]

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Convention Center welcomes 80,000 guests in November

Convention Center welcomes 80,000 guests in November

The Knoxville Convention Center is a happening place this November. We are booked solid, with at least one event taking place every day throughout the month. We expect to welcome approximately 80,000 guests through our facility this month. I am delighted that our Convention Center is in such demand and proud [...]

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Grassroots Outdoor Alliance grows in Knoxville

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance grows in Knoxville

The Knoxville Convention Center has turned into an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise this week during the annual Grassroots Outdoor Alliance trade show. The premier group of outdoor specialty retailers returns to our facility, and we’re pleased to also help Grassroots with the launch of a new marketing platform concept, Grassroots Connect. Grassroots [...]

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