January is Brisk at the Center . . .

January is Brisk at the Center . . .

You may have heard recently, “Let’s wait until after the holidays when things slow down.” Well that is not happening here at the Knoxville Convention Center. January is going to be a very brisk month for us – and I am not predicting the weather. We started the New Year looking [...]

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Twas the Night for Recognition

It is my pleasure to recognize the KCC Leader of the Year each year during our employee holiday party. This award is particularly meaningful because the winner is selected by his or her peers. We have a lot of excellent employees, so winning this award is not an easy feat. This year, [...]

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Fantasy of Trees sets the holiday feel

Fantasy of Trees sets the holiday feel

We are in the holiday spirit now in the afterglow of Fantasy of Trees. Always a fabulous way to kick off the holidays, this year’s event was no exception. We had 55,948 people Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree over this five-day event. While visitors enjoyed the nostalgic 1950s themed decorations, the [...]

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Convention Center reaches out to neighbor in need

After four months of sharing our kitchen at the Knoxville Convention Center, Mobile Meals has set up operations in the kitchen of the former convention center space below the Holiday Inn. The spring storms that ripped through Knoxville damaging many homes and businesses caused the ceiling in the Mobile Meals Kitchen [...]

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A Glimpse at the North Pole

A Glimpse at the North Pole

I imagine this is what the North Pole is like this time of year. The exhibit hall at the Knoxville Convention Center is bustling with hundreds of busy volunteers preparing for the 27th annual Fantasy of Trees. One of Knoxville’s premier holiday events, this benefit for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital always [...]

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This newest Vol is a winner!

This newest Vol is a winner!

I’ve met the newest member of the Tennessee Vols team, and I think he is a winner! We recently hosted a welcome reception here at the Convention center for the University of Tennessee’s new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart and his wife Pam. More than 200 community leaders, elected [...]

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Chef Moore is placed among the Stars

Chef Moore is placed among the Stars

Congratulations to our Executive Chef, Chris Moore who was chosen as the 2011 Associate of Excellence for the Tennessee Hospitality Association. The Stars of the Industry awards are presented to individuals for their professional and community leadership. And Chef certainly deserves this honor. For the past two years, he has not only [...]

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Celebrities honored at the Center

We have some big celebrities coming to the Knoxville Convention Center this week. I am not just talking about the O’Jays. Yes they will be here too, and it will be fun to hear that Philadelphia soul that they are known for. I’m sure you remember “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “I [...]

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Community “Likes” SwagFest ’11

Community “Likes” SwagFest ’11

The Knoxville Convention Center was full of swag when it played host Sept. 9 to personal injury lawyer Stephen A. Burroughs’ free party and concert dubbed Swagfest 2011. The event was inspired by a huge internet sensation which began when Burroughs announced that he would throw a party for the people [...]

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Volunteers band together to Feed the Need

Volunteers band together to Feed the Need

Recently I have been powerfully reminded that we live in the Volunteer State. This weekend, we had a constant stream of volunteers come through the doors of the Convention Center to help package meals for the hungry both in our region and in the horn of Africa as part of [...]

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