Mar 18
David Gillette Kick-Off Party


Come out join me,
your city council candidate for my 
campaign kickoff.
We will have live entertainment, music, food, beverages.
Uniques Banquet Hall ( Formerly the Broker)
March 24, from 7p to 11p

We will mix and mingle 

and have an evening of fun,

you will get a chance 

to hear from me an my views and platform for 6 District.


Bring your friends and family because your vote counts.

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Mar 01


TOO SHORT rocks UH6 this Summer!

at The Beautiful HARD ROCK RESORT of
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO! June 8-12, 2017

Hard Rock Riviera Maya!
  • BONUS: All Room stays of 3 Nights or more are eligible for Resort Credits at the time of Check-in. An automatic 20% gratuity fee will be applied to used resort credits.

Feb 18
Sols Magazine

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Thanks to
For donating fabric...stuffing and a Sewing Machine to Pillow Sols by Aahilaya

Her Pillows are $5
To Everyone sold...she will Give one away to the Kids in Hospitals..Veterans and the Homeless.....

Support Sols Magazine

It has been about a month. Sol's has taken our young lady, with help from the community to a whole new level. Please contact Sols and ask what you can do. Here in Tennessee we take great pride in helping ours. So I ask that if you have sewing equipment. Extra materials and fabric you will never use. Please contact Sherri Williams or me AndyClyde regardless of were you are

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Feb 05
Black History Month at The Beck Cultural Exchange
What's going on at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center?

Black History Month​




This Black History Month feature presentation on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Beck will open with the sounds of the West African Drummers Live. Dinner will be provided and following the (1) one hour documentary there will be an open discussion and dialogue. The entire community is welcome including church congregations.
This event is free and open to the public and seating is limited.
Please reserve your seat today by emailing BeckEvent@BeckCenter.net or you may contact us at 865.524.8461.
This event is being sponsored in partnership with our ​​friends at
East Tennessee PBS.

Event Registration

Jan 26
I AM The Voice of the Voiceless


Mrs. Vivian Underwood ​​Shipe 

The Voice

President  of the ​Local 406 Union National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees​

Member​ Compassion Knoxville Task Force  

Doctoral Scholar at Grand Canyon University 

Class President of the  Austin-East Class of 1973 

Advocate for the homeless and the mentally ill. 

On the Governors Committee on Transparency and Open Government

Member of the Board of Directors Office on aging 

Site coordinator and  on the executive committee for the Knoxville Community Health Fair .

CEO and Founder at​ 

I Am The Voice of the Voiceless



Jan 25
The Neighborhood Conference Connecting Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Conference 

​Connecting Neighborhoods

Building Community

March 11, 2017 ♦ Knoxville Convention Center Sponsorships Contact David Massey • 215-3232 • dmassey@knoxvilletn.gov Registration Feb. 7 – March 7 at Neighborhoods

Attendance There were 700 participants in 2015. We expect to equal or surpass that number in 2017. Convention Center This event will occupy the Cumberland and Henley concourses, as well as the entire ballroom. 

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Conference ends at 2:30 p.m. Continental Breakfast Attendees will enjoy breakfast while networking with city and county officials, neighborhood leaders, and other 

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communityminded citizens Opening Plenary Mayors Rogero and Burchett will open the conference. Workshops Twenty workshops will address topics ranging from crime prevention and community schools to creative ways that neighborhoods can build a greater sense of community. Youth The City is working with our partners to provide opportunities for middle and high school students to attend the conference and learn about local government. Information Booths Attendees will have time to visit over 80 information booths set up by corporate sponsors, governmental agencies, and various neighborhood-related nonprofits such as Keep Knoxville Beautiful and Great Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

Schools Partnership. Luncheon Plenary Mayor Rogero will present the Good Neighbor of the Year Award. Neighborhoods will show off their neighborhood tee shirts, and tee shirt contest winners will be announced. Neighborhood Photos A continuous-loop slide show in the ballroom will feature scenes from neighborhood cleanups, social gatherings and other events. Sponsor names and logos will be included. Conference Notebook Each attendee will receive a conference notebook that includes the program, sponsor recognitions, and other materials. Door Prizes Drawings for a wide variety of donated door prizes will take place at the end of the conference. More Information Follow our progress — speakers, workshops, booths, sponsors and entertainment — at www.knoxvilletn.gov/neighborhoods and on Facebook (search for Knoxville Neighborhoods).

Jan 11
The Women in Jazz Jam Festival



Why do we need the Women in Jazz Jam Festival?
Even groundhogs have a day!

I knew I had to do something to uplift the stories of women like me who live as musicians in the jazz community, women like me who work hard to be recognized in a male-dominated industry, women like me who are looking to honor the past while inspiring the future. My name is Kelle Jolly and I am a ukulele-playing jazz singer & media personality with a mission!

I started planning the first WOMEN IN JAZZ JAM FESTIVAL to shine a light so brightly on the stories of women, that no one could deny their contributions of creativity, strength and wisdom.

The Women in Jazz Jam Festival will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, March 10th-12th, 2017. March is Women’s History Month and Music in Our Schools Month. The purpose of the festival is to uncover the stories of women in all aspects of the jazz genre, throughout the jazz community. Knox County students will be on spring break and are encouraged to attend workshops and performances.

Dec 26
The SEO Myth of Going Viral

​If you’ve been to any SEO conferences over the past few years, you’ve likely heard something along the lines of this:

"Links are still really important for organic search rankings. But the way we go about getting those links has changed… it’s now all about content marketing."

The general premise is that great, "rank-worthy" content gets links, which in turn builds up your site’s authority, which subsequently gives a boost to the search rankings of both that specific content piece and the domain as a whole. And following the same logic, content that does spectacularly well in earning links ought to have spectacular and lasting SEO results.

Sounds great on paper, and it even makes sense when you think about it logically. You build better content that readers enjoy, so the quality of your site goes up, and Google rewards your ever-improving site with better rankings. Except that’s not what I’m seeing. Not by a long way.


Dec 05
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission


FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
(This Exhibit Will Remain on Display January 6 thru January 31)
Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, STE 201

The MLK Gallery of Arts Tribute will kick-off the 2017 King Week Celebration.  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is partnering with the Arts & Alliance of Greater Knoxville to provide this annual occasion. The Galley of Arts Tribute is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and most importantly honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fine art will be displayed in the Atrium and North Wall galleries of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, which is located in Knoxville's downtown arts anchor location. The exhibit will be showcased from January 6 thru January 31 , 2017, which will feature works by African and African American artists that reflect the themes of Unity, Community, Love, Racial Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Civil Rights.

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission announce a call for entries for the annual Gallery of Arts Tribute, an exhibition developed to recognize local artists and honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Approximately 25-40 fine art works will be selected for display in the Atrium and North Wall galleries of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from January 6 - 31.​


​Wednesday, January 11 - Monday 
January 16, 2017

On behalf of the entire Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission we would like to welcome you and invite you to join us for our Upcoming Commemoration. In 2017 we will observe our 35th Annual King Week Celebration. Our 2017 theme, Honoring the Dream by Standing for Justice and Equality , is attributed to the Dream and the Dreamer who affirmed, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
The first community-wide service was held in 1988 at the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church. In 1990, the service was moved to the Knoxville City Auditorium where it remained for three years. In 1993, the service was moved back to Greater Warner where it has remained since.
Over the years, the Commission has added the MLK Parade (1985), the Leadership/Diversity Awards Luncheon (1990), the Leadership Symposium on Equity and Opportunity (1992), and the Youth Symposium (1993).  The Musical/Cultural/Arts Tribute and the Ebony Artistry Exposé exhibits were also added to the celebration. As well, the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Race Against Racism is a partnered event. In 2006 the Commission added its partnership with the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, which hosts an annual Community Discussion Forum.  In, 2010 the Commission introduced two new programs, the Teacher In-Service Training Curriculum (Approved by Knox County Schools) and the Gallery of Arts Tribute Reception and Display, which kicked off the celebration and continued throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

Leadership Educational Symposium
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 8:30AM - 11:30AM
(followed by the Leadership Awards Luncheon)


A Highlight of the MLK Celebration is the



Providing a Forum for Dialogue & Exchange of Information About Social Justice Issues.


THE EVENT:  The morning’s activities will include panel, group and roundtable discussions. You simply do not want to miss this educational leadership opportunity.  For more information, please contact the Leadership Educational Chair at Leadership@MLKKnoxville.com. Thank you.


We look forward to seeing you there.

A day packed with fun, activities, free food, entertainment,
and much more!

THE EVENT: The MLK Commission Youth Symposium team has again partnered with the Knoxville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America to provide a day of youth development and leadership training. We intend to continue to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders who will be inspired to reweave the fabric of our community for future children and youth.

You may Register Online by completing the Registration Form below.  Additional Registration and Information will be available shortly. For more information please contact the Youth Symposium Chair at Youth@MLKKnoxville.com.

This year as well, Jack and Jill will once again present an oratorical contest concurrent with the breakout sessions for middle and high school students. The Jack and Jill program is designed to inspire and encourage teens, ages 13-18, to embrace and value the art of public speaking. An online Registration Form will be available shortly for students interested in participating in the Oratorical Contest.  Please check back.
We look forward to seeing you this year and make sure to bring a friend.
Church, civic and other organizations are encouraged to register groups. ​

MLK Annual Parade
Monday, January 16
Line-up will be at 8:30AM
Step-off will be at 10:00AM from the
YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, 124 S. Cruze Street, 37915

The purpose of the parade is to offer the community a visual and audible display in tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2017 Parade route will stretch from the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Avenue to Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church in Burlington, where we will present our annual Memorial Tribute Service.

Groups, organizations and individuals are welcome to join us. You may Register Online by completing the Registration Form below. Before Registering we ask that you click on the Parade Information & Acknowledgement Form and read the Parade Rules and Regulations.

The On-Line Registration Deadline is FRIDAY, JANUARY 13. Onsite Registration is Available on Parade Day if you are unable to register online before the deadline.


We look forward to seeing you along the parade route and at the church for the closeout of the celebration. Feel free to contact the Parade Chair at Parade@MLKKnoxville.com if you have questions or need additional information.​

Thank you for your continued support.

Nov 19
Talking With T


Talking with T is a radio talk show designed to Engage, 
Educate, Empower and Encourage its listeners with 
Trending Topics, Noted News, Interviews, Community Updates and more​​​​


​Tanisha Fitzgerald Baker

 ​Talk Show Host
Tanisha is a native of Knoxville, TN where she graduated as valedictorian from Austin-East High School.  She continued her education graduating from both Florida A&M University and the University of Tennessee with degrees in Actuarial Science and Education.
For the past 15 years, Tanisha has served in the educational arena.  Her career began in the classroom followed by working nine years as a math instructional coach and consultant.  Tanisha is currently the Director of Data Analysis & Research as well as College & Career Access/Success Team Leader for Project GRAD Knoxville.  She is skilled in data analysis, research, professional development and presents on a multitude of topics. 
Tanisha is the President and CEO of Educational Enhancement Service, Inc. established in 1998. She is also a member of the Five Points Up Community Action Group.  She has developed the unifying concept of The Village of Knoxville with the mission to organize opportunities that educate, elevate, encourage and empower all citizens. (www.thevillageofknox.com ). “Talking with T” is an extension of the mission that guides The Village of Knoxville.

Tanisha is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her hobbies include writing, art, and jewelry design. She resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Darritt Baker and only son, Tylan Baker.  ​

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