Marine Mud Run!

Issue #217

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🌤️ Knoxville Weather - Mostly Sunny with a High of 94

📰East Tennessee Historical Society Honors D-Day

🗓️ Upcoming Events

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Marine Mud Run!

Get ready for the ultimate challenge that only the Marines can deliver on Saturday, August 31st! The Marine Mud Run is back, and it's set to test your limits with an exhilarating course that's as tough as it is fun. With approximately three miles of off-road running, this adventure is packed with obstacles, hills, and, of course, plenty of mud pits. Expect nothing less from the Marines!

This off-road 5K takes you through scenic trails and fields, presenting a mix of natural and man-made obstacles that will push you to your limits. Whether you're an individual competitor or part of a team, this course promises an unforgettable experience. Be sure to wear old clothing and shoes because you’re going to get muddy!

  • Melton Hill Lake and Local AMR Fire Department: After conquering the course, they will be available to help you clean up. The Marines will ensure you complete the course successfully, but getting clean will be up to you!

  • Commemorative T-Shirts: Every participant will receive a MudRun T-shirt during Packet Pick-up, provided you selected this option during registration. Wear it with pride as a badge of honor!

  • Larry Winters Memorial Kid's Mud Run: Designed for kids 12 and under, this 1-mile event ensures the young ones can join in the fun safely. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. We cherish our young mud runners and prioritize their safety while ensuring they have a blast.

  • New This Year: Kids participating in the event will receive T-shirts and free snow cones.

  • Date and Time: Saturday, August 31st. Be sure to check the event schedule for the exact start times.

  • Registration: Register early to secure your spot and T-shirt.

Prepare for a day of intense fun and camaraderie as you tackle the Marine Mud Run. It's not just a race; it's a celebration of spirit, endurance, and teamwork. Marines will be there to guide and motivate you every step of the way. So, lace up those old shoes, put on your game face, and get ready to embrace the mud. For more details and to register, click here.  Ooh-rah!

East Tennessee Historical Society Honors D-Day

To honor the 80th anniversary of D-Day and recognize the immense sacrifices of the “Greatest Generation,” the East Tennessee Historical Society is hosting a three-day conference on the Second World War. The event will take place from July 8th to July 10th at the East Tennessee Historical Society.

  • East Tennessee Scholars: Renowned local historians will present their research and perspectives on various aspects of the Second World War, focusing on both global and local impacts.

  • Prof. Richard Toye, University of Exeter: An esteemed historian known for his expertise in political and military history.

  • Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives, University of Cambridge: Serving as the keynote speaker, Packwood will offer invaluable insights into the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill and the broader context of World War II.

This three-day conference is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Second World War, celebrate the heroism of those who served, and reflect on the enduring legacy of D-Day. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a scholar, or simply someone who wishes to honor the Greatest Generation, this event offers something for everyone. More Info

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Poetry as Narrative Workshop: July 3rd from 6pm - 8pm at The Kraken’s Cup.  Indulge in some tea and treats as you sharpen your writing abilities! Benefit from the expertise of our exceptional UT instructors. Writers at any skill level and experience welcome. More Info

The East Tennessee Reentry Collaborative: will be hosting a One Stop Reentry Shop for all justice involved on July 11th from 1:00pm-3:00 pm at the American Job Center, 2700 Middlebrook Pk!  You do not have to be justice involved to attend! More info call 865-456-1095

Howard Pinkston Library Used Book Sale: on Saturday, July 13th from 10am - 5pm, 7732 Martin Mill Pike

Used Book Sale at Hi-Wire Brewing: on Thursday, July 18th - Wednesday, July 24th during business hours, 2020 Barber Street

Southern Charm & Sweet Tea Boutique & Craft Show: on July 13th, 10am - 2pm at The Venue at Lenoir City. Over 60 boutiques and crafters & food trucks!

Ask a Master Gardener: Ask plant and garden questions at the Norwood Library, 1110 Merchant Dr. on Saturday, July 20th, from 10am - noon. KCMG public calendar.

Learn How to Play the Bridge Card Game: Recurring on Tuesdays starting on July 23rd from 6pm - 8:30pm at the Knoxville Bridge Center, 7400 Deane Hill Drive. Register. Questions: contact Maggie Hughes at (865) 680-7364 or [email protected]

Classic Movie at the Tennessee Theatre:
The Lion King and The Matrix are showing on Saturday, July 27th, Star Wars - The Return of the Jedi and Thelma and Louise are showing on Saturday, August 10th, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Jurassic Park are showing on Saturday, August 24th, More Info

Knoxville Community Band Concert: July 28th at Bearden Middle School at 3pm. No admission charge!

Farragut Library Used Book Sale: on Friday-Saturday, August 9th-10th from 10am - 5pm, 417 N Campbell Station Rd

Used Book Sale at East TN History Center: on Saturday, August 17th from 10am - 5pm during the History Hootenanny, 601 S Gay St

Game Night at Fountain City Social: happening Every Monday from 6pm-8pm at 4842 Harvest Mill Way, everyone welcome, current players range from their mid 20's up into their 60's, only requirement is a sense of humor

Support Knox County Mobile Meals at their Power of the Purse event! We are currently collecting new and gently used purses & jewelry for the event. Drop off donations at: Southern Market on Homberg; Chico’s at Turkey Creek; Mac’s Pharmacy on South Peters; and Lulu’s Tea Room in Powell. The event is September 12th at Rothchilds. Tickets go on sale July 15th. More Info

A Meet (& Greet) Cute Author Signing Event: Hosted by Knox Bookish Babes on September 14thfrom 1pm - 6pm at Jubilee Banquet Facility. Join Knox Bookish Babes for the hottest book signing event in Knoxville, TN — A Meet (& Greet) Cute!! An exclusive event featuring a few favorite authors and local vendors. More Info


Say Cheese! Tea and Cheese Pairing Event: July 10th from 6pm - 8pm at The Kraken’s Cup. The ticket includes a selection of teas, worksheets, and a handpicked assortment of cheese and snacks from the Euphoric Cheese Shop in W Knoxville. More Info

Bourbon 101: on the Tennessee Riverboat - July 18th, boarding at 6pm and finishing at 9pm. This class is an interactive 1.5 hour presentation on the history and virtues of Bourbon. A buffet to compliment the Bourbons will be provided. More Info 

Tea Flights: offered Monday - Thursday at The Spice and Tea Exchange. Limited to 4 people per group at $8.99/person. Call the store for more information 865-985-0913

Market Square Farmers Market: happening Every Wednesday, now through November 20th from 10am – 1pm & Every Saturday, now through November 23rd from 9am – 1pm, More Info

New Harvest Farmers Market: happening Every Thursday, now through September 26th from 3pm - 6pm, 4775 New Harvest Lane, More Info

Traditional Cuban Cooking Class: offered on July 16th at 7pm at The Spice & Tea Exchange. Cost is $75/person (+tax). You will learn how to make fired plantains, a main course of ropa bieja (shredded beef dish). For more information call the store at 865-985-0913 or email [email protected].


Grooves in the Garden: Hosted by Knoxville Botanical Garden on July 20th 5pm - 10pm. Knoxville’s best outdoor music festival in jazz, R&B and soul. This is an adult only event with live music, a DJ, food trucks and a cash bar. More Info

Hillbilly Thomists and Fiddling Leona: at the Bijou theatre on Saturday, August 3rd. Enjoy some of your bluegrass favorites as well as Feona’s fresh take on fiddling! Tickets are on sale now! Partial proceeds benefit the Chesterton Academy, a local classical model high school, More Info/Tickets


Motley Crew Community Luncheon hosted by Hubert Smith: Every month on the first Friday at Crowne Plaza Knoxville.  This is a public event. All are welcome. No RSVP. No speakers! No politics! Lots of fun, food, and fellowship! Doors open at 11:00 am, buffet opens at 11:30 am and we close out by 1:30 pm. Free parking in hotel garage. Lunch buffet is approximately $17 (only pay for your lunch and a tip for the server.) First time? Come in lobby from parking garage, turn left, take elevator to M level, turn right. We also give out door prizes. More Info call Cheryl 865-456-1095

Jamageddon: hosted by Alex  Pulsipher. 2nd Saturday of every month at Sustainable Future Center, 201 Ogle Ave from 5 - 10 pm. Open to artists, dancers, burners, fire performers, people with kids, aerialists, flow artists, drummers, and musicians!  Jam open to all with a 7pm potluck dinner break.  He will bring some sort of meat (likely a pork shoulder) and some corn tortillas so y’all bring some veggies or whatever.  Also bring your own plate and utensils! Would love for you to come get groovy with us!  We’ve got a nice Indoors space if it’s raining or chilly.  More Info call Cheryl 865-456-1095

Emotionally Sobriety: Each Thursday at 5pm (except July 4) at The Kraken’s Cup. The Kracken’s Cup has partnered with Sober in Knoxville to create a safe and accepting environment for their N Knoxville meetups. Emotional sobriety is being comfortably present with all your feelings without any one of them defining or controlling you. This community is for everyone who has a desire to improve their relationship with themselves and the world around them. Questions? Email [email protected].


Free Veteran’s Breakfast: The United Veterans Council of East Tennessee presents 13 free breakfasts for Veterans and guests on four Saturdays, monthly, Coffee line starts at 8am, Chow line starts at 8:30am. Locations and Dates

July 4th Events (recap)!

Festival on the 4th: Kick off your Independence Day festivities with the Festival on the 4th at the Worlds Fair Park, a free, family-friendly event packed with activities for all ages. Starting at 5 p.m. and running until approximately 10 p.m

VIP Party at the Sunsphere: on July 4, 8pm - 10pm. Experience a private viewing of the city's spectacular fireworks show in an exclusive setting. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased here.

Gatlinburg's Midnight Parade; Prepare to stay up late for a one-of-a-kind experience! For the 49th consecutive year, Gatlinburg will host its iconic parade at midnight on July 4th (the night of July 3rd).

Museum of Appalachia's Old-Fashioned Anvil Shoot: If you're looking for something truly unique, head to the Museum of Appalachia for an old-fashioned anvil shoot. Instead of fireworks, the museum uses gunpowder to launch 200-pound anvils hundreds of feet into the air.

Westward Celebrations on Kingston Pike: Check out the parade in Farragut on Kingston Pike at Stadium Drive. Starting at 9:30 am.

West High School Class of 1974 - 50th Reunion

Saturday August 24th at The Foundry, 747 World's Fair Park Drive, at 6pm, For more information contact [email protected].

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The primary elections for the U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate, and Tennessee House of Representatives will take place on Thursday, August 1st. Voters will choose their preferred candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties in these races, with the general election scheduled for November. Additionally, several Knox County elections will be decided through a general election on the same day.

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