TU meeting will be about healing powers of fly fishing

The Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering two separate events regarding its programs for military veteran at an evening meeting on Feb. 14.

Sam Hodnett will speak at the monthly chapter meeting about the chapter’s Veterans Service Partnership for all veterans and about the Knoxville Program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, for disabled veterans. The free, public program starts at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.

Museum of Appalachia to salute Cas Walker

Pictured is Cas Walker during filming of the long-running WBIR-TV Farm and Home Television program.
On Saturday, March 2, the Museum of Appalachia will celebrate the legacy of the legendary Cas Walker, with a special program of live music, rare video clips, and museum exhibit.

Orton Caswell Walker (1902-1998) wore many hats, including grocery store magnate, politician, and of course, bluegrass and country music promoter. Early on, Walker understood the value of using country music to sell groceries, buying up air time on local radio, and later making the switch to television.

The show, spearheaded by archivist Bradley Reeves, will be 4-6 p.m., and include a special screening of surviving video clips from the Farm and Home Show, including classic commercials, vintage music performances, and hilarious bloopers and outtakes.

Tickets to the event include admission to the Museum of Appalachia’s Hall of Fame, featuring the Cas Walker Exhibit, with artifacts from his early career.

Preview begins at 3 p.m.

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Pegram named director of arts craft center

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center (AACC) announced that Ashley Pegram assumed the position of Executive Director effective Jan. 21.

Pegram will work with the AACC’s Board of Directors and members, as well as community and regional organizations.

AACC is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales and community involvement.

More than 200 members keep traditional crafts alive as well as pursuing exceptional contemporary work in a wide range of disciplines. Juried members sell outstanding hand-made crafts at AACC’s gallery in Clinton.

Classes are available for children and adults in craft skills including weaving, quilting, pottery, stained glass, and others. AACC offers affordable access for members to its in-house weaving and pottery studios.

A 2012 graduate of the East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Pegram has been an active member of AACC for four years.

In addition to her new role with AACC, she will continue to work as a Studio Assistant with McQueen Pottery/Studio 212 Arts in Maryville.

Pegram previously worked for ORNL Federal Credit Union in various positions including involvement with employee wellness programs, employee engagement, and non-profit campaigns for United Way of Anderson County, Sevier County wildfire victims, and American Heart Association of Greater Knoxville. She is also an active volunteer committee member for the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square.

Pegram replaces Katie Aloi who retired. Aloi will continue involvement with the AACC as a lifetime member and volunteer.

For more information contact:

Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway, PO Box 608, Norris, TN 37828

Vice President Mike Pence invited to opening of ‘Secret City’ gates

The Board of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) has issued an invitation letter to Vice President Mike Pence to attend the historic 70th anniversary of the opening of the security gates of World War II’s “Secret City” of Oak Ridge. The gate-opening allowed the American public to enter the Manhattan Project’s Secret City for the very first time.

The Gate-Opening commemoration will be held in Oak Ridge Saturday, March 23.

Tennessee’s Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally also issued an invitation letter to the Vice President saying, “I truly hope you will be able to attend this momentous occasion honoring the many men and women whose efforts and sacrifices have allowed for the continued prosperity of the United States of America and the world.”

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‘Weather spotter’ class offered

As we gear up for another active weather season this spring, the National Weather Service (NWS) needs your help to spot possible severe weather. On Saturday, March 2, the National Weather Service is conducting a two-hour program at Roane State, Oak Ridge Campus, Goff Room 107, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Each participant will receive an official NWS Weather Spotter Certificate and ID. Advance registration is required. It is suggested that potential participants register soon.

This is not a storm chasing class.

Spotter training classes (schedule - ) are usually taught in the late winter and early spring at various locations across the state.

Jam session with The Tenos fills office with bluegrass

Sidenotes: Music in the Mailroom

Karyn and Trippy Teno — along with their four children, Leah, Will, Sam and Andy — play bluegrass together and have done so for six years. - Crystal Huskey
The Tenos spent a couple of hours in The Courier News’ mailroom last week performing for the paper’s weekly video series “Sidenotes.”

It didn’t take long before the entire office was serenaded by this talented family.

Karyn and Trippy Teno — along with their four children, Leah, Will, Sam and Andy — play bluegrass together and have done so for six years. Karyn and Trippy both have a strong background in music. Both majored in it in college — Karyn’s degree focused on vocals, piano and musical theatre, while Trippy played professional bass trombone.

But neither had ever played bluegrass.

That all changed when their son Andy received a banjo for Christmas. He started taking lessons with John Alvis at Sleepy Eyed John’s.

“He kind of jump started our band,” Andy said. “We played with him a lot and it was fun. That’s where we played the most, and then we finally made our band.”

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Museum voted ‘best’ in ET

The Tennessee Magazine, published monthly by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, hosts an annual reader’s choice awards.

In the October 2018 publication, the resulting winners of the 28 categories were announced, with more than one million readers voting the Museum of Appalachia as the best museum in East Tennessee.

There is no other Museum with a collection of buildings and artifacts as extensive and comprehensive. For more information, visit