Big Orange Orchard breaks ground: New Vols lend their time and energy to make UT a greener place

Wed Aug 20, 2014 03:00 a.m.

The Big Orange Orchard project recently planted its first roots in Knoxville soil.

Volunteers from Ignite Serves, a five day leadership program for incoming freshman, toiled in the early morning of Thursday, Aug. 14, to prepare a potential plotting site for the Big Orange Orchard at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

Disposing of weeds and clearing topsoil, the freshmen volunteers completed the three-day groundbreaking event to transform the innovative Big Orange Orchard project into a reality.

Although liability and financial issues have prevented any planting from beginning on campus, the project has made headway in the past year after the Big Orange Orchard resolution was passed by the Student Senate last spring.


'Physical' Todd Kelly Jr. vies for starting safety spot

Wed Aug 20, 2014 03:00 a.m.

Even with an extensive list of high school accolades and unrivaled local name recognition, Todd Kelly Jr. knew nothing was guaranteed.

So when the former Webb School of Knoxville standout dug his cleats into the Haslam Field grass for football practice number one as a Tennessee freshman, he didn't wait around.

"The first day," Kelly Jr. said Monday, "I got a pass-breakup in the first (skeleton drill) of my practice, and that kind of got my confidence up. Just knowing that I'm able to make plays. A lot of freshmen are out here making plays, and that's what you come out here to do. If you don't make plays, you don't get on the field."

Arts & Culture

Ragtag local band creates unique sound

Wed Aug 20, 2014 03:00 a.m.

What if Bonnaroo could be found year-round within Knoxville's city limits?

Drawing from the local and international communities, local "hot gypsy jazz" band, Swingbooty, brings festival vibes to town all year long.

With an ever-changing lineup of musicians, Swingbooty strives to deliver a diverse and shifting sound without losing their own brand of worldly jazz.

The band is composed of six core members: Sam Harding, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, Sara Daniels, Christian Lange, Grant Parker and Jake Smith. These members channel Knoxville's music scene to add eclectic international flairs to their shows. They also have a strong footing in the UT jazz program with students willing to jump into the band's festival-like shows.

Influenced by the jazz legends of the 1930s and 1940s such as Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt, each member brings their own version of the sound to the stage. For example, violinist Lange, who grew up in both Santiago, Argentina, and Miami, is partial to Cuban afro-jazz and the music of Latin America...



Wed Aug 20, 2014 03:00 a.m.

Protests over 18-year-old man's death in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown, an unarmed, black, soon-to-be-college student, was shot and killed by a white, 28-year-old police officer after a struggle Saturday, Aug. 9. Though an early report suggested Brown as the ...