Thursday, February 24, 2011

Burchett and Roddy at KJN event.

Mayor Burchett Speech to the KJN staff.

On Monday, January 31, 2011, awards were presented to the Knoxville Journal Newspaper's staff for achievement in the business side and the writing/reporting/photography side of the company by owner/publisher, Renee Wheeler. Mayor Tim Burchett was the invited speaker. Also in attendance were county commissioner, Amy Broyles, City Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy, candidate for mayor, Madeline Rogero, and the mayor's media administrator, Michael Grider.
The mayor was asked to speak from 5 to 10 minutes about the roles of women as business owners.
This is the text of the Mayor's Speech:
I thought I was going to sing.
I appreciate you very much.
I was sitting here thinking, we have been friends, Renee, since I was doing the mulch pile business about 20 to 23 years ago.
I say hello to Amy Broyles, our county commissioner, and the birthday girl (Broyles' daughter). Hello also to Madeline and Marilyn. We can have a cage fight when this is over. It will get a lot of coverage. We think about women in non-traditional roles and we have two women very viable running for the office of city mayor. I am sure glad I don't have to run against either of them.
Talk about the men's club--that's the mayor's race, yet we have two women in great shape to win--one of them very well may win. I think that is great.
Talk about women in very non-traditional roles as we think about the Journal being owned by a woman.
I think about my Momma and how non-traditional she was--while my dad was off fighting the Japanese in the Philippines, my mom was flying a plane. She got certified and was flying a plane and that was very non-traditional for a woman.
When they came back from the war and got married, in that part of the ceremony where they say, "obey", Momma had them to take that part out.
In the 40s in Cheatmam County when you got educated, you became a teacher, and that is what Momma did. I think my Momma has been a great success and I am proud of her and she has been a great role model.
I am also proud of my relationship with the Knoxville Journal. We politicians get aggravated at the papers and think they are a thorn in our sides, but they keep us honest. The reporting you do--it is what you should be doing in a free society and we are glad for you and proud of your achievements.
Some people say, "well, adults do not need awards". Well, in pro football, these guys are so big you could not get them in that door over there and yet every one of them plays for a sticker on the back of their helmets. So they earn millions and millions of dollars, but they wear helmets with stickers to show a great play they made. We never outgrow the need to have our work honored, and that is what this day is about.
I am honored to be here and to have this small opportunity to share with you and I am glad to be here.
I like coming back here and what I like now is there is less smoke---that is all I am going to say about that, so thank you.

Con Hunley

Con Hunley has a new album.

Born in 1945 in Fountain City into a family with six brothers and sisters, Con Hunley, who began his professional career in Knoxville in 1964 with a gig at the Eagles' Club, went to the Air Force because he hated working at the mill and he was hoping to learn a skill. When he returned home, he began singing at the Corner Lounge on Thursdays just because he enjoyed it. Soon Ernestine Purkey, store owner, told him he could play on Thursday nights for tips. She said, "Thursday nights are bad so I know you can't hurt my business, and you might help it." Thursday nights at the Corner Lounge soon became a real happening in Knoxville, and it continued for almost 10 years.

Hunley, often called "The Blue-eyed Smokey Mountain Darlin," went on to secure a contract to record for Warner Brothers Records. Hunley toured the national with his brothers, cousins, and friends playing and singing back-up for him. Along the way, Ernestine Purkey became his manager and their relationship remains strong to this date.

Hunley has been named by Vince Gill as one of the best singers in America. He was invited to perform at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the career of Bill Anderson. He has also performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter.

Hunley has most recently teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Norro Wilson to produce the new album, Lost and Found, a compilation of songs that Hunley originally recorded in the '80s on MCA and Capitol Records.
Lost and Found: The MCA/Capitol Years includes great songs from some of Nashville's best writers like Bob Simon, Doug Gilmore, Jim Allison, Dean Dillon and Larry Butler.

Hunley says, "It's been a real thrill to be able to revisit these great songs by such outstanding writers. My road band, who are also great studio musicians in their own right, recorded this project with me and my brothers and sister sang backup, which means the world to me. "

Hunley credit’s the internet, social media and oldies’ radio with jumpstarting his career. Although he had resigned himself to a career that was somewhat “semi-retirement,” his career has suddenly come back and is full of steam. Hunley says he is surprised and pleased at the energy and enthusiasm of fans. “The long time fans have stuck with me,” he said, “and I am continuing to gain a whole new set of fans from all around the world.”

The songs on the album, LOST AND FOUND: THE MCA/CAPITOL YEARS, include:

1. Nobody Ever Gets Enough Love
2. Oh, She Sure Looks Good Tonight
3. I'd Rather Be Crazy
4. It's Tearing Me Up
5. Late At Night
6. Let Me Love You Once Before You Go
7. What Am I Gonna Do About You
8. All-American Country Boy
9. Once You Get The Feel Of It
10. Blue Suede Blues
11. Sad But True
12. Satisfied Mind
13. It's Quittin' Time
14. Surely The Presence

"I think many of the new versions sound even better than the originals," he says. "I am fortunate that I still have the ability to do these songs justice after all these years. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to create this project and hope folks get as much joy out of listening to it as I did in recording it." The album can be purchased from for $12.98 plus postage.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Roast of Hallerin Hill

Hallerin Hilton Hill has become a household name in Knoxville as a driving force in talk radio and a community activist. In celebration of his 20 year anniversary in Knoxville radio, Hallerin will undergo the ribbing and “roasting” of his friends and colleagues for the benefit of two local charities. Jim Haslam, II will serve as honorary chair of the event with Phil Williams as Master of Ceremonies. Celebrity Roasters will include Tim Burchett, Bobby Denton, Dave Foulk, Mickey Dearstone, LeRoy Thompson and other special guests. All proceeds of the Hallerin Hilton Hill Roast will go directly to a pair of charities selected by Hallerin: The Joy of Music School provides free weekly music lessons and instruments to disadvantaged and at-risk children using volunteer teachers from the Knoxville community. The Interfaith Health Clinic provides affordable medical care, dental care, mental health counseling and prescription medications for the working uninsured. The evening will start with drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m., followed by the program and roast at 8 p.m. Hallerin’s son, Hallerin Hilton Hill, II will perform at the opening of the program and the roasters are sure to entertain with their best stories and jabs. NewsTalk 98.7 would like to thank the presenting sponsor Pilot, and Platinum sponsor Home Federal Bank for their support of this event. Patron Supporters have the opportunity to honor Hallerin through a contribution of $500 to benefit the two charities. Patrons will be listed in the event program and on a commemorative item for Hallerin. Two complimentary tickets to the event are included. Contact Jessica at 865.212.4587 or to reserve a Patron spot by February 25, 2011. For more information on the event, visit