Saturday, April 27, 2013

Be sure to read the Knoxville Journal each week

The Spring 2013 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at the large shelter at Tyson Park located at 2351 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Setup will begin at 9:30 am. Swapping plants starts at 10:00 am. Lunch will begin around 11:30 am. Admission is free to everyone. No money is allowed. Swappers bring plants, seeds, or gardens supplies and trade for whatever is available. If you cannot bring plants, bring pots, small gardening tools, magazines, or anything that has to do with gardening. If you plan to stay for lunch, bring picnic-like foods to share or canned drinks, ice, napkins, etc.

Visit the web site at easttennessee plant


A crazy fad back in the 1960s was to see how many college students could fit into a telephone booth. No one was hurt aside from some bruises. In today’s world, kids would ask, “What’s a telephone booth?” Two crazy fads going around with today’s youth involve eating a spoonful of powdered cinnamon and sniffing a condom.

Before you blindly jump on the band wagon for these fads, be sure to learn what can happen to you. First, the deal with eating a spoonful of cinnamon is that powdered cinnamon that is put in contact with moisture immediately turns into a thick substance with the consistency of toothpaste making it difficult to swallow. The person trying to eat the cinnamon might quickly drink milk, cola or water thinking this will help them swallow the cinnamon, but this only adds to the problem. If the cinnamon gets into the lungs, the person trying to swallow it will die. Thousands of kids who have tried this fad have lost use of one lung and others suffered damage to their lungs that can never be repaired.

Sniffing a condom up a nasal passage and pulling it out through the roof of the mouth does not seem like fun. If the person attempting this stunt happens to be allergic to latex, he/she could die. The condom might get stuck inside the head calling for a trip to the emergency room. All in all, kids need to find better ways to have fun.


Calling all biscuit eaters: The International Biscuit Festival announced that Southern Living will be the exclusive media sponsor for the 2013 Festival, to be held in Knoxville, Tenn. on May 16-18, 2013. The International Biscuit Festival celebrates that most perfect of foods – the Biscuit.

The festival includes a Biscuit Bake-off, Mr. & Mrs. Biscuit Beauty Contest, scheduled meals, vendors selling biscuits in a street fair, and much, much more. CONTACT: Chris Kahn, Chair – chris@ biscuit

George Jones was one of the best country singers in the world.

Rest in Peace, George Jones, 81, died April 26