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Weekend edition December 08, 2023 | Katelyn Keenehan

Weekend roundup: Holiday happenings in Knoxville

The Weekend News Roundup features stories related to local business, technology, entrepreneurship, economy, events, and innovation.

Get your bidding on!

Did you know that when you shop local 68 cents on every dollar you spend stays in the local economy?

That’s why it’s important to shop locally during the holiday season. The good news, is there are hundreds of makers, creators, artists, and small business owners who have gifts available for purchase.

Each Monday through December 18,  The Maker City posts locally made items on their Instagram. It’s the perfect place to find something special for every member of your family (or yourself). People can place a bid on any of the items in the shop from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the highest bidder of the day takes home the item! the best part of the Holiday Marketplace is makers keep 100 percent of the sale price.

Free Family Activities at Knoxville Museum of Art

Children in grade school will be welcomed into the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) on Sunday between 1- 4 p.m. for the second Sunday art activity. The classes are taught by a certified art teacher.

While the kids are enjoying making their own art, parents can enjoy a tour a free tour of the museum’s collections guided by a trained docent. The tour will be from 2- 3 p.m. Part of the tour will feature KMA’s well-known Thorne Miniature Rooms collection. It has been meticulously installed with seasonal decorations thanks to the help of East Tennessee miniature artisans, Annelle Ferguson and Jolie Gaston.

The Season of Giving

The Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee raised more than $1.5 million during its 13th annual Double Your Donation Day. It’s a special event that raises funds to help feed families across the region. The nonprofit surpassed their fundraising goal!

The USDA’s Economic Research Service recently released its report on Household Food Insecurity in the United States in 2022. The numbers revealed that 1 in 7 people in the U.S. live in food insecure households. That means 1 in 5 children are living in food insecure households.

Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville was one of the local companies who contributed to that goal through increased volunteer efforts. Groups helped the nonprofit’s mission to “Fight Against Hunger” by processing food packages – taking small items like fruit cups and putting them into packaging for Second Harvest to make distribution easier.

“It was a fulfilling experience to serve this worthy cause and give back to our community,” said Justin Gerhart, Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville sales manager. “The giving doesn’t stop here. We are committed to bettering our communities.  It isn’t just a single cause or a one-time donation; we are truly investing in our community year-round.”


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