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Weekend edition February 24, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Dogwoods, thrift shops, and Guns N’ Roses

Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region.

Guns N’ Roses, other big names coming to Thompson-Boling Arena

When it isn’t hosting University of Tennessee, Knoxville basketball games, Thompson-Boling Arena (TBA) is gearing up for some high-profile concerts.

Guns N’ Roses announced this week they’ll be stopping at TBA as part of their North American tour. They’ll be here September 12, and tickets are on sale now.

They’re the latest in a slew of big-name artists coming to TBA. Here’s who else you can catch there soon:

  • Kane Brown – March 30
  • Eagles – April 1
  • The Kid LAROI – April 5
  • Lizzo – April 21
  • Stevie Nicks – May 16
  • Breaking Benjamin – May 23
  • Thomas Rhett – July 15
  • The Chicks – July 29
  • Shania Twain – October 16

Dogwood Arts Festival nationally ranked

It’s almost dogwood time in Tennessee, and it turns out Knoxville’s festival is one of the best.

TravelAwaits, a website aimed at travelers over the age of 50, recently published a list of the “7 Best Dogwood Festivals In The U.S.” Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival came in second place behind Atlanta.

Dogwood Arts shared the news on their Instagram, writing “Honored to be named the #2 Best Dogwood Festival in the U.S. by TravelAwaits 🎉 Mark your calendar for the 2023 #DogwoodArtsFestival returning to World’s Fair Park on April 28-30th!”

KARM to open two new stores

Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) announced Thursday they’re opening two new permanent KARM Store locations.

The first is in the Bearden area in the former home of the Earth Fare grocery store at 140 N. Forest Park Blvd. That location has served as the seasonal KARM Christmas Store for the past two holiday seasons. Now, just like a former Christmas store in the Cedar Bluff area, this will become a permanent KARM store.

The second will be located in Alcoa at the site of an old Food City at 121 N. Hall Road. Both locations will be open “within the next few months,” according to a Facebook post.

KARM Stores accept donated items and sell them at a discounted rate. The revenue generated through the sale of donated items at these thrift stores is used to support the ongoing work of KARM, often providing meals directly from purchase revenue.

Capitol Connections Registration Now Open

The Knoxville Chamber’s spring Capitol Connections series is now open for registration.

These free events allow the business community to interact with our local and state representatives as they discuss issues pertinent to your organization.

Programs will be held in March, April, and May, each with different speakers. You can register for the March 3 event here.

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