Knoxville Chef Simon Hall opens new Whole30 café

Knoxville Chef Simon Hall will host a grand opening for his new restaurant, Simon’s, this Monday, Oct. 9 in the Bearden area. The restaurant is a Whole30 café.

The Whole30 diet program focuses on eating whole foods while eliminating certain foods such as grains, dairy and sugar.

Simon’s is Knoxville’s first Whole30 approved restaurant, meaning every menu item has met Whole30 dietary standards.

Simon’s will open in the Bearden Hill area Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 and feature Whole30 approved dishes. Photo:

The menu features classic foods with healthy twists. Customers may enjoy a variety of dishes including the Walnut Pork Tenderloin or the Chipotle Apple & Kale Turkey Burger. The menu centers around Southern-style cooking familiar to Tennessee.

Simon’s will be located at 5032 Whittaker Drive, Suite 3 and will be open Mondays-Fridays for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Simon’s will also offer “grab’n’go” options.

Chef Simon Hall, a personal chef, will open a new Whole30 restaurant in Bearden Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Photo: Simon Hall/


For more information on Simon’s and Chef Simon Hall, click here.

For more information on the Whole30 program, visit their website.

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Edited by: Lexie Little

Students, staff celebrate Constitution Week through lecture

Tuesday afternoon, students and staff gathered at the Center for the Study of War and Society in Hoskins Library to hear a lecture entitled “The Military and the U.S. Constitution.” Retired Capt. Rosemary Mariner of the United States Navy and lecturer in the University of Tennessee history department led the discussion in honor of Constitution Week.

Mariner began the lecture with a snippet from the 1964 film “Seven Days in May”. The film focuses on a group that formed in the military and wanted to overthrow the government.

Mariner used the movie snippet as a teaser for questions presented at the beginning of the lecture: “Why does the Constitution require Congress to fund the Army every two years, but not the Navy?” and “which branch of government writes military rules and regulations?”

“I show this because it is a short answer to the teaser questions that we put out about why the constitution says the things that it does about the military, and the short answer is to prevent something like this from ever happening,” Mariner said.

She first explained the history of how written language is used in the U.S Constitution when talking about the military. The “framers” of the U.S. Constitution drew inspiration from Greek, Roman and English military operations.

She then detailed specific constitutional articles that pertain directly to the military.

When discussing the first question about funding the army every two years, Capt. Mariner said, “It goes back to the compromise between the Nationalists and Anti-Nationals about raising and supporting an army. You have to revisit the issue every two years.”

The funding to provide and maintain a navy is different than an army. The navy is treated differently than the other branches of the military.

“The man on horseback had never come from sea. To overthrow a government you will need a land force,” Mariner said.

Congress writes rules and regulations, but in the Constitution, two powers preside over the military: Congress and the president. Congress declares war and pays for the war, but the president conducts the war.

After the lecture, attendees explained the biggest takeaways from the lecture.

“The constitutional basis for the separation of powers issue has more to do with the constitutional control over the military than what I have thought,” Dr. Bob Hutton said. “For the most part, I thought of the presidential role of being commander-in-chief controlling basically every element of the military other than declarations of war, which are congressional. But here I learned there’s a little bit more to it than that.”

Constitution Week is recognized annually from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23.


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Edited by Lexie Little

Volshop to host ‘After Hours Party’ for students

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the VolShop is holding an ‘After Hours Party’ for students to start the semester with some fun.

All students are invited to make their own ice cream sundaes with a variety of toppings to choose from. There will also be plenty of free cookies from Insomnia Cookies.

There will be fun activities, door prizes, games such as “minute to win it” and more. 

All activities during the party will be free.

The event will be located at the VolShop in the Student Union from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information on this event, visit UT’s events page.

Featured Image by Seth Raborn

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Knoxville water pollution remains a concern for professionals, environmental groups

The sunlight bounces off the flowing water of the Tennessee River and connecting streams.  It might be a picturesque scene for residents, but what lays in the water is a concern for professionals and environmental groups in the Knoxville area.

“The Tennessee River has routinely listed as one of the top 20 most populated rivers in the U.S.,” according to Dr. Mike McKinney, a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“The causes tend to be two things, urban runoff and we have a lot of urban sprawl and so we have a lot of sewage that gets into the system from leaking sewer systems. Then, increasingly agricultural, we have a lot of runoff from tomato farms and crops,” McKinney said.

Professors and students at UTK have created an organization that monitors the water that flows into streams from campus and seeing if they are thoroughly cleaned, according to Zachariah Seiden.

“We have funded a $38,000 research lab on second creek to monitor the water quality and water pollution…that will go over for three to four year period,” according to Preston Jacobsen, a sustainability manager at UTK’s Office of Sustainability.

The effects of water pollution affect Knoxville residents in various ways.

“Two areas, one is Recreation. The Tennessee River you will often find yourself with a staph infection or skin infection. Creeks are a lot worse than the rivers. If you happen to get in the creeks and accidently drink some of the water you could easily get something called Giardia or E. coli poisoning,” McKinney said.

“About 30 percent of the state’s streams are of such poor water quality that they cannot support a healthy population of fish and other aquatic wildlife, and almost 40 percent are not fit for human recreation,” according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. JEM230 photo2

In 2002, Knox County ranked in the top 10 percent of all counties in the U.S. as one of the dirtiest/worst counties in terms of the noncancer risk score (air and water releases), according to Scorecard.

Water pollution has also affected Knoxville’s drinking water.

Knoxville’s drinking water comes from the Tennessee River and although the water is filtrated, some chemicals are still present in the water, according to McKinney.

Knoxville residents can help reduce Knoxville’s water pollution by getting involved in cleanup efforts and promoting environmental awareness, according to Jacobsen.

“If you are involved in your outdoor environment, you are more apt to protect that as a stewardship mentality. Get out and about, enjoy that greenway and go to events because you are more likely to be involved after that,” Jacobsen said.

McKinney emphasized that it’s important to not use too many chemicals and unnecessary pesticides when taking care of one’s lawn because it gets into the runoff. Running water when it is not necessary also adds to the problem.

Substances from washing the car or oil changes go through drains that will lead to the river, according to Seiden.


Images by Vanessa Rodriguez

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Market Square gets splash of color from ninth annual Chalk Walk

Thousands gathered in Market Square and Krutch Park on Saturday, April 1 to witness various chalk murals for the ninth annual Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk.

The chalk artists ranged from families and adults to children and high school art classes.

Every mural had an image1inspiration behind it. “It was a combination of mine and my children’s favorite things because they wanted to participate this year, too. Butterflies are my favorite. My daughter wanted a rainbow and my son wanted the Smoky Mountains, so we just combined all those together,” Amber Willis said.

Artist Fawne DeRosia decided to go with somebody who people would instantly recognize in East Tennessee.

“Honestly, I did a little digging on who is famous around Knoxville, because I knew I was coming here and Dolly was the first person who popped up, so I was like she’s awesome, let’s do a portrait of her,” DeRosia said.

Connie Passarella, one of the over 25,000 attendees, was amazed at the level of talent of the artists.image2

“It’s really interesting because I’ve never seen anything like it. I have seen it in books before and I wanted to do it at home, so I always like to take back ideas like this,” Passarella said.

Founder Kathy Slocum discusses the reasoning behind the use of chalk for the festival.

“The chalk is used because it’s water soluble and we don’t have to worry about it lasting forever, good and bad. Monday it’s going to rain and this will all be gone,” Slocum said. “But that’s part of the intrigue of this art, is that it’s not permanent. It’s here today and gone tomorrow.”

Artists began their pieces at 8:30 a.m. and had to be finished by 4:30 p.m. Attendees could vote for their favorite piece and the awards were given later in the afternoon.

For the list of winners for this year’s Chalk Walk, check out their website.

Feature Image by Vanessa Rodriguez

Edited by Katy Hill