UT professors to debut Pat Summitt film

On Thursday at 6 p.m., the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville will roll out the orange carpet as fans and supporters of the Lady Vols pour in to see “Pat: A Legacy of Love” publicly for the first time.

This documentary, created by University of Tennessee professors Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman, tells the compelling story of Pat Summitt’s role in providing basketballs and other sporting equipment to girls in Iraq. Summit’s generosity and compassion has allowed young Iraqi women to play sports, something that many girls in the Middle East do not have the opportunity to do.

The greatest gift we have received from Pat is her kindness – this night gives us a chance to return the gift and say ‘thank you’ for changing the lives of girls in Iraq through the gift of sending basketballs and messages of love and hope,” Hillyer said.

A portion of the profits from this event will go to the Pat Summitt Foundation as well as the effort to bring sports to girls worldwide. There will be various ways to give to these causes throughout the night, among them being sponsoring basketballs to be donated both locally and internationally and purchasing “I am her Legacy” t-shirts.

You may see quite a few familiar faces at this event, such as Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick.

Warlick said the project has changed her, and she believes the sport is a way to empower women and promote peace. 

Also in attendance will be Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame president Dana Hart, former athletic director Joan Cronan and co-hosts of the event: Robin Wilhoit from WBIR and Michelle Marciniak, former Lady Vol and Sheex co-founder.

This night also boasts a performance from the Seymour AAU Lady Ballerz and will be filled with surprises.

For more information, visit the film’s website.

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Edited by: Kaitlin Flippo

Opinion: Peppermint Trail of Treats offers fun holiday treats and encourages local shopping

The city of Knoxville is hosting an event called the Peppermint Trail of Treats, which began on Nov. 25 and will end on Jan. 8.

The purpose of the Peppermint Trail of Treats is to encourage people to shop at the unique shops in Market Square, while enjoying peppermint flavored treats.

In order to know where each business is located, there are giant peppermints placed in front of the local businesses.

Of course getting your dose of peppermint flavored hot chocolate and coffee or a peppermint and lavender facial is great; but, the trail of lights right across from the square are something to enjoy while visiting these local businesses.

The peppermint hot chocolate from Coffee and Chocolate tastes wonderful and their variety chocolate is good too.

Bluetique saw some business on Black Friday that they believe was encouraged by the Peppermint Trail of Treats.

“Black Friday especially, people would come in with their kids and would stay and shop to take advantage of the deals,” Quinlyn Zandi, an employee at Bluetique, said.

On the other hand, one business said that they have not seen much business just yet from the Peppermint Trail of Treats. “It hasn’t picked up yet, but as it gets closer to the holiday season and kids getting out of school we will see a pick up on the peppermint trail,” Lindsey West, an Earth To Old City employee, said.

The Peppermint Trail of Treats is a fun way to visit some local businesses and get those fun Christmas gifts. The trail of treats is also a fun way to get out and see a bit more of this interesting city.

Featured Image by Emily Haskew

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Opinion: Movies on Market Square is a fun, local activity for everyone

It’s a Friday night, what is a college kid on a budget going to do? Dinner and shopping on Market Square sound like fun, but it is not always affordable. Instead, grab some friends, your Yeti, a blanket or lawn chairs, maybe even some candy from Mast General Store and pick your spot in the square! The Knox County Public Library has hosted “Movies on Market Square” for the last 13 years. Locals are able to sit outside and enjoy a great movie, and the best thing about it is, it’s free!

Last night was my first visit and they were showing one of my personal favorites, “Legally Blonde.” About 100 teenagers and adults came to the event. I overheard a bystander talking with her family, “what better way to spend this evening than watching a movie outside beneath all the stars.” The temperature at dusk was perfect as the summer nights begin to cool off, which everyone seemed to enjoy.

While standing in line to buy some popcorn, which is only $2, I asked a fellow snack-lover if he had been before to this event and he happily responded, “It’s my first time,” he said, “it’s really cool though, watching a movie outside surrounded by the downtown buildings in the heart of Market Square.”

The Knox County Library had a table set up with surveys and free Frisbees. I spoke with the woman in charge of  the table to get some insight on the evening and to find the reason behind this unique experience. She stated, “Our local library hosts these events to showcase what our library has to offer! Not only do we have plenty of books, but we also carry DVD’s. We show a movie weekly just to show Knoxville the variety of movies we have available.”

Tennessee Valley Authority presents these weekly movies to showcase what the Knox County Public Library has to offer. These movies that are presented on The Square are also available to rent for anyone. Save some money and pick up your home movies while also supporting your local library.

“Movies on Market Square” is a great way to enjoy our city and an evening out with friends and family at no cost.

These are the upcoming movies left to be held at Market Square:

September 23rd – “UP” (2009, PG)

September 30th – “Night at The Museum” (2006, PG)

October 7th- “Star Wars VII” (2015, PG-13)

October 14th- “Ghostbusters” (1984, PG)

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Edited by Katy Hill

Local ghost tour company seeks movie extras

Creator of Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tour and ghost hunter J-Adam Smith announced Monday that he will soon be looking for movie extras to star in an upcoming documentary about the company.

Following the success of the company’s award-winning documentary, “Historic Haunting: A Paranormal Study of Ramsey House,” which was released on February 28, 2015 director Pat Watson agreed to shoot three more films around the Knoxville area.

Smith announced that while filming for the documentary has begun, he is still working with producers to decide an official date, time and location for auditions.

Paranormal investigator Brandon Kreitzer has also agreed to star in the film, which Smith believes will bring a lot of attention to the films.

Smith opened Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tour in 2010, and it has since received national attention. On top of starring in an award-winning documentary, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours ranks number three of 12 tours available in Knoxville with a 4.5 out of five star rating, and has been featured in Ghost Hunters Magazine, he said.

“I took the fear of ghost hunting completely out of (the tour), and instead bring fun and intrigue to it,” Smith said.

Unlike most ghost tours, participants are taken through unfamiliar areas of Market Square using thousands of dollars’ worth of ghost hunting equipment to directly contact and personally communicate with spirits.

There is also an estimated “80 to 85 percent chance of spirit interaction during each tour,” he said.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours is located on 301, S. Gay Street. Private tours are available Monday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a public tour is available Fridays at 8 p.m.

To learn more about the ghost tour or to learn more about becoming a movie extra, visit their website at hauntedknoxville.net, or call the company at (865) 377-9677.

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Edited by Hannah Hunnicutt