Knox Area briefs

News Talk 99 hears from Knox GLBT leaders

News Talk 99’s Halerin Hilton Hill hosted a call-in segment featuring two well known Knoxville GLBT leaders on Thursday, April 28. Norris Dryer and Rev. Bob Galloway sat in on the well-known radio talk show for a segment lasting one and a half hours.

“I felt that we were treated with respect by the host and other station personnel,” noted Dryer, a former candidate for the Knoxville City Council in the last election. Mr. Dryer is best known for having been the director of WUOT-FM, a listener-supported public radio station broadcasting from, The University of Tennessee.

Bob Galloway is the Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Knoxville and the President of the Knoxville Ministerial Association.

East Tennessee Progressive Network holds 2nd regional gathering

The East Tennessee Progressives Network, a newly formed group in Knoxville , strives to promote and facilitate community building around social justice, peace and sustainability-related interests. 

At the second quarterly meeting and potluck, the organizers, Kim Naujock and Chris Hargrove, encouraged the group to utilize the organization’s online calendar and to build the community directory.

The speaker was Out and About’s Beth Maples-Bays who addressed volunteer work for multi-issue inclusion and the integration of activists. Her sharing of personal experiences included the excitement of finding a group of accepting environmental activists at a local high school by using the resources of the Network. 

“I wish I’d found a school like that when I was sixteen,” Maples-Bays said, referring to Laurel High School, a private learning-enhanced secondary educational facility located in Knoxville’s historic Fort Sanders area. The school is a member of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS) and is a premier learning environment that enhances creativity and independent thinking.

Find the East Tennessee Progressive Network online at

Softball begins at Solway Park

Knoxville ’s new gay softball league is up and swinging. The games are held at Solway Park on Sunday afternoons. Join the fun and root for your favorite team while we build community and friendships.

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National Pride Grant money

The LGBTQIA+ National Grant allows eligible small businesses to receive one of 25 grants totaling $25,000. Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led companies generating over $1 million in revenue and creating premium-wage jobs. To be eligible, the company's founder must identify as LGBTQIA+, have an active U.S.-based business, be the CEO, President, or owner, and employ between 2 and 50 employees

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) May 06, 2023 -- Founders First CDC (Founders First), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers the expansion of diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses alongside TurningPoint Executive Search, is pleased to announce that the inaugural National Pride Grant, a grant fund to support U.S. based LGBTQIA+ small business owners, is now open for pre-registration.

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The Perfect Jean

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I don’t know what it is with men’s jeans that make it so difficult to find the right pair. It takes time to go through all these denim brands and try styles like straight-legged, boot-cut, and then the disco favorite, flared jeans. Thanks to popular metal bands back in the day, acid-washed and stone-washed jeans were a thing–pair those with a biker jacket and some big hair, and you were set.

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The Best Cannabis Edibles for 2023

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I think we’ve all been there back in the day when we smoked our first joint, and then some, (sorry mom)–hacking, coughing, and choking on the herbaceous weed. Nowadays, there are several products on the market that produces the same effects but without a sore throat like the popular cannabis edibles.

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