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Weddings are big business in Gatlinburg. In fact, by some estimates, this tiny resort town is second only to Las Vegas for destination weddings. The wildfires that killed 14 people and damaged 1,700 structures also destroyed one of Gatlinburg's matrimonial icons: Cupid's Chapel of Love.
Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains say wildlife is already beginning to return following last week's raging forest fire that killed at least 14 people. The park is responding to concerns about animals in the country's most visited national park.
Towering construction cranes may draw a lot of attention in Nashville’s building boom, but work being done underground has also greatly increased. And with that, there’s been a surge in damages caused by digging — due in part to homeowners and work crews who ignore the state’s 811 “call before your dig” hotline.
Three years ago, the leaders of local nonprofit Conexion Americas realized that many Nashville immigrants wanted to start food businesses but had nowhere to cook. Thus was born Mesa Komal: a low-cost incubator kitchen for immigrants to launch food trucks or artisan brands for local grocery stores.
Since its beginnings, this kitchen has continuously grown in popularity, with a waitlist swelling to 45 in early November. To meet this need, the nonprofit recently completed a renovation to increase the kitchen’s capacity — enabling home cooks to become full-fledged food entrepreneurs.
On Sunday, another death was attributed to the fire, bringing the death toll to 14. Smoky Mountain National Park officials say 81-year-old Elaine Brown was fleeing the fire when she suffered a "medical event" that led to a motor vehicle accident.
Last year around this time, violinist Jessica Blackwell told her friend, violist and composer Christopher Farrell, that she'd really like him to write a violin solo. What's more, she challenged him to move beyond the chamber music he'd written to date and compose a piece for orchestra. The end result gets its world premiere December 6 at a performance of the Nashville Philharmonic. Farrell and Blackwell, plus pianist Megan Gale, gave us a sneak peek by playing a reduced version of the Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.
The Belmont Brass Quintet from Belmont University brought a cornucopia of music for our Thanksgiving listening, ranging from a Baroque air and Renaissance dance to familiar hymns of gratitude and a playful contemporary composition. The ensemble is made up of trumpeters Joel Treybig and Patrick Kunkee, hornist Radu Rusu, trombonist Jeff Phillips and James Land on tuba.
Jennifer Kummer and Anna Spina are both Chicago natives who work in Nashville as French horn players for hire: they play orchestral concerts, in the pit at opera productions, and as studio musicians. Between gigs, they've prepared a group of duet pieces for the instrument just for our Live in Studio C audience.