35 episodes

Connecting Knoxville to the Nation, one interview at a time.

ConnectTheKnox Julia Hurley

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Connecting Knoxville to the Nation, one interview at a time.

    Brewing Community Connections with Zack Roskop

    Brewing Community Connections with Zack Roskop

    Zack Roskop, the innovative mind behind Knox Brew Tours, shares his journey from uncertainty to creating a unique craft beer experience in Knoxville on this episode of ConnectTheKnox.
    Host Julia Hurley delves into Zack's story of how a simple guided brewery tour in Asheville sparked the inception of Knox Brew Tours, blending his love for Knoxville, craft beer, and community engagement. Zack discusses the challenges of starting the business, the evolution of Knoxville's craft beer scene, and the adaptability and creativity that kept his passion alive during the pandemic. The episode also highlights the importance of community support and connection in enriching Knoxville's craft beer culture.
    Show Notes
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:26) Julia introduces Zack Roskop of Knox Brew Tours
    (00:50) Zack shares the origin story of Knox Brew Tours
    (03:07) Adapting business operations during COVID-19
    (07:00) The growth of Knoxville's craft beer scene and its community impact
    (14:00) Introduction to Knox Brew Hub
    (20:38) Zack's personal recommendations for experiencing Knoxville
    (23:30) The future of Knox Brew Tours and the evolving craft beer landscape
    (24:58) Ad - Just Homes Group
    (25:34) The significance of local support and engagement for small businesses
    (29:41) Zack's vision for connecting people through Knoxville's craft beer community
    (30:20) Outro
    Links Referenced
    Knox Brew Tours: https://knoxbrewtours.com/  
    Urban Wilderness: https://www.outdoorknoxville.com/play/urban-wilderness
    Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria: https://barleysknoxville.com/
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    • 30 min
    Volpe's Vision: Unpacking Remote Area Medical's Impact and the Power of Giving

    Volpe's Vision: Unpacking Remote Area Medical's Impact and the Power of Giving

    John Volpe is the Chief Development Officer of Remote Area Medical (RAM), a major non-profit bringing free healthcare to Americans living in remote areas. On this episode of ConnectTheKnox, Julia sits down with John to discuss how Stan Brock founded RAM in the mid-eighties, the sadly dire need for free healthcare services in the US, and why volunteers are everything to the organization. John also gives us an inside look at how the Southern Tequila and Taco Festival came to be RAM’s largest annual fundraiser, and he details the impact the organization has had since its founding.
     
    Show Notes 

    (00:00) Intro
    (00:22) Julia introduces John Volpe, Chief Development Officer for Remote Area Medical (RAM)
    (00:44) What is RAM?
    (01:44) Where RAM sources its volunteers from
    (02:39) Stan Brock and the founding of RAM
    (04:52) The crucial role that donors play
    (05:44) John’s journey to becoming the Chief Development Officer
    (07:12) How the Southern Tequila and Taco Festival was started and became an annual fundraiser
    (09:41) Ad - Just Homes Group
    (10:16) The dire need for free healthcare services in the United States
    (11:36) Why volunteers and public transportation are the lifeblood of the organization
    (14:33) Where RAM sets up and the types of services they offer
    (17:30) Best ways for you to connect with and contribute to RAM
    (20:35) The top 3 places John takes people from out of town
    (21:20) John’s parting words
    (21:42) Outro
     
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    • 22 min
    Savoring Change: A Culinary Legacy and the Future of a Family-Owned Business with Elise Collier Massey

    Savoring Change: A Culinary Legacy and the Future of a Family-Owned Business with Elise Collier Massey

    Elise Collier Massey is the owner of Collier Restaurant Group in Sevierville, Tennessee. On this episode of ConnectTheKnox, Julia and Elise discuss the immense growth that Knoxville County has seen over the last 40 years, the generational differences in the restaurant industry that Elise sees as a third-generation restaurateur, and why being local is so important to her community and success. Elise also shares some exclusive information on her new restaurant, Roma Table, and Julia and Elise praise Buc-ee’s for its empowering effect on Tennessee.
    Show Notes
    00:00 Intro
    00:21 Julia introduces today’s guest, Elise Collier Massey
    00:56 Elise gives her family history and how she got started in the restaurant business
    05:15 Julia and Elise reminisce over the Pigeon Forge staple, Magic World
    06:48 How Elise moved from opening pancake houses to national chains
    07:47 The growth Tennessee has seen over the last 40 years
    09:56 What it’s like working in a family business
    11:29 Elise’s vision for the future including opening her own original restaurant, Roma Table
    14:18 Balancing the desire to change and move forward with people’s desire for consistency
    15:20 Ad - Just Homes Group
    15:56 How the restaurant landscape is different for Elise than it was for her father and grandfather
    21:06 New developments coming to the area
    23:57 The power of Buc-ee’s in Tennessee
    25:30 Why being local is so important to the community
    27:06 A rundown of all the restaurants the Collier Restaurant Group owns
    28:51 What to look out for from Elise in 2024
    29:31 Elise’s must-go place for anyone visiting Knoxville
    30:49 Outro

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    • 31 min
    Keeping Tennessee Competitive with Its Peers with Marc Gibson

    Keeping Tennessee Competitive with Its Peers with Marc Gibson

    Marc Gibson is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. On this episode of ConnectTheKnox, Julia and Marc sit down to talk about what Tennessee is doing to stay competitive with its peer states including tackling issues of mobility, leveraging AI to keep their workforce competitive, and proper curriculum around farming and finance. Marc shares how capturing funding from large national grants is going to be his greatest opportunity (and challenge) for pushing the state forward especially at a time when a growing retirement population threatens the current status-quo.
    Show Notes
    00:00 Intro
    00:22 Julia introduces Marc Gibson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    00:55 Marc discusses how he works to keep Tennessee competitive with its peer states
    03:42 How UT is connecting with small business to help them build and stay in Tennessee
    05:40 Why capturing funding from large grants is Marc’s greatest opportunity and challenge
    09:28 The value that technology and AI provide to the state’s future
    13:40 An example of how ChatGPT can be integrated into schooling
    15:56 Ad - Just Homes Group
    16:30 Marc gives his thoughts on preparing the next generation to tackle tough issues around policy and technology
    17:55 How failing to plan for the future can set the state and workforce back indefinitely
    20:02 Leveraging Tennessee’s greatest economic drivers to create a vibrant future
    24:04 Julia raises concerns around Tennessee’s growing retirement population
    26:32 Marc shares his ideas for the state’s future growth including mobility and curriculum
    29:13 Ways for people to connect with Marc
    29:55 Outro
     
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    • 30 min
    Why Community, Fans, and Donor Support are the Pillars of Vols Baseball with Chad Zurcher

    Why Community, Fans, and Donor Support are the Pillars of Vols Baseball with Chad Zurcher

    Chad Zurcher is the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Tennessee. On this episode of ConnectTheKnox, Julia sits down with Chad to talk about the Volunteer’s incredible connection with the community, the 95 million dollar upcoming stadium renovations, and the powerfully positive impact that NIL deals are having on the players. Chad goes in-depth on the numerous ways that fans can support the team on, and off, the field. Plus, the rippling positivity of Tony Vitello, and a brief glimpse into fatherhood as Chad talks about his new baby boy, Warren.
     
    Show Notes
    00:00 Intro
    00:22 Julia introduces Chad Zurcher, Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Tennessee
    00:50 Chad gives an overview of his position and how the Vols are growing
    02:11 What stadium renovations are planned in the next 2 years
    03:52 How NIL deals impact players on the baseball team
    06:08 The power of fundraisers and connecting players with donors
    09:32 Describing how scholarships work and why community support is so crucial
    11:41 Julia details her love for Vols baseball
    13:05 Ways in which the community can support the team
    14:02 How to connect with Chad if you’d like to help out
    15:36 Ad - Just Homes Group
    16:11 Continuation of how to connect with Chad
    16:57 Chad talks about his new baby boy, Warren
    18:55 What the players’ schedules look like and how to get more involved as a fan
    21:58 Discussing the effect of former pro athletes who have moved to Tennessee
    23:16 The impact of Tony Vitello
    25:06 Getting the community involved behind the scenes
    26:03 Julia asks Chad where he brings people who have never been to Knoxville
    27:08 Chad’s parting words
    27:07 Outro
     
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    • 28 min
    UFOs and the Pentagon’s Ridiculous Need for Secrecy with Rep. Tim Burchett

    UFOs and the Pentagon’s Ridiculous Need for Secrecy with Rep. Tim Burchett

    Representative Tim Burchett is a Republican Congressman serving the 2nd district of Tennessee. In this episode of Connect the Knox, Julia interviews Burchett about America’s complicated history with UFOs, the Pentagon’s ridiculous need for secrecy and spending, and how well-intentioned officials can quickly become corrupt or compromised. Rep. Burchett also gives listeners an in-depth look into his family history, how he went from disposing of yard waste to devoting his life to serving the people of Tennessee as a national Congressman, and what he believes are the biggest issues facing our country today.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    00:20 Julia introduces Tim Burchett, Republican Congressman for the 2nd district of Tennessee.
    00:52 Rep. Burchett goes over his family history and early life
    05:23 The journey from local mayor to national congressman
    08:33 Using social media to keep his constituents informed
    09:27 Tim’s relationship with Matt Gaetz and other colleagues
    10:54 Why people love Tennessee and their state legislators
    12:05 UFOs and how the government profits from endless wars
    20:52 Ad - Just Homes Group
    21:27 The damaging effect of keeping secrets from the American people
    23:11 Burchett’s ongoing battle with the Pentagon
    24:27 Honeypots and compromised elected officials
    26:25 How money helps congresspeople advance up the chain of command
    29:02 Homelessness, drug cartels, and other important issues facing America today
    32:43 Knoxville’s greatest assets: its food and its people
    36:36 Outro
     
    Links Mentioned in this Episode:
    Rep. Burchett’s website: https://burchett.house.gov/
    Rep. Burchett’s Twitter: @RepTimBurchett
    Rep. Burchett’s 2nd Twitter: @TimBurchett
    Rep. Burchett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepTimBurchett/
    Rep. Burchett Instagram: @RepTimBurchett
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Anisasmiles ,

A must-listen in Scruffy City!

There are so many hidden gems and incredible stories in Knoxville. This show does a great job capturing the heart and feel of our city, and gives insider info on cool things to do and see here.

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So much fun!

Listen in to hear more about how we are all connected, not just in our own state but in all of them.

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