South Knox: Night Out, SOUP and corn hole

Betsy PickleSouth Knox

Tuesday (Oct. 3) is National Night Out, an event in which neighborhood groups show appreciation to their local first responders. Two SoKno neighborhood associations will be marking the occasion with gatherings.

The Vestal Community Organization is having a cookout at Mary Vestal Park 5:30-7:30 p.m., and the South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association is having a chili cook-off, with a cakewalk and live music, 6-8 p.m. at Woodlawn Christian Church.

Other neighborhoods will mark the occasion by encouraging residents to turn their porch lights on to signal that they support law enforcement and safe neighborhoods.

Knoxville SOUP is Thursday

Knoxville SOUP is returning to Kerbela Temple, 325 Mimosa Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 5. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30. A donation of $5 per person is encouraged.

Knoxville SOUP is a grassroots micro-funding initiative that supports projects that benefit the community. Up to four groups are selected to present projects for which they need funding. Attendees listen to the proposals, then dine on a dinner of soup, salad and bread, and finally vote on their favorite proposal. The winning proposal gets the take from the door.

The four projects that will woo diners at this week’s SOUP are South-Doyle Middle School: ReZoning the Library; Bike Walk Knoxville: Kids Love Bikes; Dr. Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy: Fueling the Future; and Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR): Rider Sponsorship.

Alan Williams of WVLT-TV will moderate the event. There will be raffle prizes. Info:

SDHS corn hole tournament

A corn hole tournament to raise funds for South-Doyle High School basketball and homecoming candidates will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at South-Doyle High School, 2020 Tipton Station Road. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with games starting at 4:30.

The contest is open to anyone with two games guaranteed pool play, then single elimination. Cost is $40 per team, $20 per person; cash only. Games will be governed by ACA official rules.

Candidates will sell a variety of food including barbecue, hot dogs, chili and dessert. Players can warm up during registration. Attendees are welcome to bring their own pop-up tents and lawn chairs. There will be a children’s play area.

Tournament entry fees will be split between the homecoming candidates and the prize winners.

Info: Kelley Simpson, [email protected] or 865-368-9923.

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