January 30, 2007 | Ken Reed

Learn Root Cause Analysis in East Tennessee!

Our 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training will be held in Knoxville March 5 – 9, where our company, System Improvements, Inc., is based. I moved to Knoxville from Indianapolis three years ago, and it wasn’t long before it felt like home. The folks here in East Tennessee love UT football, so we quickly found something in common: Peyton Manning. (Did I hear someone say SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS? Oh, sorry . . . I’m a few days ahead of myself.) But you’ll find more than football in Knoxville!

For a small city, Knoxville offers some big choices in restaurants. When we have out-of-town visitors, we usually take them to Calhoun’s on the River. It’s a local favorite for wood smoked barbeque. The river location, (as opposed to the other two Calhoun locations in Knoxville), gives you the best feel for this town. If you want to dress up and go out, there is a restaurant just down the street from our office called Baker Peters Jazz Club. I think their steak is the best in the area, and the atmosphere of the Bakers Peter Mansion is unique and classy — it’s not cheap, but it’s worth it. Parkside Grill located at 338 N. Peters Rd. (very close to the Hilton Garden Inn) offers a full menu of comfort food including tavern beer cheese soup, fried green tomatoes, parmesan crusted grouper and tender, juicy filet mignon. On the tavern side, the drink specials and appetizers are well priced for happy hour. If you’re into mechanical bulls, playing pool and darts, or the two-step, bring your cowboy boots because there’s always a party going on at Cotton Eyed Joes.

If kicking back and watching a movie is your thing, the Regal Pinnacle Theater offers 18 screens. Located in Knoxville’s Turkey Creek shopping district, you will also find many find shopping and dining opportunities. That’s where you’ll find me on the weekends!

You’ll also have a chance to visit the Tennessee Theatre! Located in the heart of Downtown and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Theatre offers stellar performances by today’s hottest musicians. In fact, from their website, I found out Moe is appearing on March 7:

“Moe is an American jam band, formed at the University at Buffalo in 1990. The band’s first record, Fatboy (1992), established the band as a favorite of the same 1990s scene that made popular such bands as the Dave Matthews Band, The Disco Biscuits, Phish, and Widespread Panic. And just as Grateful Dead followers were coined Dead Heads, avid moe. fans embrace the term ‘moe.rons.’ They appeared at Woodstock ’99, played in Central Park, were the guest band on Carson Daly’s late show in February 2005, and were the opening band for The Allman Brothers in the Summer of 2005. During an interview, guitarist Al Schnier commented about to someone who has never heard their music: ‘It’s an amalgamation of a wide variety of the history of rock, all regurgitated and recycled through the eyes, ears, hands, whatever of the guys in our band and all of that with a sense of adventure, a sense of humor, also a constant desire to push the envelope. All in this arena of taking chances, improvising live, and making things up on the spot.”

You can order tickets by phone at 865-656-4444.

If you want stay through the weekend, Knoxville is close to the Smoky Mountain National Park. It might be fun to rent a cabin or chalet and kick back for a couple nights! McGhee-Tyson Airport is approximately 45 miles west of the Gatlinburg entrance to the park.

Our last Knoxville course filled up fast, so sign up for root cause analysis training in East Tennessee! And no worries, Bears fans are more than welcome.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me at barbara@taproot.com.

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