Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 24, 2013

Venable performance to benefit OWCA


CROSSVILLE — Author and humorist Sam Venable will perform his one-man stand-up routine on Saturday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at the Stone Memorial High School Auditorium (2800 Cook Rd., Crossville TN). Sam Venable is a humor columnist for the Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel. He assumed that position in 1985 after serving as the newspaper’s outdoors editor for 15 years.

A native of Knoxville, Sam is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in journalism and minor studies in forestry and wildlife management. Prior to joining the News Sentinel’s staff, he worked as a police reporter and feature writer for the Knoxville Journal and the Chattanooga News-Free Press. Winner of more than three dozen national and regional writing awards, Sam has also been widely published outside the newspaper field.

In recent years, Sam has become increasingly popular on the stand-up comedy circuit. He delivers his bizarre look at life on a wide variety of topics—everything from how to speak “hillbillyese,” to the insanity of ever present warning labels, as well as coping with the nutty life in which we live, and the perils of growing older.

Sam’s performance is a fundraiser to benefit the Obed Watershed Community Association of Crossville TN. The Obed Watershed (OWCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that has as its mission the protection and enhancement of the environment of the Obed River Watershed. This is done through stream restoration projects, monitoring stream water quality, stream clean up events and community outreach to schools, agencies and individuals. OWCA has been regionally recognized by the Kentucky/Tennessee Watershed Association and received the 2012 Award from the Crossville Tree Board.

Tickets are $20 for the first 20 center rows, $15 for the remaining rows and sides. A premium package is available for $100 (2 premium tickets, a signed copy of Sam’s book of your choice and photo opportunity with Sam). Student tickets are $5 for K-12 and $10 for college students. Tickets are available by calling (931) 788-5022 or email to

Additional information on OWCA is available on or Facebook.