Terry Morrow: Favorite from 'The Voice' to share his HIV experience

Jamar Rogers will talk about how HIV has touched his life tonight.

Jamar Rogers will talk about how HIV has touched his life tonight.

Past favorite from “The Voice” Jamar Rogers will be in Knoxville today to share his personal story about being HIV positive.

He’ll bring “Lift Every Voice: Jamar Rogers on Faith, Hope, and Facing HIV/AIDS” to Austin East High School, 2800 Martin Luther King Blvd., starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at www.knoxtix.com or by calling 865-523-7521. Advance tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission.

Born in New Orleans to a single mother, Rogers displayed a gift for singing by age 6. But he also slipped into the darkness of drugs and became HIV positive, according to his website.

He was six years clean from crystal meth when he auditioned for NBC’s music competition “The Voice.” He ended up on Cee-Lo Green’s team.

Along with performing, he is active in communities to spread the facts about HIV/AIDS. His site says “(He is) doing his best to spread a message of hope and second chances to a generation of young people. Aside from singing, Jamar has also been given great recognition for his ability as an inspirational speaker.”

His appearance is tied to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Sponsors of the event include The FAITH Coalition,Knoxville College, Knoxville District AME Zion Church, Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Covenant Health, Smoky Mountain Hospice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Knox County Health Department Teen Health Empowerment Study, KAPPI, Walgreens, Samaritan Ministries and East Tennessee HIV Planning Group.

Appearance

A race car icon has agreed to be the keynote speaker at The Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on Thursday, July 11. The event will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Professional NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon will serve as the keynote speaker. The tickets are $150 each. The website is www.gkshof.org

Gordon is a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. His other credits include three Daytona 500 wins, Four Brickyard 400 wins, and numerous other victories and pole positions.

The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Each year, 10 individuals with ties to the Greater Knoxville region are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their achievements in athletics.

n Diplomatic. Maryville resident Shaquille O’Neal told CBS newsman Charlie Rose recently about the fine line between being an athlete and an international diplomat.

“I think we, as people, should understand our roles in life. And I think people — certain people — should leave diplomacy to diplomats,” O’Neal said of Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea recently.

“It was a very, very risky move, what he did. I’m not a diplomat, but if there’s any diplomats watching and you want to make me a diplomat, just give me a call.”

Bruce McKinnon of Maryville has been cast in a new miniseries.

Bruce McKinnon of Maryville has been cast in a new miniseries.

New role

Maryville native Bruce McKinnon has landed a new acting gig. He’ll co-star in the upcoming miniseries “Rectify” for the Sundance Channel. “Rectify” will premiere 10 p.m. on April 22. The miniseries follows the life of an ex-convict (Aden Young) who is newly released from prison after 20 years on death row. McKinnon plays his stepfather.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.com.

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