Carolyn Levy Gilliam

Carolyn Levy Gilliam

McDonald, Levy & Taylor, PLLC


Hometown: Farragut, TN

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

For Knoxville to build a community and lifestyle that supports all income levels, especially in finding affordable housing for all. As well as be a great place to live and work with unique restaurants, beautiful waterfront and entertainment venues to serve a diversity of culture and interests.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

There are lots of things that keep Knoxville relevant and interesting but not a lot of people know about a non-profit called The Dream Connection. Since 1985 they have helped fund special “once in a lifetime” experiences for children between the ages of three and eighteen, with life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses who live in East Tennessee. 100% run by volunteers, the experiences these children receive is worth every penny donated. I hope anyone that sees this would consider donating to such a worthy cause.

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

Knoxville is ranked one of America’s best mid-size cities. There is so much to see and do in Knoxville and the surrounding area. The weakest areas to me are not having more great local shops and restaurants. I love shopping local, especially at small mom and pop stores.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

I have such fond memories of walking to see the fireworks in Farragut with my family every year, and now to do it with my own kids and extended family just makes it such a sweet memory.

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

Where the Crawdads Sing- I just finished and have no idea why I waited so long to read it.

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

Take your time to do something right the first time, because correcting or fixing will take even longer. Farrell Levy – my dad

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Enjoy the slow times.

Carolyn Levy Gilliam