Mary Sowell

Mary Sowell

Acts of Grace Palliative Care

Owner and Nurse Practitioner

Hometown: Lenoir City, TN

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

“I would like to see Knoxville continue to improve its infrastructure to support its growing population. Improved roads, outstanding schools throughout the county, solid medical care for the homeless and indigent population are a few of my wishes. Knoxville is a wonderful place to live with an excellent university, a research entity in nearby Oak Ridge, diverse recreational activities, and a down home spirit that is unrivaled.”

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

Knoxville’s best kept secret is its thriving downtown. It’s an easy and fun place to visit.

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

Provide housing and care for those who are at the end of life and especially for those who are indigent or homeless.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

Going to Regas Restaurant for special occasions. It was such a treat. I remember when there was a counter there with desserts encased in glass dishes. My family would also go to the S&W Cafeteria and then to the Tennessee Theatre to see a movie. We went to see all the John Wayne movies. I remember at the S&W men in white coats would carry your tray to the table.

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

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

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

Dr. Williams once told me “When you have too much on your plate, something is bound to fall off.”

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

Have fun and enjoy all the little things.

Mary Sowell