Old college friends Joanna Yohe and Rick Carl marry in 2011. Photo by Edy Copeland
A holiday love story
By Carol Zinavage
Speaking of the upcoming Christmas holiday, Joanna Yohe Carl of West Knoxville says, “It’s all about family. This is our thing.”
And what a family.
She and her husband Rick, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, will celebrate their second anniversary on New Year’s Eve. Two years ago they rented out the Clayton Center in Maryville and invited several hundred of their closest friends for a wedding, buffet supper and dancing ‘til the wee hours.
It was kind of a big deal.
TThirty-five years ago, they were best buddies at Maryville College, though Rick now admits he felt more than friendship for Joanna at the time. “She was it for me,” he says, “but I was such a geek.” They went to movies together and talked for hours on the phone. An old picture shows Rick in a blue suit and Jo in a pink gown. They laugh now that they don’t even remember where they ...