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Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Aussie Anti-Tourists Live It Up in East Tennessee

By: Judy S. Blackstock It is 9,750 miles one way from Melbourne, Australia to Knoxville,Tennessee. It’s a long way to travel to attend a few football games and concerts, but Graham and Debbie Blackley left their lovely home in Bairnsdale, Australia, for an authentic experience in Sevierville, Tennessee. The Blackleys stayed in Karen Pyne’s Sevierville

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Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2016

By: Debra Dylan This inspriring and non-traditional pageant was held on October 24 at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville. Carly Pearson, a former national park firefighter, is Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2016.  She is also the subject of...

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Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2015 Youth Winner

At the End of Tornado Alley By: Delaney Thurston I remember a little rhyme I heard when I was young, It said, “April showers bring May flowers” That never applied to my town.   April brings pitch-black...

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015

A Scene Unseen: The Rise of A March Through May

By: Travis James In Knoxville, there is an array of musical talent ranging from classic orchestral artists to the traditional country musicians, yet the metal-core scene is left out of the limelight. Metal-core is a sub-genre of...

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015

A Miraculous Music Lesson

Cover photo by: Starr Cline Article by: Ben Maney I spend a couple of hours a week, in the inner city, teaching general music and music appreciation at the Community School of the Arts,  as part of...

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Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The Furries are Coming to Fangcon!

By: Debra Dylan It was Friday night fever at the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five. Special guest, Shelby the Lionness, was shy at first, but she won over the crowd with her sweet personality and...

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2015 Creative Non-Fiction Winner

HANGIN’ AT THE DUMP By: Linda Myers After we moved to Knoxville, hangin’ at the dump became one of the first Tennessee traditions instituted by my husband in his economic wisdom. After all, we were physically able...

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

A Mother’s Unusual Sacrifice

By: Diana A. Cruze Debbie Kronick’s tattoos are confirmation of a mother’s love. Her daughter, Chelsea Linnabary began her artistic career at age 17 after attending a Las Vegas tattoo convention while she was a cosmetology student....

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2015 Literary Winner

ENCOUNTER WITH YESTERDAY By: Susan Lindsley The conference room hadn’t changed. Even the walls retained their yellow nicotine stains, and the folding chairs had yet to gain soft seats. I had been away from the college at...

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Greg Miller & the Paracyclists

In 2008, Greg Miller was burned out after decades of elite cycling and racing. “I was sick of it. I bought a race car and I thought that’s what I was going to do.” Before he could...

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015

“THE CLIMB” film trailer

The first time I heard about Carly Pearson was at Catalyst Sports’ monthly adaptive climbing event at River Sports Outfitters. I was there to interview a Catalyst volunteer. People kept asking me, “Have you met Carly?” Carly...

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2015 Genre Winner

OLD LADY AND THE COYOTES By: Susan Lindsley She saw the coyotes out the kitchen window while she washed breakfast dishes. Five of them twisted around each other as they scavenged under the persimmon trees 40 yards...

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Friday, September 11th, 2015

Hospice for the Homeless

By: Janelle Hamrick In the corner of a small, typical neighborhood street in Chattanooga, Tennessee, sits a nondescript brick home that could be easily overlooked. Inside those walls, people are nearing the end of their lives, and...

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Friday, September 11th, 2015

From Liberia to Knoxville: A Refugee Remembers

By: Debra Dylan “I am from Liberia in West Africa,” says Hawa Ware Johnson. “We didn’t expect our country was going to war, but in 1990 we had a civil war. It was really bad and all...

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Friday, September 11th, 2015

Refugees’ Hero

By: Kate Jayroe Photo by: Irena Popova Photography Deni Kidd teaches English as a second language to international refugees. She teaches class twice a week at Light Mission Pentecostal Church in the Lonsdale neighborhood. She prepares these...

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