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Monday, August 24th, 2015

Gentle Barn Heroes

By: Debra Dylan THE BOOK Ellie Laks’ memoir, My Gentle Barn, is a triumphant love story. Against significant odds, author Ellie Laks’ childhood dream of a healing sanctuary for abused and forsaken animals became a reality. The evolution of The Gentle Barn, headquartered in Santa, Clarita, California, was simutaneously a healing balm for Laks, who survived

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Cosplaying Families

By: Debra Dylan Photos by: Isbill Photography The Steampunk Peck Family For the Peck family, it all started when they attended their first Dragoncon in 2009. Sean Peck says, “We loved it. We really wanted to get...

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Honk If You Don’t Exist

By: Donna Johnson I was riding a bus downtown when a young woman approached me. Her hair was in dreadlocks, and she was wearing fuschia leggings, black Mary Jane shoes, and a sweatshirt that said “Uncommon” on...

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

A Storybook Home

By: Debra Dylan Photos by: Buck Kahler After three years of construction, Larry and Heidi May’s Mayfair Cottage is nearing completion. It began with blueprints from Storybook Homes. A contractor completed the stonework and Larry May added...

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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Crossville Cruisers Car Club

Members of the Crossville Cruisers car club were on hand to help with a new film for Cumberland Mountain State Park. The club includes vehicles from the 1920s all the way to the present. Among these automotive...

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

UTK Quidditch Club Boot Camp Video

After a year of preparation, the University of Tennessee’s Time Turners Quidditch team begins its first season this fall. As part of the Southern Region of Quidditch teams, the Time Turners will be playing against teams from...

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Exotic Pets: Pros & Cons

Exotic pets attract attention and interest because of their beauty, but they require special care. Always research any kind of pet before purchasing or adopting one. DEBRA DYLAN and her COCKATIELS I became interested in cockatiels because...

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Man Who Would Be Godly

By: Donna Johnson Billy stands on top of an eight-foot ledge in front of Summit Towers, the high rise, subsidized apartment building in downtown Knoxville where we both live. It’s mid-November and he is dressed in plaid...

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Finally, Cuba!

By: Debra Dylan This winter’s encouraging diplomatic talks about lifting the U.S. embargo agasint Cuba is exciting news for tourists. Last October, Knox Heritage led 29 travelers in a People-to-People delegation to Cuba. According to participant Georgiana...

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Dweezil Zappa Schools Locals at Guitar Masterclass

Article and photos by: Bill Foster Neither Brad Poyner nor I knew what to expect when we showed up at Knoxville’s jewel box, the Bijou Theater, for a guitar masterclass with Dweezil Zappa. For the past 10...

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Drag Pageants in Tennessee: A Long and Glittery Tradition

by: Kelly Robinson A recent Sunday night at Club XYZ on Central Street was a special one for the club. In fact, it was a pretty special week, the club having just celebrated its 10th anniversary the...

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

EXCERPT: Home Is A Fire

Jordan Nasser, a former Knoxvillian and author of Home Is A Fire says, “I wanted to write a romantic comedy that featured two men, but it had to be safe enough for my parents to read.” Home...

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

REVIEW: The Ali Files/On the Town with Ali Akbar

By: Carole Ann Borges REVIEW: The Ali Files/ On the Town with Ali Akbar Bill McGowan, authorCeltic Cat, publisher73 pages$12.00 soft coverBill McGowan’s book The Ali Files is about his friendship with the late Horace Pittman (aka...

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

Genius in the Making @ Knox Makers

Article by: Kate Jayroe Photos by: Buck Kahler Inside the Knox Makers’ building one can practically hear the thrum of buzzing ideas. Members consult each other or work independently below the partially constructed canoe hanging from the...

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Friday, June 5th, 2015

Plywood People

Denise Stewart Sanabria is a hyperrealist artist, creating life-size cutout drawings of people on plywood.

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