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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 Nolpix Media’s documentary, The Climb. (Nolpix Media owns Knoxzine.) Pearson now qualifies to enter the Ms. Wheelchair America

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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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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...

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

Let’s Keep the LGBT Conversation Going

Longtime Knoxville LGBT activist Gary Elgin wears many hats: writer, artist, leader, troublemaker, promoter, and organizer. Yet, he might be best known for his trademark purple fedora when he hosts his web-based talk show  The Lavender Table. Elgin...

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

I am a Teenage Sexual Health Advocate

Some high school students cannot read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible without giggling over Tituba’s name. Female students are not allowed to carry purses at school and are told to “be discreet” when handling feminine hygiene products when...

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Getting the Last Laugh in Africa

By: Judy S. Blackstock “Hyenas aren’t sexy,” says Dee White, from her charming Holston Hills cottage. White, close to retiring after over 25 years as a social worker and Coordinator of New Born Screening in the Genetics...

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Pridefest Vignettes

**This photo essay won two awards from the 2014 Golden Press Club Awards. The photo of Rachel responding to protesters won an Award of Excellence and the entire photo essay won an Award of Merit. Congratulations, Buck...

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Gardening on the Side of Love

By: Barbara S F Davis TVUUC, the church at 2931 Kingston Pike, is a certified Green Sanctuary. “And not just the interior,” said Barbara Lamm, standing on the hill behind the graceful buildings. This contemporary religious community...

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Borderland Tees – Where Commerce & Altruism Meet

By: Doug Romig Photos by: Buck Kahler When you enter Borderland Tees in South Knoxville, take all of your expectations and leave them at the curb. This Sevier Avenue community ministry has created something that goes beyond...

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

My Inner City Green Heaven

By: Barbara S F Davis Each year 1500 volunteers trek to the garden near Western Avenue and News Sentinel Drive to help out with whatever is on the calendar for the day. “They don’t get stuck with...

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

World Book Night 2014

Article and Photos by: Judy Blackstock On April 23, I joined thousands of people in the United States, England, Germany, and Ireland to give away 500,000 books. The occasion was World Book Night (WBN).   This exceptional...

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Kristen Brown Gasnow and Diane Smith changed the world for...

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Why I Photograph the Homeless

Article and Photos by: Holly Rainey Talking to people who live and work on the streets is easy because they normally initiate the conversation. I have been asked for money, food, and help in situations I know...

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Troubled? Need to Talk? CONTACT is Here For Us

CONTACT Care Line (865) 584-4424 By: Barbara S F Davis Sobering statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health estimate that 1 in 4 U. S. adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year;...

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Volunteering at Horse Haven & UT Hospice

By: Barbara S F Davis Joyce Richman did not set out to become an iconic volunteer. But she is. A former TV producer, she moved to Knoxville 18 years ago at the invitation of Home & Garden...

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