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Friday, January 15th, 2016

Long Distance Hiking Earworms

By: Debra Dylan When we went hiking with llamas, our guide told us about his miserable and unsuccessful attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. Adding to his low self-esteem was a group of hikers who kept singing Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as “We’re Not Gonna Make It.” There is a brief scene

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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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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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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, 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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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The Gnarly Gnome

By: Debra Dylan Peter Pan’s Lost Boys could find a perfect hideaway at Mike’s Daylilies in Powell, Tennessee. We Plot By Moonlight The otherworldly front yard was “dug out by hand with a clay pick,” says Timmy...

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The Unsinkable Carole Ann

By: Debra Dylan At the end of her maritime memoir, Dreamseeker’s Daughter, Carole Ann Borges was 19, married, and pregnant. She was also a high school drop-out due to her family’s lengthy aquatic adventure. After obtaining her...

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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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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

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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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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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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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Month of Wine & Volcanic Ash

By: Debra Dylan Youth is not wasted on Joseph Gamble. The recent Lee University graduate is a dedicated historic reenactor and a hardcore hobbyist with unique interests ranging from scuba diving, hiking, English Country Dancing, and all...

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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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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

“You Will Be Fed” 2014 Knoxville Horror Film Fest Audience Award for Short Film

Knoxzine’s parent company, Nolpix Media, won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2014 Knoxville Horror Film Fest 666. We won a beautiful and badass statue created by Paulk & Co., and a set of...

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