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Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Moving Forward After A Mass Shooting

Cover photo by: Kelsey Smith Article by: Teryn Dixon When I was 10 years old, a man barged into my church and opened fire on my congregation during a production of the musical Annie Jr. Nine people were critically injured and two people were killed. The shooter fired three times before he was tackled by a

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Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Where We Live: John Messner’s Crime & Street Photography

Photos by: John Messner Article by: Debra Dylan “When I was sixteen, a man taught me black and white photography, and I started working at a newspaper. That was over thirty years ago,” says John Messner. Today...

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Monday, December 12th, 2016

When Hell Broke Loose at Standing Rock

By: Cindy Moffett “They shot me.” Weeks later, Mark Runge still sounds stunned. On Sunday, November 20, after a 22-hour drive from Maryville, Tenn., high school teacher Runge reached Standing Rock, North Dakota. There the Oceti Sakowin,...

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Monday, November 14th, 2016

Racism ~ Everywhere ~ All the Time

By: Kate Riffle Roper As a white mother of two black children, three white children, who all have a white father, I have something to say. Racism exists. It is real and tangible. And it is everywhere,...

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Could This Technology Solve Environmental Problems?

By: Paul Clouse From the back lot of the Wampler’s Farm Sausage facility in Lenoir City, TN, Ted Wampler, Jr., says a new technology is being tested that could have global implications. It is called a Cellulose...

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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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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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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

An Appalachian Advocate

By: Carole Ann Borges Margo Miller, the Executive Director of Appalachian Community Fund, is a woman on top of her game. The path from a tiny farm with an outhouse, to overseeing a large non-profit organization, wasn’t...

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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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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, 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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Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hope After Prison

By: Barbara S F Davis Danyelle Sutton was incarcerated in 2010 for a surprising number of felony convictions. She had an expensive addiction. If you meet her on the street now, or drive up to the window...

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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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