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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Art Can Save Lives ~ Why the NEA Matters

By: Kerry Reed I adopted three children from foster care. They came from horrendous abuse and neglect, so horrific the police officer who removed them quit and had to get psychological care. My children’s healing began in the arts. My oldest, who at three, had her own language because of neglect, found her true voice

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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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Sunday, December 27th, 2015

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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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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...

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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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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Knox Pallet House at Rhythm N’ Blooms

R. Bentley Marlow and a group of volunteers have built a house from pallets and plywood. The material was donated by local businesses as industrial waste. The structure is based on plans by I-Beam Design as a...

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