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Great Smoky Mountains National Park announces spring opening schedule

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials finalized the 2019 spring opening schedule for park facilities. Most campgrounds, picnic areas, and roads are now open. The remainder of the facilities will open between now and Memorial Day weekend in preparation for the busy summer season.
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Discover Life in America, Elkmont Exchange, MINI of Knoxville announce A Pint and A Purpose
Join Discover Life in America (DLiA) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5 to 9 pm for a fundraising event at Elkmont Exchange in Knoxville.
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gentry oswalt
Gentry Oswalt chosen for
Montana leadership conference
marble springs
Summer Day Camp at
Marble Springs State Historic Site
synchronous fireflies
National Park synchronous firefly viewing
set for May 30 through June 6
luna moth
Big South Fork, Obed Parks
science meeting April 24
dr charles richardson
Go Big Challenge: Bird Walk
with Dr. Nicholson
ut gardensUT Gardens’ April 2019
Plant of the Month
douglas dam
TVA campgrounds open
for 2019 season

UT students fundraise for Ijams Nature Center
Vols for Ijams, a group of five students from the University of Tennessee, have come together to assist Ijams Nature Center in their fight against harmful invasive plants that are taking root in the local area.
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Local vendors invited to showcase goods at Tractor Supply’s Market Day
Tractor Supply stores nationwide are calling all farmers, craft makers and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods during Tractor Supply’s Market Day, which will be held Saturday, May 18.
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Comcast to host 24 volunteer projects for annual ‘Comcast Cares Day’
On May 4, hundreds of local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen”.
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University of Tennessee students create crowdfunding project for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Vols For Kids is a group of four University of Tennessee students who are raising money for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of East Tennessee, a branch of the nationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America. The organization pairs children facing adversity with a one-on-one adult mentor.
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Vols help vets go fly-fishing
Vols Help Vets is a group of five students of the University of Tennessee who are making an effort to raise money for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). PHWFF of Knoxville is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses activities such as fly-fishing, fly-tying, and various trips to aid in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of veterans. The money raised by Vols Help Vets will go towards funding members of Project Healing Waters to go on their annual Veterans On Water trip in May.
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TVA visitor centers open for season

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KNOXVILLE – Spring has officially arrived and the Tennessee Valley Authority opened visitor centers on Sat., April 6, at its first dam, its tallest dam, its longest dam, its pumped storage facility and several other facilities around the Tennessee Valley.
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Area resident among finalists for prestigious international award

Longtime East Tennessee resident and novelist John Ford Clayton has been named among the finalists for The Montaigne Medal in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for his debut novel Manipulated.
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Red Roof® supports cornhole players and fans with launch of integrated campaign
Columbus, OH – Red Roof has launched a multipronged, integrated campaign to show its support of the players and fans of Cornhole and capture share of this audience. Composed of a series of ad buys, sponsorships, promotions and PR, went live in March.
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Organic crops field tour scheduled for April 25

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will present its Organic Crops Field Tour on Thursday, April 25. This spring event will equip home and commercial growers alike with tips and resources for planting, harvesting and processing organic fruits and vegetables.
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Knoxville SOUP seeks proposals for community-focused projects
Knoxville SOUP is looking for community-focused projects throughout Knox County that could use some cash to get cooking.
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Tennessee Department of Agriculture accepting applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
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Breakfast from the Backyard: Home Poultry Ownership Fosters Closer Connection to our Food
We can all agree – food should taste good, but for a growing number of people, there’s more to the story. Where did the food come from? How was it grown or raised?
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12 Step programs freed me from addiction
By Paul Emile

Like all human beings, I’ve experienced my share of pain, and suffered considerably. I was born into a violent, alcoholic home. When the clock struck six, and my father wasn’t home yet, I knew there was going to be hell to pay that night.
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home aliveBook by Tennessee author raises sex trafficking awareness
Author Nicole Lynn Synder, breaks into the book market with The Yellow Door, which follows the story of a teenage girl, Hope, who is kidnapped and thrust into a sex trafficking ring.
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home aliveER Doctor’s ‘Home Alive: 11 MUST Steps for Surviving Encounters with the Police’ book second edition released
Washington, D.C. – Imagine this: your 16-year-old son asks to borrow the family car for an evening out with his friends. You hand him the keys, reminding him not to speed and about his curfew before midnight. 12:15 comes and goes … 12:30 passes also … 1:00 a.m. arrives and still no word from him.
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