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Mabry-Hazen House celebrates Eighth of August with “...and then I Became Free” tours

UT Nursing receives grant to improve care of assault victims in rural Appalachia

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association awards five educational scholarships

KCHD to host free event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

Russell Biven Clayfest to “Pull!” for a good cause at Iron Mountain Sporting Clays

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The Swag resort achieves five consecutive years on Travel & Leisure ‘World’s Best’ list

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The Swag, a luxury all-inclusive resort in the Smoky Mountains near Waynesville, North Carolina, again has been named to Travel & Leisure’s Top 15 Resort Hotels in the South. This is the boutique property’s fifth year as part of the magazine’s World’s Best Awards, landing at No. 3 on the list for 2022.

The villa built on the site that inspired
"The Little Mermaid" by Andersen is for sale

sestri levante villa

On the extreme tip of the Sestri Levante peninsula, between Portofino and the Cinque Terre, this wonderful villa has hosted the greatest names in design and architecture.

steak potatoes field day crossville tn Steak and Potatoes Field Day set for August 26
CROSSVILLE, TN -- The annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will include topics of interest for beef cattle producers, fruit and vegetable producers and land managers.
tales from troublesome creek kentucky Tales from Troublesome Creek, Kentucky
Submitted by Eric Short

ARY, KY -- As the Salvation Army mobile canteen vehicle made the left turn from Kentucky 80 onto 476, nothing seemed out of the ordinary in this holler compared to the thousands of others just like it in this state. But as we rounded the second bend and got further back into the canyon, we soon caught a glimpse of Troublesome Creek, which runs alongside Highway 476. Homes line both sides of the creek. Or at least they used to.
best cities for book lovers 2022’s best cities for book lovers
Submitted by Sav Maive

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card, but in many cities, libraries aren’t the only places to find good reads. So which literary destinations should bibliophiles consider when planning their next reading adventure?
seniors fashion show Centers host senior fashion show
Eleven assisted living and memory care residents showed off the latest outfits by Chico’s at a fashion show at Morning Pointe of Knoxville. Morning Pointe partnered with The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence (together they make up a senior living campus) and joined the Chico’s location at Turkey Creek to put on the show.
furrow auto group donation to homeless pets Furrow Automotive Group’s Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville donates $20K to help homeless pets
Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville has donated $20,000 to Young-Williams Animal Center and Humane Society, Tennessee Valley to support both organizations’ work to end pet homelessness and promote animal welfare.
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Outside These Walls

One of the things I love about where we now live is that we can see storms come down from the Smoky Mountains. Sheets of rain and peals of thunder that a first seem far off make their gradual march into the foothills, travel across the farm that rests below our property, and eventually water the ground around us. [Continue]

Clarksville visitor experience to skyrocket in 2022

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CLARKSVILLE, TN – The growth trajectory for Clarksville is exceeding all expectations and that trend is set to continue at least through 2022. Unprecedented openings of new businesses, restaurants, and attractions all over the city will deliver an enhanced experience for both visitors and residents for years to come.


unaka bike park Unaka Bike Park new spoke in Unicoi County's outdoor tourism offering
ERWIN, TN -- When you talk “economic development” in Unicoi County the discussion must include outdoor tourism. When you talk Unicoi County the word “Unaka” must be included. The newest landmark to bear the name Unaka is the Unaka Bike Park.
farragut dog days Once again! Farragut goes to the DOGS!
DOG DAZE VI @ Village Green Shopping Center will be a 3 Day Festival of fun, food, shopping and competition! SHOP FARRAGUT and the Town of Farragut have teamed up with Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs and Ricki’s Pet Depot to bring a nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition by DOCK DOGS INTERNATIONAL.
knoxville urban wilderness bike trails New trails come to the Urban Wilderness
KNOXVILLE -- Knoxville's Urban Wilderness is growing! Through a Public/Private partnership the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, The Drop Inn and neighboring landowners are adding 4 new multi-use trails, including 2 rowdy progressive all-weather downhill mountain bike trails, that will provide users of all abilities new experiences.
lenoir museum Norris Dam State Park hosts coal mining exhibit at Lenoir Museum
NORRIS -- Lenoir Museum, part of interpretive programming at Norris Dam State Park, opened a new coal mining exhibit showcasing the history of the Coal Creek Community.
mahala cabin Vardy Historical Church and Cabin Museum opens for the season
HANCOCK COUNTY -- The Vardy Community Historical Society invites the public to come out and tour the historic Vardy Presbyterian Church and Aunt Haley Cabin.
new harvest farmers market New Harvest Farmers' Market opens for the season
KNOXVILLE -- Nourish Knoxville has opened the 2022 New Harvest Farmers’ Market season. Visitors can expect to find a wide variety of locally grown seasonal produce, meats, eggs, honey products, plants and garden starts, prepared foods, and artisan craft products
ut agresearch field day 2022 UT AgResearch schedules 2022 Field Day
KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee AgResearch plans to host nineteen in-person and online field days in 2022. Most of the events will take place on AgResearch campuses across the state. One event will be held weekly and online.
five yard garden resolutions Five yard and garden resolutions for 2022
When a new year comes around, home improvements are at the top of many lists. Your yard is your home’s “first impression,” the first thing people see when they visit. For your family, it’s a source of beauty and recreation, an extension of indoor living spaces, and a chance to express yourself creatively.

Outdoor recreation, music & arts,
backroad adventures

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LEIPER'S FORK, TN -- Looking for a great outdoor adventure? Come and play in Nashville's Big Back Yard and enjoy outdoor recreation, music & arts, and backroad adventures.

John Harrison of Sweetwater Valley Farm named Tennessee Farmer of the Year

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PHILADELPHIA, TN -- A third-generation dairy farmer, John Harrison of Sweetwater Valley Farm, remembers hearing his parents and grandparents talk about the milk-bottling operation they ran in the 1940s and 1950s.

East Tennessee Agricultural Alliance to host a celebration of core values

RAM needs volunteers for free healthcare clinic set for September

ut gardens plant of the month
UT Gardens Plant of the Month

Inspired by the true story of a courageous teen runaway
At only thirteen years old — arrested for being part of the Mercury Gang because the boys only stole Mercury sedans — Conley Ford, on a whim, decides to run out on probation, skip school, and put his thumb out instead.

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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.

Tusculum alumna shares personal story in book designed to help adopted children understand they are handpicked
GREENEVILLE, TN – Many children thank their parents for their success, but not all of them credit Mom and Dad with saving their lives. Serina Marshall does.

handpicked by serina marshall

Richard Dew, MD: When Sorrow Comes
The death of a loved one usually triggers a grief crisis and often a spiritual crisis in a person. How does one face those crises and the devastation that can accompany them? What does one need to know about grief? What role does God play in grief? How can one help others who are grieving?

when sorrow comes by richard dew md

faithful presence by governor bill haslamFaithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square
In his new book, Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square, two-term Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam reveals how faith -- too often divisive and contentious -- can be a redemptive and unifying presence in the public square.

moonshiner popcorn sutton bookNew book explores the life and legacy of legendary East Tennessee Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton
Troubled Times in Tennessee, by James B. Jones, is a detailed look at various lost or hidden aspects of Tennessee history. Historians of the Volunteer State’s past have overlooked the stories in these chapters while paying more attention to political, biographical, economic, and war-time history. 


Local author details the untold past of Tennessee
Troubled Times in Tennessee, by James B. Jones, is a detailed look at various lost or hidden aspects of Tennessee history. Historians of the Volunteer State’s past have overlooked the stories in these chapters while paying more attention to political, biographical, economic, and war-time history. 

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.

home aliveER Doctor’s ‘Home Alive: 11 MUST Steps for Surviving Encounters with the Police’ book second edition released
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.

Navy Quartermaster John Cooper

Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Quartermaster John Cooper
By Katie Lange, DOD
August 8, 2022

Navy Quartermaster John Cooper wasn't born in the United States, but once he immigrated here at age 17, he chose to serve his adopted country. By doing so, he became one of only 19 Medal of Honor recipients to earn the military’s highest honor twice.

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where I'm writing from by eli cranor

Where I’m Writing From: An Introduction

I’m writing from my office.

It’s more like the idea of an office than an actual office, a place I go to dream. The room I stumble toward every morning after the alarm dings at five. It’s nothing more than a sectioned-off area in our unfinished basement. Pictures hang from the exposed studs. A faded Polaroid of Charles Portis wedged between John Coltrane and Larry Brown. There are books stacked within the studs as well. All forty-two Elmore Leonard novels. A complete collection of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. Hemingway. Faulkner. Toni Morrison, Eudora Welty, and more.

All the old ghosts are gathered here, while the living sleep above me.

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