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It is the time of year when we are noticing the darkness. In a few weeks many of us will be going to work in the dark and driving home in the dark. It is the time we transition from the autumn smells wafting through our open windows to the aromas of spices and candles adding comfort and a wa…

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On Thursday evening Oct. 12, 1899, three young men from Sevier County had been observed drinking heavily at the bar in the Imperial Hotel located on Gay Street in Knoxville. They were William “Will” Derrick, 26, his younger brother Calvin “Cal” Derrick, 22, and James Pearl Thurman, 18. Will …

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The weathered faces of older mountain folks deeply moved Doris Ulmann, and her portraits captured the genuineness of spinners and weavers, tanners and blacksmiths, farmers, and dulcimer players. Independently wealthy, she became a professional portrait photographer in New York. Her subjects …

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I had a conversation with a friend a few years ago in which he shared that he was made light of by his brother because he had a habit of giving at least ten per cent of his income to the church or other charities. His brother said, “Just think how much more money you would have if you didn’t…

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I injured my left foot on an island shaped as a foot. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I would say or write. Here’s another one: My daughter and I stepped on barnacles and oysters.

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It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of hiring subcontractors and how it would affect your business. Different projects may require a different hire, so it’s best to make the consideration on a case-by-case basis.

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Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, calls his business a “First Amendment brewery.” That’s because he keeps going to court to defend beer labels.

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One of my closest friends is dying. Seven weeks ago, the 85-year-old had completed a family outdoor crusade white water rafting, hiking, and other strenuous outdoor challenges with three sons and all of his grandchildren. At his turn, he topped it off with a dive from a rope swing into the i…

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Imagine a family of six people coming to your house. They knock on the door. They look tired, frail, dirty and very hungry. They are desperate. Two of the six people are under 6 years old. Their clothes are rags and their shoes are barely still on their feet.

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The name “greenbrier” refers to the thorny vines of the genus Smilax that are common throughout Southern Appalachia. Although it’s unknown when the upper Middle Fork valley of the Smoky Moun- tains obtained this name, it was being called “Greenbrier” as early as the 1830s. The name is not un…

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Wife Jean’s fall on Aug. 20 has resulted in a whirlwind of experiences — although it has been a slow, time-consuming whirlwind for both of us — to ER, then into hospital, then going to rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility Sept. 8.

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The Census Bureau has just issued its latest annual report, “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020,” and American Enterprise Institute economist and blogger Mark Perry has extracted and summarized its highlights, as he does every year.

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Spanning the waters of the Middle Prog of the Little Pigeon River, the Emert’s Cove Covered Bridge is named in honor of Fred- erick Emert who came to the vicinity area in the 1790s as the area’s first permanent settler.