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AMC's 'TURN' issues open call for extra

The AMC television series "TURN: Washington’s Spies" begins filming in the Central Virginia/Richmond area at the end of September and continues through February 2015.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Atomic Cowgirl to play at Harvest Table Restaurant on Sept. 17
Posted: September 17, 2014

Take two women, add two guitars and a little bit of country. Complete the deal with lyrics that matter, harmony as rich as honey and just enough power to complete the package.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest announced
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Festival to be held Sept. 25-28

Sunday 09/14/2014
Pop the cork on another Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:00 pm

From a whisper to a wail, the bang to a twang: Welcome to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Set to Bristol standard time circa Sept. 19-21, the 14th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion includes a mix of legends and locals, newcomers and veterans, country to rock to blues and bluegrass.

Tennis, Anyone? Bristol dance team earns national win
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Bristol Dance Academy - Ultimate Dance Junior - picked up a first-place win as the USA National Champions in their category. You can see them perform during Bristol's Rhythm and Roots.

Thursday 09/11/2014
Center Stage: The Howlin’ Brothers not a one-flavor band
Posted: September 11, 2014

Lean back, look up and behold the moon music fans.

Coming this Weekend
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Sunday Community has: Rhythm & Roots preview / Nationally ranked Bristol dance will perform in town / Review of Barter's "Driving Miss Daisy" / Obession with warblers / Davis Winery expands and plenty more.

King University collecting for 'Coats for Kids'
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 10:46 am

King University is now collecting children’s winter coats for the university’s 15th annual “Coats for Kids” Day.

Devil's Bathtub: Take a dip if you dare
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 7:13 pm

FORT BLACKMORE, Va. – Mark Van Hess might have liked taking a hike to the Devil’s Bathtub. But what this 18-year-old from Norton, Virginia, really liked best was seeing The Swimming Hole on a hot summer’s day.

Thursday 09/11/2014
Short Takes: Mariachi band, Paramount gala and free MP3 downloads
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Check these events out: Mariachi Band, Puttin’ on the Ritz and Avatar.

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Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys promise ‘a good time show’
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Cue Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock.”

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Enjoy a concert from many offered in the local region
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Concerts are plentiful in the area

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Review: 'Driving Miss Daisy' at Barter is 'quietly wonderful'
Posted: September 11, 2014

The movie was, I am told, pretty okay. The Barter Mainstage Production four years ago was good, but this season’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy” at Barter’s Stage II is quietly wonderful. Featuring Mary Lucy Bivins and Jasper McGruder, who did Barter’s original take, the warm intimacy of Stage II just seems to bring out the best in actors and script. Catch the show through Nov. 15.

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Blountville Flea Market is a huge event
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 2:55 pm

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - Long before sunrise, it's told, a traffic jam may potentially swamp the streets of Sullivan County on Saturday at 2 a.m.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Win a part in an upcoming Blue Bell TV commercial
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 2:16 pm

BRENHAM, Texas – Lights. Camera. Action! Do you have what it takes to play a part in a Blue Bell television commercial? If you do, visit bluebell.com and enter the online contest for the chance to be an extra in an upcoming Blue Bell commercial.

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Is the typical American diet having ill effects on your health?
Posted: September 10, 2014

The word diet conjures up many different images in people’s minds. Most of them are probably very negative and have to do with deprivation.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Sounds of Service in Big Stone Gap to pay tribute to 9/11
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 10:57 am

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is hosting Sounds of Service to celebrate the National Day of Service Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Monday 09/08/2014
For the Birds: Ovenbird among many warblers migrating through region this fall
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 6:42 pm

I love warblers!

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Tennis, Anyone? Touch of Hollywood coming to region
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Expect a touch of Hollywood to come to Northeast Tennessee over the next few days.

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It's fair time in Abingdon!
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Hear the moo of cows, the barks of carneys and the twang of country music’s stars.

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'Obvious Child' is next on Arts Array film
Posted: September 08, 2014

Arts Array presents “Obvious Child”

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Sunday 09/07/2014
The way of tea, art appreciation and flowers are covered in this different book
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 4:22 pm

“The Book of Tea” by Okakura Kakuzo, has never been out of print since it was first published in 1906.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Coming this Weekend
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Fair Time!
The fun begins Monday in Abingdon.

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Dragon boat race has more elements
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 5:42 pm

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Graceful and sleek, the dragon boats cut across Boone Lake with a regal ap-pearance. They’re also powered by a whole lot to paddling.

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J.D. Crowe in Marion Sept. 6 for Song of the Mountains
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Into the setting sun went bluegrass legend J.D. Crowe.

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Short Takes: Free MP3 download from the Earls of Leicester and more
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Check these events out: Classic Rhythm & Blues Revue, John Anderson and Rockin’ The Knob. Led by Jerry Douglas, the Earls of Leicester lead this week’s free MP3 download.

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Center Stage: Uncle Kracker’s route through music brings him to Abingdon
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Matthew Shafer pumped gas in his father’s gas station as a kid in Detroit.

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He's a Bristol native ... but his heart's in the Smokies
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 5:42 pm

With careful brushstrokes, Robert A. Tino captures the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Empire calendar has arts activities around the region
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 10:31 am

Check out art exhibits, lectures, kids activities, festivals and more in Empire calendar.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
There are several reasons why I like being a Southern gal
Posted: September 03, 2014

At first glance, you might think that the title of my article has absolutely nothing to do with wellness. If you thought that, you would be absolutely incorrect.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Women’s Fund offers Technical Assistance Workshops for 2015 grants
Posted: September 02, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, will hold Technical Assistance Workshops for interested organizations on Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Johnson City at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St., and on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. in Knoxville at the Public Defender’s Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty St.

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Sunday 08/31/2014
Librarian and cat solve murder mystery
Posted: August 31, 2014

“Tailing a Tabby” by Laurie Cass, is part of the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series.

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Book reveals tent-camping secrets
Posted: August 31, 2014

SPEEDWELL, Va. — Sturdy and silent, the Raven Cliff Furnace stands near the banks of Cripple Creek in Wythe County, Virginia, just like it has for more than a century.

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Georgia Warren: Witness to country music history
Posted: August 31, 2014

Bristol: A Crossroad for Greatness: A periodic series about — people beyond the spotlight — who contributed to Bristol’s country music heritage. Meet Georgia Massengill Warren, the last living person who recorded during the famed 1927 Bristol Sessions.

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For the Birds: Vultures play essential part in ecosystem
Updated: August 31, 2014 - 10:21 pm

I suspect a lot of people don’t pay much attention to the vultures. Often, we see them from a distance as they soar overhead on warm thermals of air rising from the ground.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Blood Assurance host first ETSU blood drive
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Johnson City Blood Assurance invites students and the Tri-Cities community to donate blood and save three lives.

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It's Labor Day! Join the celebration
Posted: August 28, 2014

If you're looking for a party on Labor Day weekend, you're in luck across the Mountain Empire.

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Center Stage: Take a trip back in time
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 10:57 am

Theatre Bristol straddles Center Stage when "Back to the 80's...The Totally Awesome Musical!" opens Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 14 at Theatre Bristol's ARTspace.

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Short Takes: Free MP3 download and more
Posted: August 28, 2014

Check these events out: Jason D. Williams, Thursday Evenin’ Porch Choir and Mark Larkins. Ten tunes from 10 of America’s leading artists spearhead this week’s free MP3 downloads.

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Catch Derek Hoke at Rte. 23 Music Festival
Posted: August 28, 2014

Derek Hoke will lead the RTE 23 Music Festival on Aug. 30 at University of Virginia's College at Wise as a preview for next month's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

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Check out these six super shopping tips and avoid impulse buying
Posted: August 28, 2014

Do you like to go to the grocery store? Now be honest, is it something that you look forward to each week? As long as we are being honest, I must confess that it is not my favorite pastime activity, especially if I have just finished a run or workout session because I’m sweaty and I freeze to death in the grocery store. I’m in and out in 20 minutes; however, half of the stuff I went for in the first place was left behind because somebody did not make a list. So needless to say the number one tip is:

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Fun steampunk adventure with some interesting developments
Posted: August 24, 2014

The second in Kady Cross’s The Steampunk Chronicles, “The Girl in the Clockwork Collar” takes place in New York five days after the conclusion of the last adventure.

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For the Birds: Kingfishers are marvelous anglers
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Patricia Werth, who lives outside of Abingdon, Virginia, sent me a nice email after she read my recent column about swallows.

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Ease off your go-go life and visit India in a wellness way
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 11:32 am

Ease off the gas of a go-go life and into the whispers of wellness. Venture to Goa, India. Sudha Venkataraman, owner of Tri-Cities-based Ayur Destinations, customizes health-based travel opportunities to India.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Coming this Weekend
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Healthy travel; explore the region; meet Carson Peters; enroll in a class today!

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Short Takes: Free MP3 download from Delta Spirit and more
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Check these events out: Craig Morgan, Faster Pussycat and The Mayfields. San Diego born, Brooklyn, N.Y. based rockers Delta Spirit shine a light on this week’s free MP3 downloads.

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Blair Crimmins and The Hookers play like zoot-suit-wearing dudes from eras gone by
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers’ music resides on the corner of Cool and Carefree Boulevards.

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Outside the Oval: Explore the region
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 9:44 am

Just beyond the bustle of the World's Fastest Half-Mile Track at Bristol Motor Speedway, you won't need to look far to find an outdoor paradise, great historical attractions - or just a place to go splash around.

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Center Stage: Carson Peters' 10-year-old fingers can fire up a fiddle
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:23 pm

A fiddle-wielding child appeared on a television screen. He raised the fiddle to his shoulder, applied his bow and fire laced the strings.

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Clinchfield No. 1: There's more to the story
Posted: August 21, 2014

Consider it a calling for the Clinchfield.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
I should carry a sign that says 'I Pack Snacks'
Posted: August 20, 2014

I can indeed be quirky at times and perhaps the fact that I rarely leave home without packing a snack or already have a few snacks in my car. I do not want to be caught without some healthy food to munch on if I am late leaving work or traveling and there are no healthy eating options along the way.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Interesting take on superheroes
Posted: August 17, 2014

'Hero Worship' by Christopher E. Long is set in a world in which superpowers are real.

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Appalachian Fair: She's 88 years young Aug. 18-23!
Posted: August 17, 2014

Johnny Cash summoned prison, trains and “Ring of Fire.”

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Buechner series contemplates 'What's next?"
Posted: August 17, 2014

King University of Bristol, Tennessee, announces the speakers in its Beuchner Institute series.

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For the Birds: Feeding birds may bring unwanted guests
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 10:44 am

UPDATED: See photo of Mike Quillen's uninvited guest.

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Writer to sign books at Bristol on Aug. 23
Posted: August 17, 2014

BRISTOL Va. - Going to the rose garden once was not enough for Hazel Rash Fleming.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Aviation museum takes visitors into the skies; honors Piney Flats pilots
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Even before going into the third grade, young Max Carpenter experienced a rare thrill in Sevierville.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Tauk: 'Instrumental rock fusion'
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Subtle pin drop notes twinkle like raindrops on a tin roof.

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Coming this Weekend: Aug. 17
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Appalachian Fair, Buechner lecture series, a slice of Bristol history and more are coming up this weekend in Sunday Community.

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