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Countdown to Quit Day is under way to help tobacco users prepare for Virginia Quit Day, Nov. 20.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
'Scratch and Dent' sale at art center near Richlands, Virginia
Posted: October 23, 2014

A tractor trailer unhitched from its cab and smashed into the Appalachian Arts Center damaging arts, crafts, paintings and books that have all been made by local artists in the Southwest Virginia region.

Review: Barter's 'Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of Baskervilles'
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 9:47 pm

You've got until Nov. 15 to call in the hounds. Barter's Mainstage production is a "spine-tingling production."

Paramount Chamber Players’ 10th anniversary concert series
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Exquisite sounds from the mountains flow like warm arms outreached.

Haunted Forest explores black magic and voodoo
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Come along to Big Stone Gap and the Haunted Forest as we haunt hop through some of the creepiest venues in the Mountain Empire. This is the third in a series, which includes Glade Spring's Haunted Mansion and Major Graham's Haunted Mansion.

Region adding scare factor to a variety of activities
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Tooling around Tennessee, you'll find quite a few options for celebrating the Halloween season this year - in Gray, Johnson City or Jonesborough.

Dan Deel is the real deal - a top of the deck musician
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:17 pm

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dan Deel sings like he greets friends and strangers alike.

Short Takes: Free MP3 download from Seattle’s Minus the Bear and more
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Check these events out: Whitey Morgan, Black Mountain Shine and Kenny Loggins

Sunday 10/19/2014
'Discount Armageddon' is a terrific start to a thrilling new series
Posted: October 19, 2014

“Discount Armageddon” by Seanan McGuire, is the first of a new series featuring cryptozoologist Verity (“Very”) Price. Very wants to be a ballroom dancer, but she also feels obligated to continue the work her family has been doing for generations: studying cryptids and making sure they don’t interfere with humans, or vice versa.

Sunday 10/19/2014
Bristol Bird Club’s rare find boosts regional Fall Bird Count
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 12:11 am

The 45th consecutive Fall Bird Count was held on Sept. 27 with 32 observers in eight parties covering much of Northeast Tennessee.

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Reporter 's private reading is an eye opener
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 12:51 pm

After an interview, Tom Netherland sat for a Tarot reading with Bristol spiritual advisor Candace Maiden. Here's how it went ...

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Thursday 10/16/2014
Short Takes: Free MP3 download from Goapele and more
Posted: October 16, 2014

Check these events out: We Are the World, Jericho Shrine Circus and Zombies!

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Blue Ridge Entertainers spins old-time tunes anew
Posted: October 16, 2014

Johnson City’s Blue Ridge Entertainers sound like Uncle Dave Macon’s offspring.

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Entertainment and More
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Keeping you up on what's coming Sunday and additional entertainment in the region.

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Bristol native behind scenes of TNT show
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Nearly 20 years ago, Beth Belew gained a passion for working in television while studying in the broadcasting department at Tennessee High School, helping produce “The Viking News” at age 16. “I loved it,” she said. “I was totally hooked.”

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Center Stage: Tears ... laughter: Life goes both ways for David Mayfield
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Bitter tears of life stain the face behind the mask of many a clown.

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Sunday 10/12/2014
A rousing steampunk adventure that includes humor and plenty of action
Posted: October 12, 2014

“Phoenix Rising” by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, is the first in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. It follows the adventures (and misadventures) of one Wellington Thornhill Books, esquire and his partner, field agent Eliza D. Braun.

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Friday 10/10/2014
Events for families and kids
Posted: October 10, 2014

Together time for families: Zombie makeup workshop; Teen open mic night; Free self defense course; Family contra dance

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Hand-crafters demonstrate old-time methods to make clothes
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 12:06 am

Artisans are dialing it back a few centuries this week at the Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum in Abingdon, Virginia.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Rita Quillen has passion for working with words
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Southwest Virginia writer Rita Sims Quillen is taking up residence at Southwest Virginia Community College Oct. 21-22 to participate in a number of events.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Benefit for the Bluff City Rescue Squad to be held Oct. 9
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Organized by Jerry Malone and set to stage at Bluff City Elementary School’s auditorium, the show will feature a collection of ETSU’s leading bands.

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Abingdon's Barter Tent Jams closes out its inaugural year on Oct. 11 with Plena Libre
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Rhythms catch the ear like rainbows attract the eye.

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Short Takes: MP3 download from Roadrunner Records and more
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Check these events out: New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, Miss Tess and The Talkbacks, and Huey Lewis and The News

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Chef Robert Irvine show at NPAC is a new format
Posted: October 08, 2014

Chef Robert Irvine comes to Niswonger Performing Center on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. And the audience is part of his show.

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Cooking classes feature soups and German cuisine
Posted: October 08, 2014

ABINGDON, Va. - The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia, continues its fall culinary series with two classes.

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Sunday 10/05/2014
Advice for authors of young adult fiction covers many topics
Posted: October 05, 2014

“Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies” by Deborah Halverson begins with the preparations you will need to make in order to write young adult fiction. For starters, Halverson explains what constitutes young adult fiction and what doesn’t. There are two types of young adult fiction Halverson says: middle grade, or tween fiction which is aimed at kids ages nine through 14; and young adult fiction, or teen fiction for kids ages 12 through 17.

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Meet the 11 Miss Food City candidates
Posted: October 05, 2014

Miss Food City pageant on Oct. 11 at Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts will be directed by the Twin City Woman’s Club, with event proceeds benefiting their sponsored projects and charities.

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St. Anne’s Author’s Day spotlights storyteller/author Carmen Deedy
Posted: October 05, 2014

BRISTOL, Va. — Carmen Deedy has a name that may sound familiar in the Tri-Cities.

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Shoes call to her ...
Posted: October 05, 2014

Mary Jane Miller of Bristol, Virginia, has been collecting shoes for years. She is donating four pairs to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

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Bob Sargent's hummingbird research included visits to Bristol
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 10:01 pm

I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Bob Sargent. With his wife, Martha, Bob was the co-founder of the The Hummer/Bird Study Group. This non-profit organization founded by the Sargents was based in their hometown of Clay, Alabama, and dedicated to the study and preservation of hummingbirds and other neotropical migrants.

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Friday 10/03/2014
World Equestrian Games volunteer reflects on experience
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 10:24 am

Ann Yungmeyer of Kingsport, among 3,000 volunteers for the World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France.

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Fundraiser planned for Agape Christian Mission Oct. 9-11
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 9:23 am

With 15 residents of the Tri-Cities, Agape Christian Mission made a trip last week to Haiti, conducting a four-day, free medical clinic.

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Agape mission trip fundraiser planned
Posted: October 03, 2014

With 15 residents of the Tri-Cities, Agape Christian Mission made a trip last week to Haiti, conducting a four-day, free medical clinic.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Coming Sunday
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:48 pm

In Community Sunday: Shoe collection; Author's Day; Big (hefty) John Wood; Miss Food City; Loss of the hummingbird man

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Short Takes: Sunshine, Rob as Rod, Creole Cowboys and a free MP3 download from Doug Seegers
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Sunshine

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Appleseed Collective: Sound reflects a world of travel
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Michigan’s Appleseed Collective looks back in order to charge forth with a sound branded as their own.

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Center Stage: Funk is at the center of Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Like creme in a Twinkie, funk fills the center of Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band.

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Step into his World
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Glade Spring, Virginia, artist Jack "Jarata" Taylor intentionally leaves faces blank in some of his work.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
How to prepare a healthy snack for your children
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 9:38 pm

It was spring, it was summer and now it is fall. Is that hard to believe or what? I do not know if it just me but it sure seems that time is going by awfully fast lately. As I get older, time seems to go by at a lighting fast pace. But that is a subject for a whole other column.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
Applicants needed for new service program in Virginia State Parks
Posted: September 30, 2014

RICHMOND, VA — Applications are being accepted for the inaugural season of the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps. Created by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and inspired by the conservation ethic of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps, VSCC participants will help to preserve and protect public lands in Virginia.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Large flock of nighthawks migrate through region in fall
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 9:38 pm

I saw my first common nighthawks of the year this past Labor Day weekend when I saw a half-dozen individual birds on the evening of Aug. 30 as they flew overhead while foraging for flying insects.

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Local photographer to lead Photo Walk at Hungry Mother State Park
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

The Photo Walk is limited to 25 participants and registration ends at 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

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Review: Holly Williams sparkles as Eliza Doolittle in Barter's 'My Fair Lady'
Updated: October 05, 2014 - 3:51 pm

There are a handful of classic musical plays that are genuinely timeless and one of the best of these is Lerner and Lowe’s “My Fair Lady.”

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Sunday 09/28/2014
Book on the fascinating art of pyrography includes beautiful artwork
Posted: September 28, 2014

“The Art and Craft of Pyrography: Drawing with Fire on Leather, Gourds, Cloth, Paper and Wood” by Lora S. Irish, is a how-to book on the fascinating art of pyrography.

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Erwin to host Unicoi County Apple Festival
Posted: September 28, 2014

The Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce is holding its 37th annual Unicoi County Apple Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day in downtown Erwin.

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Stories - true and false - to fill three days in Jonesborough
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 9:06 am

Storytelling performers from near and far are coming to Jonesborough, Tennessee, for the National Storytelling Festival, running Oct. 3-5.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
It's fall festival season time!
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Fall festivals kick into high gear this weekend with festivities ranging from the "God's Thumbprint" called Burke's Garden to the "Grand Canyon of the South" at Breaks Interstate Park.

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Coming this Weekend
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Storytelling Festival; Castlewood native attained rank of brigadier general; Erwin Apple Festival; Catching a glimpse of nighthawks and more.

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Short Takes: Scythian, Crooked Road Music Fest and Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx and more
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Dom Flemons, former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, stirs up this week’s free MP3 down-loads in old-time string band style. Check out Music Notes in Short Takes.

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Tony Trischka brings a wild mix of music to Barter's Tent Jams in Abingdon on Sept. 26
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Banjo changed Tony Trischka’s life. Drastically.

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Center Stage: Nathan Stanley standing in a spotlight of his own
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

The grandson of Appalachian mountain music legend Ralph Stanley will appear in a pair of local concerts. First and with his grandfather, Stanley visits the Lincoln Theatre in Marion on Sept. 26. One night later, the youngster helms the spotlight on Sept. 27 at Heritage Hall in Clintwood, Va.

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Piano concert; 'Lego Movie' to be shown; Travelers Revision in concert; Chili cookoff entries; Dukes Sculpture finds new home
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Pianist Matt Gianforte lived in Abingdon for several years, attended Abingdon High School and studied with Diedre Davis at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.

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Talk on cougars; Planning quilt show; Drawing class; King's family weekend
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Around the Empire events include a little bit of this and that ...

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Photographer sees a different Abingdon
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

"Abingdon Revival" at Arts Depot features Asheville's Lynne Harty's “colorful and quirky” images of iconic sites in the town.

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Remnant Yuchi Nation sharing culture at events
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Karen Roark showed off some spearmint.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
The great orange pumpkin is a superstar in healthy nutrition
Posted: September 24, 2014

Fall is in the air, the crispness just begs us to go to the nearby coffee shop and order a pumpkin spiced latte, extra hot, no whip of course! But do you really know what is in that pumpkin spiced latte? Is there really any pumpkin (a nutritious superstar) in that coffee?

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Book helps teens implement self-defense techniques and get in shape
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 10:27 am

“Teen Self Defense: American Marine Goju” by Lieutenant Colonel Garry Klaus is a good book to use to help get teens in shape this 27 September, which is Family Health and Fitness Day.

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Five hot kitchen trends to try
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 10:10 am

Gray walls and counters, beverage centers, distressed wood and appliances in orange, turquoise and other cheery colors are big design trends in kitchens.

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
This love of street rods began with a cow
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 2:58 pm

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Bill Haley and the Comets dropped the top, hit the gas and roared with “Rock Around the Clock.”

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