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Volume 24, Number 8 — August 2017

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Glade Spring fashion designer sews up wardrobe for docudrama

GLADE SPRING, Va. — A Glade Spring businessman was a member of the costume crew for "Born in Bristol," a docudrama that tells the story of the Bristol Sessions.

Bella Raye: "I'm not afraid to open up ... and tell people who I am."

Into an ever-unfolding sky of stars go the dreams of Bella Bane.

The art of Bill Deel

ABINGDON, Va. — Bill Deel paints with both oil and watercolors.

A local dancer with a national Reputation

"The first song that spoke to me was 'Man in the Mirror' by Michael Jackson. I knew Michael Jackson, his songs were the first ones I was dancing to, but that song had a message. I may not have fully known it at the time it came out, I was young, but I knew how I felt about it. It made me want to go after it. Once I knew the words, it made me want to stop dancing just like him, and start dancing just like me," says Kevin Glasper.

Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, appears in "Trail of the Lonesome Pine' outdoor drama

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine," the official outdoor drama of the Commonwealth of Virginia and member of The Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, is celebrating a 54th consecutive season during the summer of 2017 with several special performances planned over the season.

Handmade Dog Fashion in the Mountain Region

ABINGDON, Va. — Kim Goward picked up purse-making as a craft about five years ago.

New book offers pictorial history of the CCC

MARION, Va. — It was a projection for Smyth County in the 1930s with a name called "Southwest Virginia State Park."

New book to include Blountville's "CanJoe' John alongside Peter Frampton and YES

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Local musician "CanJoe" John VanArsdall will be included alongside Peter Frampton and the rock band YES in a book that will tell the stories of musicians, their equipment, and their journeys in the industry.

Steppin' out? Dancin', food, friends at the Show Palace

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Country music and Christ share space nowadays inside Bristol's Knights of Columbus.

Abingdon, Virginia author publishes second children's book

Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee, announces the release of "Born Again," written by Abingdon, Virginia, author, Jessica Helton.

Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and Friends of Southwest Virginia announce new executive director

Virginia's Department of Housing and Community Development has named Southwest Virginia native Chris Cannon as executive director of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and Friends of Southwest Virginia.

Book focuses on social media etiquette

Within a few short years, Germany Kent has solidified herself as an expert in social media etiquette.

Travel with renown photographer ... on safari and beyond

New business takes travelers to Ben Walls familiar places

Fine art photographer and Bristol gallery owner Benjamin Walls heads to East Africa this month.

Bristol artist documents everyday to bizarre Appalachia

BRISTOL, Tenn. — A lightning-eyed, snake-handling preacher occupies a corner of the garage in Eric Cunningham's suburban Bristol home.

Musicians in Bristol recording for '1927 Jubilee': The New Bristol Sessions'

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Richie Owens cruised up a hill on a sunny Wednesday morning to record a murder ballad set on the Holston River.

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