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Volume 26, Number 8 — August 2018

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Erwin’s artsy elephants on parade seek to redeem town’s past

Visitors to downtown Erwin, Tennessee, this summer will not have failed to notice the parade of colorful pachyderms on display through the recently renewed blocks along Main Avenue.

Abingdon High School chemistry teacher pursues writing passion

Jennifer Ann Reed is back in the chemistry classroom at Abingdon High School.

IBMA 2018 Special, Momentum award nominees include several with ETSU ties

East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies congratulates its alumni, faculty and students who were recently announced as nominees for 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association Special and Momentum awards.

VHF Announces Juried Fine Art Award Winners

The 70th Annual Virginia Highlands Festival presented awards to the “Juried Fine Art” show winners at the Arts Depot July 26.

Highlands Community Services to hold dance for community, people with special needs

ABINGDON, Va.: Wilt Grier likes to get down to R. Kelly.

Richlands, Virginia, native achieves dream of being published author

GRUNDY, Va. — Even in first grade, Justin Trout wanted to be an author.

Artist preserves traditional folk crafting with Moravian stars

ABINGDON, Va.: After spending more than 40 years working at a local phone company — some of it soldering wires and climbing ladders — Cathy Jones is keeping her hands busy preserving Appalachian traditions she doesn’t want to see die.

STS Grant applications open

August marks the unofficial ending of summer and the beginning of another school year for teachers and students across Tennessee.

2018 IBMA award nominees include nine ETSU alumni, students and faculty

JOHNSON CITY — Nine individuals associated with East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program are nominees for 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association awards.

Carson Peters and Iron Mountain partners with The Paramount to hold benefit

Kingston Baker played with Legos on Thursday afternoon.

Monkey business: Handmade Depression-era toys in demand from local artisan

ABINGDON, Va.- Debby Clark makes crafts that bring a smile to many people.

RobCon appeals to residents of all ages

BRISTOL, Tenn. — A bespectacled kid in a Marvel t-shirt stepped inside Mountain Empire Comics on Thursday afternoon. He made a beeline to the walls lined in comic books.

Perry makes true crime a hit

Tom Perry has become one of Southwest Virginia’s most popular authors — thanks to his diligence in researching places associated with tragedy.

Woman utilizes creative passion to teach others, honor crafting tradition

ABINGDON, Va. — It all started with the search for the perfect paint.

Art show, gallery are cooperative efforts among area artists

Several members of the Watauga Valley Art League are staying busy with a cooperative art gallery in downtown Bristol, as well as an annual art show and sale in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

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