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Volume 24, Number 2 — February 2017

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Literary festivals with writing contests coming up

The Rose Glen Literary Festival returns to Sevierville, Tennessee, on Feb. 25. It celebrates its eighth year as one of the south's premier literary events.

Nancy Johnson's paintings honor past, embrace future

Artist Nancy Johnson uses her colorful, folk-art paintings to share her experiences growing up African-American in Southwest Virginia in the 1930s.

Holocaust Survivor Theodora Klayman

As time gradually claims those of whom the Holocaust could not, their stories could fade precipitously into the dusty corners of time. Hear Holocaust survivor Theodora Klayman speak in Bristol on Feb. 27.

Stella Parton: East Tennnesse Proud

Siblings of music superstars typically do not encounter golden ladders to the top as a result. Just ask Waylon Jennings' brother Tommy. Or Johnny Cash's brother Tommy. Or Tanya Tucker's sister La Costa. Oh, Stella Parton knows. A younger sister of Dolly Parton, her career in music did not come courtesy a leg up from her "Coat of Many Colors" sister.

NASA job added up to bliss

MARION, Va. — The first mention of Marion comes on page 23 of the New York Times bestselling book "Hidden Figures." The statement is simple: Twenty-four-year-old Katherine lived in Marion, Virginia, a speck of a town in the state's rural southwest.

Northeast State students earn honors

Northeast State award-winning student literary publication "Echoes and Images" announced winners of the annual competition.

Where Did the Time Go?

Your last vacation was really fun. Those seven days felt like ten minutes. And then you were back to work, where ten minutes can seem like seven days. Why is that? How come enjoyable things whiz by fast and why do you wake up seconds before the alarm goes off? Read "Why Time Flies" by Alan Burdick, and just watch...

Crafts for Beginners

"The Art of Creating: The ABC Basic Lessons," by White Star Publishers, is meant to help people recognize their own creativity. It begins with the materials you should familiarize yourself with: white paper, natural paper, transparent plastics, balsa wood, modeling clays, and so on.

New Bristol art studio whets artists' palettes

BRISTOL, Tenn. There's a new opportunity in the Twin City to let your artistic side flourish. Walk into the new Masterpiece Mixers studio on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol and you might feel like you've stumbled into a giant party. But there's something more constructive going on.

Appalachian Men's Ensemble to present "Keys on Fire"

The Appalachian Men's Ensemble presents a concert titled "Keys on Fire!" Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist, Johnson City, Tennessee, and Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. at First Broad Street United Methodist, Kingsport, Tennessee.

"Mercy Killers' is on stage at ETSU

As the Affordable Care Act is being reassessed by a new Congress and administration, Michael Milligan is bringing his unblinking and very personal look at health care to the stage at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Please touch the art!

Connect with metal artist's emotions

Artist John Drury has found a way to bring awareness to animal abuse through art.

Local Christian TV program looking for teens

BRISTOL, Tenn. — A new local television program is looking to recruit many Christian teens to be "on air" and/or behind the scenes sharing God's Word — your way.

Studio Brew event combines beer, food and body painting

BRISTOL, Va. — Bringing together beer, food and body painting, area residents, artists and their models gathered in Bristol on Saturday for a unique experience at Studio Brew.

Beat up books send artistic message

EMORY, Va. — You might walk into the art gallery at Emory & Henry College and think you have made the wrong turn. Or, upon first seeing "Codex," you may think you have missed the "art" on display at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts.

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