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Publisher Kimberly Wilson Graphic Design Ashley Lawson Jon Bill Forrester Office Manager Amy Arnold Office Assistant Katlin Buchanan Accountant Haley Hopkins

your week’s line-up

Volume 02 Issue 68

Amy Arnold

08 Spotlight 09 ETSU Announces Tryouts For New Esports Varsity Team 10 Magician Dave Harter Magic Show at the Jonesborough Library Friday, December 27th 2019 11 Karaoke 11 Trivia 12 ETSU Congratulates Grammy Nominees 13 Things To Do

16 ABC’s of Christmas 24 ETSU’s Bishop Earns Accrediting Body’s Highest Public Recognition

Contributing Staff Karen Fox Andy Ross Leslie J. Salling Kathie Scalf Ken Silvers

24 Host a Brazilian Exchange Student this January! 26 Birthplace of Country Music Museum to Host Qualifying Round for Tennessee Songwriters Week

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07 Christmas Cookie Potluck & Contra Dance in Jonesborough

15 WQUT Concert Schedule

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06 Local Author Publishes The Second Book In Her “Save The Earth” Series

15 Pets of the Week

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05 Johnson City Police Department Offers Holiday Safety Tips

14 Puzzle Page

Editor Karen Fox

28 The AV Club Gallery Opens in Johnson City

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PUBLISHER Happy Holidays from your friends at the Loafer! We hope that your holiday plans are coming along nicely. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself to enjoy the season, and browse through this weeks issue! Our Adopt a Veteran event is coming up! It takes place on December 19th, from 6 to 9 pm. This event honors local veterans and provides them with a hot meal, company, and gifts. If you are interested in sponsoring a veteran contact us at 423-957-6208 or by emailing theloaferonlineprint@gmail.com. Help us make the holiday special for our veterans by calling and sponsoring a veteran today!

31 Adopt A Veteran

Also, don’t forget to check out our spread on the “ABC’s of Christmas.” There you will find local companies to inspire gift and decor ideas for all of your holiday needs!

20 Country Feels: Little Whirlwind of Blue

Have a wonderful week.

30 Congratulations Elizabethton Cyclones!

23 Living Your Best Life: How to Fight Sugar Cravings During the Holidays 25 Tea Time with Appalachian Barbie: Aging Like a Fine Wine 27 Pop Life: Holiday Rush 29 Batteries Not Included: Temple Drake

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cautious. The JCPD recommends, in addition to being on high alert for telephone and internet scams, people should place an emphasis on protecting online purchases from theft by using • Keep valuables locked away and the following suggestions. hidden. A thief is much more likely • Have packages delivered to households where someone is to take something that is left in home, a work address or require a plain sight. • Try to shop during busier hours signature at the time of delivery. With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Johnson City Police Department is reminding everyone to be extra vigilant and would like to offer citizens the following safety tips when shopping.

• Have packages delivered to a local Amazon locker to be picked up within three days of delivery. This • Don’t shop alone. Go with a friend free service is available at the time of checkout on the popular website. or family member when possible. • Do not leave purses unattended • Instead of having items delivered to your doorstep opt for in shopping carts. in-store pick up. • Do not carry large amounts of cash. • Sign up for alerts when offered • Always lock your vehicle, in by the retailer or delivery service parking lots and at home. so you can stay informed as to which packages are being • Most importantly, be aware of personal safety. Be aware of what delivered and when. and who is around you. Park in • Use internet-enabled security well-lit spaces, and keep your keys cameras and place them in highly in your hand when going in and visible locations. out of stores – the less time you Citizens who believe a package stand in a parking lot trying to has been stolen should first verify unlock a car and place packages that the package was delivered inside, the better. As you leave and then call the police. the store, stop and scan the area between you and your vehicle. If “Being the victim of a crime can you see something suspicious, go certainly dampen the holiday back inside the store and contact spirit,” said Johnson City Police store security or call 911. Capt. Matt Howell. “These common sense measures can help everyone Shoppers who make their purchases online must be equally stay safe and enjoy the season.” – the crowds may be larger but there will be more people nearby to help if you need it.


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Local Author Publishes The Second Book In Her “Save The Earth” Series Save the Arctic Written and Illustrated by Bethany Stahl #1 New Release in Children’s Environment and Ecology Books on Amazon.com From exciting and adventurous to educational and captivating, Amazon bestselling author, Bethany Stahl creates a new children’s book that is engaging, fun, and teaches about the environment! Nanu, a lonely polar bear, searches for dinner. The ice is melting, and the animals are disappearing! During his search, he makes an unlikely friend with Toklo, a silly beluga

whale! The friends work together with a native girl, Ahnah, as they figure out how everyone can work together to help “Save the Arctic”! Bethany Stahl came to Knoxville, TN, in 2015 with a lifelong love of stories, art, and inspiring children. She writes picture books that inspire supporting our environment, self-love, and acceptance. “Save the Arctic” is her fourth children’s book. Children’s / Recycling & Conservation Paperback 8.5 x 8.5 inches, 32 pages ISBN-13: 978-1732395121; $12 US (Paperback) ISBN-13: 978-1732395176; $20 US (Hardcover)

Contra Dance in Jonesborough The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, a traditional dance group based in Jonesborough, TN, and the Jolly Ole Elf will host a holiday contra dance with a caller and live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Dancers are encouraged to bake or bring their favorite holiday season cookies to share at the 9:00pm break.

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A beginner’s workshop starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, $5 for students and children. All are welcome; partners are not required, and no dance experience is needed. The band, Hot Daddies, will provide live music, and caller Diane Silver will lead dancers through the steps. The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society is an affiliate member of the Country Dance and Song Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes traditional arts at events across the country. The society was formed in January of 2006 to expand opportunities for traditional dancing and to attract new enthusiasts in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. Founder David Wiley said, “Each event draws more people as word spreads about how fun Contra dancing is. We encourage everyone to come out and try it.” “We are getting many students and young couples who are looking to learn traditional folk dance in a healthy atmosphere”. This dance marks the completion of 14 years of community contra dance in Jonesborough. Contra dancing traces its origins to 17th century England and France. Similar dance styles include Irish, English Country, and American square

dancing. Long lines of pairs dance to steps announced by the caller as they move up and down the lines. Everyone dances with everyone else over the course of the evening. Singles are paired with a partner, so everyone can participate. Wiley adds, “Contra dancing is fun, social, and easy to learn. We have terrific musicians and a great caller for this dance. Whether you’ve danced before or are new to contra dancing, you’ll have a wonderful time.” Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle for hydration as this is an aerobic dance. Dancers are invited to waltz from 6:00-7:00pm to recorded music. “We do country dance waltz compared to ballroom style waltz” offers David Wiley, event organizer. The Hot Daddies are local musicians affiliated with the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music program including Lee Bidgood and Roy Andrade. Nationally renowned dance caller/ teacher, Diane Silver comes to call dances once again for the Jonesborough dance community. After years of environmental education and a few years as classroom teacher, Diane is now a freelance consultant. When not in the classroom, Diane is the featured caller for many dance weekends held around the country and recently was the featured contra dance caller at the Sidmouth Folk Festival in England. For more information on Saturday’s dance or any upcoming events, please call David Wiley at: 423-534-8879 or visit: historicjonesboroughdancesociety.com.

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Spotlight Johnson City, TN

Tuesday December 17th

6pm Stemwinder at The Rocks Wood Fired Pizza and Grill 7pm Electric 94.9's Acoustic Christmas '19 at Freedom Hall Civic Center

Wednesday December 18th

6:30pm H.B. Beverly at The Rocks Wood Fired Pizza and Grill 7:30pm The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show at The Down Home

Thursday December 19th

6:30pm Mark Larkins at The Rocks Wood Fired Pizza and Grill 8pm Jam with Jason Decristofaro at Wellington's Restaurant 10pm Bad People for a Good Cause 2: Electric Boogaloo at The Hideaway

Friday December 20th

7pm Kids Our Age at Memorial Park Community Center 8pm Shake It Like A Caveman at The Down Home 8pm Travers Brothership w/ Masseuse at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room 10pm Donnie & the Dry Heavers with Loose Leaves 10pm The Jae Marie Project at Wild Wing Cafe (71 Wilson Avenue, Johnson City, TN) 10:30pm 90s Flash back at Wonderland Lounge/Bar N Grill

Saturday December 21st

8pm Winter Solstice at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room 10pm RevLow with Strange God's and Bloodthorne at Capone's 10pm 80's Dance Party with Spank! At Wild Wing Cafe (71 Wilson Avenue, Johnson City, TN) 10pm Winter Solstice at The Hideaway

Sunday December 22nd

2pm Cross Anchor Union & Friends: Home for the Holidays! At The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room 7pm Down Home Christmas Show at The Down Home

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Thursday December 19th

7pm Donnie and The Dryheavers at Model City Tap House

Friday December 20th

7pm Hustle Souls LIVE at Gypsy Circus Cider Company 8pm Night Moves at Kingsport Moose Lodge #972 9pm Model City Wrecking Crew at CJ's Sports Bar

Saturday December 21st

9pm Jingle Bell Ball w/ Jigsaw Jane! At CJ's Sports Bar 8pm Suthern accent band at Fraternal Order of Eagles 3141

Monday December 23rd 8pm Brinley Addington at Model City Tap House

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Saturday December 21st

6pm Trace Hoover Duo at Jonesborough Barrel House 7pm Nightshift at Thompsons Produce Elizabethton, TN Elizabethton,TN

Friday December 20th

9pm Shooter at Eliz. Elks Lodge

Saturday December 21st

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7pm Tom Harmon Trio at Blackbird Bakery

Friday December 20th

7pm Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Megan Jean & The KFB at The Bristol Hotel 8pm Cleve Edwards at Blackbird Bakery

Saturday December 21st

Wednesday December 18th

Thursday December 19th

Friday December 20th

6pm Tunes for Tykes-Benefit for Families Served by Blue Mtn. Therapy at The Cameo Theater 7pm Julie Williams at The Cascade Draft House 8pm Ian Feathers Band at Quaker Steak and Lube (Bristol, VA) 8pm Bran & Cam at Blackbird Bakery 8pm Ivy Road LIVE at Delta Blues Restaurant and Catering

Saturday December 21st

2pm Community Jams at Birthplace of Country Music Museum 8pm The Usual Suspects LIVE at Delta Blues Restaurant and Catering 8pm Saul Brooks at Quaker Steak and Lube (Bristol, VA) 8pm Virginia West at Blackbird Bakery

Sunday December 22nd

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Monday December 23rd

8pm Smoky Mountain Sideshow live at Union Street Taproom Butler, TN

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Saturday December 21st

3pm TN Champagne Live at Blue Mountanya Resort Bristol, TN/VA Bristol, TN/VA

Tuesday December 17th

6pm Open Mic Night with JP Parsons at The Cascade Draft House

3pm Live Music: Stemwinder at Abingdon Vineyards 8pm Cleve Edwards Music Live at White Birch Kitchen & Juice Bar 9:30pm 5th Annual Picksmas at Rain Restaurant & Bar

7pm Anthony Wayne Vibe & Trucky Cheese Food Truck at The Cascade Draft House Asheville,NCAsheville,NC 8pm Wolf Hills Jazz at Blackbird Bakery

8pm Big Son at Jiggy Ray's Downtown Pizzeria

Saturday December 21st

8pm Virginia West with The Country Club at Wolf Hills Brewing

5pm Blake's 1st Annual J A M R A I S E R at The Cascade Draft House 8pm Bristol Bass Nights at Quaker Steak and Lube (Bristol, VA) Abingdon,VAAbingdon,VA

Tuesday December 17th

5pm Greasy Bean Cafe and Music at The Community Center of Abingdon

Thursday December 19th

6:30pm Thursday Night Open Jam Presented by The Crooked Road at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace

Tuesday December 17th

9pm NGHTMRE - The Portal Tour at The Orange Peel

Wednesday December 18th 7pm Haegtessa at Isis Music Hall

Thursday December 19th 7pm EJ, Frances, and Alex at Isis Music Hall 8pm Tab Benoit w/ J.P. Soars at The Grey Eagle

Friday December 20th

7pm The Nouveaux Honkie at Isis Music Hall 8pm Eleanor Underhill and Friends at Salvage Station 8:30pm Pretty Little Goat and Giri & Uma Peters at Isis Music Hall 9pm Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt w/ Ton Of Hay (Robert Hunter Tribute) at Asheville Music Hall 9pm Jon Stickley Trio w/ Old Salt Union at The Grey Eagle

Saturday December 21st

7pm 18th Annual Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert at The Orange Peel 9pm Jeff Thompson Plays Jeff Buckley at The Grey Eagle 10pm Machine Funk [Tribute to Widespread Panic] at Asheville Music Hall

Sunday December 22nd

6pm Warm December Jazz with Amanda Horton & Daniel Keller at Isis Music Hall 8pm Worthwhile Sounds Presents: Julie Odell + Joshua Carpenter at Ambrose West 8pm Feelin' Groovy with Peggy, Hank & Paula at The Grey Eagle

New Esports Varsity Team Esports has become one of the fastest growing areas of collegiate and professional competition in the United States and around the world. Today, East Tennessee State University announced plans to form a varsity esports team and to begin competing in fall 2020. The team will be sponsored by ETSU Online.


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To be eligible to try out for the ETSU varsity team, the person must be a current student or will be a current student in fall 2020, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be on a path toward graduation. “Sport teams have existed on our campus and have been a rich part of our history, all the way back to the days when we were East Tennessee State Normal School,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. “We already have a strong gaming community on our campus that competes through our student organizations, and the creation of our own varsity team builds upon that foundation.”

Organized by the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), esports are multiplayer online video game competitions viewed by spectators both in person and via livestream. Tryouts for the ETSU team are open to both men and women and will begin in January 2020. Some scholarship assistance will be available to students During the news conference, Noland selected for the team. announced that the university is in The inaugural varsity team will the process of establishing a new complete in League of Legends and graduate certificate program in esports Overwatch, with plans to add more management that will be offered by the games in the future. ETSU will compete Clemmer College’s Department of Sport, in tournaments hosted by NACE and Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology Tespa, which is a network of students, possibly as early as fall 2020. competitors and club leaders. More information about the varsity ETSU’s Culp Center, which is currently undergoing renovation and is expected to open in early 2020, will feature a new esports arena with a 32foot video wall to display tournaments and other livestreaming esports events. Technology available to team members include machines with 9th Gen Intel i7 processors, 512 GB M.2 solid state drive, 25-inch G-sync monitors with 240Hz refresh rate and peripherals such as specialized keyboards, mice and headsets.

esports team is available at www.etsu.edu/esports/. Persons interested in the ETSU esports tryouts and schedule should contact Brad Engle, interim coordinator, at brad@etsu.edu or 423-439-4246. Those wanting additional information about the proposed esports graduate certificate should contact Dr. Natalie Smith, graduate programs coordinator, at smithnl4@etsu.edu or 423-439-4382 or visit www.etsu.edu/coe/serk/graduate/ esport.php.


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Magician Dave Harter Magic Show at the Jonesborough Library

Friday, December 27th 2019

Dave Harter is a Florida based magician that travels all over to entertain and amaze his clients, and now he’s coming to the Jonesborough Library! He specializes in interactive magic entertainment; the audience is part of the show! He will leave you speechless and wondering how he did

it. Come see interactive magic right in front of your eyes as he uses cards, coins, and his mind on Friday, December 27th @ 1:00pm! This is a free show for everyone 18+. This program is paid for by the Washington County Friends of the Library.


Karaoke at Numan’s - Johnson City Karaoke with Absolute Entertainment at East Coast Wings in Johnson City


Turn the Page Karaoke at VFW Post 2108 – Johnson City Karaoke Night at Wonderland Lounge and Bar Karaoke at Quaker Steak and Lube (Bristol, VA) 7pm Karaoke with Absolute Entertainment at Stellar Pizzeria In Piney Flats,TN 7pm


Karaoke at Zachary’s Steakhouse Michael’s Krazy Karaoke at Stateline Bar & Grill Karaoke w/ DJ Marquez Top Shelf Entertainment at Wild Wings Café JC Karaoke at Numan’s - Johnson City Karaoke at Jiggy Rays Pizzeria Karaoke w/Tony & Rod at CJ’s Sports Bar 8pm Karaoke at Tipsy Toad (Jonesborough) Open Mic & Karaoke at Wonderland Lounge/Bar N Grill Karaoke w/ Absolute Entertainment at Macado's in Kingsport 9-12


Karaoke w/ Shane Rouse at Bear’s Bar Karaoke at Kingsport Moose Lodge Karaoke w/ Reverb Karaoke at The Cottage 8:30pm Turn the Page Karaoke at VFW Post 2108 – Johnson City Karaoke at Elizabethton VFW Karaoke w/ Michael Hawkins at Holiday Inn (Exit 7) – Bristol, VA Karaoke at Numan’s – Johnson City Karaoke at 27 Lions (Marion, VA) 9:00pm Karaoke with Absolute Entertainment at Rainbow Asian Cuisine 9pm


Karaoke at Kingsport Moose Lodge Turn the Page Karaoke at VFW Post 2108 – Johnson City Karaoke w/ Absolute Entertainment at Macado’s – Kingsport 9pm Karaoke at Numan’s – Johnson City Karaoke w/ Tony & Rod at CJ’s Sports Bar

SUNDAY 7pm Open Mic with Karaoke at Go Burrito Johnson City


Wild Wing Café JC- Team Trivia Tuesdays 8:30pm Johnson City Brewing Company- Trivia Tuesdays 7pm Aubrey’s Johnson City- Trivia Night 7pm 27 Lions - Trivia Night 7pm Union Street Taproom - DJ Trivia 6pm


Tipton Street Pub- Trivia Wednesdays 9pm Aubrey’s Bristol- Trivia Night 7pm Johnson City Moose Lodge 1831 - DJ Trivia 7pm Tipsy Toad (Jonesborough) - Trivia 7pm


Holy Taco & Cantina Trivia Night 9pm JRH Brewing - Trivia Night 7pm Mellow Mushroom Johnson City - Mellow Trivia 7pm Gypsy Circus Cider Company - Trivia 6:30pm


Barley Waters- Trivia Night 7pm Yee-Haw Brewing- Trivia Mondays 7pm Woodstone Deli - DJ Trivia 7pm Model City Tap House - Live Team Trivia Night 7pm

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ETSU Congratulates

Grammy Nominees East Tennessee State University congratulates five individuals associated with its Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies and Department of Appalachian Studies who recently received 2020 Grammy Award nominations from The Recording Academy. Alumna Amythyst Kiah is nominated for Best American Roots Song for “Black Myself,” a song she wrote and performed with the Americana group Our Native Daughters. Other ETSU alumni and faculty participated in Grammy-nominated projects. Alumnus and former faculty member Barry Bales performed bass on Willie Nelson’s track “Ride Me Back Home,” which is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance. Alumnus Tyler Griffith played bass with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper on the album “Tall Fiddler,” which is up for Bluegrass Album of the Year. The album “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout,” which is

nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album, features songs written by ETSU Songwriter Scholarship donor Rick Lang and performed by a variety of top bluegrass musicians. Alumna Becky Buller cowrote the song “Don’t Tune Him Out,” and faculty member Jon Weisberger co-wrote “They Were Fishermen” and “Henry Clayton Parker.” Buller also participated on two other projects that were nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year. She played fiddle on the song “Swept Away” on Missy Raines’ album “Royal Traveler” and co-wrote “Crave” with Frank Solivan for his album “If You Can’t Stand the Heat.” The winners will be announced Sunday, Jan. 26, prior to the televised Grammy Awards ceremony on CBS. To learn more about Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU, visit: www.etsu.edu/bluegrass.

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TUESDAY DECEMBER 17TH 6pm Tuesday Green Drinks at Johnson City Brewing Company 6pm Dandy Lines Holiday Entertainment at The Mall at Johnson City 6pm Star Wars Celebration at Johnson City Public Library 6:30pm 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Wonderland Lounge/Bar N Grill 6:30pm Tennessee Poker Tour at OT Sports JC 7pm Poetry Hoot at The Down Home 7pm Harry Potter Advanced Trivia & Butterscotch Brown Ale Release! At Johnson City Brewing Company 9pm Bingo at Tipton Street Pub

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH 7pm Team Trivia at Go Burrito

THURSDAY DECEMBER 19TH Thursty Thursday $3 pints at Go Burrito 5pm Madden Tourney at Go Burrito (Johnson City, TN) 6:30pm Tennessee Poker Tour at Smokey Bones JC 7pm Wine Dinner Tasting at Wonderland Lounge/Bar N Grill 8pm Sagittarius Party at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room



5:30am F3 Free Men's Bootcamps 2:30pm Miracle on 34th Street at Love Chapel Elementary at Theatre Bristol SATURDAY DECEMBER 21ST 5pm The Wizards of Winter The Christmas Dream at 5pm Ugly Sweater Party The Paramount Center for at Union Street Taproom the Arts Bristol, TN MONDAY DECEMBER 23RD 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in 5:30am F3 Free Men's Bootcamps Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway at Love Chapel Elementary 6pm Mellow Bingo at Mellow BUTLER, TN Mushroom (Bristol, VA)

7pm Cornhole Tournament at CJ's Sports Bar

4pm Christmas Extravaganza at Blue Mountanya The Resort

7pm Open Mic at GO Burrito! 7pm Music Bingo at East Coast Wings



6pm Ugly Sweater Contest at Gypsy Circus Cider Company 6pm Dancing With Deana! At CJ's Sports Bar


THURSDAY DECEMBER 19TH 7pm Christmas Vacation Trivia at Gypsy Circus Cider Company

FRIDAY DECEMBER 20TH 7pm Scrooge! The Musical at Kingsport Theatre Guild

SATURDAY DECEMBER 21ST 2pm Scrooge! The Musical at Kingsport Theatre Guild 7pm Scrooge! The Musical at Kingsport Theatre Guild 9pm Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and Karaoke at Macado's Kingsport

SUNDAY DECEMBER 22ND 2pm Scrooge! The Musical at Kingsport Theatre Guild


7pm The Bosses and Friends at Jonesborough Barrel House



7pm Glow in the Dark Dodgeball 7:30pm A Christmas Carol at at City of Elizabethton Parks Johnson City Community Theatre and Recreation 8pm 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater ERWIN/UNICOI,TN Party at Tulips Grub & Pub TUESDAY DECEMBER 17TH 8pm Christmas Dance at Johnson City Moose Lodge 1831 6:30pm DJ Trivia at Union Street Taproom 9pm A Very Salsa Dance WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH Christmas at Go Burrito 5:30am F3 Free Men's Bootcamps 10:30pm Ugly Sweater Party at at Love Chapel Elementary Wonderland Lounge/Bar N Grill




7pm Ugly Sweater Contest WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH Cooler Giveaway at Barley Waters 6:30pm SINGO Wednesday 7:30pm A Christmas Carol at at Riverside Taphouse Johnson City Community Theatre




6:30pm DJ Music Bingo 2pm A Christmas Carol at Johnson City Community Theatre at Union Street Taproom

4pm Christmas Extravaganza at Blue Mountanya The Resort 4pm Christmas Extravaganza at Blue Mountanya The Resort

SATURDAY DECEMBER 21ST 4pm Christmas Extravaganza at Blue Mountanya The Resort

SUNDAY DECEMBER 22ND 4pm Christmas Extravaganza at Blue Mountanya The Resort


TUESDAY DECEMBER 17TH 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway 7pm Elite Singo! At Quaker Steak and Lube (Bristol, VA)

MONDAY DECEMBER 23RD 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway 6pm Bowling Tournament at Sportsman Pub


TUESDAY DECEMBER 17TH 10am Twas the Night Before Christmas at Barter Theatre 2pm Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre 2pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre 7:30pm Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre 7:30pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre


10:30am Twas the Night Before Christmas at Barter Theatre 2pm Jacob Marley's Christmas WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH Carol at Barter Theatre 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in 4pm BINGO Wednesdays at The Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway Community Center of Abingdon THURSDAY DECEMBER 19TH 7:30pm The Santaland Diaries at Barter Theatre 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway THURSDAY DECEMBER 19TH 6pm Mellow Bingo at 10am Twas the Night Before Mellow Mushroom (Bristol, VA) Christmas at Barter Theatre 6:30pm Tennessee Poker Tour 2pm Jacob Marley's Christmas at Borderline Billiards Bristol,Tn Carol at Barter Theatre FRIDAY DECEMBER 20TH 2pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre 7:30pm Pub Poll at State Street Brewing 7:30pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre 7:30pm Miracle on 34th Street at Theatre Bristol FRIDAY DECEMBER 20TH


9am Cookies with Santa! At Blackbird Bakery 5:30pm Miracle on 34th Street at Theatre Bristol 6pm The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway 7pm Ladies Night at Sportsman Pub

10:30am Twas the Night Before Christmas at Barter Theatre 3pm Carnival Friday at The Community Center of Abingdon 4pm The Santaland Diaries at Barter Theatre 8pm The Santaland Diaries At Barter Theatre 8pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre



10:30am Twas the Night Before Christmas at Barter Theatre 2pm Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre 2pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre 8pm Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre 8pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 22ND 3pm Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre 3pm White Christmas at Barter Theatre 7pm The Santaland Diaries at Barter Theatre

MONDAY DECEMBER 23RD 7:30pm The Santaland Diaries at Barter Theatre


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH 7:30pm Marc's Groovie Movie at Fleetwood's 9pm Comedy Open Mic at Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge

THURSDAY DECEMBER 19TH 7pm The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Family) at The Mothlight 8pm Asheville Comedy Showcase at The Orange Peel 9pm Offended! Comedy Open Mic at Bens Tune Up

FRIDAY DECEMBER 20TH 5pm 8th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser at The Orange Peel 8pm LaZoom Comedy: Jay Light at LaZoom Tours

SATURDAY DECEMBER 21ST 8am Great Smoky Mountain Grapple at U.S. Cellular Center 10am Kid Hop Hooray! Indoor Dance Party at The Orange Peel 9pm CommUNITY Salsa at THE BLOCK off biltmore 9pm 6th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bash at The Social 9pm LaZoom Comedy: Geoff Tate at LaZoom Tours

SUNDAY DECEMBER 22ND 8pm Queer Comedy Party: A Very Queer Holiday Recital at Fleetwood's

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Little Whirlwind of Blue Well, hello again. It’s good to be back. I hope you are enjoying my adventures, and in some cases, my misadventures. Around this time of year, my mind goes back in time and I fondly remember my little whirlwind of blue... During my teaching journey, a fast moving whirlwind blew into my life one bright August morning. And like the nature of whirlwinds; change was evident; my world rearranged. Amazed at her agility, I watched her zoom down the hall on her bright red motorized scooter zigzagging left and right, narrowly missing the bodies of children filing into their classrooms, laughing as she came upon the heels of a startled kindergartener. Spinning tires she swerved around a poor frightened child, who looked like a small fawn blinded by bright headlights in the middle of a dark highway, narrowly missing his heels. This petite fireball was a reckoned force. How could I have perceived that this feisty five-year-old would impact my life so enormously? From that first day Misty entered my heart and stayed there. She was so much like me in many ways. Extremely independent, extremely

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embarrassed by her condition and so determined to hide and be “normal”; whatever that meant. If being “normal” involved terrorizing kindergarteners, then so be it. As the school’s special education teacher I included Misty in the other health impaired program. There our relationship developed from our commonalities. My cerebral palsy and her heart condition became intertwined. We had a bond, a very strong bond. I understood her jokes. I understood her pranks. I understood her need to experience life because it was a precious jewel that could be stolen at any minute. I understood her embarrassment. If she felt the power of normalcy zooming around the corner; she embraced it. Misty adjusted well to elementary school. She made friends. She excelled academically; although, sometimes learned helplessness kicked in, but she had wise teachers who had high expectations and refused to play into her trap. She smiled. She tricked others into doing what she wanted. One summer-like fall day Misty peeked into my room, eyes red. Clearly she was upset. No smile. No twinkle in her soft blue eyes. She looked at me and burst into tears. I held her, letting her cry. Finally, many tissues later, she said, “My friends hate me.” “Why do you think that, Misty?” I responded. “Well, she hesitated. “They have a club and I can’t be in it.” “Why?” I asked. She looked at me, and then turned her gaze toward the

Misty would teach the whole school about her disability. We needed resources. We needed money. Misty became my inspiration to write a grant to purchase the materials window, sunlight streaming for our program that we in on her face; a face full of entitled, “Take a Walk in My sorrow, full of pain, full of disbelief, and full of betrayal. Shoes”. With Yancey County Grant Foundation’s help, we After what seemed like an implemented the program eternity. She turned to me; and Misty began her journey. and I will never forget these She created posters about the words: “It’s a No Blue Club,” heart and how it works. She she whispered, sadness developed visuals; showing stinging her words. “And children how her blood was you know I am blue, so that like catsup and our blood means I can’t be in the club.” was like catsup and water. Born with only the right side She explained that her bluish of her heart functioning to color was the result of only capacity, Misty developed half of her heart working. a bluish color due to the Enthusiastically she gave lack of oxygen in her blood. children rides on her scooter. Some days she was so blue The program was a success. she looked bruised. After a Because Misty was now a catheterization her blue tint teacher; children looked up would be less evident. to her. They spoke to her in the hall. Everyone wanted That day I saw the power of to be her friend, especially ignorance and what it did kindergarteners and first to a ten year old. I looked at her face, beautiful and naïve, graders. She was Bald Creek Elementary School’s fifth barely comprehending her grader celebrity. Now being friends’ betrayal. blue was cool! Like in the cartoons, a light A couple of weeks later Misty bulb popped into my head. bounded into my room, and My purpose was revealed. exclaimed excitedly, “I want It was imperative to educate to write to Tammy Watford. others about differences. It She is my hero. I love her was my calling. I knew Misty on the news. I really like her was destined toward great Never Stop Learning program. things, I just knew it. Can I write to her?” She spoke Gently holding Misty’s hand, her words so self-confidently. I said, “Misty, your friends That little girl, full of sorrow, don’t understand your differences. They truly don’t. had vanished and here was a young lady who had dreams We must teach them.” and ambitions of tomorrow Misty brightened up. “I can teach them?” she questioned. “Sure,” I replied, what do you want to say to her?” “Yes. We will do it together” “I want to tell her how much I stated affirmatively. I like her and tell her what At that moment we felt we I’m doing. Maybe I can be on could change the hearts of Never Stop Learning Show!” others. We just knew it. We Misty speculated. had a plan. We had a reason. Misty worked diligently for We had a purpose. days on a letter to our local TV The next week Misty swerved news station reporter, Tammy her red scooter into my room Watford. She explained about narrowly missing a bookcase. the program she had created. She laughed braking in front Tammy Watford wrote back of me. It was time to get and, never in a million years to work. We decided that

did Misty expect her to say that she wanted her on The Never Stop Learning Program. This was Misty's chance to, not only teach her peers about her disability, but to reach out into the community and educate others about how to treat people who were different. She kept teaching with her friends at her side. She became a local star about to shine even brighter. Her time had come. The day WLOS News came to school with Tammy Watford was very exciting. People from the community flocked in to support Misty. We were scared. Actually we were terrified. In our school of around two hundred students we had never had this kind of publicity. Finally, into my room walked Tammy Watford, looking just like she did on TV. Misty was in awe. The camera crew shadowed Misty as she taught her classes to third graders. Ms. Watford interviewed me and Misty’s mother about the innovative project. It was very evident, and stated confidently by Misty’s mother, that Misty had found her purpose. She was a forerunner; teaching others about her disability. It was unheard of that a child with a disability would teach others about how it feels to live differently. Bright lights, cameras, newscasters recorded the excitement, the passion, and education. As I watched the report I was amazed as this ten-year-old imparted her wisdom to others creatively, professionally, and passionately. Her calling had arrived. After the airing of the Never Stop Learning segment Misty became a hometown hero. Everyone wanted to know her. The community became educated. Misty never had to worry about the No Blue Club again. She had her own club: the I Am Different and Proud of It Club.


the back of the car to get Misty’s wheelchair. “Not this time, she stated stubbornly. I replied, “But Misty, can you walk that far? Your mom will kill me if anything happens to you.” Misty gazed at me, those blue eyes twinkling, and that smile I had grown to love. “She won’t know. I need to walk through that door. I have walked farther at school. Please.” I knew I had lost the battle. “Okay,” I said, knowing I was defeated. Misty always fought for what she believed in, and most battles, she won. Later as we stepped off the elevator into a room of at least five hundred people, I was nervous and looked at Misty. She took my hand. A few speakers began but we heard none of what they said. We were so focused on our turn. Finally it was time. Together we walked to the podium and stood before the audience. I gave a brief introduction about my own struggles with cerebral palsy. Then I introduced Misty, who told the audience how she taught others about her disability. Although my words are long forgotten; Misty’s words are etched in my mind forever. As she began talking about her heart condition and how it had affected her life, her passion clearly shown through. When she described the No Blue Club, tears filled the eyes of many. Misty talked about how she wanted to change the attitudes of people who thought she was helpless. Finally she said, “The reason I do this is so people will stop making fun of other people.” The applause was deafening. Misty touched those teachers’ hearts that day. As the presentations ended we broke into several sessions. Misty and I presented to about twenty

people, all of whom wanted to know how students with disabilities can teach others. Several were skeptical of the idea, thinking this put the child on display. Misty explained that her life’s calling began on the day she taught others about her disability. She conveyed that she didn’t want people to be afraid of her. She explained that when she was open about her disability, people became more comfortable to ask questions. I injected that we wanted to create a comfort zone for all people so learning could take place. All in all the conference was a success for me, Tracie, and Misty. We laughed about our “stage fright” over chicken tenders at Misty’s favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel. As we became more relaxed Misty focused on boys as the main topic of conversation. She became a typical teenager with us. That evening, as we pulled into her drive, Misty got out of the car. I waved and never forgot that smile. She was happy. She was a selfassured young woman ready to take on the world’s perceptions of her. As Misty moved into her teen years, I asked her to speak to my classes; and she did with great enthusiasm. Then came the time when her heart could not keep up with her spirit. She was hospitalized in Boston. I told my students about her during our Diversity Awareness unit. I showed them her Never Stop Learning segment and pictures of her teaching. One student, a seven year old, said, “Let’s raise money for her.” My first and second graders created the Misty Fund Raiser school-wide. We made posters and displayed them throughout the school. a jar was placed in the lunchroom where students donated their spare change after lunch. Many donated their

snack money and said Misty needed it more. We drew up flyers to send home. At our small school of just over two hundred students, we raised over five hundred dollars for this courageous young lady. Later that same year I had taken my son to a dental appointment. On the way, my cell phone rang. It was my colleague. Misty was back in Boston where more surgery was completed on her heart but Misty was worse than ever before. In my car I prayed. I cried. I tried to understand. Misty was in high school now. She had beaten the odds of living past the age of five. “Why now.” I questioned. Misty did survive. She fought stubbornly. She was Misty and she would not go without a fight. She recovered. She finished high school. I read about her graduation in the local newspaper. As her former teacher I was so proud of her. Misty and I both became involved with other projects. I was teaching at a different school and just finished my masters. At night I was teaching special education classes at Mars Hill College. I had heard that Misty was in college and wanted to be a teacher. She continued to have a place in my heart and I thought of her often. One afternoon I saw her at Pizza Hut. We talked for a while and then she ran off to be with her friends. “A typical teenager,” I thought. The summer of July 2006, the day of reckoning arrived. On my way home from teaching a night course for Mars Hill College, that same colleague called and said, “I think Misty died today.” I was in shock. It couldn’t be. Memories played in my head; her smile, her wit, her feistiness. Was her work here finished, I questioned God? Why now? At home, a former teacher from Bald Creek Elementary

School had left a message to call her. The sick feeling I had before resurfaced as I processed her words, “Have you heard?” I said, “Is it Misty?” “Yes, she said, “she died today of a massive heart attack.” In sadness I hung up the phone. Memories flooded my mind: Misty swerving easily around the hall corridor, narrowly missing little feet; Misty crying about the No Blue Club; Misty smiling when she taught others to accept her; Misty stepping up to the podium to address five hundred people in a conference hall; Misty conveying to teachers why students with disabilities should have a voice. A girl of nineteen had deeply touched my life. She inspired me to reach outside the box, and regardless of popular opinion, reach toward new ways of teaching, of learning, of accepting those who are different. Exploring new approaches to create success, acceptance, and admiration became my life ambition. But like all whirlwinds, they are but a moment, fleeing quickly, stirring up the world, and creating changes in their path. Sometimes they move so fast all you see is where they’ve been, but you know they’ve been there because things are never the same. Misty inspired me to implement the program that she had helped create of teaching children with disabilities to share their experiences. Misty taught me that a person with a disability can teach others to develop and convey resilience, admiration, and acceptance. And I miss her smile. Hug your loved ones a little tighter this Christmas season.

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Time passed. Misty continued to beat the odds. The odds that said she would not live past age five. The odds that said she would not leave elementary school alive; but she did. As I continued my journey as a teacher, I was compelled to pursue my masters in Education at Western Carolina University. I was drawn to special education. I had unique, out of the box ideas. I wanted to teach children with disabilities how to educate others about their lives. I wanted to integrate the program into the schools on a county-wide level. It was a long shot. Perhaps others would disagree, but my interaction with children with disabilities and my personal experience with cerebral palsy led me to believe these children are willing to share their lives with others. They, above all else, want people to understand their triumphs and obstacles. In 2001, I received a letter from my graduate professor and advisor asking me to present at The Key Conference sponsored by Western Carolina University in Cullowhee North Carolina. He suggested a co-presenter. The light bulb in my mind began to burn brightly. Misty would be my co-presenter. Together we would educate many teachers and administers across western North Carolina. On May 3rd, a clear, crisp spring morning, Misty, another colleague and I headed toward Cullowhee. Misty was nervous, armed with her posters and catsup concoctions. We chatted the sixty-plus miles about school and, of course, boys. Misty was in seventh grade and eager to experience all life has to offer. Bright and wise beyond her thirteen years, I was amazed at her poise and her demeanor. At the university we parked and headed toward the conference hall. My colleague reached into

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Why do you have sugar cravings, why do they feel out of control and what to do about it? We’ll dive deep into these questions plus I’ll give you 7 simple ways to curve those sugar cravings once and for all! You’re in the right place if you are ready to learn How to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness, so you can experience a total transformation that gives you your best body, your best moods and your best life ever. First, let’s talk about WHY you have sugar cravings. The concept of polarity is pretty simple. It’s based on the principle that everything has 2 “polarities” or extremes. For example, hot and cold are extremes of the pole called “temperature.” It’s the same way with every apparent opposite: hard and soft, noisy and quiet, light and dark, good and bad, love and fear. When you find one thing, you’ll also find the potential for its opposite. To look at the world through the lens of polarity is to look at it in pairs: dark/light, night/day, yin/yang, male/female, etc. So how does this concept apply to food? First, we want to consider that food is more than simply fuel. It has energetic qualities that are beyond the science and mechanics of calories, fat grams, and nutrient values. For example, leafy greens grow upward, so they have a “lifting” energy, whereas root vegetables, like a potato or squash, grow deep into the ground, so they have a “grounding” energy. So what does the polarity of food look like? And how might this polarity in your food actually be CREATING your cravings? On one side you have “Expansive Bliss” foods. Foods that represent this energy are represented in alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy and to some extent fruit. The energy of these foods make you feel light, relaxed and happy – blissful! But when you eat too many “bliss” foods you start to feel spacey, maybe even a little forgetful. Then, on the other extreme are the “Contracted Tension” foods. These foods are contracting versus expansive. Examples of these foods are salt, eggs and red meat. These are the kinds of foods that put “meat on your bones.” They make you feel grounded, focused, aggressive, but when you eat too many you start to feel tight, agitated and perhaps even angry. So that’s all

fine and good, but how do the two extremes of the polarity of food – the “Expansive Bliss” and the “Contracted Tension” – relate to sugar cravings?

uncomfortable feeling. So you’ve had a blood sugar crash – now what does your body crave when you are down there, in the middle that nasty crash? MORE SUGAR! And what If life is a system of opposites and your body is always trying to balance happens to our blood sugar when itself out, what do you think happens we eat the sugar again? It goes up, if you are having too many Contracted up, up – back to the top of that roller foods, like salt, meat, and eggs? What coaster. And so the up and down cycle continues. Has anyone experienced do you think your body might start that before? How does it feel? This craving to balance itself out? It will is one of the reasons we start eating crave the opposite of Contracted sugar and we quite literally can’t stop foods – it will crave sweet, expansive and crave it constantly. bliss foods! Do you find that if you have something salty like potato Your body is actually trying to find chips, you crave something sweet blood sugar balance. So, the sugar afterwards? That’s the challenge, if craving is your body’s way of saying we have too many contractive foods it needs something specific to restore we’ll crave the expansive. If we have this balance. The easiest and most too many expansive foods, we’ll crave convenient food to restore blood the contractive. So what many people sugar balance when your blood don’t realize – and I didn’t realize sugar is in the toilet is sugar. this myself either – is that we’re However, if we keep eating sugar, often times CREATING our cravings, we will stay on that crazy craving unknowingly. That craving is your roller coaster. And that roller coaster body trying to balance itself out again. affects your mood, causes weight gain, and can lead to serious diseases. Let’s take a quick look at what’s And there’s a little more to the happening in the body when story….. After the hormone insulin is you eat sugar. sent out to take excess sugar out of And why we experience that awesome the bloodstream, it has three places sugar high. Products containing lots it can take that sugar: 1. Your brain of sugar usually don’t contain lots 2. Your blood cells 3. Your muscles. of fiber, fat or protein. Fiber, fat and Now if all those receptors are full protein slow down sugar absorption, because you’ve been eating a lot of so when those nutrients aren’t sugar already, where does that excess present, your blood sugar shoots up sugar go? Yep, right on the hips. That really fast, like to the top of a roller excess sugar is stored as FAT. So let’s coaster. Now at the top of this roller talk about some practical ways to get coaster, your brain is alerted. Your of this blood sugar roller coaster and brain uses about 50% of your blood back on level ground. sugar at any given time, so any drastic Here are 7 Solutions rise or fall in your blood sugar levels to Sugar Cravings. cause your brain flip out. So when you’re blood sugar spikes up, your These are also displayed on the brain and your body aren’t happy – picture. Print it out and put it on your to YOUR body THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. fridge to remind you to pause before So what does your body do? Your you reach for that sweet snack. pancreas secretes the hormone Check Your Bevvies! Sounds crazy, INSULIN to bring your blood sugar but sometimes sweet cravings are a back down. sign of dehydration. So pound a glass Here’s the problem. We have spent of water, wait 5 minutes and then a lifetime eating a lot of high-sugar, see if you still have the craving. Also, processed products – hey, I grew up too much caffeine mimics a blood in 80s and 90s and that’s what was sugar crash – you’re high for a bit but popular then – so insulin has gotten then you coming crashing down and really used to doing its job too well. crave….SUGAR, of course. When insulin is sent out, it doesn’t Satisfy your sweet tooth with sweet just bring your blood sugar back veggies, fruit and spices. Your tongue down into balance, there’s often too has sweet taste buds that demand to much insulin secreted, and our blood be satisfied, so don’t hold out on ‘em! sugar dips way down. And that’s the Add naturally sweet foods & spices to blood sugar crash you feel after the your diet like squash, yams, carrots, sugar high – that shaky, spaced out, beets, berries, figs, apples, cinnamon,

coriander, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. Sleep. For many of us, this is easier said than done. But if you’re constantly tired, your body is going to look for energy, usually in the form or sugar or caffeine. Power down an hour earlier than usual, and notice how your cravings disappear. Check your protein. This is a fun, cool fact – watch how much protein and what kind of protein you’re eating, especially animal protein. Eating too little animal protein can lead to massive sweet cravings. Eating too much animal protein can lead to sweet cravings. When I work with clients we find just the right sweet spot for protein intake so they feel satisfied. Sniff out low-fat and fat free foods. When food manufacturers take the fat out of foods, what do they put in? Yep, sugar. Move yo’self. Movement is another kind of food for your body. It releases stress, makes you feel great and look great. When you don’t get enough, the body starts to look for other ways to blow off steam, like binging on Snickers bars Create new post-meal rituals. If you’re a “dessert after your meal” person, one of things you might love about that is the ritual of it. What are other possibilities for post-meal rituals?

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ETSU’s Bishop Earns Accrediting Body’s Highest Public Recognition The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) awarded its highest honor to Dr. Wilsie Bishop, senior vice president for academics and interim provost at East Tennessee State University.

throughout the country, and she is Bishop began her career at ETSU extremely deserving of this important in 1978 and has held numerous recognition from her peers.” leadership positions. She served as dean of ETSU’s College of Public and At last year’s SACSCOC conference, Bishop earned the Demetria N. Gibbs Allied Health. She was also a key leader Outstanding Chair Award for her work in laying the groundwork for that as a site reviewer since 1982. She has college’s evolution into two colleges: Bishop received the James T. Rogers served on 42 review teams, including the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Distinguished Leadership Award 28 as chair. Health Sciences. at SACSCOC’s annual conference Through her work with SACSCOC, yesterday in Houston. SACSCOC is the Bishop has served on committees Before being named to her current regional accrediting body for more role which oversees all academic that developed and later revised than 800 colleges and universities in the Principles of Accreditation programs at ETSU, Bishop served 11 southern states. as vice president for health affairs, and the Resource Manual. She has overseeing ETSU’s health sciences The James T. Rogers Distinguished served as a member of the board of colleges, including Quillen College Leadership Award, which is reserved trustees, chaired the Peer Review for “extraordinarily distinctive and Advisory Committee to the SACSCOC of Medicine, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, College effective leadership,” is named for the president, and acted as a special of Public Health, and College of Clinical former director who served SACSCOC reader for the Compliance and for more than two decades. Reports Committee of the SACSCOC. and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Earlier this year, the Under Secretary of “Dr. Bishop’s leadership and “I am honored to be selected for this Defense for Personnel and Readiness commitment to higher education recognition, and I am grateful for appointed her to the Defense Health extend beyond the important work the opportunity to work with many she has done throughout her career outstanding individuals and institutions Board Public Health Subcommittee. at ETSU,” said ETSU President Brian across the South to assure quality Bishop earned a bachelor of science Noland. “She has made an impact education and learning experiences for in nursing and a master of science in on higher education at institutions our students,” Bishop said. nursing from Virginia Commonwealth

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This might seem vain and stupid, and it might be, but it’s something that is a big insecurity for me so I am choosing not to discuss it. I instead am deciding now to focus on how I look and feel and to date my life by accomplishments rather than calendar years. It seems to me that life should be measured by moments rather than the intangible concept of time anyway. I am taking something that brings a great deal of negativity to my life and spinning it into a positive. I don’t want to spend this time reflecting on all the changes over the past year-I’ll probably save that for the New Year’s edition. Just looking back on my life in general, it’s hard to believe that I’ve ended up where I am today. I can’t emphasize enough just how important the act of manifestation truly is. I always dreamed of living in a big city, living a fabulous life, even hobknobbing with the occasional celebrity, and in the strangest, most backward ass journey I somehow made it there. Make it a point to write down the things you want out of life and focus all your energy on it and you WILL

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They grow best in complicated and tumultuous soil. When a vine is struggling, it may produce less fruit, but the quality is better. Like wine, I want my cold frosty nights to be just as important to my I can firmly say without hesitation growth as my warmest, sunniest days. And finally, it’s always that I am prouder of myself important to develop thick skinat this age than ever before. some of the best grapes (and thus Despite all the mistakes and hiccups, I’ve accomplished more wines) do, because it gives them structure and complexity which in than I ever knew I was capable turns makes them age well. of. I became the first college Looking toward my future I graduate in my family. I tackled know the best is yet to come for jobs I knew nothing about and me. If you’re someone who also succeeded at them. I bought a struggles with the idea of growing home and a car. I’m the author older, I hope you’ll adopt this new of a weekly column. For a time I way of thinking alongside me. was a wife. I moved myself to a It’s ok to be proud of yourself and city where I essentially knew no acknowledge all your milestones, one and am thriving. And most especially on a day as special as importantly, so far I’ve survived all of my worst days, and THAT is your birthday. This year, I’m not my biggest accomplishment. For lining my cake with candles to measure my life. I’m celebrating every time I thought the worst all my successes and listing new possible thing happened to me, ways to manifest my future. I’ve gotten back up and trudged forward, sometimes on my hands and knees, and a few times being carried by people I love. But those moments turned into the things that led me to better. For every person who walked out of my life, it opened a space for someone who could change it. For every job I lost, it forced me to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something that scared me because I didn’t have a choice. I’m proud of that. make it happen. There is no such thing as luck, you just have to begin to live consciously and dictating your life’s decisions on whether it is in alignment with the ultimate goal.

Cheers! - Kathie

I’m choosing from here forward to embrace the adage of “aging like fine wine,” because wine is one of the earth’s greatest gifts, so why wouldn’t I want to be compared to it? Grape vines thrive in suffering.

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Birthplace of Country Music Museum to Host Qualifying Round for Tennessee Songwriters Week Competition will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) to host qualifying rounds leading up to the 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week February 23-29, 2020. TDTD announced plans last week to expand the Tennessee Songwriters Week by adding qualifying rounds across the state. Top songwriters from official Qualifying Rounds will perform during one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases. Finalists from the showcases get the opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Now through Tuesday, December 31, BCM is inviting songwriters from across the region to submit a YouTube video and lyrics to an original song. From those submissions, a panel of judges will narrow down the competition to 20 (twenty) songwriters who will perform their songs live for the judges during

the Qualifying Round at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee on Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen and announced by January 17. Songwriters are asked to complete a registration form, which includes submitting lyrics and YouTube video link to one song. The song submission must be written and performed by the artist registered for the contest. Submission forms are available on the Events page of BCM’s website at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org. Songs will be evaluated and scored on a numerical scale considering both the song and the performance. Judges look at originality, vocal and/or instrumental talent and the ability to create an emotional connection to the audience. Top songwriters from the official qualifying rounds will perform during one of six “Tennessee Songwriters Week” showcases. iFinalists from the showcases get the opportunity to share

their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe’s long-time open mic night host and songwriter Barbara Cloyd will serve as emcee at the showcases, and a panel of local judges will select the top songwriter from each event. Six total finalists (1 from each showcase event) will receive a prize pack and perform their original material during the finale event at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

songwriters passed in 2018. It annually designates the last full week of February as “Tennessee Songwriters Week.” The week is designed to celebrate the foundation of the craft, recognize past and present songwriters and pave the way for future artists.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development partnered with the Bluebird Cafe for the showcase events, which emphasize a state statute honoring

For a complete list of events and a comprehensive look at everything the Birthplace of Country Music has to offer, visit BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

For more information on qualifying venues and ongoing updates, visit TennesseeSongwritersWeek.com. Join the conversation on social using #TNsongwritersweek.


During the hustle and bustle of this time of year it's always nice to settle down for a long winter's nap or a good Christmas movie. Of course there are many holiday classics to enjoy, along with new yearly releases to choose from. One film I took time to view was the new Netflix release "Holiday Rush". This film features all the expected parts of a holiday film, i.e. hope, love, laughter and tears. The story introduces us to singe dad (natch) radio DJ Rashon "Rush" Williams (Romany Malco), who has the most popular radio show in Pittsburgh. Rush has spoiled his kids, no doubt due the loss of their mother, and they come off as self-entitled brats who expect the best of everything. Despite his popularity, which has led to a new home and lavish lifestyle, Rush must change said lifestyle after he loses his job due to new ownership at this radio station. If all the aforementioned isn't the set

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up for a Christmas movie I don't know what would be. After his firing, the family, which consists of three daughters and one son, must move to their old house, now occupied by their loving Aunt Jo (Darlene Love). Despite the changes in his life, and rebellious attitudes from his kids, Rush has support from Aunt Jo and his love interest and fellow ex-radio station employee Janella (Alysia Livingston). After the family settles into Aunt Jo's home, and Christmas closes in, Janella devises a plan to help Rush once again rule the airwaves, but not without much sacrifice. Janella's plan works after many stumbling blocks, including a battle with the owners of his former radio station. Rush's kids also must come to terms with their new life, and begin to adjust after many whines and moans of how they are "miserable" in their new surroundings. Their supposed adjustment is temporarily thwarted when son Jamal (Amarr M. Wooten) decides to disappear Christmas Eve. This action leads to a heartfelt moment between Rush and Jamal that proves to be perfect for this genre of film. Once the family is reunited, they settle down for a holiday celebration that results in precious memories of their late Mom Paula (La La Anthony), and a surprise announcement from Rush regarding his relationship with Janella. The film also allows a moment for singer Darlene Love, playing a wise and feisty grandmother to perfection, to display her vocal

prisoners grandmother, and is the emotional core of the film. The actors do a perfect job of coming off as a real family, and that fact only adds to the sweet spirit of the story. As with any Christmas film, we get a wonderful thought to ponder: "It's not what you get, it's what you got around you". "Holiday Rush" doesn't pretend to be anything more than a heartwarming film to enjoy during the Christmas season, and that's fine with me. Now steaming on Netflix. (Rated TV-PG)

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talents with her rendition of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home"), which she released back in 1963. The actors in this film are all likeable, and even when the child actors are behaving like brats, they still seem likable, because you know they will all get a lesson on how to appreciate what you have before the film ends. Star Malco is fun to watch, and keeps his role as charming as a good cup of eggnog. Malco has wonderful onscreen chemistry with Livingston, and the actress takes her role to candy cane sweetness (I figure I would get into the holiday spirit as well). As for Love, as I mentioned earlier she rocks as a take-no-

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The AV Club Gallery Opens in Johnson City Eric Inskip has always been interested in creating an artist space, especially since his time in Chicago going to Film School. He saw how they handled art and he loved it. In the beginning, he planned to have their initial location on the southeast border of Charlotte, NC. The location was not finished being built by the contractor before the lease was supposed to start. A week after the delay, Inskip lost his job and began scrambling to find a another. He settled on a video production job in the TriCities area. As luck would have it, he stumbled upon a listing on Craigslist. It was a listing for their current location at 20 Commerce St Unit 7 in Johnson City. He secured this location within an hour of leaving the interview for the new job. When he first visited Johnson City, TN he felt the creative energy was just waiting to explode and be explored. On November 16th, 2019 The AV Club Gallery had its first show. They have opened a gallery featuring one day only showings. To them art is a sacrifice and if you want to see it, you will make it happen. They don’t allow their art to go stagnate in the glory of any one show. They guarantee that you will not walk into more than one show and recognize the art on display. The goal is to prove that art is real and around us every day. Inspiration is the real product they sell. Private parties are offered for guided

groups for an entertaining Adult night out! “Holidays Through a Veterans Eyes” is a collaboration between AV Club Gallery and The Warrior’s Canvas. It will be at AV Club Gallery, which will be the galleries second show on January 11, 2020. The show is an opportunity to raise awareness for the alarming suicide rates amongst veterans. They have called our veteran artist to re-engage with their art one last time before the year is up in order to have it ready for the show. At a time when emotions can run high for veterans, they are coming together to make something great to display. They will have 2D, sculpture and textiles on display. All of the art on display will be available for purchase through The Warrior’s Canvas after the show. In addition, they will be sponsoring a bi-monthly movie night at the Warrior’s Canvas Gallery. The first movie. will be December 20th, 2019 at 6pm during the Warrior’s Canvas Christmas Potluck. The most rewarding part of this endeavor has been the support and participation of other artists. Most recently, an incredibly talented Charlotte artist, whom they look up to greatly has asked to do a solo show in the Spring. The paintings in their opinion should be on display in a museum, but they are excited to have him grace their walls with his paintings.

Closed for Christmas We will be closed Dec. 20th &21st

Sometimes living in the modern era can be extremely disheartening for a classic film fan. As consumer tastes drive to numerous streaming services popping up, these services curate not for all, but with a narrow view of their catalogs. As such, the discovery of great films from Hollywood’s golden age for a younger generation is not quite as assessable as it once was. Yet, even in these days where everyone bemoans the death of physical media— which is holding steady, friends—it’s nice to know that even legendary “lost” films can still be seen. The Criterion Collection, those stalwarts of home video going back into the mid-1980s and the days of Laserdisc, have released for the first time EVER on home video, the long-hidden away, hard to see, 1933 pre-code film “The Story of Temple Drake.” Long-only viewable from bootlegged

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16mm prints, “Temple Drake” is an adaptation of William Faulkner’s controversial novel “Sanctuary.” Miriam Hopkins stars as the title character, a social woman from a small Southern town who enjoys life, not to mention the granddaughter of a very well respected Judge. After a night out, Temple rides in a car with a Boozehound and they crash not far from a gangster’s hideout. Temple is kidnapped and assaulted by Trigger, a lead thug who is truly one of the most revolting characters I’ve ever come across in a movie. Temple soon finds herself trapped in this underworld nightmare, with seemingly no way to get out. This film was considering so indecent and shocking when it was released in 1933 that allegedly, it was one of the films sighted for causing the introducing of the “Hays Code,” a set of rules that were set in place to prevent the government from gaining control of Hollywood’s productions, and a code that stayed in place till the end of the 1960s. The film is quite bold even when looking at it today, and a little uneasy at times to watch. Miriam Hopkins gives an amazing performance in the film, but for those who celebrate the discovery of lost films, the arrival of “The Story of Temple Drake” on home video is cause for celebration. Criterion’s Blu-ray of “Temple Drake” looks stunning, taken

from a 35mm internegative. The audio is clear and sharp, remastered from the 35mm optical soundtrack negative. Criterion has included a solid selection of supplements to go along with the film. First off there’s a program featuring a dialogue between cinematographer John Bailey and the direction of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick libra about the film’s style. Two other video features round this out, one featuring critic Imogen Sara Smith on the complexity of the film, and

one with Critic Mick LaSalle about the film and the production code. The booklet included with the disc features an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. Criterion has done their usual fantastic job bringing “The Story of Temple Drake” to blu-ray, with the bonus of this being the first time the film has been widely available for viewing since 1933. If you’re fascinated by the pre-code era, this disc is a must-own. See you next week.

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Market Innovations is proud to support our veterans any way that we can. One way we attempt to give back to our veterans is through our annual Adopt a Veteran event. This event is our effort at providing a quality Christmas experience to local veterans! We enlist local businesses to sponsor the event in order to provide clothing, blankets, necessities, and of course, gifts! We also provide a hot, quality meal and free haircuts for all of the veterans who attend. This year will be our third event, and we are so fortunate each time we get to host this special event! We want to give back to all veterans who have sacrificed

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We are currently searching for Lucas Vance for a welfare check. Last contact was made shortly after midnight this date in the Marbelton Community on the North End of Unicoi County. If anyone has any information on Lucas please call the Unicoi County Sheriff Department:

(423) 743–1850



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