Pressing on

The Underground launches with party at coffee shop

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The Underground, a new Blount County newspaper recently launched in part by a group of Maryville College students, held its coming-out party at a Maryville coffee house.

The event happened on Feb. 15 and was hosted by the management of Grounded Coffee and More at 321 High Street in Maryville. With the sounds of the band "Soul Finger" pulsating, and patrons dancing and conversing, editor Emily Winsauer beamed at the attendance. About 150 people showed for the event.

"It’s very exciting," said Winsauer. "We’re really glad the community turned out. We weren’t sure. We’re trying to introduce ourselves in a broad way, in a personal way."

Winsauer said the newspaper’s goal is to get people talking about issues. "We want to start a personal dialogue. If we were to simplify our goals, that would be it: A dialogue between the issues we’re dealing with and what the rest of the world is dealing with. Our mission is to help get people involved."

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