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  • Tessa Bright Wildsmith is in the Chatroom Published 3/2/2011 at 2:12 p.m. 3 comments

    Anyone who knows Tessa Bright Wildsmith knows she loves animals. She and her husband and stepson share their home with three cats and two dogs, three of which are named after characters from the television show “Lost.” The cats are ...

  • Sarah Pirkle is in the Chatroom Published 2/23/2011 at 2:57 p.m. 0 comments

    Musician Sarah Pirkle still has the same attitude about her husband as when she first met him years ago. “The first place I met him was at a picking party at Steve Kaufman’s house. I thought he was so cute, ...

  • Clint Woodfin is in the Chatroom Published 2/16/2011 at 4:10 p.m. 0 comments

    Clint Woodfin is honest about his ability as a dancer. Woodfin, president of the Appalachian Ballet Board of Trust, is a lawyer by day and, as of Friday night, Feb. 18, a dancer by night. Woodfin will be joining other ...

  • Bob Lash is in the Chatroom Published 2/9/2011 at 2:14 p.m. 0 comments

    South Knoxville native Bob Lash moved to Blount County 20 years ago to be closer to work. One thing that kept him and his family here is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “First and foremost for me, the National ...

  • Vallie Collins is in the Chat Room Published 2/3/2011 at 11:43 a.m. 0 comments

    We all have them: Events that in some way change our lives. Some come in quietly as marriage vows, excitedly with the birth of a child, sadly with the loss of a loved one or perhaps fearfully with the loss ...

  • David Jordan is in the Chatroom Published 1/26/2011 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments

    As immediate past president of the Blount County Education Foundation, David Jordan said the most rewarding and gratifying part of volunteering is helping the teachers. “That is the best part of being involved in the education foundation - taking a ...

  • Jane Bennett is in the Chat Room Published 1/19/2011 at 4:36 p.m. 0 comments

    Hot rods, good reads and exercising her mind and body are passions for Jane Bennett. Bennett and her husband, Dick, lived in Smithville for 8 years where he owned a plant that made restaurant equipment. The couple loved hot rods, ...

  • Bob Hirche is in the Chatroom Published 1/12/2011 at 3:06 p.m. 1 comment

    The snowy, icy weather that has left many Blount County residents inside for the past few weeks was a regular part of Bob Hirche’s life when he and his family lived in Madison, Wis., in the 1980s. It eventually drove ...

  • Kristin McHarge is in the Chatroom Published 1/5/2011 at 12:30 p.m. 0 comments

    Kristin McHarge was recently named executive director of the Pregnancy Resource Center. The message she wants people to know is that having a baby alone, regardless of age, doesn’t have to spell disaster. McHarge became a mom at 17. “A ...

  • Mike Adams is in the Chatroom Published 12/30/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 1 comment

    Mike Adams grew up in Oak Ridge and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Fine Arts degree with the intention of pursuing a career related to art. While he studied print-making and other forms of art in school, ...

  • Terri Cross Curtis is in the Chatroom Published 12/22/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Anyone who has enjoyed the Taste of Blount event the past two years has experienced a project Terri Cross-Curtis takes a lot of pride in. Since 2009, Curtis has served as chair of the committee that organizes the Taste of ...

  • Bryan Irwin is in the Chat Room Published 12/15/2010 at 4:20 p.m. 0 comments

    Bryan Irwin has his own mantra for facing each day. He says he tries to live in a way of thinking that encompasses: “What would you do today if you knew you couldn’t fail?” “In this economy, one of my ...

  • Ron Dunn is in the Chat Room Published 12/9/2010 at 9:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Ron Dunn has been in law enforcement 30 and a half years. He is quick to credit retired Maryville Police Chief Don Boring for leading him into that career. “Chief Boring… what an influence he was on me. I grew ...

  • Lynn Cox is in the Chat Room Published 12/1/2010 at 3:06 p.m. 0 comments

    Lynn Cox’s most embarrassing moment involved standing in front of a high school gym full of students in his underwear. “Brett Elmore pulled my shorts down while I was standing on the free throw line in a pre-game warm up. ...

  • Jennifer Ingram Wackerhagen is in the Chat Room Published 11/24/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Jennifer Ingram Wackerhagen always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up - the next Katie Couric. Wackerhagen, now Vice President of Resource Development for United Way of Blount County, changed those plans when she graduated from the ...

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