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  • Susan Keller is in the Chat Room Published 8/5/2010 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments

    Susan Keller recently learned she was a gourmet cook. “I didn’t know it until recently when I saw at a restaurant ‘blackened’ food,” she says. “I had been blackening mine for years. I called it burned.” Keller is quick to ...

  • Mary Beth West is in the Chat Room Published 7/29/2010 at 1:35 p.m. 0 comments

    Mary Beth West learned at an early age the importance of looking and acting like a professional. She came by it honestly because at her house, every day was “take your daughter to work” day. The daughter of Don and ...

  • Dick Cutler is in the Chat Room Published 7/21/2010 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments

    Dick Cutler keeps busy. While his day job is as a realtor, Cutler stays busy working in his Royal Oaks neighborhood. “I’m on the board of the Royal Oaks Property Owners Association and that keeps me busy. I’m also the ...

  • Jerry Mantooth is in the Chat Room Published 7/15/2010 at 2:20 p.m. 0 comments

    Jerry Mantooth didn’t always want to be a minister. The Monte Vista Baptist Church senior pastor was well on his way to becoming a dentist after graduating Oak Ridge High School in 1974 when he sensed his life was going ...

  • Matt S. Webb is in the Chat Room Published 7/8/2010 at 12:56 p.m. 0 comments

    Matt Webb says he never knew what real living was until he became a husband and father. “Honestly, having kids has been the biggest plus of my life. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning for ...

  • Jim Norwood is in the Chat Room Published 6/30/2010 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments

    Jim Norwood met the girl who would become his wife Lorna while he was a student assistant in the College of Business. “Lorna’s sister was my supervisor, and her sister asked if I would take Lorna on date. I did, ...

  • John Clark is in the Chat Room Published 6/24/2010 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments

    John Clark knows the value of a pound of coffee. He’s been to Guatemala and seen how hard farmers work to harvest a crop. “With how hard they work, and the amount of effort goes into harvesting a pound of ...

  • Chat Room: Jennie Bounds Published 6/16/2010 at 3:06 p.m. 0 comments

    Jennie Bounds is in the Chat Room.

  • Tom Vorjohan is in the Chat Room Published 6/10/2010 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments

    Tom Vorjohan, a native of Cincinnati, is known around Blount County for his stage work as a magician and balloon artist. On May 23, Vorjohan celebrated 34 years as an entertainer. It was 34 years ago that he presented his ...

  • Royce Jacob Goza is in the Chatroom Published 6/3/2010 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments

    Dr. Jake Goza has his dad fooled. Goza, a dentist who practices with Dr. Tommy Spears in Maryville, grew up in Jonesboro, Ark., where his dad, Gene Goza, was a basketball coach. “My parents, Gene and Linda Goza, were my ...

  • Aaron Killian is in the Chat Room Published 5/27/2010 at 2:42 p.m. 0 comments

    Aaron Killian shares good news stories for a living. That is what he has done since he graduated the University of Tennessee. Killian is a 1997 Heritage High School graduate who was born and raised in Blount County. After attending ...

  • Debby Gray is in the Chat Room Published 5/20/2010 at 12:28 p.m. 0 comments

    Debby Gray is the 2011 Blount County Relay for Life chair. The Walland native says her motivation for leading Relay for Life next year crystallized earlier this year when she went to a Relay for Life kickoff event in neighboring ...

  • Kevin Proffitt is in the Chat Room Published 5/13/2010 at 2:09 p.m. 0 comments

    Kevin Proffitt remembers the first time he saw the woman who would become his wife. “I met her at Northwestern Mutual when I was working for the Boy Scouts doing corporate fundraising. I asked the guy I was there to ...

  • Brian Perkins is in the Chat Room Published 5/6/2010 at 12:40 p.m. 0 comments

    Brian Perkins says his parents, Bill and Betty Perkins, taught him three cornerstones of how to live: Respect others and value education and work hard Perkins, who grew up in Alcoa and played guard on Alcoa High School’s state championship ...

  • Bill Steverson is in the Chat Room Published 4/29/2010 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments

    Bill Steverson has various roles on any given day. He’s a husband and father, an artist, a wrestling coach and a baseball coach. It is his role as an architect that has brought him into a position to make a ...

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