About Tessa Bright Wildsmith
Tessa is a Blount County native and a 1999 graduated of William Blount High School. She attended Pellissippi State and graduated with a degree in Communications Graphics Technology. She started working for the E.W. Scripps company and was transferred to Blount Today when it started in August of 2004. Her local knowledge of the county and advertising design experience made her a perfect candidate to start a community paper from the ground up. She has been with Scripps since 2003 and has excelled at marketing and promotion in advertising. She is the proud mother of a beautiful blue doberman, Harley.
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Published 10/03/2011 at midnight
“Our Tragic Universe” is one of those books that could have gone horribly wrong in the hands of a less talented writer than Scarlett Thomas. With Thomas driving though, the reader is taken on a journey through literary ideas, hopes ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Published 09/19/2011 at midnight
Rachel Morse doesn’t know she’s supposed to act a certain color. She’s one of three children born from a Danish mother and a black G.I. stationed overseas. She’s always just been Rachel. When a terrible accident leaves Rachel as the ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Published 09/05/2011 at midnight
Sister Evangeline is a young nun. At only 23, she has grown up with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration since she was 12. She lives an orderly life and does what is expected of her. When a letter arrives ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
Published 08/29/2011 at midnight
Paddy Meehan is on the night beat at her newspaper. She spends the hours most of us are sleeping following up on domestic disturbances and car accidents, awaiting the story that will finally give her some credibility and get her ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Published 08/15/2011 at 10:34 a.m.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK on schedule with no problems. Suddenly it stops on the tarmac. The plane is dark, and the communication channels have gone quiet. Stumped for answers, with fears of biological threats, the CDC is contacted, ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
Published 08/01/2011 at 10:27 a.m.
Antoine Rey thought he would surprise is sister, Melanie, with a seaside vacation for her 40th birthday. He knew taking her back to their favorite vacation spot from childhood would be just the thing to snap her out of her ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
Published 07/18/2011 at 10:28 a.m.
Eric Shaw had big movie-making dreams. Things haven’t worked out exactly as he had planned. Now he’s stuck making memorial films to play at funerals. At one funeral, he gets an offer from the deceased’s sister, Alyssa Bradford, to make ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Year Of The Flood by Margaret Atwood
Published 07/04/2011 at midnight
Set in the dystopian future of Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" vision, "The Year of the Flood" is sweeping, imaginative and compelling - all the things that I've grown to expect from Atwood's fiction. In this second book in the MadAddam ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Published 06/20/2011 at midnight
As soon as I finished Cain’s first book, “Heartsick,” I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, “Sweetheart” and continue with troubled murder detective Archie Sheridan and his obsession with the beautiful but deadly serial killer Gretchen Lowell. ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Published 05/30/2011 at midnight
Margaret Atwood is one of those rare authors with an imagination so big she has the ability to take you places you never thought possible. In “Oryx and Crake,” Atwood takes the reader to the future -- a future not ...
Newspaper’s best ‘Scoop’
Published 07/21/2010 at 2:36 p.m.
Blount Today has a new staff member. He goes by many names - Rufus, Scoopers, Little Devil, Expletive Cat. But to most he is simply known as Scoop, the newspaper cat. Scoop is only 13 weeks old but already has ...
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