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Century Harvest Farms

BY JEN PATTERSON
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

In our rural East Tennessee farming communities, the very places where crops are grown to feed the world, many face food insecurity and the issues associated with it. Jen Patterson speaks about the Century Harvest Farms Foundation and its focus on empowering and engaging with people from all backgrounds to improve the health and wellness of our rural East Tennessee communities through work centered programming and access to fresh produce.

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Aslan Foundation

BY ANDREA BAILEY COX
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

Andrea Bailey Cox has spent the last twenty years working in cultural nonprofits. Her current role is leading the Aslan Foundation. The Aslan Foundation, founded in 1994, focuses its support on advancing livability, preserving beauty, and supporting cultural assets in Knoxville.

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Just Go With It

BY CHRIS MCADOO
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

As a genuinely good sport, Chris McAdoo willingly subjects himself to the whims of the PKN Knoxville organizers, who created this slideshow by combining several of Chris’ previous talks. Prior to seeing them along with the audience, Chris had no idea what slides would appear. Let’s see what happens!

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How Photography Saved My Life

BY KELSEY PRATER
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

Kelsey Prater, a portrait photographer based in Knoxville, has been shooting professionally for eight years (and even longer for fun!). Photography has carried her through some of her darkest times, including the death of loved ones. As she’s honed her creative practice, it’s been the primary way she’s learned to cultivate joy. 

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Shape Your Life

BY SAMANTHA LANE
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

In 2014, Samantha Lane was a workaholic living the deferred life plan. During a series of compilations resulting from a planned surgery, she realized that life can be short and her priorities were off. From that moment on, she started shaping the life she wanted by folding paper.  

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Blühen Botanicals - Where Science Meets Hemp

BY JOE FOX
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

The 2018 Farm Bill just passed and this means big changes for the Hemp industry, especially for an agricultural state like Tennessee. Joe Fox, CEO/Co-founder of Blühen Botanicals, plans to present an overview of the Knoxville-grown business -- how it came to be, where it's been, and where it's going -- as well as share educational information about the differences between hemp and marijuana, the wellness applications of hemp, and the economic boost hemp farming and processing represents for Tennessee. Joe also plans to share his insights on the rapid evolution of the industry and how it is going to have an exponential positive impact on the lives of those in the Knoxville community -- both economically and environmentally -- for years to come.

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In the Quiet: Finding Yourself

BY DAVID JOHNSON
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

In October 2018, David Johnson traveled to a monastery, Christ in the Desert, just outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico. There, in this profoundly quiet place, he reflected on his True Identity, using his journal and camera as tools of exploration. Questions abounded. Epiphanies did not. But then, such deep, existential questions rarely yield quick, simple answers.

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The Knoxville Community Darkroom

BY LISA FLANARY
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 21, 2019

Lisa Flanary speaks about The Knoxville Community Darkroom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educate and provide facilities for our community to experience traditional film processes. 

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Database Natures

BY MICAH RUTENBERG
@ VOL 29 ON NOV 29, 2018

Micah Rutenberg uses New Media Theory to explore how the logic of digital databases re-shapes our understanding of history, culture, and identity in the contemporary city. The urban corridor connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park to 1-40 passing through Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, Tennessee serves as a case study for examining instances in which database narratives are materialized in real space, causing us to question traditional notions of place and context.

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Urban Fossil Hunting in Knoxville

BY JANET PANOCH
@ VOL 29 ON NOV 29, 2018

Janet Panoch is a life-long fossil collector and enthusiast. Her career as an artist was launched when she began painting her favorite fossils - trilobites - and she was hired as the paleoartist for the Indianapolis Children's Museum and Dinosphere. Janet enjoys urban fossil hunting in the walls and floors of architecture and loves to point them out to kids of all ages. She now works in medical research and is newly transplanted to Knoxville.

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Why Light Rail is Possible in Knoxville

BY TOMMY SMITH
@ VOL 29 ON NOV 29, 2018

Today, Knoxville offers its residents a Southern flavor of the French motto: joie de vie. Maybe the Joy of Being a Vol? Our thriving community of wonderful outdoor play, art and design, and entrepreneurism provides a collective joy that is rare. As our community grows, how do we proactively create the most efficient, vibrant, green, and walkable transportation network that allows people to work, play, and relax? Tommy Smith & Keith Kahl think an interconnected light rail corridor provides a transformative opportunity to design the next chapter of this wonderful place we call home. 

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Realizations in Illustrating

BY WILL BRADY
@ VOL 29 ON NOV 29, 2018

After several career changes, most recently to professional brewing, Will Brady started to feel his artistic expression had become stagnant. He began illustrating again after many years and started to realize that he wanted to find his own voice. By searching for his own style he not only found a new love for brewing, but discovered that drawing may be what was missing all along.

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