Part of the Community

It was just last year that Annie Marie Duran was about to make the biggest move of her life. A 19-year-old from Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, Duran was about to move nearly 1,500 miles north to meet her mom in the United States. Her…

Chefs Collaborative

There is a network in the United States of food professionals and chefs looking to advance their understanding of food. It’s 40,000 people strong, a number that has grown substantially since the network’s inception in the early 90s. “By…

Mission Docs

It’s a snowy January morning at McGhee Tyson Airport. Passengers scramble through the terminal in search of their gates, ignoring the snow resting softly on the tarmac. That is, everyone except Dr. Abigail Blackmon. Gliding back in forth in…

Toys for Tots

It’s a classic Christmas story. The children wake up at dawn waiting anxiously at the top of the stairs. They peer over the banister down to the family room below, wondering which from the dozens of brightly wrapped presents they will open…

Teen Tune-Up

Inside a bicycle repair shop on North Central Street in Knoxville, Jamesha Fain is hard at work giving a bike a tune-up. “Sometimes you have to start from the beginning with an old bike,” she says. “You have to replace cables, clean…

A Mission to Feed

Inside a home in a neighborhood in East Tennessee a single mother struggles to make ends meet while trying to feed her children. Seniors in an affordable housing complex sit in their apartments feeling the financial strain of having to…