Matthew Cummings

Glass sculpture artist Matthew Cummings, owner of Pretentious Glass Company, has found that it is much more rewarding to get your art into the hands of many rather than few. “After drinking a little too much one day, because that’s when…
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Chosen to Be Santa

When Gatlinburg’s Santa Pat was young, Christmas was very different. There were many small independent Christmas shops, specialty stores, and year-round Christmas shops like his own: Santa’s Claus-et. “Our store here is partly for us…
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Spicing Up SoKno

In the early 1900s, a streetcar line was extended across the Gay Street Bridge and along the waterfront to the planned suburb of Island Home Park. Around that time a Craftsman-style home was built at 1147 Sevier Avenue, just where it bends…
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PIE!

What’s more American than apple pie? Not much, the old phrase would have you believe. But regardless of whether your choice is apple, cherry, or some rare pie-in-the-sky you could easily find cooling on a your grandmother's window sill,…
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Be of Good Cheer

During the Protestant Reformation, Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and, in 1534, declared himself as King to be the “supreme leader” of the Church of England. In 1630, during the reign of Charles I, the Puritans, who…
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Sneaky Good

Sneaky Good Two words describe the golf scene in the Greater Knoxville Area: Sneaky good. Knoxville may never rival Bandon Dunes, Ore., or Pinehurst, N.C., as a trendy golf destination, but zoom the microscope a little more into East…
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Security

Knoxville may not be Gotham City, but serious threats lurk nonetheless. As an extreme example, in 2007 Channon Christian, a 21-year-old UT senior, and Christopher Newsom, her 23-year-old boyfriend, were carjacked, abducted, and brutally…
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