Hazel Head, Pat Summitt's mom, dies at age 93

Hazel Albright Head was the mother of legendary Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt.She stood proudly beside her famous daughter as she reached personal and professional milestones and mourned with all of East Tennessee when Summitt died in 2016 from Alzheimer's...


New standard deduction predicted to hurt local nonprofits

Local accountant, Mary Edwards, says January is the busiest part of tax season. The stress of the job is coupled with major changes this year, due to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in 2017...


Dollywood's Wildwood Grove expansion continues to take shape ahead of 2019 opening

The addition will be the first new area added to Dollywood since 2008, when the park added "Wilderness Pass." Dollywood's newest expansion, Wildwood Grove, is beginning to take shape as the park prepares for the next season. The expansion is slated to during the 2019 season. Dollywood has been providing updates on many of the new attractions currently under construction, such as a suspended coaster called 'The DragonFlier.'...


Historic perspective for Vols hoops

The University of Tennessee men's basketball team is obviously on a roll. The team's current 12-game winning streak ties a school record set in the 1976-77 season and the Vols are the top-ranked team in the AP poll for only the second time in history....


Understanding 2019 income tax changes

Before you start filing your income tax return, there are some key changes you need to know about. Financial experts say the Tax Reform Act of 2017 is the most significant set of changes to the U.S. Tax Code in decades....


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    6 common tax mistakes

    The 2019 tax season is upon us and many people have already received their W2s. It is in your financial interest to file soon, especially if you expect a refund, but as you start filling in those forms, don't let haste make waste. Would you pay a couple hundred dollars for something you can get for free? Millions of Americans take advantage of free tax preparation every year. Companies such as TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxAct offer free tax software...


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    The Top Reasons Young People Drop Out of Church

    Slightly fewer young adults are dropping out of church after high school, but those who do have more serious reasons for leaving than a decade ago.In a 2017 LifeWay Research survey released today, 66 percent of Americans between 23 and 30 years old said they stopped attending church on a regular basis for at least a year after turning 18, compared to 70 percent in 2007...


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    How Exercise Reprograms the Brain

    For an hour a day, five days a week, mice in Hiroshi Maejima’s physiology lab at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, hit the treadmill. The researcher’s goal in having the animals follow the exercise routine isn’t to measure their muscle mass or endurance. He wants to know how exercise affects their brains...

Tim Barnwell, Asheville, NC

Tech Bites

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    Don't forget that Instagram is creepy, too

    With Facebook in the news for all the wrong reasons this week, it may be tempting to overlook the social media giant's photo-oriented sibling, Instagram. That would be unwise. Instagram, which you should absolutely never forget is owned by Facebook, has around 800 million monthly active users — and it exploits their data for ad targeting much like its scandal-prone big brother. This should worry you...