Customers upset over Sears, Kmart closings

The announcement that Sears Holdings is planning to close 142 of its Sears and Kmart stores, and eventually all of its locations, caused Rachel Reagan to head to the store and stock up. She and her father shop at the Maynardville Highway Kmart twice a month, but are now facing the prospect of driving to Sevierville once their store closes....


First phase of coal ash trial begins

Almost 10 years after one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history, the first phase of a trial focused on how the Kingston coal ash spill cleanup was handled began Tuesday in a federal courthouse in Knoxville. In December 2008, more than one billion gallons of wet ash burst from a storage pond at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant. It spilled into homes, the countryside and the Clinch and Emory rivers...


Knoxville College leaders hoping historic distinction opens grant opportunities

Trustees and proud alumni of Knoxville College hope the campus can become a four-year university again. Friday, board members confirmed they've re-opened through online courses, which they say began September 4th. They hope with the help of historic preservation planner, Lindsay Crockett, with the East Tennessee Development District, they'll be able to add 11 buildings on campus to the National Register of Historic Places...


App lets parents track Knox County school buses

Parents and guardians of children who attend Knox County Schools have a new option for keeping an eye on their kids. On Monday, KCS announced the introduction of a new tracking app, SafeStop. It's a free app that allows parents to check the arrival status of buses at any time; and it allows them to keep track of multiple bus routes...


Ober Gatlinburg celebrates OktOBERfest 2018

If you want to head out to Ober Gatlinburg this fall, there's plenty to do. They're celebrating OktOBERfest, a festival that honors German traditions like bratwurst and beer. This is the ninth annual celebration. The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band dresses in authentic lederhosen while performing traditional Bavarian folk dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels, and more!..



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    Your Digital Life, Hidden with Christ

    Serving the God ‘who sees in secret’ in a world where there's pressure to post everything.The whole premise of social media is to reach as many people as possible, the more, the better. The frightening part about this logic is that it might be changing how we think about life. Can we enjoy a concert without capturing at least a part of it with our smartphones? Can we have a beautiful engagement without a hidden cameraman in the bushes to record the proposal?...


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    Multilayered Photos Capture the Energy of 10 International Cities

    How can you capture the rich culture of a city in one image? The Big Domain, a UK-based company specializing in holiday rentals around the world, attempted to give us a taste of well-known cities “in a split second” through the use of composite photography....


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...