February 2017

February 2017

February, what a month.

I am finally getting a grasp on navigating Knoxville, and have enjoyed exploring the nooks and crannies of this fun town. After a handful of warm days the weather plunged into the 30’s and 40’s only to return to the 70’s, then back down again. That was closely followed by several days of rain showers. Apparently my next lesson is how the weather works here.

February was without a doubt busier than my first month. From cat neutering stories to NCAA basketball and feature hunting, I am doing a little bit of everything. Video is also something I am working on to improve, and I try to produce a video for each news assignment. I’ve included two video at the end of this post. Otherwise, here are some of my selects from the month. Thanks for looking.

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Bassmaster Elite Series champion and Knoxville native Ott DeFoe casts his line during a practice day of the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament at Lake Cherokee in Jefferson County, Tennessee. B.A.S.S. has not visited Knoxville or Lake Cherokee since the Bass Champs Invitational in 1981.

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A fisherman waits for a bite during a practice day of the Bassmaster Elite Series

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Cars make their way down a foggy I-40 Westbound on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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A student walks through The Hill on a foggy morning on the University of Tennessee campus.

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A student walks through a foggy morning on the University of Tennessee campus.

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David Dowling, left, and Kenney Davis, of Monkey Man Tree Service, work cutting apart a downed tree damaged by the wildfires along Baskins Creek Road 90 days after the Gatlinburg wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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Pigeons take off from a roof on The Parkway 90 days after the Gatlinburg wildfires.

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Cheerleaders prepare before the District 4-AAA girls basketball tournament quarterfinals game between Maryville and Heritage at Hardin Valley Academy.

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Hardin’s Gavin Eidemiller (5) loses control of his ball during a District 4-AAA boys basketball tournament game between Hardin and Bearden at Hardin Valley Academy.

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Heritage High School Head Coach Rich Howard celebrates a play with Kayla Romines (21) during the District 4-AAA girls basketball tournament quarterfinals game between Maryville and Heritage at Hardin Valley Academy.

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Jacob Cobb, of RAV, competes in the 100 yard backstroke during the 2017 TISCA High School Swimming & Diving Championship at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

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Emily Bretscher, of STEM, dives during the 2017 TISCA High School Swimming & Diving Championship at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

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Swimmers exit the locker room during the 2017 TISCA High School Swimming & Diving Championship at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

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Gatlinburg’s Sophie Henry (21) dribbles down the court during the Region 2-AA finals game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Fulton at Austin-East High School.

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Gatlinburg head Coach Katie Parton calls during the Region 2-AA finals game.

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Gatlinburg’s Ivy Jones (30), Sophie Henry (21) and Kennedy Smith (32) celebrate after defeating Fulton during the Region 2-AA finals game between Gatlinburg-Pittman and Fulton at Austin-East High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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Outside linebacker Cortez McDowell speaks with the media during a VFL Career Night at Smokey’s Grill inside the Anderson Training Facility.

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Patrons watch the live auction during a closing party of Back Door Tavern in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, February 25, 2017. After more than 30 years of operation, The Back Door Tavern closed its doors on Saturday.

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Longtime patrons Charlie Moore, left, and Sam Patterson share a laugh during a closing party of Back Door Tavern.

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Patrons bid during the live auction during a closing party of Back Door Tavern.

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Jake Biretta, 11, right, and his brother Nick, 9, test out the 2017 Buick Cascada at the annual Knoxville News Sentinel Auto show at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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A man checks out featured Toyota vehicles at the annual Knoxville News Sentinel Auto Show.

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Visitors walk by the Ford stage at the annual Knoxville News Sentinel Auto Show .

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Visitors check out a Mustang GT California Special at the annual Knoxville News Sentinel Auto Show.

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Anglers await the start of the second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament at Cherokee Lake in Jefferson County, Tennessee in Jefferson County, Tennessee on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

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Anglers launch their boats during the second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament at Cherokee Lake in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

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Anglers launch their boats before the start of the second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament at Cherokee Lake in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

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An angler fishes during the second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament.

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Tracey Frerichs, of West Branch, Iowa, walks with his huacaya alpaca “Opal” at the Southern Select Alpaca Show at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The contest includes hundreds of alpacas from across the country and features free fiber arts workshops and shops.

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Competitors and their alpacas wait to take the judging floor at the Southern Select Alpaca Show at the Sevierville Convention Center.

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Visitors walk down the concourse at McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. McGhee Tyson has invested heavily in upgrading its concourse and customer experience including free wifi, big windows and electrical charging stations.

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A worker prepares an airplane for boarding at McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tennessee.

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A United Airlines plane takes off from McGhee Tyson Airport.

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The Roasted Beet Salad with Lobster dish at Chef Dustin Busby’s home in Alcoa, Tennessee on Friday, February 24, 2017. Chef Dustin Busby and wife Stacy launch DSB Provisions, a private chef for hire business.

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The Braised Beef Short Ribs with Cauliflower and Mushroom Farro dish by Chef Dustin Busby’s home.

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Oak Ridge’s Herbet Booker (14) shoots a free throw during a Region 2-AAA semifinals game between Maryville and Oak Ridge at Oak Ridge High School.

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The Oak Ridge student section cheers on the team during a Region 2-AAA semifinals game between Maryville and Oak Ridge at Oak Ridge High School.

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Catholic Head Coach Mike Hutchens celebrates his 500th win with jackson Rowan (33) and Tony Scott (22) during a Region 2-AA boys tournament game between Knoxville Catholic and Union County at Catholic High School.

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Nuns chat after a Region 2-AA boys tournament game between Knoxville Catholic and Union County at Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

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Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield (5) takes possession of a loose ball during an NCAA SEC basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Georgia defeated Tennessee 76-75. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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Tennessee’s Robert Hubbs III (3) during an NCAA SEC basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Missouri Tigers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Tennessee won 90-70. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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A dog roots for UT from the sidelines during an NCAA basketball game between Tennessee and LSU at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday, February 9, 2017. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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Tennessee’s Grant Williams (2), Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander (11) and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield (5) block a shot by Alabama’s Braxton Key (25) during an NCAA SEC basketball game between Alabama and Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Tennessee won 53-51. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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Alabama Head Coach Avery Johnson disputes a call with the referee during an NCAA SEC basketball game between Alabama and Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Tennessee won 53-51. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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Tennessee’s Robert Hubbs III (3) is congratulated by Tennessee’s Grant Williams (2) and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield (5) after making the final point at the end of the game during an NCAA SEC basketball game between Alabama and Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Tennessee won 53-51. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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Tennessee’s Lamonte Turner (1) celebrates with Tennessee’s Robert Hubbs III (3) after he made the last point at the end of the game during an NCAA SEC basketball game between Alabama and Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Tennessee won 53-51. (Calvin Mattheis via AP)

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The F-M Acro team performs during an NCAA SEC basketball game.

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Mike Connor poses for a portrait at Connor’s Steak and Seafood. Connor Concepts is celebrating its 25th year in business.

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Ronnie Nease, Director of the Environmental Health Division of the Knox County Health Department, holds a vial of collected mosquitos at the Knox County Health Department’s Mosquito Building. Health officials are gearing up to prepare for a summer of fighting mosquitos and watching for West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.

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Jeff Larsen, of West Knoxville, holds a sign and an American flag during a protest led by Indivisible East Tennessee, a local anti-Trump group, in response to a letter by Rep. John Duncan outside of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. United States Courthouse in Knoxville. Rep. Duncan said he would not hold town hall meetings because they are inclined to bring out the “kooks” and “extremists.”

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Brownie, a three-year-old Dalmation, looks from the roof of her home on the corner of 11th Street and Laurel Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

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A woman walks across Clinch Avenue during a rainy early morning in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

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Night falls over Knoxville on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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Co-worker Caitie McMekin.

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