Work of June

Work of June

Summer is in full swing here in East Tennessee.

If I’ve learned anything about the culture in Knoxville, it’s that Knoxvillians love a good festival. Street parades, beer fests, hot wing eating contests – theres always an excuse to party in this town. I spent the beginning of the month covering Bonnaroo and thereafter was visited by my mom, brother and sister for a week. It was great to see them again having seen them last in January. Otherwise, June was a slow month besides a few breaking news assignments.

Below are two fun videos I did and some selects from the month. Enjoy!

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A waxing gibbous moon sets over the downtown Knoxville skyline leading up to the June 9 Strawberry Moon in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Strawberry Moon, also referred to as a minimoon, is this year’s smallest full moon orbiting some 250,000 miles away from Earth.

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An early-morning walker wanders through AK Bissell Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

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A firefighter dashes around the scene while responding to a 2-alarm fire at Bell Walker’s Crossing apartments off of Gallaher View Road in West Knoxville. All residents of the 24-unit apartment safely exited the building and no injuries were reported.

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Firefighters carry a water hose while responding to a 2-alarm fire at Bell Walker’s Crossing apartments off of Gallaher View Road in West Knoxville.

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A competitor grills at the annual Big Kahuna Wing Festival in World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Between eight to ten thousand people attended the event that featured 38 teams competing for a grand prize of $4000.

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Latoya Hazel, of Knoxville, competes in the “XXX Hot Wing Challenge”at the annual Big Kahuna Wing Festival in World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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Jake Davis, of Rockwood, wears a necklace of pretzels at the seventh annual Knoxville BrewFest in downtown Knoxville. The festival features craft beers from local brewers as well as several from surrounding states.

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“Tom Foolery” performs a fire juggling act for the crowd at the seventh annual Knoxville BrewFest.

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Beer fans attend the seventh annual Knoxville BrewFest in downtown Knoxville.

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Paraders wave their flags during the annual Knoxville Pride Fest Parde in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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Mel mathis, of Knoxville, during the annual Knoxville Pride Fest Parde in downtown Knoxville.

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Paraders make their way down Gay Street during the annual Knoxville Pride Fest Parde in downtown Knoxville.

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A raft goes down a rapid during a whitewater rafting tour along the Ocoee River with Ocoee Inn Rafting in Benton, Tennessee on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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A kayaker paddles through a rapid during a whitewater rafting tour along the Ocoee River with Ocoee Inn Rafting in Benton, Tennessee on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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A group of rafters docks on the side of the river for a break during a whitewater rafting tour along the Ocoee River.

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Water soaks a group of rafters during a whitewater rafting tour along the Ocoee River.

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Tantine Scovia, wife of Joseph Mpawenimana, looks out the window at their apartment on East Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Joseph Mpawenimana, 29, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, came from Ugandan refugee camp with his family last September.

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A football player plays catch on the turf football field at South Doyle High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The new turf field is part of Phase 2 of Pilot’s collaboration to renovate football fields in Knox County from grass to turf.

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TVA plant biologist Pete Mangum sifts for hydrilla during a media day held by TVA plant management biologists at Watts Bar Reservoir in Rockwood, Tennessee. The TVA is involved in the plant management of invasive aquatic plants that mass around docks and rivers which can force native plant life from its natural habitat.

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A TVA fan boat is seen during a media day held by TVA plant management biologists at Watts Bar Reservoir.

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Micah Engle (23) rides down Neyland Drive during the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Road & Race time trials in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

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Stephen Bassett (25) rides up Harriet Tubman Street during the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Road & Race time trials in Knoxville.

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A cyclist crosses the finish line during the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Road & Race time trials in Knoxville.

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Charlotte Backus (24) rounds a corner during the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Road & Race time trials in Knoxville.

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Christopher Blevins (30) rides up Harriet Tubman Drive during the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Road & Race time trials in Knoxville.

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Gold medalist Joseph Rosskopf celebrates after taking gold during the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Road & Race time trials in Knoxville.

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People cross Union and Gay Street during a rainshower in downtown Knoxville.

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A car turns on Union and Gay Street during a rainshower in downtown Knoxville.

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Traffic makes its way down Summit Hill Drive during a rainshower in downtown Knoxville.

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April White, of Knoxville, speaks while holding her son Townes White, 4, during a protest against implementing healthcare lifetime caps bill outside of the Federal Building in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. A group of around 15-20 people of all ages attended the protest to speak about how the implementation of the bill could affect their lives and/or children.

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KPD officers secure the area at the scene of a triple shooting at Montgomery Village Apartments in South Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Three individuals were reported shot and two killed.

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Knoxville Police Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk rushes around the scene of a triple shooting at Montgomery Village Apartments in South Knoxville.

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Residents watch from their porch at the scene of a triple shooting at Montgomery Village Apartments in South Knoxville.

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during a “Colorful and Sweet Chemistry Workshop” for STEM instructors at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The course was taught by retired UT chemistry professor Dr. Al Hazari, and STEM instructors learned how to use color to determine the chemical nature of substances and how to investigate the Ph levels of candy.

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