February 2019

February 2019

The non-stop action I wished for in January continued into February with widespread flooding, fires burning in the Smoky Mountains, sports and news.

The only bummer about this time of year is that we never see the sun. It’s always hidden behind weeks and weeks of clouds and rainy weather. While I appreciate rain for slowing down the pace of life, I also get stir crazy being inside.

The Tennessee Volunteers basketball team is one of the top teams in the country right now, and to capitalize on their success, my editors asked me to do a video and article about how I get overhead photos at the basketball games. The article was even shared on PetaPixel!

Below are two videos I did this month, one we did for USA Today and episode three of our “Scruffy Jobs” series.

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Rodrigo Nicolas, with Jacobs Creek Job Corps, sets a meadow ablaze with a drip torch during a prescribed burn in Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Crews were burning roughly 440 aces of the total 2,000 acre Cades Cove. Prescribed burns reduce shrub and tree intrusion, exotic plant species invasion and help maintain open meadows critical to the habitat of native wildlife.

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Jon Freeman, with Great Smoky Wildland Fire Module, monitors the behavior and direction of the fire during a prescribed burn in Cades Cove.

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Rosemary Mariner, the US Navy’s first female fighter pilot, during a funeral service at Norris United Methodist Church in Norris, Tennessee on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Mariner died January 24th of cancer.

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From left, Emmalee Mariner, daughter of Rosemary Mariner, the US Navy’s first female fighter pilot, Tommy Mariner, husband of Rosemary, and Libby Merims, sister of Rosemary, listen during a graveside service at New Loyston Cemetery in Maynardville.

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Three of the four fighter jets fly above a graveside service for Rosemary Mariner, the US Navy’s first female fighter pilot, at New Loyston Cemetery in Maynardville.

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Tennessee pitcher Garrett Crochet (34) pitches the ball during a Tennessee baseball home opener game against Appalachian State at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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Refracted within water droplets, pedestrians cross Clinch Ave. and Locust St. during an afternoon rainstorm in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

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Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) enters the court during a game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

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Florida guard KeVaughn Allen (5) shoots the ball as Tennessee guard Admiral Schofield (5) defend during a game between Tennessee and Florida.

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Eddie McMillan, of Halls, rolls into the showroom in his supercharged Chevrolet Chevelle named “The Torch” at the Knox News Auto Show in the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

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Richard Stika, bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville, poses for a portrait in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, February 8, 2019. Bishop Stika’s stance on the New York abortion law got him national attention when he tweeted saying the stateÕs governor should be excommunicated.

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An altercation between Maryville’s Joe Anderson (22) and Bearden’s Trent Stephney (1) is broken up during a game between Bearden and Maryville at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

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Fans munch on pizza in the stands during a game between Bearden and Maryville at Bearden High School.

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Campbell County cheerleaders warm up during a semifinal game at Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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Bearden’s Annaka Hall (14) and Shekinah McLaughlin (20) along with Zneyah McLaughlin (12) celebrate their 37-36 win over Maryville at Bearden High School.

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Tennessee guard Zaay Green (14) prepares to take the court during a game between the Tennessee Lady Vols and Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

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Players go for a rebound ball during a game between the Tennessee Lady Vols and Vanderbilt.

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Tennessee guard/forward Rennia Davis (0) reacts toward the end of the game before the team’s 76-69 first ever home loss to Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt center Bree Horrocks (22), forward Autumn Newby (24) and forward Mariella Fasoula (34) leap in celebration after Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee for the first time at home 76-69 during a game between the Tennessee Lady Vols and Vanderbilt.

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A panel of glass is covered with rain drops during a brief afternoon rain fall in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

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Joslyn Johnson, culinary arts teacher, hands out broccoli during a cooking class at Tennessee School for the Deaf Knoxville, in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Students enrolled in STEP were taking a culinary class through the UT Culinary and Catering Program.

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Bearden’s Trent Stephney (1) grabs the rebound ball during a Region 2-AAA tournament game between Bearden and Maryville at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

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CAK’s Hannah Carroll (4) shoots the ball during a semifinal game between CAK and Silverdale at Webb School of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, February 15, 2019.

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Karns’ Teahzjawon Hodge-Harper (4) and Powell’s Lance Davis (34) tip off during a game between Powell and Karns at Powell High School.

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Campbell County players warm up during a game between semifinal game between Anderson County and Campbell County at Karns High School.

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A Chevrolet Cavalier is seen stranded along a flooded portion of North 6th Ave. during a heavy rainstorm in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The Knoxville area could see between 2 and 3 inches through the weekend.

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Workers pass by the scene of a mudslide on I-40 eastbound in Clyde, North Carolina near the Tennessee and North Carolina border on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Travel east and west on I-40 will be shut down for approximately four to seven days, with the east and west bound lanes to open with only one lane for around six weeks as crews continue repairs.

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1515 Hoitt Ave. is seen flooded during a heavy rainstorm in Knoxville.

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Washed up debris in a park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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Truman Douglass and James Webster, both from Knoxville, pass by a flooded home next to the Sunoco on Ebenezer Road and Gleason Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

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Water levels are seen near the Sunoco on Ebenezer Road and Gleason Drive in Knoxville.

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A large sinkhole on Greenwell Road in Powell, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The sinkhole is estimated to be around 20 feet deep.

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The Rev. Jan Buxton Wade hugs a church member during a gathering of fellowship and prayer at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Church members gathered to reflect on The United Methodist Church’s vote to uphold a ban on LGBTQ rights, which many within the congregation do not agree with and have already openly embraced the LGBT community.

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Donna Schroeder raises her hands in prayer during a gathering of fellowship and prayer at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville.

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Construction continues on the rooftop bar at the Bernadette’s Crystal Barrooms construction site in Market Square in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, February 15, 2019. The three-story crystal-themed bar is slated to open this September.

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Scott West, owner of Uncorked and several other downtown bars, poses for a portrait beside the Uncorked bar in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, February 15, 2019. West is replacing Uncorked with The Lost Tavern, a true crime-themed bar featuring upscale bar food, music from the 1940s in a dim, intimate setting.

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My buddy ole pal Ryan and I.

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