March 2020

March 2020

I’ve debated writing my March blog for weeks. I don’t think I have much to show for myself, but I’ve finally accepted that that’s the theme. I’m not going to explain to you how daily life has stopped, events have been postponed or cancelled and how I’m walking around wearing a mask. We are collectively living the same reality.

The beginning of the month saw a “sort of” conclusion to the Evelyn Boswell investigation. Authorities discovered human remains believed to be that of Boswell, the missing 15-month-old toddler who was last seen in December on the family’s compound in Blountville, Tenn. Community members held a vigil in front of her home. See the video below. A video project documenting legendary wrestler now trainer Dr. Tom Prichard published this month as well.

Finally, after literal months of practice, a podcast my co-worker and buddy Ryan Wilusz and I have been working on has launched. I highly encourage you to watch our intro video to The Scruffy Stuff below and to click here to listen to us on Spotify.

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St. John’s Cathedral Organist and Director of Music Jason Overall plays a song on the church’s new pipe organ in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, March 6, 2020. Work on the cathedral’s new 4,000 pipe Goulding & Wood pipe organ has taken around 18 months.

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Jerin Kelly, of Goulding & Wood Pipe Organ Builders, works on installing pipes into St. John Cathedral’s new pipe organ.

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A woman weeps during a memorial for Evelyn Boswell outside of the Boswell family property on Muddy Creek Road in Blountville, Tenn. on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Authorities have discovered human remains believed to be that of Boswell, the missing 15-month-old toddler who was last seen in December.

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A memorial for Evelyn Boswell outside of the Boswell family property on Muddy Creek Road in Blountville, Tenn.

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Community members weep at a memorial for Evelyn Boswell outside of the Boswell family property.

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District Attorney General Russell Johnson, left, and Lenoir City Police Chief Don White give an update on the Melanie Brown investigation at the Loudon County Municipal Court in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, March 13, 2020. Brown is accused of fatally stabbing her three-year-old son.

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Knox County Schools worker Lonnie Johnson sanitizes a classroom with an electrostatic sprayer at Brickey-McCloud Elementary in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, March 13, 2020. Knox County Schools, after closing due to coronavirus concerns, is disinfecting all of its 93 schools using different cleaning methods such as traditional wiping-down surfaces to using modern electrostatic sprayers.

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Knox County Schools Custodial Foreman Ken Spencer wipes down a cafeteria window at Brickey-McCloud Elementary.

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Mike Lesiuk, Senior Lead in Games at Dollywood, opens up the Goblet Toss game booth at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Crews are working around the clock preparing for the park’s opening next week Friday.

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Workers repair the roof of a building and smooth out a fresh slab of concrete at Dollywood.

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The Zac Brown Band performs at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

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Litton’s Market and Restaurant Front Manager teresa Stroud wipes down the entryway to the restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Litton’s has dropped prices by 20% to keep on staff, has switched to throw-away menus cards, disposable silverware and condiments and cleans surfaces like the entrance every 30 minutes to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Knoxville Chief of Police Eve Thomas answers question during a press conference giving an update on the investigation of former KPD Lt. Travis Brasfield at the City County Building.

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Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton appears for his arraignment in Knox County Misdemeanor Court. Middleton pleaded not guilty on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and public intoxication.

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Rosamaria Adams, of Knoxville, picks up a to-go meal at Colonel’s Cafe for a neighbor who lost their service sector job due to the coronavirus pandemic. Business at the restaurant has been slow but many customers could be seen leaving with to-go meals.

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A view of Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

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A view of Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

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From left, Art Guzman, his son Adriel, 3, and health care provider and friend Jenny Jones say a prayer before their meal at Colonel’s Cafe on Newcom Ave. in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, March 20, 2020. Guzman said he is taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, and that getting out of the house for a meal with his son is part of his way of coping for his mental health.

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Caitlin Duff, a server at Downtown Grill & Brewery, sits for a portrait at her home in Oakwood-Lincoln Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Duff, who has been temporarily laid off by DBG due to the coronavirus, said she only has $45 left in her bank account and is struggling to make ends meet and support her three-year-old daughter.

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A view down the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic was sparse during the afternoon following an urge by leaders in Sevier County asking tourists to stay away and businesses to close to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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A view down the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

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A view down the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

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Mike Ridlon, of Kingston fishes for trout near Norris Dam near Norris, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Ridlon said fishing allows him to get out of the house during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bentley, a springerdoodle, enjoys his time at Lakeshore Park with his owner Heidi Brenner, right, and Dorris Prichard and her cockapoodle Maggie Mae in Knoxville.

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Tammy Lohren practices hitting from the bunker at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville. The golf course has implemented measures such as leaving flagsticks in the cups, one adult rider per golf cart, and avoid gathering inside the clubhouse.

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Promise Carter, center, and Megan Elsworth, right, deliver a salad and spaghetti meal to a customer during a “Curbside Sghetti Cruise-Through” at Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille in Turkey Creek in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 21, 2020. With a minimum donation of $10, all proceeds directly benefitted the restaurant’s employees.

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Avery Nipper, 6, and her brother Wesley, 12, draw with chalk in front of their Hardin Valley home. Neighborhood kids have taken to drawing pictures and messages with chalk on their driveways to stay busy and creative during the coronavirus pandemic which closed most area schools.

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Knox Brew Tours’ Zack Roskop leads a Facebook Live brew tour at Pretentious Beer Co. in Knoxville. The coronavirus pandemic has led Roskop to begin live-streaming his tours. People can buy beers in advance and enjoy them virtually with Roskop and brewery owners. During the stream, he will ask for donations to Knox Brew Tours.

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Neil Koonce sits alone at Vienna Coffee in Regas Square in Knoxville. The cafe is adjusting its hours from 8-2pm and offering curbside service due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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