I walk away from February 2021 with memories of
the longest winter in East Tennessee and nothing but Microsoft Teams meetings. I may not have much to show from last month, but the meetings surrounded future and current projects in the works. One project is something I have aspired to pursue since arriving in Knoxville, but never found the opportunity to begin until now. I look forward to sharing that in the coming months.
It was also one of the best months of the
, a weekly news podcast I co-host and produce with my peer Ryan Wilusz about downtown Knoxville. Definitely check it out if it interests you! Scruffy Stuff
Story of freed slave found in forgotten Black Cemetery:
Leo York leads the way into Black Cemetery in Clinton, Tenn. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. York and a group of commissioners and community members are working to reunite Hade Black, buried in a forgotten cemetery on the edge of TVA property and his wife, buried in a Knoxville potter’s field. An old American flag is found beneath a pile of leaves at Black Cemetery. Leo York poses with the grave of Hade Black, a freed slave whom he has researched at Black Cemetery in Clinton, Tenn. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. York and a group of commissioners and community members are working to reunite Black, buried in a forgotten cemetery on the edge of TVA property and his wife, buried in a Knoxville potter’s field. Central’s Makenzie Babb (10) grabs the rebound ball during a basketball game at Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Central students read Knoxville News Sentinel’s as Halls is introduced. Central’s DyKiese Perez (15) shoots a free throw during a basketball game at Central. A view of the bar area inside the renovated Babalu on Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The tentative opening date is Feb. 25 and will offer locally-sourced, Latin-inspired offerings that draw on dishes from South America to Spain and an extensive Spanish wine collection. A view of the dining room inside the renovated Babalu on Gay Street. Babalu on Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The tentative opening date is Feb. 25. From left, football players Aaron Coley, Ty Humphrey and Xander Allen pose for a photo with their coaches during signing day at Halls High School in Halls, Tenn. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. A family member gives Matthew Winkle a kiss as he signs with LMU for baseball during signing day. The victim’s vehicle is seen crashed on the curb the scene of a shooting on Central St. and Atlantic Ave. in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. At least one person was reported injured. Hardin Valley Academy players warm up during a District 4-AAA basketball game at Farragut High School in Farragut, Tenn. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Farragut Head Coach Jon Higgins speaks with Elisha Brabson (1) during a District 4-AAA basketball game. Farragut’s Dillon Atwell (4) is defended against by HVA’s Hudson Stokes (3), Julian McCoy (5) and Eli Johnson (12). Hardin Valley Academy students cheer during a District 4-AAA basketball game. Mario Aleksic poses for a photo with a Wolf 150cc scooter at the upcoming Java Racer moped shop at 304 West Jackson Ave. in Old City in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2021. Wolf scooters on display at the upcoming Java Racer moped shop. “Now Leasing” signs are seen in front of the future Kern’s Bakery Food Hall on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The food hall will feature about 20 food and retail spaces, room for full-service restaurants, communal seating, an indoor-outdoor bar and entertainment space. Catholic’s Jeila Greenlee (11) shoots the ball during a basketball game at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. A Catholic player warms up in this multi-exposure photograph before a basketball game. Catholic loses the ball during a basketball game at Oak Ridge High School. Ayres Hall on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. The 100-year-old building cost $689,500 to build and is named after Brown Ayres, the 12th president of UT. Today, it houses the College of Arts and Sciences and Math department. The original staircase inside Ayres Hall on the University of Tennessee campus. A classroom inside Ayres Hall on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tenn. Community members pray during a prayer gathering outside Austin-East High School in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Members of the community and Faith Promise Church prayed for the school and the community after a recent spike in violence that has left three teenagers dead. A brush fire burns on Sharps Ridge in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2021. As of 4 p.m., the fire was nearly contained and spanned about 10 acres according to East Tennessee Assistant District Forester Nathan Waters. Ahmed Bowers poses for a portrait at Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2021. Bowers, a 21-year-old junior studying finance, made about $20,000 buying and selling volatile stocks using the online forum Reddit and the chat platform Discord. A zebra foal runs at Zoo Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The baby zebra is the first mountain zebra to be born in Knoxville. It is estimated that only 8,300 remain in the wild. A protective adult zebra chases away a giraffe calf from the zebra foal at Zoo Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. There are around 100,000 giraffes left in Africa.
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