Despite Cold, Knoxville Open Streets Celebrates SoKno

Photos and Story by Heidi Hornick With yesterday’s temperature never getting above 40 degrees, and the wind chill making it feel like 35, only the hale and hearty would be expected to attend an outdoor event. Open Streets is as much a celebration of a community’s progress as it is an opportunity for the entire […]

Out of Crisis Comes Opportunity for Change Center

  By Heidi Hornick* Never mind hope, for Nicole Chandler it’s about change, less about desire and more about action. “We need to change perceptions, change directions. It’s about changing your mind, your family’s, your community’s,” says the Change Center executive director. She stands in the middle of what looks like an abandoned warehouse, but […]

Two Urban Gardens Thrive in Former Food Desert

by Heidi Hornick*   It’s been about four years since Brenna Wright took a fallow field and turned it into the Abbey Fields Urban Farm. In that time, she’s seen her share of challenges, but when a sudden storm hit the farm it took her by surprise. On the night of April 9, a microburst […]