Freelance journalist


Freelance journalist

Not sure if there’s a greater gig than freelance journalism. It’s fun and easy.

  • Work at your own pace
  • Editor hits me up a couple times a week
  • Breaks up norm
  • Meet interesting locals

They’re just fluff pieces. Mostly nonprofits, local businesses and community events, which just so happens to be my fav. So, here are a few of my favs from my fav side job. 😉

Click the headlines to read the full articles.

Community invited to join Walk to Defeat ALS

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes someone loses their battle to this fatal disease.

The ALS Association is hosting the Tri Cities Walk to Defeat ALS at 11 a.m., Oct. 15, at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport. Pre-walk activities and on-site registration begin at 10 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Association marks The Longest Day

Teams throughout the world are celebrating loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease by spending the summer solstice doing their favorite activity, symbolizing the challenging journey of what it’s like to live with or care for someone with the disease. From sunrise to sunset on Monday, June 20, people are spending The Longest Day raising awareness of the rapidly-growing disease and honoring their own loved ones with the diagnosis.

Speedway in Lights returns to BMS with new sponsor, added features

Two of Bristol’s powerful businesses, Bristol Motor Speedway and The Pinnacle, are partnering together to delight families at Christmastime with the largest Christmas light show in the Southeast, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA.

ASD Farm to Fork Gala highlights vibrant local food culture and its impact

Celebrating local food and farmers within 150 miles of Kingsport, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is holding its Sixth Annual Farm to Fork Gala on July 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at MeadowView Marriott Convention Center.

Now or Never artists offer custom-made artwork and emotional support

Two friends sit on a large leather sofa as one anxiously fills out paperwork. A tattoo artist brings the piece he drew for her ankle. She excitedly approves the design as they walk out of the waiting area that resembles more of an art gallery than a traditional tattoo shop.

Friends for the Fight: Groups unite to host benefit dinner for local cancer patients

Preaching Christ Church is partnering with Wellmont’s Cancer Institute to raise money for their Wellmont Patient’s Assistance Fund by hosting a benefit dinner at 5 p.m., May 9 at MeadowView Convention Center.

Children learn Spanish at home

Karen Childress plays UNO with her two youngest children at the kitchen table, while her eldest son reads a book. The little ones shout out the colors and numbers, drowning out the sound of their brother slowly but correctly pronouncing each syllable on the page.

Local Girl Scouts nearing end of journey together

A troop of seven girls from Dobyns-Bennett High School can boast of something few ever achieve. They have navigated their entire Scouting journey together and forged a 12-year-long friendship, continuously brought together by their common love of community service and Girl Scouts.

Taking Flight: Kingsport native Austin Moody spreads his wings in Nashville

Prior to his inaugural benefit concert benefiting F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation, country music recording artist and Kingsport native Austin Moody sat down to discuss his Kingsport heritage and spreading his wings in Nashville.

Moody’s passion for music began as a small child when he begged for and eventually got a banjo from his parents. He started taking music lessons when he was 8 years old and, by age 14, he was in a bluegrass band traveling to churches throughout the South, sometimes deep into the backwoods.

FRIENDS promotes awareness, understanding of Down syndrome

FRIENDS, a local non-profit support group for families with Down syndrome, is hosting its 15th annual Buddy Walk at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the ETSU soccer warm-up field. Teams for the walk are made up of “buddies,” or families and caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome along with the individuals themselves. The walk, which is just shy of one mile, is being used to celebrate the individuals with Down syndrome. They will be cheered on as they pass through the archway, given a medal and a goodie bag, and have their picture taken with the event’s grand marshal, Claudia Byrd from Speedway Children’s Charities.

Steele Creek Park looks to grow while keeping it green

Visitors of Steele Creek Park experience nature at its fullest within the Bristol city limits. For the past year, visitors have been paying to enter the park. Cars pay $2, buses $10, or $50 for an annual pass with options to pay using a credit card or cash. Once drivers pay the admission fee, they can choose from an educational tour of the nature center, quiet fishing in a 52-acre lake, miles of gentle or strenuous hiking trails, tree lined walking/bike trails, a 10-minute children’s train ride, sports in an open field, disc golf, or a picnic under shade trees.

Kingsport Ballet expands its community outreach with new offerings

Kingsport Ballet’s 33rd season offers the community various new and exciting ways to engage and participate in the nonprofit’s activities.

Honor Flight gives back to those who have given so much

Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee goes above and beyond to make sure America’s veterans receive the respect they deserve.

Kingsport Young Life banquet

Kingsport Young Life is hosting its annual fundraising banquet and using it as an opportunity to share the organization’s mission with the community.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, guests at the banquet will enjoy live entertainment during dinner and dessert. Then, they will hear stories from former and current students about how the organization has impacted their lives, including the night’s keynote speaker, Dr. Eric Parks.

Faith in Action: Rogersville church shines bright as a resource for community members

In the heart of downtown, the members of First Baptist Church in Rogersville encourage each other through Bible study and worship. Then, they serve their community exalting Christ’s love throughout their daily lives.



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