Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My Grandma’s a Belly Dancer!

My Grandma’s a Belly Dancer!

By: Hannah Morris

Learning to sew, getting a cell phone, or working at their first job is a story that we expect to be told by our grandmother’s. While my ear is not a stranger to these traditional memories, I do not have a traditional grandmother. With tie-die shoes, and light pink hair it does not come as a surprise to me that her hobbies did not fall into the category of “ordinary”. What do I mean? Well, my grandma was a belly dancer.

She started this activity at age 23 for her and her friends to just have some fun. At a local YMCA they took lessons from an authentic Peruvian belly dancer named Geniffer. For my grandma, it gave her self-confidence. Belly dancing was something new and exciting, it provided an excellent opportunity for exercise and creativity.

Before performances she would make her costumes. These would consist of a head veils, decorated brassiere, sheer skirt, and finger symbols (zils). Making these was not an easy task, but they still had fun rummaging through thrift shop, and clearance racks.

The dance itself followed a 7/8 beat and incorporated 3 parts:
Beginning; showed happiness and freedom
Middle; presented a serious and calm outlook
End; displayed speed and strength

Her best memory, “Was probably just the fun we had.”

After four years her dancing came to an end because lessons were no longer being taught, but in those four years she made incredible memories. My grandmother said she would recommend it to anybody.

For her it was always a lot of fun, and a very happy experience! I hope that I follow her lead, while I may not be a belly dancer, I want to always keep my mind open to new ideas, and to try new things. Plus, being able to say your grandma’s a belly dancer is a lot of fun!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lady Vols Are Back

Lady Vols Are Back

by: Sierra Butler

Fans are excited that the name "Lady Vols" is back. People pleaded, protested, and petitioned to keep the name. They have not had the name Lady Vols since 2014. Every women’s sport besides basketball was forced to change their name to just Vols. 

In 2018-19 they can get apparel with the Lady Vols logo on it. Fans can also buy their own apparel with the logo on it around that time. Tennessee athletic director John Currie announced this Thursday. Women's teams will not officially be called Lady Vols, instead the Volunteers name will still be used across all programs, but women's teams have the ability to now refer to themselves as Lady Vols and use the name and logo on uniforms. Lady Vols branding and signs will be restored at athletic facilities across campus. Their apparel will be available at shops across campus. 

After three long years without the name we are glad to have it back. People believe it is important to preserve and celebrate the Lady Vols brand and logo, which has possessed great meaning for decades and evokes incredible pride among many supporters of this University. This is something that celebrates women, women’s excellence, and their hard fought challenges to be on equal par with men. It's much more of a celebration of that legacy. Lady Vols to me is more than a brand or logo…it is history.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Art of Scribbling

The Art of Scribbling

by: Mallory Amburn

When I used to hear the word "scribbling," I often associated it with the whimsical spirit of a child. Now, whenever I hear it, I simply equate it with "art."

When I was younger, I scribbled. I would grab whatever was within reach—crayons, markers, pens—and I would scribble. Just about 99.9% of the time, the scribbles had no meaning. Nothing about my childhood scribbles resembled art.

Shockingly, I still participate in those childish ways. Not because I myself am childish, but because I adore this type of art. The proper term for this style in the art realm would be "gesture drawing;" however, I prefer just calling it what it is—scribbling. Anyone with the slightest sense of imagination could do it. Just grab a pen and a piece of paper, create a vision of what you want to portray, and scribble until it manifests. The heavier you scribble in a certain area, the darker your shading becomes. It's hard to truly mess up, because stray scribble marks add texture.

What makes this type of art so intriguing? Why is it that I feel as if it stands out among other styles, such as pointillism or sketching? Could it be because of its free spirit? Could it be because it has a sense of messiness? Whatever it is that adds such volume to this style of art, I hope other people can appreciate it like I have.

On a side note, I hope all of you "Beatles" fans reading this enjoy my scribble art of the one and only, John Lennon.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

by: Sierra Butler

It's time of the year again…fall! The air gets colder, the leaves turn colors, and some girls buy whole new wardrobes.

With fall always comes two holidays. There is Halloween and Thanksgiving. Halloween is on October 31, and Thanksgiving is on November 23. There are also some fun activities you could do around here. You could go to haunted houses and pumpkin patches, and there is a whole lot more. There are also festivals and carnivals you could go to. This is the perfect time to go hiking or a picnic. Time to bring out jackets and warm clothes. 

The first day of Autumn is September 22, which is just around the corner. Everyone is excited for all of the fall smells. You have candles, germ-x, and even the smells of cooking pies and other foods. The time also changes and our days get shorter. People decorate their houses to match the fall theme. They do not just decorate for Fall, but they decorate for Halloween. Fall is basically second spring when every leaf is a flower. 

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer's wave goodbye. 

You also have fall break. Every student and teacher gets a week off of school. It is from October 9 through the 13. Going outside and seeing all the trees and surrounding is amazing. The Great Smokey Mountains are a beautiful sight to see at this time. All of the leaves are changing colors and if you look at it during sunset, it is beautiful. Comfy sweaters, warm drinks, and pretty colors are all what fall is about.

So, be sure to go outdoors and enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Traditions of the Volunteers

Traditions of the Volunteers

by: Lee Scoggins

“It’s football time in Tennessee!” 

This is one of the most famous phrases in college football, especially if you are a Vol Fan. Many traditions have been incorporated through the years to bring excitement for the players and fans. 

One of the best known traditions is the Vol walk. The Pride of the Southland Band begins the march, followed by the football team. The fans get an up close view of the players as they walk to Neyland Stadium. Many fans enter the stadium, but others tailgate on the Tennessee River until game time. Boats of all kinds and sizes swarm the river on game day, which is known as the Vol Navy. 

As game time draws near and fans enter the stadium, the excitement of the game begins to build. The Pride of the Southland Band takes the field forming the “Power T.” The football players prepare to leave the locker room but not before smacking the sign that reads, “I will give my all for Tennessee today!” The players run onto the field through the “T” led by their head coach while fans make the stadium come to life. UT football would not be the same without their number one fan cheering from the sidelines, Smokey, the blue tick hound. 

Also, if you have ever been to a game, you know you will not leave without hearing and singing, “Rocky Top.” Many people think this is the Vols fight song, but “Down the Fields” is the official song. The song, “Rocky Top,” is one of the most hated songs by opponents in collegiate sports because it is played when the Vols reach the checkerboard end zone. The checkerboard end zone was a trademark that started in the mid-1960's , and it completes the look of Neyland Stadium. The traditions make it great to be a Tennessee Vol.

The Battle of Depression

The Battle of Depression 

by: Sami Proulx

Depression is not something to joke about. It is a serious matter that various people deal with. 

Everyday, I hear many students in the school joking about how they want to "commit suicide" or "kill themselves" or other touchy subjects dealing with addiction, but yet, they have never actually experienced the real feeling of depression or addiction. You will never understand how much those phrases trigger a person with depression. Many people like to joke about this subject, but this isn't a joking matter in any situation. 

I, myself, was diagnosed with depression, along with anxiety, by my doctor. It wasn't the best part of my life, but we must come to terms with it and find help. Dealing with this mental illness has been a continuous struggle for me, but on the bright side, I am so much stronger than I used to be. I am very familiar with the feelings of this mental illness. Here are some emotions that come along with it:
  • wanting isolation all the time
  • hating looking in the mirror because sometimes you don't know who you are anymore 
  • not wanting to get out of bed in the morning 
  • fighting with your demons in your head
  • losing interest in things you once loved to do
  • crying yourself to sleep 
  • no motivation for anything 
  • hatred against the whole world
  • confusion
  • staring emotionlessly at the bedroom walls 

Depression is something that can ruin your insides and never let you be the same ever again. It's an illness that takes your happiness away and leaves you hanging there not knowing where to go next. You become so lost, scared, fragile, sensitive, confused, angry, etc. You interpret things differently from everyone else. You think deeper from your mind. If you ever traded minds with a person with depression, maybe you would finally realize the amount of mental pain we are forced upon having. People identify us in distinct ways; sometimes, we are not called very nice words, such as "emo." The world has changed the definition of depression, but it is not the right way to define it. Depression has become a label to this earth. Don't let people label you, because you are so much more than your mental illness.

If you have depression, 1) I am so sorry, but 2) you will make it through this. You are so strong and capable of so many things. You are here for a reason, and I need you to believe that, even though sometimes it's hard to believe. People will put you down, hurt you, traumatize you, and manipulate you, but it is up to you to move passed the negative influences because none of those people are worth a millisecond of your time. Never forget your value displayed here. Do not ever give up. Show off every single person who doubted you, and watch them be put to shame when you come out of your depression fighting stronger than you have ever been. The road to recovery is always going to be there for you. Don't be scared to take the first step onto the journey towards regaining your happiness and finding your way back to yourself. It's hard, but in the end, it's so worth it. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Crowning Glory

Crowning Glory

by: Caitlyn Morgan

            Tonight is the night when one lucky lady will be crowned TPHS Homecoming Queen and will be forever added to this special sorority of honor and tradition. Being crowned Homecoming Queen is such a wonderful moment and memory to be forever cherised in Tellico Plains, and has been around longer than most anyone can remember. Here are some of your very own previous TPHS Royal Highnesses dating back to 1970.

1970- Sheila Tucker                                                     
1971- Sherry Wear                                                   
1972-Carol “Happy” Holliday                                       
1973- Donna Hamilton                                                
1974- Tina Ogle                                                           
1975- Denise Sylvester                                                 
1976- Janice Smalling                                                  
1977- Sherry Harris                              
1978- Troena Heaton                           
1979- Lisa West                                   
1980- Gail Williams                           
1981- Lesa Harris                                 
1982- Sherrie Hamby                           
1983- Missy Holt                                 
1984- Karen Harris                               
1985- Shan Davis                               
1986- Alicia Burgess                            
1987- Brook Murphy                            
1988- Minda Cole                                
1989- Missy Ervin
1990- Tina Hunt
1991- Tonya Burrell
1992- Missy Shell
1993- Laura Raby
1994- Jodi Mckenzie
1995- Mandy Martin
1996- Lacey wall
1997- Crystal Thomas
1998- Laci Holcomb
1999- Jill Robbins
2000- Mitzi Croft
2001- Jessica Hunt
2002- Brittany Swanson 
2003- Brandy Honeycutt
2004- Sarah Martin
2005- Becky Wright
2006- Ashley Mckenzie
2007- Merriam Krahala
2008- Lindsey Raby
2009- Sheann Cole
2010- Tiffany Hatchett
2011- Stef Morrison
2012- Linda Derrick
2013- Makena Shepherd
2014- Vivian Medina
2015- Nikki Harrill
2016- Jaden Allman 
2017- ????????