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  • Adult, Junior and Professional Winners Celebrate 50 years of Natural AreasOur shutterbugs took exploring and capturing the beauty of Tennessee seriously when we asked them to help us celebrate the state’s Natural Areas. Working in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation this time, we are proud to present these winners whose photographs were chosen from nearly 1,000 entires. “We’re delighted to partner with The Tennessee Magazine to help us celebrate the 50...

  • Junior Shutterbug Finalists Adult Shutterbug Finalists Professional Shutterbug Finalists The post Shutterbug Finalists – TN Natural Areas appeared first on The Tennessee Magazine.

  • Norris Dam State Park offers rich history and abundant recreation for visitors From learning to leisure, Norris Dam State Park in Rocky Top has something for everyone, according to Park Manager Victoria Greear. “We’re a family-friendly park with high-quality interpretive programs,” she says. Whether it’s hiking, camping, enjoying the abundant water recreation opportunities or learning about the park’s rich New Deal-era history, Norris Dam State Park is a great destination for weekend ...

  • Environmentally friendly and cost-effective In response to the combination of pandemic-induced stay-at-home requirements and expanded remote working options, many of us are not only spending more time at home but are also considering a home office upgrade, a new music or entertainment room or enhancing an outdoor space. Mischa Fisher, chief economist for HomeAdvisor, says the growth in home improvement in 2020 was huge: “We nicknamed it the year of the home.” “In past years, there was a si...

  • Planning your home office for optimal productivity Mischa Fisher of Home-Advisor explains that millennials are creating home offices at a rate three or four times higher than baby boomers. He says that boomers are often in larger homes that might already have dedicated workspaces and are close to or have already entered retirement. When folks are upgrading their current home offices, they tend to spend a larger percentage of the budget on improved infrastructure, explains Scott Newnam of Audio ...

  • What to include if you’re prepping for a deck or treehouse When planning an outdoor project like a deck, additional dwelling unit, home office or even treehouse, review local building codes before hammering a single nail. Jim Dulley, a mechanical engineer and energy efficiency author, warns against cutting any corners that might affect the long-term safety of your project. For decks and other outdoor projects, Dulley recommends composite decking material like Trex because it will hold up longe...

  • Onions. Can anyone imagine cooking without them? The simple onion can add so much flavor to recipes, it’s hard to imagine cooking without this staple. It would be quicker to list savory dishes that don’t recommend onions than to catalog all the ones that do. Depending on the variety of onion you choose, you can add oniony heat, spice, sweetness or color to any dish. These onion-centric recipes are so good they might make you weep… even when you’re not chopping them! Fresh Onion Marmala...

  • Now that the 100th anniversaries of World War I and the influenza epidemic have passed, I thought it might be fun to look back at newspapers from 100 years ago, focusing on the legislature. Here are some of the more interesting stories from the 62nd Tennessee General Assembly, which met in the spring of 1921. The Senate got its first female member. In a special election, Anna Lee Worley of Sullivan County was elected to replace her husband, the late Sen. Parks Worley, who died in early January. ...

  • “Blue Dasher Dragonfly” by Robin Conover Canon EOS 5D Mark IV EF 100–400 mm, 4.5–5.6 L lens, extender EF 2x, at 800 mm ISO 1600, fl13 at 1/800 second, Gitzo tripod Observing this blue dasher dragonfly dart from place to place, I knew the chances of getting a sharp image of it would be a challenge. This common blue dragonfly against the green of the duckweed-covered pond caught my eye. Standing about 15 feet away and above the area the dragonfly was hunting for insects, I noticed that it ...

  • Are you a poet at heart? If so, we would like to see your efforts in The Tennessee Magazine’s monthly poetry contest. Please limit your poem to no more than 100 words. Your work must include a Tennessee theme. Winning poems will be printed in our July issue. Subject: While the theme of your poem must include something Tennessee-related, including the word “Tennessee” is not required. Age categories: The competition has six age divisions — 8 and younger, 9–13, 14–18, 19–22, 23–64 ...