Go Out and Play

 You never know how one trip can change someone’s life.  That’s the idea that started it all for Ed McAlister, founder of River Sports Outfitters. Originally from West Tennessee, Ed moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee. While working as an engineer, it was his own unexpected adventure—backcountry skiing in Colorado—that made him want to share that with…

Regas Revamp

In 1996, John Clark and his wife, Sue, moved back home to Tennessee from San Francisco, and one of the things they brought with them was an affinity for good coffee. John had no luck finding the flavor he longed for, so he did what any coffee connoisseur would do and started buying green coffee and roasting it in a…

Legacy of Uncle Lem

 Article Jennie Treadway-Miller | Photography Elena Ganusova  When Lem Ownby passed away in 1984 at the age of 94, it signaled the end of an era. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934, and in the process of designating land for the park, there were a handful of residents who weren’t interested in moving. Lem made a deal…