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Melissa Reboltz Feeds Her Community

Melissa Reboltz Feeds Her Community from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. In Tennessee, 1 in 6 people are not able to provide their families with food to eat. Poverty has a big role to play in to the reasons why people in Tennessee are struggling with hunger. Melissa Reboltz, who is originally from New York, knows what it is like to work hard to provide produce for herself and for her community in East Tennessee. For 8 years she has studied and practiced the ins and outs of farming the land in order to cultivate food for herself and the communities that she has worked in.
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Front porch of Melissa's farm house (Photo by Ashley Coffey)
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View of Melissa's garden (Photo by Ashley Coffey)
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Melissa watering her garden (Photo by Ashley Coffey)
Melissa lives on a farm in Greeneville, Tennessee that she has worked hard to maintain. She has two gardens on her property. On Saturdays, she has a booth at the Jonesborough Farmers Market where she sells what she grows in her garden to the community. Melissa is also connected with the Airbnb where people can pay to stay in an apartment or home, much like renting a hotel, but better. Reboltz offers to serve her guests meals that are straight from her garden.
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Little farm house created by Melissa for Airb&b (Photo by Ashley Coffey)
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Bedroom inside of Airb&b farmhouse (Photo by Ashley Coffey)
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Hensley Airpark Puts on a Show

Hensley Airpark Puts on a Show from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. On June 11, 2016 Hensley Airpark located in Chuckey, Tennessee invited locals and anyone interested to come to the private airstrip for an entertaining afternoon. The Wings & Wheels Fly-In event drew in a crowd. Airplanes landed one by one on the airstrip and were parked neatly in the grass fields. Friendly pilots were more than willing to give visitors information regarding their airplanes and their motivations behind such an investment. Mazda Miata's rolled in on their four wheels and caught the eyes of all those who attended the event. Hensley Airpark is a flying community that comes complete with a private airstrip and grass landing strip. All homeowners are required to be private pilots.
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Home Built Ultralight To Be Displayed At Wings & Wheels Fly-In

Home Built Ultralight To Be Displayed At Wings & Wheels Fly-In from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. On June 11, 2016 Hensley Airpark in Chuckey, Tennessee will be hosting a “Wings & Wheels Fly-In.” The event will be showcasing airplanes, antique cars, and Mazda Miatas. There will be wine tastings, music, and food.   Tom Tschantz will be showcasing his homemade Model 3 Kitfox Tweety Bird ultralight airplane at the event. Tschantz has built three ultralights up to this point. “It’s a joy to fly, I’m telling you. It just jumps off the ground,” says Tschantz.   The event starts at 8:00am and will be open to the public.
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Veteran Volunteers To Defeat ISIS

Veteran Volunteers To Defeat ISIS from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. Erwin Stran is an Iraq War veteran who went back to Iraq this past year in 2015, only this time it was on his own dime and on his own terms. He served in the Army National Guard prior to this past year when he decided that he wanted to volunteer to help defeat ISIS. He and a small group of volunteering men joined Peshmerga, which is the Iraqi-Kurdish military. Stran fought in Iraq for six months and in Syria for five months. Stran was never paid for his efforts, nor did he have the protection of the American military. After he came back from his first deployment and left the military he always wanted to go back. He struggled transitioning back into civilian life. Volunteering gave him the ability to go wherever he was needed in order to keep ISIS from taking innocent lives. There were no orders given to him, he would go wherever ISIS was located. Now it is not so easy for Americans to do what Erwin Stran did. The people who volunteer do not have the benefits that the military give to those who are enlisted. Any injury would be paid out of pocket. Those who do choose to volunteer have a sense of American pride that is demonstrated through their willingness to put themselves in harms way. Stran is currently writing a book about his experiences while in Syria and Iraq.
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Iris Festival Creates Revenue and Exposure For Small Businesses

Iris Festival Creates Revenue and Exposure For Small Businesses from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. Artisans from all over the United States gathered together for the Iris Festival in downtown Greeneville, Tennessee on May 22, 2016 to display their handmade designs in anticipation of promoting their small businesses. There were more than 160 vendors that showed up for the two-day festival. Artists participate in drawing crowds to their tables and are active in giving their information out to those who are interested in buying and learning about their crafts. Business cards are handed out at each table even after the festival is over so that buyers can keep up with new and improved products through social media, such as Etsy. Cyndi Gorskey is from Florida. She etches designs and has painted wine glasses that she has turned into candleholders. Gorskey is familiar with attending festivals and being involved in them herself. The Iris Festival is the first festival she has been to in Tennessee, “It’s a beautiful little town, well organized.” She says she hopes to return to the Iris Festival next year. Businesses like David Cornett and his wife who started “Just Herbs” have been participating in the Iris Festival for many years. When his wife told him that she couldn’t have any more salt, so he came up with a blend to season their vegetables and everything else. It’s been 30 years since they started their business. They have created over 300 different types of spices and combinations of herbs to cook with. They have sold their spices all over the world. The Iris Festival shines a light on small businesses and exposes them to a lot of people. The festival gives artisans a chance on making profits off of their dreams, dedication, and hard work.
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Antique Car Show Donates Proceeds To Local Organizations

Antique Car Show Donates Proceeds To Local Organizations from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo.

Davy Crockett Region of the Antique Automobile Car Club of America and Food City in Greeneville, Tennessee hosted its fourth annual antique car show. The people who entered their cars in the auto show each paid a fee of $10, but the sights and sounds were free to the public. The money that was raised between the hours of 9:00am- 3:00pm was then donated to various organizations in need throughout Greene County. The community came together for the enjoyment of old cars and good times with family and friends. People could be overheard reminiscing over specific car models that brought back old memories. Children were anxious to ask questions and drag parents from one car to the next. All viewers of the auto show were encouraged to place a ballot on their favorite muscle and classic cars. There were also automobiles that were up for sale and business opportunities for people who specialize in fixing and maintaining antique vehicles. The next car show will be announced in the Greeneville Sun. All classic car owners and car lovers are encouraged to attend. This community event hopes to continue over the next several years, but is not possible without the public’s interest and participation.
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Tom Tschantz Is A Man Of His Time

The men and women who serve in the military discover a life after spending time at war. It can be a difficult transition for many. What service members do with their life once they come back to the states is a testament to their survival and recovery after witnessing the atrocities of war. Tom Tschantz is a man who served in the war in Vietnam. He carries with him the knowledge of war and what it means to work hard in order to get a job done. He operated on board the U.S.S Oriskany, which was an aircraft carrier that served as a runway for airplanes. He joined the navy after realizing that school was not for him. With little education, he was assigned to work in the boiler room located on the ship. He was on board when a fire broke out that killed 44 men.   Once Tom left Vietnam and returned home to Ohio he created a successful life for himself by working hard. Any job he was given, he excelled in accomplishing. After years of iron working, and rigorous labor constructing and painting water towers, he is now a registered flight instructor. He taught himself how to fly by climbing into an airplane and figuring all of it out on his own. He has built multiple lightweight airplanes that are referred to as ultralights. All of Tom’s accomplishments are a motivation and a demonstration for veterans that are struggling to find steady ground after returning home. His experiences in Vietnam did not hinder his ability to navigate through obstacles in life when creating a positive, productive lifestyle. Veterans all around the world can be motivated by the fact that keeping busy, and by being inspired by other veterans can increase the likelihood of a fulfilled life after war.    
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Tom Tschantz Flies Through Life

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Tom Tschantz stands next to his propellor while discussing his home built ultralight. (Photo by Ashley Coffey/Full Sail University)
Tom Tschantz was born in 1947. He was raised in northern Ohio. He was the child of hardworking parents that taught him the importance of using his hands. He did poorly in school and has the saying, “I brought home a D one time and my dad bought me a new bicycle.”
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Tom Tschantz flips through old photographs of his hometown in Ohio. (Photo by Ashley Coffey/Full Sail University)
Tom eventually dropped out of school in the tenth grade, and joined the Navy. He spent two years active and two years inactive. He was stationed on the USS Oriskany (CVA 34) aircraft carrier, in Vietnam, where it was his job to work in the boiler room. During his last year on October 27, 1966 the worst fire in 20 years broke out on the Oriskany. 44 men died that morning. He said, “We would fire off aircraft 24 hours a day; we were always launching and receiving aircraft, but I worked down in the boiler room because I didn’t have any education, didn’t know anything about aircraft, so that’s where they put me”.
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Tom Tschantz sits in his home while telling the story about the day the USS Oriskany (CVA 34) aircraft carrier caught fire.
After returning home from Vietnam, Tom found himself a job as an ironworker. He worked structuring steel for 22 years, of which he enjoyed. Eventually he found an interest in oil field work, which then led the way for him to work on constructing and painting water towers. He built his own rigging equipment, “With my background in construction and iron working I knew the rigging end of it”.
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Tom Tschantz holds old photographs from when he would work inside water towers. (Photo by Ashley Coffey/Full Sail University)
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Tom Tschantz does a walk around his homemade ultralight. (Photo by Ashley Coffey/Full Sail University)
When it comes to flying airplanes, Tom has an abundance of knowledge. He has built three Kitfox aircrafts. Tom has an appreciation for ultralights, and has been featured in multiple magazines and newspapers. “I taught myself how to fly an ultralight and I loved it. From there, I went and got my private ticket in general aviation, got my instrument ticket, and then bought a big airplane, a Cessna 206 six seats with 200 horsepower”. He took the first single seat ultralight he built to Oshkosh and won Reserve Grand Champion. He qualified to teach for flying ultralights from Quicksilver in California for four years.
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Achieving Childhood Dreams: Beverly Barnett

Choosing a career can be difficult. The struggle to find a career that provides a combination of a sense of personal accomplishment and financial dependability lessens when a person has knowledge about their own desires. A way to determine a fitting profession is by looking back to a person’s childhood and determining what was particularly fascinating to them as a child. The imagination of a child holds a key to what would make them happiest as an adult; regardless of the financial stability that one would hope comes along with a personal passion. The one thing about following a childhood dream is that there is a great potential of turning a job that starts out with low income into a booming business because of the personal drive that is put behind making the dream come to life. untitled-infographic_block_1 untitled-infographic_block_2 untitled-infographic_block_3 untitled-infographic_block_4 untitled-infographic_block_5 Created by: Ashley Coffey via piktochart.com When children are asked what they want to be when they grow up their answer more than likely stems from the knowledge of careers that are presently exposed to them. A child who is gunning to be a firefighter or a doctor may have the desire to pursue this career because of a mention or a career of a family member or family friend. There are some exceptions to this rule which is proven to be true by Beverly Barnett, who is the head flight instructor and founder at Advanced Flight in Johnson City, Tennessee, says, “When I was young, I fell in love with flying, and so I pursued aviation and I loved that forever. I’ve been involved in aviation since I was a young teenager”. Barnett’s parents were more inclined to encourage her to “go to church and to go to work, but they never put any emphasis on creating a type of career”. As a young girl, Barnett found herself in a position where she was able to learn how to fly airplanes by researching what she loved and falling into the hands of people who steered her in the right direction. By following her childhood dream, Barnett has had “the opportunity to meet many, many nice people and to also help many people”. Now she has created a life long career out of her childhood passion that has generated an abundance of friendships, created jobs for her community, and provided financial stability throughout her life.   Many people feel that destiny is the cause of success in business and in life. This may be the case on some level, but without an understanding of the desires that one has during their youth, a person may never discover a career that is fulfilling to an exponential degree. Linking the creativity of a child’s mind with the abilities of an adult mindset and tools, a career can be both fulfilling and rewarding. This does not mean that hardships will not come about, if anything, there will be tough times that lay ahead when following an aspiration, but the outcome will be far more worth the effort once a dream career is achieved.
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Steve Fisher: The Man Who’s World Is In His Hangar

He could easily be described as the man who could never have enough airplanes. Once he builds one airplane he is already designing the next one. He was born on June 27, 1949 in Moline, Illinois. “I was happiest as a kid so I wanted to grow up doing nothing and playing” said Fisher. He worked for a company that constructed products used by NASA and the United States Air Force. As an engineer, he spent most of his life studying. In college, he was an aerospace engineering student. A professor that he looked up to with the most respect guided him towards furthering his dream, “I had an instructor, and he taught drafting classes. He instilled engineering in me.” His life has been guided by his love for physics and his obsession with engines and propulsion. “I don’t know that I specifically wanted to be a pilot when I was young, but I was always interested in building airplanes. As I got a little older that went over to wanting to be an engineer,” said Fisher. “I always worked with mechanical stuff when I was a kid. I was always interested in mechanisms and motors and cars and motorcycles.” Fisher lives in a small, gated community in Chuckey, Tennessee where a paved runway runs through the subdivision and airplanes are seen taxing down driveways and into the streets. FullSizeRender Along with Fisher’s love for airplanes and propulsion he treasures his family life. Paula, Steve’s wife, met him when he was 16, “We started talking, you know, how high school kids do, and I did give him my phone number.” She smiles and looks at Steve, “We just hit off. I finally met someone who looked pretty interesting. Plus, he was a lot of fun. We kind of looked at each other and knew.” Over the next several years they moved from place to place for his job. While he worked on engines used by NASA, they both continued building a family together. Steve reminisces while mentioning his father, “My dad, when I was young, I remember him building a couple model airplanes. I got into building model airplanes from then on for the rest of my life,” as Fisher glances towards his airplane that is currently being designed and crafted. “He was a contractor and to me he could build anything. If you wanted it he could build it. I was always amazed at how he could build stuff.” He puts a great amount of emphasis on continuous learning, trial and error, and community involvement – shared knowledge of learned experiences. FullSizeRender “I have played with some neat toys,” said Fisher. The East Tennessee community is lucky to have such a brilliant man flying over them in his home made airplanes.