The Mid-East Community Action Agency continues to help Loudon County residents in need with its commodity food distribution.

While not walking away as champions, Loudon County barbecue team Sons of Smoke, consisting of Chris Freels and Andy Walker, is plenty happy with their performance at the World Food Championships.


In 2012, Loudon County natives Chris Freels and Andy Walker were inspired to take on a new venture, forming a barbecue team.

Drivers looking to travel for the holiday may have noticed unusually low gas prices over the Fourth of July weekend.

Children in the city of Loudon now have the opportunity to utilize new playground equipment recently installed in Legion and Liberty parks.

This month marks the 15th annual March for Meals with Meals on Wheels, with the Mid-East Community Action Agency providing meals for seniors 60 years and older through home delivery as well as congregate meals Monday-Friday at Fort Loudoun Medical Center.

Christopher and Shona Burger, farmers since 2007, started Greenback-based Century Harvest Farms to provide consumers direct access to local and sustainable foods.

Livestock producers who suffered grazing losses in 2016 due to drought must report those losses and enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program by Jan. 30 to qualify for government help.

After gardening for more than 60 years, Lenoir City resident Lawrence “Larry” Hawk recently harvested 50 pounds of sweet potatoes from one plant.

As consumers adopt a habit of supporting local shops, farmer’s markets provide an opportunity for residents to purchase fresh produce at an affordable price, while supporting small businesses.


The Loudon County Health Improvement Council recently received $5,000 from a Healthier Tennessee Community Grant, and numerous officials across the county are doing their part to encourage physical activity and healthy eating through PLAYLoudon and other initiatives.


Hungry residents and visitors will soon have another family owned and operated restaurant from which to choose, as a new eatery called Bill’s Courtyard is set to open next month in Loudon.


While one local eatery has closed its doors, others are enjoying heavy customer traffic and looking to expand.

Lenoir City Regional Planning Commission approved three site plans during its meeting Monday night, and an announcement was made on fast food restaurant Dairy Queen that will open in Lenoir City.

Lenoir City High School’s culinary arts students held a tasting event last week for teachers and staff to sample and pre-order Thanksgiving desserts for student delivery Nov. 24.

The PLAYLoudon community garden, located at Loudon Municipal Park in Loudon, offers a variety of fall vegetables including lettuce, greens and beans, which are available to those in the community who want to pick their own vegetables.

As consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about genetically modified organisms, Greenback-based Eco-Rich Farms remains focused on providing Tennessee-grown produce without chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.

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Ask for “chowder,” and you could be repeating the first word coined by Europeans in America. Bring a spoonful to your mouth, and you could be enjoying the first European-American dish.

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Often overlooked in favor of pork chops and tenderloins, pork loin is a budget-minded cook’s friend. In its customary size of 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, it makes for a low-fat, yet juicy roast that’s easily gussied up by a myriad of pastes and glazes.

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Desserts don’t have to be complicated to be good. Here, a simple combination of cut-up cantaloupe and whole blackberries in orange juice makes a fine ending to a meal.

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The best oatmeal cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy in the middle and lightly browned at the edges, just like these.

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