This year the colors promise to be brighter, the booms promise to be louder and the fireworks celebration, sponsored by the Terry Law Firm, will be bigger than ever.

The “Anatomy of a Deal” presentation during the 2018 Governor’s Conference in Nashville served as a primer for the industry recruiting process, one that is complicated in nature and yet can include decisions that hinge on the most basic of human considerations.


For a 20-year artisan woodcarver, it might be no great surprise to win a Best in Show award. But the prize at this year’s Mountain Makins Festival went to Gordon Fowler of Morristown, for a type of artistry he discovered just a year ago.