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The Eight Six Five will be a website dedicated to showcasing the positive pockets of Knoxville, TN.

Knoxville, TN Journalism
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I love this town. As hokey, as corny, as simple as that sounds, it is the truth. I've been lucky enough to be involved in many a project focused on what makes Knoxville great. From KnoxBands, to Paperthin, to Knoxify, it's all been interesting.

The Eight Six Five looks to incorporate all the previous experiences, in addition to my general penchant for a lot of geekiness, and wrap them into a site devoted to Knoxville. We'll have a monthly podcast that will be a roundtable discussion on our fair city, we'll be sponsoring different First Friday galleries, and we'll be reporting on all things Knoxville. Currently, there are 17 folks that have offered to help out and write. I hope to have a new article every day of the work week (Monday-Friday), covering a multitude of subjects ranging from art to music to concerts to non-profits to transfers to wellness to DIY'ers to pets to community awareness to etc to etc to etc. Also aim to have at least one video feature month. The goal of the site is to marry great article content to good photography.

All money donated will be accounted for on the website, at a special link, where any one who donates can see how I spend every dime. My intention is not to make any money with this site. Anything sold (as in t-shirts) I plan on taking the money from that, picking a local non-profit, and donating the full amount.

The podcasting equipment, hosting and other fees are what's making me reach out to the community. Originally I was going to fund all aspects, but had many a friend saying they'd like to pitch in. Kickstarter is a great format to help bring folks together. Which is, at it's core, what The Eight Six Five is all about.

Risks and challenges

I don't know that I really see any potential risks or setbacks. At the end of the day, most of this rests on my shoulders.

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    At this level you will receive an exclusive, Kickstarter backers only, The Eight Six Five t-shirt. Along with the shirt, you will also receive the sticker from above, be listed on a special donors page on the website, and receive an annual report at the end of each year.

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    At this level you will receive a limited edition print from our Artist's Series: Ben Adams (details below). Along with the print, you will also receive the Kickstarter backers only The Eight Six Five t-shirt, the sticker from above, be listed on a special donors page on the website, and receive an annual report at the end of each year.

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    At this level you will receive a limited edition print from our Artist's Series: M. Fersner (details below). Along with the print, you will also receive the Kickstarter backers only The Eight Six Five t-shirt, the sticker from above, be listed on a special donors page on the website, and receive an annual report at the end of each year.

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    At this level you will receive a limited edition print from our Artist's Series: Todd Long (details below). Along with the print, you will also receive the Kickstarter backers only The Eight Six Five t-shirt, the sticker from above, be listed on a special donors page on the website, and receive an annual report at the end of each year.

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    At this level you will receive a framed, one-off, Scene Of Knoxville print from me. A little later in the Kickstarter promotion I will reveal which prints will be made available. There will be five different photos in total, and each print will be the only one ever produced.

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    At this level you or your company will be listed as an official Sponsor of The Eight Six Five. That entails logo placement on every page of the site (logo will be modified in color to match the dynamic of the site itself) in perpetuity. An example of logo placement will be shown later in the Kickstarter campaign.

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