About Christina Southern
Christina Southern joined the News Sentinel as lead features designer in May 2003. In this role she collaborated with editors, writers and photographers to create engaging and award-winning packages.
She became the News Sentinel's Community Editor in August 2008, and oversees several of the weekly feature sections, including the community news section, YourNews.
To submit your news and stories, go to yournews.knoxnews.com or e-mail Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avett Brothers' fans use Twitter to petition band to play song in Knoxville
Published 05/17/2013 at 1:34 p.m.
One song. That's all Jessica Boyd wanted to hear at the Avett Brothers' concert last night. She and friends even started a Twitter campaign about two weeks ago to petition the band to perform "Distraction #74" at the concert, which ...
Mission-minded John Avant assumes leadership at megachurch First Baptist Concord
Published 03/08/2013 at 4 p.m.
In 1976, John Avant nervously asked his pastor questions. Avant was 16 years old and had become a Christian about a year before when he walked the aisle of his Hendersonville, N.C., church and began the journey that landed him ...
Christina Southern: Parents are essential in helping children develop a healthy media diet
Published 04/20/2012 at 6 p.m.
"If parents don't monitor what their kids watch, they might be surprised at what kids can come across," says Sierra Filucci, a senior editor at the children's media advocacy group CommonSenseMedia.org, which rates movies, TV shows, video games and music.
Child with painful skin disorder improves after stem cell transplant
Published 02/03/2012 at 6 p.m.
Chad Schollaert apprehensively eyes his 3-year-old daughter. "You don't want me to hold your hand?"
Christina Southern: Christmas provides opportunity to cultivate selflessness
Published 12/09/2011 at 6 p.m.
Every year, the Knoxville News Sentinel runs a story (or two or three) about a child who cheerfully hands over his holiday gifts to kids in need. Sometimes the selfless child even prefers to not receive gifts at all and ...
Christina Southern: Stroll through toy store tortures child, provides gift ideas
Published 11/11/2011 at 5 p.m.
"What do you want for Christmas this year?" I ask 6-year-old C. I expect to hear that she wants another stuffed animal or doll to add to the 50,000 that are piled up in her toy box collecting dust.
Christina Southern: 'Punctuation saves lives' on Facebook
Published 10/14/2011 at 5 p.m.
Some people are Facebook lurkers and rarely make a post, while others don't turn on their computers without sharing it (you know who you are). I hope my friends would say I'm somewhere in the middle. I treat it a ...
Christina Southern: Marriage a weighty issue for single women
Published 09/16/2011 at 6 p.m.
My 39-year-old friend Kristi is getting married this year. She has never been married and has no children.
Christina Southern: No, Pat Robertson, it's not OK to divorce spouse with Alzheimer's
Published 09/15/2011 at 9:50 a.m.
My mother-in-law had early-onset Alzheimer's disease. It started in her early 50s and eventually took her life in her late 50s. When I met Mamaw in 2003, the disease was starting to become noticeable. Normally opinionated with a vibrant personality, ...
Christina Southern: Singleness is situation not identity for divorced parents
Published 08/05/2011 at 5 p.m.
About a year ago, my pastor handed me a little 32-page booklet titled, "Single Parents: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job" by Robert D. Jones. I am fairly certain I rolled my eyes and let out an audible sigh, but ...
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