When she came to the U.S. 30 years ago, Monica Chrysandreas had trouble understanding unique expressions that are part of Appalachian dialect.

“I had never heard the word ‘y’all’ in my entire life before I came here,” she said.

The idea of being an entrepreneur is a dream for many workers. An estimated 3.3 million businesses in the U.S. have Hispanic ownership, according to the 2012 Survey of Business Owners conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. In Tennessee, Hispanic-owned businesses totaled 13,743 in 2012, up 58 percent from 2007.

Two Hispanic-owned companies Johnson City are run by long-time businessmen José Luis Jauregui and Freddy Gonzalez.

At the new St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, to be a church simply isn’t enough. Being out and bringing the church to the people, rather than the people to the church, is the objective.

The pastor, The Rev. Tom Charters, says the idea behind it all is to be missionaries first, church second. He feels that it is more important to go out and make people feel loved and to help people who are in need.

Until seven years ago, the town of Erwin didn’t even have a Catholic Church. In 2011, after a mission was formed, worshipers met in a house on Jackson-Love Highway. Then in December 2017, the people broke ground for a parish life center at 657 N. Mohawk Drive. Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville elevated the mission to a parish on Sept. 29.

Do you know what you’re celebrating on Cinco de Mayo?

To many in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a time to drink, party and be with friends. But how much does the typical U.S. citizen know about the day itself?

Many Anglos don’t even know why they’re celebrating, beyond the discounts on beer and burritos. Few people know the actual meaning behind Cinco de Mayo.

Denise Chavez Reyes was working on her master’s degree in technology when she got the idea of a thesis about enrollment of Hispanic students at East Tennessee State University. She began to research, focusing on what helped Hispanic students who were graduating from college.

“I feel like the research that I found looks at the barriers, but I wanted to see what the other part was,” she said. “What [were] the factors that motivated the individuals to change their behavior?”

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