Tenn Words

If asked to answer that question in ten words or less, how would you respond?

"My cancer coming back"

"Losing my job"

"Someone hurting my kids"

"My daughter's employment status"

Since 2015, the Tenn Words display and the TruckBeat  truck have been traveling throughout East Tennessee to find out what's on your mind.  

Your answers to that question have been collected and cataloged.  With more than 750 responses, we've been able to identify trends and outliers, giving us a clearer picture of what concerns us as a community.    If you'd like to see some of them, check out our Twitter and Instagram feeds.   

Scroll down to read some of our observations.  


Tenn Words Update: What Keeps You Up At Night?

May 26, 2015
WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Our Tenn Words display made its debut at the International Biscuit Festival in downtown Knoxville on May 16 and we were thrilled with the response.  Throughout the day, visitors to the festival had the opportunity to read the wall, discuss the responses that were pinned to it and post their own ten-words-or-less answers to the question "What Keeps You Up At Night?".  Some of the answers were whimsical and fun; others were quite poignant and provocative: