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People and places of Anderson County

  • Jeff Maxwell and Whittney Surface - Joe Bonomo

Jeff Maxwell is a veterinarian at Norris Animal Hospital.

“The best part of the job is when you can help,” he said. “The worst is when you can’t.”

It’s clear that Maxwell’s heart is 100-percent in his work. He hurts when they hurt. It has been comforting for him to read the book “The Art of Dancing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, especially when he starts and ends his day with euthanasia.

“It’s the circle of life,” he said.

But it’s hard.

In this portrait, Maxwell’s assistant, Whittney Surface, helps him perform oral surgery on a little French bulldog.

Everyone has a story, and this series offer a small glimpse into the lives of others.

LaFollette resident Joe Bonomo is a prolific, successful artist, and is passionate about portraiture.

He spent many hours in Anderson County recently photographing people in town and learning a little about them, and then going back home and creating their portraits.

To find out more about Bonomo’s art, visit, on Facebook at, and on Instagram at @bonomoart. This series, however, is only available in The Courier News.