100 years of the MoonPie

The MoonPie turns 100

“As the legend goes, he didn’t say round or anything at the time,” explains Tory Johnston, current vice president of marketing for the Chattanooga Bakery. “He said it just needs to be those flavors, marshmallow and graham, and dipped in chocolate."



Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. more

Jun 29, 2017 4:02 PM Sweet Appalachia

The punishment

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Daddy did not believe in hitting children. Reason, he claimed, was a better deterrent than force. Mama disagreed. She said a hard whack from an open hand on a bare bottom was the only thing a small child could understand. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Reading list

Joshua Moore Photo

With June here, let’s wander the shelves and pick over some travel books. Whether you are living in Western North Carolina or just visiting, here is a smorgasbord of guidebooks that should enrich your explorations. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Smokies natives have always been noted for their humor. Dozens of books and thousands of oft-told tales offer examples of this characteristic. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

In the late summer of 1780, the fifth year of fighting between the Americans seeking independence and the British Empire, the American South seemed doomed to fall to British control. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Come rock a spell photo

Black Mountain is a magnet for arts and culture, a playground for outdoor adventure, a utopia for shopping and browsing, and a feast for culinary pallets. Whether you’re a loafer or explorer, Black Mountain is a destination that does it all. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts


Sow True Seed photo

What is wrong with my tomatoes? Tomatoes are the beautiful, delicious, iconic garden crop, but with so many things that could be wrong with your tomatoes, it’s a wonderfully, and worryingly, huge question. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer


Photo courtesy of ASAP

Wandering through rows of blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry bushes is not only a delightful experience, it also creates direct connections between farmers and families. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer