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No Country for Big-Box Stores

Cory Vaillancourt photo

As a little girl, Kelly Sutton sang along to Dolly Parton while dancing on the counters of the Big Creek Country Store. Now the 30-year-old spends her days behind those counters, finding her rhythm as a small business owner. more

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Cooking for a Cause

Buddy Woods photo

The architecture and the ambiance still reflect the days when eating establishments had to classify themselves as private clubs in order to sell liquor. The name is a link to the building’s former life, as a gasoline station. more

Mountain Explorer

Passing the time

Don McGowan Photo

Before suits in corporate boardrooms determined the cookie-cutter layouts and mass-marketed inventories of literally thousands of department stores, it was the general store that served a community, and no two general stores were ever the same. more

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In a rural farming community outside the small Western North Carolina town of Waynesville, N.C., Skipper Russell’s thick hands have long toiled the fields, working the soil and picking the cucumbers, bell peppers and beans. more

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General excellence

Paul Clark photo

Located where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains pinch Virginia to its narrowest point, Meadowview once was an agricultural center. The railroad’s arrival in 1856 opened the remote part of the state to commerce. more

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Turning point

Photo courtesy of Visit Knoxville

People who haven’t been to downtown Knoxville in a decade or two will need to allow some time for adjustment. The general shapes of the narrow old streets and crowded buildings look familiar, maybe. more

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Today Waynesville has one of the most beautiful and flourishing downtowns in the Smoky Mountain region, but that hasn’t always been the case. Like many other small towns, it was slowly dying back in the 1970s. more

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