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Gatlinburg Gratitude

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A devastating fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Nov. 28, 2016, claimed 14 lives, injured almost 200 and damaged or destroyed close to 2,500 homes, businesses and other structures. A year later, victims look back with gratitude and forward with hope. more

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I grew up in the hills of Northwest Georgia, but from an early age my heart was in the Great Smoky Mountains. I pressed my nose against the glass of the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in downtown Gatlinburg before I could read. more

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I called the hike “worth it” at my first glimpse of Ramsey Cascades and its 100 feet of rocky outcrops, covered by hurtling streams of water. As the exclamation mark of that four-mile trail, the sight sight melted away memories of the elevation gain. more

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There comes a time at which we each will question whether we have the will to survive. It’s a funny word—will. Within it is grit, mettle and an ability to withstand. In nature, instinct predicates survival be it for the individual or the species. more

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It is one week before my 38th birthday, a Sunday, and I am spending the evening with my dad while my mom attends the night service at church. She returns home a little after 7 p.m., but it feels much later, because the darkness comes so much earlier. more

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