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12 Days of Christmas

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Partridges and pear trees need not apply: These 12 holiday destinations around Southern Appalachia offer mountain merry-makers a bit of everything—from homespun traditions to festive glamour and glitz. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

2014 Merlefest

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As the weather warms, festival season gets underway. Whether one seeks music or crafts, heritage or craft brews, there’s a celebration for it somewhere across the region. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

What Big Ears

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A lute player, an Inuit throat singer, and a punk rocker walk into a bar in Knoxville, Tennessee … That’s not a joke. Actually, it’s the setup for Big Ears, a music and arts festival that is making global waves. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Mystery Hill

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Wayne Underwood is supposedly retired, but that doesn’t stop him from showing up seven days a week at Mystery Hill, a peculiar tourist destination near Blowing Rock, N.C. “I’ve never considered this a job,” he said. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads 1 Comments

Dolly Parton recently announced a $300 million investment in her Dollywood empire that will expand the country singer’s Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park to include new rides, shows, and, most notably, a 300-room resort. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Departments

Lori McLeod

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The day began cloudy, teetering between breaking up or building up. A sprinkle turned to a steady rain that became a torrential downpour. By the time we were about a third of the way around the lake, our clothes couldn’t take on any more water. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads