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Picnic time

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For the Garland family of Maryville, Tennessee, summer Sundays in the late 1950s and early 1960s meant picnic-time in the Smokies. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Classic spread

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In my family, as in many others, your birthday means you get to decide what’s for dinner—the midday and main meal of the day. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

In Over the Plain Houses, Atlanta writer Julia Franks gives us a powerful story of a disintegrating marriage, social change, and religious struggles, all set in Southern Appalachia. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

When I first moved to the Smokies, my wife and went hiking nearly every weekend. With only one infant child in tow, we would look forward to these all-day adventures, 8- or 9-hour treks to balds or waterfalls or secluded mountaintops. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Blog

My parents live in the same blue house in Iowa where they’ve lived nearly all of their 43 years of marriage. Though more than a decade has passed since I moved out, I know that house like the back of my hand. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Blog

Coming home for the holidays stirs up different emotions for everyone. Here, a few regional writers share their memories and reflections on what family and home mean to them. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM , , , Features

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In December of 1916, hard times held the high country of the Smokies in a stranglehold. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

As a new bride on my grandfather’s family farm, my grandmother taught herself how to make pie crust in secret, feeding her failed attempts to the hogs. As my mom tells it, eventually she emerged victorious with a husband-worthy crust. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Blog

Kitty talk

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

​In 1970 I was given a seal point Siamese cat. I named him Beau Garçon, and I did not expect to like him. I had seen Lady and the Tramp, and the Siamese cats in that movie were evil. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

The Family Plot

Jo Harris photo

A few miles east of Gatlinburg, a right turn off the main road leads directly into the solitude and beauty of Greenbrier Cove. The road is rough and narrow, its edge precariously close to the river, which tumbles over and around huge boulders. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

The resting place of Chang and Eng Bunker

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Move over, Andy Griffith. Each July, Chang and Eng Bunker take top billing as the most celebrated former residents of Mount Airy, North Carolina. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Casters of all ages

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Springtime is near, and with budding green and showy blooms comes the beginning of derby season. Not the derbies of fleet-footed horses and fancy hats; not the derbies of cars crunching and colliding in fields of smoke and mud, either. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Exhausted runner

Courtesy of Bill Studenc

There’s one particular picture that speaks volumes about William John Studenc—known to my brothers and me simply as “Dad.” Of all the decades’ worth of photos in family albums, this single image defines my father, at least in my mind. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

With two curious boys (ages five and 16 months) I can plan to spend at least one day of my life, every year, wrapped in a down comforter, huddled in the fetal position on my bed, lights off, sweat-dampened hair pulled into a messy mop. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

Mystery Hill

Marla Hardee Milling photo

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

My husband and I recently packed the car with enough clothes for a couple of days, and drove the hour-and-a-half to Spartanburg, S.C., where Mom and Dad, both well into their 70s and waiting on Jesus, live in a sprawling rancher on a cul-de-sac. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

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

The Sams Family

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Working crossword puzzles or solving a Sudoku puzzle can keep one’s mind sharp, but for Stan Smith, a more satisfying challenge comes in helping other people solve their genealogical conundrums. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

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