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

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

The Dillard House

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In the Little Tennessee River Valley of North Georgia in 1917, Carrie and Arthur Dillard served their first meal at The Dillard House to a circuit-riding minister. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

My wife, Lori, and I have always loved camping. From the time we met as students at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, we have been known to just throw our camping stuff in a vehicle or on our back and take to the woods. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Blog

Tucked into the North Georgia hillside are dozens of fairy houses, sized for the smallest, daintiest fairies to the tallest, proudest dwarves. Dubbed Whimsical Fairy Gardens, the spellbinding estates live up to the name. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Lilly was not a white-gloved lady. “An independent woman with no means” more aptly describes my grandmother. She entered the world in 1890, the same year the National Women Suffrage Association and the Women Suffrage Association merged. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Joe Deal was just a 20-something year old young man when he pitched the idea of a corn maze to his dad, a seasoned 30-year tobacco farmer who quit growing tobacco after the federal government deregulated its price in 2004-2005. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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

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

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

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Rosemary and Sage Apple Hand Pies

Meg Reilley photos

My lifelong love affair with apples is steeped in tradition. The crisp, fragrant fruit has popped up in family meals, festivities, and occasions for as long as I can remember. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

My dad insisted on visiting Asheville during Halloween weekend, but I wanted him to come earlier. By then, leaves are past their peak in the valleys and have blown away from the ridgetops. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

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


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

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

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

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

Surry Arts Council Photo

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

I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. more

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