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Jonathan Austin

It’s a name that often stands alone, bereft of more because it is complete in its singularity. Chihuly. From Venice to Jerusalem, the exhibitions of Seattle artist Dale Chihuly have attracted fans and critics alike. more

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A friend’s Facebook meme last month caught my eye. It was the image of a boy playing in the mud, and the caption read: “They didn’t know their clothes were hand-me-downs, or that their home was not a mansion." more

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My grandmother maintained a yard of flowers, mostly bulbs. She had a simple house with uneven floors and windows that were covered with ice on the inside in the coldest of winters. She had no money, she lived simply, but boy, did she have flowers. more

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Jim Parham says he is like many people when it comes to finding and appreciating the variety of flowers that can be seen on hikes or simple strolls in the North Carolina mountains. more

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Sometimes, it is worthwhile to try to make things as they once were. In a sense, that is the purpose of the Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative at the Southern Highlands Reserve. more

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Sunset

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The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. more

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For many, the ultimate reason to go to Bristol is to visit the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. Opened in 1960, the NASCAR short track sits in a coliseum that vastly compounds the sound and feel of a race on a primal level. more

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Bristol sings a new tune

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Bristol is complex and effervescent, from the roar of NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway—the world’s eighth largest sports venue—to vivacious State Street, the downtown boulevard that anchors a resurgent arts and entertainment community. more

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On a recent Sunday my wife and I piled the dogs in the car and headed up Cove Creek Road in Haywood County, North Carolina, to see what was to be seen in the Cataloochee Valley. more

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If you like music then you owe a debt of gratitude for events that occurred 90 years ago in Bristol, Tennessee. more

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The Paramount

Billie Wheeler photo

A step into Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts is a step back in time to the heyday of jaw-dropping movie palaces designed to entertain the masses. more

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Museum exhibit showcases new research from World War I battlefield where unassuming Tennessee soldier singlehandedly routed a German counter-offensive. more

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On an Icy Edge

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The beautiful, fast-flowing waterfalls of the mountain regions take on a completely different appearance when the chill of winter comes blowing. more

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Cold winters mean good business at Waterfall Farm, where a simple venture tapping “a few maple trees close to the house” in 2006 has evolved into one of the few commercial maple syrup operations in the region. more

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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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These 12 Crafters for Christmas represent “time-honored traditions and a legacy of handcraft” native to the people of the southern Appalachians, as celebrated through their membership in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. more

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