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Melanie Threlkeld McConnell

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

Mountain Explorer

  • Model railroad 3

    Melanie Threlkeld McConnell photo

    Model railroad 3

    Kyle Murphy of Waynesville, with his niece, Eden Murphy, 3, her twin brother, Brayden, and their grandmother Sue Doggett of Clyde at the Christmas layout at the Smoky Mountain Model Rail Road Club. One of the club’s primary objectives is community outreach.

  • Model railroad 2

    Melanie Threlkeld McConnell photo

    Model railroad 2

    From left: Sam Hopkins, Harold Clackett and Ed Rynning, members of the Smoky Mountain Model Rail Road Club, prepare their operating layout for a recent open house.