Gatlinburg, Tenn.

I grew up in the hills of Northwest Georgia, but from an early age my heart was in the Great Smoky Mountains. I pressed my nose against the glass of the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in downtown Gatlinburg before I could read. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features 3 Comments

Gatlinburg Gratitude

Webster PR photo

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


Erin Johnson photography

Blueberries are a Smoky Mountain treat. Bursting with flavor, their yearly arrival sets off excitement as locals and tourist rush to pick them, or to buy a carton or two at area farmers markets. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

The downtown, arts and crafts community, and many other places, suffered no damage from the 2016 forest fires. more


Perfect storm

Don Hendershot

A confluence of events that came together in the Southern Appalachians in the fall of 2016, which precipitated this unprecedented fire season: Decades of fuel buildup, drought, warm temperatures, low humidity, wind and then ignition. more


The true impact of the fires won't be known for decades but you will see them while you are in the woods this summer. Get answers with our Q&A from Smoky Mountain News. more


The slogan “Smokies Strong” rose up from the ashes of the 2016 forest fires. Donations flooded in from Gatlinburg’s countless fans across the world. But the best way to help is to visit. more


Gatlinburg Fire Aftermath

Holly Kays photo

Michael Luciano and Anthony Fulton found the fire while riding their ATVS just a few hundred yards from their home in Gatlinburg, Tenn. more

Jan 1, 2017 12:00 AM Departments


Donated photo

Motivation tends to drop with the temperatures for most, and as winter wears on hibernation can seem more appealing than exploration. However, getting that rush is simpler than venturing into the woods 365 days out of the year. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

When artist and photographer Louis E. Jones arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the 1920s, he became the first artist to reside permanently in the remote mountain village and earn a living from his craft. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

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

Be careful what you wish for. In the early 1980s, Andrea Ludden simply wanted a pepper mill that carried out its stated purpose. Soon enough, a lineup of broken pepper mills decorated the windowsill of her kitchen. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments


Arrowmont photo

David Willard wants to make clear, first of all, that the property on which Arrowmont stands has not been sold. In fact, Arrowmont’s regular schedule of classes and special events are proceeding as usual this spring. more

Sep 19, 2014 2:54 PM Features

Tangy as a crabapple, sweet to my ears

Donated photo

Like the eternal haze that gave the mountains their name, music has drifted over the hills and through the coves of the Smokies for centuries. My ancestors recorded it in the thickets of their memory so it could be handed down like the family Bible. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Good Reads

One of the first lessons in beekeeping C. Marina Marchese learned is that the female, the “Queen Bee,” ruled the hive. This jives with simple wisdom found in tourist traps selling tchotckes that read “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy." more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Good Reads

Open door

Élan Young photo

Golden brooms with all manner of carved wooden handles line the walls where the sweet smell of broomcorn, the plant that makes up the straw bristles of the broom, is being cut and fashioned to fit each handmade treasure. more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features 2 Comments


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Chris King brings green living to the courier transportation market in Knoxville, Tenn., with a fleet of 100 percent hybrid or bio-fueled vehicles. King’s Green Car and Courier company offers a variety of services. more

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM Departments

Gatlinburg tram

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Exploring downtown Gatlinburg is best done on foot. Shops, activities and restaurants are clustered together around several courtyards and line River Road and Parkway. Most everything is within walking distance from downtown area accommodations. more

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM Departments

Aquarium of the Smokies

D.C. Buchanan photo

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg ranks as the fifth most visited aquarium in the world, bringing 1.5 million visitors every year face-to-face with an otherwise elusive ecosystem. more

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM Features

As you gaze out from your private, open deck upon mist-covered mountains—silent save for a bird’s reverie and the cool morning air—it’s hard to believe you’re not a million miles away. more

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM Departments