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  • Photo Essay, April/May 2021

    Bill Burris

    Photo Essay, April/May 2021

    Thanks to all the readers who take the time to share their images for use in Smoky Mountain Living magazine! Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Stories

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    A Yearning for Yard Bird

    In past generations, chickens were as much a part of normal mountain homesteads as bedsteads or corn cribs. Variously known as yard birds, preacher birds, and Gospel birds, as well as chickens, they had a myriad of virtues. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

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    Food+Drink

  • Acoustic Syndicate

    David Simchock photo

    Strike Not Our Brother Down

    In the pantheon of legendary jam-grass acts, a handful of pioneering bands broke new ground in the 1980s and 1990s by creating a sonic landscape that was a harmonious blend of bluegrass, folk, jazz and acoustic rock sensibilities. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Art+Music

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    Death Be Not Proud

    If I were to compile a list of a minister’s pet peeves, it would include funeral planning with family members who have no idea of their departed loved one’s wishes. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Stories

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    Holly Kays photo

    Above the Pandemic

    It was an apocalyptic kind of springtime. Winter’s retreat would normally signal the advance of tourist season, but in 2020, stores and restaurants were closed, downtown deserted. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

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    The Survivors

    At one time there were 10, strategically scattered across the Great Smoky Mountains. Ten fire towers, all but one constructed by FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps, manned by wardens during the spring and fall fire seasons to watch for wildfires. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

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    NPS photo

    A Conversation With the Smokies’ Chief Ranger

    When Lisa Hendy arrived at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park two years ago, she became the park’s first female chief ranger and brought a wealth of experience from what at that time was a 27-year career with the National Park Service. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

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    Fish Tales

    “Why’d you come all the way down here, baby?” The waitress at the Waffle House asks as she sets down eggs, biscuit, and bacon. “I’m fishing for brook trout, ma’am,” I say, blushing at my Yankee accent. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

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    The Awful Immediacy of War On One’s Very Doorstep

    “You’ve written a vivid and powerful book,” Tony Earley told me, “one you were meant to write.” It took a while to realize this. I wasn’t particularly interested in Civil War history, even when it was right under my nose. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Stories

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    Photo courtesy of Vicki Lane

    Chapter One: Simeon Ramsey

    I am puzzling out the words in my daddy’s old Bible when a stranger sets down next to me. All the others here at the inn is busy drinking or gambling and Lathern, my particular friend, has gone off somewheres, most likely with that gap-toothed girl. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Stories

  • Gatlinburg's Ogle Family

    Gatlinburg's Ogle Family

    Gatlinburg, the popular gateway town of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was named for a notorious figure named Radford Gatlin. However, it is the Ogles, descendants of the first settlers, who have embodied Gatlinburg history. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Stories

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    Hard Times in Madison County

    When I was a boy living in Boonville, North Carolina, my mom once told me that the town tended to vote Democrat, but that many in the countryside were Republicans. The Civil War had caused that divide. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Stories