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  • The Marvin Chronicles

    The Marvin Chronicles

    Best-selling Virginia author Sharyn McCrumb, known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, adopted neighborhood raccoons as a ‘stress reliever’ during Covid isolation. She’s fed some over the years, but recently began setting out larger meals. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

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    One Day With Clem

    In late October 2002, my husband Steve decided to make a Halloween scarecrow for our daughter Annie. At four, she was old enough to look forward to trick-or-treating and to appreciate the decorations at our home. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

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  • Photo Essay, August 2021

    Photo Essay, August 2021

    Thank you to our many readers who submitted their favorite tree photos. If you haven’t recited a portion of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer, go look it up and enjoy. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

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    Winged Messenger

    It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a soaring hawk or spot one perched high in a tree, but closer interactions with these beautiful creatures have been limited, for me, to wildlife habitats or special exhibits. Read more

    Jun 1, 2021

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    Birth of A Written Language

    Sequoyah, born circa 1776 at the village of Tuskeegee, announced in 1809 in his blacksmith shop that the Cherokee could create a writing system to put their Cherokee words on paper. He spent 12 years of his life trying to create a writing system. Read more

    Jun 1, 2021

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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

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  • 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

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