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  • Photo Essay, May 2022

    Jamie Posey

    Photo Essay, April 2022

    Our readers share their images of Spring's arrival. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

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  • Spilling the Beans on the Bush Brothers

    Spilling The Beans on The Bush Brothers

    Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, a tiny community in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, is home to one of the nation’s most iconic businesses. It started in 1897, when local teacher and businessman A.J. Bush founded a general store and a tomato cannery. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

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    David Cohen illustration

    A Hidden Treasure

    My grandfather Matt was a skilled furniture builder, though this was not his trade. When he and his family lived in Newcomb, Tennessee, he worked as a lumber inspector and a Baptist preacher. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

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  • Beacon Blankets: The Heart of A Community

    Courtesy of the Asheville Pack Memorial Library

    Beacon Blankets

    For four generations, Beacon Manufacturing Company in Swannanoa, North Carolina, created some of the most appealing blankets, crib blankets, hospital bedding and adult robes available in the United States. Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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    David Cohen illustration

    That Day at the Laundromat

    When I was growing up, we never had a clothes dryer. My earliest recollection of a washing machine was a wringer model that stood in our small kitchen. Later, a Sears Kenmore top-load washer was installed in the dining room that adjoined our kitchen. Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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  • A Tour of Bryson City With Renea Winchester

    A Tour of Bryson City With Renea Winchester

    The Tuckasegee River runs through Bryson City, North Carolina, but it’s the railroad tracks traversing the mountain hamlet—surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the Smoky Mountains—that largely contributes to the small-town atmosphere. Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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  • Photo Essay, February 2022

    Photo courtesy Cataloochee Ski Area

    Photo Essay, February 2022

    Our readers share their photos of winter adventure! Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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  • Triumph and Tragedy: Fontana Dam

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    Triumph and Tragedy

    Born in Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains, the Little Tennessee River made its way north into North Carolina, where it traced a circuitous but unfettered path through the rugged Smokies’ landscape before entering Tennessee. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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