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Sights, Smells, and Sounds in Our Spring Forests

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In the Southern Appalachians, spring sends our senses into an ethereal otherworld as so many sights, sounds, and smells unique to the season greet us. Here are some of the sensory delights that folks in our region treasure the most. Read more

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Numerous versions of the story exist, but they all seem to possess a common thread. That a mother, perhaps named Molly, and a child escaped Indian captivity and when other settlers found them, the child proclaimed in a feeble voice, “Hungry, Mother.” Read more

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Abingdon is one of our favorite places to visit anywhere, and during many sojourns we’ve learned the ghostly legends. But what we didn’t know is that this is a town that sometimes seems to have more buildings haunted than not. Read more

Spring Gobbler Hunting

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Every year on the first weekend in April, my wife Elaine and I drive to the Johnson City area, stop by Mahoney’s Outfitters to pick up a hunting license, and then head for a rental house on the side of an East Tennessee mountain. Read more

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It is a cold winter morning in early February when Andy Rosenberger, Paul Hinlicky, and I arrive at my mountaintop land in Craig County, Virginia. Read more

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Abingdon Trout Stream

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Quality trout streams are common in the Smoky Mountain Region. Indeed, this part of the country is nationally known for its cold water fisheries. Read more

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Grayson Highlands Ponies

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“That one has just been born, it’s still wet!” exclaimed Jenna Wagner, marketing and public relations director of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation. Indeed, we had just missed the birth of a foal. Read more

A Walk Around Wytheville

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Wytheville is a charming small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia that offers a variety of musical entertainment, shopping opportunities, rich history and abundance of outdoor recreation. Read more

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No Taste Like Home

Mike Belleme

What do an overgrown field, a weed-infested city lot, a wilderness hollow, a suburban backyard, and a shady woodlot all have in common? Well, if you’re Alan Muskat, the answer is simple – food for the taking. Read more

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Ties to the past

Courtesy of Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association

It may not come as a surprise that the oldest town in Tennessee would also be a hotbed for storytelling. Jonesborough’s National Storytelling Festival, an annual event that began with 60 attendees in 1973, now attracts more than 10,000 guests. Read more

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The first time I went spring gobbler hunting with Larry Proffitt of Elizabethton, Tennessee, was on an East Tennessee mountain. Proffitt positioned us against a hardwood and pulled out a call I had never seen used before…a trumpet. Read more

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Pick of the crop

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Solar panels and windmills, chickens and berry patches—there’s plenty to look at on Big Horse Creek Farm in the highlands of Ashe County, North Carolina. But perhaps nothing is more striking than the rows of apple trees. Read more

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