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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. Read more

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Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from outmigration, ailing schools, and overused land. Read more

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The album comes on the heels of the band’s 2019 collaboration with soul legends Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Read more

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Gatlinburg Fire Aftermath

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The Park Service plan for addressing wildfires specified that mandatory warnings to residents and local leaders were required, but failed to occur. Read more

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The Laurel Theater is a performance center and home of Jubilee Community Arts. Read more

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Handmade options are endless with items of ceramic tableware, fine jewelry, hand-woven and dyed wearables, bound journals and etched cards, blown vases and ornaments, turned wooden bowls and more. Read more

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Jake and Wendy Jacobs were living in an 1885 log cabin in the Colorado Rockies when they learned the Thomas Amis estate in Tennessee was for sale. Read more

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Gatlinburg’s Wiley Oakley was a self-described “Roamin’ Man.” He used the sobriquet in the titles of quaint books he wrote and published, along with his gifts in self-promotion, as a way to describe his passion for roving amidst steep ridges. Read more

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Anonymous donor offers challenge grant of $300,000 to jump-start initiative to repair trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, overlooks, and other amenities. Read more

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The historic marker honoring Rodgers will be erected on the corner of State Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Downtown Bristol. Read more

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The concert is presented by Jubilee Community Arts, whose mission is to promote, preserve and present the traditional performing arts of the southern Appalachian region. Read more

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The book is the 64th winner of this annual recognition of distinction for qualifying works of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. Read more

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Headliners include Willie Watson, Don Flemons, and Amythyst Kiah. Read more

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The Madison County Arts Council will welcome Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas in concert on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Read more

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There has never been a sizeable African-American population in the Smokies, and anecdotal evidence suggests that it may actually have decreased in the last half century. Certainly that’s the case in Swain County, North Carolina. Read more

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'We're All Ghosts'

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Gravestones have lured visitors for centuries, beckoning them through stone passes or iron fences. Whether it’s a longing to connect with the past or a desire to explore one’s own mortality, people are fascinated with eternal resting places. Read more

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Located in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, the Chevy Chase Inn is the oldest bar in the city; 86 years and counting. It’s the size of a one-car garage, where a few dozen folks would be considered “at capacity.” Read more

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The historic Asheville building features newly-commissioned works inside and outside, as well as hand-crafted furniture and signage created by artists. Read more

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Win 2 free tix - a $16 value - to the Crafts Fair of the Southern Highlands. Read more

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Horace Kephart

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Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to establish the Appalachian Trail along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Read more

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