Into the void

Courtesy of Mike Streeter •

“Mining provides the most jobs and the biggest money for Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties,” said Mitchell County mining historian Robert. S. “Bo” Smith. “For those three counties, it’s the biggest industry here.” Read more

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On Tap

Margaret Hester photo

73-year-old Oscar Wong holds status as somewhat of a rock star in the Asheville, N.C. craft brewing scene since he helped blaze the path that’s led to a growing interest in regional craft beers. Read more


J. Allen Smith & Company

Thompson Photograph Collection, McClung Historical Collection

Knoxville may get in the news these days via the college-sports pages, it sometimes surprises folks that it is, at its core, an industrial city. Driven by its extractive industries, Knoxville diversified to railroad equipment, textiles and furniture. Read more


King for a century

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Since the early twentieth century, High Point, N.C., has been the state’s furniture city, garnering the highest profile. But vibrant manufacturing bases also rose up in Western North Carolina’s Catawba Valley as industry men were drawn south. Read more


Be kind, rewind

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

My father's various ventures into industry may not have resulted in fortune, fame, or thousands of jobs for the citizens of our town, but they did manage to keep me and my younger sister employed in those fumbling years between the ages of 18 and 23. Read more