Jon Ostendorff

I got a message from a reader in northeast Ohio that perfectly sums up what we try to do with every issue of Smoky Mountain Living. She is from Johnson City, Tennessee, but has lived in Cuyahoga Falls, near Akron, for 34 years. Read more


The downtown, arts and crafts community, and many other places, suffered no damage from the 2016 forest fires. Read more

The slogan “Smokies Strong” rose up from the ashes of the 2016 forest fires. Donations flooded in from Gatlinburg’s countless fans across the world. But the best way to help is to visit. Read more