I was pleased to see in my most recent issue of The Smoky Mountain News that Dr. Doug Gates has joined Sylva Orthopedics. I worked with Doug over many years of his training in surgery and in orthopedics. He is a good doctor and a fine gentleman.
Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The couple has a deep love for the craft beer, one that developed over the years through various jobs in the industry.
I have always been fascinated by the folklore attending the too-short life of Robert Johnson, “King of the Delta Blues Singers.” For me, he was another doomed genius like James Dean, John Keats and Hank Williams — men who flashed across the night sky like the momentary radiance of a shooting star and then they were gone forever.