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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:09

This must be the place

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It is the single most essential thing in my life. Running. The action of putting on jogging shorts, a comfortable…
Caleb Burress sees a rebirth — in himself and his music. “2014 was an education for us on many levels…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:02

This must be the place

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They fascinate me the most — in a way that is captivating and haunting, ancient and mysterious. Women. The opposite…
Debbie Milner has a simple philosophy. “If I won’t eat it, I won’t sell it,” she said. Standing next to…
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:01

This must be the place

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It’s my favorite place to sit. In a diner, tucked away in a booth, with a notebook, pen and endless…
A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:49

This must be the place

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My friend died yesterday. Way up in New York State, 1,000 miles or so away from me, my friend passed…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:46

One day at a time

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Don’t hire C.J. Deering. “I don’t know why people hire me,” she laughed. “Maybe I’m just lucky, maybe they see…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:22

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As I took the first sip of my second cup of coffee, my shoulders began to relax.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:19

All in the family

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Louis Perrone loves being part of an Italian family. “I come from a big family — always a reason to…
Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen haven’t been able to sleep well lately. “I think all I’ve been feeling the last…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:21

This must be the place

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Great people. Beautiful music. Endless outdoors. Delicious beer. Simply put, those are the exact reasons I moved to Western North…
Danielle Bishop only cries when she’s mad. “And was I mad,” she said. Sitting in a booth at the Papertown Grill…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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One of the beauties of music is that it is the gift that keeps on giving. When a band releases…
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:45

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Just as I took my first sip of beer I was told to turn around. Outside the Tipping Point Brewing…
David Joy doesn’t look like your typical writer. Then again, Joy isn’t your typical writer. Stepping into Innovation Brewing in…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:56

This must be the place

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I was a weird kid growing up. And, in many ways, I’m even weirder as an adult. Since day one,…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:51

Colonial Theatre enters third act

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When he thinks of the Colonial Theatre, Zeb Smathers sees untapped potential. “There are so many things it can used…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:19

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Face-to-face communication is a lost art. Besides the actual act of writing, my favorite part of being a journalist is…
Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity.  With a steady stream…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:54

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What are you thinking about? Staring out the window, the question asked shook me out of a trance. My gaze…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Good for what ales you

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A rising tide lifts all ships. It’s not only a motto for life, but also for the ever-evolving cultural ambiance…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:51

This must be the place

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It is the single greatest influence on my life. The people, music and culture that encompasses the Grateful Dead is…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:44

State of the Arts — Haywood

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As the crowd found their seats and got settled, all eyes were on Marty Sohovich. “I really believe 2014 was one of our…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Fruits of their labor: Homebrewing in WNC

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Greg Geiger looked at it as a way to save money. “I started brewing when I was a sophomore in…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

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The temperature was 20 degrees below zero with a howling wind. As I listened to the online stream of my…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

When it all clicks — the art of the angle

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John MacLean will never forget his first photo shoot. “I was 19 years old and it was at a meat…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

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They say all great art comes from conflict. It’s conflict of the soul, the heart and the mind, everything that…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:25

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364 days down, one to go. Hurtling down Interstate 95 from Boston to New York City, I’m sitting on a…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:21

One Way Out — Gregg Allman

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It’s the soundtrack of America. Forty-five years ago, The Allman Brothers Band burst onto the scene. With an intoxicating blend of…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:32

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The stewardess handed me a cold Heineken.  The skyline of Boston in the distance, the beauty of a city I…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:27

2014: Arts & Entertainment in Review

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Another one is in the books.  With each passing year, I find myself digging ever deeper into what it truly…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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In a beloved mountain town already filled with great restaurants, cafes, breweries and independent businesses, Sylva recently became home to…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

The best things come in the smallest packages

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Looking up at the old chimney, William “Gene” Gibson still wonders how Santa Claus ever managed to fit in it.…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Maggie Valley venue enters second act

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With one flick of a light switch, Grier Lackey is illuminating a dream. “What do you think?” he said with…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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I’ve always felt the greatest gift is the gift of music. Though I’ve never been a huge fan of receiving…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

The world through her fingertips

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Maine is a long way from China. And for Amy Putansu, that distance is a testament to her life, passions and…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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It snuck up on me this year. I know that it resides at the end of November. I know it’s…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:45

Tell it from the mountain

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There’s only one thing Tim Hall isn’t sure of. “Well, I don’t really know my age, but if I had…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:42

This must be the place

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Patterson Hood is a sponge. The defacto front man for the Drive-By Truckers, a bastion of nitty-gritty rock-n-roll, Hood soaks…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:07

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They call him the “Tao of Bluegrass.” It was exactly eight years this month when I first met Peter Rowan.…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:03

Christmas in Appalachia

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:32

This must be the place

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It’s Saturday morning. And as most folks are either sleeping in a couple extra hours or seizing the day by…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Working to preserve ‘Cherokee Traditions’

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By Anna Fariello • Guest Editorial In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Why do you do it? Sitting in a tiny coffee shop in downtown Knoxville last week, I was posed this…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

In search of the perfect word

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The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:40

This must be the place

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It never ceases to amaze me the incredible people, places and things I cross paths with here in Western North…