Let’s just say it’s about time. A state special deputy attorney general said in a Nov. 25 letter that alcohol…
Christmas is still two weeks away, but I’ve been rehearsing the dramatic tale of Santa’s arrival with my toddler for…
A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life’s Lessons by James Dodson. Algonquin Books,…
Every hiker has likely named a trailside feature or two in their day. Ferns sprouting from the banks of a…
A 1,488-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway in McDowell County has been protected from development thanks to a conservation…
Tessentee birds Bob Olthoff and I took advantage of last Sunday’s (Nov. 29) Indian Summer weather for a couple of…
Five skunk species are residents in the United States: hooded, hog-nosed, western spotted, eastern spotted, and striped. Only the last…
The recession has taken a toll on liquor sales at the ABC stores in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, in turn reducing the profits paid out to the towns. Rather than curtailing their intake, customers are buying cheaper brands, according to…
Native American languages are unique. They came into being and evolved without the influence of writing. For scholars like Heidi Altman, a professor of linguistic sociology, that makes them fascinating. “The thing I’m interested in is how people organize knowledge…
As everyone else compiles wish lists for the holiday season, Canton’s four aldermen will put together a list of their own on behalf of the town. Soon after they were sworn into office last Tuesday (Nov. 24), Mayor Pat Smathers…
Outside the annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner in the isolated Snowbird community, a remote corner of Graham County where the Cherokee language has deep roots, the parking lot is jammed full. It’s a dark night. The children play tag and the…
As developers grapple with financial woes forcing them to sell off holdings or succumb to foreclosure, environmental groups in Jackson County want to rein in vested rights previously doled out for those tracts. A whopping 238 subdivisions were exempt from…
The moment of truth arrives for Sylva’s new town board on the day it starts work. When board members convene this week, the first item on their agenda will be pivotal in defining the town’s ideological direction for the next…
Although Macon County passed its first subdivision ordinance more than a year ago, Commissioner Chairman Ronnie Beale wonders whether enough was done to protect developers with projects already underway. Developments that pre-dated the new rules may be hamstrung when attempting…
Jackson County and Duke Energy squared off this week over the Dillsboro dam, marking the first major head-to-head courtroom battle in the nearly eight-year saga. Duke Energy wants to tear down the Dillsboro Dam, while Jackson County hopes to save…
While the addition of alcohol sales at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel will undoubtedly be lucrative for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, they won’t be alone in reaping a windfall. Harrah’s will order all its liquor from the ABC…
Poor Tiger Woods. He is not only the greatest golfer of all time, but also perhaps the world’s most popular…
Satire is one of language’s most powerful weapons, and when used effectively, it can foster meaningful dialogue on important topics.…
Every year for more than a quarter century, the village of Dillsboro transforms itself into a quintessential Christmas scene, warm…
The omnibus stops here Reliable, undisclosed anonymous sources tell this reporter that the Fiscal year 2010 Omnibus Bill expected to…
University students conducting environmental fieldwork and research at the Highlands Biological Station have spent the past semester delving into the…
You’ve noticed how old barns are recognized as special places? When a person says, “I’m going down to the barn,”…
Sweepstakes have never before been so controversial — or so complicated. Far removed from the days of dropping an entry form in the mail or peering under the cap of a soda bottle, sweepstakes have now taken the form of…
Located atop a nearly 3,000-foot mountain in Cullowhee, the Jackson County Airport was built to avoid the low-lying fog that often shrouds the Tuckasegee River Valley. Its unique location provides pilots with an alternative landing strip to lower lying airports…
Macon County has joined a growing trend in deciding to postpone its property revaluation process for two years. The county was due for revaluation next year, but based on the testimony of its tax administrator, Richard Lightner, the board of…
Western Carolina University will sponsor its fifth annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, and continuing through Sunday,…
The Cleansing by Ben Eller. Fireside Publications, 2009. 292 pages In Ben Eller’s science fiction novel, The Cleansing, (2020), progress…
Pinnacle Park, a favorite recreational haunt in Sylva that was once home to the town’s watershed, will benefit from a…
The hunter is back Orion the hunter, one of the most noted and most recognizable constellations in the heavens is…
A 248-acre tract known as Rainbow Springs at the headwaters of the Nantahala River in Macon County has been protected…
A string of church break-ins that had captured widespread attention in Macon County came to an end last week when law enforcement arrested four teenage suspects in conjunction with the crimes. Between Oct. 5 and Nov. 8 no less than…
Macon County’s schools will get a long-awaited upgrade, but its taxpayers are going to have to pay extra for it. County commissioners voted last Tuesday to raise the property tax rate by one-and-a-half cents to build a $15 million elementary…
Franklin High students became active volunteers in a service-learning program this fall to improve the ecosystem along the Franklin Greenway.…
The Jackson County airport has reached a crossroads. For years the little aviation field above the clouds has been a financial burden on the county. Now, with its governing body dwindling in number and its revenues lagging behind its operating…
Tom Alexander, a famed mountain man, forester and founder of Cataloochee Ranch, chronicled his adventures over the course of his lifetime. An edited collection of his writings were compiled into a book called Mountain Fever by Alexander’s son in 1995,…
The cost of repairing Interstate 40 after a massive rockslide in late October will now be borne by the federal government instead of the state. Last week, the Federal Highway Administration agreed to use emergency relief funds to fully reimburse…
Now that it’s clear that Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, did indeed mislead everyone about his involvement in a land deal…
For 75 years, Cataloochee Ranch has been serving up a taste of the Wild West in the Smokies. From its mile-high perch on Fie Top Mountain, the ranch offers respite and solitude, fishing and horseback riding, expansive rolling meadows and…
Let us consider the relationship between grassy balds, Tom Alexander and the self-proclaimed “Potato and Rutabaga King of Haywood County.”…
Dr. David Trigg, medical director at the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County, doesn’t know if he should do more or less to treat the uninsured. While he and the other volunteer doctors at free clinics are their patients’ only…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians played an integral role in the creation of the Parkway. The Parkway was envisioned…
Though Sylva resident Marsha Crites had no risk factors, she suffered a major cerebellum stroke at the age of 49. “Not only could I not walk, I couldn’t sit,” said Crites. “I would even fall out of bed for a…
It was late September, and Travis George, a 27-year-old Waynesville resident, was almost done mowing his grandmother’s yard. With just five minutes left, his foot accidentally slipped right under the mower, chopping off three of his toes and part of…
Haywood County library is experimenting with novel methods for wiping out some of the $250,000 in late fees it is currently owed. For the month of December, the library plans to accept canned food in lieu of library late fees…
I felt something clutch, almost seize up, and then a shooting pain in my chest, and my first thought was,…
By Karen Dill • Special to the Smoky Mountain News My memories of Thanksgiving in the mountains are of simple…
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 30, for an appearance at Western Carolina University by Garrison Keillor, host of the…
Two Jackson County men were sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for shooting a bear on the Blue Ridge…
The Little Tennessee Watershed Association has received a $75,000 grant to help restore migration for aquatic species. Two years ago,…
I wanna go home with the armadillo When you’re stuck in one place for 12 hours at a time, a…
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