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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Smokies trails reopen after fire

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Seven trails and one road that have been closed since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire are now open in the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Campfire ban lifted in the Smokies

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Campfires are now legal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since Nov. 15.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:58

Smokies benefit from license plate sales

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License plate sales raised nearly $815,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with the grand total…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:57

Former plant site now part of state forest

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More than 30 years after the first piece of property was donated toward the creation of DuPont State Recreational Forest,…
Environmental quality projects in Western North Carolina will get a boost thanks to grants from the Duke Energy Foundation, whose…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:42

Delving into the origin of Native American words

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Editor’s note: This article was first published in The Smoky Mountain News in December 2003. Tuckaseigee, Oconaluftee, Heintooga, Wayah, Cullasaja,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:39

From cradle to grave: books for growth and health

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Visit any bookshop or library and you will find loads of books telling you how to live a better life,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:10

2016 in A&E

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Each year, we here at The Smoky Mountain News showcase our “Spoof Awards.” Sometimes they’re meant in good tongue-and-cheek fun,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:08

This must be the place

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Home. For me, it’s Plattsburgh, New York. Just down the road from the Canadian border, in the heart of the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:59

The fight over what it means to be an American

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I turned 18 three weeks too late to vote for Ronald Wilson Reagan for president of the United States, but…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:57

State budget hurts Swain’s needy children

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“The smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:25

2016: A Year.

The tidal wave of negative political news in 2016 was staggering in its magnitude and emotionally overwhelming. Thankfully all that is behind us. But we can’t say adios to the year’s local news until our writers and editors sift through…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:18


In keeping with the theme of The Smoky Mountain News spoof awards in this week’s edition, I thought now might be a good time to talk to you about fake news.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:11

The very first Christmas (in space)

While perusing the vast litany of uplifting Christmas stories, one might not think to probe the mission archives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 18:46

Missing aircraft found in national park

A reconnaissance flight by the Tennessee Army National Guard was able to locate the missing single engine airplane within Great Smoky Mountains National Park at about 4:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.The plane was found on an unnamed ridge between…
Judy Seago almost left the United States without packing a stethoscope.  Seago, a pediatrician, was headed to Nepal on a…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:54

Welcome to the first day of winter

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Your Cold Side Time to make tracks In winter’s first snow. Breathe in the first blast Of winter’s cold.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:53

Improvements coming to Massey Branch Access

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Major reconstruction is underway at the Massey Branch Boat Access Area on Santeetlah Reservoir, meaning the area will be closed…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:52

Fire damage closes Whitewater Falls

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The Whitewater Falls area of the Nantahala National Forest, near Cashiers, will remain closed indefinitely due to severe wildfire damage. 
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:49

Electric vehicle stations coming to Jackson

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Jackson County will be getting three new electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a grant from Duke Energy.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:36

A fresh look at the life of Evelyn Waugh

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Fifty years ago this past spring, on Easter Sunday, Evelyn Waugh died of a heart attack in his home in…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:26

Mainstream media has lost its credibility

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To the Editor: Nothing in a recent letter (“Please, just check the facts,” Dec. 14, The Smoky Mountain News) rings…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:25

The media is just not doing its job

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To the Editor: Have we ever seen such hypocrisy? The Russians have now hacked the 2016 election, really? Liberal news…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:22

WOW wraps up fifth year of giving back to community

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:03

Traditions help us deal with change, loss

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Since my mom’s passing in August, many people have given me books and resources to help with the grief. They’ve…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:26

Christmas giving in WNC

Christmas is a time of year when communities band together to help others in need, and there’s definitely no shortage of the giving spirit in Western North Carolina.  • Church delivers warmth of meals and companionship on Christmas Day• Meeting…
Caitlin Derico was 11 years old when her family’s Christmas tradition shifted from stockings to service.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:20

Meeting a need

It’s bittersweet. “I really would hope that this program would expire,” said Tom Knapko. “But, that hasn’t been the case with increasing need for these baskets.”
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:17

WOW helps pay off Christmas layaway purchases

What sometimes gets lost amidst the blizzard of radio, television and internet advertising so ubiquitous this time of year is that Christmas is not solely a season of getting, but also a season of giving.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:14

Bryson City bar donates to family resource center

The local dive bar in a small town usually gets a bad rap, but Mickey’s Pub in Bryson City tries to redeem itself every Christmas by giving back to the community.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:11

Community helps fulfill a boy’s birthday wish

Ashton Zari turns 7 on Christmas Eve, and even though he is in Columbus, Ohio, seeking medical treatment, his only birthday wish is for his community members back home in Macon County to make a donation to a great cause.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:09

Crabtree General brings Christmas to Franklin

Crabtree General Store & Coffee Vault in Franklin has recently transformed into a Christmas headquarters.
Something about the holidays always brings out the best — and worst — in people and Santa Claus is the unquestioned arbiter thereof.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:00

Suspects sought in Max Patch break-in

Detectives with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office are looking for two men they believe to be involved with a breaking and entering that occurred in rural Haywood County.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:57

Two arrested in Waynesville break in

Haywood County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm call around 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Eagles Nest community.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:55

New law stops TVA’s ban of Fontana houseboats

More than 350 families received an early Christmas present last week when President Obama signed a bill into law that will allow them to keep their floating homes on Fontana Lake.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:50

Waynesville police win SWAT competition

Waynesville Police Department’s Special Response Team recently returned home from the SWAT Round-Up International competition in Orlando with multiple awards.
Simply removing contaminated dirt from the Southwestern Community College shooting range won’t be enough to close out a lead removal project that’s been in the works since April 2014, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced this month. 
It’s been a bizarre year in North Carolina’s state legislature, and that hasn’t led to the state looking good in national media headlines.  But after four special sessions (and counting), the legislature appears to be finally winding up while addressing…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:41

Jackson schools hope to land 0 percent loan

Jackson County is hoping to save $2.3 million on the cost of completing critical repairs in Jackson County Public Schools through a loan program that would lend the $9 million needed at 0 percent interest.
Franklin Chamber of Commerce staff and members are excited about taking a vacant building and turning it into their new home.  Currently cramped in the same 2,400-square-foot building on Palmer Street the chamber has occupied since 1969, the staff is…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:35

Controversial sanitary district policy suspended

An unpopular policy put forth by the Junaluska Sanitary District requiring landlords to co-sign for their new tenants’ water service has been suspended after tensions between property owners and elected officials reached a boiling point.
Although many property owners and residents have lauded what they call a “much needed” widening project on Waynesville’s most heavily travelled artery, they’ve universally decried the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plans for Russ Avenue as detrimental to one of…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:30

Firefighter pleas guilty to arson in Cherokee

A Cherokee firefighter has pled guilty to federal charges for intentionally starting seven wildfires on the Qualla Boundary between 2010 and 2014, which cost the Bureau of Indian Affairs a total of $106,700 to extinguish.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:27

Park works to assess post-fire situation

The smoke has cleared from the Chimney Tops 2 Fire, which escaped the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Nov. 28 to cover more than 17,000 acres and result in 14 deaths, but park officials are just beginning the daunting task…
It’s about time. It’s about time someone kicked us all in the ass when it comes to the power and…
But, I’m not sad either. Even with that Charlie Brown quote in the headline to emphasize my thoughts on the…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 18:03

A new, excitable girl in our quiet cove

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Essays and columns are difficult to categorize. Dividing them into the formal and informal is about all anyone can agree…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:42

Environmental camps and competitions benefit from funding

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Summer camps and Envirothon programs in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties will benefit from a $25,000 grant awarded to the…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:41

Duke Energy donates toward firefighting

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The Duke Energy Foundation gave a hand toward supporting firefighters battling wildfires this fall with a $100,000 donation.