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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

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Clingmans Dome Tower closed for 2017

The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed for the season as rehabilitation work begins on the 58-year-old structure.

Over the decades, the tower’s structure has deteriorated — work crews will restore those problem areas. Rehabilitation will include stabilizing support walls at the base of the ramp, repointing some stone masonry and repairing deteriorated areas on the concrete columns and walls.

The work is funded through a $250,000 grant the park received last year when Friends of the Smokies worked to get the public to vote for the project online, earning it funding through the Partners in Preservation grant offered as a partnership of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Through the remainder of the 2017 season, visitors will not be able to climb the tower for views of surrounding treetops, but the Clingmans Dome parking lot, visitor contact station, store and trails will remain open. However, visitors can expect some construction traffic in the vicinity of the contact station and along the trail.


Special recycling bins available

Sustainable Haywood, an initiative created by Simple Solutions Specialist Tatia Childers, is inviting members of the community to join in the effort to reduce the amount of trash that goes into landfills.

Many things can be recycled if taken to the proper facility, but many times these items are simply thrown into the trash because there is no convenient drop-off point, or people may not be aware that they cannot be included in the “regular” recycling. Sustainable Haywood would like to offer to place a collection box in a convenient location at your business or home that would be labeled with a clear list of collectable items. This box would be collected once a month, or more often if needed.

Some of the items that would be collected are used/empty ink pens, Earth’s Best baby food pouches, Bausch & Lomb contacts and blister packs, Bear Naked snack pouches, old binders, Brita filters, Dawn dishwashing liquid soft packs, Honest Kids drink pouches, Clif and Larabar energy bar wrappers, Febreze aerosol cans and plug-ins, instrument strings, and more.

If your organization would like to participate in this new program, call 828.550.7573.


HCC retiree receives highest state honor

Haywood Community College retiree Linda Caldwell was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

This award is among the most prestigious awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the state of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

According to a letter from Gov. Roy Cooper to Caldwell, “You may reflect with pride that you have positively impacted the lives of countless people. North Carolina is honored to have residents like you that are committed to doing their utmost. Your work ethic, commitment and dedication serve as a role model for us all.”

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