Federal guidance to strengthen tribal land management role
 

Federal guidance to strengthen tribal land management role

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior released new guidance aiming to strengthen the role of tribal governments in…
Read More

Comment

The Cold Mountain Art Collective in Canton.
 

Opening the doors of creativity: Haywood Arts Studio Tour to be held Sept. 24-25

The Haywood County Arts Council’s annual Haywood County Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,…
Read More

Comment

Haywood School Board misses an opportunity
 

Haywood School Board misses an opportunity

When the Haywood County School Board announced that it had chosen Trevor Putnam as the system’s new superintendent, I can’t…
Read More

Comment

A cautionary tale of Covid’s resilience
 

A cautionary tale of Covid’s resilience

Last week I was among five friends on an outdoor excursion. It was a lovely early fall day, the river…
Read More

Comment

We need to stop the overspending
 

We need to stop the overspending

To the Editor: The article regarding the backlash over Biden’s forgiveness of student loans was another, “Well, Susie did it!”…
Read More

Comment

Cades Cove hosts Medal of Honor recipients
 

Cades Cove hosts Medal of Honor recipients

Nearly half of the 65 living Medal of Honor recipients and their families traveled to Knoxville last week for the…
Read More

Comment

Kathy “KT” Taylor stands with her bees, which provide critical pollination during apple blossom season. Holly Kays photo
 

Among the apples: For Canton couple, farming is a retirement dream come true

A car rolls up the gravel driveway to the barn that serves as the main headquarters for KT’s Orchard and…
Read More

Comment

Burt Kornegay (center) hands the donation check to Friends of Panthertown Executive Director Jason Kimenker, joined by (from left) Friends of Panthertown Stewardship Manager Kara McMullen, Friends of Panthertown Vice President Mike Purdy and Friends of Panthertown Trails and Stewardship Director Krista Robb. Donated photo
 

Panthertown Map Association marks 25th anniversary with $10,000 donation

The publisher of Burt Kornegay’s “A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown” has marked the 25th anniversary of its first printing with…
Read More

Comment

Stepping backwards through time via literature
 

Stepping backwards through time via literature

In the past 10 days, whim, a desire for a breather from our breathless age, and heaven knows what else…
Read More

Comment

Thoughts on hunting and being vegan
 

Thoughts on hunting and being vegan

I know next to nothing about hunting, but a random man in the gas station got me thinking about the…
Read More

Comment

Preserving WNC’s culture and natural beauty
 

Preserving WNC’s culture and natural beauty

Bluegrass and mountain music. American Indian culture. Unparalleled natural beauty. The most-visited national park in the United States. The tallest…
Read More

Comment

Rep. Clampitt’s values aren’t mine
 

Rep. Clampitt’s values aren’t mine

To the Editor: The current issue of The Smoky Mountain News (September 7) has a sticker affixed to the front…
Read More

Comment

We can't normalize Trump’s criminality
 

We can't normalize Trump’s criminality

To the Editor: Every American should be troubled, attentive and very concerned about the mishandling of classified documents by the…
Read More

Comment

An illuminating panorama of Three Forks
 

An illuminating panorama of Three Forks

A few months after a devastating Pigeon River flood in 2021, some friends of the Canton Area Historical Museum gathered…
Read More

Comment

Payment Hours Changing at Franklin Town Hall
 

Payment Hours Changing at Franklin Town Hall

The Town of Franklin Town Hall payment hours are changing effective Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.   
Read More

Comment

Make a plan during Fire Prevention Week
 

Make a plan during Fire Prevention Week

The Cullowhee Fire Department is teaming up with State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this…
Read More

Comment

Trevor Putnam will assume the role of Superintendent Nov. 1. Donated photo
 

No search, no problem: Putnam named superintendent

Just over a month after Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte announced his impending retirement, the Haywood County School Board has chosen…
Read More

Comment

At least some of the voter challenges at Lake Santeetlah will move forward this month. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Hearing date set for Lake Santeetlah voter fraud charges

Weeks after a hearing by the Graham County Board of Elections found probable cause to suspect that eight individuals had…
Read More

Comment

Popcorn Sutton (center) remains a folk hero to some, and an outlaw to others. Neal Hutcheson photo.
 

Book reading, film screening to commemorate Popcorn Sutton

Filmed in one week in June, 2002, less than seven years before infamous moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton committed suicide to…
Read More

Comment

Macon commission candidates address issues facing county
 

Macon commission candidates address issues facing county

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that John Shearl ran unopposed in his party's primary, which is not…
Read More

Comment

Sylva extends social district hours
 

Sylva extends social district hours

When the Town of Sylva instituted its social district earlier this year, it planned to revisit the ordinance six months later…
Read More

Comment

Haywood resident Darris Moody was arrested in conjunction with a series of threatening     letters on Sept. 7. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Free on bond, Moody will face federal charges after FBI arrest

A Haywood County woman who admitted to serving phony writs that offered bounties on public officials will face federal charges…
Read More

Comment

Gracie Parker, of Macon County, holds a tombstone memorializing her mother. Donated photo
 

WNC residents pave a ‘trail of truth’ to Washington for drug deaths

As a stark reminder of the toll that substance abuse has taken on families across the country and across Western…
Read More

Comment

Museum Director Shana Bushyhead Condill addressed the community leaders and artists gathered for the opening of “Disruption” Sept. 7. Holly Kays photo
 

After removing sensitive objects, Cherokee museum fills empty cases with artistic responses

Navigating the darkened exhibit halls at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is slow work on Wednesday evening, Sept. 7.…
Read More

Comment

Council approves $732.5 million budget
 

Council approves $732.5 million budget

On Oct. 1, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will start a new fiscal year with $732.5 million in the…
Read More

Comment

A number of elected officials and local leaders were on hand for the ribbon cutting. Donated photo
 

WCU celebrates opening of its newest residence halls

When Western Carolina University officials held a ribbon-cutting event to officially open “The Rocks” freshman residence halls on Sept. 2,…
Read More

Comment

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. Stuart (center) will perform on Sept. 24 in Asheville. (Photo courtesy of Marty Stuart)
 

Time don’t wait on nobody: A conversation with Marty Stuart

At age 63, singer-songwriter Marty Stuart is regarded as an American musical institution. With a core tone radiating the sounds…
Read More

Comment

View from atop Rattlesnake Mountain. (Garret K. Woodward photo)
 

This must be the place: Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved

Monday afternoon. Plattsburgh, New York. Grabbing a few things for my intended hike up near Tupper Lake, in the depths…
Read More

Comment

Macon County Board of Education vice chairman dead at 79
 

Macon County Board of Education vice chairman dead at 79

Tommy Cabe, Macon County resident and Board of Education vice chairman, died Thursday, Sept. 1, after undergoing heart surgery in…
Read More

Comment

The case will be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
 

FBI makes arrest in phony writs case

A Haywood County woman who admitted to sending threatening letters that offered bounties on public officials will face felony federal…
Read More

Comment

Grants awarded for WNC park projects
 

Grants awarded for WNC park projects

Western North Carolina will see $1.5 million of the more than $17 million in grants approved Aug. 26 through the…
Read More

Comment

A capsized kayak at Bull Sluice on the Chattooga River shows the importance of mitigating risk when adventuring outdoors. Donated photo
 

‘Know what you don’t know’
: New book aims to stop backcountry emergencies before they start

During his 30 years living and teaching in Western North Carolina, Maurice Phipps has heard countless tales of tragedy and…
Read More

Comment

Purple Joe Pye weed blooms tower above other plants in the meadow. Adam Bigelow photo
 

Notes from a plant nerd: Joe Pye Weed, The Queen of the Meadow

The stories of plants are what led me in to falling in love with wildflowers, just as much as their…
Read More

Comment

Reporting just the facts is getting harder
 

Reporting just the facts is getting harder

“Alternative facts” was a phrase used by U.S. Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, during a “Meet the Press” interview on January 22, 2017,…
Read More

Comment

No semi-fascist here
 

No semi-fascist here

To the Editor: I am not a semi-fascist. A ‘deplorable’, maybe. I am not a MAGA terrorist. 
Read More

Comment

Does the GOP support Fascism?
 

Does the GOP support Fascism?

To the Editor: With the mewling and whining by Trumpian Republicans at having been accurately branded fascists by the president…
Read More

Comment

Feeling a lot like ‘Animal Farm’
 

Feeling a lot like ‘Animal Farm’

To the Editor: This election, remember our personal liberties and freedom to voice sentiments without fear. The risk to our…
Read More

Comment

Should Jackson have sheriff’s debate?
 

Should Jackson have sheriff’s debate?

To the Editor: With the current Jackson County sheriff not running for re-election, we will have a new sheriff to…
Read More

Comment

WNC schools still recovering from Covid-era learning
 

WNC schools still recovering from Covid-era learning

New state testing results reveal that schools in Western North Carolina are in the process of a mixed recovery from…
Read More

Comment

Pisgah Legal Services offers free help during September tax clinics 
 

Pisgah Legal Services offers free help during September tax clinics 

If you haven’t received your tax refund, it’s not too late. Families who make less than $58,000 per year can…
Read More

Comment

More money for affordable housing flows into the region
 

More money for affordable housing flows into the region

A $542,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, matched by more than $200,000 from the Dogwood Health…
Read More

Comment

Commissioners may seek to regulate syringe service programs in Haywood
 

Commissioners may seek to regulate syringe service programs in Haywood

Two weeks after rejecting misinformation from the public about Haywood County’s non-existent syringe exchange services, commissioners began their Sept. 6…
Read More

Comment

Recovery court coming to Haywood County
 

Recovery court coming to Haywood County

Haywood County will administer state funds to establish an Adult Accountability and Recovery Court meant to help people experiencing substance…
Read More

Comment

Skaters raised money for the Jackson County Skatepark at the Sylva Skate Jam Saturday, Sept. 3. Jared Lee photo
 

Sylva gets temporary skate park

Over the next month, the Town of Sylva will be constructing a temporary skatepark in the lot behind Motion Makers,…
Read More

Comment

Council overrides golf course project veto
 

Council overrides golf course project veto

A  $39 million hotel project  at the Sequoyah National Golf Course in Cherokee will move forward after Tribal Council overrode…
Read More

Comment

Kevin Seagle (left) and Ben Bushyhead.
 

Experience on the ballot for Swain Commission chairman

The issues facing Swain County are similar to those in other Western North Carolina communities — an affordable housing shortage,…
Read More

Comment

Man pleads guilty in chase leading to fatal car wreck
 

Man pleads guilty in chase leading to fatal car wreck

A Jackson County man pleaded guilty Thursday in Haywood County Superior Court to killing one person and injuring two others…
Read More

Comment

Enrollment falls again at WCU, but freshman class size increases
 

Enrollment falls again at WCU, but freshman class size increases

For the second year straight , enrollment is down at Western Carolina University — but an uptick in freshman class size…
Read More

Comment

Smokey Mountain News Logo
SUPPORT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS AND
INDEPENDENT, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
Go to top
Payment Information

/

At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.