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By Michael Beadle • Columnist The recent worldwide protests against cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed have given humanity a…

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I pride myself on being a good cook. After 10 years of effort, I have finally mastered homemade cinnamon rolls.…

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There’s really not much to say except this: why has it taken so long? The Haywood County School Board apparently…

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Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…

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Editor’s note: Barbara McCarty worked on a flood task force that allocated more than $800,000 in private donations to victims…

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It’s easy for elected leaders to say they support open government. Proving that support is something altogether different and more…

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By Dori Pope • Guest columnist I recently had the honor and exciting challenge of being voted the Chair of…

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“It’s going to be a bit of a change, but change is not always bad. This is just one little…

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I remember the specific moment in my journalism career when I sealed my future as a small-town newspaperman. I was…

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By Sarah Kucharski On a chilly, rain soaked Sunday morning the last weekend of January I stood under a peaked,…

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When a high school biology teacher in Macon County asked students to compare evolution and creation from a scientific perspective,…

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Editor’s note: Last week The Smoky Mountain News cover story was about cleanliness at restaurants and what health department inspectors…

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It is now official. I am not young anymore. I guess I should have paid more attention to the signs,…

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By Lee Shelton I found Scott McLeod’s column, “Living in Fear....” , in theJan. 18 issue of the Smoky Mountain…

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I wasn’t very good at sports when I was a kid. I wanted to be good — the star of…

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There are many worthwhile upshots from The Sounds of Jackson County recording project, but two stand out among them: one,…

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(Editor’s note: Haywood County Manager Jack Horton tendered his resignation to the board of commissioners on Jan. 3. The three…

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By Stephanie Wampler One day last year, I had high hopes for a glorious time at the library. I envisioned…

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The proposal to hold a referendum on whether alcohol could be sold at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino was withdrawn before it…

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It started over a discussion about the merits of that sanitizing gel that is now so often found in restrooms,…

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When Haywood County Manager Jack Horton was asked to resign or be fired last week, it was, potentially, a watershed…

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By Lee Shelton The town limits of Maggie Valley encompass only 1.8 square miles, and there is only one commercial…

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I’ve become hooked on Dr. Phil. Don’t ask me how it happened because I don’t know. He caught me unawares,…

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At a time when weather and the environment is making all the news headlines and is rendering hundreds of thousands,…

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It’s not always about the money, at least not at first. That’s a point to keep in mind as the…

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We in the newspaper business are supposed to be having the bejesus scared out of us because of the power…

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By Jason Kimenker • Guest Columnist Winter has arrived, and the holiday season is in full swing. Wonderful and warm…

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By Kirk Adcock • Guest Columnist I would first like to thank Gen. Geoffrey Higgenbotham (“Playing politics at the expense…

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About this time each year, when the days and tempers get short and the traffic lines get long — when…

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Bryson City leaders avoided the temptation to sell off their watershed land for development, instead opting to follow through with…

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It looks like the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention” may bear fruit (or gas) when it is…

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By John Edwards • Guest Columnist Positive planning by developers, government officials and local citizens could be of great benefit…

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By Bill Nolte • Guest Columnist Last week I was providing my ongoing parental taxi service. I can’t remember if we…

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By Lee Shelton • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion about attracting more motorcyclists and motorcycle rallies to the…

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I’m not sure where home is, but my children know. They’re first-generation mountaineers, which means, should they stay, they’ve got…

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By Major Gen. Geoffrey B. Higginbotham In 1998, while serving as a Marine Corps Bases Commander in Japan, I had…

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Many of us who call these mountains home rely on the isolation, the distance from the cold realities of modern…

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It should come as no shock to learn that children in Western North Carolina, as in the rest of this…

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By Nancy Geiger • Guest Columnist I went to my first college parent’s weekend this month. I’d been to plenty…

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Seventy-five percent of the deaths were active duty and 24.8 percent were National Guard or Reserves. Of these, 67.9 percent…

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By Lee Shelton • Guest Columnist The U.S. recently incurred — and then quickly exceeded — the 2,000th casualty in…

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“At times I think there are no words But these to tell what’s true And there are no truths outside…

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By John Beckman • Columnist The summer now seems long gone and autumn is headed in the same direction as…

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I'm sure my paranoia was partly flamed by the buzz about the case of the CIA operative whose name was…

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The experimental elk reintroduction into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be given every chance to succeed. If that…

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