An ounce of prevention: Stopping emergencies before they start
 

An ounce of prevention: Stopping emergencies before they start

For every 116,732 people visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one experiences an emergency and calls the park’s Search…
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Drew Holcomb.
 

Rowdy heart, broken wing: A conversation with Drew Holcomb

If there ever was a 21st century musical ambassador for the state of Tennessee, it would be Drew Holcomb.  Born…
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This must be the place: Driving down a corduroy road, Ferris wheel is rusting off in the distance
 

This must be the place: Driving down a corduroy road, Ferris wheel is rusting off in the distance

Yesterday, at the corner of Brown Avenue and Hazelview Drive in Waynesville, this weird feeling washed over me. The thought…
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Jackson County pauses J&J vaccine distribution
 

Jackson County pauses J&J vaccine distribution

The Jackson County Department of Public Health will pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following…
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Wendy Nevarez
 

Cawthorn’s first Republican challenger appears

There’s been lots of speculation since very early in Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s tenure in Congress that he’d face a Republican…
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Pictured here in 2017, Jason Burrell has served in Canton administration since 2009.
 

Canton town manager suspended

Effective immediately Canton Town Manager Jason Burrell has been suspended indefinitely without pay pending further board action, Mayor Zeb Smathers…
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Haywood reports 95th COVID-19 death
 

Haywood reports 95th COVID-19 death

Haywood County Health and Human Services have received notice of another COVID-19 death, bringing the total number now to 95.
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Loftis pleads guilty to sexual assault
 

Loftis pleads guilty to sexual assault

A Franklin man admitted in Macon County Superior Court to forcing his way into a woman’s house and sexually assaulting…
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Franklin man pleads guilty to child abuse
 

Franklin man pleads guilty to child abuse

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Franklin man admitted this week in court to sexually abusing a child. He…
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An excited group poses during one of Black Folks Camp Too’s very first backpacking trips on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
 

Art of the invite: Brevard business aims to increase Black participation outdoors

Earl B. Hunter Jr. describes his younger self as a “Good Times kid,” growing up on free lunch and government…
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A park ranger speaks with the driver of a truck hauling unsecured garbage. NPS photo
 

Park, Gatlinburg Police crack down on litter

A targeted law enforcement effort aiming to combat litter resulted in 37 stops including 25 verbal warnings and 13 citations…
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It’s National Poetry Month: Join the party!
 

It’s National Poetry Month: Join the party!

Time to party, everyone! April is here, and along with warmer weather, blossoms and flowers, and grass grown green, April…
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GOP election tactics threaten our republic
 

GOP election tactics threaten our republic

By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist | A political party that stakes its future on allowing fewer people to vote…
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Libraries extend beyond four walls
 

Libraries extend beyond four walls

It’s National Library week, and for someone who loves books and was the child of a librarian, this week is…
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Apartment complex just doesn’t fit
 

Apartment complex just doesn’t fit

To the Editor: Sylva is a beautiful small town. It is its small-town charm and beautiful surroundings that brings people…
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The facts on the vax: Survey shows widespread support for COVID-19 vaccination
 

The facts on the vax: Survey shows widespread support for COVID-19 vaccination

More than 80 percent of Smoky Mountain News readers have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,…
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Kathye Shuman with her mother Meg Jones.
 

COVID-19 vaccine means getting back to ‘normal’

People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic,…
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Waynesville resident Sammie Conner is leery of getting one of the still-new COVID shots but plans to continue taking precautions while the pandemic persists. Donated photo
 

‘I don’t feel like it’s safe’: For many, concerns about long-term impacts drive vaccine hesitancy

When the pandemic first hit, Waynesville resident Sammie Conner was so scared of contracting COVID-19 that she wouldn’t even go…
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EMS Supervisor Toby Moore vaccinates Mike Taylor during a January clinic for employees of Jackson County Public Schools. David Profitt/JCPS photo
 

Vaccine hesitancy could impact employers, employees

The last time Americans lived through a global pandemic, the field of employment law wasn’t nearly as developed as it…
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Man pleads guilty in Haywood
 

Man pleads guilty in Haywood

A Buncombe County man pleaded guilty April 6 to two counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense and four counts of…
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Jackson County Senior Planner John Jeleniewski presents his staff report on The Bluffs development proposed by Southern Properties and Development LLC. Holly Kays photo
 

Sylva denies one apartment application, approves another

Despite gusting winds and a temperature of 42 degrees at the time the three-hour meeting began — it was 37…
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Lunsford pleads no contest to one count of animal cruelty
 

Lunsford pleads no contest to one count of animal cruelty

More than 16 months after animal cruelty allegations were filed against Haywood resident James Lunsford, justice has finally been served. 
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Lottery-funded renovation coming to former Central Elementary
 

Lottery-funded renovation coming to former Central Elementary

Students enrolled in Haywood County Schools’ exceptional children’s program will soon have a new home at no taxpayer expense. 
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Roberta Swank (middle) is presented with the 2021 Macon Matriarch Award from Women’s History Trail members Anne Hyder (left) and Claire Claire Suminski. Karen Lawrence photo
 

Swank named Macon Matriarch

By Theresa Ramsey • Guest writer | The Women’s History Trail project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County…
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Barbara Mcrae stands in the doorway of one of a sculpture at The Bascom in Highlands. Donated photo
 

A woman with vision: Barbara McRae leaves her mark on Macon County

Barbara McRae loved history — learning about it, sharing it with others and making it herself.  The long-time community organizer lost…
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A temporary, 500-slot pre-launch gaming facility will open this summer in Kings Mountain. Donated image
 

Kings Mountain gaming to start this summer

A federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to allow the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation  to build a…
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WCU clinic to provide its 10,000th vaccine
 

WCU clinic to provide its 10,000th vaccine

Western Carolina University’s regional COVID-19 vaccine clinic will deliver its 10,000th vaccine to a student around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April…
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Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Bubba’s Sister from the Ruminations.’
 

‘Connecting Legacies’: New art exhibit shines light on Black Mountain College

From 1933-1957, Black Mountain College was formed and thrived within the context of its seemingly unconventional methods and ways, only…
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The old Tacoma in the North Country.
 

This must be the place: I never ever saw the stars so bright, in the farmhouse, things will be alright

It was a flood of memories I hadn’t thought of in years. There I was on a date with this…
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Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cullowhee.
 

WNC Tomorrow Black Oral History Project

Western Carolina University’s Special and Digital Collections at Hunter Library has digitized a collection of interviews conducted between 1986-1989 with…
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Responding from a number of jurisdictions, emergency vehicles lined up outside the mill's gates.
 

Fire at Canton mill contained

A potentially dangerous situation at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton earlier today is under control.
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Emergency vehicles line Champion Drive around noon on April 5.
 

First responders monitoring situation at Canton mill

Emergency services workers from several jurisdictions were responding this morning to reports of a fire at Evergreen Packaging’s Canton papermill.
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Haywood County COVID-19 update
 

Haywood County COVID-19 update

“To date, over 18,000 people in Haywood County are at least partially vaccinated. Mass vaccination efforts have been running smoothly,…
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CDC Extends Moratorium on Renter Evictions to June 30
 

CDC Extends Moratorium on Renter Evictions to June 30

Just as it was about to expire at the end of March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
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Dillsboro break-ins prompt caution for Jackson County businesses
 

Dillsboro break-ins prompt caution for Jackson County businesses

Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton is urging local businesses to secure their buildings after multiple Dillsboro restaurants were broken into…
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Latino vaccine clinic to take place April 4
 

Latino vaccine clinic to take place April 4

The International Friendship Center, the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers and Vecinos have hosted six weekly Latino COVID-19 vaccine clinics…
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Revamped Bryson City market to start in May
 

Revamped Bryson City market to start in May

The farmers market in Bryson City is growing, with Swain County Cooperative Extension and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority…
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Podcast series explores Black Appalachian music
 

Podcast series explores Black Appalachian music

A six-part podcast mini-series exploring the intersection of Black history and Southern Appalachian music through the Great Smoky Mountains Association…
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The Storybook Trail of the Smokies will wind against a backdrop of peaceful forest and rushing waterways. NPS photos
 

Read through the woods: Storybook Trail promotes literacy and nature

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park hopes to help visitors experience the Smokies story in a new way thanks to…
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Ramsey Prong Bridge is in need of replacement, but supply delays are extending the project’s timeline. NPS photo
 

Road closures extended in Greenbrier

A delay in supplies for the Ramsey Prong Bridge replacement project is causing an extended closure for Ramsey Prong Road…
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Even as a drive-thru, Winter Lights drew high attendance
 

Even as a drive-thru, Winter Lights drew high attendance

The first-ever drive-thru Winter Lights experience at the N.C. Arboretum brought record numbers of people to see the bright holiday…
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Book details atrocities in Chinese factories
 

Book details atrocities in Chinese factories

Historically, and presently, the women at Masanjia experienced worse torture and degradation than men. The guards would jam and twist…
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Compromise on new jail project urged
 

Compromise on new jail project urged

Bob Clark • Guest Columnist | The request to the Haywood County commissioners from the Sheriff’s Department for $15 million…
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Emerging from a difficult year of COVID-19
 

Emerging from a difficult year of COVID-19

By Dr. J. Scott Hinkle • Guest Columnist | The COVID-19 crisis is winding down. This time last year we…
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Our republic’s future depends on virtue
 

Our republic’s future depends on virtue

To the Editor: I’m beginning to understand what Benjamin Franklin meant when encountering a woman on the street following the…
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Educational system is in real trouble
 

Educational system is in real trouble

To the Editor: I have often been critical of our educational system for being more enamored of trendy fashions than…
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Long overdue regulation bans rebel flag in Haywood County Schools
 

Long overdue regulation bans rebel flag in Haywood County Schools

J.D. Moore started his first year at Tuscola in 1999. He was an athlete, played football and basketball. He learned…
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Sen. Corbin again leads health care push
 

Sen. Corbin again leads health care push

With the support of a bi-partisan panel including commissioners from Macon and Graham counties as well as the head of…
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Reps. Clampitt, Pless make big ask for mental health
 

Reps. Clampitt, Pless make big ask for mental health

Filed in the General Assembly on March 15, House Bill 280  contains only 112 words, but if it gains legislative…
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