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OUT AND ABOUT: Banning Mills serves up aerial adventures

Nestled in Whitesburg, Ga., Historic Banning Mills provides an extreme adventure with a new two-tier...

ARTS: Denim designer draws inspiration from his genes

Marc Nelson may not be a real person, but the designer jeans that company owner George Marcus Hall m...

OUTDOORS: Smokies on a smaller scale

Spring arrives by the smallest of measures in the North Carolina Arborteum’s bonsai garden. Sproutin...

CUISINE: A newfound appreciation for much-maligned veggies

An obelisque serves little purpose other than as a landmark, many erected well ahead of a need for s...

Naturally neighbors

What makes a neighborhood?  Many old-timers envision a place with friends just down the road re...

Gather 'round the block: Sometimes the best way to build community is to throw a party

A neighborhood rises and falls with its social capital, its sense of community crucial to its day-to...

CUISINE: Tested and traveled, one of Knoxville’s own comes home

Knox Mason, located on South Gay Street in Knoxville’s historic Old City, blends sleek, modern style...

LETTERS: Dooley legend continues to fascinate

Long ago, when I was learning fractions and diagramming in elementary school, when I played sandlot ...

CUISINE: A newfound appreciation for much-maligned veggies

Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

dept_cuisineAn obelisque serves little purpose other than as a landmark, many erected well ahead of a need for such a landmark, as city planners attempt placemaking by making a place seemingly important with strategically monumental monuments. Yet others age past their use, marking a place that no longer exists in the collective conscious. 

VIEWS: Legend of Harm Teaster shrouded in mystery

Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

dept_voicesEvery day travelers by the thousands weave through the Pigeon River Gorge along Interstate 40 between Hartford, Tenn. and Maggie Valley, N.C. Seven miles from the remote state line, a lone sign points toward Harmon Den.

The origin of Harmon Den varies, but the prevailing story suggests it derives from Harmon Teaster, a hard-working logger, husband, and father of 10 children. Legend has it that Harmon ran afoul of the law and hid out in a mountain cave for several years. 

Finding friends on the local line

Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:35

feat_trainsThink of it as someplace over the rainbow. You know the place, only this time not in Oz, in Waynesville, N.C., on Frazier Street, behind the Sagebrush Steakhouse parking lot, in a non-descript building that’s 60-feet long and maybe half as wide. This is where the bluebirds sing, where happiness prevails.

Naturally neighbors

Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:21

feat_neighborsWhat makes a neighborhood?  Many old-timers envision a place with friends just down the road ready to lend a cup of sugar or watch the kids for a few hours. But the concept of a true neighborhood is much more complex than outdated imagery of groomed lawns and white picket fences. Upon closer inspection, “neighborhoods” actually exist all around us, in big cities, little towns and even in places one would never think to look—like nature. 

 
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