Smoky Mountains Around Town April 2018


What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

Smoky Mountains


Photo: Ken Wayne Photograph



What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies !

Volume 5, No. 4

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Park Recruits Trail Volunteers

or for workday

details and to register. Interested volunteers

can also contact Monroe to learn about

additional volunteer opportunities

throughout the year including the ‘Adopt-a-

Trail’ program and the Trails Forever

‘Working Wednesdays’ opportunities on

Rainbow Falls Trail beginning April 25

through August 29. These opportunities are

perfect for those with busy schedules who

would like to volunteer once a month.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

officials announced several volunteer

workdays beginning April 5 through April

28 along heavily-used trails and nature loops

as the park prepares for the busy summer

season. These opportunities are ideal for

people interested in learning more about the

park and the trails program through handson

service alongside experienced park staff.

Volunteers will help clear limbs and debris

that have fallen over the winter months along

with helping repair eroded trail sections.

Workdays will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00

p.m. in North Carolina on April 5, April 7,

and April 19 and in Tennessee on April 12,

April 21, and April 28. Prior registration is


Please contact Trails and Facilities Volunteer

Coordinator Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949

Easter Sunrise at Ober

Soak up Easter Sunday sunrise from the top

of Mt. Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area

during this service sponsored by the

Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.

Gatlinburg’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service

will be enhanced by the beauty of the

Smokies when the community and its

visitors gather at Ober Gatlinburg for this

memorable worship service. The 30-40

minute mountain service will begin at 6:30

am and be led by local pastors of the

Gatlinburg Ministerial Association. The

offering collected during the service will be

used by the Association in assisting those in


As host for the Sunrise Service, the staff of

Ober Gatlinburg will provide guests with

free tram rides to the mountain top

beginning at 5:30 A.M. and continuing at 15

minute intervals until the service begins at

For the April trail workdays, volunteers must

be able to safely hike while carrying tools up

to 4 miles per day and be prepared to perform

strenuous, manual labor. After receiving

proper training, participants will be expected

to safely use hand tools such as shovels,

rakes, loppers, and hand picks. Minimum

age of participants is 16. Those under 18

must be accompanied by a responsible

parent or guardian.

Volunteers will need to wear boots or sturdy

closed toed shoes, long pants and

appropriate layers for cold and inclement

weather. Volunteers should bring a day pack

with food, water, rain gear and any other

personal gear for the day. The park will

provide instruction, necessary safety gear,

and tools for the day.

For more info about volunteering in the park,

p l e a s e v i s i t t h e p a r k w e b s i t e a t

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6:30am. Complimentary parking at Ober

Gatlinburg will be provided for those who

prefer to drive up the mountain. In the event

of inclement weather, the Service will be

held in the Ober Gatlinburg Upper Tramway

Mall around the Ice Rink. A breakfast buffet

will be available at Ober Gatlinburg’s

Seasons of Ober Restaurant from 7:15 A.M.

until 10:30 A.M.

Hands on Gatlinburg

The 2018 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend

provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a

beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very

own hands.

Take a look around your house and you’re likely to find a

multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all

telling the story of the personal character of your home.

That beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been

complimented on over 100 times. The intricately carved

broom hanging on your mantlepiece constantly admired

by visiting houseguests. What if those unique pieces

weren’t just a compliment to your style, but a point of

personal pride?

Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts

Community will host over 40 different classes, providing

guests the chance to learn how to make their favorite

crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance

of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from

knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor,

scarf-making, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking,

soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the

items they make and place them alongside their other

coveted works of art. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts

Weekend is April 13 through April 15 and would make a

great Christmas gift for the art lover in your life.

April 13 - April 15

Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

Spur Clean Up with Keep Sevier Beautiful

Get hands-on Tuesday, April 24 from 9:00 am to

12:00 pm at the Spur Clean Up. Everyone is

invited to join Keep Sevier Beautiful to pick up

trash along the Spur, a stretch of Great Smoky

Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg

and Pigeon Forge.

To participate, bring a pair of gloves and meet at

Gatlinburg’s Spur Welcome Center at 9:00am.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to

assemble teams in a competition for who can

collect the most litter! The winner will receive a

company pizza party, courtesy of Big Daddy’s

Pizzeria. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be on site

with free ice cream for all participants.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to

assemble teams in a competition for who can

collect the most litter! Contact Cheryl at for more details.


7 Days A Week

9 AM - 9 PM


of Gatlinburg

446 East Parkway

2 HR - $169

4 HR - $299

3 HR - $239

8 HR - $399

Calhoun’s Village• 1004 Parkway, #301• Gatlinburg • 865-436-2500

Trolley Routes & Schedules

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Sugar Daddy’s Snack Shack Now Open

A mound of shaved ice flavored with sweet syrups, (or sno-balls) are a

New Orleans tradition that dates from the 1930s when locals George

Ortolano and Ernest Hansen using the first ice-shaving machines,

invented them separately but seemingly simultaneously. In a warm

climate like New Orleans, icy snowballs were game changers as

families flocked to enjoy the frosty, affordable treats.

A rounded top of fresh ice shaved to perfection, a sugary drizzled

syrup like cherry or watermelon or something more local like bananas

foster or praline pecan. The final ingredient is your anticipated

topping choice of condensed milk, and now you have the Gourmet

Snowballs you could top with fruit, candy or even pop rocks. So come

find your Sugar Daddy's Snack Shack in Gatlinburg and enjoy a little

New Orleans deliciousness.

Sugar Daddy’s Snack Shack is owned and operated by Paul and

Michelle Birchfield and located at 1357 E. Parkway next to the

Family Dollar.

Kountry Antics

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

National Artist Performing at Timbers Log Cabin Restaurant

Larry Conger, a national dulcimer champion will be performing live, along

with his wife Elaine, on the weekends at Timbers Log Cabin Restaurant. He

is from Paris, TN and she is from Nashville, TN. Now that they have moved

to Gatlinburg the locals already know the wonderful entertainment that

these “locals” have added to the Arts and Crafts Community.

Now that they are associated with Gatlinburgs newest Fine Arts Piano

Academy they are offering other requested instrumental lessons. These

include piano, voice, drama, dulcimer, guitar and drums. These lessons are

available in studio or by Skype.

Timbers Log Cabin Restaurant is well loved by the local community for

both its great food and service. This restaurant and Larry Conger makes a

great combination for a really nice time during your visit to the Arts and

Crafts Community in the Gatlinburg Glades area.

They have a Classic American Menu with seating inside and outside. Stop

by at 600 Glades Road, #10. (865) 412-1303.

Zukes Woodworkz Has Relocated!

Zukes Woodworkz (named after their dog) has currently moved

to a new larger facility in the Glades.

They offer all things wood including, but not limited to pallet

wood signs, wine & shine racks, towel racks, birdhouses of all

sizes and designs, tables, benches, trash cans, mailboxes, signs,

clocks and new things added almost daily! Looking for a

specific item? They can make it for you.

There is always something new and unique to see. All products

are handmade in Sevier County, TN. They take great pride in

their work and due to their use of reclaimed wood, no two items

will ever be exactly the same. Stop by and visit this unique store

in The Arts & Crafts Community at 522 Buckhorn Road,

Gatlinburg. 865-805-2614

Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community

600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

The Smiths

The Unique, The Unusual and the Hard-to-Find

• Handmade Knives

•Scrimshaw in Ancient Ivory

Unusual Antiques & Oddities

from Remote Corners of the World


Map Locator # on Page 6 21

680 Glades Road, # 2 • Gatlinburg

Please Remember Feeding Bears & Other Wildlife Is Illegal

The black bear symbolizes the invaluable wilderness qualities of

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But bears are dying

unnecessarily due to improper disposal of garbage or illegal

feeding by visitors. A bear's remarkable sense of smell may lead it

to human foods, such as a picnicker's cooler, garbage left in the

open, or food scraps thrown on the ground or left in the

Smokies. Clean your picnic area, including the grill and

ground around the table thoroughly after your meal.

Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Village

170 Glades Rd . 865. 436. 2363 cell 404. 216.


all supplies furnished - two or three hour classes

Holly & Willow’s Pet Barn Has Moved

• Lead Free • Wheel Thrown

• Microwave & Dishwasher Safe

"Browse and watch potter at work"

(865) 430-3472

In The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

530 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

A bear that has discovered human food or garbage will eventually become day-active and leave

the safety of the backcountry. It may panhandle along roadsides and be killed by a car or it may

injure a visitor and have to be euthanized. Please do your part to help protect black bears and other

wildlife in the Great Smokies. Clean your picnic area, including the grill and ground around the

table thoroughly after your meal.

Inspired by their two rescues, Holly and

Willow, they strive to give back the joy they

have given them.

Featuring gourmet treats, handcrafted beds

and pillows and that’s just a few of their

products. They also carry tux’s and wedding

dresses for your pooch.

Bring your pet in so they can take their

picture, give them a treat, and put them on

their Holly & Willow’s Facebook page!

Come in and check out this unique pet loving

shop at 170 Glades Road in Gatlinburg in the

Arts & Crafts Community. 865-277-7712

Original artwork in various mediums,

reproduc ons and scenic photography

Handmade jewelry, vintage glass and gi s

Greenbrier Pottery available here!

Linda is o en ‘at the easel’ crea ng art. Come and browse our gallery

680 Glades Road #5, Gatlinburg • 865-430-8777

Open 11 till 10 - Sunday 12 till 6

Serving The Area for over 10 Years

The ORIGINAL Ship Crew Is Back

Happy Hour 4-7

Full Menu • Appetizers • Salads

Over 40 Drafts To Choose From

(865) 325-1658

170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

Gatlinburg’s Largest Collection of Antiques

You owe it to yourself to stop by our antique shop in Gatlinburg for the

best selection of antiques, collectibles and antique furniture in the area

The SMSWF is having a drawing for all of you who actually

make a plan and attend the 7th Annual Smoky Mountains

Songwriters Festival August 13-22, 2018. Everyone is invited to

participate. We want to know if you made a plan to come to

Gatlinburg specifically because the festival was taking place at


OUT ABOUT THE SMSWF? For answering these simple

questions your name will be put in the drawing which will take

place at the Welcome Ceremonies and Kick-off Show Thurs.

August 16, 2018 at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn 7- 9 PM on the

lawn. Winner wins a “weekend getaway” in Gatlinburg which

includes a two night free stay, attraction passes, restaurant and

shopping discounts. Details can be found on the website.

Make your plans today to be in Gatlinburg the third week in

August for the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. It is one

of the most amazing experiences you will ever have. Even if you

are not a songwriter you will have an equally good time if not

more fun.

There is free live music in over 10 different venues with over

150 shows throughout Gatlinburg plus 2 ticketed concerts and

one ticketed dinner show! “It's like a Nashville juke box up and

down the streets of Gatlinburg” reflects Mitch Townley and

Scott Parker in a song they wrote about the Smoky Mountains

Songwriters Festival.

The public is definitely welcome to attend any aspect of the

festival. An author who attended one of the first SMSWF

workshops has returned almost every year since. She says she

always learns something new that helps her in writing her books.

to play an instrument participate in the SMSWF Rocky Top Cowriting

Experience with Hit Writers. The first one who attended

went on to writing his own songs and co-writing with other

songwriters as well as learning how to play the guitar. The other

wrote poetry and realized the poet in her could be very helpful in


A man who found the SMSWF during a hit show (where Kim

William's Empty Chair sat for the round that he would have

performed in) was enthralled with the stories told about him, the

songs Kim had written with them and what he had meant to their

lives. (Kim Williams wrote “Three Wooden Crosses” for Randy

Travis, “Papa Loves Mama” and “Ain't Goin Down Till' the Sun

Comes Up” two of many #1s he wrote for Garth Brooks and

many, many more for many great country artists.) This man

went home and came back the next year with a song he entered in

the song competition that he wrote about that experience. We

display that song next to Kim's picture at the Historic Gatlinburg

Inn during the festival. When this person was young he loved

music but did not pursue it as a career. He says, “now that his

kids are grown he is picking up his music again.” He and his wife

plan their summer vacations to be here during the Smoky

Mountains Songwriters Festival.

Sign-ups for singer/songwriter performance slots at the 7th

Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival and submitting

song entries into the 2018 SMSWF Song Competition are being

accepted until April 30th. You can sign up for mentoring

sessions, workshops and the Co-Write with Hit Writers

experience until Tuesday August 14, 2018.

For details on the August 13-22, 2018 Annual Smoky Mountains

Songwriters Festival, go to You can contact

us at or 865-604-9066.

Venues with live music in Gatlinburg include Crystelle Creek

Restaurant and Grill, Three Jimmy's, Ole Smoky Moonshine

Holler, The Ship, Hogg’s Tavern Downtown, Tom and Earl's

Back Alley Grill, Sugarlands Distilling Company, The Smoky

Mountain Brewery and Loco Burros.

Every 2nd Monday of the month there is a SMSWF Songwriters

Showcase at Crystelle Creek Restaurant 6-9 PM. Public Invited.

If you are a songwriter who would like to share your songs,

We have had two people who never wrote a song nor knew how please contact John Condrone in this regard 865-898-7301.

Valley Spas Announces Grand Opening

Jamie and Chris Gaumond, owners and operators of Valley

Spas have expanded their current location at 3059 Birds

Creek Road in Sevierville. They have now acquired the

entire building enabling the increase of the showroom size.

They specialize in the installation, repair and servicing of

all makes of hot tubs and pools. They also have

replacement parts including hot tub covers. In addition,

billiards and game supplies are available.

Valley Spas is NSPF Certified Pool/Spa inspectors and

operators. Although they have been in business for years

this expansion is having a new Grand Opening on

Saturday, April 7.

Stop by and see what they have for your home or cabin

rental. Their telephone number is 865-908-0025

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg • (865) 325-1411

Mine For Your Fortune!

You’re never too old

to play in the dirt

and find some treasures

Fun For The Whole Family !

Old Smoky Gem Mine

968 Parkway, #1, Downtown Gatlinburg

(865) 436-7112

(Located between lights #8 & #9 across from Ober Gatlinburg - Parking located in Elks Plaza)


Hundred of Flavors to Choose From

Every Second Monday...

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Nite

Neesee on the keyboard

Hear Neesee Wednesday - Sunday & Local Ar sts Monday & Tuesday

Jams • Jellies • Honey

Sauces • Rubs • Relishes

Pickled Vegetables

Open Daily 3 pm

Where The Locals Go !

Look For Our 150' Lighted Tree

Free Parking On 2 Levels

Easy Handicap Access

Appetizers • Salads • Soups • Entrees

Italian Dishes • Daily Specials • Desserts

Full Bar Service • Free Parking • In House Catering

Pet Friendly Sports Porch!

1654 East Parkway (Next To Dollar General)

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By A. Jann Peitso

The colors of April somehow bring a gasp as one watches

them unfold. Tiny buds on the ends of short stems burst into

bluets. Tall stalks with yellow buds hold daffodils when they

peel back their covering and show their faces. Those reds.

Someone must have planted a prized tulip bulb many years

ago and now a patch of strong stalks sway with red tulips

waving gently in the breeze. Tulips are like exclamation

points, just upside down but emphasizing the Springtime of

the year. It's Spring! Exclamation point, upside-down tulip!

The reds, the yellows and the blues are the same primary

colors that you were taught in primary school. Your first

introduction to using color was most probably through those

reds, yellows and blues, usually in the form of a Crayola

crayon or colored pencil. Can you remember how a new box

of Binney & Smith crayons smelled? That was how the

beginning of school smelled, just like a new “crayola”.

The artisans along the Loop still use those colors as the basis

for their paints, glazes, dyes, fabrics and glass. With a bit of

red and yellow, orange is brought to life. The birth of green

needs a dab of blue and a pinch of yellow. Brilliant purples

are born through the sliding of red into or even over the blue.

Pure magic happens.

The artisans along the Loop are true originals themselves in

their thinking and in their creating. Just like the colors and the

We specialize in handmade soy candles,

soaps, and fragrant air fresheners

(865) 325-8142

Crafts & Gifts

Hand-Crafted in the

Smoky Mountains

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

Gatlinburg's Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Misty Mountain Soap Co.

A Healthier Choice In Skin Care

Natural Soaps, Lotions & Bath Products

Hand Crafted In Our Shops!

601 Glades Road (Morning Mist Village)

849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)

crayons originated by cousins Binney & Smith in

Pennsylvania, many of these craftspeople are families still

working together with handicrafts that they began out of

some necessity. Cousins Binney & Smith started making that

ever familiar red barn paint with red iron oxide for its

durability and then progressed to making the first dustless

white chalk for Binney's wife, Alice, a schoolteacher. From

there, creativity took them to add color and oil to the chalk

and a famous brand name followed, Crayola. Joining two

French words, Craie (chalk) and Ola (oil) the colors of Spring

were brought to the crafting and teaching world.

The artisans in the Loop, at least most of them, are a true

community. They are here for each other, through hard times

and the good times but they persevere. Like the Binney &

Smith cousins who started working together in 1885, the

folks along the Loop celebrate their families and friends

creating together for just as long. Those colors of

Pennsylvania are still being manufactured right there and the

colors and handicrafts of Spring are continually being made

by these crafting members In The Loop.

A. Jann Peitso, art!

170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg • 865-436-2363

Sparky’s Glassblowing

Ask About Our Glassblowing Classes!

Come and watch

Gary at work!

Gary Will Make You A Special Glass Piece

For Your Loved Ones Ashes

Glassblowing at its best!

Beautiful, handcrafted blown & sculpted glass

(865) 325-8186

Smoky Mountains Art’s & Crafts Community

849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)

We Loan On Anything of Value!

Great Selections On New And Pre-owned Valuable Items

Gold • Diamonds • Guns

11510 B Chapman Highway, Seymour (865) 579-1026

1424 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville (865) 453-1512

Grounding: Barefoot healing the doctor didn’t order

The core belief of grounding: Electrons

absorbed from the bottom of bare feet

move throughout the body neutralizing

free radicals.

How a practice called ‘earthing’ or

‘grounding’ has become a factor in health

and healing - The First Root of America,

the Native indigenous knew about

Mother Earth’s miraculous curative

powers— the miracle of “Grounding.”

They knew that to harness the energy of

the Earth, all they had to do was touch it.

“It was good for the skin to touch the bare

Earth, and the old people liked to remove

their moccasins and walk with their bare

feet on the sacred Earth. They sat on the

ground with the feeling of being close to a

mothering power. The soil was soothing,

strengthening, cleansing, and healing” —

Luther Standing Bear, Sioux Tribal

Leader, 1868-1939

The Native Americans knew that to be

truly alive, they had to be connected to

the rhythms and patterns of the Earth, a

giant resource of immense power and

energy. What they have done naturally

throughout their existence, contemporary

society is only beginning to re-discover,

understand and embrace.

Growing adherents to this free, natural

holistic healing modality know it as

grounding, or “earthing” — simply

removing shoes and touching bare feet to

the surface of the earth. For most people,

this doesn’t happen very often, except,

maybe during the summer with

excursions to the beach.

But word is spreading that there might be

an enormously healthy impetus to make

grounding a priority.

Growing evidence through expanding

research reveals that grounding can be

greatly beneficial for health by lowering

free radical damage (also called

“oxidative stress”), stress, inflammation,

and pain.

What does Mother Earth offer?

The Earth is constantly infused with

energy from the sun’s rays, lightning, and

heat from the Earth’s core. According to

the Journal of Environmental and Public

Health, the Earth’s surface possesses a

limitless and continuously renewed

supply of free or mobile electrons. The

Earth’s negative charges can create a

stable internal bioelectrical environment

for the normal functioning of all body

systems which may be important for

setting the biological clock, regulating

circadian rhythms, and balancing cortisol


Our bodies, which run through a type of

electrical current are naturally able to

absorb electrical charges from the earth

since the skin acts like a “conductor,”

according to the Journal. Our feet,

specifically certain points in the balls of

the foot, are believed to be precise at

receiving the earth’s electricity.

In urban areas where most people live

and work, surrounded by concrete and

asphalt, our bodies rarely, if ever, come in

contact with soil, sand, and grass. Due to

contemporary living norms — for

example, wearing shoes and spending the

majority our lives above ground in our

homes and apartments or offices — we

are out of touch with the earth’s natural

“electrical” force.

This norm even pertains to school

children who spend hours in a classroom

with vinyl and wooden floors, then more

t i m e d u r i n g r e c e s s o n a s p h a l t

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A. Jann Peitso, art! Moves...but not far

Jann’s own roots lie deeply in the ruddy soil of Georgia but

her heart embraces Tennessee.



A Jann Peitso , art! has moved a few doors down to suite #3 in the Smoky

Mountains Arts & Crafts Village at 170 Glades Road.

“Colorful, very colorful" ... "Loose and Juicy" ... "Fanciful with just

enough realism..." "Almost magical in the feelings that this artwork

imparts" ... "Art that just makes me smile." "What a sense of color!”

All are ways that people have described the work of A. Jann Peitso.

Using vibrant watercolors, she splashes, dashes and generally reminds

one of someone at play as her pieces come together and begin to form her

interpretations of wonders to be found in the mountains of eastern


After many years of traveling and showing her artwork at juried art

shows and galleries, Jann and her husband, Gene Peitso, settled into their

own “wee, small gallery” in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Living in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park, she and her husband meander and hike

through this great gift to all of us. Janncan tell you where in

the park many of her ideas for paintings originate and

where, if you visit at just the right time and if the light

bounces off the water at just the right angle, you, too, may

experience the same magical moment. In addition to her

“loose and juicy” paintings, Jann introduces you to other

aspects of her art.

Utilizing the more tightly-controlled abilities of watercolor

and smaller brushes, she paints colorful characters known

as “Gussie Mae” and “Bootsie” and pens original quotes

for each. She reminisces with you, through her work, of

those places you hold close to your heart, your home state

and college town. Then honoring the quilters of the past and

present, Jann paints their patterns on large canvasses or on

various watercolor papers.

Jann offers much of her artwork as originals and

reproductions. She has been fortunate in having her work

licensed as cross stitch patterns, note cards, gift items,

calendars and clothing.

You will find the A. Jann Peitso, art! gallery in Gatlinburg at

170 Glades Road, in the historic arts and crafts community

on the 8 mile loop along with over 100 other artists and

craftspersons, restaurants and lodging. Jann or Gene will

usually be in the gallery located in the Smoky Mountains

Arts & Crafts Village to show you her work and answer

questions pertaining to it. Come by for a visit! Their

website is

600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg

Live Music & Tasty Food Make a Great Combination

Five Star Rated Hot Dogs, Chili & BBQ!


Join us for snacks, songs & shade!

968 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg (In the Elks Plaza)

These brain vitamins are key in helping improve

your memory, focus and mood while guarding

against mental and physical diseases. It’s nearly

impossible to get brain-healthy nutrition from

diet alone these days. Stress, sugar, caffeine,

tobacco, alcohol, medications, and poor

digestion are just some of the issues that

increase your need for vitamins.

There’s an abundance of evidence that taking

the right vitamins can improve how well your

brain works now … and protect it from mental

decline in the future. These brain vitamins can

even make you happier and help you live longer.

While all vitamins are required for optimal

health and brain function, a few stand out above

the rest as being essential for a healthy brain.

Critical Health News

Essential Vitamins for a Healthy Brain

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs -

Featuring Groceries from Central America

Great Selection of:

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• Salsas

• Plantain Chips

• Mango Products

And two of these have deficiency levels that

have reached epidemic proportions! And they

may just be the ones you are short on in your


Vitamin C — the most popular single vitamin

supplement. And for good reason. It’s safe,

inexpensive, and there are few things this

powerhouse vitamin can’t do!

It’s widely taken to prevent, or at least

minimize, the discomforts of the common cold.

It’s a natural antihistamine used by millions to

reduce allergy symptoms.

Studies suggest it can help prevent both heart

disease and cancer.

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According to grounding expert Clint Ober, generally credited

with re-discovering grounding in 2010, “The human body is

electrical first and chemical second. Our brain, heartbeat and

neurotransmitter activity, for example, all rely on electrical

signals, so when our electricity if off, so can be certain aspects of

our health.”

The idea is that by being in touch with the planet, the electrical

force coming off the earth is able to neutralize free radicals in the

body, which cause inflammation, a direct link to sickness and

disease. In fact, the term “grounding” has even earned a patent as

a natural method for reducing disease-causing inflammation.

And, of course, it’s the cure for scurvy.

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But its benefits as a most important vitamin for the brain are

less well known. Here are some of the many reasons vitamin

C rates among the best vitamins for the brain.

Neurotransmitter Production

Your brain has approximately 100 billion neurons which

communicate with each other via brain chemicals called


Vitamin C is essential in their production.

Neurotransmitters impact your ability to focus, concentrate

and remember. They control your mood, cravings,

addictions, sleep and more.

Improved Mood - Vitamin C can make you happy! In a

recent study, subjects randomly given vitamin C reported

feeling happier, often within as little as one week.

Since vitamin C specifically increases the neurotransmitter

serotonin — the “happy molecule” — it may act as nature’s

own natural antidepressant.

Increased Intelligence - “It’s smart to take vitamin C, and it

may make you even smarter,” states best-selling author Jean

Carper in -Your Miracle Brain.

Vitamin C supplements can improve IQ, memory and other

mental functions.

Students with the highest blood levels of vitamin C did better

on memory tests, but higher amounts of vitamin C can boost

brain function at all ages.

Reduced Risk of Brain Degeneration

Vitamin C protects against age-related brain degeneration,

including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and strokes. To

take full advantage of Vitamin C’s benefits, 2,000 mg is the

recommended daily dosage.

Defense Against Free Radical Damage

The brain is particularly susceptible to free radical damage

because of its high oxygen usage. See free radical damage at

According to a report published in Alternate Therapies in Health

and Medicine, “Inflammation is now recognized as an

overwhelming burden to the healthcare status of our population

and the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases. The

elderly generally bear the burden of morbidity and mortality,

which may be reflective of elevated markers of inflammation

resulting from decades of lifestyle choices.”

Grounding helps stop inflammation - Inflammation, which

triggers disease for so many people, is largely believed to be

caused by a lack of electrons in your tissues. When your body

senses that you’re “under attack” or sick, it delivers reactive

oxygen species (ROS) to the site of injury, which is another way

work when you cut open an apple and watch it turn brown.

Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidant vitamins.

And just as dipping an apple in lemon juice stops it from

discoloration, vitamin C protects your brain against free

radical damage.

Vitamin C’s antioxidant power can be enhanced further

when taken along with vitamin E. Together, these vitamins

have a special synergistic effect. A large study confirmed the

power of this pairing for preventing memory loss and

lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia

by 60%.

Improved Circulation

By helping to build collagen that keeps arteries flexible,

vitamin C improves blood flow to your brain. This increases

oxygen and nutrients to your brain, keeping it properly


Heavy Metal Detoxification

Your brain accumulates toxic heavy metals. Mercury gets

into our systems from seafood and from amalgam (“silver”)

dental fillings.

Aluminum has long been suspected of contributing to

Alzheimer’s. It easily leaches from aluminum cookware. It’s

also found in most name brand deodorants and antacids.

Vitamin C acts as a powerful detoxifier that readily crosses

the blood-brain barrier to remove metals from the brain.

Protection from Excess Glutamate

Glutamate is a naturally occurring brain chemical, but too

much of it is definitely not a good thing. Too much

contributes to brain health issues ranging from epilepsy to


In excess, it becomes a excitotoxin — meaning it literally

excites brain cells to death.

Vitamin C protects neuroreceptors that act as a brake,

controlling the release of glutamate. Continued to Page 8

Grounding: Barefoot healing the doctor didn’t order

of saying that it triggers an inflammatory response in an attempt

to heal and defend you. When this takes place, some free radicals

can leak into surrounding tissue and damage otherwise healthy

parts of your body by increasing swelling, pain, heat and redness.

Simply walking barefoot on the ground, sand, or in the grass

infuses the body with electrons and anti-oxidants — life-giving

properties that freely flow from the Earth. This natural property

of Mother Earth is how living things like crops, plants, flowers,

and trees are sustained; they are connected, rooted to the Earth.

When plants, flowers, and trees are removed or disconnected

from the ground, they soon wither and die.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced

that a paving project will begin the week of March 12 on

Laurel Creek Road, Townsend Entrance Road, and Tremont

Road. The project should be completed by June 15, though

work schedules are subject to revision as needed for

inclement weather.

No tools ! No heater !

Last two weeks !

Cheryl Massey

Park Completes Clean Energy Project in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

officials announced the completion of a solar

energy project at Cades Cove that will

annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by

23 tons and reduce fuel costs by $14,000.

Formerly, the park used a diesel-fuel generator

for power at the site which often caused noise

disruptions to park programs and the visitor

experience to the historic landscape.

“This is a great step in making our park

operations more environmentally friendly,”

said Park Superintendent Cassius Cash. “The

solar panels will provide a great, natural source

of energy for the Cable Mill Area that enables

us to provide a better visitor experience and to

be better stewards of the park.”

area that receives maximum exposure from

both morning and afternoon sun. A low berm

planted with native vegetation was created

around the array to minimize the visual

intrusion on the historic landscape and the

area's natural beauty.

Cades Cove receives approximately 2 million

visitors per year. Many visitors stop at the

Cable Mill area to visit the exhibit of historic

structures assembled there. Given its remote

location at the west end of Cades Cove, the

Cable Mill area is off the commercial power

grid and all power must be generated on site.

The Southeast Region of the National Park

Service provided the funding for this project.

The work was completed by Solar Power

Integrators, a veteran-owned company. More

information on sustainable projects across the

N a t i o n a l P a r k S e r v i c e :

The newly installed solar array includes 80

panels that provide a silent energy source to

serve the small visitor center, bookstore, and

restroom facility in the Cable Mill area. The

panels are located behind the restroom in an

Paving Project between Townsend and Cades Cove

Visitors traveling to Cades Cove should expect weekday,

single-lane closures and traffic delays throughout the project.

Single-lane closures will be allowed for up to two miles at a

time on Laurel Creek Road and half a mile on Townsend

Entrance Road and Tremont Road. The lane closures will be

managed with flagging operations and a pilot car to lead

traffic through work zones. In addition, some parking areas

and pull-offs will be closed intermittently. Contractors may

elect to work during the evening and nighttime hours as

needed. To better accommodate traffic during periods of

heavy visitation, there will no lane closures on weekends,

holidays, or the time period from March 26 through April 6.

The Federal Highway Administration awarded the $2.5

million paving contract to Bryant’s Land and Development.

Roadwork will include the application of a thin pavement

overlay along with patching, crack sealing, new signage and

pavement markings.

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

As winter fades and the colors of spring

begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies,

Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all

things botanical during Great Smoky

Mountain Association’s 68th Annual

Wildflower Pilgrimage.

From April 24-28, everyone from the

serious botanist to the weekend gardener

can experience unprecedented access to

some of the nation’s leading botanical

experts as well as Appalachian wildlife


“It is a rare opportunity for those with a

personal love of flowers to have the same

access to leaders in the field as

researchers,” said Ken McFarland, a

botanist, and professor at the University of

Tennessee.“Through seminars and

intimate guided tours, each participant

will expand his or her skills and

knowledge of the unmatched flora and

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April 7 - 8

fauna of the Smokies.”

The Wildflower Pilgrimage, which dates

to 1951, offers over 150 programs

including an array of instructional walks

and guided hiking tours tailored to meet

individual walking skill and ability, along

with demonstrations and guest lecturers.

These tours showcase the abundant

varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns,

mosses, trees and shrubs, as well as birds,

reptiles and amphibians, all native to the

Great Smoky Mountains.

Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or

children and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with

multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in

the Smokies.

All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. For

information, call 865-661-3474 or email

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Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

As I labored in the soil of my garden I found an arrowhead.

No big deal in that. Hundreds of Cocke County people who work

the soil or collect “Indian Artifacts” have done the same without a

thought about it.

In the Spring I till the soil of my garden hundreds of flakes of

arrowhead stones find their way to the surface along with an

arrowhead or two. I usually pocket the arrowhead and give them

away or put them up and forget where I put them and give no more

thought to them. Many of you have done the same.

On a wall of the administration building at Etowah Mounds there

is a chart with pictures showing various types, or designs of

arrowheads and approximate dates they are believed to have come

into use by the first Americans. I compared my arrowhead with the

chart and was surprised to learn that this type of arrowhead is

believed to have been in use SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE


This set my little dab of gray matter to thumping between my ears.

Seven thousand five hundred years ago, where was the rest of the

world at that time?

This does not mean that MY arrowhead is seven thousand five

hundred years old. It does mean that my arrowhead is of type or

design found with the remains of early Americans and carbon

dated to that approximate time. My arrowhead could be three

hundred years old or It COULD BE seven thousand five hundred

years old.

I suppose it would impossible to ascertain when my arrowhead

was manufactured for the Knapper (maker) did not date or number

them as we number weapons today.

An arrowhead is part of a weapon. When properly fitted to a

feathered shaft and released from a bow it will provide meat to eat

or stop the heartbeat of an enemy.

In my ignorance I do not know if my arrowhead is made of flint,

jasper, chalcedony or some other type of fine grain stone whose

identity escapes me.

Some authorities claim this type of stone, in its natural state, is not

native to Cocke County, Outcroppings have been found in Ohio,

Alabama and New York. If this be true then HOW DID THIS


The soil of my garden contains thousands of flakes of stone that

seems to have been flaked or knapped from the same type of stone

as my arrowhead.

Was there trade in rough stones between those so called savages?

Did these early Americans make the three hundred mile journey to

the quarries where this type of stone could be had and secure large

pieces of stone, carry it back to the area of my garden in what is

now Cosby and there on a long gone stump, log or rock on the

southeastern bank of a clear water stream, now known as Cosby

Creek, break the arrowhead stone apart with another rock and then

use a velvet covered deer horn to knap (push or press away) small

flakes or stone until my arrowhead emerged?

Were stones knives, scrappers, and spear points manufactured on


Webster tells us that the concept of time is a continuous

relationship of the past, present and future. So let us suppose that

my arrowhead was actual manufacturred seven thousand five

hundred years ago. This time slot falls in what Archeologist have

classified as Neolithic, or new Stone Age, in the history of man.

Where was the rest of the world when this early American knapped

and an arrowhead in my garden?

The Great Wall of China was five thousand five hundred years in

the future and China was a mixture of small settlements and

hunting families.

There was no English language, writing, history, literature or

schools. There was no Bible.

Wild cattle were just being domesticated in the near east,

agriculture replaces hunting in Europe, a type of corn was being

cultivated in Mexico along with scattered settlements of a

questionable civilized nature.

Jericho, the oldest known city on Earth was approximately two

thousand years old.

If the Biblical chronological age of the Earth is correct then this

early American was flaking stone in my garden one thousand five

hundred years before the Earth was created. Confusing, isn't it?

“As told to me by my uncle”.

“Do na da go hv i” (Till we see each other again)

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Appalachian Bear Rescue

By Kathryn Sherrard

What does the word “spring” mean to you? Daylight Saving

Time, which you either love or hate and warmer weather with

more sunshine, which may or may not please you. What else?

It is wildlife baby season! Many animals give birth to a new

generation in the spring of the year. We are apt to see baby

groundhogs, raccoons, opossums and rabbits, to say nothing of

the baby birds that are both seen and heard.

Bear cubs also appear in the spring, but when they emerge from

winter dens with their mothers they are usually about three

months old. Unlike the animals listed above, bears give birth in

the middle of winter, generally in January. Cubs stay with their

mom in the den, nursing and growing on her rich milk until she

brings them out in late March or early April. At first she keeps

them close to the den and they return to its safety to rest and sleep.

Gradually, she leads her cubs away from the den site and starts

their education.

Any bears that you see this month are starting the months-long

foraging that will fatten them up and prepare them for next

winter's lean period. Bears, whether mothers with cubs or older

animals, are out and about in the spring. In this time period,

before the ripening of berries and summer fruits, there are actions

we must take for their safety and well-being.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is trying to

get the word out about how to keep bears and people safe. Dan

Gibbs, TWRA Black Bear Coordinator, offered this advice in a

recent interview:

"In general, citizens and visitors alike should be proactive in their

efforts to ensure that bears remain wild, thus reducing bearhuman

interactions. The deliberate and accidental feeding of

bears is socially irresponsible and causes animals to become

conditioned and habituated to people. Bears that habituate to

human presence eventually become a threat to human safety and

the end result is that such bears are often killed by intolerant or

fearful landowners or have to be destroyed. The fact that 'garbage

kills bears' is irrefutable.

The wise stewardship of habitat we share with bears is the joint

responsibility of both wildlife managers and the public and will be

essential for a viable future for our state treasure, the black bear.”

Appalachian Bear Rescue works with TWRA in educating the

public about interactions. It is through TWRA that ABR is

licensed to house orphaned cubs and yearlings and we are proud

to be their partners in keeping bears and people safe.

Now about the baby wildlife that we are seeing – it should go

without saying that if you come upon a baby, no matter the

species, you should not try to intervene. Even if you think the

animal is abandoned, the chances of that being the case are very

slight. Mothers of rabbits, fawns, and most other animals will

leave their young for periods of time, returning to feed them and

then leaving again. This strategy keeps the babies safe, because

they stay very still and quiet, not attracting attention to

themselves. So whatever youngster you come across, the mother

is probably not too far away and will soon return to care for her

offspring. Therefore the best thing you can do is to leave the area

so that the mom can do her job.

Mother bears also leave their cubs, usually sending them up a tree

while she goes off to forage. She will return and call the cubs

down so that she can nurse them and tend to their needs. As

Officer Gibbs said in the quote above, we must be proactive in

keeping bears wild.

Although Appalachian Bear Rescue does not expect to admit any

cubs until later in the year, you can come to visit. Our Visitor and

Education Center in Townsend remains open and we invite you to

come and see us at the Trillium Cove Shopping Village on East

Lamar Alexander Parkway. It is open Tuesday through Saturday

from 10 to 4. The center is closed on Sunday and Monday. The

phone number is (865) 738-3683. You can find unique bearthemed

gifts and souvenirs to purchase and you can become a

member of ABR to provide ongoing support for our efforts. We'd

love to see you there!

To learn more about Appalachian Bear Rescue and to review

stories of our cubs please visit our Facebook page: Photos are posted

almost every day when cubs are in residence. Until that time, you

can scroll through previous posts to read about and see photos of

the cubs we cared for in 2017 or even earlier. You'll learn about

special events that are planned and how you can participate.

A d d i t i o n a l i n f o r m a t i o n i s o n o u r w e b s i t e a t

w w w. a p p a l a c h i a n b e a r r e s c u e . o rg a n d o u r b l o g a t

The photos are of Summitt, our first bear of 2017. He was the

yearling who had to have a blood transfusion at the UT Veterinary

College when he arrived in March. He thrived at ABR and was

released in August. Perhaps next month's article will have a photo

of a 2018 bear or cub.

Thank You

Hidden Hills Animal Rescue would like to thank the following

local businesses for their support:

Crystelle Creek Restaurant

1654 East Parkway, Gatlinburg

Foot Gear

1004 Parkway, #301, Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg

1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Misty Mountain Soap

601 Glades Road, (Morning Mist Village) Gatlinburg

849 Glades Road, (Covered Bridge) Gatlinburg

The Smiths

680 Glades Road, #2, Gatlinburg

Kountry Antics

600 Glades Road, # 2, Gatlinburg

Fowler’s Clay Work

1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg

Jim England Restaurant Group

Best Italian & Howards Steakhouse, Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925

968 Parkway #7, Gatlinburg

Chef JDs LLC

600 Glades Road #4, Gatlinburg

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Roaming Kahuna

Happy April...See You At The River

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg

By Jim Yonan PER

Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925

Happy springtime and Happy April to y'all. RIVER season is

getting closer. AHHH

Glad we survived the winter here in Gatlinburg. It wasn't too bad.

My year as Exalted Ruler has ended at the Gatlinburg Elks Lodge

1925. It was a great year with some challenges, but survived!

It was an honor being Exhalted Ruler and some fun too going to

Reno for Grand Lodge Convention.

This is a picture of me giving John Douglas from American Legion

Post 202 a check from our lodge supporting two kids to go to Boys

State Inc. where they learn about our government in Tennessee.

Gatlinburg Elks Lodge 1925 was able to give $700.00 to send

them. We also helped support Gatlinburg Cub Scout Pack 111 with

a $500.00 check. Picture next month.

Ask an Elk about joining. We do a lot for OUR community.

See you at the river!

Jimbo Yonan PER

Park Recruits Volunteers for Oconaluftee Area

distances. When elk are present in the fields, volunteers

assist Park Rangers with traffic management to provide

for visitor and wildlife safety. In addition, volunteers

provide information about cultural resources found at

the Mountain Farm Museum and natural resources

along the Oconaluftee River Trail.

All interested volunteers are required to attend a training

session on Tuesday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00

p.m. at the Oconaluftee Multi-Purpose Room near the

Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Volunteers should bring a

bag lunch to the training.

To register for training or for more info, contact

K a t h l e e n S t u a r t 8 2 8 - 4 9 7 - 1 9 1 4 o r For more info on elk, please

visit -NPS-


Barefoot healing the doctor didn’t order

Continued from Page 5

This helps explain why healthy nutrition experts advocate the regular

consumption of high-antioxidant foods, which to a lesser degree

replicates grounding. Antioxidant electrons in the body help ensure

that damage from free radicals doesn’t swirl out of control and lead to

high levels of inflammation and faster ageing. Basically, the free or

mobile electrons from the earth can resolve chronic inflammation by

serving as natural antioxidants

The core belief of grounding is that electrons absorbed from the

bottom of bare feet, move throughout the body where free radicals

have formed, neutralizes them, and stops damage in various forms of

free radical oxidative stress.

Medical researchers consider oxidative stress central to the

development of ADHD, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Lafora’s

disease, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction,

heart failure, fragile X syndrome, sickle cell disease, lichen planus,

vitiligo, autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and depression.

In a time when hospital and healthcare costs, doctor visits,

pharmaceuticals, medicine, and health insurance are skyrocketing, a

healing modality like grounding. Not only that — it’s also free.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting

volunteers to assist park visitors by roving the

Oconaluftee River Trail, Mountain Farm Museum, and

fields along Newfound Gap Road near the Oconaluftee

Visitor Center. Volunteers are needed from mid-April

through mid-November and typically work one, fourhour

shift per week.

Volunteers will provide information to visitors about

park regulations that best protect wildlife including

proper waste disposal and safe wildlife viewing

Continued from Page 5

Best Food Sources of Vitamin C

When most people think of vitamin C

they think of oranges or orange juice.

But there are many other excellent

sources of vitamin C.

Fruits - highest amounts of vitamin C:


citrus fruits (such as oranges,

grapefruits, lemons, and limes)

kiwi fruit




strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,



Vegetables -highest amount vitamin C:

cruciferous vegetables (such as

broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower)

bell peppers (all colors)

green leafy vegetables

sweet and white potatoes


winter squash

When You Should Supplement

The USDA recommended dietary

allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 75

mg per day for women and 90 mg for

men. But these numbers are widely

considered extremely low for good


Since the RDA is the amount required to

prevent diseases like scurvy, but not the

amount needed for optimal health,

many experts recommend taking more.

When deciding whether you should

supplement, consider these factors:

Vitamin C is fragile and is destroyed by

heat. How much raw produce do you eat

every day?

Do you smoke? Smokers need more

vitamin C.

Stress increases your need for vitamin

C. Your body uses it to suppress

formation of the stress hormone


It’s been found that taking large doses of

vitamin C can reduce your stress

response considerably.

Unless you are eating the recommended

9 servings and fruit and vegetables per

day, it’s a supplement that you almost

certainly would benefit from.

There is much debate over the best type

of vitamin C to take as a supplement.

Ascorbic acid seems to be the most

potent form.

A reasonable therapeutic daily dose is

1000 mg. Taking more than 2000 mg

causes digestive upset in some.

Vitamin D — the Sunshine Vitamin

Getting adequate vitamin C is pretty

straightforward — eat fruits and

veggies and/or take a supplement.

But there is nothing simple when it

comes to vitamin D!

First, vitamin D is technically not a

vitamin, it’s a pre-hormone.

And unlike other vitamins, we rarely get

it from the food we eat. Instead it’s

created when our skin is exposed to


Vitamin D has been found to be

protective against cancer, diabetes,

heart disease, high blood pressure and


In spite of its importance, vitamin D

deficiency has reached epidemic

proportions with up to 75% of

Americans not getting enough. Vitamin

D is an essential brain vitamin; most of

us are deficient

We’ll explain why this is, shortly. But

first, let’s take a look at why vitamin D is

one of our top brain vitamins.

Vitamin D for Brain Health

Vitamin D has profound effects on the

brain during all stages of life.

Moms-to-be need to get enough vitamin

D while pregnant for their baby’s brain

to develop properly.

Children must continue to get enough

v i t a m i n D f o r n o r m a l b r a i n


Continuing to get adequate vitamin D

throughout adult life can ward off

cognitive decline, dementia and


Vitamin D can lift your mood, improve

memory, and increase problem-solving

ability. Inadequate levels contribute to

the depression many people feel in the


Vitamin D from Food? Forget About


The usual source for vitamins is food,

but in the case of vitamin D it’s almost

impossible to get all you need from

food. There are few foods that contain

vitamin D3, the best utilized form.

The best food source by far is cod liver

oil (yuck!) with salmon, mackerel, tuna,

and sardines trailing far behind.

Some foods contain vitamin D2, such as

fortified milk or mushrooms-this form

is not well utilized.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of

getting vitamin D by the sun or by


Vitamin D From the Sun? Maybe …

If we spent most of our time outdoors

like our ancestors did, getting adequate

vitamin D would not be an issue.

But there are some surprising reasons

we no longer get the sun exposure

needed to create this essential brain

vitamin — even if we spend a lot of time


The usual rule of thumb is “20 minutes

of sun twice a week” on a large surface

area of your body, such as arms or legs,

for adequate vitamin D formation. But

just being in the sun is no guarantee

you’re manufacturing vitamin D.

Four things that can interfere with

the process:

#1 If you wear sunscreen, you won’t

manufacture much, if any, vitamin D.

#2 If you live in the US, draw a line from

San Francisco to Richmond. If you live

north of this line, the sun’s rays are too

weak to trigger vitamin D production

except during the summer.

(For the record, I live south of Phoenix

and spend time outside every day. And I

was still found to be vitamin D


#3 It’s only when the UV index is

greater than 3 that the needed UVB

wavelengths are present in sufficient

amounts to produce vitamin D.

In the US, you can get your current and

forecasted local UV index at

#4 Light-skinned people from very

northern areas evolved to utilize

sunshine more efficiently. If you have

dark skin, you’ll need more sun

exposure to keep your levels up.

So remember that if you expect to get

your vitamin D from the sun, the “20

minutes twice a week” rule of thumb

rarely holds true. Continued to Page 10

Fine Dining & Catering

in the Smokies

The Original Best Italian

Located in back of Elks Plaza, across

Parkway from Hampton Inn & Friday’s

in Gatlinburg (865) 430-4090

Best Italian on the Parkway

Between Aunt Mahalia’s Candy & World of

Illusions traffic lights 6 & 8 (865) 436-4345

Thank You For Not Feeding Us

We Do Like:

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Creating Unique Hand Crafted Jewelry

• Wire Art • Enamels

• Gemstones • Sterling Silver

At the Covered Bridge in The Glades

849 Glades Road, Gatlinburg • 440-478-1841

The Ar tsy Olive

• Extra Virgin Olive Oils

• Balsamic Vinegars

• All Natural Sea Salts

(865) 254-8835

The Jewelry Spot


Located in the Arts & Crafts Community at Glades Village

680 Glades Rd #1, Gatlinburg



170 Glades Road #30 Gatlinburg

sometimes simple is really good

Now Open

For Breakfast!

Delauders BBQ, 680 Glades Road at Blinking Light Behind Shops • 865-325-8680

Judy Jones Pottery

Lead Free

Wheel Thrown

Dishwasher Safe

Microwave Safe


"Browse and watch potter at work"

In the Arts & Crafts Community 16

530 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg

To National Park



Park Vista


Airport Road



Sugarlands Visitors




LeConte St.

M & O St.


Ski Mountain Rd.

David A. Howard


(865) 430-3387 10


170 Glades Road, Suite 32, Gatlinburg

Watch Glass Artist J. Hills




Art Glass

M&D Hills


Maples Lane

Riverside Road




Roaring Fork



Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades R oad # 1C1

Kountry Antics

Body Wash & Warmers

Dips, Cheeseballs, Soups

Tarts, Warmers, Chapsticks

Spreads, Butters, Pickles, Jellies

Hand Crafted Items 2

629 Glades Road, #4, Gatlinburg

Since 1998


Authentic British Pub

in East Tennessee!

33 Draught Beers

120 Bottled Beers

30 Hot Teas

Traditional British Food

436-0677 (865) 11

1065 Glades Road, Gatlinburg

To Newport

2 12

Judy Jones




Buckhorn Road

Cardinal Drive






Hidden Hills Rd.

King Rd.

25 22




Artist Crafts







Glades Road


Arts & Crafts



Duck Pond Lane

Watson Road



17 7

Powdermill Road



E. Parkway (Route 321)


Post Office




It’s Against The Law


Splash Country


Dudley Creek






Ogles Drive West

Little Pigeon




Baskin Creek



Old Mill Ave.

Old Mill Rd




3 31




The Acquarium

Campbell Lead Road

Gatlinburg Bypass Road


Welcome Center


Route 66




Pine Mountain Road

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community


600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Fowler’s Clay Works

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


In Wood Whi lers Complex @ Glades Rd.


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg


170 Glades Rd. • 865-436-2363


Every Night !

Open Daily

3 pm


865-436-2500 1

(Located behind Calhoun’s Restaurant)

1004 Parkway, #301 • Gatlinburg

Neil’s Gallery

Best Friend

454 N.

Duck Pond Lane

Skiddy’s Place


Pittman Center Road

Birds Creek Rd. (Route 454)




Traffic Lights



849 Glades Road, 2B6 • Gatlinburg • 865-430-4029


(865) 430-1551

Follow Me To The Tree

www. CrystelleCreek.


1654 East Parkway • Gatlinburg




Jayell Road

Map Is Not Drawn To Scale

Upper Middle Creek Rd

Map Location Numbers

Veterans Blvd.

Local Area Map

Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville

Pigeon Forge

Traffic Lights

Pigeon Forge/Sevierville


Get On The Map! Call: 865-255-3557

Local Artist ...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics 24

• Watercolors

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

Get On

The Map

Call- 865-255-3557

Jake Thomas Road

Teaster Lane

Biblical Times



Route 66







Dolly Parton Parkway

Wears Valley Road

Titanic Museum

Little Pigeon River

Apple Valley Road

Forks of the River Parkway

To I-40

Watch Us Make Candles



In the Arts & Crafts Community

331 Glades Road • 865-436-9214


Bar-B-Q,Wings & More

Value. Everyday. 27

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Award Winning Sauces & Marinades

Pottery • Drinks • Gifts & More

(865) 446-0971

The Glades Center

Gatlinburg’s Largest Antique Shop

325-1411 (865)

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Heartwood Galleries

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”


(865) 661-6207

1450 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Dine-in Available


At traffic light #10 turn right onto Ski Mountain Rd. go 1 mile

631 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg


600 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg


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Meet The Locals

Larry & Elaine Conger at Timbers Log Cabin Restaurant

Brandon the best customer at Sugar Daddy’s Snack Shack

Gage & Bell and Marissa & Maci at Delauders BBQ

Stephan & Stephanie at Alamo Restaurant

Mike Huffaker, Dennis Smith, John Hickman at Stoks Electric

Amanda & Tyler at The Fox & Parrot Tavern

Cades Cove Overnight Experience

Continued from Page 8

Classic Hike Of The Smokies

Join Friends of the Smokies for a special

fundraiser to explore America’s mostvisited

national park. Enjoy your choice

of Classic Hikes of the Smokies, see

spectacular Cades Cove, and experience

the rich natural and cultural history of

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Monday, June 11th

-Afternoon hike to Abrams Falls (5


-Social cocktail hour and meet and greet

with National Park staff

-Dinner at Miss Lily’s

-Overnight lodging at the Talley Ho Inn

Vitamin D Supplements — A Necessity for


The bottom line is that most people in North

A m e r i c a a n d E u r o p e n e e d t o t a k e

supplemental vitamin D.

When choosing one, however, be sure to buy

from a reputable company you can trust.

A study on 55 brands of vitamin D

supplements found contents diverged wildly

from what was stated on the label.

✓ Vitamin D | D is an essential brain vitamin;

most of us are deficient

Brands in the study contained between 9% and

146% of what was listed on the label!

The only way to know for sure if you need

vitamin D (or how much you need) is to have a

blood test to check your 25-hydroxy level.

You can see your doctor or purchase a vitamin

D test online from a lab like True Health Labs.

Vitamin B The Brain Vitamins Are “Complex”

The last brain vitamin I’m going to talk about

is not one vitamin. It’s a group of vitamins

known as the B complex vitamins.

B vitamins have been called the “happy

vitamins” or “anti-stress vitamins.”

They can improve energy levels and increase

your tolerance to stress.

✓ Super Coenzyme B-Complex vitamins

work together to support brain health

The “B” in B complex doesn’t stand for brain,

but perhaps it should!

The B vitamins can ward off brain aging,

banish depression, and can even help you live


Tuesday, June 12th


-Guided Excursions:

Option 1: Rich Mountain Loop (8.5


Visit John Oliver Cabin, one of the oldest

structures in the national park. Smokies

author and hiking expert Danny

Bernstein will lead this hike.

Option 2: Gregory Bald (11.4 miles)

Witness the vividly colorful azaleas and

sweeping vistas of this grassy bald,

w h i c h i s h o m e t o t h e o r i g i n a l

Appalachian Trail. Steve Pierce, who has

hiked all 900 miles of trails in the park,

will lead the hike.

Rates – $350 single/$500 couple

Event price includes two guided hikes,

lodging, cocktail hour, dinner and

breakfast. Space is limited. Register

online at

F o r q u e s t i o n s p l e a s e c o n t a c t,


B Vitamins for Brain Chemicals

An important role of B vitamins for brain heath

is in the production of the neurotransmitters

serotonin, dopamine, and GABA.

Imbalances of these important brain chemicals

can wreak havoc with your state of mind.

If you’re low in serotonin, you may suffer from

anxiety, insomnia, low self-esteem, negative

thoughts, OCD, and SAD (seasonal affective


Wi t h o u t a d e q u a t e G A B A ( g a m m a -

aminobutyric acid), you may find yourself

easily stressed, overstimulated and


Dopamine helps you get focused. Signs that

you need more dopamine are low energy and


You may rely on pick-me-ups like caffeine,

sugar, chocolate, or other stimulants to get you

through the day.

Taking B vitamins can improve your

neurotransmitter balance and mental wellbeing.

The 3 B Vitamins That Prevent Mental Decline

All the B complex vitamins are vital for your

overall health. But three of them — B6, B12

and folic acid (B9) are critical for brain health.

Studies have shown that these vitamins work

together to prevent mental decline, dementia,

and Alzheimer’s disease.

✓ Vitamin C-a potent factor in good brain


A recent Oxford University study found that

taking B6, B12, and folic acid together

reduced brain atrophy, improved brain

function, and dramatically reduced brain

shrinkage in the part of the brain most affected

National Parks Best Views Biking Trails

You can rent or bring your own bicycle and take a ride

on the Smoky Mountains National Park biking trails

with some of the best views. Biking is a different way

to explore some of the great wildlife and nature the

park has to offer. Here are three with the best views

for biking:

Cades Cove Loop - is the most popular biking area

this side of the Smoky Mountains. If you aren’t

familiar with the area, you may not know there are

not trails designated for biking within the park

because of steep terrain, vehicle traffic and other

hazards. However, Cades Cove Loop is the one

exception. During the months the area has its most

visitors, May through September, the park closes the

loop to automobile traffic on Wednesdays and

Saturday mornings, so bikers and those traveling on

foot can enjoy Cades Cove up close. The loop is an 11

mile one-way road that has plenty of history, wildlife

and nature to show. You will get to see some of the

area’s first major settlements, and you will also have

the chance to see some native animals, such as the

white-tailed deer, up close. Even though it is one of

the most popular sights to see in the area, keep in

mind the 11 mile loop is somewhat strenuous, and

could take 2-4 hours to complete on a bicycle.

Gatlinburg Trail - If you are interested in a much

shorter trail that is more leisurely and takes less time

Critical Health News - Essential Vitamins for a Healthy Brain

in Alzheimer’s.

These vitamins work by reducing levels of

homocysteine, a toxic amino acid that’s a

natural byproduct of digestion.

High levels of this amino acid double your risk

for developing Alzheimer’s.

Below are brain scans from the control group

(marked “placebo”) and the group that took B


The areas of brain atrophy are in yellow. You

can see the placebo group shows much more

brain atrophy than the group that took B


It was discovered that high levels of

homocysteine doubled the risk for developing

Alzheimer’s back in 2002.

Yet frustratingly little has been done with this

information since. That’s why it’s up to each of

us to take care of our own brains.

A Very Common Vitamin Deficiency — B12

If your memory is poor or you’re in a constant

state of brain fog, you may have a vitamin B12


This is a very prevalent vitamin deficiency in

the US. Two high risk groups are seniors —

who often have poor absorption — and


Animal foods are the only dependable sources

of vitamin B12 and over 90% of vegans are

B12 deficient.

✓Vitamin B12 Supplements

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a serious matter and

should not be taken lightly.

It can lead to a wide spectrum of mental

disorders including dementia, depression, and

even schizophrenia.

to complete, you will enjoy taking a bike ride down

the Gatlinburg Trail. This trail is only 1.9 miles long,

and is one-way. It is near to Sugarlands Visitor Center

just outside of downtown Gatlinburg. As you travel

down this trail, you will be biking alongside the Little

Pigeon River, and you will also find remains of older

foundations and chimneys from earlier settlements in

the area. This Smoky Mountains National Park

biking trail is a great place to view some of the

wonderful history the area has to offer. Automobiles

are not allowed on the Gatlinburg Trail, but the trail is

open to walkers, joggers and pets. In fact, it’s one of

only 2 pet friendly trails in the national park!

Oconaluftee River Trail - Also prohibited for

automobiles, but permits its use for walkers, joggers

and pets. The main sight to see when traveling this

trail is the Oconaluftee River, which is where the trail

gets its name. You will have many opportunities to

see the beauty of the river while biking on the trail. It

is 1.5 miles long, one-way, from the Oconaluftee

Visitor Center, and is mostly flat for easy travel.

When riding on this path, you also have the chance to

see some of the beautiful wildlife hidden within the

Oconaluftee forest. This path is great for families

with children, and those who are interested in a slow

stroll through the park. Other than the Gatlinburg

trail, this is the only other Smoky Mountains

National Park biking trail that is pet friendly!

It can ultimately cause brain atrophy and

shrinkage, and that’s as detrimental as it


If you suspect you are deficient, have your B12

level checked. If it’s low, vitamin B12

supplements can bring your levels back to

normal quickly.

The Best Food Sources of B Vitamins

Folic acid can be found in green leafy

vegetables, legumes, fruit, eggs and organ


Interestingly, some people absorb this better as

a supplement than from food.

Best food sources of vitamin B6 are fish,

poultry, bananas, carrots, spinach, peas and


Vitamin B12 can be found in all animal

products — meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.

Some fermented soy products like miso and

tempeh are purported to possibly contain B12.

But these are no longer considered reliable

sources of B12 due to processing methods.

When You Should Supplement

The B complex vitamins are known as the antistress


If you are under a lot of stress, taking B

complex vitamins can replenish what stress

has depleted.

✓Vitamin D - an essential brain vitamin; most

of us are deficient

If you are a senior or a vegetarian, or you have

any doubt that you might have a vitamin B12

deficiency, a B12 supplement can readily

address the problem.

As with any supplement, not all B12

supplements are created equal.

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Heartwood Galleries

1450 E. Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 661-6207

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”

Largest selection of sculptured

wood artifacts in Galinburg

DIRECTIONS: In Gatlinburg turn onto Route 321 at traffic light #3.

Go 3 miles. We are on the right.


Smoking Bar

Beer To Go

Pet Friendly Outside Deck, Pool Table & Kornhole Games

Directions: Take Glades Road to its end.

Turn left and go one mile. On the right.

4133 Birds Creek Road • (865) 325-8384

Come in

Enjoy FREE


of FUDGE or

samplings of Chef JDs

Award Winning

Sauce & Marinade!

Hello my fabulous people!

By Chef JD

I am in hopes that everyone's Easter was as fulfilling! The

weather was perfectly crazy throughout the US; the birds

were singing their songs in some areas and hiding from

the wintry mixes in other area. Either way, Spring is

knocking on our doors and we are aching to get out there

to do our thing. May it be just cleaning up from what

winter left behind to getting the grill ready to fire it up.

However, before I go any further, I must point out a few

things as I do every year at this time...

We all enjoy and love the rebirth of the earth and the

awakening of the sleeping beasts, please beware. Please

be aware of our furry sleepy hungry friends out there!

Again, beware of the fact that they are hungry and most

are not in a friendly mood. Plus, Spring time is baby time

which makes the mothers truly protective, Therefore once

again I must bring up a few things for your safety:

·DO NOT feed the bears

·DO NOT try to take pictures with the bears

·DO NOT encourage the bears by putting honey on

oneself or child

·Hike in pairs

Bottom line is; Think before doing and everything ought

to go well and you will enjoy your time with us here in the


Now that is said, let's get cookin'!

The following recipe will take some time to gather the

ingredients. Some ingredients you may have to buy from

a different food store than you are use to.

Cashew Chicken

1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cut into bite size chunks

Seasoned Rice Flour (ingredients below)

Rice Flour Batter (ingredients below)

Spicy Soy-Sherry Sauce (ingredients below)

8 ounces Cashews

6 green onions cut into 1/4" pieces

Seasoned Rice Flour

3/4 cup Rice Flour

1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1/8 teaspoon Paprika

1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder

Rice Flour Batter

1 1/2 cups Rice Flour

1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 1/2 cups Ice Water

Spicy Soy-Sherry Sauce

1 cup Hoisin Sauce

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

1/4 cup Sherry Wine

2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce

1/4 cup Granulated Sugar

2 ounces Fresh Garlic minced

1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Chili Flakes


Rice Flour

Mix the ingredients into a bowl together.


Combine all the ingredients together, in a bowl over ice.

Keep COLD.


Combine the sauce ingredients together and mix well.

Chicken Dish

Toss the chicken with the seasoned flour.

Put the batter into a large bowl with the chicken.

Carefully combine the two until well coated.

Heat the canola oil in a large pan or wok on medium high.

Add the chicken pieces to the pan, and cook 3 minutes on

each side until browned and crispy.

Break apart any pieces that stay stuck together.

Add the sauce and cashews into the pan. Add in the

chicken and green onions.

Toss all the ingredients together until well coated.

Cook another minute for the sauce to thicken.

Garnish with sesame seeds, parsley and crushed cashews.

Enjoy your Spring!!! Come visit me and taste some

wonderful Belgian Fudge (that is prepared with all health

precautions; hair nets, beard nets, gowns and gloves... not

like other places), or try my award winning sauce and

marinades & drink of the day! See ad next to the article.

See you soon!!

Chef JD

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849 Glades Road, 2B6 • Gatlinburg •

Local Artist...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings • Acrylics

• Watercolors


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