Smoky Mountains Around Town May 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 !

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Local Area Map

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Gourmet Snowballs

Fresh ice shaved to perfection

with flavors like...

Cherry, Watermelon, Bananas

Foster and Praline Pecan

Top it off with condensed milk and

Fruit, Candy or Even Pop Rocks

Pigeon Forge Riverwalk Greenway

Trail Entrances: • Patriot Park • Butler Street at Ashley • Jake Thomas Road

water fountain, and a memorial dedicated to former City

Commissioner, English McCarter. The Pigeon Forge

Greenway is also a great way to enjoy the scenery of Little

Pigeon River.

The Riverwalk Greenway in Pigeon Forge features a nice

paved trail you can walk, run or bike. The Riverwalk Trail is

located on the east bank of the Pigeon River and is nearly two

miles long at this time.

The new Pigeon Forge Greenway runs alongside the Little

Pigeon River and stretches four miles from one end of town

to the other connecting beautiful residential areas and to

bustling commercial zones. Take a break from your run,

walk or biking venture at the Plaza at Butler Street and

Ashley Avenue. There you can access park benches, the

The Riverwalk Greenway is a beautiful spot for locals and

visitors alike to enjoy nature and serenity without ever

leaving the city. The path is lit at night and there are benches

to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Beginning Friday, May 18th, DLIA will host

Science at Sugarlands events in coordination

with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Science at Sugarlands is a reoccurring event that

falls on the third Friday of each month starting in

May and going through October, from 1-3 PM.

Each month DLIA brings a regional scientist or

researcher in to give a talk about their research

and increase awareness of the biodiversity

around us. This event is free to the public and

family friendly. Please come out and join us to

learn more about life that surrounds us all!

Science at Sugarlands 2018 Dates:

1. May 18- Pollinator Garden Dedication (12-1

PM, Sugarlands Visitors Center front);

Biodiversity: 20 Years of the ATBI: Todd

Witcher, Discover Life in America (1-3 PM)

2. June 15- Unique Behaviors in Insects-

Fireflies and Others! Will Kuhn, University of


3. July 20- Smokies Spiders and their Kin:

Kefyn Catley, Western Carolina University

4. August 17- The Problems and Solutions with

our Hemlocks: Jesse Webster, GSMNP

5. September 21- Butterflies and Caterpillars in

the Smokies: Julie Elliott, Lepidopteran


6. October 19- Beetles of the Smokies: Claire

Winfrey, University of Tennessee


Photography / Gallery & Studio / Workshop


7 Days A Week

9 AM - 9 PM


of Gatlinburg

446 East Parkway

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4 HR - $299

3 HR - $239

8 HR - $399

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Kountry Antics

Crust and Crumb Bakers in Gatlinburg

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Crafts community in the Glades where you can find an everchanging

variety of fresh baked breads, cakes, pies and pastries.

They believe you deserve fresh food. Everything they bake is

made from scratch. Everything they sell is fresh. You'll never

buy day-old bread or bagels in their shop. All leftovers are

donated to local charities and service personnel.

Come visit them in the morning for coffee, bagels and pastries.

On the way home, stop in and pick up the fresh bread or tasty

dessert for your evening meal. They look forward to seeing you!

680 Glades Road, #3 Gatlinburg

(865) 640-1222 •

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community

600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

Crust and Crumb Bakers is a traditional Italian bakery. They

started baking bagels out of their home for the local Farmers

Markets back in 2015. From there, they opened a wholesale

facility in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where they expanded their

menu from bagels and hard crusted breads to a full line of

pastries, cookies, pies and cakes.

They specialize in old-world artisan breads, delicious desserts,

pastries, and pies. Their products are hand-crafted in small

batches and begin every day with premium ingredients and

carefully transform them into delectable desserts and artisan

breads. Their hand-made cookies, pies, and pastries are great

for holidays, special occasions, corporate meetings, or just a

great way to end the evening meal.

In January they opened their first retail location in the Arts &

Oh what a selection..Yum!

• 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

Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Village

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


all supplies furnished - two or three hour classes

Anakeesta Raises Money for Friends of the Smokies

Residents of Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier Counties got a

chance to enjoy Anakeesta earlier this month while helping to raise

money for a worthy cause. An entry fee of $5.00 per family raised

over $5,500.00 for Friends of the Smokies during the parks local

appreciation days.

Bob Bentz, Managing Partner of Anakeesta presented a check to

Jim Hart, President of Friends of the Smokies and Lauren Gass,

Special Projects Director.

“We are blessed to have such a precious national treasure located

right here in our own back yard and are proud to support Friends of

the Smokies,” said Bentz. “All of us at Anakeesta feel a strong

connection to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and are

honored to assist with fund raising efforts.

Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of The Great

Smoky Mountains National Park and raises monies to support

critical park programs and maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel

of the National Park Service.

Safety First When Riding Your Bike

Your vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge

and surrounding areas should be an exciting, enjoyable time

filled with wonderful memories. To ensure a great experience

practice a few safety precautions – especially when cycling.

• Obey traffic signs and signals. State law requires bicycles

follow the road rules of all other vehicles on public roads

• Always ride with traffic –NEVER against oncoming vehicles

• Follow lane markings – ride in designated lanes, use correct

turn lanes, obey “one-way” and “no-entry” posts

• Never pass on the right side of a vehicle

• Keep watch behind you for oncoming traffic

• Be ready to brake and both hands on handlebars

• Always wear a helmet

• Do not ride with headphones

• Use hand signals to indicate turning and stopping

• Use lights at night – wear reflective clothing and helmet

• Dress for the weather. Wear padded gloves and appropriate

shoes to protect feet. Layer clothing and take a poncho

• Stay on the bike trails where possible

Anakeesta is an exciting new major attraction for our area and we

are very grateful they have chosen to make this generous

contribution to support Friends' efforts to preserve and protect the

Smokies,” said Hart. “They clearly recognize the importance of

caring for these beautiful mountains.

Anakeesta is a Gatlinburg theme park dedicated to creating a

unique, authentic, entertaining and memorable outdoor family

experience. Guests of all ages enjoy outdoors activities including a

scenic Chondola ride, tree canopy walk, treehouse playground,

memorial forest walk, shops and dining all set against the beautiful

backdrop of the National Park.

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

Dog Boarding

Dog Day Care

Dog Grooming

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

“OK, I’m ready for dinner”

We are located on highway

321, 5.5 miles from

traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg

Open all year round


Vet Records Required For All Services

Some tourist don't stay in a place this nice!

2159 East Parkway,Gatlinburg,TN 37738

Reservations Are Highly Encouraged

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Check Out The New Talent Coming To The SMSWF

By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

New #1 hit songwriters coming to the

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

the third weekend in August this year are:

Brady Seals, yes from the legendary

Seals family. You could say that music is

“in his blood,” as he is related to

numerous industry heavyweights

including Jimmy Seals (Seals & Crofts),

Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford

Coley) and country songwriters Troy

Seals (Songwriting Hall of Fame

Member) and Chuck Seals.

Brady is probably best known for his

tenure in Little Texas and as front man for

the dynamic country “super group” Hot

Apple Pie. During his six years as

keyboardist and co-lead singer for the

multi-platinum group Little Texas, they

were voted the ACM's “Vocal Group of

the Year” and received two Grammy

nominations. Little Texas celebrated

three consecutive number one hits with

“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed

Texas” and “My Love,” all of which

Seals co-wrote, granting him the ASCAP

“Triple Play Award.”

Rafe Van Hoy co-wrote the Tammy

Wynette/George Jones duet "Golden

Ring." Wynette also recorded Van Hoy's

songs "Cheatin' Is," "Right Here in Your

Arms," and "You Never Cross My

Mind." Additionally, Van Hoy penned

"Can I See You Tonight" (Tanya Tucker);

"Hurt Me Bad (In a Real Good Way)"

(Patty Loveless); "Lady Lay Down"

(Tom Jones); "Old Flames Have New

Names" (Mark Chesnutt); "Sail Away"

(the Oak Ridge Boys); Baby I Lied”

(Deborah Allen), “I'm Only in It for the

Love” (John Conlee), “I Wish That I

Could Hurt That Way Again” (T. Graham

Brown), “What's Forever For” (Michael

Martin Murphey), and songs recorded by

Bobby Bare, Elvis Costello, Emmylou

Harris, Conway Twitty, LeAnn Rimes,

and Dwight Yoakam.

Buddy Cannon active since the late

1970s known primarily for his work as

Kenny Chesney's record producer, for

Buddy Cannon

which he won the Academy of Country

Music's Producer of the Year award in

2006. Cannon's songwriting ability

turned the head of CMA's 1976

Entertainer of the Year, Mel Tillis, who

promptly signed Buddy as a songwriter.

During their eleven-year association,

Tillis recorded several of Cannon's

songs, including the popular “I Believe In

You,” which went to the top of the charts

and was also recorded by Englebert


During his six-year stint at Mercury,

Cannon was instrumental in bringing

such stars as Twain, Cyrus and Sammy

Kershaw to the label. Cannon produced

several Number One hits for Kershaw

during this period, including “She Don't

Know She's Beautiful,” “National

Working Woman's Holiday,” and

“Cadillac Style”, as well as several more

Kershaw hits which reached the Top Five

position on the charts.

Along with his work with Sammy

Kershaw, George Jones (“High Tech

Redneck”), John Michael Montgomery

(“The Little Girl”), Chely Wright

(“Single White Female”), and a 17 year

run as producer for Kenny Chesney

(“Young”, “A Lot Of Things Different”,

“She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy”, “There

Goes My Life”, “The Good Stuff”,

“Somewhere With You”, “You And

Tequila”), Cannon has also produced

projects for Jamey Johnson (“The

Dollar” & “Living For A Song – A tribute

To Hank Cochran”) Sara Evans (“No

Place That Far”) and Joe Nichols

(“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”).

Cannon has been the producer of choice

for several recent recording projects by

his hero Willie Nelson which Cannon

proclaims to be one of the major

highlights of his career.

His own impressive personal song

catalog includes classic hits like Vern

Gosdin's “Set 'Em Up Joe,” “Dream of

Me”, and “I'm Still Crazy,” Billy Ray

Cyrus' “She's Not Cryin' Anymore,” and

George Strait's “I've Come To Expect It

From You,” and, most recently, Strait's

record breaking 53rd number one song

“Give It Away” which was named Song

Of The Year at the 2007 Academy Of

Country Music Awards.

Public invited. There will be over 150

free live music shows in over 10 venues

in Gatlinburg, TN at the 7th Annual

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

Aug. 13-22, 2018. Songwriter

opportunities are available for those of

you who are songwriters or who want to

become songwriters.

The lodging facilities found on the website supporting

the festival are offering a special

discounted rate for rooms during the

festival. When making reservations tell

them you are with the Smoky Mountains

Songwriters Festival. Once you make

reservations to be at the festival to enter

the Win A Weekend Getaway in

Gatlinburg for two nights. All you do

to enter the drawing is answer two


Go to for details.

Any questions contact the SMSWF at or please call


Why Japanese Women Stay Slim and Don’t Look Old

Japanese is a beautiful culture and

peaceful people. An archipelago

made up of four major islands and

over 6000 minor ones, Japan is

h o m e t o a w i d e r a n g e o f

geographical, cultural and

historical diversity. Japanese

women are known to be delicate,

slim and youthful, and the life

expectancy of Japanese people is

the highest in the world. This is

due to Japanese culture, and the

lifestyle choices they make. Their way of life has been perfected

through generations and they view it as something normal.

Unlike an individualist Western country, the Japanese take pride

in belonging to a group and functioning together. Their lives are

embedded with being better in a group and they love the feeling.

The goal of the Japanese people is making their country a better

and more efficient place. Every single part of their day is

committed to efficiency, health, and improvement. To understand

the secret longevity of Japanese women, you have to study these

life components. Then you be able to see the bigger picture.

Drinking Green Tea - Green tea is thought to be the healthiest

beverage on the planet and has become renowned for its many

various health benefits. Used in China since the 8th century and is

made from un-oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush.

Green tea has long been used in many cultures for its various

medicinal properties. In Indian culture, it’s used to control

Rafe Van Hoy

Brady Seals

By Elizabeth Lilian

bleeding, support wound healing. It also aids digestion, improves

mental and heart health, and regulates body temperature. It’s full

of antioxidants and nutrients and has a powerful effect on health.

The leaves used to make green tea contain bioactive compounds

and phytonutrients like flavonoid and catechins. They are strong

antioxidants that can reduce inflammation created by free radicals

that can cause premature aging and various diseases. One specific

catechin found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG),

which has been a popular focus of study due to its potential health

benefits. EGCG is thought to support healthy arteries and lower

‘bad’ cholesterol. It can also reduce platelet activity that can cause

blood clots, and even protect the cells against cancer by

suppressing the production of tumors.

Green tea also contains caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine,

two compounds that can improve brain function. Regularly

drinking green tea has also been linked to a reduced risk of stroke,

diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. To maximize the benefits

of green tea, aim to drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Available in

supplement form but best not to exceed 750 milligrams a day.

Fermented Foods - The process behind fermented foods is an

ancient practice and full of all sorts of health benefits.

Fermentation is a metabolic process that uses natural

microorganisms like bacteria or yeast to feed on sugars and

starch. This process preserves the food and creates beneficial

enzymes, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics.

Popular fermented foods are sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh,

pickles and miso soup. Fermented beverages like kombucha or

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

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)

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spring is in the air

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


Every Second Monday...

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Nite

Neesee on the keyboard

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

Hundred of Flavors to Choose From

Open Daily 3 pm

Where The Locals Go !

Look For Our 150' Lighted Tree

Free Parking On 2 Levels

Easy Handicap Access

Jams • Jellies • Honey

Sauces • Rubs • Relishes

Pickled Vegetables

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

Things Just Aren't the Way 'They Used To Be'…according to

some visitors as they travel the 8 mile loop through the Great

Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.

One has to ask in return, “When was Used To Be” for you?

My “Used To Be” and a forty year old's remembrances of times

past are totally different. Ask local folks about the Loop around

Glades and Buckhorn roads and how things “used to be”.

Gerald Moyers will tell you that Glades Road used to be a dirt

road with clouds of dust being kicked up like a storm when

someone drove a bit too fast on a hot, dry summer afternoon.

Firefly Glass Studio used to be a rather large greenhouse but now

houses Gerald's daughter, Nancy's fused glass studio equipped

with a kiln.

Drive The Loop a bit farther and you come upon Make It Magic.

The old farmhouse actually used to be two cabins, one

disassembled and moved here from Anderson County,

Tennessee and the other from Virginia.

Things sure aren't like they used to be. At the corner of Glades

and Buckhorn sits G. Webb's Gallery.

Now Bause Watson used to live there before the Webbs

purchased the property and some folks say that “crafts used to be

sold off the front porch”. You have to go inside now to view and

purchase the watercolor works of G. and his daughter, Cami.

Crafts & Gifts

Hand-Crafted in the

Smoky Mountains

Used To Be mud puddles “big as a house and deep as a pit” in

front of stores and homes along the now-designated Tennessee

Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail that we call “The Loop”.

Mr. John Cowden used to work in wood before he passed away.

Used to be a wood spirit carver on Buckhorn but he quit the

carving business and started driving a taxi in Sevierville. Used to

be a man from “the landed gentry of Virginia”, as he told

everyone, and he made clay tiles for tabletops. Beautiful work,

but after six months he decided to return to his gilded roots of

Virginia, never to be heard from again in our land of “used to

be's”. There are many tales and questions of what and who used

to be. Today, we are living in someone's “used to be” time.

How many years before the young people of today will reminisce

about 2018 being their year of fondest memories In The Loop

and wonder what happened to those people and places that used

to be here?

The Loop of the future will be different from the Loop of today,

which is for certain. A sure bet also will be that someone will

navigate through the loop and proclaim, “This is not how it used

to be”!

No, our future is not how it used to be, but it might be better, just a

bit different, 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

We specialize in handmade soy candles,

soaps, and fragrant air fresheners

(865) 325-8142

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)

Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

officials have announced the dates for firefly

viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the

viewing area will be provided on Thursday,

June 7 - Thursday, June 14. All visitors wishing

to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont

must have a parking pass distributed through

the lottery system at

Every year in late May or early June, thousands

of visitors gather near the popular Elkmont

Campground to observe the naturally occurring

phenomenon of Photinus carolinus, a firefly

species that flashes synchronously.

The lottery was open for applications from

April 27 until April 30 at 8:00 p.m. Results of

the lottery will be available on Wednesday,

May 9. A total of 1,800 vehicle passes will be

available for the event which includes: 1768

regular-parking passes (221 per day) which

admit one passenger vehicle up to 19’ in length

with a maximum of six occupants, and 32

large-vehicle parking passes (four per day)

which admit one large vehicle (RV, mini-bus,

etc.) from 19’ to 30’ in length, with a maximum

of 24 occupants. Lottery applicants must apply

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

Nature lovers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts unite for

Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge!

From educational programs designed specifically for the

youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for

the more adventurous folks, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a

variety of programs for all ages and interests. What better place to

celebrate the features, creatures, and cultures of Great Smoky

Mountains National Park than in the Center of Fun in The


This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to

the public Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the

LeConte Center.

Young Experts Program - A major addition to this year’s

Wilderness Wildlife Week is the Young Experts Program. This

special incentive program has been designed to provide youth

ages 12 and younger an immersive and unique way to learn about

wildlife, wilderness, old-time arts, area history, Appalachian

culture and to connect to the great outdoors. More than 125

classes and excursions are available in this inaugural year.

Session attendance and participation also allow each youth

participating the opportunity to receive credit to redeem for free

gifts for participating in the program. Gifts include coloring

for either a regular-parking pass or largevehicle

parking pass and then may choose two

possible dates to attend the event over the

eight-day viewing period.

The lottery system uses a randomized

computer drawing to select applications. There

is no fee to enter the lottery this year. If

selected, the lottery winner will be charged a

$20.00 reservation fee and awarded a parking

pass. The parking pass permits visitors to park

at Sugarlands Visitor Center and occupants to

access the shuttle service to Elkmont.

Parking passes are non-refundable, nontransferable

and good only for the date issued.

There is a limit of one lottery application per

household per season. All lottery applicants

will be notified by e-mail on May 9 that they

were “successful” and awarded a parking pass

or “unsuccessful” and not able to secure a

parking pass.

The number of passes issued each day is based

primarily on the Sugarlands Visitor Center

parking lot capacity and the ability to

accommodate a large number of viewers on

site. Arrival times will be assigned in order to

relieve traffic congestion in the parking lot and

also for boarding the shuttles, which are

provided in partnership with the City of

Gatlinburg. Shuttle buses will begin picking up

visitors from Sugarlands Visitor Center

parking area at 7:00 pm. A $2.00 round-trip,

per-person fee will be collected when boarding

the shuttle. Cash is the only form of payment.


Don’t Feed The Bears

Wilderness Wildlife Week

May 8 - 12

books, teddy bears, Frisbees and other special prizes and treats.

Complete information will be available in the Event Program

Guide and at Information Desk during Wilderness Wildlife Week

First-Ever Film Race Competition - Another major addition for

this year’s Wilderness Wildlife Week is the first-ever 48 Hour

Film Race. The total prize money up for grabs in the contests and

categories is $1,500. Please note this is a family-friendly event

and entries featuring profanity or nudity will not be accepted.

For the 48 Hour Film Race, the contest theme will be announced

during Wilderness Wildlife Week at 10 AM on Tuesday, May 8 in

Greenbriar Hall C. Those participating have until 10 AM on

Thursday, May 10 to submit their short films (no longer than 3

minutes) for judging and showcasing. All submissions will be

shown with winners announced beginning at 4:45pm on

Saturday, May 12 in Greenbriar Hall C.

Wilderness Wildlife Week Photography Contest Goes to Digital

Display Format - For our photography friends, there are some

major changes for this year’s photography contest. For the first

time ever, submissions for the contest will be digital only. What

this means is the contest will no longer display printed images for

judging and will be a Digital Display Photography Contest. This

change has been made for a myriad of reasons as we know it will

make the contest easier and more affordable to enter.

Additionally, the categories and submission guidelines have also

changed. Additionally, there will be special physical

photography displays you do not want to miss!

Wordsmiths of the Smokies: A New Programming Track - As a

way to celebrate those who use the art of spoken and written

words, Wordsmiths of the Smokies is a special programming

tract celebrating authors, storytellers, and poetry of the Great

Smoky Mountains. This special series is set for Saturday, May 12

in North 2AB. For a complete schedule of programs in this series,

please see the Saturday program schedule. 800-251-9100

Steaks • Escargot • Lobster • Shrimp • Tilapia • Prime Rib • Trout • Pork • Chicken

Pasta • Appetizers • Soups • Salads • Desserts • Kids Menu • Full Cocktail Service

Shuttle service is the only transportation for

visitor access during this period, except for

registered campers at Elkmont Campground.

Visitors are not allowed to walk the Elkmont

entrance road due to safety concerns.

Vi s i t o r s m a y v i s i t t h e w e b s i t e a t and search for “Firefly

Event” for more information and to enter the

lottery. Parking passes may also be obtained by

calling 1-877-444-6777, but park officials

encourage the use of the online process. The

$20.00 reservation fee covers the cost of

awarding the passes, viewing supplies, and

nightly personnel costs for managing the

viewing opportunity at Sugarlands Visitor

Center and Elkmont.

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2986 Teaster Lane - May 18 - 19

The Smoky Mountain Powersports Expo features every

major category of Powersports equipment and

accessories, including motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs,

personal watercraft, snowmobiles, Jeeps, and so much

more! Join us at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for

fun in the dirt, mud, water, or snow!

Yellow Mustang Show

Featuring Groceries from Central America

Great Selection of:

• Chile Peppers

• Salsas

• Plantain Chips

• Mango Products

• Spices

• Fresh Vegetables

• Beverages

951 East Parkway Gatlinburg

119 Christmas Tree Lane in Pigeon Forge - May 3 - 6

If you love the Smoky Mountains in early summer and

bright beautiful colors then make your way to Pigeon

Forge Tennessee for this first May weekend and take in

the Annual Yellow Mustang Registry.This annual event

located at The Christmas Place Inn on the parkway in

Pigeon Forge is a celebration of Fords “pony” car. View

over 70 mustangs dating back to the 60’s to current

models all the while taking a stroll down memory lane.

Enjoy meeting new friends and getting reacquainted with

old friends. (865) 868-0525

600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg

Critical Health News

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)

Chevy Classic Round Up

Springtime in Pigeon Forge is a beautiful time to

visit and it is also a great time to visit the Annual

Tri-Five show celebrating the American icon

classic Chevrolets from 1955-57. See over 100

modified and restored Chevys. Event location

is The Inn at Christmas Place Pigeon Forge.

Music and Food vendors will also be on site.

(865) 868-0525

119 Christmas Tree Lane - May 17 - 20

I don’t usually eat grapefruit, but every once a

while I’ll get the urge to take a bite or two and as

soon as the lip puckering tang gets in my mouth,

I’ll remember why I don’t like the stuff.

Apparently I’m not alone. Google “I hate

grapefruit” and you’ll get nearly 578,00 hits!

According to a poll of 8,066 respondents taken

on the website Amplicate, 26 percent were

grapefruit averse, many of whom would no

doubt concur with the American playwright

Harry Crews who wrote in his biography that

when he first tasted the sour fruit, “I only had to

touch my lips to my piece to know something

was wrong, bad wrong.”

The grapefruit, which has been around for a

couple of hundred years is the accidental love

child of two types of citrus, the pomelo and the

sweet orange which were inadvertently

hybridized by Caribbean farmers in the early

1700’s. It’s Latin name “citrus paradisi” (citrus

of paradise), refers to its tropical origins and it’s

the only citrus fruit that did not originate in Asia.

Originally called “The Forbidden Fruit”,

possibly as result of its manmade, supposedly

non-divine origins, it got the name “grapefruit”

in the middle of the 19th century in reference to

the grape like cluster in which it grows in.

While the taste may be intolerable, grapefruits

contain a lot of nutritional and medicinal value.

They’re loaded with electrolytes like potassium

and magnesium for energy. They’ve got folate

and Vitamin B5 for the skin and digestive tract.

They’re also one of nature’s richest sources of

immune boosting Vitamin C. Eating grapefruit

is a great weight loss strategy too. They’re full of

fat busting enzymes and filling fiber, they’re

naturally low in calories and for over 80 years

they’ve been cornerstone of The Hollywood

Diet, a high protein eating protocol that

recommends consuming some form of

grapefruit at every meal.

One of the most therapeutically significant

phytochemicals in grapefruit is called

naringenin, a substance that has been touted for

it anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving

properties. An article in the July, 2016 edition of

the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry calls

naringenin a “promising component to

treat…inflammatory pain”. Research published

in Journal of Natural Products in July, 2015,

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs -

found that the medicinally active plant chemical

inhibits damage caused from solar radiation and

concluded that using it “may be a promising way

to control skin disease”. According to a study

published in August 2010, researchers from

Hebrew University in Jerusalem reported that

naringenin increases insulin sensitivity,

improves fat burning biochemistry and may

hold promise for diabetics as a natural

compound for improving blood sugar control. A

curious property of naringenin is its ability to

interact with certain prescription drugs. It slows

down detoxification of pharmaceuticals in the

intestine and liver, interfering with their

breakdown, potentizing them and extending

their duration of action. This effect is prominent

with calcium channel blockers, anti-histamines,

anti-anxiety drugs and the hormone estrogen.

Also, some cholesterol medications are

particularly prone to potentiation by the plant

chemical. According to the textbook an

“Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences”, the

bioavailability of three top selling statin drugs,

Mevacor, Lipitor and Zocor can be enhanced by

up to 1500%!

Grapefruits are also rich in medicinal

substances that may protect against cancer

including limonene, lycopene and quercetin.

They’re a source of beta carotene, a Vitamin A

precursor an anti-oxidant important for eye

health. Even the inedible components can

provide important therapeutic benefits; the peels

contain bromelain, an enzyme that can improve

protein digestion and can be used topically as a

skin peel, and the seeds are partially composed

of sterols, vitamin E and minerals all of which

combine to deliver a notable anti-oxidant and

anti-bacterial punch. Cut a grapefruit in quarter

and drop into a blender, peel, seeds and with a

few cups of water and you can make your own

pre-meal digestive support beverage or blend

some up with coconut oil for anti-bacterial skin

smoothing cleanser or makeup remover.

Music In The Mountains Spring Parade

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Pontiacs Classic Car Show

303 Henderson Chapel Rd - May 31 - June 2

The Bonneville. TheFirebird. The classic GTO.

Pontiacs from every generation will be in town at the

Music Road Hotel & Convention Center for the

Annual Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show & Swap


This show will include a free cookout on Friday for

all pre-registered participants and a night cruise on

Saturday. All proceeds from the event will benefit St.

Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Pigeon Forge Parkway - May 4

The Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

will showcase the rich musical heritage of

the Great Smoky Mountains while

spotlighting the variety of entertainment

provided by the many theaters located in

the popular vacation destination. Theaters

located throughout the city will have the

opportunity to give parade attendees a

glimpse of their respective shows.

We are honored to announce that Cal

Ripken, Jr., a member of the National

Baseball Hall of Fame and chairman and

cofounder of Ripken Baseball, will serve

as parade grand marshal this year. The

Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a $22.5

million local youth baseball facility,

opened on March 9, 2016.

Along with high school marching bands,

dance groups, choral groups, and baton

twirlers will be invited to march. Parade

registration also is open to others who wish

to celebrate the area’s musical roots.

To register for Pigeon Forge’s Music in the

Mountains Spring Parade or more info visit

Around Town Page 6

By Danny Lewis

As I was doing my

morning devotion, I was interrupted by this

strong impulse from above to do something

I've never done before. So I called the

Gatlinburg Fire inspector and shared with

him what had happened and asked what

area or place or people had needs and that I

wanted to help. Anyway, I soon learned that

one of the schools here, a Jones Cove

Elementary had many needs.

I drove out to meet some of the staff and the

very nice principal Rodney Helton. So I

told him that Jesus had put this in my heart

to help do something to raise money for

whatever they may need...bare in mind I

have never done anything like this before.

I first thought of Dolly and all the

wonderful things she's done for so many

here that I wanted to do something in her

name to honor I came up with this have a Coat of Many Colors hand

made and shadow boxes and being an

Gatlinburg Pickers

Townsend Spring Festival & Old Timers Day

May 4 - May 5

If you’re looking for a time or a reason to

come to Townsend, TN, every spring the

Wilderness Wildlife Week

May 8 - May 12

A week long celebration of the Smoky Mountains

featuring guides hikes, classes, history, art and music.

From educational programs designed specifically for

the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky

Mountains for the more adventurous folks,

Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of

programs for all ages and interests.

This great outdoors event is free and open to the

public. Seminars and workshops are offered daily at

the LeConte Center.

Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

town holds its annual Spring Festival &

Old Timers Day. And if you’re looking

for a melting pot of bluegrass, clogging,

arts & crafts, BBQ, storytelling, and

woodcarving, then you’ve come to the

right place. All come together in a

cornucopia of events and festivities at the

foot of The Great Smoky Mountains.

Bluegrass music (concerts & jam

sessions), clogging , arts and crafts, BBQ

and other vendors, Appalachian skills

demonstrations, storytelling and

wildflower walks. Parking on premises

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

Let's Get Together And Help Protect...our Children

auctioneer I will auction it off to the highest

bidder along with as many applicable items

as we can get ..and or

100% will go to install a security camera

system as they have no way of knowing

who's coming or going in and around the

school. And as you know in this world

today there can't be enough protection.

So let's get together and help protect...OUR

CHILDREN. Drop off center is to be at one

location which is across the street from

Hillbilly Golf. Checks are made out to

Jones Cove Elementary.

They can be mailed or dropped off at

American Sideshow, 373 Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738. And you can call

me Danny at 423-432-9476.

Auction date is July 20 at 1:00 pm. Again,

every single dime given will go totally to

Jones Cove Elementary. This should be

fun...oh needing that special person to

make the coat of many colors...size about

like a second grader..then I'll shadow box it

and have your name done in a bronze style

plaque in your thanks all...

American Sideshow Antiques - 373 Parkway, Gatlinburg - 865-325-1411

cost benefits Townsend Volunteer Fire

Department. Alternatively, FREE shuttle

service is available to take people

between stops through out Townsend,

starting and ending at the Townsend

Visitor’s Center.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine

bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food,

and Spring festivities for the entire

family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

Townsend Visitor’s Center

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy

A r st T ed Wolff

H as S olely H andcra ed E ach K nife and S heath



Open Monday - Saturday

170 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Shine and Dine On Bruce

May 5 - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moonshine margaritas,

maracas, and the Smoky

Mountains mean one thing –

it’s “Cinco in the City” for our

5th annual fundraiser for

S e v i e r v i l l e C o m m o n s

Association. Many of the best

local food and drink vendors

i n o n e l o c a t i o n . A r e a

restaurants and distilleries

serving grub and shine all


Come early to hear Ross Paul

Heatherly’s acoustic sound,

and stay ’til the sun sets as our

headliner, The Breakfast

Club, plays all of your

favorite 80’s hits.

Tickets are $30, and include

admission, food, drink, and

live entertainment from 4-

8pm. Under 21 or not into

cocktails? No problem – only

$20 will get you in, fed, and

entertained. All proceeds go

to support events and growth

in Downtown Sevierville.

Purchase tickets at the main

branch of Citizens National

B a n k i n d o w n t o w n

Sevierville till May 5th. Snag

those tickets quick because

this is one fiesta you won’t

want to miss.

Bruce Street Gazebo

136 Bruce Street -Sevierville

American Sideshow Antiques - 373 Parkway, Gatlinburg - 865-325-1411

Rainbow Falls Trail Project Continues


Howard's Steakhouse has been in Gatlinburg since 1946 offering the traditional Howard’s menu. Seating is also

available outside next to a running stream. The bar is a long time locals favorite with a hometown atmosphere.



The Wild Boar Saloon located upstairs offers a lighter fare with tavern style appetizers

and specialty bar drinks. Offering a great night life atmosphere and with Karaoke.

Where The Locals Go


and much more


(865) 436-3600

976 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials

announced that the second phase of a 2-year

trail rehabilitation project began April 16 on the

popular Rainbow Falls Trail. The trail will be

closed April 16 through November 15 on

Monday mornings at 7:00 am through Thursday

evenings at 5:30 pm weekly. Due to the

construction process on the narrow trail, a full

closure is necessary for the safety of the crew

and visitors. The trail will be fully open each

week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and on

federal holidays.

"I encourage everyone to hike the trail this

season on the open days to see the

transformation taking place first hand,” said

Park Superintendent Cassius Cash. “It is truly

inspiring to see the craftsmanship our Trails

Forever crew brings into the design of trail

improvements. The rehabilitated sections are

not only more sustainable and safer for hikers,

but they blend naturally into the landscape.”

The Trails Forever crew will continue to focus

rehabilitation efforts on several targeted

locations along the 6-mile trail to improve

visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail

sections. Rainbow Falls Trail is one of the most

popular trails in the park leading hikers to

Rainbow Falls and Mt. Le Conte. The planned

work will improve overall trail safety and

protect natural resources by reducing trail

braiding and improving drainage to prevent

further erosion.

Hikers can still reach Mt. Le Conte, LeConte

Lodge and the Le Conte Shelter by using one of

the other four open trails to the summit

including Alum Cave, Boulevard, Trillium Gap

and Brushy Mountain. Mt. LeConte Lodge will

remain open and can be accessed from these

routes during Rainbow Falls closure.

The Mt. Le Conte backcountry shelter will be

closed to the public for eight, 7-night periods

beginning July 18 through October 24 to

accommodate members of the American

Conservation Experience trail crew working on

the rehabilitation project. For more information

on the shelter closure, please contact the

Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297.

Trails Forever is a partnership program

between Great Smoky Mountains National

Park and the Friends of the Smokies. The

Friends have donated over $1,500,000 to

support the program, in part through the

generosity of the Knoxville based Aslan

Foundation. The Trails Forever program

provides the opportunity for a highly skilled

trail crew to focus reconstruction efforts on

high use and high priority trails in the park

including the recently restored Alum Cave

Trail, Chimney Tops Trail, and Forney Ridge

Trail. The program also provides a mechanism

for volunteers to work alongside the trail crew

on these complex trail projects to assist in

making lasting improvements to preserve the

trails for future generations.

F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n p l e a s e v i s i t

Page 7 Around Town

We Buy, Sell & Trade Guns

Now Available - New Gun Orders!

Valley Pools & Spas

Sales • Supplies • Service • Repair

Featuring Specialty Items Such As:

House Burger “The Blackened” hand pattied half pound

charbroiled with spicy blackened seasoning, swiss cheese,

tangy slaw and tomato on a brioche bun

Morning Mist Chicken grilled with granny smith apple,

gouda cheese and peach jalapeno jam on artisan bread

Cranberry Turkey Wrap with flour tortilla, cream cheese,

white cheddar, greens, pecan and cranberry jalapeno jam

Gathering of the People Pow Wow

Serving Sevier County Over 17 Years

Layaway Available / Jewelry Cleaning

We Buy Gold & Silver

We Loan on Anything of Value!

122 E. Main Street

Sevierville, TN 37862

@BestPawnSevierville Mon-Fri 9am-6:00pm Sat 9am-12noon

Hot Tubs

Swimming Pools

Game Tables

(865) 908-0025

3059 Birds Creek Rd, Sevierville

All are welcome at the Gathering of the People Pow Wow on May

18-19, at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans,

Georgia. Experience a Southern (plains) Protocol Gathering of the

People. Admission, parking, camping and Saturday Camp Feed are

all free. Seating for the Gathering of the People Pow Wow is

limited, so bring your own folding chairs or blankets to sit on.

The Gathering of the People Pow Wow is a family oriented event,

so bring everyone. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the pow

wow, with native dancing, singing, crafts and food.

Pow Wow Schedule (subject to change)

Friday - 7:00 pm – Intertribal Dancing

Saturday - 1:00 pm – Gourd Dance

3:30 pm – Intertribal Dancing

5:30 pm – Camp Feed

7:00 pm – Grand Entry &

Intertribal Dancing

11:30 pm – Midnight Auction

Pow Wow Head Staff

Head Singer: Monsenjour Johnson – Mt Pleasant, SC

Head Man: Chris Robbins – KC, MO

Head LadyL Shana Lang – Cairo, GA

Head Gourd: Kevin O’Neill – Roanoke, VA

Master of Ceremonies: Jim Anderson – Brooksville, FL

Arena Director: Jim Charlton – St Petersburg, FL

Facility Coordinator: Linda Randall

Vendor Chairman: Julie Craig


Free with Raffle Item

Reserve your spot today!

Vendor Contact:

Julie Craig 828-226-4053


Augusta Jewish Community Center

898 Weinberger Way

Evans, GA 30809

(706) 228-3636

For more information:

Barry Rogers (Chairman): 706-678-1017

Cades Cove Overnight Experience

Join Friends of the Smokies for a special fundraiser to explore

America’s most-visited 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 miles)

-Social cocktail hour and meet and greet with National Park staff

-Dinner at Miss Lily’s

-Overnight lodging at the Talley Ho Inn

Tuesday, June 12th


-Guided Excursions:

Option 1: Rich Mountain Loop (8.5 miles)

Classic Hikes of the Smokies

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, which is home to the original Appalachian Trail. Steve

Pierce, who has hiked all 900 miles of trails in the park, will lead the

hike. $350 single/$500 couple

Event price includes two guided hikes, lodging, cocktail hour,

dinner and breakfast. Space is limited. Register online at For questions please contact, 828-452-0720

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

Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

There was a colony of ninety-six which was producing

between three and four thousand pounds of honey per year

and bringing the apiarist ant annual income of up to five

thousand dollars. In the fall of 1990 the bees became infected

with both Varro and Tracheal mites at the same time and

reducing the number of colonies to nine by April 1991 and

reducing the apiarist's income from honey and other bee

products to zero. This story has been repeated hundreds of

times in Cocke County and thousands of times throughout

the South.

Honeybees are the only controlled source of insect

pollinators for many farm crops and fruits. Before the bloom

of an apple tree can become an apple it must be visited by a

honeybee that has crawled down into another apple tree

bloom and ACCIDENTLY covered her body hair with pollen

from other apple blooms and as she crawls over the bloom of

our future apple the small grains of pollen ACCIDENTLY

fall from her body to fertilized our apple bloom and start a

future apple. The honeybee knows not what she has done

ACCIDENTLY, for she is searching for nectar, the sweet sap

secreted by the bloom, from which the honeybee makes

honey. Bee keeping was known to the ancients in early

Biblical times. The Meads gave their name to an alcoholic

beverage made from fermented honey, fruit juices, spices and

anything else that suited the whim of the maker and called the

product mead.

Cocke County moonshiners carried mead making a step

further by adding malt, meal and yeast to the mixture and

distilling the stuff into 100 plus proof “blue john”.

Coconut oil pulling is one of the best ways

to remove bacteria and promote healthy

teeth and gums. Proven to be more

effective than flossing.

Used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, oil

pulling — known as gandusha in

Ayurveda — specifically coconut oil

pulling, is a fantastic oral detoxification

procedure that’s simply done by swishing

a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil,

olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for

10–20 minutes.

By Kathryn Sherrard

Everywhere you look in the Smokies it seems that bears are on

the move at this time of year. Most of the bears emerged from

winter dens in April. Since they do not eat during their winter

sleep, they are understandably hungry and they are busily

hunting for food. Not too much is available in spring, especially

in a cool spring like the one we are experiencing this year. What

are their food choices? They eat the tender green leaves, grasses,

and buds on trees and plants. Insects are becoming active, and

they will search for all of the tasty ants, larvae and grubs they can

find. These are all the natural foods that will keep bears healthy.

What does this mean for us? Because of their search for food,

and because bears can smell food from a mile or more away, they

are attracted to homes, picnic areas, and, unfortunately, to

garbage containers. It is absolutely vital that all of us who live or

vacation in bear country make sure that we are not guilty of

tempting bears by the careless handling of our food scraps and

other potential inducements. Here are four specific items that

can draw them into human spaces.

#1 is our garbage and trash, which can be deadly to bears. We had

two cubs a couple of years ago who had ingested trash before

being rescued and brought to ABR. One of them had to have

surgery at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Our food is

very bad for bears and can result in early death for a bear that

becomes “food conditioned” and seeks human food.

#2 is bird seed. A bird feeder full of black oil sunflower seed

contains over 1000 easy calories for a bear. Many of us enjoy

O i l p u l l i n g w o r k s b y c l e a n i n g

(detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar

way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It

literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your

mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral

environment that contributes to the proper

flow of dental liquid that’s needed to

prevent cavities and disease.

Like the rest of us, the honeybee is an immigrant to the shores

of the United States. The so-called native bees living wild in

hollow trees, cliffs or clustered in laurel beds are descendants

of honeybees brought to our shores by early settlers in the mid

sixteen hundreds. They too are fast falling victims to mites.

The sale of honey, beeswax, bees, bee equipment and

pollinations service once provided a substantial source of

income for Cocke County bee keepers. Now the ancient art of

bee keeping is in danger of becoming a lost art.

A few years ago, Cocke County was leading producer of

Sourwood Honey, a spicy tasting, clear amber colored honey

produced from the bloom of the sourwood trees. This honey

is much in demand by local people as well as tourists and

commands a premium price as well as blue ribbons when

entered in the Cocke County Fair. The supply of this “Nectar

of the Gods” is growing to a trickle because there are so few

bees to gather the nectar.

Cocke County Bee keepers seem to have developed a sort of

wait and see attitude until they learn to live with the mite or

apiculture research offers hope or eradicating the

microscopic immigrant.

“As told to me by my uncle”.

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

Designs by Matoka

Shaconage Stone Art and Jewelry

170 Glades Road, #15, Gatlinburg - 865-719-3999

heart disease, Reduce inflammation,

Whiten teeth, Soothe throat dryness,

Prevent cavities, Heal cracked lips, Boost

the immune system, Improve acne,

Strengthen gums and jaws.

It’s even been reported to help with TMJ

symptoms. So if you’re looking for whiter

teeth, there is no better, safer whitening

practice than coconut oil pulling, which

has a host of benefits beyond making

those teeth look great.

This unbelievably effective procedure has

been used for centuries as a traditional

India remedy to: Treat tooth decay, Kill

bad breath, Heal bleeding gums, Prevent

Appalachian Bear Rescue

watching and feeding birds, but in bear country we should not

leave bird feeders out during the spring and summer, when bears

are active.

#3 is pet food. Dog and cat food is appealing to bears. If you feed

your pet outside, be sure to bring in the food dish when your pet

has finished with it. Better yet, always feed your cat or dog inside

the house.

#4 is barbecue grills. We all enjoy cookouts during the summer,

but the smell of grease on the grill beckons to bears. When you

finish grilling, clean your grill thoroughly and then spray it with

apple cider vinegar, which will neutralize the grease odor and

make it less of an enticement to bears. Don't worry, when you

fire up your grill again the vinegar smell will disappear!

If you will take these steps to avoid attracting bears you will be

doing your part to protect these icons of the Smoky Mountains.

Thank you!

Now for the ABR news – in April we received an injured yearling

bear, the first of the 2018 season. A female, she is ABR bear #267

and was nicknamed “April.” April Bear was injured when she

was hit by a car while crossing the Spur between Gatlinburg and

Pigeon Forge. She was taken to the UT College of Veterinary

Medicine where they found that she had broken ribs.

As is often true with cracked ribs, the vets prescribed several

weeks of rest for April Bear while giving her pain and antibiotic

meds. ABR has a Rehabilitation building at the facility, which is

where April Bear has been recovering from her injuries and

eating plenty of nutritious foods to help her to gain strength and

regain her health. She has made great progress and the curators

are hoping that in a few more weeks she will be ready to resume

her life in the wild.

You can follow the progress of April Bear and any more cubs or

yearlings we may admit by visiting our Facebook page: Photos are posted

e v e r y d a y. Yo u c a n a l s o v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t and our blog at

If you are in Townsend, please stop by our Visitor/Education

Center in the Trillium Cove Shopping Village on East Lamar

Alexander Parkway. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from

10 to 4; closed Sunday and Monday. We'd love to see you there!

Around Town Page 8

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg

We are surrounded by toxic chemicals in the environment all

around us. One of these pollutants is mercury which is a

biological toxin that can be lethal. Mercury binds easily to fatty

tissue especially in the kidneys, liver and brain. It can

accumulate in high concentrations weakening these organs and

causing severe harm. One of the best detoxifying agents to

prevent mercury build-up is the mineral selenium.

Most people have elevated concentrations of mercury in their

body. Mercury competes with other essential trace minerals at

cellular binding sites. A deficiency of trace minerals can readily

allow mercury to accumulate in and contaminate cells by

inhibiting their natural energy producing abilities, blocking

enzymatic activity and shutting down antioxidant systems.

How Are We Exposed to Mercury?

Aside from industrial pollution, major mercury contaminants

in our environment are sourced from fish, vaccinations,

processed food and dental fillings. A 2009 study published in

the Journal of Environmental Health showed evidence that

mercury cell chlor-alkali chemicals are used in the

manufacturing of food color additives such as FD&C Yellow 5,

FD&C Yellow 6 and high fructose corn syrup.

Selenoprotein enzymes are generated by the body by

incorporating the trace mineral selenium into proteins. These

enzymes function like antioxidants, destroying free radicals

thus limiting oxidative damage. They also stimulate thyroid

function and optimize the immune system. But many people

have too much mercury in their body. When mercury binds to

selenium, the production of selenoproteins is reduced. This

promotes immune dysfunction and abnormal thyroid function.

Selenium Is a “Mercury Magnet”: It has a powerful affinity

for binding toxic agents in the body and neutralizes their

harmful activity. When mercury and selenium bind, this new

compound cannot be absorbed by the body so it is removed as

waste. This strong interaction greatly benefits total health and

serves as one of the best strategies to remove accumulated

mercury from fatty tissue in areas like the brain.

Supporting the production of this antioxidant enzyme is

essential for human health. We must include a surplus of

selenium in our body to reduce mercury levels. It is critical to

consume more selenium and less mercury for this to occur.

Mercury contamination from food, vaccines, dental amalgams,

or whatever the source might require you to increase selenium

consumption up to 1000 mcg each day.

Anti-Inflammatory Roles of Selenium: Selenium stimulates

a variety of antioxidant pathways in the body and also reduces

inflammation, regulates the immune response, and improves

blood flow. Selenium can be one of the most potent sources for

reducing inflammation. This is an important consideration for

individuals struggling with an autoimmune problem, which

includes patients with HIV and life-threatening sepsis.

Supplementation with selenium has been shown to enhance the

natural antioxidant defense system of cells. The activity of NFkappaB

(nuclear factor kappaB), known to trigger a chronic

inflammatory response, can be suppressed using selenium.

Supplementation has also been reported to decrease the

concentration of immune-trafficking components of

lymphocytes called L-selectin. These adhesion molecules give

By Jim Yonan PER

How y'all doin?

Springtime is coming to the mountains. Has been a busy month at Elks Lodge.

We have been distributing shoes to schools for children that can use a new pair.

It is one of our programs to help OUR community.

With help from locals we are able to do this every year. One picture is from

Pittman Center School with officer Miller, Rylee and Megan Ownby and

Jimbo. A picture from Caton's Chapel school with officer Huskey, Carla Miller,

Jimbo and Dave Gray. Is a great feeling helping people. WE are honored to be

able to help.

We were able to help the cub scouts with a check for $500 to support their troop.

Pictured are 3 scouts, Sherri Webb, Jimbo and Amanda Roberts Bales. Glad we

could help them too.

Farmers market is coming back to covered bridge on May 12th on Glades

Road. Hope to see you there.

Hug someone today. It helps. Have a great month.

Love, Jimbo

Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925

Why Japanese Women Stay Slim and Don’t Look Old

Continued from Page 3

Aside from adding “good” bacteria to the gut, fermented foods

also increase levels of vitamin A and C and make foods more

digestible. This way, you can remove toxins from the body, and

eliminate anti-nutrients that interfere with the absorption of

healthy vitamins and minerals.

Fermented foods have been linked to such health issues as

ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, diabetes,

obesity, cognitive function and even mental illnesses. A popular

choice of fermented food in Japan is natto, made by fermenting

soybeans. Natto contains a very powerful probiotic called

Bacillus subtilis, which has been shown to support the immune

system and aid digestion of vitamin K2. Nattokinase is also

beneficial, which is an anti-inflammatory enzyme thought to

contain cancer-fighting properties.

Not only are fermented foods extremely healthy, they can be

made very simply. Kombucha can be made by fermenting black

tea with sugar, sauerkraut is made by just fermenting cabbage

with salt. You can also pickle any vegetable of your choosing by

adding vinegar or sugar.

Popular Seafood - A wide array of seafood is enjoyed in Japanese

cuisine, and many different types of squid, fish, octopus, eel, and

shellfish can be found in most daily meals. Seafood is a common

ingredient in sushi, salad, curry and tempura. It can also be grilled

and served on its own alongside rice and miso soup.

Seafood is a rich source of nutrients full of protein, vitamins, and

minerals like B and D vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and much

more. Low in saturated fats, the greatest health benefits of a diet

Selenium, A Unique Trace Mineral That Provides Powerful Cancer Prevention

inflammatory T-cells the green light to leave the bloodstream Other excellent sources of selenium include pasture-raised

By Dr. David Jockers

and bind to tissues in the body resulting in a heightened eggs, mushrooms, shellfish, meat (including organ meats), as


inflammatory response.

well as seeds.

Selenium is also very important for healthy fertility. Selenium

is incorporated in the sperm mitochondrial capsule and may

affect the behavior and function of the sperm as they move

through the vaginal canal. Optimal levels of selenium help to

improve the sperm viability and support fertility.

How Selenium Fights Cancer: Selenium acts a bit like a

mechanic in how it works. It binds protective antioxidants like

glutathione to areas of DNA that need repair. This process

reduces the damage to cellular DNA and is especially important

to reduce cancer growth, improve the aging process, and

prevent against many degenerative diseases.

Research has been shown that selenium can contribute to

natural antioxidant pathways which stimulate apoptosis (cell

death) in human cancer cells. It has also been found to reduce

metastasis in skin cancers such as melanoma.

Many selenoproteins remain largely unknown in the full extent

to which they help fight disease. What is well understood is that

selenium maintains a healthy balance of reactive oxygen

species (ROS) and can prevent against metabolic

complications like diabetes and cancer.

Selenium Deficiency Linked to Thyroid Cancer:

Specifically, low selenium levels are associated with an

increased risk of thyroid cancer. This is due to the crucial role it

plays on protecting the thyroid gland from damage. The

incorporation of selenium into selenoproteins is essential for

optimal thyroid health and for the protective effects of these

antioxidant systems throughout the entire body. According to

the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the evidence is

strong enough to claim selenium plays a pivotal role in


By supporting the repair of DNA, selenium is able to inhibit

tumors generated by abnormal cellular growth and

development. By removing hazardous agents from the body

and detoxifying fatty tissue, selenium supports a healthy

immune response to fight infection. Selenium treatment may be

an alternative method in the fight against cancer and may even

reduce mortality in many individuals struggling with chronic

and infectious inflammatory diseases.

Recommendations for Selenium Consumption: It is

recommended that one consume between 200-400 micrograms

of selenium daily. Although too much selenium is toxic, the

typical American consumes only 60 mcg each day. Long term

deficiency weakens immunity and increases the risk of disease.

Chronic fatigue, stunted growth, high cholesterol, liver and

pancreatic disorders, as well as cancer are among the list of the

most common problems and disorders associated with

selenium deficiency.

Reduce Your Exposure to Mercury: The high levels of

mercury circulating in water systems from industrial pollution

has led to controversy regarding fish consumption. A source of

mercury, fish is also an excellent source of selenium.

A report to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration by Dr. Nicholas Ralston showed that some

sources of fish have higher concentrations of selenium than

mercury. These include tuna, southern flounder, and wild

pacific salmon such as Sockeye, Coho and Chinook. The most

hazardous sources of fish included various types of shark,

tarpon and pilot whale.

Highest Sources of Selenium in Food: The best source of

selenium is found in Brazil nuts. A single Brazil nut alone

contains an estimated 50-75 mcg selenium. A small handful of

no more than 6 nuts will supplement the selenium you need for

the entire day.

high in seafood is the promotion of a healthy heart.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood have many health

benefits. They’ve been shown to significantly reduce the risk of

cardiovascular events like arrhythmia, stroke, and heart attack,

are effective at relieving pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, can

lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, support

proper brain growth in babies and children, and even has the

potential to treat depression.

Seafood is high in nutrients that many people don’t get enough of,

and the fattiest types of fish like salmon, trout, sardines and tuna

are thought to be the healthiest because they contain higher levels

of fat-based nutrients. Two seafood dishes per week to gain

nutritional benefits.

Eating Smaller Portions - In Japanese culture, the phrase “ichijusansai”

or “one soup, three sides” is applied at meal times. So a

typical Japanese meal usually consists of a staple food like rice or

noodles. It is paired with a main dish such as fish, chicken, pork or

beef, with side dishes like pickled vegetables and miso soup. This

may sound like a large amount of food, but the portions are all

smaller-sized and based on seasonal ingredients. Japanese

etiquette dictates that different flavors must not touch each other

on the same plate.

Portion size is an important factor in maintaining weight and

receiving all the correct nutrition. For a standard meal of meat and

vegetables, dictate your portion sizes by looking at your hand.

The protein portion (meat, beans or nuts) should be the size of

your palm. For vegetables, one fist-sized portion should be

adequate and for salads, two fist-sized. Continued to Page 10

10 Tips to Reduce Mercury & Boost Selenium Levels


1.Consume real foods rich in anti-inflammatory properties

2. Avoid vaccines

3. Eat 5-6 Brazil nuts daily

4. Eat only wild-caught fish with the best ratio of selenium to

mercury concentration

5. Do not get dental amalgams and remove existing ones (only

with a qualified biological dentist)

6. Enhance your body’s natural detoxification systems with

herbs like parsley and cilantro

7. Detox daily by consuming supergreens and chlorella and/or


8. Hydrate with clean, filtered water

9. Take an effective detoxification supplement

10.Perspire in an infrared sauna

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Before you eat, notice how hungry you really

are. It’s best to adopt a mindful approach to

eating. When you sit down for a meal, do so

without distractions like TV. Eat slowly and

savor every bite, putting your cutlery down

every few mouthfuls to slow your pace even

further. This enables you to eat slower and pay

more attention to what your body is telling you.

Walking is a Ritual - Walking in Japan is a

wonderful way to discover and explore the

country. Not only do Japanese people prefer to

walk in the overcrowded cities to minimize

traffic congestion, walking can also be

considered as a Buddhist ritual. Around 90

million people in Japan consider themselves to

be Buddhists, and as such many of them

undertake the practice of walking meditation.

Walking meditation is an easy exercise to do as

it doesn’t require any fancy equipment, you just

need a comfortable pair of shoes and you’re

good to go. It involves deliberately thinking

about each step, instead of just walking on

autopilot as you normally might. So as you

walk, focus on lifting one foot, moving it

forward, and putting it down on the ground.

Then focus on lifting the other foot, moving it

forward, and taking the next step. Notice how

your body weight shifts as you begin to walk

forward, and simply go forward.

While it might feel pretty ridiculous to do, in

practice it is simply going for a slow walk, and

paying close attention to each movement.

Integrating this practice into your daily

schedule will benefit you in many ways.

Walking is a weight-bearing exercise, and can

increase heart and lung fitness, reduce the risk

of heart disease and stroke, improve

management of various conditions like high

blood pressure, high cholesterol, muscle and

joint pain and diabetes.

Walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help

you gain strong bones, improve your balance,

increase muscle strength and endurance, and

help you lose or manage weight. Just walk!!

Eating on the go is a no-no - Eating on the go is

one of the biggest mistakes you can make when

it comes to healthy eating. In Japanese culture,

it’s considered impolite to eat while you are on

the go, whether you’re walking on the street or

using public transport.

They believe eating is a sacred time to refuel

and energize the body, and as such, they devote

time to every meal to sit down and focus on

food. When we walk or move around, our brains

are distracted by doing two (or more) things at

once. Because of this, we don’t notice the

signals our body sends us that tell us we’re full.

Eating mindlessly means we can’t keep track of

the food we’ve eaten, which is why we can eat a

whole bag of crisps while watching TV, without

even realizing it.

To eat mindfully, ask yourself these questions:

am I tasting each bite? How does my body feel

right now? Full, or still hungry? Am I finding

joy in this food, or am I regretful? Eating

mindfully has even been believed to help

psychological food disorders like binge eating

and bulimia. Continued attempts at mindful

eating will allow you to reconnect with your

body’s cues, building a better relationship with

yourself. You will also be able to manage your

emotions better, as overeating can often come

about from stress, depression or anxiety.

Healthy Cooking Methods - When food is

cooked, a large portion of nutrients can be lost

depending on the technique used. The healthiest

ways to cook are largely used in Japanese

cuisine. Generally, there are four main cooking

methods. Agemono is the most prominent way,

and is similar to deep-frying but uses healthier

batter like tempura. They also have

mushimono, which is food prepared by

steaming; nimono, boiled food; and yakimono,

which is a form of broiling.

eliminates the need for any additional fat to be

used during preparation. Steaming preserves

nutrients better than other methods, and it’s a

perfect choice for cooking fish and other

seafood because it doesn’t dry out the flesh.

Steaming is a quick, easy way to prepare a

whole meal from the meat to the vegetables,

using a bamboo steamer or a saucepan.

Broiling is a method of cooking that is often

forgotten, though it’s one of the healthiest.

Using this method is similar to grilling food in

an oven, the only difference being that the heat

comes from below when grilling, and from

above when broiling. This is a dry-heat method

of cooking, so no water or oil is needed. Lean

cuts of meat like beef and chicken broil well,

especially when marinated first or basted while

being cooked to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

Vegetables such as bell pepper, zucchini and

onion are also delicious when cooked this way,

and you can use this method on most food.

Boiling your vegetables may sound boring, but

this cooking method is actually full of health

benefits. Boiled vegetables are fat-free because

they aren’t cooked in anything but water, and

adding them to your diet can assist in weight

loss. They’re also full of fiber and are easily

broken down in the stomach, which can ease

pressure on the digestive system. Boiling can

also aid in preventing kidney stones. This is

because the process removes a large percent of

oxalates from foods. They are compounds that

play a key role in kidney stone formation.

Hot Spring Baths - Natural hot springs, also

known as onsen, are hugely popular in Japan.

There are various types of hot springs,

distinguishable by the minerals dissolved in the

water, with each mineral providing a different

health benefit. Hot springs are believed to have

a relaxing effect on the body and the mind. They

can be outdoors or indoors, mixed gender or

separate. Hot springs may be publicly

accessible or belong to a ryokan, which is a

Japanese style hotel.

Soaking in hot springs is known as

balneotherapy and is a practice that has many

health benefits. It can relieve stress, pain, skin

issues and can and promote sleep. Bathing in

hot springs can boost circulation, as your skin

soaks up minerals such as calcium, magnesium,

niacin and sodium bicarbonate. This can

increase blood circulation and oxygen flow to

the muscles, like when you exercise. This is

beneficial in keeping your heart and other vital

organs healthy and strong.

Healthy Desserts - In Japan, dessert is used as a

chance to cleanse and freshen the palate after a

meal, rather than enjoying a heavy, sugar-laden

snack. Japanese desserts often include fruits

and have been developed over centuries by

using available ingredients like rice and sweet

beans so they are usually very low in sugar.

One popular dessert in Japan is mocha, which is

a rice cake made by pounding a particular style

of rice – mochigome – until it becomes doughlike

and sticky. Mochi can be stuffed with

various fillings like sweet red bean paste,

strawberries, and even ice cream. Dorayaki is

another healthy dessert made from castella (a

Japanese sponge cake) and topped with

ingredients like chestnuts and whipped cream.

In Japan, fruit sandwiches, green tea meringue

cookies, and squash or pumpkin pie are also

popular dessert choices. There is no reason why

you can’t enjoy dessert after a meal, but Western

dessert tends to be high in refined flour, sugar,

caramel and other fattening ingredients, which

is where the unhealthy label comes from.

There are many ways to make dessert healthier

by swapping out the bad ingredients for the

good. Choose brown sugar rather than white,

whole-wheat flour instead of refined, cocoa

powder or cacao nibs instead of chocolate, and

use a milk substitute like almond, coconut or

rice milk in place of full cream milk. Making

simple choices like this will gradually improve

your health and your quality of life.

Steaming food is likely the healthiest option, as

it both cooks and seals in flavor, which

Newly Discovered Nazca Lines have been Hiding in the Desert Thousands of Years

Archaeologists in Peru have made a stunning discovery: over 50

previously unknown Nazca lines and some of them are centuries

older than the most famous of these magnificent desert drawings.

Most of these mysterious geoglyphs were created by the Nazca

people, who lived in the area from 200 to 700 CE. But the

researchers believe that some of the newfound ones were created

even earlier - by the Paracas and Topará people, who lived there

around 500 BCE to 200 CE.

The lines have been a fascination and wonder for decades.

Created by pushing aside the top layer of red desert pebbles to

reveal the pale layer underneath, these geoglyphs span vast tracts

of the Nazca Desert, between the towns of Nazca and Palpa.

Some of them form geometric shapes or simple lines, and some

are combined into elaborate depictions of animals and objects.

The most wondrous thing about these ancient symbols is that you

often can't see what they depict from ground level. You have to

get up in the air to discern the patterns, which is why their full

glory wasn't understood until after the invention of airplanes.

The earlier Paracas glyphs, on the other hand, were often laid

down on hillsides, which means that, from the right perspective,

they can be seen by people on the ground. They also often

depicted humans, in contrast to the more geometric Nazca


Most of the newly discovered Paracas figures depict warriors,

and they predate the Nazca lines by centuries.

"This means that it is a tradition of over a thousand years that

precedes the famous geoglyphs of the Nazca culture, which

opens the door to new hypotheses about its function and

meaning," archaeologist Johny Isla of the Peruvian Ministry of

Culture, who is in charge of restoring and protecting the lines,

told National Geographic.

When a Greenpeace protest near the famous hummingbird glyph

damaged the UNESCO-protected area, Isla and his team received

a grant from the US government to aid in this important work.

But because the maps are so patchy, this work can be difficult, so

Isla teamed up with Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, a professor of

archaeology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, to fill

out these maps.

By Michelle Starr

They worked with National Geographic Explorer and

archaeologist Sarah Parcak, who founded the GlobalXplorer

initiative. Like Zooniverse, this "crowdsources" science,

recruiting citizen scientists to look through satellite imagery to

find locations of potential interest - in the case of Peru, potential

archaeological sites, or instances of looting.

After the initial survey, Castillo physically visited the sites,

finding little of interest.

Then, the team imaged the sites with drones, using both

photography and 3D scanning - and revealed dozens of

geoglyphs nobody had noticed before.

Degradation and erosion over time had hidden these lines from

view - but with drones, which are more lightweight, affordable

and accessible than planes, they were discovered anew.

Although the new glyphs fall within the UNESCO-protected site

between Nazca and Palpa, they have yet to be registered with the

Peruvian Government. But they're not under immediate threat -

and the GlobalXplorer citizen scientists are continuing to find

sites of interest, which, if they turn out to be significant, may

expedite registration.

Meanwhile, satellite data can help protect the glyphs from

unplanned human encroachment, which is one of the biggest

threats they face - truck drivers notwithstanding.

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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.

Neil’s Gallery

Best Friend

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

Local Artist ...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics

• Watercolors 865-430-4029

849 Glades Road, 2B6 • Gatlinburg

By Chef JD

Hello my wonderful people!

Spring has been pretty normal, for once. However, it amazes

me how everyone forgets, hahaha. Spring has always been

chaos, warm, freezing, hot, snow, ice, warm... up & down...

Do you put your winter clothes away, do you start planting?

Mother Nature is just expressing her humor & soon we'll be

blessed by all her beauty that she offers to us for the summer.

In the mean time, below are recipes that you can enjoy now

and throughout the year.

Baked Popcorn Chicken

Oven 400°


·1 pound Chick Breast, skinless & boneless, cut up into 1”


·1/2 cup Crushed Corn Flakes

·1/2 cup Bisquick

·1 teaspoon Paprika

·Salt & Pepper for taste

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper

Combine dry ingredients

Coat chicken chunks; shake off excess, place on sheet pan

Lightly spray on cooking oil

Bake 25 minutes

Dipping Sauces: Honey Mustard, Ranch, Hot Sauce, or

maybe... one of my sauces from my store, hmm.

Ranch Guacamole


·3 large Avocados, peeled, seeded & mashed

·1/2 cup Red Onion, diced

·1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped

·1 small Yellow Bell Pepper

·1 large Anaheim Chile, diced or teaspoon Anaheim powder

·2 tablespoons Lime Juice

·2 tablespoons Ranch Mix

·1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

·1/4 Sea Salt


In a bowl: Add everything above, stir, cover & refrigerate for

about an hour.

Cheddar Bacon Dip


·16 oz. Sour Cream

·2 tablespoons Ranch Mix

·1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

·3⁄4 cup Bacon, cooked and diced


In a non-metal bowl; Mix sour cream & ranch together

Add cheese, bacon, salt & pepper and stir in gently until well


Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Please keep in mind that you can drop by my store and pick-up

mixes, sauces & marinades, let alone something to satisfy

your sweet tooth, and or, a gift for you or someone else.

600 Glade Rd. Gatlinburg, TN - (working on it)

Take - Care and I'll see ya'll soon!

Chef JD

Closed on Mondays

Come in

Enjoy FREE


of FUDGE or

samplings of Chef JDs

Award Winning

Sauce & Marinade!

The Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg


Smoking Bar

Beer To Go

680 Glades Road Gatlinburg (865) 640-1222

Greenbrier Restaurant Completes Renovation

A r o m a n t i c d i n i n g

experience well known in the

Smokies for fine dining,

wonderful ambiance and

f u r n i s h i n g s , b e a u t i f u l

surroundings and spectacular

views atop the mountain in

Gatlinburg. Their food is

freshly prepared daily with

many unique dishes not

found elsewhere in the area

including their homemade

salad dressings.

The main log structure of the Greenbrier Restaurant was built in the late 1930s

They have appetizers, entree's, salads, soups, their own and enjoy the woodland view from floor to ceiling windows.

signature dishes and homemade desserts. They offer Lobster,

Shrimp, Trout, Tilapia, Prime Rib, Steaks, Chicken and Pork

They have FREE ample parking with handicap access. The dress

dishes as well as vegetarian offerings. steak and seafood

is casual, kid friendly and serving up some of the best steaks and


seafood in Gatlinburg. They can also host your private dinner

party for up to 25 people in the upstairs private dinning room.

With a full bar you can enjoy your favorite beer, wine, cocktail or

special drink. You owe it to yourself to stop by and enjoy one of

Greenbrier restaurant awarded "One of the Best Restaurants in

Gatlinburg's best

Gatlinburg for 2015" by itripvacations.

Please stop by and join them for a relaxing dinner or cocktails

370 Newman Road, Gatlinburg - 865.436.6318

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

Fireflies at Norton Creek

Why don’t fireflies in the average backyard synchronize? What

makes the fireflies in the park so special? These questions and

more will be answered at a DLIA fundraising event that also

features the firefly. With exclusive access to the property at

Norton Creek and a firefly expert on site, attendees will learn

the answer to their questions while enjoying the amazing

“flashing” display firsthand.

This year’s event takes place June 1, 2, and 3, from 7-11pm

each night. Please note that this is a distinct event from the

firefly event with NPS at Elkmont, and that we have nothing to

do with the lottery system operated for that event. Tickets are

$150, and food (heavy hors d’oeuvres) and drinks (beer &

wine) will be provided. Fireflies at Norton Creek welcomes all

attendees 10 years or older. All attendees require a purchased

ticket. We have limited tickets for each event and usually sell

out, so please act quickly to get your tickets! Please contact us

at (865) 430-4757 or

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