Smoky Mountains Around Town June 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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Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

To Open In Summer 2018

446 East Parkway

2 HR - $169

4 HR - $299

and more


7 Days A Week

9 AM - 9 PM

3 HR - $239

8 HR - $399

Free Parkway Trolley

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, the anticipated new

riverfront resort in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg,

announced its mid-summer 2018 opening with a new general

manager at the helm. Travelers looking to change their latitude

and visit the Great Smoky Mountains can book by July 1st for

stays beginning July 2nd, and receive 20 percent off nightly

room rates.

Ideally situated for endless exploration, Margaritaville Resort

Gatlinburg is minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park, and within walking distance of top area

attractions such as Anakeesta Outdoor Theme Park, shops and

restaurants. When it opens, the five-acre, 163-room resort will

incorporate a casual-luxe design found throughout guestrooms

and public spaces, including a variety of accommodations with

rooms featuring two queen beds or king beds and fireplaces,

one and two-bedroom suites and unique family suites with a

children’s room.

“We set out to create a mountain oasis, inspired by

Margaritaville’s authentic ‘no worries’ vibe, where guests can

choose a different way to chill each day, from enjoying the

resort’s on-site amenities to having boundary-stretching

adventures in the mountains,” said Bob McManus, the

president and developer of the Margaritaville Resort


Resort Amenities and Dining include an indoor pool, hot tub,

expansive outdoor pool area with a large two-loop waterslide

and splash pad, covered terrace with fireplace and 24-hour

fitness center. On-site dining options will include a License to

Chill Lobby Bar, LandShark Bar & Grill and Joe Merchant’s

Coffee and Provisions. In-room dining will also be available.

St. Somewhere Spa - Combining the breathtaking

surroundings of the mountains with Margaritaville’s signature

sense of fun and island escapism, Margaritaville Resort

Gatlinburg will feature a 4,000 square foot, full-service St.

Somewhere Spa. Indulgent treatments and services will kickstart

a relaxing escape, nurture the body after active outdoor

adventures and pamper guests with beauty treatments.

Multiple treatment rooms offer a selection of massages, facials

and skin care, as well as salon services.

Flexible Function Space - The resort will offer more than 3,000

square feet of flexible function space with state-of-the-art

technology. A highlight will be the “Edge of Paradise,” an

outdoor event space perfect for wedding ceremonies, corporate

group events and other special celebrations. Catering menus

will be customized to suit each group, with a welcoming team

of dedicated event professionals on-hand to manage every


Michael Russell has been named the general manager for the

property. With nearly two decades of experience in the

hospitality industry, Russell most recently managed the Hyatt

Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, Ca.

“With its beautiful surroundings, outdoor lifestyle and

southern hospitality, Gatlinburg is a great destination for a new

Margaritaville resort experience. We look forward to

welcoming guests to experience paradise in the mountains,

beginning this summer,” said Russell.

For reservations or more information, please visit or call (888) 447-

0222. To book the limited-time opening offer, use rate code


*Subject to availability and blackout dates; stays must be

completed between July 2nd and the end of 2018.

Visitors Spend $923 million in Gateway Communities

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that

11,338,893 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

in 2017 spent $922,947,100 in communities near the park. That

spending supported 13,942 jobs in the local area. National park

tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, with

every dollar invested by American taxpayers in the National

Park Service returning $10 to the economy.

“We are glad to work alongside our business communities in

helping create lifelong memories and traditions that bring

people to our area year after year,” said Superintendent Cassius

Cash. “While our gateway communities benefit from visitor

spending, they also provide a critical role in shaping the overall

impression of a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by

economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Egan

Cornachione of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz

of the National Park Service. The report shows a $1.2 billion

cumulative economic benefit to communities within 60 miles

of the Smokies. According to the 2017 report, most park visitor

spending near the Smokies was for lodging and camping (35 %)

followed by food and beverages (24 %), gas and oil (11 %),

local transportation (11 %), souvenirs and other expenses (10

%), and recreation industries (9 %).

Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can

explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value

added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local

economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The

interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social

Science Program webpage:

The report shows $18.2 billion of direct spending by over 330

million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a

national park across the nation. This spending supported

306,000 jobs nationally; over 255,000 of those jobs are found in

these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S.

economy was $35.8 billion. According to the 2017 report, most

park visitor spending was for lodging and camping (32.9 %)

followed by food and beverages (27.5 %), gas and oil (12.1 %),

souvenirs and other expenses (10.1 %), admissions and fees

(10.0 %), and local transportation (7.5 %).

The report includes information for visitor spending at

individual parks and by state. To learn more about national

parks in North Carolina or Tennessee and how the National

Park Service works with North Carolina and Tennessee

communities to help preserve local history, conserve the

environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to or

Visitors to Gatlinburg have an additional means to explore the

Parkway via this shuttle route which is free for the summer.

It will be even more convenient to travel through Gatlinburg when

the City begins offering free Trolley service to patrons along the

length of the Parkway.

The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 am

to 10:00 pm daily June 16 through August 15. Extra stops have been

established along the special route to bring the number to 40 along


Approximately 800,000 patrons use Gatlinburg’s Trolleys annually,

making it the fifth-largest Mass Transit System in the state. It

originated in 1980 with only six Trolleys, but the fleet has grown to

20-plus Trolleys servicing approximately 50 miles of Trolley routes.

All Gatlinburg Trolleys are handicap accessible.

You can now hop aboard the Gatlinburg Trolleys all day long for just

$2 a day with unlimited access to the Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow and

Green Trolley routes. The $2 Pass is sold at City Welcome Centers as

well as at City Hall and the Mass Transit Center, plus numerous

Gatlinburg lodging facilities.

Watch a video about Gatlinburg’s Mass Transit System or view the

current location of Trolleys or for info:

Click on the GPS Trolley locator, a City map will appear pinpointing

Trolleys in service. The box color indicates the Trolley route color.


of Gatlinburg

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

Page 2 Around Town

Kountry Antics

A Gatlinburg pottery shop located in the

historic Great Smoky Mountains Arts and

Crafts community, Judy Jones Pottery

designs and sells some of the most unique

Gatlinburg hand made pottery and gift

pieces. All of her pottery pieces are hand

thrown on the pottery wheel and she does

not use molds, decals or stencils in the

making of any of our pottery.

Each pottery piece Judy makes is hand

formed, hand painted, kiln fired and hand

glazed which produces a unique pottery

original every time. Her pottery is also

lead free and oven, dishwasher and

microwave safe. She has a large collection

of uniquely designed pottery including;

bowls, plates, pots, vases, jars, coffee or

tea mugs, bird feeders, flower arrangers,

clocks, hurricane lamps, candlestick

holders, fountains and more. We also have

batik clothing and other accents.

If you are looking for that special and

unique Smoky Mountain pottery piece for

Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

Judy Jones


your own home or for a gift, Judy Jones

Pottery Gallery in Gatlinburg is your place

for the best hand made Gatlinburg pottery

in the area. From our Bear Collection of

pottery to our Moon over the Smokies

pottery collection, we are sure you will

find that special pottery piece that will fit

your style and decor.

Judy was born and raised in Tennessee and

graduated high school at Oak Ridge and

moved to Iowa to finish BFA Art degree at

the University of Iowa.

When Judy graduated from the University

of Iowa she graduated with a certificate to

teach art but wanted to engage herself in

art rather than teach. In 1979 she

established her first pottery studio and

began to travel to local and regional art

fairs. She called it "Sugar Creek Pottery"

because her husband and she and their son,

Don, lived in the country on "Sugar

Creek" just outside of West Point, Iowa. In

1992 they moved to Fort Madison, Iowa

Unique relief sculptures in Dogwood and Chickadee

nearby the reconstructed replica of Old

Fort Madison and she changed the name to

"Old Fort Pottery". From that location, she

operated a gallery in conjunction with the

studio and began to do fewer and fewer art

fairs. Across the Mississippi River and 9

miles from Fort Madison was an active

tourism center in Nauvoo, Illinois and in

1996 she moved her shop and studio and

adopted the name "Nauvoo Pottery & Gift

Gallery". By this time she was down to

one art fair, "The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's

Fair" in Gatlinburg, Tennessee which they

had been attending since 1985.

Then, in 2001, she moved her studio to it's

present location in the Great Smoky Arts

& Crafts Community in Gatlinburg and

she invites you to visit "Judy Jones Pottery

& Gift Gallery in the Smokies".

Judy Jones Pottery

530 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg

(865) 430-3472

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

• 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

Smokies Service Days Return

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are excited to

announce that the popular “Smokies Service Days” volunteer

program will resume this month. Park staff will lead service

opportunities on Saturdays beginning June 9. Individuals and

groups are invited to sign up for any of the scheduled service

projects that interest them including unique opportunities to

help care for park campgrounds, native plant gardens, and

other natural and cultural resources within the park boundaries.

This volunteer program helps complete much needed work

across the park and is ideal for those seeking to fulfill

community service requirements, including high school and

college students; scout troops; civic organizations; visitors;

families; and working adults with busy schedules. Each project

will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of ages.

Volunteer projects will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until noon on

Saturday mornings. In addition, each project will be followed

by an optional enrichment adventure to immerse participants in

the abundant natural and cultural resources of the park.

Tools and safety gear, including gloves and high visibility

safety vests, will be provided by park staff. Participants are

required to wear closed-toe shoes and other Personal Protective

Equipment (PPE) as directed. Volunteers planning to stay for

the optional enrichment activity must also bring a sack lunch.

Those interested in volunteering need to contact Project

Coordinator, Logan Boldon, at 865-436-1278 or prior to the scheduled event

date to register. Space may be limited.

Current service opportunities include:

June 9: Campground Clean-Up at Elkmont

June 16: Campground Clean-Up at Smokemont

June 30: Gardening at Oconaluftee

July 7: Picnic Area & Campground Clean-Up at Deep Creek

July 21: Campground Clean-Up at Cosby

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

Two Big Additions Coming to Anakeesta

Vista Gardens, an enchanting botanical garden,

features walking trails that meander through lush and

colorful gardens, a cascading stream, a shaded pergola

for resting and enjoying the views, a children’s play

area, and more. Vista Gardens will open in June!

Cliff Top Grill & Bar, a full service restaurant, will also open this

summer and will feature a delicious menu of Southern favorites as

well as a bar menu that includes local craft beers and specialty

cocktails. The restaurant is named after Cliff Top, one of the four

peaks that make up the Mt. LeConte Range with an elevation of

6,555 feet, providing a beautiful backdrop for dining.

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

Around Town Page 3

By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

SMSWF Announces Friday's Ar tist/Songwriter Concer t and new Bluegrass Camp

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

Bobby G. Rice

Leona Williams

Sylvia Hutton

Friday night's ticketed concert at the Glenstone Lodge during the

7th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival will

showcase Leona Williams, “You Take Me for Granted” and

“Someday When Things Are Good” for Merle Haggard, Bobby

G. Rice, “You Lay So Easy On My Mind” and Sylvia Hutton best

known for “Nobody”. For more details and to get tickets to this

talent packed artist/songwriter concert go to

Leona Williams has songs recorded by some of Country's most

popular artists including George Jones, Moe Bandy, Randy

Travis, Hank Thompson, The Forester Sisters, Tammy Wynette,

Gene Watson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Johnny

Bush, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith and many others.

2018 marks the 46th anniversary of the number one hit, “You Lay

So Easy On My Mind,” which earned artist/songwriter, Bobby G

Rice CMA nominations for single and album of the year, as well

as male vocalist of the year in 1973. Stretching musical genres,

Rice was honored further when such notable names as Loretta

Lynn, Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, David Houston, Kitty Wells,

Jerry Springer, Bill Anderson's Po' Boys Band, Pat Boone and

Andy Williams all recorded this signature song.

Sylvia is returning to the Aug. 13-22-2018 SMSWF to share

songs she has written herself. She will have with her for sale her

new CD being released June 8th, “Second Bloom – The Hits Re-

Imagined which is songs she recorded in the 80s; only she has

reworked or enhanced some of the musical arrangements for

songs like “Nobody”, “Tumbleweed,” and “Drifter,” “Snap

Shot”, and “Like Nothing Ever Happened”.

Want to hone your skills in bluegrass? New to this year's Smoky

Mountain Songwriters Festival is a Bluegrass Camp being

sponsored by Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Wait till you see

Ober Gatlinburg Presents

the fantastic line-up of musicians teaching the guitar, banjo,

fiddle, mandolin, bass, and the dobro Aug. 20-22, 2018. All

attendees will arrive Sunday evening Aug. 19th. There will also

be a songwriting portion where those attending will write a

bluegrass song with some of Bluegrass' finest. Steve Gulley who

has a very successful LMU Bluegrass camp in Kentucky helped

the SMSWF put together this great event.

Grammy Award Winner and IBMA's “Songwriter of the Year”

2014 & 2017, and SPBGMA's Guitar Performer of the Year 2001

& 2015, Tim Stafford is the guitar instructor. Danny Roberts,

recipient of many accolades including 2-time IBMA Entertainer

of the Year, 3 Grammy nominations, IBMA Song of the Year,

IBMA Album of the Year and SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the

Year seven times is the mandolin instructor. “Bad to the

Bluegrass Bone” force on the five string, Jason Nicholson is the

banjo instructor. The upright bass instructor is a force to be

reckoned with Kyle Perkins - Grand Ole Opry, JD Crowe & The

New South, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band's latest album

“Unbound,” which had several songs reach #1 on the bluegrass

charts in 2016 and 2017. The name Leadbetter is Dobro's finest,

Matt Leadbetter will be the dobro instructor and like his dad he

has had quite an education he will share. Fiddle instructor is Matt

Flake an award winning fiddle player, co-founder of

Monroeville, Firewater Junction manager, tours with The

Cleverlys and Entertainment Director for Ole Smoky Distillery,

Make your reservation to be at the Aug. 13-22, 2018 Smoky

Mountains Songwriters Festival, then go to to

register for a drawing to Win a free Weekend Getaway in

Gatlinburg for two nights.

Public invited. There are 150 free live music shows in over 10

venues in Gatlinburg, go to for details.

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg • (865) 325-1411

Any questions contact the SMSWF at or call


Venues with live music in Gatlinburg include Crystelle Creek

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

Holler, The Ship, Hoggs Tavern Downtown, Tom and Earl's Back

Alley Grill, Sugarlands Distilling Company, The Smoky

Mountain Brewery, and Loco Burros.

2 - Jeanine Fuller Trio - Mix of Soul,

R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz and Pop

9 - Stephen Goff - Acoustic Classic Rock,

Country, R&B and Pop

16 - Davis Mitchell - Acoustic Covers,

Every Saturday 6 to 8pm

Come up the Mountain and be a part of our inaugural Live Music Summer Series that begins

on June 2nd and runs every Saturday through August 25th.

We will be featuring extraordinary local talent and our artists will bring you: soul, neo-soul,

jazz, country, classic rock, and today’s hits! This will be happening at our restaurant Seasons

of Ober on the main stage from 6-8pm. Drive up Ski Mountain Road or take our scenic aerial

tram up the mountain, grab a bite to eat and sit back and get your fill of great music!

This fabulous date night opportunity is a great chance for our locals in Sevier County to take

advantage of their FREE tram privileges. Just show a driver’s license or proof of residency

to take in the views of the Smoky Mountains at no cost!

June Schedule

R&B and Funk

23 - Stephen Goff - Acoustic Classic

Rock, Country, R&B and Pop

30 - Stephen Goff - Acoustic Classic

Rock, Country, R&B and Pop

Learn more at


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

Chimneys Picnic Area Reopened

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the reopening of Chimneys

Picnic Area. The picnic area had recently been closed due to a waterline break.

For more information about temporary area closures, please visit the park website at site


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

BioBlitz- Oak Ridge

DLIA has partnered with TVA and regional

Jul 14th 9:00am - 4:00pm

scientists to engage people in a biological

inventory of TVA’s public lands through

BioBlitzes. Family friendly, no experience

necessary, and free admission!

These events incorporate field collection,

specimen identification and education

sessions. They offer an opportunity to get to

know the biodiversity in our backyard and

help the TVA to better manage natural areas

through species occurrence data. Participants

will survey birds, butterflies and plants using

nets and provided collection and preservation

equipment. Experts will be on hand to train

participants and identify species.

Where The Locals Go !

Open Daily 3 pm

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)

We ask that participants make sure they’ve

downloaded the iNaturalist application on

their phones or smart devices. This app is an

important part of our activity, as it will be

used to document species, information, and


BioBlitzes are family friendly and offer

opportunities for the public to have hands-on

experiences and interactions with scientists,

wildlife and the community at large. Anyone

interested in Wildlife, Biology, Citizen

Science, Biodiversity and getting outside are

encouraged to participate.

For this Bioblitz we will be working in Oak

Ridge. We look forward to surveying with


Page 4 Around Town

By A. Jann Peitso

Turning into the 8 Mile Loop from any entrance, vehicles of all

types, of many colors and various styles, drive into the parking

spaces at complexes and shops, turn off the ignition, or press a

button, and settle in.

Their doors fly open and people of all types, from all different

parts of the world and of all ages tumble from the packed confines

and begin their quest of finding “Made In Gatlinburg,


These are the Boomers, the Gen X'ers, the Millennials and a few

of those from The Greatest Generation being helped along by a

younger generation member.

Everyone is known by an era in our history or in our present.

There are also Teens and Tweens and Babies. The businesses In

The Loop try to cater to one or more of these groups.

But what about the artisans themselves? In what generation did

they originate as they now navigate through social media, E

stores, Online everything and GPS directions?

Studying these handcrafting artists, the majority are Boomers

with a few Gen X'ers and fewer still Millennials.

There is a group with “no title”. Those born during the heroic

deeds of The Greatest Generation. These are the ones who

created “Rock & Roll”, “Sock Hops”, “Shagging”, started

driving “souped up” cars and went to Drive-ins. They embraced

Elvis and Little Richard!

They are still creating, year after year. It must be in their souls.

Like the jonquils In The Loop who respond to some wakeup call

year after year, these “Perennials” keep creating year after year!

Many of the visitors to the arts & crafts community are

themselves “Perennials”, still traveling, still looking for new

experiences, still rejoicing and accepting of the progress moving

forward around them.

The timeline is now connected. From the Generation we honor

for our freedom and their sacrifices, to the Perennials who keep

fueling our sense of inventiveness to our Millennials who drive

us onward with their sense of adventure.

They are all 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

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)

Clingmans Dome Tower Temporarily Closed June 4 through June 15

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that

the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed to

complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. Workers

need to apply a final surface overlay along the tower ramp.

While visitors will not be able to climb the tower, the Clingmans

Dome parking overlook area will remain open and offers

outstanding mountain top views. The visitor contact station and

store, the trail up to the tower and all access to the trailheads in the

vicinity will remain open. Visitors should expect construction

traffic in the vicinity of the contact station and along the trail.

Last year, contractors repaired deteriorated areas on the concrete

columns and walls, stabilized support walls at the base of the ramp,

and repaired stone masonry. This work has been made possible

through funding received from a Partners in Preservation (PIP)

grant. The $250,000 grant was awarded in 2016 to the Friends of

the Smokies on behalf of the park after being one of the top nine,

most voted for parks in the Partners in Preservation: National

Parks Campaign.

Straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee state line at 6,643

feet, the tower is a prominent landmark and destination as the

highest point in the park. The observation tower is a precedentsetting

design of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 program,

which transformed park planning, management, and architecture

and fundamentally altered the visitor experience in national parks.

Since 1959, millions of visitors have climbed the tower, where

they can see distances of up to 100 miles over the surrounding

mountains and valleys. Some minimal preservation work today on

the tower will ensure that visitors continue to experience this

unique structure spiraling up from the highest point in the park.

For more information about the Clingmans Dome Tower, visit the

About Partners in Preservation: Partners in Preservation is a

program in which American Express, in partnership with the

National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation

grants to historic places across the country. Since 2006, Partners in

Preservation, a community-based partnership, has committed $16

million in preservation funding to nearly 200 diverse sites in eight

different cities across the country.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National

Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's

awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United

States and to preserve America's historic and cultural places. The

program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local

citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

June 22 - August 11

Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street

performance festival featuring costumed

musical performers, storytellers and artisans

portraying characters from time periods as far

back as the 1800s.

Gatlinburg will present the 13th season of

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales daily in

downtown Gatlinburg through August 11.

This popular event truly highlights one of

Gatlinburg’s greatest assets in the walkability

of the city and provides guests with an

interactive, educational and entertaining

experience the whole family can enjoy.

“Gatlinburg is a walking town. Tunes & Tales

enhances our visitors’ experience as they stroll

the Parkway in the evenings,” said Marci

Claude, PR Manager. “The performers bring

to life traditional Smoky Mountain heritage

and culture in a fun and interactive way.”

The collection of personalities and performers

arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town.

Visitors witness a magical transformation of

sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse

along the downtown Parkway for an evening of

entertainment and storytelling.

Like Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales on



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Featuring Groceries from Central America

Great Selection of:

• Chile Peppers

• Salsas

• Plantain Chips

• Mango Products

• Spices

• Fresh Vegetables

• Beverages

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Visitors Bureau Meet With

Arts & Crafts Community

Mark O. Adams, President and CEO of the Gatlinburg

Convention and Visitors Bureau spoke with the Great

Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at their May Board


Mark informed the members of the marketing duties of

the GCVB in relation to Gatlinburg, the surrounding

attractions and other Sevier County municipalities..

He emphasized the ties that the GCVB has with the

legacy of the arts & crafts community and its strong

support of their present activities & events as well as

its future. He took the group into a "look at the future of

Gatlinburg and its promise for what is anticipated in

economic development". At the same time, he offered

feedback from visitors to the community as to their

comments concerning the pros and cons of the 8 mile

loop and its environs.

Mr. Adams accepted questions and was forthcoming

with answers as to all aspects of Gatlinburg's

marketing events, emphasizing those plans benefiting

and including GSACC. He urged the community to

look at its future in relation to social media uses,

updates and design.

Mr. Adams concluded with "the city of Gatlinburg and

the GCVB is dedicated to helping the arts & crafts

community to not only survive but to thrive".



Around Town Page 5

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Critical Health News

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Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is

celebrating 20 years of conducting

biodiversity inventories. Park managers,

biologists, educators, and non-park scientists

initiated an effort to discover all life in the

Smokies through an All Taxa Biodiversity

Inventory on Earth Day in 1998. The nonprofit

partner Discover Life in America,

created in 1998, coordinates the inventory.

Over the last 20 years, biologists have not only

documented thousands of plants and animals,

but have also identified nearly 1,000 new

species previously unknown to science.

“We are grateful for the partnership between

the park and DLIA, and the variety of

institutions and individuals that have

p a r t i c i p a t e d i n t h i s p r o j e c t , ” s a i d

Superintendent Cassius Cash. “This has been

a tremendous scientific effort to help us better

understand the Smokies and how we can better

protect it for the next generation of owners.”

The Smokies have a long history of research,

and prior to the ATBI, about 10,000 species

were documented in the park. That number is

now nearly doubled, and some of the more

surprising new records include species of

well-studied groups like mammals and

vascular plants. Some of the new species to

science found during the ATBI include 31

moths, 41 spiders, 78 algae, 64 beetles, 29

crustaceans, 58 fungi, 21 bees and their

relatives, 18 tardigrades (known as

waterbears), and 270 bacteria! With collection

records from every corner of the park,

managers now have a much better

understanding of what species exist and what

environmental conditions they require.

Through the years, the park and DLIA have

hosted over 1,000 researchers from 150

different universities, museums, and

institutions in the US and around the world.

Numerous ATBI-related education events and

workshops have been held since 1998,

involving over 200,000 students and 6,500

teachers. Over 1,000 volunteers have been

trained by DLIA in citizen science workshops

and have contributed over 60,000 volunteer

hours toward this project. In addition to the

park and DLIA, the Friends of the Smokies

and Great Smoky Mountains Association have

significantly contributed to this ATBI through

financial support.

“At the heart of this project are the scientists,

park staff, and volunteers who fan out across

Continued to Page 6

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

Essential oils (EOs) are volatile chemicals that

concentrate and contribute aromas and

medicinal properties to plants. They’re found in

all vegetation and can be extracted via

distillation techniques to exploit the

pharmacological and fragrance features.

While EOs have many health benefits for

various bodily systems, throughout history

they’ve been particularly valued for their ability

to treat skin health issues and to help maintain

the health and beauty of the body’s largest

organ. They’ve been topically applied to

accelerate healing from burns and wounds,

included in skin preparations that claimed to

prevent wrinkles and visible signs of aging and

they have been exploited for their supposed

antimicrobial effects too.

Some of these benefits are associated with a skin

cell’s ability to, in effect, “smell” essential oils.

As it turns out there are actually little spaces on

the outside of a skin cell that can precisely fit

with essential oil molecules. These little spaces

are similar to the little spaces on the cells that

line the nasal cavity. They’re called olfactory

(smell) receptors and they allow us to

distinguish the smell of an onion form an orange

or mocha from manure. Recently it’s been

discovered that skin cells also have olfactory

receptors and some of these can hook up with

components of essential oils. When this occurs

various elements of skin chemistry can be

initiated which may include the growth of cells

to speed healing, extrusion of collagen fibers to

prevent wrinkles and stimulation of hydration

factors to help maintain moisturization.

Essential Oils

of substances. Yet the driving of materials

through the skin (scientists call this property

“transdermal delivery”) offers many

advantages over oral or intravenous dosage

forms. For one thing, medication delivered into

the blood through the skin bypasses liver

detoxification which can reduce the potency of

medication. For another, such delivery allows

medication to get into the body without

depending on absorption through the digestive

tract which is oftentimes compromised.

Improving the penetration of active skin care

ingredients can also make it easier for nonmedicinal

active ingredients like vitamins and

peptides to provide skin health benefits. And the

transdermal effects of essential oils are not

insignificant. In an article published in the

International Journal of Pharmaceutics some

were found to increase the penetration of

topically applied medications into the blood by

30 times.

If you want to take advantage of essential oil’s

transdermal penetration try squeezing the liquid

out of a Vitamin A or E capsule, mixing it with a

little lavender or lemon EO in the palm of your

hand and applying it to your face after washing.

You’ll get skin health benefits from essential oil

and you’ll improve the activity of the blended

vitamins. By the same token you may want to be

careful about using EOs in creams or lotions that

contain preservatives as the penetration of those

potentially toxic materials can be enhanced too.

7 Interesting Essential Oils for Skin Health

•Lavender – helps heal burns, anti-bacterial and

anti-fungal, soothing and calming

•Germanium – dry and aging skin

Essential oils have another interesting property.

•Patchouli - oily hair and skin

They can help improve the penetration of active

•Violet- anti-inflammatory, anti-acne

and medicinal ingredients in topical

•Sandalwood- healing especially effective for

preparations through the skin surface. Under

cracked chapped skin

ordinary circumstance the outermost portion of

•Bergamot – anti viral properties can help

the skin, the stratum corneum acts as an

prevent and heal cold sores

effective barrier to the penetration of these types

•Rose- soothing, ideal for sensitive skin

Missing Predators from our Smoky Mountains

Species story: In the Smokies, these

relatives of weasels were trapped for their

silky fur until they disappeared. About 30

years ago, the West Virginia Department of

Natural Resources reintroduced them to

that state, and while the population has

been spreading, it’s unknown if they will

return to the Smoky Mountains.

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Northern Pine Snake

Drawing by Tate T, Robbinsville High

School, North Carolina.

N o r t h e r n P i n e S n a k e ( P i t u o p h i s

melanoleucus melanoleucus)

Status: Missing

Last seen in park: Unknown; possibly 2000

Species story: Like the red-cockaded

woodpecker and fox squirrel, the northern

pine snake depended on fire for an open

forest understory habitat, but disappeared

when fire was suppressed. Now that the

park has reintroduced controlled burns, the

pine snake’s habitat may return.


Drawing by Mandy H, Robbinsville High

School, North Carolina.

Fisher (Martes pennanti)

Status: Locally extinct

Last seen in park: late 1800s

Eastern Cougar

Drawing by Chelsea A, Robbinsville High

School, North Carolina.

Eastern Cougar (Puma concolor couguar)

Status: Declared extinct by the U.S. Fish

and Wildlife Service in 2011

Last seen in park: 1920s

Species story: The Eastern cougar once

roamed across the Southeast. As a top

predator, it controlled deer, raccoon, and

other animal populations. Nationwide,

cougars were the most widely distributed

animal in North America, living from

southern Canada all the way to South

America. Eastern cougars disappeared as

people killed them and cities expanded into

cougar habitat.

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

Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

Gatlinburg Pickers

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

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

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...

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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.

Free Parking

( Next To Dollar General )

Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries

Continued from Page 5

the park on a regular basis to dig in the leaf litter,

wade in the streams, and look under rocks for

anything and everything alive,” said Todd

Witcher, Executive Director of DLIA. “They are

the true heroes of the Smokies and the remarkable

number of new species discoveries is a testament

to their passion and perseverance.”

The Appalachian Mountains are among the oldest

mountains in the world. Through the eons, forces

such as wind, rain, freezing, and thawing eroded

the peaks. Although glaciers did not reach this far

south, their influence on the climate combined

with the range of elevations and the southwest to

northeast orientation of these mountains accounts

for the striking variety of living things found in

the park. The biological diversity of the Smokies

was the impetus for conducting the ATBI, and the

project has grown to be the largest sustained

natural history inventory in the United States.

This scientific effort has produced a baseline for

one of the most diverse ecosystems in the United

States. Park managers now have a better

understanding of the resources, and can better

predict how changing conditions in the future

may impact them. ATBI information also

provides a foundation allowing for future park

managers to make better-informed decisions. For

more information about special events

celebrating the 20th anniversary year of the All

Taxa Biodiversity Inventory.

Where The Locals Go


and much more


(865) 436-3600

976 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg

The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is

the largest group of independent artisans in

North America with over 100 artisans.

Established in 1937 this 8 mile loop weaves

through Gatlinburg, Tennessee. These

craftsmen and artisans weave, carve, cast, sew,

paint and whittle to create a vast variety of

collectibles such as jewelry, ceramics, dolls,

pottery, quilts, brooms, baskets, candles,

leather, silver smithing, wearable fashions,

artistic photography, oils and watercolor

paintings, stained glass and so much more. The

area also has numerous restaurants, cafes,

candy shops, soda fountains, tea rooms and


You'll discover one-of-a-kind crafts, treasures

and artwork, and you can watch the artisans at

work. Stop along the way and chat with a

painter or potter, or let a broom maker show you

how it's done.

This a great experience for the entire family or

just the two of you. There's plenty of free

parking at each shop throughout the trail loop.

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

Gatlinburg celebrates the 4th of July in a big

way and this year will be no exception.

For 43 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the

holiday with the first Independence Parade in

the Nation stepping off at 12:01 am on July 4.

Stretching more than a mile, the parade route

begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East

Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic

light #3 and traveling the length of downtown

to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road.

Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on

Tuesday, July 3 in order to secure the perfect

viewing area along the parade route.

Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July celebrations will

come to a close at 10:00 p.m. on July 4th when

visitors will enjoy the spectacular 20-minute

fireworks display in the heart of downtown,

with the best viewing areas around traffic

lights #3 and #5.

In addition to the Fourth of July events, the

streets of Gatlinburg are filled with

Appalachian music from Smoky Mountain

Tunes and Tales every night through August

11. The City offers free Parkway Trolley

service, spanning the full length of the

Parkway, daily through August 11 from 10 am

to 10 pm.

Join the Gatlinburg conversation via social

media: For

Ride the "Craft Trolley" if you'd like to see it all

without the hassles of driving, a one-fare trip

will provide a great way to see everything

getting on and off as often as you like. Either

way you travel you won't be disappointed,

you'll see history in the making and it's the real


Turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg

on highway 321 and go three miles.

This sign at Route 321 and Glades Road is a

landmark to the Arts & Crafts Community

more information about the 43rd Gatlinburg

Fourth of July Midnight Parade and festivities

and other summer events, call 800-588-1817.

The Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight

Parade has garnered national attention and

award recognition for excellence in

entertainment. The parade has been named by

National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a

“Top Ten Parade to see in the US” and

recognized by as one of the

“Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in

Smaller Cities.” Additionally, the event has

earned multiple Grand Pinnacle Awards by the

International Festivals and Events Association

and was named a Top 20 Event for 2016 by

Southeast Tourism Society.

Page 7 Around Town

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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,

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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)

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

Overnight Experience

at Cades Cove

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

KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc.

305 Katom Dr, Kodak, TN

Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

Scattered throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, and

other, National Parks are little roadside signs inviting

you to share a “Quiet Walkway”. Should you walk

slowly and quietly along the well marked trail you may

see and hear God's little messengers such as birds

(Tsisqua); bees (Wadulisi); squirrels (Saloli) and

chipmunks (Giyuga ) and you may more fully

understand the message they have just for you as you

view the evidence of his existence in the blooming

flowers by the way.

Please do not plug your ears with the speaker of a

pocket radio for you cannot hear and seldom see these

little messengers. If you as some have done, carry a

blaring portable radio you would never see or hear

“God's little messengers” for they will scoot for their

den holes or scamper away in fear and you will have

walked a “Quiet Walkway” never knowing what you

have walked.

Some call it communication with God, or nature. To

Appalachian Bear Rescue

By Kathryn Sherrard

In May, we reported about the yearling bear, #267

nicknamed April, who had been hit by a car on the Spur

between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. April Bear had

suffered broken ribs and was confined in our Recovery

Center where she could be kept quiet and rest. That was

what the UT vets prescribed along with antibiotics and pain

meds. The pens in the Recovery Center have ceilings that

can be lowered, thus preventing an injured bear from

climbing. April healed well and on May 21st she was

released back into the wild.

Meanwhile, on April 29th ABR admitted a three-month-old

cub who was rescued after being swept down the

Nolichucky River. The feisty little bear grabbed a bush and

pulled herself out of the water, immediately climbing a 60

foot tree. A professional tree climber was called and was

able to reach her and bring her down to the ground. She is

bear #268 and is nicknamed Clementine Bear. Clementine

is small but mighty – she is very active and has progressed

from the Cub Nursery through The Cub House to the

Acclimation Pen adjoining The Cub House. She wants to

go out into the Wild Enclosure, but she's still too small at

approximately 10 pounds.

On May 12th we received another three-month-old cub.

This cub is from KY and when released she will be returned

to her home state. Cub #269 is nicknamed Viola Bear. Her

rescue wasn't as dramatic as that of Clementine and she was

a little smaller on arrival, but she is another active little cub.

She “graduated” from the Cub Nursery and is now in The

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Gatlinburg’s most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set

against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July

celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an

annual race of unmanned floatables down Little Pigeon River.

All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the

Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10 a.m. to register

their floatable. The race kicks-off at noon and ends after all

floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of

the Smokies.

New this year, eventgoers can opt to enter a rented rubber duck

Quiet Walkway

others it recharges their batteries or restores their soul.

By whatever name you call it, there comes a time in

each human life when one feels compelled to steal

away alone and do as the old spiritual says, “Lay your

burdens down”.

Your “Quiet Walkway” may be a corner of the house or

back yard, an old field, trout stream, riverbank, lake

cove or circling the mall (one can be alone in the

biggest crowd). Wherever it is be not ashamed to go

there often. Thank you National Park Planner for your

“Quiet Walkway”, you have built greater than you


“As told to me by my uncle”.

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

Designs by Matoka

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

Cub House where she has things to climb and more space to

play. It won't be long before she and Clementine will share

the Wild Enclosure, which is important for their success in

learning to be bears.

Bear #270 is another out of state bear. She is from LA.

Nicknamed Magnolia (for the LA state flower) she is a

yearling bear, now 16 months old. Magnolia Bear is in an

Acclimation Pen adjoining another Wild Enclosure, but by

the time you read this it is very likely that she will be out in

that Wild Enclosure. She's doing well in the Acclimation

Pen and is eating heartily.

As you can tell, 2018 is becoming a busy year for ABR. The

curators are challenged each day to come up with new ways

to care for the three bears and enrich their lives while in

temporary captivity, without actual human contact.

You can follow the progress of these three bears and any

more cubs or yearlings we may admit by visiting our

Facebook page:

Photos are posted every day. You can also visit our website

at and our blog at

I f y o u a r e i n To w n s e n d , p l e a s e s t o p b y o u r

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!

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for the

bargain price of $1.oo. All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg

Chamber Foundation and is a great way to for everyone to

participate in this fun, thrilling event. This year’s River Raft

Regatta is made possible through the coordination of the City of

Gatlinburg Special Events Office and the Gatlinburg Recreation

Department and will issue trophies to those who finish 1st, 2nd

and 3rd in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float


Come be a part of the Fourth of July tradition beloved by

Gatlinburg visitors of all ages! 800-588-1817

Around Town Page 8

By Jim Yonan PER

How ya’ll doing?

Looks like summer has found us and we skipped spring. I

have been to THE RIVER a few times and is very


I said I wouldn't complain about rain after THE STUPID

FIRE, but we have gotten a lot this last week. Flooding

downtown and Dollywood. Sure wish we could have got

some rain before fire.

The Elks are having Bud Rice memorial fish fry in June!

Ask me about joining The Elks

Hope we have a good month. See you around town or at

the River.

Love, Kahuna

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

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in the Smokies

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Parkway from Hampton Inn & Friday’s

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Gatlinburg Farmers Market

The Gatlinburg Farmers Market would like to invite everyone to

join us for our season in the Great Smoky Arts & Craft Community

at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg.

Products: Now in its eighth season, the market provides Tennessee

grown produce, local products, and foods in a friendly social

environment. Patrons will find a variety of in-season goods that

may include fruits, nuts, berries, honey, jellies and jams, and

vegetables. Also available are plants, baked goods and natural

health and wellness products.

Events: Join in on the fun with music and special events featuring

the best of the natural and cultural resources of the Smokies.

Youngsters will enjoy participating in market activities on Kids

Days during the summer, as well as a scavenger hunt for local food

treasures. (Look in the Market Calendar tab for these events.)

Internships: As part of the market's goal to enhance the quality of

life in the Gatlinburg area and to educate people on nutritional,

economic, environmental, and social implications of eating

seasonally and locally, we have developed internship opportunities

for youth and young adults interested in earning community service

merits and letters of participation. (Look in the Internship tab for

job descriptions on our website.)

Directions to Market

Traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg - turn north onto Hwy 321 toward

Cosby. Go 2.7 miles and take a left on Glades Road. The Market is 2

miles down Glades on the left at the covered bridge.

Like Paul this story may keep you up at night.

by Paul Murray

Well like clock work its around that time, and my stomach is telling me

its hungry It is saying he thinks he’s a starving, he’s a tellin’ me he

don’t think he’s going to make it. Well like usual I toss and turn, rolling

and tumbling. Three thirty in the morning and my stomach never

get along. Mr. stomach demands attention. He just keeps on a talking

to me. He’ll say, “That’s right, I’m talking to ya. I think I’m a

withering away here. So, you best get out of that hay stack, you call a

bed and tell them feet down there to take us to the ice box, and no

stubbing a toe on the way and hoping around for 10 minutes. Don’t

waste any more of my time. This is serious business man. Let’s get to

it!” So down the stairs we go and Mr. Stomach he’s a telling me on

the way “a big old bowl of Jed Clampet corn flakes will do just fine

and get me some of those strawberries and maybe a banana. Come

on man snap to it and stop a looking at those stupid paintings on the

wall and take care of me!” In the end that stomach of mine always

winds up getting its way.

On this particular night as I sat in the straight back, slopping and

slurping, head half in the bowl, I heard an uncomfortable noise

coming from the garbage cans behind the back-kitchen door. My

mind’s saying, “best get up and go see”, but Mr. stomach interrupts

and says “sit here and feed me, it’s probably nothing but a big ol’

bear rearranging the garbage cans. Sure, enough he was right, a

Momma bear and her two cubs were out back kindly reorganizing

the trash for the garbage men that were to come later that morning.

Well folks I’ve been living in this old mountain home for 15 years and

until now I’ve never seen a bear on my property. What a thrill,

Momma and her one cub were busy helping themselves to what I

would call a very messy kind of bear smorgasbord, while the other

cub just stood there on its hind legs, peering through the screen door

at me. He just had this kind of angelic stare, like the dear in the

headlights look. His head slightly moving from side to side, his nose

was working on the smells of the cabin life indoors. He was a curious

little guy wearing a white tuxedo neck tie. Two years have gone by and

I have never seen him since that night. Although someone is still

coming around and helping with the garbage disposable. I often

wonder if it’s him.

Recently I have done some drawings and a few oil sketches of him.

As the art world knows, I am not a wildlife painter, I just felt I needed

to try to capture his spirit. I guess this gives me a bit of comfort, maybe

hoping one night, he’ll come back and pay me a 3:30 am visit.

P.S. Now back to Mr. stomach, let me give you the BEAR facts, if Mr.

stomach would pack a big sack of vittles and take him a 2 year hike, I

don’t think I would BEAR-LY miss him. And guess what. if he was

gone the ice box wouldn’t always as be so darn BEAR. -Paul Murray-

Paul Murray Gallery, in the old farm house in Gatlinburg's Art and

Crafts Community. 1003 Glades Rd. Gatlinburg, in the “America's best

Arts in Crafts Community”, 2.5 miles down Glades Road on the left -

Look for the huge picture on the barn! 865-436-8445 / 800-567-3220

Keep Ticks Off All Summer

Many of us look forward to heading

outdoors and enjoying some sunshine.

There are many reasons to go outside and

it certainly can be a wonderful time of

year. Unfortunately, it is also the time of

year when we need to be cautious about

getting ticks. It can really ruin the day.

If you are somebody that tends to spend a

lot of time outdoors, you need to be able to

effectively protect yourself from ticks.

They are more than just a nuisance or a

pest that makes us uncomfortable, they

carry diseases, some of which are very

dangerous and even deadly.

The next time you’re out enjoying what

the great outdoors has to offer, consider

this simple trick and you can keep ticks

from latching on and causing problems.

Lint Roller and Essential Oil

The lint roller should use adhesive layers.

Take it with you when you’re going

outside and roll it on your clothing every

once in a while. You might be surprised

with what you pick.

Adding some essential oil may help to

keep the ticks from climbing on you while

outside. Spray the essential oil on your

clothing and rub it into your skin and the

ticks may just stay away. It also works for

mosquitoes and flies.

5 Essential Oils that Repel Bugs

1. Lavender – This smells sweet to us but

bugs absolutely hate it. It works on

mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

2. PennyRoyal – this is a member of the

mint family and it is toxic to insects.

3. Lemongrass – This essential oil comes

from tropical lemongrass and has a citrusy

scent. It is a natural flea and tick repellent

and can be sprayed directly on the skin.

4. Eucalyptus – use this alone or along

with citronella oil to keep bugs away.

According to the Journal of medical

entomology, Eucalyptus extract can

reduce tick bites and infections.

5. Lemon – some lemon essential oil can

work against fleas and other bugs. Slightly

dilute it and spray it on clothing and skin.

Be sure to share this with your friends.

Sugarlands Distilling Co. Saturday Nights

Thank You For Not Feeding Us

June 2, 2018 - August 31

Come out and enjoy our spirit stage each Saturday from

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for some great music. The spirit

stage is located on the back porch of our Gatlinburg

distillery in Gatlinburg.

Saturday Night Live Music lineup:

June 2- Barnyard Stompers

June 9- Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen

June 24- Paul Lee Kupfer

June 30- The Wonder Hills

July 7- Bluegrass Sweethearts

July 21- Jon Hatchett Band

July 28- The Novel Idea

August 4- Clay Jamerson

August 18- Chamomile & Whiskey

Looking for a special event or festival? Gatlinburg is the

place to be. Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts

shows, special concerts, food festivals, or holiday

parades, Gatlinburg hosts a wide range of events in every

season. Come join us for exciting celebrations throughout

the year!

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


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

Sparky’s Glassblowing

Since 1998





Glassblowing at its best!

865-325-8186 37

849 Glades Road


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


454 N.



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

Roaring Fork


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


Jake Thomas Road





Pine Mountain Road

Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades R oad # 1C1

Kountry Antics

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

Get On

The Map



Call- 865-255-3557


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Every Night !

Open Daily

3 pm


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(Located behind Calhoun’s Restaurant)

1004 Parkway, #301 • Gatlinburg

Neil’s Gallery

Best Friend

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

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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

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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

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

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No tools ! No heater !

Last two weeks !

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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

Ole Smoky Annual Summer of ‘Shine Entertainment Series

Ole Smoky Distillery has announced their 2018 entertainment

series, Summer of ‘Shine. This year, the leading moonshine

company, in partnership with Moonstruck Management, is

expanding their genre of musical acts by bringing in some rock

and country artists to their mix of talented bluegrass bands.

“Last year’s Summer of Shine program was a great success and

we are looking forward to our second year hosting amazing

events that everyone can enjoy,” says Robert Hall, CEO of Ole

Smoky. “Not only was it great for our business, but it also

encouraged people to visit the area, which in turn brought

much business to other establishments in Sevier County.”

This concert series comes as Ole Smoky gears up for the

opening of their 4th distillery in Nashville, where more great

musical entertainment will be offered.

For more information about Ole Smoky and an up-to-date

Summer of ‘Shine line-up, please visit

About Ole Smoky® Distillery LLC:

Ole Smoky is the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the

U.S. and the first federally licensed distillery in the history of

East Tennessee. The company’s roots can be traced to the early

settlers of the Smoky Mountains. In 2009, (when the law in

Tennessee changed and suddenly, it was legal to make, distill

and sell the infamous bootlegger’s hooch), a group of families

decided to bring their artistry of superior moonshine making to

the world at large.

Around four million people visit Ole Smoky’s three famed East

Tennessee distilleries annually: Holler, Barrelhouse and

Barn. The Holler see’s over two million visitors per year

making it the most visited distillery in the world. In 2018, Ole

Smoky will open a 4th location in Nashville.

Ole Smoky now retails globally and offers more than twenty

creative flavors crafted from authentic family recipes. Ole

Smoky can be found in grocery and liquor stores, as well as in

on-premise establishments, including some of the biggest

music and sporting venues in the country.

For more information, please visit and

find them on social media @olesmoky.

Asheville Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

recently received help to restore key elements

of the historic Palmer Barn. Asheville building

contractor Sean Perry and his crew partnered

with the park and Friends of the Smokies to

preserve the structural integrity of the barn and

improve visitor safety through the renovation

project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina

section of the park.

“We are grateful for partners like Sean Perry

who volunteered their expertise to help us

make much-needed repairs to the Palmer Barn

this year and the Cook Cabin last year,” said

Superintendent Cassius Cash. “This is a great

example of a private-public partnership that

has enabled us to better care for these special


The circa 1902 three-story Palmer Barn sits

near the Palmer House in Cataloochee which is

one of the most frequently visited locations in

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

water fountain, and a memorial dedicated to former City

the Big Cataloochee area of the park. Perry’s

team helped renovate the large timber bridge

leading into the barn, replaced a 26-foot long

section of a 6x6 sill beam on the back of the

barn, replaced support posts and select siding,

and made other structural improvements.

"Our restoration work is a gift to the Smokies,

our community, and to those who had to leave

their homes behind due to the creation of the

park,” said Sean Perry. “It felt amazing each

day to drive the 2.5 miles from our campsite,

along fields of elk, to our job site where all that

mattered for a week’s time was completing this

single project. Each day we'd look at the day’s

accomplishments with true joy and


The Palmer home place is treasured by park

visitors, many of whom who enjoy exploring

the massive barn, walking back in time as they

enter the barn’s second level by way of the

unique, 30-foot long, locust timber bridge. The

house includes an exhibition that provides

interpretation to the history of the Palmer

family site, complete with black and white

photos of its past residents. The Friends of the

Smokies funded repairs last year to the Palmer

House including a new shake roof, rot repairs,

and new paint.

In 2017, Perry and his crew spent a week

camping in Little Cataloochee performing

significant restoration work on the 19th

century Cook Cabin. In 2017, after Matt Bush

of Blue Ridge Public Radio News ventured out

to the remote Cook Cabin site and

subsequently aired a story about the Hands of

Sean Perry Co.’s work there, Friends of the

Smokies supporters Rich and Leigh Pettus

stepped forward with a significant financial

donation, earmarked for renovation materials

for the Palmer Barn, a place the Pettuses

Pigeon Forge Riverwalk Greenway

Does negativity dominate your thinking? If the

thoughts in your head about people, situations,

and even yourself, are on the harsh side, you’re

doing yourself a disservice. Scott Bea, PsyD,

answers questions about why so many people

struggle with negative thinking and explains

how to adopt a more positive outlook on life.

What problems does negative thinking create?

Negative thinking makes you feel blue about

the world, about yourself, about the future. It

contributes to low self-worth. It makes you feel

you’re not effective in the world.

Psychologists link negative thinking to

depression, anxiety, chronic worry and

obsessive-compulsive disorder. Almost all

human beings contend with it even those with a

positive outlook.

It’s because of the way our brains are

constructed. Our amygdala and limbic system

are built to notice threats, to protect our

survival. In prehistoric times, it may have been

a beautiful day on the savannah, but when we

were stalked by a predator, we were trained to

notice that danger.

Today, the same parts of our brain are active

even when physical threats are minimal. The

threats we deal with today are more cognitive

— involving finances, whether we’re loved,

whether we’re succeeding at work. They can

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

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 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.

treasure as well.

“The Hands of Sean Perry Co.’s donation of a

week’s worth of highly skilled crew labor,

combined with the Pettuses’ financial gift for

materials is reminder of how lucky we are to

have such a unique partnership and we at

Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky

Mountains National Park are thankful for their

generosity,” said Friends of the Smokies North

Carolina Director Anna Zanetti. Friends of the

Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has

raised more than $60 million to support critical

park programs and maintain the Smokies as a

crown jewel of the National Park Service.

To view a video highlighting the renovation:

& Info about Cataloochee:


Up Your Vitamin C

with Berries

Berries have earned their standing and some of the

most popular fruits in the produce section.

Blackberries and blueberries are best in July, so enjoy

some from your local farmer’s market this summer

and look for locally grown berries later in the year.

Loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamin C,

blackberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants

and promote healthy skin.

These nutritionally packed fruits are versatile and can

be enjoyed atop your morning oatmeal, under the pie

crust or even mixed with a barbeque glaze. Quell your

sweet tooth and enjoy by the handful - one serving of

blueberries if half the container, so you can indulge


How to Turn Around Your Negative Thinking

Noticing what's right in the world can have a big impact on your life

set our hearts racing. That’s why we can panic

on a Sunday night just thinking about work.

Can negative thinking become a habit?

Absolutely. We practice worrying, and we get

better at it over time. Worry is maintained by

what we call ritualized reassurance. We think of

all the negative scenarios that can possibly

occur, and then all the ways we would survive

them, to calm ourselves down.

But reassurance is a drug with a short half-life,

like caffeine. If you use caffeine to combat

fatigue, the more you use, the more fatigued

you become over time. When people say, “The

older I get, the more I worry,” it’s because

they’ve been practicing.

And while we work out thousands of scenarios,

the story is still only going to unfold in one way.

It’s estimated that approximately 94 percent of

the time, what we worry about doesn’t happen.

What does happen is usually something we’ve

never worried about.

We’re also constantly dosed with negative

thinking because the media primarily portrays

negative events. They know we’re more drawn

to what’s wrong than to what’s right.

Is it possible to change the way you think?

Rather than change the way you think, I

recommend changing your relationship to your

thoughts. We have about 50,000 spontaneous

thoughts, images and ideas every day. Whether

they’re positive or negative, they intrude into

our awareness. Those that are negative are

more likely to capture our awareness, or

become “sticky.”

I recommend learning to watch your thoughts,

rather than engaging with them. Practicing

mindfulness can take you away from the

thinking experience. For example:

•Notice your breath or your footsteps for five to

10 seconds.

•Notice anything that takes your attention away

from them.

•Then guide yourself back to your breath or

your footsteps.

When distracted by a negative thought, notice

something to engage with in the present. What

are you seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting,


Mindfulness also helps us program in ourselves

a sense of that which is right. We can

systematically notice what’s going well in the

present. We can notice something favorable

about each person we encounter. Words of

admiration help us notice the rightness.

We can keep a gratitude journal, looking for

those events that did work out. Doing this right

before we go to sleep is especially helpful.

Does thinking positively change your brain?

Yes, we’re learning that when we change

habits, we change brain circuitry. It’s hard to

exchange bad habits for good ones because

they exist deep within the brain.

But when new habits are formed, they tend to

stick and become more automatic. We may

resist an exercise program at first, but after a

while it becomes automatic. In the same way,

we can try to form new habits around how we

relate to our thoughts.

That’s why, more and more, mindfulness is

being used as a tool to treat problems like social

anxiety, OCD and depression. Mindfulness

helps us accept things as they are, rather than

always being in fix-it mode.

What happens as you start to think more

positive? Your thoughts affect the way you

regard your life. Positive thinking fosters selfacceptance

and self-efficacy.

Maybe you have a gift to give that makes the

lives of those around you better. Praising others

has such an impact. It creates delight. It makes

us all feel better and function better, and makes

the world a better place.

Practicing positivity can also guide you to a

different way of working within your

profession. If you’re a lawyer, for example, you

may want to switch from an adversarial role to

more of an advocacy role.

Developing positivity can even influence the

ways we choose to behave, leading us to feel

better and experience better outcomes in life.

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Around Town

Old Smoky Gem Mine

968 Parkway, #1, Downtown Gatlinburg

Published by:

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Around Town

Publisher: John F. Pa

Editor: Elizabeth Pa

Associate Publishers:

P. J. West

Brook St. John

Steve Moore

Jim England

Brian Papworth

Jim Woods


Ken Wayne

(865) 436-7112

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

P.O. Box 368, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Contribu ng Writers:

Cynthia Reeves

Chef JD

Kathryn Sherrard

Danny Lewis

Ken Wayne

A. Jann Peitso

Jim Yonan

Ben Fuchs

Paul Murray

Sandi Oliver

Contact us: 865-255-3557

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without express written consent of the publisher. Publisher does not purport

to authenticate and is not responsible for claims made by advertisers found

within this publication. Smoky Mountains Around Town Newspaper claims

no responsibilities or statements made by present or past independent

representatives. © 2015 - All rights reserved.

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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

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.

By Chef JD

As you may have noticed, summer has

jumped right in for the third year in a

row. Some of you may like the idea that

it has, however, I personally do not like

having heat like this so early. I like

having the 70's, then 80's and a few

weeks at the most, in the low 90's.

Anywho, enough of that. Now for

something else that's in my craw once

again... People not taking their time to

look into our wonderful shops in the

Arts & Crafts Community!

People, people, people... looking in a

doorway or through a window, truly

does not give the full perspective of

what is being offered. Would you

assume that JC Penny's only carry

clothing by looking at one window

display? Of course you would not.

Therefore, why would you assume that

these wonderful people in the Arts &

Crafts Community would only have

certain items in their stores? You will

find once you enter into these stores, a

possible hidden treasure or two.

Something that you wish you had long

ago could be right there in front of you.

Not only that, it was created locally or in

America! For those reasons, go in, say

hello, smile, enjoy your surroundings,

Hello my visiting people & locals!

you're most likely on some kind of

vacation, so relax... Oh, by the way...

diets don't exist when you're on

vacation. You diet before your vacation,

you diet after your vacation, but you do

not diet during! So let's start with

something refreshing that you can have


Fruit Salad

•1 – 2lb Seedless Watermelon, slice 1/2”

slices, remove rind & cube

•1 Cantaloupe, slice in half, deseed,

slice 1/2” slices, remove rind & cube

•1 Pineapple, shell remove, cored, slice

1/2” slices & cube

•(Or, 1 can sliced pineapple in own

juices, drained and cubed)

•1 pint Fresh Strawberries, sliced in half


•1/4 cup Honey

•1/4 cup Orange Juice

•1/4 cup Mint, minced

•2 tablespoon Lemon Juice

•1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds

•1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt


Toss all fruit together

Mix dressing, until well blended

Add to fruit mixture and lightly toss

until fruit is coated & chill

The Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg

Before serving: Garnish with Feta

Cheese, 1 cup crumbled

Simple Grilled Chicken

1 lb - Boneless Chicken Breast, cut fat

off & pound down to even thickness

In a freezer bag add the following:

3 tablespoon – Balsamic Vinegar

2 tablespoon – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I

like the Smoky Pecan)

1 tablespoon – Lemon Juice

Dash of each: Salt & Pepper

Seal bag & shake well

Add Chicken seal & shake

Refrigerate 2 hours before grilling

Grill 3 minutes, turn meat to make a


Grill another 2 minutes & flip

Cook another 5 minutes or until meat is

done - 165°

I hope you are enjoying the Smoky's and

keeping cool, which the above should

help you along. Remember to be patient

on the roads and give yourselves plenty

of time to get to your destinations. No

sense of getting more heated up in this

heat! Life is just too short...

Until next time, relax a little, enjoy a lot

& please stop by and say hello.

Chef JD

Closed on Mondays

Come in

Enjoy FREE


of FUDGE or

samplings of Chef JDs

Award Winning

Sauce & Marinade!


Smoking Bar

Beer To Go

680 Glades Road Gatlinburg (865) 640-1222

Pet Friendly Outside Deck, Pool Table & Kornhole Games

Our Aquatic Heritage

Directions: Take Glades Road to its end.

Turn left and go one mile. On the right.

4133 Birds Creek Road • (865) 325-8384

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the vast

majority of water is of the flowing variety. The park

currently boasts 76 species of fish that occupy 12

different families. Therefore, the current 76 species of

ray-finned fishes must be able to navigate and

successfully exist somewhere within the Park's 2,100 +

miles of flowing water. Surprisingly, of the 2,100 miles of

stream in the park, fish only occupy approximately 800

miles. Even the large reservoirs on the South and Western

border of the Park are merely impounding the Little

Tennessee River, with quite a volume of flowthrough.Fontana

Lake photo by C. Wilder

The wonderful thing about the waters of this park is that

they are all within a landmass that is protected. It is

preserved as a showcase of what clean water looks like,

and how it also preserves all aquatic life within, including

a great diversity of fishes. This does not mean that the

fishes of the park are all thriving. There are several

species of fish that are state and/or federally listed as

being threatened or endangered. Because of this,

Conservation Fisheries Incorporated of Knoxville, TN

has been working with DLIA and Park Staff to restore


However, air pollution on our mountaintops, even from

sources hundreds of miles away, have added acid to the

headwater streams at high elevations and have removed

or limited the life forms inhabiting them. 95% of streams

in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are

sensitive or extremely sensitive to acidification. Please

join DLIA and other friends of the park, and do whatever

you can do to say "No!" to air pollution - for the park

fishes, for us, and for generations to come.

For more information about the fishes of the Great

Smoky Mountains National Park, refer to the DLIA fish

pages starting at You

can find information regarding species, habitat,

appearance and interesting facts.

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