Smoky Mountains Around Town / August 2018


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What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies !

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“Celebrating Our Appalachian Musical Roots”

Mo Pitney

By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

Sam Williams

Hilary Williams

Bobby G. Rice

The Seventh Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

August 13-19 will present 33 #1 Hit writers in free live shows

along with 150 aspiring songwriters, 2 ticketed concerts,

mentoring and audition sessions, song writer workshops and


Mo Pitney will kick-off the SMSWF Thursday August 16th on

the lawn at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn at 7 pm. Doors open at 6

pm, Public invited. Bring your lawn chairs and come celebrate

the craft of songwriting and our Appalachian musical roots.

“We are really excited about this year's festival. We have some

really well known songwriters this year that have written

national hits and we are excited about having some really neat

concerts featuring Hank Williams' grandchildren, Carrie Tillis,

Sylvia, Mo Pitney and more,” said Cyndy Montgomery Reeves,

founder and executive director of the Smoky Mountain

Songwriters Festival.

The ticketed concert on Friday, August 17 at Glenstone Lodge

showcases Leona Williams, Bobby G. Rice and Sylvia. Leona

Williams wrote “Someday When Things Are Good” and “You

Take Me For Granted for Merle Haggard. Williams has written

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, Loretta Lynn and more.

Bobby C. Rice's song “You Lay So Easy On My Mind song

marks its 46th anniversary which earned artist/songwriter CMA

nominations for single and album of the year, as male vocalist of

the year in 1973. Music legends Roy Orbison, Kitty Wells, Pat

Boone, Andy Williams, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Jerry

Springer, Bill Anderson's Po' Boys Band all recorded this

legendary song.

Sylvia is going to share songs she has written herself. She will

also be singing her top hits “Nobody”, “Tumbleweed”,

“Drifter”,“Snap Shot”, and “Like Nothing Ever Happened.”

“Country Royalty Descendants of the Legends” ticketed

Leona Williams

7th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival In Gatlinburg

concert hosted by Bobby Tomberlin is Saturday, August 18 at

the Glenstone Lodge and will showcase Hillary and Sam

Williams, Hank William's Sr's grandchildren and Hank

Williams Jr. children, and Carrie Tillis, Mel Tillis daughter.

“These children of the greats are sharing their talent in the music

world living under the shadow and presence of legendary great

families. You will find that Sam Williams, the spitting image of

his grandfather Hank Williams, Sr., Hilary Williams and Carrie

Tillis all have their own uniqueness in the musical world. They

appreciate their roots but are and have come with their own style

and answers to the tremendous amount of talent they have

inherited,” said Reeves.

Venues that will feature 33 #1 hit writers in free live music

shows along with 150 talented songwriters are Crystelle Creek

Restaurant, Three Jimmy's, The Ship, Drafts Burger Bar, Park

Vista Lounge, Ripley's Lower Plaza, Gatlinburg Inn, Anakeesta

Plaza, Loco Burros and the Glenstone Lodge ballroom.

The Hit Songwriters featured in the free live music shows wrote

the following songs:

*Bobby Tomberlin “One More Day” Diamond Rio

* Rafe Van Hoy “Golden Ring” George Jones & Tammy


* Tony Arata- “The Dance” Garth Brooks

* Will Nance “She's Everything” Brad Paisley

* Buddy Cannon “Give It Away” George Strait

* Dan Demay “If Something Should Happen” Daryl Worley

* Mark Nesler “Just To See You Smile” Tim McGraw

* Larry Cordle “Highway 40 Blues” Ricky Skaggs

* Lesle Satcher “Troubadour' George Strait

* Philip White “I'm Movin On” Rascal Flats

* Randy Brooks “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” Elmo


* Bill Labounty “Somewhere In the Vicinity of The

Heart”Alison Kraus & Shenandoah

* Doug Johnson “Three Wooden Crosses” Randy Travis

* Mark Naramore “That Is What I Love About Sunday” Craig


Carrie Tillis

Sylvia Hutton

* Chris Wallin “Don't Blink” Kenny Chesney

* Tony Mullins “How Forever Feels' Kenny Chesney

* Steve Dean “Watching You” Rodney Atkins

* Bill Whyte “Retired” Ray Stevens

*Victoria Venier “Back To You” Take Six

*Jeff Silvey “Oh What A Perfect Day” George Strait

*Danny Wells “Check Yes or No” George Strait

*Brady Seals “God Blessed Texas” Little Texas

* Jerry Salley “When We Both Say Good-Bye Sir Elton John

*Jeff McClellan “Rainy Day Blues” Terry Baucum's Dukes of


* Pete Sallis “Shut Up and Fish” Maddie & Tae

* Marc Allan Barnette “Rescued Me” John Berry

* Sean Gasaway “Stomp” Pittsburg Steelers”

* Randy Finchum “I Can't Wait To Waste a Little Time” Sammy


* Bobby Marquez “Marlboro Man” George Strait

* Brian White “Watching You” Rodney Atkins

* Karyn Williams “He's Already There” Darin & Brooke


* John Condrone “If You Stole My Heart” Kym Simon

* Mark True “Why Did You Love The One You Left Me For”

Crystal Gayle

* Bobby Starnes “Wilkes County Clay” Blue Highway

*Gerald Smith The Georgia Quakerjack “What Part of No”

Lorrie Morgan

*Troy Martin “Baby Gotten Good at Good-bye” George Strait

*Lance Carpenter “Love Me Like You Mean It” Kelsea


Venues that will feature 33 #1 hit writers in free live music

shows along with 150 talented songwriters are Crystelle Creek

Restaurant, Three Jimmy's, The Ship, Drafts Burger Bar, Park

Vista Lounge, Gatlinburg Inn, Anakeesta (plaza and up top),

Loco Burros and the Glenstone Lodge ballroom.

Admission is Free except to the Ticketed Concerts. For more

information, schedule and to register to win a Free weekend in

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Page 2 Around Town

Mike Fowler

Fowlers Clay Works

Kountry Antics

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Join in on one of their fun pottery classes!

Family owned and family centered, Mike, his wife Cheryl and

their beautiful daughter Ava, make a living by creating

authentic pottery.

Mike began his ceramic journey in 1995, when he was studying

Audio Engineering at Full Sail University. The talented Del and

Barbra Seaman, owners of Artistic Hand in Oviedo, Florida,

gave him a well-rounded start and taught him the beginning

steps of making art a lifestyle.

Soon after, in 1998, Mike began his search for personal style

under the wing of Richard and Alice Collinson at Palms Up

Pottery. After 8 years, Mike and his Family moved into the

beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Within the next years of his career, Mike refined his artistic

technique as well as learned the art of historical southern

pottery with Robert and Connie Alewine, at Alewine Pottery.

Mike tells his story through his pottery using slip trailing.

Making small intentional gestures that allow him to express

himself on just about every piece. This signature mark reminds

him always of his family and what he has worked so hard to


Mike also mixes his own glazes that prove to reflect the beauty

of the natural surrounding world. One of his favorite things

about creating pottery is knowing that in some capacity the pots

enrich a person’s life, making that beverage a little more

exciting, or a natural flower arrangement even more beautiful.

He adds elements of the world around, including elements of

himself and passed mentors.

Knowing that there is more to clay works than just making a

pot. Fowler’s Clay works focuses on bringing out the best of the

Great Smokies in color, heritage and design. There is nothing

more special than being able to take home a memory that will

last a lifetime. Visit their shop at 1402 East Parkway, #10 in

Gatlinburg. (865) 412-1003

Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community

600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Village

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


all supplies furnished - two or three hour classes

• 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

Anakeesta Rail Runner Mountain Coaster

Coming Fall 2018

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 9 21

680 Glades Road, # 2 • Gatlinburg

Anakeesta’s new single-rail mountain coaster is the first of

its kind in the United States! As a single-rail line, riders can

ride lower to the ground on a single track creating a thrilling

and unique experience as you race through the trees while

flying down the mountain. It also allows you to control your

own speed so if you prefer a slower pace you can do that too!

The Anakeesta Rail Runner takes you on an exhilarating

downhill ride with a 400 ft. elevation change and can hit

speeds of 25 mph. The ride begins with 1,600 feet of

downhill twists and turns and ends with a scenic uphill ride

back to the top of Anakeesta Mountain. Riders can ride solo

or tandem with a small child.

Maximum weight: 270 lbs. (if you choose to ride with a

child, your combined weight cannot exceed 270 lbs.)

Minimum age: 3 years old

Riders under the age of 9 must ride tandem with a companion

Our Rail Runner carts feature back and headrests for a

comfortable and safe ride

Climb through the Anakeesta Treehouse Payground

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

Wildlife Encounter at Ober Gatlinburg

Around Town Page 3

Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter is proud to share with visitors our black bear family, including Minnie and BJ, and their

now grown 6 yr olds, Holly and Chief.

See our River Otters playing at the underwater viewing area, our beautiful Bobcats and our Birds of Prey in an enclosed aviary.

Eventually fox and other native species will also have homes at this new facility. Our Nocturnal House includes various species of

native Smokies wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, flying

squirrels, turtles and snakes.

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)

The Wildlife Encounter at Ober Gatlinburg is a privately funded,

municipally sponsored zoo, licensed by the U.S.D.A. as an

exhibitor. It has been put in place to provide people with an up

close viewing of native wildlife in a safe environment. State law

in Tennessee protects native wildlife from live capture and trade,

and restricts possession of live animals to municipal zoos and

university facilities. No wild animals are ever captured for

exhibition; all new acquisitions are from other U.S.D.A. licensed

zoos or are rescue animals. The Habitat was expanded in 2007

and now not only exhibits American black bears, but also river

otters, bobcats, raccoon, skunks, flying squirrels, a red squirrel,

eight different bird of prey species, and a variety of reptiles,

amphibians, and fish.

The Habitat includes three separate concrete enclosures, two of

which house the black bear, one houses the river otters. There are

outside flight enclosures for the diurnal birds of prey and a new

bobcat enclosure opened fall of 2014. The Nocturnal house has

nocturnal birds of prey, raccoons, skunks and flying squirrels.

The reptile house has a variety of small reptiles, amphibians, fish

and a red squirrel.

The bears are off exhibit while in hibernation, but all the other

animals are awake and out in all but the most extreme weather.

The bobcats and otters both very much enjoy playing in the snow

throughout the winter. All of the animals inside are also available

for viewing throughout the winter.

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

Ober Gatlinburg Presents

Every Saturday 6 to 8pm

Come up the Mountain and be a part of our

inaugural Live Music Summer Series that 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

M i k e S n o d g r a s s i s a n a s p i r i n g

Singer/Songwriter located in Knoxville,

TN. Starting out as a drummer at a young

age, Mike developed his musical talents into

guitar, vocals and harmonica. With rhythmic

guitar playing, soulful vocals and many

other surprises, Mike is sure to entertain a

variety of crowds.

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. Show a

driver’s license or proof of residency to take in the

views of the Smoky Mountains at no cost!

Davis Mitchell is an

artist, singer-songwriter

a n d p e r f o r m e r f r o m

Knoxville, Tn. He has a

long history of leading

some of the regions most

successful bands through

the years like Bonnaroo

vets Dishwater Blonde.

Whether Davis is currently

fronting his 7 piece R&B,

Funk Band or entertaining

a crowd with his refreshing

array of acoustic covers

he’s got one thing in mind,

to leave you smiling,

singing and dancing.

August Schedule

4 - Mike Snodgrass - Acoustic R&B, Soul, Pop, Today’s Hits

11 - Jeanine Fuller Trio - Mix of Soul, R&B, Neo soul, Jazz & Pop

18 - Davis Mitchell - Acoustic Covers, R&B and Funk

28 - Kelle Jolly - Smooth Jazz, Big Band Vocal Sound, Standards, Neo Soul

Jeanine Fuller - originally hails from Brooklyn,

NY but has ties and roots in various parts of New

York, North Carolina, New Jersey and now

resides in Knoxville,Tn. She is a seasoned &

flavored vocalist with eclectic blends of Soul,

Funk, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Rock and Gospel.

Jeanine, a former NCNB music competition

winner recipient and high school graduate of the

University of North Carolina School of the Arts,

majoring in Voice/Classical studies. She also

attended college at the Conservatory, Manhattan

School of Music (training under late Opera

singer/teacher, Betty Allen).

Though classically trained, Jeanine has mastered

various music styles. She has previous touring

experience in Europe with different music

productions, such as The Golden Gospel Singers

and worked on several projects with

author/playwright and NY radio personality, Vy

Higgensen, who was most popularly known for

her off Broadway production of “Mama I Want

To Sing”.

V o c a l i s t K e l l e J o l l y a n d

Saxophonist Will Boyd - two of

East TN’s most celebrated jazz

musicians. They are the 2015 MLK

Art Award recipients. They have

served as ambassadors of jazz,

traveling to Muroran, Japan,

Knoxville’s Sister City. Will is a

member of the Knoxville Jazz


Kelle is the host of Jazz Jam on

WUOT 91.9FM and the founder of

the Women in Jazz Jam Festival

which will be held March 16th, 2019

in Knoxville, TN

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


Every Second Monday...

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Nite

Neesee on the keyboard

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

Hear Jane & Gary with New Rain alternate Tuesday Nites

Hundred of Flavors to Choose From

Open Daily 3 pm

Jams • Jellies • Honey

Sauces • Rubs • Relishes

Pickled Vegetables

Where The Locals Go !

Look For Our 150' Lighted Tree

Free Parking On 2 Levels

Easy Handicap Access

Appetizers • Salads • Soups • Entrees

Italian Dishes • Daily Specials • Desserts

Full Bar Service • Free Parking • In House Catering

Pet Friendly Sports Porch!

1654 East Parkway (Next To Dollar General)

Page 4 Around Town

By A. Jann Peitso

Things never really wind down In The Loop. Activity continues

long after “Closed” signs hang limply in many shop windows.

Some artisans may leave their workshops after a long, hot

afternoon and head home to a cool evening shower before

dinner. Others are just getting inspired with some new design

and begin work that lasts until the wee hours of the next day.

Some restaurants along the Loop are just opening as dusk

approaches and their twinkly lights beckon to the curious and

hungry “foodie”. More of the “food oriented visitors” are

Doing The Loop these days in search of less-crowded and more

intimate dining experiences in the evenings. Tapas as well as

dinners are created by artisans using groceries and wines as their

artistic tools.

Entering The Loop via Buckhorn Road, the Buckhorn Inn has

been a long-established, circa 1938, dining destination.

Turning left at Glades Road from Buckhorn, drive on down past

the one blinking light and there on the right, is the Red Oak

Bistro, a delightful European experience Thursday – Sunday

evenings featuring light fare and wines to tweak anyone's taste

buds. Dining on the deck, it is a delight to look over the area

known as “The Center of the Loop”.

Another evening, visit other dining establishments In The Loop.

tangible handcrafted objects or the artistic presentation of food

There is The Fox & Parrot Tavern, an authentic British

Pub/Restaurant and its sister establishment, Greek-inspired

with homemade tapas, Wine A Little Wine Bar & Tapas. Full

service and live entertainment is found at Crystelle Creek and

Three Jimmy's offers a downhome fun place to try the best

Rueben's anywhere!

As the evening lights start to dim, the early risers begin to stir.

Breakfast artisans ply their skills and offer a totally different

experience. For those “Early AM Foodies”, try Timber's Log

Cabin Restaurant on King Road or the newbie, Split Rail Eats in

the Covered Bridge Complex. SRE offers “Tater Bowls” for

you Tater Tots Epicureans. Tasty and warm bakery goods are

found at the Crust & Crumb at the only blinking light In The


The night sky may lighten and the next morning starts anew

along the 8 mile Loop but there is always an art or craft to please

the most discerning collector.

Either by tangible handcrafted objects or the artistic

presentation of food, it can all be found 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 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

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

It's almost time for Sevier County Fair

It's almost time for the

Sevier County Fair! This

year's fair will be held from

Tuesday, August 28th

t h r o u g h M o n d a y ,

September 3rd.

If you would like to be an exhibitor, we have several areas in which

you can exhibit; these include canning, crafts (adult and youth),

photography, crops, floral, domestic arts, baked goods and candy,

and several more. If you enter at least five items, you will receive a

free entry ticket for the fair! Intake begins on Thursday, August

16th for certain items. See our website

for complete details. On the website you can also download the

premium book with all categories and information on how to enter.

There are several events that will be held during the fair that you will

want to plan for, and in some cases, pre-register for. These include:

·Youth Talent Competition (held Sunday, September 2nd; preregister

by August 24th)

·Senior Day (held on Saturday, September 1st; pre-purchase tickets

at the My People Senior Activity Center to be able to get in to special

activities being held before the gates open)

·Fairest of the Fair (held on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday,

August 29th; pre-register by August 24th)

·Cos-Play night (held on Saturday, September 1st; no preregistration

required. Contest will be judged by Smoky Mountain

Ghostbusters, cash prizes)

·Youth Mic Night (this is open to anyone who would like to come in

and sing on our entertainment stage; you will have a 15 minute time

slot; pre-register by August 24th)

·Atomic Wing Eating Contest (Quaker Steak Atomic Wings; held

Thursday, August 30th; pre-registration not set yet, follow website

for complete details as they become available)

The Fair will open at 5 pm on the 28th. On that night, every 18th

person through the gate for the first hour, from 5 – 6, will receive a

free unlimited ride wristband! Admission is free to children 10 and

under. Parking is free. Unlimited ride wristbands are $20 each, and

anyone who rides a ride (parent or child) must have either a

wristband or tickets for the rides.

For complete information, the most up to date schedule, etc, please

visit our website:


Photography / Gallery & Studio / Workshop

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)

Prune your roses the correct way

Known for their exquisite beauty and intoxicating

scent, the rose is one of the most widely cultivated

landscape plants and is found in gardens and

yards worldwide. With hundreds of varieties

available, they can be grown in almost any color

imaginable and a wide variety of climatic zones

and growing conditions. Because of this variety

and adaptability, it's no wonder they are so

popular in home gardens!

Roses are fairly easy to maintain, but one of the

most important things you can do as a gardener is

to prune them regularly. This will keep plants

healthy and discourage disease while maintaining

a beautiful shape that promotes blossoming. Five

tips that will help you prune rose bushes like a pro.

1. Remove all foliage - To get a really good visual

of the structure of the rose bush, it's best to prune it

when there aren't any leaves on it. Either do this in

the spring before the plant breaks its dormancy or

remove all of the leaves by hand.

2. Cut off all horizontal canes - The first step is to

remove any canes/branches growing horizontally.

This includes anything that is growing in toward

the center of the rose bush or crossing over

another cane.

3. Prune all diseased or dead material - Step two is

to cut out all canes that are diseased or dead. If you

are unsure about the health check the center of the

cane: If it's brown or black, the branch is dead;

green means healthy plant material. Garden

Guides shows exactly what to look for when

determining if the canes are dead or alive.

Removing the diseased or dead material will open

up the center of the rose bush, allowing good air


4. Take vertical canes down to outward facing bud

- You should now have six to eight good, strong,

healthy vertical canes left on the rose bush. To

promote continuous blooming it's time to cut

those vertical canes down to a height of 18 to 24

inches. Find an outward-facing bud on each cane

and prune just above that bud.

5. Cut at 45-degree angle - All cuts should be

made at a 45-degree angle that will encourage

water to drain away from the bud to help prevent

rot and disease. Make sure the cuts are straight

and the cut surface is not jagged but smooth.

Sharp pruners will help facilitate this. The

American Rose Society explains this in depth.

Special Olympics athlete part of gymnastics hall of fame

He competed in: Floor, Vault, High Bar, Rings, Pommel Horse, and Parallel Bars. He won Gold in all and Gold in All Round!

Around Town Page 5

A few years ago, Carlton Morris was a

young gymnast with very little experience

and a big fear of heights.

His mother, Mary Morris, recalled

standing next to him the first time he stood

in a gym and looked up at the rings, a look

of discouragement on his face.

“He looked at me and said, ‘But I

can’t,’” she remembered.

But like all champions, Carlton’s fear

didn’t get the best of him. Over the years,

he has accumulated a seemingly endless

string of medals, proof that when he

works hard, he can do just about anything.

Morris became the first Special

Olympics athlete to be inducted into the

North Carolina Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

He is the only special-needs gymnast so

far to have received the honor.

The induction happened in Raleigh, in

the middle of the North Raleigh

Gymnastics N.C. Men’s Qualifier, which

brought together 200 gymnasts from

around the state. Morris was the Hall of

Fame’s lone new inductee and received a

chance to speak to his fellow athletes.

Morris is living proof of what a positive

attitude and an honest effort can achieve:

Born with Down syndrome, he has for

years observed a strict diet to maintain a

healthy weight and practices twice

weekly with coaches Jill Hunt and Jim

Shaw. He’s a longtime participant in

Special Olympics Davidson County,

where he competes in basketball,

bowling, cycling and equestrian events in

addition to his work in gymnastics.

In 1999, he attended the World Games,

where he won five gold medals as well as a

silver and a bronze. Seven years later he

attended the 2006 National Games in

Ames, Iowa, where he also took home five

gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

“It’s really been a big adventure for

me,” Mary said. “To see him go so far, it’s

been a blessing.”

The Hall of Fame ceremony capped an

emotional weekend for Carlton, who was

surrounded in Raleigh by his family and

friends, as well as his coaches and former

teachers, all of whom made the drive to

see him make history.

He was presented with two plaques

commemorating his achievement.

“I am so happy and proud of him for all

Carlton recently visited Gatlinburg

of his accomplishments,” Mary said,

adding: “It’s not about the competitions

he wins, it’s more about his spirit, his

willingness to do his best and his attitude

about life itself.”

That attitude has taken him a long way,

and Morris shows no signs of slowing.

He’s already attained the status of levelthree

national champion; the fourth and

highest achievable level would require

him to choreograph his own floor routine,

something he said he’s thinking about.

It would only be the latest in a list of

accomplishments any athlete would envy.

Looking back on that first day with her

son, standing nervously under the rings,

Mary recalled that “it was the last time I

heard him say ‘I can’t.”

That fear has long since been replaced

by another personal motto, which the

newly minted Hall-of-Famer recited after

his return from Raleigh: “I can,” Carlton

said, smiling broadly, “I can.” He has

since moved to Charlotte, NC and now

trains with his coach, Cory Wooten, at

Flying High Gymnastics in Mooresville.

Since training with Cory, Carlton has now

reached the Level Four status!

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg



Critical Health News

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses. They're a great source

of vitamins and minerals, with electrolytes like potassium,

calcium and magnesium. They contain unique plant nutrients

unavailable in other foods. They’re low in sugar, fat and

calories. They're filling and tasty too. Recently it’s been

discovered that they can regulate the growth of blood vessels,

stimulating their production when necessary for the health of

the lungs, muscles and reproductive organs. They can also shut

blood vessels down to fight cancer. As it turns out, malignant

cells, which start out as harmless microscopic clumps, can only

develop and divide when they stimulate the production blood

vessels to supply them with nutrients. According to a 2012

article in the Journal of Oncology, many vegetables can fight

and even reverse cancer by blocking the growth of these blood

vessels, depriving it of the resources it needs, and essentially

starving the tumor to death.

Because much of the nutritional value in veggies is locked up in

lipids, to really leverage their nutritional value, you want mix

them up with fatty foods. We don’t often think of veggies as

having a fat nature, but they do, particularly in the peels and

pulp of the fruit-veggies, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, and

spread throughout leafy greens, like spinach, lettuce, kale,

broccoli, and cabbage. By braising or steaming veggies with

butter, you’ll free the phytonutrients and fatty vitamins,

making them more digestible and easy to assimilate. Many of

the minerals are locked up in the fats, so you’ll get more value

from those nutrients too. Combining fats and veggies is an

especially important eating strategy for anyone dealing with

malabsorption issues, with liver or intestinal disease, or with

those who had a gall bladder removed.

Enjoying butter with your veggies can be a delicious way to

improve skin health, particularly for older women. As ladies

approach the menopausal years, their ability to process fats can

become compromised. This can manifest as dry, thinning or

otherwise aged skin. Using fats with veggies can liberate fatty

phytonutrients, like beta carotene and bioflavonoids, which can

be very helpful for preventing sun damage. In the near future,

you can expect to see vegetable based topical products that take

advantage of the skin protective power of the vegetable. You

can actually make your own sun protective, anti-wrinkle facial

product by blending veggies and coconut oil into a paste,

adding a little mayonnaise and using it topically as an antiaging

face cream. You’ll get anti-aging Vitamin E and good fats

from the coconut oil, skin softening protein from the mayo, and

the veggie nutrients will keep your skin safe from the sun and

other environmental assaults.

600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg

Around Town


Don’t Feed The Bears

A Fed Bear

Is a Dead Bear

Koinonia Farm, A Great Place to Visit

Include Koinonia, the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, in your travel plans

We are moving to - 1349 East Pkwy in Gatlinburg

Proudly the largest liquor store and selection in Sevier County since 1983.

Epi’s Fine Wines & Spirits of Gatlinburg, TN offers a huge selection of liquor,

spirits, high-gravity beer and wines from local and around the world.

We have convenient, unlimited and free parking.

At traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg turn onto Rt. 321. Go 2.7 miles and we’re on the left.

1359 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg • 865-436-5287

Did you know that Habitat for Humanity was

born at a small farm in Georgia? Founded in

1942, Koinonia Farm has quite a history earning

the distinction of being named a Georgia

Historical site. That history goes far beyond the

partnership housing movement started by the

farm then taken world wide by Habitat.

At the heart of Koinonia is hospitality. Hundreds

of guests come to the farm each year for a variety

of reasons — for lunch, for a tour, to spend a few

days in simple guesthousing where they are

encouraged to unplug. No matter the reason or

the length of stay, everyone is welcome.

This heart of hospitality was not always popular.

During the mid-20th century, Koinonia's belief

in the equality of all people led some in the area

who disagreed to resort to drive-by shootings,

bombing roadside stands, and boycotting the

farm's products. But the members of this

intentional Christian community held on

remaining true to the belief that all should be

welcomed regardless of race, religion, class or

anything else that divides.

From this foundation of welcome came many

relationships, conversations, changed lives, and

ministries such as Habitat for Humanity

International. Everything that came from

Koinonia, including Habitat, is rooted in the idea

of partnership, working together, and the power

of welcoming everyone.

Today, Koinonia's vision remains the same — it

is a place of welcome. In addition, the

community is dedicated to sustainable farming

focusing on the health of the soil, offering

internships to adults of all ages and working to

serve others. Koinonia also operates a direct

mail order business selling products made in its

onsite bakery — pecans, fair trade chocolate,

granola, date nut bread, honey nut peach cake,

pecan brittle, jams, jellies, and much more.

“Folks are invited to share a meal, stroll through

the orchards, tour our bakery and sample our

chocolate, take a deep breath and unplug awhile.

Koinonia is a peaceful place. Come and see,”

said Director Bren Dubay.

More about visiting Koinonia Farm, please visit

our website or call us at 229 924-0391.

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Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

Gatlinburg Pickers

by Danny Lewis

A r st T ed Wolff

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



Open Monday - Saturday

As a rule of thumb, I would typically write about an antique. This

time, however, I thought I’d feature “The Weathervane”. They

actually go back to the Viking era. They basically used them as

ornamentation - not to predict wind change and speed.

I have always loved them and the way people use them for

decoration. I’ve seen them mostly used in all the normal maneuvers.

I’ll run across a true antique weathervane on occasion and I now

have a rooster with decent age .

I generally keep eight to ten of them in the store. Anything from

cows, chickens, roosters, flying pigs, ducks, eagles, horses, birds,

dogs, etc. At least the ones we carry are all hand hammered, which is

nice. It’s just one of those fun items that it seems every time I sell one

people are so happy that I get hugs. We have a big 7 footer horse

hammered one out front. As you know our stores are known to be

rather eclectic and we will continue to keep unusual items.

So, if it’s t-shirts and squirt guns you’re looking for you won’t find

them....well I take that back...we do keep a few antique toy guns

from time to time.

Happy Trails...Danny

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

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

The Weathervane ”

170 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Value. Everyday.

Open till 1:00 am

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

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

October 6 - October 7 - located in Gatlinburg

Annual Smoky Mountain Trout

Tournament is open to adults or

children and equally challenging for

both visitors and locals, with multiple

categories to be contested in this largest

trout tournament in the Smokies.

Annual Smoky Mountain Trout

Tournament is open to adults or

children – and equally challenging for

both visitors and locals, with multiple

categories to be contested in this largest

trout tournament in the Smokies. All


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.

Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations

will be observed. For information, call

8 6 5 - 6 6 1 - 3 4 7 4 o r e m a i l

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!

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.

Sipping on a cup of hot tea may be a safeguard

against a lot of health problems, that is, unless

your tea is soaked in pesticides. Some leading

tea brands contain enough pesticides to poison

and slowly kill you.

CBC News recently conducted an investigation

on the pesticide levels in some of the most

major tea-producing companies. The

investigators found that over half of all teas

tested had pesticide residues that were above

the legally acceptable limit. Multiple chemicals

were found in 8 out of 10 teas, with one brand of

tea containing over 22 different types of


Countless studies have revealed, pesticides

have been linked to ADHD, Alzheimer’s

Disease, reproductive and birth defects, as well

as cancer. Pesticides can cause harm to the

nervous system and the endocrine system by

disrupting hormones. Pesticides can pass from

the mother during pregnancy which can be very

harmful to the developing baby. These

pesticides can also be passed through the breast

milk of a nursing mother and child.

These dangerous pesticides build up in your

body creating detrimental health problems.

The tea companies that were found to contain

the highest pesticide levels were as follows:

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

• Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label

Black Tea)

• Tetley

• Twinning

• Red Rose

• No Name

• Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and

Jasmine Green Tea)

• King Cole

• Signal

Toxic Paper Tea Bags

Did you know that most conventional paper tea

bags are treated with epichlorohydrin to protect

these bags from disintegrating or tearing?

EPICHLOROHYDRIN is a chlorinated epoxy

compound used as an industrial solvent. It is a

strong skin irritant and carcinogen.

Epichlorohydrin is mainly used in the

production of epoxy resins. According to safety

literature from Dow, it’s a very dangerous

chemical that requires using extra precautions

when handling.

Avoid “natural flavors“ as an ingredient

“Natural flavors” is a sneaky way to hide

ingredients from the consumer. It is used to

manipulate consumers into thinking that they

are buying a product with better, cleaner

ingredients. Sounds harmless enough, but it

usually stands for soy and corn based

ingredients, which mean hidden GMOs..

Mine For Your Fortune!

You’re never too old

to play in the dirt

and find some treasures

Fun For The Whole Family !

Page 7 Around Town

Valley Pools & Spas

Sales • Supplies • Service • Repair

849 Glades Road, # 1B1, Gatlinburg

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)

Hot Tubs

Swimming Pools

Game Tables

(865) 908-0025

3059 Birds Creek Rd, Sevierville

Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

All classifications of animals seems to have a species,

breed or individuals that, for some unknown reason, go into

frenzied fanatical, killing rages and commit mass killings

and wanton destructions.

Many farmers have had the experience of opening their

chicken house door and observing the results of a weasel

slipping into the chicken house and then going into a frenzied

rage and killing all the chickens in the chicken house,

sucking the blood from two or three and then spraying all the

rest with the musk until the chicken house smells like a


Natural histories have many reports of the destructive

rages of the wolverine even leaving his skunk like musk.

A dog like carnivorous animal called the JACKAL that

hunts in packs and usually feeds on small animals and

carrion, is reported to sometimes go into the same frenzied

sprees of wanton destruction even chewing pieces any man

made items they can chew.

At times some species of sharks, hawks, wolves and even

the family dog seem to have the same destructive


What is the trait, fault of genetic make-up in these animals

that spurs these frenzied rages?

Civilized race of man may clasp our hands over our bellies

and cast our eyes to Heaven and piously proclaim, these wild

animals are dumb creatures, they know not what they do.

They know not the meaning of property. These rages are just

a quirk in their nature and defies human understanding. The

nature of man is above such.

Before you thank God for making man different, I must

apologize for bursting your balloon. The history of the race

of man is rife with accounts of people who share some of the

same traits as the aforementioned wild animals. Newspapers

regularly report their sprees of mindless destruction and

cemetery that received the remains of their victims.

Under our system of laws have separated life and property.

Those who mindless take many human lives we call MASS

MURDERS and those who mindless destroy property we

categorize as VANDALS. The difference between the

frenzied rages of a mass murderer, a vandal and a jackal is

only one of degree.

Webster says a vandal is one of the Germanic people who

ravaged Gaul and over ran North Africa in the early part of

the fifth century and pillaged the city of Rome in 455.

We remember the Vandals in the English Language by their

action of mindless destruction. A vandal is one who willfully

destroys or defaces property, especially anything beautiful or

artistic…Wanton destructive.

No one can even hazard a guess as to how many great

works of art, literature, history and religious and medical

manuscripts have been lost to the people of the world by the

mindless destruction of vandals. Even King Solomon's

Temple and the temple's of the early people of what is now

the United States fell to the mindless destruction of vandals.

Vandalism is no respecter of sex, vandals can be male or

female the same as the weasel, wolverine, mass murderer or

the jackal chewing on a human shoe. What provokes a human

to take a club and destroy dozens of mailboxes, smash the

windows in a church or school, cut the tires of a car, break the

fixtures in a public toilet, etc? You name it.

Is it not the urge or rage that provokes the jackal?

Notice the Picture of the gun rack provided for shooters by

the Cherokee National Forest at the Bubbling Springs Target

Range in Houston Valley. See the holes left by the blast from

a shotgun and other weapons.


The targets are in a different direction. One hole could have

been an accident. You can see the same on many road signed,

bridges, historical markers and tombstones.

I wonder how many of our tax dollars are spent annually

just to repair the mindless vandalism committed by this

human relative of the jackal? Think about it.

“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

Appalachian Bear Rescue

By Kathryn Sherrard

Last month we reported that Appalachian Bear

Rescue (ABR) was caring for five bears, two yearlings and three cubs.

This month, the number of bears is still the same. The two yearlings are

doing well in their own, individual enclosures. There are three, sixmonth-old

cubs in their own enclosure, too. But the sad and happy news

in the title affected the dynamic in regard to the cubs.

On the morning of July 12, when the curators checked the Wild

Enclosures by viewing the cam footage, all was well. All five of the

bears were doing bear things as usual. Later in the day, however, when

they checked again, there had been a casualty. Cub #268, Clementine

Bear, was lying on the ground, lifeless. Following protocols, two

curators entered the enclosure and retrieved the body of the little bear. It

appeared to them that she had fallen from a tree but according to

protocol, her body was taken to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine

for a necropsy. As of this writing, we do not have the official results but it

is likely that the curators are correct in their opinion.

Sometimes people ask if bears ever fall from trees, and the answer is

“yes.” Bears, particularly cubs, are very adept climbers and spend much

of their time in the branches of trees. In fact, tree-climbing is one of the

very first things a mother bear teaches her cubs when they emerge from

the den in which they were born. Being up in a tree is where bear cubs

feel the safest and is where the sow has taught them to go whenever

danger threatens. However, if for whatever reason cubs lose their grip on

the branches, they are subject to gravity just as we are. During the 22

years of ABR's existence there have been a very few cubs who have

fallen from the trees in the enclosures. It is always very sad when this

happens, but to deny them the opportunity to climb in order to keep them

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safe would be totally wrong. They need to experience all the normal

activities of cubs in the wild and the ABR facility provides for as many

natural experiences as possible.

Now you may be wondering, “The title refers to both sad and happy

news, so what is the happy news?” A week after Clementine's death we

admitted another six-month-old cub, a male from Johnson County. The

little bear, ABR Bear #273, is nicknamed Bosco Bear. A TWRA officer

rescued him from a tree after he had been observed without a mother for a

while. Bosco Bear went to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and

was examined. He was found to be healthy and weighed 11.6 pounds, a

satisfactory weight for a wild cub his age. Bosco Bear was housed in the

Acclimation Pen that overlooked the Wild Enclosure in which Viola and

Willow are living. As soon as he finished his meds and was eating and

eliminating well, he joined them. Thus, the total number of ABR bears is

the same, even though we lost one cub and gained another.

You can follow the progress of these five 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

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! You can view videos and photos of

the bears, adopt one, if you care to, and browse through souvenir items.

We'd love to see you there!

Park Seeks Public Comment on Plant Gathering Agreement

Great Smoky Mountains National

Park is proposing to enter into an

agreement with the Eastern Band of

Cherokee Indians (EBCI) under 36

CFR Part 2.6, Final Rule on

Gathering of Certain Plants or Plant

Parts by Federally Recognized

Indian Tribes for Traditional

Purposes (Plant Gathering Rule).

The Plant Gathering Rule authorizes agreements between

the National Park Service and tribes to facilitate

continuation of tribal cultural practices in national parks

where those practices traditionally occurred. The

proposed agreement would establish a management

framework for sustainable gathering of sochan

(Rudbeckia laciniata) by EBCI members for traditional


with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Prior to entering into the agreement, the park is preparing

an environmental assessment (EA). As an integral part of

the National Environmental Policy Act and National

Historic Preservation Act compliance processes, the park

is asking for public input on matters related to the

proposed action, environmental issues, potential

alternatives, and sources of data that should be

considered. Park staff invite public input on the proposed

agreement using the National Park Service’s Planning,

Environment, and Public Comment website and

following the link titled “Sochan Gathering for

T r a d i t i o n a l P u r p o s e s ” a t or by US Mail to

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ATTN:

Environmental Planning and Compliance, 107 Park

Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. The public

scoping period is open through August 17, 2018.

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By Jim Yonan PER

Attack at the Rock!

I hope y'all have enjoyed your summer like I have. As I type this

it is the last day of July. NOT GOOD. next thing you know we

will be wearing stupid long pants again.

It sure has been Great, RIVER time, Douglas lake, pool time. I

sure love water time.

Ask me or an Elk about joining the Elks. WE do a lot of good

for our community. WE need more people to help us.

These pictures are of Girl Scout Troop 22063 leaders Wendy

Newland and Candace Wedlock with Erica Newland. The other

picture are girls taking the bridge from brownies to juniors.

Gatlinburg Elks Lodge 1925 is glad we could help support

them with a check for $500.00 to help with troop costs and new

badges and patches. Being an Elk is a good feeling because we

help people that need it.

Enjoy some RIVER or water time before it's too late.

Starting Birthday Fest 2018 with white water rafting soon!!

Remember, Kahuna Loves You!!

The Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in North America

Rocky Top Sports World’s first high school volleyball play day

will be hosted on Saturday, August 11th!

Rocky Top Sports World’s second annual high school volleyball

play day will be hosted Saturday, August 11th! Bring your varsity

for a chance to play regional teams during pre-season on our

beautiful courts. Sign up today because space is limited – info or by call Joe at 865-494-1841!

Coming October 2018!

The Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in North America Coming October 2018! Measuring nearly 700 feet in

length, SkyBridge will span the valley between ridges on Crockett Mountain at thrilling heights of up to 150 feet.

Experience spectacular panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and see Gatlinburg from a whole new vantage

point. You won’t believe your eyes!!

New Affordable Housing Complex In Gatlinburg

Preserving the Last Flicker of Light of the Past–

One of Many Short Stories - A very Bear-ry Silly Short Story

by Paul Murray

One morning I was looking out the kitchen

window and saw all the bear-ries on the ground

I said “What kind of varment would do such a

thing” Kati Jane my wife knew what

happened, so I guess she was the bear-er of

the bear-y bad news. I couldn’t bear what she

had to say. So, right out to the barn I went

looking for some rope. I couldn’t find any, so

I used some bear wire and with my bear hands

I got the bear wire and tied up that weight

bear-ing black Bear-ybush. Then all of a

sudden, our little 3 year old comes a runnin’ out

of the back door, bear-foot and bear bottomed.

She’s so fast we could bear-ly catch her.

Then this old truck pulled into our driveway with a bear cage on the back, and a man and lady got

out of the vehicle and said, “would you happen to be Paul Murray the artist? I said “Yup”

and they said “we would like you to paint us bear naked” I said, “That’s not gonna happen,” then

I turned 3 shades of red. They just started to laugh at me and said, “You look like a shy little

Teddy Bear, “I said “Now look here I’m gonna give you the bear facts. This is the south, and we

down here don’t tolerate them kind of goins on.” They replied “We feel we have the right

to bear all!” I said you see that shot gun over there on the porch? I feel I have the right to bear

arms. So kindly get back in your truck and down the road you go!.”

My wife by this point said she was getting a head ache and was commencing to go to the store to

get some bear aspirin. I said “If you’re going to the store you’d better get some vittles – the

kitchen shelves are bear and the ice box is bear-en of food. But be smart and just get the bear

necessities. She said “Didn’t you want candy or pop?” I said, “Get me some gummy bears,

and some rootbear.” She said “you mean ROOTBEER!” I said, “Ya that’s what I said”.

“Anything else?”she said.“Ya, you better get me a can of paint. I have taken all of the pictures

and curtains down and have primed most of the rooms.” She asked“you mean all of the

walls are bear? What kind of paint should I get?” I said, “Get the usual Bear brand paint”

Then she aid,“You are going to have to come with me!” I said, “I can’t the funeral parlor

asked me if I would be one of the polar bear-er’s today.” My wife said, “You mean a

pall-bear-er. I said, “Ya, that’s what I said.” Then all of a sudden our neighbors drove by,

beeping the car horn, driving with a wee little baby next to them. I asked “You mean to tell

me they had another baby and my wife said” not a chance, she’s already had 29 kids. I suspect

her child bear-in days are over”. So as I was walking my wife to the car when I hear a big

ol’…Hold on just a minute folks as I am writing this short story I am hearing some noise

out the rear…I’ll be back soon…So excuse me a minute as I go look see.

O MY! Well folks I will have tofinish this short story another time. You see it is early Tuesday

morning as I am writing this story, and our neighborhood black bear and her bear cubs are back

again rearranging the trash cans, just a bit before the garbage men are to arrive. Even though we

try to keep our garbage bear proof, I just think they like to visit and reorganize the trash cans. So

it looks like I’ve got real big ol’ mess to clean up out there before the truck come’s to take the

garbage. I promise I will finish this very bear-ry short story sometime

down the road. Please just bear in mind that them bears just make a trashy mess. So please just

bear with me.-PAUL MURRAY

p.s. some of you might think I may be losing my bear-ings. Well it ain’t no news to me, my wife

thinks that’s ben goin’ on for years. - Preserving Mtn ways and legacy since 1970-

Paul Murray Gallery 1003 Glades Rd. 2.5miles down w/large girl on barn - in the midst of the

greatest, oldest, historical Arts & Crafts Society in America. Come stir your senses. 865-436-8445 March thru mid Nov.10:30 to 6pm

State and local community leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at the future site of a

new affordable housing complex in Gatlinburg. Located at Watson and Glades Road, the

Watson Glades Place complex will feature eighty 2 - 3 bedroom units, a clubhouse with a

workout center and a swimming pool. The complex is scheduled to be open by mid-2019.

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,


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


Events: Join in on the fun with music and

special events featuring the best of the

natural and cultural resources of the

S m o k i e s . Yo u n g s t e r s w i l l e n j o y

participating in market activities on Kids

Thank You For Not Feeding Us

We Do Like:

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Days during the summer, as well as a

scavenger hunt for local food treasures.

(Look in the Market Calendar tab for these


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.

Directions to the Market

Traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg - turn north on

Hwy 321 toward Cosby. Go 2.7 miles take a

left on Glades Road. The Market is 2 miles

down Glades on the left at the covered


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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


Featuring Specialty Items Such As:

House Burger “The Blackened” hand pattied half pound charbroiled

with spicy blackened seasoning, swiss cheese, tangy

slaw & tomato on a brioche bun

Morning Mist Chicken grilled with granny smith apple,

gouda cheese & peach jalapeno jam on artisan bread

Cranberry Turkey Wrap with flour tortilla, cream cheese,

white cheddar, greens, pecan & cranberry jalapeno jam


Since 1998


Authentic British Pub

in East Tennessee!

33 Draught Beers

120 Bottled Beers

30 Hot Teas

Traditional British Food

436-0677 (865) 11

1065 Glades Road, Gatlinburg


170 Glades Rd. • 865-436-2363


Every Night !

Open Daily

3 pm


865-436-2500 1

(Located behind Calhoun’s Restaurant)

1004 Parkway, #301 • Gatlinburg

Neil’s Gallery

Best Friend

To Newport

2 12

Judy Jones


454 N.



Buckhorn Road

Duck Pond Lane

Skiddy’s Place


Pittman Center Road

Cardinal Drive

Birds Creek Rd. (Route 454)







Hidden Hills Rd.

King Rd.

25 22





Artist Crafts








Glades Road


Arts & Crafts



Duck Pond Lane

Watson Road




Traffic Lights



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


(865) 430-1551

Follow Me To The Tree

www. CrystelleCreek.


1654 East Parkway • Gatlinburg



17 7

Jayell Road

Powdermill Road


Map Is Not Drawn To Scale



E. Parkway (Route 321)


Post Office




Upper Middle Creek Rd

Map Location Numbers


Splash Country

Veterans Blvd.

Local Area Map

Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville

Pigeon Forge

Traffic Lights

Pigeon Forge/Sevierville


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

Local Artist ...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics 24

• Watercolors

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

Get On

The Map

Call- 865-255-3557


It’s Against The Law

Get On

The Map

Call- 865-255-3557

Roaring Fork


Dudley Creek






Ogles Drive West

Little Pigeon




Teaster Lane

Baskin Creek



Old Mill Ave.

Old Mill Rd

Biblical Times



Route 66




3 31




Maples Lane


Welcome Center


Route 66


Jake Thomas Road









Dolly Parton Parkway

Riverside Road

The Acquarium

Campbell Lead Road

Gatlinburg Bypass Road

Pine Mountain Road

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

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


Bar-B-Q,Wings & More


Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades R oad # 1C1

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


In Wood Whi lers Complex @ Glades Rd.


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg’s Largest Antique Shop

325-1411 (865)

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Heartwood Galleries

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”


(865) 661-6207

1450 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Dine-in Available


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

631 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg


Sparky’s Glassblowing

Watch Gary at Work

Glassblowing at its best!

849 Glades Road



Value. Everyday. 27

Open till 1:00 am

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Award Winning Sauces & Marinades

Pottery • Drinks • Gifts & More

(865) 446-0971

The Covered Bridge, Glades Rd.

Gatlinburg 25


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Never Paint Your Nails Again!

No tools ! No heater ! Last two weeks !

Free Samples!

Contact me on Facebook:

My website:

Cheryl Massey

Eastbend Automotive

Oil Changes, Tires, Brakes, Tune-Ups and Friendly Service!

(Next to 1885 East Parkway, at the corner of Highway 321 and Mills Park Road)

103 Mills Park Road, Gatlinburg • (865) 325-8266

Four Times Better Than Beets

to increase nitric oxide & lower blood pressure

Ameri Air Heating & Cooling



Service Calls

Preventative Maintenance

Veteran Owned

By Erin Elizabeth

While known as a salad green with a tangy, slightly peppery kick,

arugula is actually a relative of the cruciferous family, which

includes radishes, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Like other members of this family, arugula contains a number of

medicinal nutrients, including cancer-fighting compounds and

carotenoids known for their importance for good eyesight.

It’s an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A, C and K, folate,

calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and

manganese. Arugula also provides high levels of protein, thiamin,

riboflavin, vitamin B6, zinc, copper and pantothenic acid (vitamin


Its flavonoid content helps improve blood vessel function, increase

blood flow, lower blood pressure and lower inflammation. Arugula

even has cleansing properties to counteract the poisoning effects of

heavy metals in the system, particularly in the liver, and helps

eliminate pesticides and herbicides from your body.

Arugula has long been considered an aphrodisiac, and modern

science supports this notion, showing trace minerals and

antioxidants help block absorption of environmental contaminants

suspected of impacting your libido.

Arugula Is a Heart-Healthy Food - Arugula also contains about 480

milligrams (mg) of nitrates per 100-gram serving, which your

body uses as raw material to make nitric oxide (NO), an important

biological signaling molecule that supports normal endothelial

function and protects your mitochondria.

Acting as a potent vasodilator, NO helps relax and widen the

diameter of your blood vessels, supporting healthy blood flow and

oxygenation of your tissues. It also carries away waste material and

carbon dioxide. A diet high in nitrate is a natural strategy

recommended for the treatment of prehypertension and

hypertension , and helps protect against heart attacks.

Raw beets are perhaps the most well-known for their ability to

lower blood pressure (thanks to their nitrate content), but arugula

actually contains the highest levels of nitrates of any vegetable. For

comparison, 100 grams of whole red beets provide a mere 110 mg

of nitrates to arugula’s 480 mg.

Arugula is a cool season crop, and can be added to your fall garden

plantings. It’s forgiving and can tolerate low-fertility soils and

frost, and is really easy to care for. But it does best in humus-rich

soils with a pH between 6 and 6.8. Seeds germinate best at

temperatures between 40 and 55 degrees F. Plant seeds directly

into your garden bed, but avoid planting in a spot where you just

harvested another cabbage family crop.

There are two main types of arugula. Common arugula (Eruca

sativa) is best for eating and cooking, and produces large, lush

growth, while the wild Italian arugula (Eruca selvatica), has a

bolder flavor tends to be more stemmy. The Italian variety will also

bolt faster.

Plant your seeds about one-fourth inch deep, 1 inch apart. Rows

should be about 3 inches apart. Seedlings will sprout in about 10 to

14 days. Arugula will do well planted next to lettuce and peas. For a

continuous harvest through the fall, plant new seeds every two

weeks up until about four weeks before your first frost date. Dry,

hot weather will speed bolting. If temperatures are still on the high

side, you can slow bolting by providing shade and making sure the

soil doesn’t dry out.

Mature arugula is ready to harvest in about 40 days. “Graze”

harvesting means selectively picking just a few leaves here and

there to add to your cooking. The smaller the leaf, the milder its

flavor. Use a pair of garden shears to cut back about one-third of

each plant, selecting the largest leaves in each bunch.The

remainder will continue to regenerate and grow back.

Once the arugula starts to flower, it’ll start turning bitter. At this

point, your best option is to pull the whole plant out by its roots.

Salvage whatever leaves you still find edible and compost the rest.

The arugula tends to bolt quickly, so keep an eye out for the telltale

signs of flowers and harvest right away.Ideally, harvest at a time

when it’s cooler and shadier, as the leaves will wilt quickly when

cut in full sun.

Arugula is a popular salad green, but can be added to any number of

dishes, such as sandwiches and hot or cold pesto. It will lose some

of its peppery punch when cooked.

How to Save the Seeds - Arugula seeds are easy to collect and save,

and can be stored for up to five years. The plant will produce small,

white flowers. Once flowers emerge, small seed pods will start to

form along the stem. If you like, you can actually eat the seeds.

They have a strong spicy kick, similar to a radish. Once the plant

bolts, the leaves will turn bitter and begin to brown.

There are a number of ways to collect the seeds. Some will cover

the stem with a nylon stocking to catch the seeds as the pods break

open. Alternatively, clip the stem, tie a paper bag around it and

hang upside down to dry.

To check if the seeds are ready to be collected, gently shake the

seed pod. The seeds are ready when you hear them rattling around

inside the pod. Eventually, the pods will break, releasing the seeds,

or you can crush the pod if you like. To separate the seed from the

chaff, Heirloom Organics suggests the following method:

“If your seeds are in a bag already, you can shake the bag or stick

your hand in the bag and crumble the dried seed pods. You’ll end up

with a pile of tiny dark seeds mixed in with papery seed pod chaff.

To separate this out, you can do it the old-fashioned way, which is

to put everything in a shallow pan and blow the chaff off the top of

the pile. The seeds weigh more than the chaff, so they will stay put.

Another way is to put them in a sieve that has holes bigger than the

seeds, but smaller than the chaff and shake.”

Store your seeds in a paper envelope or jar in a cool, dark, dry

place. Alternatively, store them in a zipper bag in your refrigerator.


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

Paul Murray Gallery

1003 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg

Holly & Willow’s Pet Barn

170 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg

Ship Pub

170 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg


576 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

P.O. Box 753, Gatlinburg

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

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

To August 11

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 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.

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 Facebook.

Gatlinburg Trolley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Around Town Page 11

Around Town

More Than 100 Locations Throughout The City To Board Our Trolleys -

Anywhere You See The Street Trolley Sign














MAY 1 7


JUNE 1 7


JULY 1 7








Free Parkway Trolley

To August 15

Around Town

Visitors to Gatlinburg have an additional means to explore the

Parkway via this shuttle route which is free for the summer and it will

be even more convenient to travel through Gatlinburg.

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

10:00 pm daily to August15. Extra stops have been established along

the special route to bring the number to 40 along Parkway.

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.

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

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

Smoky Mountains Around Town is published monthly by Smoky Mountains

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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


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

Hello, my toasty fellow readers,

I know I do not say this often enough... I would like to thank

each and every one of you for reading my monthly article,

emailing responses on my last write-up, requesting more

recipes and info, some of you are inquiring where I am

located, even though there's info everywhere...


I have come a full circle, I returned where I began in 2012, am

at The Covered Bridge, Glades Road in the Arts & Craft

Community!! YES, you read correctly and YES, I've always

said I do not go backwards, (return from where I left). I should

have known better. I also said the same thing about being in

another relationship, it was the best I have ever had.

Okay, lets get to the good stuff.

Cantaloupe Soup

2 Cantaloupes

1 Cucumber

1 cup White Wine, (I prefer Dry)

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Dash or 2 of Hot Sauce


In a Blender add the following:

* Cantaloupes: Seeded & scooped

* Cucumber: Peeled, seeded & cubed

* Add: Wine, cayenne & hot sauce

* Blend well & chill for 1 -2 hours

*Pour into bowls

(I garnish with a sprig of mint)

Fizzy Watermelon Delight

In a blender –

2 cups – Seedless Watermelon, cubed

1/2 cup – Pink Lemonade

Fill 4 Glasses with ice and divide mixture among them.

Un-cola soda – (7-up, sprite, ginger ale), top off mixture in


*adding spirits may make this cooling drink a more relaxing time

Simple Grilled Chicken

1 lb - Boneless Chicken Breast, cut fat off & pound down to

even thickness

In a freezer bag add the following:

3 tablespoons – Balsamic Vinegar

2 tablespoons – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I like the Smoky


1 tablespoon – Lemon Juice

Dash of each: Salt & Pepper

Seal bag & shake well

Add Chicken seal & shake

In my continuation of getting back and growing - Doggie

Treats and small sections of needed items, larger collection of

Chris Jones pottery, more types of Drink mixes, Soups &

Jarred Recipes, my famous Apple Butter & more. OH, of

course I'll be carrying everything else I had at my other place

like, Belgian Chocolate Fudge!

In closing, I wish to thank everyone for their help, support &

kindness, before, during and still, through my transformation

back to my life.

Thank you!

Come and see me at The Covered Bridge.

Chef JD (new site is getting there)

Come in and Enjoy Free

tasting of FUDGE or

samplings of Chef JDs

Award Winning Sauce & Marinade!

The Covered Bridge, Glades Rd.


Closed on Mondays


The Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg

Smoking Bar

Beer To Go

Pet Friendly Outside Deck, Pool Table & Kornhole Games

680 Glades Road Gatlinburg (865) 640-1222

Directions: Take Glades Road to its end.

Turn left and go one mile. On the right.

4133 Birds Creek Road • (865) 325-8384

NEW ~ Ice Bumper Cars - Bump, spin, and zoom

around the Ice Rink in our NEW Ice Bumper Cars!

and more

The Original Best Italian

Located in back of Elks Plaza, across

Parkway from Hampton Inn & Friday’s

in Gatlinburg (865) 430-4090

Best Italian on the Parkway

Between Aunt Mahalia’s Candy & World of

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

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