Smoky Mountain Around Town / September 2018


What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

Smoky Mountains


Photo: Ken Wayne Photograph



What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies !

Volume 5, No. 9 Read online: FREE

Park Volunteers Receive Regional Recognition

Chmielewski Award: (L-R)Matt Kulp, Lori and Charlie

Chmielewski, Caleb Abramson, Cassius Cash

Laurel Falls Award: Laurel Falls Rovers and park staff

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce that

a number of dedicated Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) have received

regional recognition through the George and Helen Hartzog

Awards Program for Outstanding Volunteers. The Hartzog Award

was created in honor of George B. Hartzog, who served as the

National Park Service (NPS) Director from 1964-1972, and his

wife, Helen, who was an avid volunteer in national parks.

Park VIP Charlie Chmielewski was honored with the NPS

Southeast Region “Enduring Service Award” for his dedicated

volunteer service with the park’s Fisheries Division since 1993. In

addition, a cadre of volunteers, known as the “Laurel Falls

Rovers” were recognized with the NPS Southeast Region

“Outstanding Volunteer Group Award” due to their deep

commitment for visitor service and resource stewardship. The

honorees are among nearly 250,000 volunteers across the nation

who donate their time, skills and talents to the NPS each year.

“Both our visitors and our park resources have benefited greatly

from the dedicated service of these crucial volunteers,” said park

superintendent Cassius Cash. “Charlie’s work is truly enduring. I

can’t think of a better word to describe the meaningful

and longtime impact of his volunteer service with the park’s

fisheries program. The Laurel Falls Rovers have prevented

countless injuries, and, due to their deep commitment for visitor

service and resource stewardship, have helped innumerable

visitors make a rewarding connection to the park. We are truly

grateful for their dedication and support.”

While working as a park volunteer over the last 25 years, Charlie

Chmielewski has shared invaluable experience and insight with

the park. As an active member of Trout Unlimited, he acts as a

liaison between the park and a cadre of about 1300 other

volunteers who have dedicated 17,000 or more cumulative hours

to the NPS, while his own service hours exceed over 23,000. Mr.

Chmielewski has taken the lead in teaching youth and adults about

how they can participate in field projects including water quality

monitoring, stream studies, and brook trout restoration. Data

collected by him and the many volunteers who have worked with

him since 2008 has allowed for the development of a

comprehensive stream recovery plan for the park.

At 3 miles round-trip, Laurel Falls is in a highly accessible

location and rewards hikers with views of an 80-foot cascade,

making it a top visitor destination in the park. Since 2010, a cadre

of knowledgeable park volunteers, known as the “Laurel Falls

Rovers” have helped more than 300,000 visitors enjoy an

informed and safe experience along the trail. The Laurel Falls

Rovers advise people of varying age and experience about how to

be prepared for the uphill trek and get the most from their

exploration of the area. They tirelessly explain park safety

regulations, pick up litter, demonstrate how to view bears and

other wildlife from a safe, and non-intrusive distance, and educate

about the practice of Leave No Trace which helps protect not only

park visitors, but also the fragile ecology and abundant wildlife

that makes Laurel Falls so popular.

Each year, more than 2800 Volunteers-In-Parks perform a variety

of activities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These

include: providing valuable visitor information, removing litter,

eradicating invasive plant species, assisting with cultural

demonstrations, participating in special events, providing

practical support for visitors along roads and trails, assisting with

data collection, maintaining backcountry campsites, helping

biologists monitor wildlife populations and working as

campground hosts. To become a park VIP, visit website at

What Greenway Trails Can Do

Greenway trails can have an assortment of positive impacts

and benefits to communities in which they're found. Trails

are more successful in areas where there are destinations or

stopping points along the way to give the community a

reason to go somewhere.

These can be recreational or functional reasons. Connecting

downtown areas or assorted parks via greenway trails

provides a pleasant alternative to driving and will encourage

visitors to walk or bike instead, improving both their health

and the environment. Runners and cyclists will appreciate

the new opportunity to go many miles and never see the

same things, rather than circling the same one or two mile

loop at a park. And a trail also increases safety for cyclists

and pedestrians and makes shopping more fun.

Greenway trails may also go a long way toward improving

the health of waterways and natural areas in the community.

The decision to create a greenway may reclaim previously

developed land and return it to a more natural state—over

time allowing native plants and wildlife to return, improving

drainage in the area and decreasing pollution.

Looking from another angle, a number of studies indicate

that greenways and trails increase property values and

economic prosperity. The National Association of

Homebuilders consistently ranks them as an important


And they can be a tourist draw as well. Trails stimulate the

local economy by drawing visitors, who spend money while

they're in town, which then spurs job growth—at the local,

state and regional level, depending on the size of the trail.

And even locals may do more shopping at area businesses if

they're suddenly accessible via a shaded pathway, not just a

trip through traffic-snarled streets.

Further enhancement to the community may come through

social and educational opportunities greenway trails

present. Use greenways to create self-guided tours of the

historical or cultural offerings in your area. Add historical

markers and information about the sites and species

highlighted along these pathways through your area. Other

sites they connect can be opportunities for public festivals,

races or other events. A greenway becomes a network in the

community, linking local businesses, parks, restaurants,

areas with community gardens and much more.

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

around the Ice Rink in our NEW Ice Bumper Cars!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announces the return of its

popular “Music of the Mountains” event on Saturday, September

8, 2018 at Sugarlands Visitor Center. This free event, held from 10

am to 3 pm, pays tribute to the traditional music and dance of the

Smoky Mountains and east Tennessee with lively old-time

mountain music, clogging, square dancing, and singing.

“We are excited to host some of the best and most knowledgeable

musicians, dancers, and dance instructors for a day of fun and

hands-on education,” said Stephanie Sutton, Supervisory Park

Ranger. “We’re setting up a stage, tents, and a dance floor on the

visitor center lawn. It’s going to be quite a fun time.”

There will be something for everyone at the “instrument petting

zoo”, held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, where anyone can try their

hand at playing spoons, a wash tub, or wash board. Park rangers

will also offer dulcimer lessons for beginners and kids will have

the opportunity to create their own instruments. At 2 pm, an oldtime

square dance begins.The event is free, and attendees are

encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, blankets and/or chairs.


September 8 at Sugarlands Visitor Center

10:00 am - Old Time Fiddle & Banjo Music: A tribute to

Charlie Acuff with John Alvis, Juanita Johnson, Austin

Stovall, Matt Morelock, and other pickers

11:00 am - Talking Feet!: Clogging, buck dancing, and

flatfooting with lesson and performance from the Fabulous

Liden Sisters

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Instrument Petting Zoo, Dulcimer

Lessons, Kids Activities

1:00 pm - Mountain Songwriting, Singing & Balladry: a

performance by Josh Oliver

2:00 pm - Old-Time Square Dance: Stan Sharp teaches and

leads as many dances as our feet can handle; live old-time

music from the Sugarlands Stringband


7 Days A Week

9 AM - 9 PM


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Kountry Antics

Linda was born in Quachita Parish, Louisiana. She was raised on

a farm in Mississippi where her parents were farmers and hard

workers. As a child she made art out of anything she could get her

hands on and there was lots of natural materials on the farm.

After high school she majored in art and a minor in education at

the University of Southern Mississippi. Initially she did

commission paintings and worked as a graphic artist which she

did not enjoy. Her family took many vacations to the Gatlinburg

area and she fell in love with these mountains as many people do.

Linda was one of the first to open a “Old Time Photos Shop” in

downtown Gatlinburg.

In 1999 she met artist Paul Murray and worked for them for five

and a half years helping them to build their business. But, she

adds “It was difficult to leave, they are wonderful people and

wonderful friends of mine.” In 2004 she opened the “Artist’s

Attic” in the Glades. To see her paintings and how easily she

captures the beauty of the iconic buildings throughout the area in

very mesmerizing.

Though Linda works in many mediums, her first love is oils. She

also enjoys working with water colors and pastels and often

combines the two to produce breathtaking results. When she

speaks of her paintings, she says, “I am trying to preserve our

history through my paintings with the hope of introducing others

to a part of history which is vitally important to maintain”.

Linda reflects, “I feel so fortunate. It has been my privilege to

comfort people with conversation and I believe that art will heal

you and it has helped me to heal myself.”

The Artist’s Attic is located at 680 Glades Road, #5 in Gatlinburg.

For more information call 865-430-5777.

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

Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

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

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

Science At Sugarlands

Sep 21 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Sugarlands Visitor Center

Learn more about Butterflies and Caterpillars in the Smokies with

Julie Elliott, a lepidopteran specialist.

Science at Sugarlands, a reoccurring event that falls on the third Friday

of each month, May through October, from 1-3 pm. Each month DLIA

brings a regional scientist or researcher in to give a talk about their

research and increase awareness of the biodiversity around us. This

event is free to the public and family friendly. Please come out and join

us to learn more about life that surrounds us all!

Get Ready for Hands on Gatlinburg

October 12 - October 14

The 2018 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend

provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a

beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very

own hands.

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

multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all

telling the story of the personal character of your home. That

beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been complimented on

over 100 times. The intricately carved broom hanging on

your mantlepiece constantly admired by visiting

houseguests. What if those unique pieces weren’t just a

compliment to your style, but a point of personal pride?

Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts

Community will host over 40 different classes, providing

guests with the chance to learn how to make their favorite

crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of

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

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

weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soapmaking

and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items

they make and place them alongside their other coveted

works of art. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend is

October 12-14 and would make a great Christmas gift for the

art lover in your life.

Dog Boarding

Dog Day Care

Dog Grooming

Open 11 till 10 - Sunday 12 till 6

Serving The Area for over 10 Years

The ORIGINAL Ship Crew Is Back

Happy Hour 4-7

Full Menu • Appetizers • Salads

Over 40 Drafts To Choose From

(865) 325-1658

170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

“OK, I’m ready for dinner”

We are located on highway

321, 5.5 miles from

traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg

Open all year round


Vet Records Required For All Services

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

2159 East Parkway,Gatlinburg,TN 37738

Reservations Are Highly Encouraged

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Serendipity Ceramics & Gifts Opens in the Glades

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)

Owners Denise and Phil Overstreet have recently opened

shop in the covered Bridge Shopping Village in the Arts and

Crafts community. Originally from the Knoxville area they

started working with ceramics over twenty years ago. Back

then they mostly displayed their products at craft shows in

Pigeon Forge, Maryville and Knoxville. They then took a

break to enjoy their two granddaughters and three


Their product line now includes hand painted ceramic,

designer shops and hand made soy candles. Along the way

they picked up painting styles from certified instructors

Kimple and Duncan.

Classes by appointment are now offered. Go into their shop,

pick your ceramic piece and they will make it and teach you

how to paint it. They are located at 849 Glades Road, Suite

1A3 in Gatlinburg. Contact them at 865-325-8380

Bat Facts

Now who doesn’t want a bat house?

Contrary to popular

myths, most bats have

very good eyesight and

echo-location, and so

they do not become

entangled in human hair.

Bats are very clean

a n i m a l s a n d g r o o m

t h e m s e l v e s a l m o s t


A l l m a m m a l s c a n

contract rabies, however,

less then half of 1% of

bats do.

Installing a bat house outside will almost surely cause any

bats inside your house to move to the bat house.

Bats will not attack nearby humans. The diving motion

you see is to catch insects, often around lights.

A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in

a single hour.

A bat house can hold 300 bats or more (depending on its

size), that’s a massive mosquito eating force.

Bat guano (excrement) makes great fertilizer.

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

Truth about Bats

Blind as a bat - Forget it. Bats not only see as well as just about

any other mammal, but most bats also use a unique biological

sonar system called echolocation, which lets them navigate and

hunt fast-flying insects in total darkness. Basically, the bat emits

beep-like sounds into its path, then collects and analyzes the

echoes that come bouncing back. Using sound alone, bats can see

everything but color and detect obstacles as fine as a human hair.

Bats are flying mice - Nope. Bats are mammals, but they are not

rodents. In fact, they are more closely related to humans than to

rats and mice.

To w n s e n d / C a d e s C o v e P a v i n g R e s u m e s

Oktoberfest at Ober

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced that

a paving project that began this spring will resume on Wednesday,

September 5, 2018. Over the next few weeks, work will be most

noticeable at the parking areas near the “Townsend Wye”, located at

the intersection of Little River Gorge Road, Townsend Entrance

Road, and Laurel Creek Road. Additionally, a parking lot near the

entrance to Cades Cove will have minor repairs made to it. The

project should be completed by September 14, though work

schedules are subject to revision as needed for inclement weather.

Visitors traveling to Cades Cove should expect intermittent closures

of parking lots and pull-offs, and minor traffic delays throughout the

project area. The Cades Cove Loop Road will not be affected.

Contractors will work during daytime hours only, Mondays through

Fridays. The overall project includes the application of a thin

pavement overlay along with patching, crack sealing, new signage,

and pavement markings.

For more information about road conditions, please visit the park

website at or

follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic

festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music,

but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls

to be a part of the fun.

OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38

days of merrymaking from September 21 through October

28 as the resort commemorates the 207th anniversary of

the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes,

will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances,

schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and

more with daily shows and multiple performances every

day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be

served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel,

sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

Oktoberfest was a popular event when the Heidelberg

Castle operated its restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg in the


The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the

public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince

Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Bavaria on October 17,

1810. Held on a large meadow named the Theresienwiese

in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food,

music and dancing. Anniversary celebrations continue

each year, usually starting in late September and ending in

the first week of October, with some six million people

attending annually.

For more info on OktOBERfest call 865-436-5423 or visit

Original artwork in various mediums,

reproduc ons and scenic photography

Handmade jewelry, vintage glass and gi s

Greenbrier Pottery Also Available !

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

680 Glades Road #5, Gatlinburg • 865-430-5777


Hundred Flavors to Choose From

Every Second Monday...

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Nite

Thanksgiving Dinner!

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu and our Regular Menu also available

Reservations Accepted - Open 11 am to 7 pm


Open Daily 3 pm

Jams • Jellies • Honey

Sauces • Rubs • Relishes

Pickled Vegetables

Neesee on the keyboard

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

Look For Our 150' Lighted Tree

Free Parking On 2 Levels

Easy Handicap Access

Hear Jane & Gary with New Rain alternate Tuesday Nites

Pet Friendly Sports Porch...Call Ahead!

1654 East Parkway (Next To Dollar General)

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By A. Jann Peitso

“Once Upon a time in a cornfield there lived a scarecrow and his

scarecrow wife and their little scarecrow boy” so begins a

treasure of a tale by Margaret Wise Brown. The little scarecrow

boy learns lessons from his father and he begins testing that

knowledge as well as proving his own potential.

In the Arts & Crafts Community, Sept 5 – Nov 25, scarecrows

abound along the 8 mile loop and its environs. They are further

proving the creative skills and potential of the artisans who live

and work there. Plan to Do The Loop, drive around, visit the

businesses and take photos of these creative Gatlinburg artisans'


Like the 1940's The Little Scarecrow Boy, many of the

craftspeople In The Loop learned the skills that they possess

from their fathers, mothers, grandparents or a caring neighbor

who noticed the shine in a child's eyes as he or she intently

watched the whirring of some tool or the quickly moving hands

as “something was created from almost nothing”.

These craftspeople learned to take those passed-down lessons

from another generation to hone, test and prove their own

worthiness as a Noted Artisan in their field of expertise.

Many of these artisans now offer instruction time for those who

wish to receive “passed on” techniques that have “withstood the

test of time”.

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

You as a visitor will notice “Create Your Own” banners in shops

or you may ask your craftsperson as you are engaged in

conversation if they offer such instruction or “Hands On”


Not everyone visiting the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts

Community will have the desire to actually “make something”

and take an original piece of handwork home, but for those who

do, it will be a celebration of spirit.

And for those who cherish the work of a handcrafted piece,

created by the person that you call “my friend”, visiting In The

Loop is your opportunity to purchase a true collectible. There

are over 100 working craftspeople ready to talk with you and to

explain how they do what they do.

Like The little Scarecrow Boy, the arts & crafts community is an

enduring portrait of family relationships and values, an eight

mile loop of passing knowledge from one generation to the next

and the pure joy that comes with reaching one's creative

potential. Visit 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

Rail Runner Mountain Coaster

Rail Runner Coming Fall 2018

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

Tree Canopy Walk

Immerse yourself in the beauty of

nature on our scenic Tree Canopy

Walk. Experience what it feels like

to be a bird in the canopy as you

stroll 40’ – 60’ above the forest

floor along with a series of 16

connected sky bridges suspended

in the trees. Each bridge leads to a

new observation platform where

you can take in the sights, learn

about your surroundings with our

engaging interpretive signage and

enjoy the spectacular views. Keep

a sharp eye, you may spot a bear on

the forest floor below or a

woodpecker in the treetops.


849 Glades Road, Suite 1A3 Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is kicking off the fall season with a fun-filled night

packed with delicious food from area restaurants and amazing

music at the 21st Annual Taste of Autumn on Thursday,

September 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year, Taste of

Autumn will feature amazing music from one of America’s

finest and most recognized Beatles tribute bands, Abbey Road

Live! The evening’s entertainment will start off with the

musical performance of Cannon Creek, who play a variety of

traditional, progressive and contemporary Bluegrass.

For 21 years, the proceeds from Taste of Autumn have been

donated to United Way of Sevier County, raising more than

$180,000 for important community programs provided to the

residents of Sevier County. “We are so glad to have partnered

with a great organization like United Way of Sevier County for

so long in support of their cause,” said Gatlinburg Director of

Events Jim Downs. “The great restaurants we’re going to have

combined with such a highly recognized act like Abbey Road

Live will make for a night of food and music that people won’t

want to miss.”

Taste of Autumn will be held at the Tennessee Ballroom in Mills

Auditorium. Tickets are $30, and children 5 and under are free.

A reserved table for a party of 10 is available for $300. A

corporate VIP package for a party of 10 is available for $500 and

includes priority seating, meet and greet with the talent and

wine on the table. A portion of proceeds will benefit United Way

of Sevier County, an organization focused on partnering with

community members and creating lasting changes in

community conditions.

Food for the event will be provided by: Vista Grill, Land Shark

Bar and Grill, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Wine A Little, Texas

Roadhouse, Mellow Mushroom, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.,

PepsiCo, Savannah Bee Company, Dick’s Last Resort, The Fox

and Parrot Tavern, Cici’s Pizza, Ripley’s Aquarium of the

Smokies, and many more restaurants and eateries in the area.

Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of

the Beatles at clubs, theatres, festivals and private events.

Initially, a tribute to the monumental “Abbey Road” album, the

band has expanded its scope to include more than 100 Beatles

tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four’s career. The band

specializes in complete, start-to-finish album performances of

masterpieces such as “Abbey Road”, “Magical Mystery Tour”,

“Rubber Soul”, “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s

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)

Gatlinburg’s Taste of Autumn featuring Abbey Road Live

Club Band”.

Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute

act; don’t expect mop-top haircuts and vintage Rickenbacker

guitars. Rather, this show is about bringing to life some of the

more mature and complex Beatles material in a raw & spirited

fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings.

Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, the

band always delights its audiences with its diverse repertoire of

hits and more obscure favorites.

Abbey Road LIVE! is made up of four all-star musicians from

the infamous Athens GA music scene that gave the world

R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and B-52s. Collectively the band

members have recorded and toured regularly with Cosmic

Charlie, Charlie Mars, and Fuzzy Sprouts. Individual band

members have also collaborated with acts such as Indigo Girls,

Juliana Hatfield, Mike Houser (Widespread Panic), Danielle

Howle and Lemonheads.

While the four lads from Athens GA generally perform as a

quartet, they have also been known to recruit the “Magical

Mystery Horns” and the “Lonely Hearts Strings”, lending

authentic accompaniment to the more elaborately orchestrated

tunes. The latest addition to the Abbey Road LIVE! musical

arsenal is a real Indian sitar and tables.

At a typical Abbey Road LIVE! the show, audiences young and

old can be found gleefully singing along with every word, many

in utter disbelief at getting to hear this monumental music

performed live; something that even the Beatles themselves

never did, since they stopped touring in 1966.

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Gatlinburg Pickers

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,

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


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

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.

S o l e t ' s g e t t o g e t h e r a n d h e l p

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


They can be mailed or dropped off at

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me Danny at 423-432-9476.

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colors...size about like a second

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Critical Health News



By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

You don’t hear a lot about it, but it’s one of the most ubiquitous

of the all the vitamins. It’s called pantothenic acid, a named

derived from the Greek word “pantheon”, meaning “found in

all quarters”. Indeed, the nutrient, also known as Vitamin B5,

is an essential constituent of every one of the 100 trillion cells

in the body.

B5’s main role is to help the body process and utilize lipids; it

facilitates fat burning inside cells. It’ can be a helpful

supplement to speed healing, especially of the skin and the

digestive tract. Its also a player in the production of anti-aging

steroid hormones associated with growth, repair and fertility

But, pantothenic acid is not only valuable as an internal

nutrient. When it’s topically applied it can have some

interesting and helpful cosmetic effects too.

One of the most important benefits of pantothenic acid, in its

topical form, is its effect on acne. Its fat processing properties

help the skin slow down excessive secretion of oils, reducing

shine and helping eliminate facial and back acne. Pantothenic

acid used directly on the skin has anti-inflammatory and antiirritant

properties too. It can prevent he formation of scars and

speed the healing of broken and wounded skin. It has also been

effectively used to treat burns and surgical wounds. The first

beneficiaries of the power of panthenol were soldiers. In the

1940's Swiss Medical researchers seeking new treatments for

burn victims during World War Two, came up with the idea of

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using the vitamin topically. In short order, the drug company

Hoffman Laroche, best known for their invention of Valium,

came up with the idea of using it to beautify the hair. In 1947

they started to manufacture a shampoo featuring the vitamin.

They called it “Pantene”. It became one of the most successful

and iconic hair care brands ever and is still one of the

bestselling shampoos in the world.

If you want to take advantage of the power of panthenol for

preventing hair breakage, improving shine and radiance or if

you want to use the vitamin to improve skin health, you don’t

need to spend money on fancy products. It’s easy to go the “doit-yourself”

route as pure panthenol, the cosmetic form of

Vitamin B5, is inexpensive and readily available on the

internet. It comes as a viscous liquid that can be directly added

to shampoos or skin creams and lotions. But you are going to

have to make sure you use a healthy dose. According to

information published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, it

takes 1.0% panthenol to have an effect on skin integrity. In my

experience I’ve had to use even more.

If you find the liquid form too difficult to work with (and it is

quite sticky), powdered panthenol is also available. You can

dissolve two teaspoonfuls to a cup of water to make a 4.0%

solution. Store it in the fridge and add as desired to your

favorite hair and skin care products making your own homemade

panthenol rich beauty products.

by Dr. Mercola

Magnesium is vitally important for biological

function and optimal health. It’s the fourth most

abundant mineral in your body, and researchers

have detected more than 3,750 magnesiumbinding

sites on human proteins.

More than 300 different enzymes also rely on

magnesium for proper function. This reflects the

impact magnesium has on your biochemical

processes, many of which are crucial for proper

metabolic function. This includes not limited to:

•Creation of ATP (adenosine triphospate), the

energy currency of your body

•Relaxation of blood vessels

•Muscle and nerve function, including the action

of your heart muscle

•Proper formation of bones and teeth

•Regulation of blood sugar and insulin

sensitivity, which is important for the prevention

of type 2 diabetes (In one study, prediabetics

with the highest magnesium intake reduced their

risk for blood sugar and metabolic problems by

71 percent)

Lack of Magnesium Can Trigger Serious Health

Problems - If you’re lacking in cellular

magnesium, it can lead to the deterioration of

your cellular metabolic function, which in turn

can snowball into more serious health problems.

This includes migraine headaches, anxiety and

depression (magnesium acts as a catalyst for

mood-regulating neurotransmitters like

serotonin), fibromyalgia, cardiovascular

disease, sudden cardiac death and even death

from all causes.

Magnesium also plays a role in your body’s

detoxification processes (including the

synthesis of glutathione) and is therefore

important for minimizing damage from toxic


Perhaps most importantly, magnesium is vital

for the optimization of your mitochondria, and

this has enormous potential to influence your

health, especially the prevention of cancer, but

also for general energy and athletic


T h e I m p o r t a n c e o f M a g n e s i u m f o r

Mitochondrial Health - Mitochondria are tiny

bacteria-derived organelles residing inside your

cells. Your organs need energy to function

properly, and that energy, known as adenosine

triphospate or ATP, is largely produced in the


Mounting evidence suggests that most health

problems can be traced back to mitochondrial

dysfunction, so making sure you get the right

nutrients and precursors your mitochondria

need for optimal performance is extremely

important for health, disease prevention, and

exercise performance.

Magnesium plays an important role, without it,

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The importance of consuming foods high in Magnesium

other strategies aimed at improving

mitochondrial health simply may not work.

Take athletic performance for example. It is in

part dependent on your oxidative capacity,

meaning the ability of your muscle cells to

consume oxygen, and your oxidative capacity

relies on your mitochondria’s ability to produce

ATP by consuming oxygen inside the cell.

You can increase your oxidative capacity in two

ways, and both require magnesium:

•Increasing the total number of mitochondria in

your cells by engaging in exercise. However, in

order for new mitochondria to be created, you

must have sufficient amounts of magnesium.

•Increasing the efficiency of your mitochondria

to repair damage and produce ATP. This process

also requires magnesium as a co-factor.

How Much Magnesium Do You Need?

A century ago, people got an estimated 500

milligrams (mg) of magnesium from their diet,

courtesy of the nutrient-rich soil in which the

food was grown. Today, estimates suggest we’re

only getting 150 to 300 mg a day from our food.

Organic unprocessed foods tend to be your best

bet, but since the magnesium content of your

food depends on the richness of magnesium in

the soil in which the plant was grown, even

organics are no guarantee you’re getting high

magnesium content.

Most soils have become severely depleted of

nutrients, and for this reason, some magnesium

experts believe virtually everyone needs to take

supplemental magnesium.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is

around 310 to 420 mg per day depending on

your age and sex, although some researchers

believe we may need as much as 600 to 900

mg/day for optimal health.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of “The Magnesium

Miracle,” suggests using your intestinal reaction

as a marker for your ideal dose. Start out by

taking 200 mg of oral magnesium citrate per day,

and gradually increase your dose until you

develop slightly loose stools.

When your body has too much magnesium it

flushes it out the other end, so in this way you

can determine your own individual cutoff point.

(Be sure to use magnesium citrate, as it’s known

for having a laxative effect. It’s also better to

divide your dose and take it two or three times a

day instead of one large dose.)

When it comes to magnesium supplements, my

personal preference is magnesium threonate. It

seems to be most efficient at penetrating cell

membranes, including your mitochondria,

which can help boost your energy level. It also

penetrates your blood-brain barrier and may

help improve memory. Continued to Page 6

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Shed those shoes: Being barefoot benefits brain development and more!

It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. Still

does – because I’m in stockinged feet in the fall and winter and

barefoot the rest of the time!

I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long been an

advocate for children to go without them. As I wrote in the very

first edition of my textbook:

“Children have been moving in sneakers for physical activity for

so long we seem to have forgotten that feet do have sentient

qualities. They can be used to grip the floor for strength and

balance, and their different parts (toes, ball, sole, heel) can be

more easily felt and used when bare. Furthermore, there is

evidence indicating that going barefoot strengthens feet and

improves body alignment. Young children feel a natural affinity

for the ground that can be enhanced by removing all the barriers

between it and the feet.”

Nothing really startling there. But you might be surprised to

learn that there’s scientific evidence that barefooted is better.

Among other things, it’s important to development of the

nervous system and to optimal brain development as well! Turns

out the feet are the most nerve-rich parts of the human body,

which means they contribute to the building of neurological

pathways in the brain. Covering them in shoes, therefore, means

we’re eliminating all kinds of opportunities for children’s brains

to grow new neural connections.

Of course, it’s worry that keeps parents and teachers from setting

children’s feet free. One common concern is that kids will

contract germs by going barefoot. (That’s my mother’s issue.)

But our skin is designed to keep pathogens out. We’re much

more likely to become ill from touching something with our

hands, which are in contact with so many things during the

course of a day. I’d hate to think we’d keep kids in gloves all day

to prevent germs!

There’s also concern about injury. But being barefoot actually

toughens up the bottom of the feet, so unless children are

walking through a construction site full of nails, the likelihood

that they’ll injure themselves is slim.

The truth is, many podiatrists contend that shoes can be much

more harmful to little feet than nakedness can. Feet should be

allowed to develop naturally, not conform to the shape of a shoe.

Also, shoes can often constrict movement of the feet, and can

negatively impact walking, balance, sensory development, and

proprioception (the understanding of our body’s orientation in

the space around us).

If you’re worried about the potential chaos of many children

shedding shoes and socks at the same time, you can establish and

practice routines for removing and retrieving footwear. Socks

should be put inside shoes and shoes lined up against a wall or

placed in each child’s cubby. And should you have children who

are reluctant to remove shoes and socks, you can encourage them

with concepts like “barefoot time” or, for toddlers, “tippy-toe

time.” They’ll also become more enthusiastic about bare feet if

you remove your shoes and socks as well.

If you still face reluctance (and even if you don’t!), offer sensory

experiences like those shown in a couple of fabulous videos I’ve

shared on Facebook (here and here). In them, children are

walking barefoot through plastic bins filled with many different

textures, including water, soapy water, sand, leaves, and more. It

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The importance of consuming foods high in Magnesium

by Dr. Mercola

Continued from Page 5

If you struggle with headaches or migraines,

magnesium threonate may be a good alternative

for that reason as well. (For headaches and

migraines, make sure you’re getting enough

vitamin B12 and Coenzyme Q10 as well.)

Risk Factors, Signs and Symptoms of

Magnesium Deficiency

A primary risk factor for magnesium deficiency

is eating a processed food diet, and the reason for

this is because magnesium resides at the center

of the chlorophyll molecule. If you rarely eat

leafy greens and other magnesium-rich whole

foods (below), you’re likely not getting enough

magnesium from your diet.

Magnesium is also lost through stress, lack of

sleep, alcohol consumption, and prescription

drug use (especially diuretics, statins, fluoride,

and fluoride-containing drugs such as

fluoroquinolone antibiotics), and tend to decline

in the presence of elevated insulin levels. These

are all factors that affect a large majority of

people in the Western world, so it’s not so

surprising then that anywhere from 50 to 80

percent of Americans are thought to be deficient

in magnesium.

Unfortunately, no lab test will give you a truly

accurate reading of your magnesium status. The

reason for this is because the vast majority of the

magnesium in your body is found in bones and

soft tissues. Only 1 percent of it shows up in your

blood. That said, some specialty labs do provide

an RBC magnesium test that can give you a

reasonable estimate. Perhaps the best way to

ascertain your status is to carefully evaluate and

track your symptoms.

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include

“Charlie horses” (the muscle spasm that occurs

w h e n y o u s t r e t c h y o u r l e g s ) ,

headaches/migraines, loss of appetite, nausea

and vomiting, fatigue or weakness. These are all

warning signs indicating you probably need to

boost your magnesium intake. More chronic

magnesium deficiency can lead to far more

serious symptoms such as abnormal heart

rhythms and coronary spasms, seizures,

numbness and tingling, and personality


What Foods Are High in Magnesium?

The best way to maintain healthy magnesium

levels is to make sure you’re eating plenty of

dark-green leafy vegetables. Juicing your greens

is an excellent way to increase your magnesium,

along with many other important plant-based


Again, if you eat organic whole foods and show

no signs of deficiency, you’re probably getting

sufficient amounts from your food. If you eat

well but still exhibit deficiency signs, you may

want to consider taking a supplement as well.

When it comes to leafy greens, those highest in

magnesium include:

Spinach , Swiss chard , Turnip greens , B e e t

greens , Collard greens, Broccoli , B r u s s e l

sprouts , Kale , Bok Choy , Romaine lettuce.

Other foods particularly rich in magnesium:

•Raw cacao nibs and/or unsweetened cocoa

powder - One ounce (28 grams) or raw cacao

nibs contain about 64 milligrams of magnesium,

plus many other valuable antioxidants, iron and

prebiotic fiber that help feed healthy bacteria in

the gut.

•Avocados - One medium avocado contains

about 58 mg of magnesium, plus healthy fats

and fiber, and other vitamins. They’re also a

good source of potassium, which helps offset the

hypertensive effects of sodium.

•Seeds and nuts - Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds,

and sunflower seeds score among the highest,

with one-quarter cup providing an estimated 48

percent, 32 percent and 28 percent of the RDA of

magnesium respectively.

•Cashews, almonds, and Brazil nuts- One ounce

(28-grams) of cashews contains 82 mg of

magnesium, which equates to about 20 percent

of the RDA.

•Fatty fish Interestingly, fatty fish such as wild

caught Alaskan salmon and mackerel are also

high in magnesium. A half fillet (178 grams) of

salmon can provide about 53 mg of magnesium,

equal to about 13 percent of the RDA.

•Squash - One cup of winter squash provides

close to 27 mgs of magnesium; about 7 percent

of your RDA.

•Herbs and spices - Herbs and spices pack lots of

nutrients in small packages, and this includes

magnesium. Some of the most magnesium-rich

varieties are coriander, chives, cumin seed,

parsley, mustard seeds, fennel, basil and cloves.

•Fruits and berries - R a n k i n g h i g h f o r

magnesium are: papaya, raspberries, tomato,

cantaloupe, strawberries, and watermelon. For

example, one medium sized papaya can provide

nearly 58 grams of magnesium.

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Magnesium with Calcium, Vitamin K2 and D.

One of the major benefits of getting your

nutrients from a varied whole food diet is that

you’re less likely to end up with lopsided

nutrient ratios. Foods in general contain all the

cofactors and needed co-nutrients in the proper

ratios for optimal health. Essentially, the

wisdom of Mother Nature eliminates the

guesswork. When you rely on supplements, you

need to become savvier about how nutrients

influence and interact with each other in order to

avoid getting yourself into trouble.

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Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

“What day is today?” The rumpled middle aged man asked me as

he grinned a sheepish grin, “The days seem to run together and I

lose count”.

“It is Wednesday”, I answered. “How long have you been here”?

“We have been here for near two weeks. Before that we were six

weeks in other hospitals. My wife has had four heart operations and

the doctors rushed her back for another emergency operation this


We talked for hours.

The Wai ng Room

He spent the night on the floor of the waiting room rolled in a thin

blanket. The next day I asked him how his wife was doing and he

sadly shook his head, hope dying in his eyes. He seemed to not to

wish to talk and I respected his wish.

This is the waiting room for a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit or

CICU, there are hundreds of such scattered through the land. Many

of the patients in this unit have been recommended by their doctors

as candidates to receive a method of diagnostic and laser surgery

and treatment for heart diseases that is only a short distance from

the experimental state. For many it is the last stop for there is no

other place to go to receive help for their particular heart

malfunction short of joining the long transplant line. For many

their chance in that line is next to zero.

One lady did not contribute much to the conversation. She was

crocheting, knitting or whatever one does to make an afghan. She

had made a multicolored thing about six feet long and two feet

wide, she said she was about half done with it. The last time I saw

her she had just returned from her allowed visit to the room of her

loved one. There were tears in her eyes as she gathered up the yarn,

needles and half completed afghan and viciously crammed the

whole into a waste basket and softly said, “I have no one to share it

with now,” and walked from the waiting room.

The silence in the waiting room was earsplitting until a timid

little lady walked over to the wastebasket and murmured, “I have

not done one of these in years.” As set the needles to clicking.

There were twelve to twenty people in the waiting room waiting

for their permitted visit to a loved one in a room somewhere down

the long corridor beyond the double doors. They whiled away the

hours as best they could, talking, reading, walking, napping or

trying to piece together thousand word puzzles and answering the

telephone. Not one of us had the medical knowledge to help our

loved ones, yet, we shared something that is still ill defined by

medical science.

No matter the skilled and amazing workings of the machinery of

modern medical science it is a fact there still remains in each of us

the need to hold the hand of a loved one, to feel the brush of a swift

kiss on a fevered brow. Just to know there is a loved one waiting in

the waiting room gives reason to live, to fight for life, to share and


“As told to me by my uncle”.

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Named for Horace Albirght, second Director of the

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and silverbell trees.

About the leader: Steve Winchester and his wife Judy live

on a farm with pygmy goats, bees, and chickens in

Waynesville. Steve spent most of his early years in

Asheville, then went on to have a 15 year career with the

United States Air Force and currently works for a

government contracting firm as a system engineer. Having

grown up in Western North Carolina, Steve has had the

opportunity to explore and hike the hills of WNC for

nearly his whole life and especially enjoys time in the

Smokies. One of his most memorable hikes was a trip to

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Eat Cashews and Fight Off Depression without Medication

When you want a snack that can boost your

energy level and fight off depression at the

same time, you must have cashews. Cashews

are as tasty and as healthy as other popular nuts.

Packed with vitamins and essential nutrients

and also known to fight off depression.

Cashew nuts are grown largely in Brazil, and

the world’s largest cashew tree that covers

81,000 square feet is also in Brazil. Other

countries that largely produce cashew nuts are

Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique. These

countries are usually hot and humid, perfect for

growing cashew trees.

Cashew nuts are truly helpful in keeping the

body in top shape, and it is also effective in

keeping depression. In 1993, a report suggests

that cashew can be the best alternative in

reducing depression. Cashew contains a large

amount of tryptophan, an essential amino acid

that can only be available by eating food.

Trytophan allows the body to have better sleep

and regulates a person’s mood which can help

lower the stress levels and depression levels of

a person.

Other benefits when you eat cashews:

There are many vitamins present in cashews,

particularly vitamin B-complex. These

vitamins are responsible in the smooth

functions of the body’s systems and prevent

diseases. Some minerals found in cashews,

such as selenium, zinc and copper are also

important in the proper function of the body.

compared to other nuts. Cashews also contain

oleic and palmitoleic acids, two important fatty

acids. These monounsaturated fatty acids help

reduce the bad cholesterol in the body and

boost the good cholesterol in the blood. The

chances of a person to have coronary artery

diseases and stroke lessens with regular

consumption of cashews. The iron in cashews

are also important in helping the body produce

healthier blood cells. Lack of iron in blood can

cause anemia, vulnerability to infections and

body fatigue. Continued to Page 8

By Kathryn Sherrard

Last month we wrote that ABR was caring for five bears –

two yearlings and three cubs. We had just admitted the third

cub, #273 a TN male, nicknamed Bosco Bear. He joined the

other two cubs in the Wild Enclosure and after a few days the

three of them were staying close together.

In early August, our cub population doubled when we

received a bear family of three – two males (#274 & #275)

nicknamed Ruff and Tumble Bear and their sister #276,

nicknamed Cherry Bear. After a short stay in Acclimation

Pens, the new cubs were released into Wild Enclosure 4 to join

the other three. All of these cubs are now almost eight months

old and in typical bear cub fashion they are interacting and

foraging together. So we have two Trios of cubs – Trio 1 is

made up of Viola, Willow and Bosco Bear; Trio 2 is Ruff,

Tumble and Cherry Bear. All of these cubs are doing well, as

are the two yearlings, Magnolia and Bumble B. Bear. The

yearlings are in separate Wild Enclosures.

On August 15th we admitted another cub from KY. This

little female had a perforated intestine when she was examined

at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. The vets performed

surgery and #277, nicknamed Piccola Bear, is recuperating in

The Red Roof Recovery Center, where movement can be

restricted and she can receive her very regulated and restricted

diet as she rests to gain strength. Her condition is precarious

but we are hopeful.

So, to recap – there are now nine bears residing at ABR: two

are 19-month-old yearlings and seven are 7-month-old cubs.

An interesting side note – one is from LA (Magnolia) and two

are from KY (Viola and Piccola). The rest are TN bears.

News Flash! Hyperphagia has started!

Hyperphagia? Bet you have never heard or read this strange,

scientific term. But no doubt you have heard about various

animals, such as sharks, who go through a “feeding frenzy” at

various times. Bears have their own feeding frenzy,

scientifically called hyperphagia, in late summer through early

fall each year. This is the time when bears everywhere

instinctively know that they must put on weight to survive

hibernation, which is right around the corner for them. They

eat practically nonstop as they prepare for the lean months


In order to maximize their weight gain adults may eat for 22

out of 24 hours a day and consume 20,000 calories a day (a

human equivalent would be about 37 Big Macs). They will add

approximately four inches of fat to their bodies. The bears

here in the Southern Appalachians do not face the same

challenges in winter as their northern cousins, who hibernate

for a longer period, but nevertheless the urge to add weight is

the same.

Our little cubs and yearlings at ABR respond to this

biological need, as well. Even though the cubs were orphaned

and did not have a mother bear to teach them, they are

noticeably increasing their food intake. Interestingly enough,

the cubs in Trio 1, who have been at ABR for a longer period of

time and have been eating the enriched ABR diet, are not

showing signs of hyperphagia to the same extent as the Trio 2

cubs. The second trio, though they were not starving, had not

had access to high-quality food. Unfortunately, their mother

had been teaching them to go after unsecured trash and

garbage. They had sufficient quantity but not good quality. So

they demonstrated the characteristics of hyperphagia sooner

than the cubs of Trio 1. As the season progresses we'll see the

feeding frenzy in all of the young bears.

What are the implications of hyperphagia on us? In the wild,

when bears are laser-focused on foraging and eating, they may

not be as alert to other aspects of their surroundings. It is more

important than ever that we humans act appropriately. We

simply must secure all food sources if we are in black bear

country. We must never leave trash unattended. We must never

leave food or food wrappers in vehicles or drop them along a

trail. We must not feed pets or store pet food outside. And

hardest of all for many of us who love to watch birds, we must

not feed the birds until after the bears have gone to their winter

sleep. Remember that bears are extra-hungry and we do not

want to offer any temptation in the form of human-provided

food. The old saying “A fed bear is a dead bear” is very true,

and feeding can be indirect as well as the act of directly

offering food to a bear.

You can follow the progress of all of these 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. 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!

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Photography / Gallery & Studio / Workshop

By Jim Yonan PER

I hope y'all had as much fun in the RIVER,

lake and pools as I did this summer. I hate to

see it going away.

We had a luau party at the Elks Lodge. It was

big fun I heard, but I was in Nashville for Elks

meeting. Ask me about joining the Elks!

I helped out at the Gatlinburg Chamber Golf

Outing. It was big fun.

This picture to the left is Richard and Victoria

McCaa with their new soft serve ice cream

machine at Hot Diggity Dawg located in the

Elks Plaza downtown Gatlinburg. Stop in and

get you a cone or a dog or something. They

have great desserts too. Please tell them

Jimbo sent you.

Hope y'all have a great month.

See you at the RIVER!


Soft serve ice cream now at Hot Diggity Dawg in Gatlinburg

Science at Sugarlands

Oct 19th - 1:00 - 3:00pm at Sugarlands Visitor Center

Come out to Sugarlands Visitor Center to learn more about Beetles of the Smokies with Claire

Winfrey from The University of Tennessee.

Science at Sugarlands is a reoccurring event that falls on the third Friday of each month starting

in May and going through October, from 1-3 PM. Each month DLIA brings a regional scientist or

researcher in to give a talk about their research and increase awareness of the biodiversity around

us. This event is free to the public and family friendly. Please come out and join us to learn more

about life that surrounds us all!

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is

expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival to 12 weeks

beginning Friday, September 7 through Sunday, November 25.

The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to

plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.

“We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall

color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President.

“We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our

Harvest Festival to the end of November thus giving visitors

more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.”

Fall events will continue as in year’s past including the

traditional Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, November 7. The

Winter Fest lights will be turned on that night, but there will not

be an “official” kickoff ceremony. The popular Trolley Ride of

Lights will begin as scheduled on November 8 and run nightly

through December 31, then continue only on weekends through

the end of January.

As the temperatures drop, the festivities continue during

Gatlinburg Winter Magic beginning November 30 running

through the end of February. Traditional holiday events will run

as scheduled including Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving

weekend, Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Craft Shows,

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Winter Magic Tunes and

Tales, Trolley Ride of Lights and New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with NEW seasonal

decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the

top fall decorations including new life-size, 3-dimensional

Scarecrow people. Likewise, Gatlinburg Winter Magic will

feature new decorations including very merry, life-sized Snow

people that capture the magic of the season. For more

information regarding Gatlinburg events visit

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!

Giant Deep Sea Coral Reef Discovered off South Carolina Coast

by Bryan Nelson

Photo: Nick Hobgood/Wiki Commons

The importance of consuming foods high in Magnesium

Continued from Page 6

by Dr. Mercola

For example, it’s important to maintain the

proper balance between magnesium, calcium,

vitamin K2, and vitamin D. These four nutrients

work together synergistically, and lack of

balance between them is why calcium

supplements have become associated with

increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and

why some people experience vitamin D toxicity.

Unfortunately, we don’t yet know the precise

ideal ratios between all of these nutrients, but

some general guidelines and considerations

include the following:

The ideal ratio between magnesium and calcium

is currently thought to be 1:1. Keep in mind that

since you’re likely getting far more calcium

from your diet than you are magnesium, your

need for supplemental magnesium may be 2 to 3

times greater than calcium.

While the ideal or optimal ratios between

vitamin D and vitamin K2 have yet to be

determined, Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue (whom

I’ve interviewed on this topic) suggests that for

every 1,000 IU’s of vitamin D you take, you may

benefit from about 100 micrograms (mcg) of

K2, and perhaps as much as 150-200 mcg.

As for how much vitamin D you need, I strongly

recommend getting your vitamin D level tested

twice a year (summer and winter) to help

Continued from Page 7

The vitamins in cashews have a very

important function of the body as

antioxidants. Antioxidants help get rid of free

radicals and improve the immune system.

This means lower chances of getting sick

with common and degenerative diseases and

even cancer. These antioxidants are also

It's not every day that you find a huge, previously

undiscovered biological feature sitting right off a major U.S.

coastline, but that's exactly what scientists manning the

research vessel Atlantis stumbled upon while exploring some

160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.

There, about a half mile below the ocean's surface, lies a dense

forest of deep sea coral that stretches for at least 85 miles. It's a

humongous ecosystem that has probably been developing for

at least a few hundred thousand years.

“This is a huge feature,” said Erik Cordes, the expedition's

chief scientist, to the Huffington Post. “It’s incredible that it

stayed hidden off the U.S. East Coast for so long.”

“Just mountains of it,” he added. “We couldn’t find a place that

didn’t have corals.”

The existence of the reef, which was initially flagged from

sonar mapping, was officially confirmed using a pair of

submersible dives. The expedition's original mission was to

explore uncharted canyons, gas seeps and coral ecosystems

off the Atlantic coast. No one thought that they'd find

something like this, though.

determine your personal dosage. Sun exposure

is the ideal way to optimize your levels, but if

you opt for a supplement, your “ideal dosage” is

one that will put you into the therapeutic range

of 40 to 60 ng/ml.

If Your Health and Energy Levels are Flagging,

You May Need More Magnesium - Remember,

your need for magnesium can be magnified by

factors such as advancing age, stress, lack of

sleep, alcohol consumption, insulin resistance

and diabetes, prescription drug use, an

unbalanced gut microbiome, poor kidney

function, and more. If you have any of these risk

factors, or if you eat a lot of processed foods, you

may want to a) reconsider your diet and b)

consider taking a magnesium supplement.

Also remember that while it’s best to get your

magnesium from your diet, many foods are

likely to be deficient in magnesium and other

minerals due to being grown in mineraldepleted

soils. Fertilizers like glyphosate

actually act as chelators, effectively blocking

the uptake and utilization of minerals.

As a result, I believe it would be prudent for

most people to consider a magnesium

supplement. Alternatively, juice your

vegetables, which will allow you to consume

FAR more of them than you ever could if you ate

them whole.

reliable in weight control by boosting the

metabolism of the body.

Healthier Stronger Teeth, Gums and Bones

The magnesium in cashews allows the body

to absorb calcium effectively. And when

calcium is absorbed properly by the body, you

are assured of healthier and stronger bones

and teeth. As we grow old, the bones and teeth

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will hold its

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become more brittle. But with enough

calcium, the health of the bones and teeth are

maintained. Magnesium also helps keep the

gums strong in order to hold the teeth better.

Reduces the Chance of Having Gallstones

Gallstones are deposits formed into “stones”

and are usually made with accumulated

cholesterol. Having gallstones can greatly

The live corals are living upon giant mounds of rubble that

were constructed by the corals that came before them. It's a

massive piece of scaffolding that accumulates as corals die

and leave their skeletal remains behind. Cordes estimates that

coral has likely been growing here for millennia. He also

predicts that the reef probably plays a keystone role in the

region's fisheries. The team witnessed at least one giant

swordfish cruising over the corals during their time in the


The find comes as the Trump administration is proposing an

expansive offshore drilling plan that could stretch up and

down the Atlantic coast. Researchers hope that their findings

will stall those plans, or at least strengthen efforts to designate

protected zones. Given that these coral reefs are a new,

previously unstudied ecosystem, it's unclear just how

sensitive the region's ecology might be to oil and gas


It's a remarkable discovery, and proof of just how little we

know about the ocean's ecosystems. Hopefully it won't

disappear before we get a chance to truly explore and

understand this natural wonder.


Fright Nights

these shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

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For the regular cost of admission, visitors can

experience this multi-million dollar, yearround

haunted house with a new theme and

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Thank You For Not Feeding Us

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Eat Cashews and Fight Off Depression without Medication

affect the body and can cause abdominal pain,

vomiting and nausea. Although some develop

gallstones because of genetics, others

develop it when overweight, have an

unhealthy diet or taking medications. Having

cashew in the diet help prevent these deposits

from forming in the gallstone. The

antioxidant properties of cashew can be

thanked for this benefit.

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Autumn Color in the Smokies

Fall colors by month in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

The notion that peak color season in Great

Smoky Mountains National Park happens in

mid-October is a misconception. The

marvelous colors of autumn actually light up

the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the

peak elevations move down the mountainsides

from the highest elevations to the foothills.

Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National

Park is a special time when a glorious leaf

season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors

as fall colors travel down the mountainsides

from the highest elevations to the foothills.

The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky

Mountains is magnificent and varied because

of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100

species of native trees live in the Smokies, the

vast majority of which are deciduous. The

timing of fall color change depends upon so

many variables that the exact dates of “peak”

season are impossible to predict in advance.

In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color

displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-

September with the turning of yellow birch,

American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush

and pin cherry, clearly visible from such

vantage points as Clingmans Dome Rd.

The fall color display usually reaches peak at

middle and lower elevations between mid-

October and early November. This is the

park’s most spectacular display as it includes

such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak,

sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.

September - By the later stages of September,

the right ingredients are beginning to emerge,

the time when cooler temperatures and sunny

days mix with some rainfall to bring on a

spectacular autumn color display in Great

Smoky Mountains National Park. The timing

of color change and leaf fall is primarily

sparked by the calendar; that is, the increasing

length of night. As days grow shorter and

nights grow longer and cooler, chemical

processes in the leaf begin to paint the

landscape with Nature’s autumn palette in the

Smoky Mountains.

While the typical peak of fall leaf color is at the

middle to lower elevations where the greatest

diversity of trees live, emerging changes

above 4,000 feet begin the parade of fall

colors, which then moves down the

mountainsides into the valleys of the Smoky

Mountains. The high country is still

predominantly green, but fall is coming.

Sourwood, dogwood, maple, sassafras and

birch trees are the first to make the change,

turning red, orange and yellow. At this point,

there is just a hint of fall color change among

those early autumn starters. Perhaps more

notable now are the autumn wildflowers in the

Smoky Mountains, including cardinal flower,

black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, great blue

lobelia, skunk goldenrod, southern harebell,

ironweed, and a variety of asters, as well as the

bright fruits on trees and shrubs such as heartsa-bustin.

September suggested scenic drives

for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains

include: Parsons Branch Road, Newfound

Gap Road and Clingmans Dome Road.

September’s suggested hikes for seeing the

Smoky Mountains in autumn: Albright Grove

and Sugarland Mountain Trail as well as high

elevation hikes to Andrews Bald or Mt.

LeConte would be time well spent.

Another colorful fall foliage opportunity

includes a motor tour of the recently reopened

Parson Branch Road, an eight-mile one-way

narrow, low speed byway. The road provides

motorists an opportunity to drive through a

large area of mature second growth forest and

experience the quiet and solitude a back-inthe-woods

journey has to offer.

Early October - The beginning of October,

trees in the Smoky Mountains high country

that are now showing bright fall colors are the

yellows of American beech and yellow birch

and different shades of reds on mountain ash,

pin cherry and mountain maple. In the lower

elevations, a few early color changing species

such as sourwood and sumac are showing

bright reds now, but are scattered. Some

dogwoods and maples are beginning to turn

different colors in some areas as well. Fall

wildflowers such as goldenrod and asters are

colorful throughout the park and some

blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also

changing color, as well as the Virginia creeper.

Bright golds and yellows of American beech,

yellow birch, and yellow buckeye and

different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin

and black cherry and mountain maple are

painting the landscape. The big rounded leaves

of witch-hobble are showing fine displays of

color ranging from yellow to red.

The majority of the deciduous forest at 4,000

feet elevation and below is still predominantly

green, but now with splashes of color dotting

the slopes. Sourwood and sumac are showing

bright reds; some dogwoods and maples are

turning different colors in some areas as well.

Fall wildflowers such as mountain gentian,

black cohosh, and goldenrod are colorful

throughout the park and some blueberry and

blackberry shrubs are also in color, as well as

the Virginia creeper plant.

Because the Great Smoky Mountains provide

a range of elevations between 875 and 6,643

feet in the Park with differing moisture

conditions and habitats, many trees will still

produce significant color as the Park moves

i n t o i t s p e a k a u t u m n s e a s o n .

Recommendations: High elevation trails such

as Sugarland Mountain Trail and Appalachian

Trail, accessed at Clingmans Dome or

Newfound Gap, would be good hikes for this

time of year. Also, roads leading into the high

country, including Newfound Gap Road,

Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway

West and East, and Rich Mountain Road out of

Cades Cove, are the best options for seeing fall

colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Middle October - By mid-October at the lower

elevations, fall color is nudging along. It is the

sunny days and cooler nights that instigate the

biochemical processes in the leaf to begin. The

Park continues to experience very dry and

warmer-than-normal conditions. These

conditions will affect the timing, duration, and

intensity of fall leaf season. The peak of color

at the lower elevations is over a week away. In

the valleys, black gum, dogwood, sumac, and

sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds.

Golds are coming along on tulip tree, black

walnut, birch, beech, and hickories. A few

scattered maples and oaks are showing the first

signs of fall colors in lower regions of the

Smoky Mountains.

A succession of warm, sunny days and cool

crisp, but not freezing nights will bring about

the most spectacular color display. At this part

of the autumn season, some areas of the

Smoky Mountains are showing more reds

throughout the landscape than in other years.

This may be due to the fact that the pigment

anthocyanin, which gives color to such

familiar things as cranberries, red apples, and

blueberries, is in high production because of

drought conditions. Anthocyanin is produced

in response to lots of light and excess plant

sugars within leaf cells. The carotenoids which

produce yellow, orange, and brown colors are

present in the green leaf but begin showing

after the chlorophyll breaks down.

As the leaf color increases, so does the number

of autumn leaf peekers. While scenic drives

are a good way to see fall colors in the Smoky

Mountains, taking to the trails is a wonderful

way to enjoy the splendors of autumn.

Recommendations: Suggested easy to

moderate rated hikes through hardwood

forests include Lower Mount Cammerer,

Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Old Settlers

and Porters Creeks Trails. For the more hardy

outdoor enthusiasts hikes that provide scenic

overlooks include Sugarlands Mountain, Low

Gap, Appalachian, Mt. Sterling, and Goshen

Prong Trails. Roads providing views of good

displays of fall color are the Foothills Parkway

segments on the east and west side of the Park;

Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) with its many

scenic overlooks; Roaring Fork Motor Nature

Trail; Balsam Mountain Road; and Cove

Creek Road.

Armadillos Spread in East Tennessee

For more than a decade, Dr. Tim Gaudin at the

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has

studied an armored invader from the south. The

biology professor and his students were the first

to document the nine-banded armadillo residing

permanently in East Tennessee.

“They've spread tremendously in the last five

years.We first found them in Tennessee in

Sewanee in 2013, which was a surprise because

we thought they would avoid cold places at

higher elevations on the Plateau and in the

mountains. We've had sighting reports

throughout the state in Middle Tennessee and

East Tennessee," said Gaudin. "They seem to be

spreading more quickly than in the past.”

The animals usually show up as roadkill. In the

last few years, dead armadillos have been found

on roads surrounding all sides of the Great

Smoky Mountains National Park.

“The sightings are still rare, but we've had

roadkill armadillos all around the park," said

Bill Stiver, National Park Service wildlife

biologist in the Great Smoky Mountains. "As of

yet we have not documented an armadillo

within the park boundary. The closest is a

specimen we found hit by a car just inside the

Pigeon Forge city limits at the edge of the Spur."

Armadillo roadkill has been verified in five

locations along the edge of the national park:

•Pigeon Forge at the Spur on Highway 441.

•Deals Gap at North Carolina state line on U.S. 129.

•Wears Valley on Highway 321.

•Between Greenbrier and Cosby on Hwy 321.

•Between Cherokee and Sylva, NC, on Hwy 74.

Gaudin said it is somewhat surprising to have

armadillos already verified all around the

Smokies just a few years after they were

discovered in the southern portion of the state.

However, he says there are plenty of things in

the area to attract armadillos.

"They like water. People think of them as being

in some dusty desert in Texas, but they do not

like dry habitats. They are almost always found

within a half-mile of a body of water. In South

America, they live in rain forests. They are

burrowers and want wet soil that's easy to dig

and find insects. There is plenty of water and the

insect density is great in the Smokies. They

mostly eat beetles. They'll eat ants, bees, bird

eggs, lizards, a whole host of things.”

"We don't know what impact they might have on

other species that are here," said Stiver. "We do

know they are primarily insectivores and they

are obviously burrowers that will do some

digging in the ground."

by Jim Matheny

Gaudin expects armadillos to continue

marching into new locations throughout the

region. He has received reports of armadillo

sightings in Big South Fork and parts of

Kentucky. Although the animals have quickly

expanded their range, Gaudin believes their

overall population on these frontiers are low.

"There aren't a lot of them. We know they live in

these areas, but an armadillo is still an unusual

sighting in Tennessee," said Gaudin. "Their

overall impact on humans is fairly low. They

will dig holes in your yard. They also tend to tear

up the nicest yard in the neighborhood because

flower gardens and irrigated lawns have soft soil

that's easy for them to dig."

Gaudin says the main reason people should care

about armadillos is they are unique wildlife.

"They are the only mammals that have a shell.

It's not hard like a turtle shell. It is flexible, like

an old leather football helmet and covered in

scales made from the same thing as your

fingernails. When they reproduce, they have

four identical quadruplets. They're just really

interesting and unusual animals," said Gaudin.

Gaudin wants your help tracking the spread of

armadillos in East Tennessee. He relies on

reports and photographs from the public to map

their expansion.

"My favorite thing is when the general public

contacts me. They have way more eyes than I

do. Just send me an email at

and tell me what you saw, send

me a picture, tell me where you saw it, and I'll

add it to the database," said Gaudin.

Gaudin cautions people to avoid handling

roadkill or live armadillos due to the risk of

disease. The animals are one of the only

mammals other than humans that can carry


"We have not had any cases of someone in

Tennessee contracting leprosy from armadillos,

but do not handle them. If you have to touch one,

always wear gloves and wash your hands

because there is a risk of disease," said Gaudin.

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Late October - As October begins to fade

away up top, autumn colors at mid elevations,

from 3,000-5,000 feet, are at or slightly past

peak and are very impressive. Reds are more

pronounced now than in recent years,

especially on the North Carolina side of the

park. Colors at the very highest elevations

(above 5,500) are now past peak.

At the lower elevations of the Smoky

Mountains, fall colors are quickly

developing. The first frost of the season

occurred this week in the low elevations, so

the remaining leaves should begin to change

color within a few days. Black gum,

dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees

continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present

on tuliptree, black walnut, birch, beech,

spicebush, and hickories. The peak of color at

the lower elevations is still a few days away

and will probably spill over into November.

It is not unusual for some autumn color to last

through certainly the first week of November

in the Smoky Mountains, but if weather

cooperates autumn displays could last

through mid-November as well.

While fall colors are past peak in the Smoky

Mountains high country and many trees have

already shed their leaves, a number of species

of trees in the middle elevations are still

showing color. Oak trees are just beginning to

change color, although their hues are

somewhat muted compared to maple,

hickory, and other trees. Some pockets of

green can still be seen at middle to lower

elevations so there is still some new color to

appear in these isolated areas if mild weather


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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

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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

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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 again my roasty-toasty people!!

School is back in session, YEAH!!! My new store is coming

together very well, YEAH!!! The weather will be breaking

soon, YEAH!!!

As you may have noticed, I'm in the YEAH frame of mind!

My store is giving me chills and thrills with my ongoing

expansions! Why? Well I'll tell you why...By the time you read

this a Iron Bender will have brought me some wonderful

Works of Art that you will love to display or purchase for gifts.

Some wonderful locally made Jams, Jellies, Relishes and

more, will be filling the shelves. My own made products are

expanding. Plus, the small Dog supply area will be open! Oh

happy day!

So it's just a must that ya'll come down and see me! In the mean

time, here are a couple of refreshing recipes for you to enjoy.

Lime & Dijon Shrimp


1/2 cup Lime Juice

1/2 cup Dry White Wine

1 Red Onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

2 tablespoons Plump Capers

2-3 Whole Garlic Gloves, your preference

1 Bay Leaf

1 pound uncooked Shrimp, peeled and deveined


Combine everything but the shrimp in a deep sauce pan, bring

to a boil.

Add shrimp to the mixture, cook for 2 minutes while stirring


Remove Bay leaf and cloves.

3 serving options: divide into 4 portions (or less), over pasta or

rice, or cover and refrigerate and sever with your favorite


Fresh Strawberry Sorbet


6 cups Strawberries, washed & hulled

1/2 cup Raw Sugar, super fine (you may have to grind it


1/4 cup Lemon Juice, I prefer fresh

2-3 tablespoons Strawberry Liquor


Add all above to a blender or processor, blend until

strawberries turn into a puree.

Pour into a 12x8 glass dish & freeze for 2 hours.

Take out and whisk for a couple minutes so that the crystals

break up.

Return to the freezer and freeze for at least another 3 hours.

To serve; soften in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, dish out

in small bowls and you may wish to garnish with fresh mint


Don't forget to come and see me at The Covered Bridge! Not

only is my store enchanting, all of the other stores here at The

Covered Bridge are also intriguing. Not only that, you may

wish to take a break and enjoy a freshly made Breakfast or

Lunch next door to me at The Split Rail!

See you soon!

Chef JD (my site is also coming along)

Come in

Enjoy FREE


of FUDGE or

samplings of Chef JDs

Award Winning

Sauce & Marinade!

The Covered Bridge, Glades Rd. Gatlinburg

Closed on Mondays

The Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg

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

680 Glades Road Gatlinburg (865) 640-1222

Bicycling in the Great Smoky Mountains

roads in the park simply aren't conducive for safe and enjoyable

cycling. For all practical purposes, only experienced riders, using

extreme caution, should attempt to ride most of the main roads in

the Smokies.

Smoking Bar


Beer To Go

Biking Cades Cove

Bicycles are allowed on most roads within Great Smoky

Mountains National Park. However, due to heavy traffic, steep

terrain, and narrow roads with limited pull-offs, many of the

Additionally, there are no mountain biking trails in the Smokies.

However, bicycles are allowed on the Gatlinburg Trail, the

Oconaluftee River Trail and the lower Deep Creek Trail. These

trails have been set aside for people wishing to simply take a stroll

through the park on a bike. Bicycles are prohibited on all other

park trails.

Gatlinburg Trail: The Gatlinburg Trail travels 1.9 miles oneway

from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg. It's a

relatively flat trail that runs through the forest alongside the West

Prong of the Little Pigeon River. The trail offers beautiful views

of the river. Foundations and chimneys of several old home sites

are visible along the trail. The trail is frequently used by joggers,

walkers, and visitors with dogs. Read about Greenways on Page 1

Pet Friendly Outside Deck and Pool Table

Directions: Take Glades Road to its end.

Turn left and go one mile. On the right.

4133 Birds Creek Road • (865) 325-8384

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