Smoky Mountains Around Town / December 2018


What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

Smoky Mountains

Ober Gatlinburg




What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies !

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American Sideshow Features Lamp Man

Anyone who has driven through Cades Cove knows that is one of the most beautiful

parts of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. But, in the winter, there is a

special beauty to Cades Cove that you won’t find any other time of the year.

One of the most popular things to do is to take a winter drive. Cades Cove is situated

on an 11-mile one-way loop road that gives you the chance to sightsee at a leisurely

pace. Along the way, there are plenty of pull-offs if you want to stop and take in the

scenery. You’ll definitely want to take your time. With the bare trees of winter, you

have a much greater chance of seeing some of the wildlife that calls the cove home.

Some of the animals you could potentially see include black bears, white-tail deer,

coyotes, turkeys, and more!

One of the coolest things about Cades Cove at any time of the year is the history.

Cades Cove has a plethora of historic sites from the early European settlers to the area

as well as evidence of the original hunters of the cove: the Cherokee.

Some of the many historical sites include three churches, a working grist mill, barns,

log houses and several other restored buildings. You can grab a self-guiding tour

booklet at the start of the cove that discusses the history of the area.

Like we indicated earlier in our list, winter hiking is an awesome activity. And, Cades

Cove has no shortage of fun winter hikes.

Two hikes of particular interest are Abrams Falls and the Middle Prong Trail. Abrams

Falls is a five mile, moderately strenuous hike that culminates with the titular

waterfall. Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet tall, the massive volume of water

that rushes over makes up for it! The Middle Prong Trail is considered one of the best

waterfall hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll pass by three major waterfalls,

several smaller falls, cataracts, and cascades. Winter is the only time when you’ll

have a chance to see beautiful frozen waterfalls while hiking the Middle Prong Trail.

By Loralie Hurt

Approximately three years ago William “Bill” Selby, also

known as the Lamp Man, starting making lamps and

chandeliers as a hobby. Since then, his unique handcrafted,

functional works of art have grown in popularity and he has

refined his craft.

Each lamp or chandelier is an exclusive and one of a kind

piece. To do this, he starts his search along creeks and

riverbeds looking for unusual pieces of driftwood or dead

wood. He never harvests from live trees because there is

always plenty of limbs, roots and sticks that are already

dead. However, it can take quite a bit of time to find that

perfect piece that his artist’s eye deems worthy of becoming

a lamp or chandelier.

Once the wood is good and dry he can then begin turning the

piece in to a table lamp, floor lamp, wall sconce or

chandelier. He cleans and sands the piece to bring out it’s

natural grain and coloring, then he applies a clear coat to

protect and illuminate the wood’s beauty and luster.

The next step includes wiring and making the bases or

hanging mounts. He also uses copper tubing to hide wiring

or for special effects. Other special touches include river

rocks and copper braiding.

Finally, he finishes his piece off with beautiful and unique

sand shades. His shades are all natural, made from sand and

are from an ancient recipe. He makes the shades to fit each

piece and adds custom dyes to them to accentuate the

wood’s natural colorings. He also adds colored, hand blown

glass to some of the shades for lighting and visual effects.

Then it is ready for the final touch, the Edison lightbulb,

which provides each piece with a warm amber glow.

He has created quite a following for his lamps, which have

made it in to homes in Nashville, Georgia, North Carolina

and as far away as Japan. Currently, his lamps are for sale at

American Sideshow in Gatlinburg, 393 Parkway, You can also contact

him directly at 865-333-9462 to view projects that he has in

the works or follow him on Instagram at Lampman2030.


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Trolley Routes & Schedules

Inside on Page 11

read about them in this paper

Local Area Map

Inside on Page 9

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Santa’s Village at Anakeesta

Merry Mountain Christmas at Anakeesta brings you so

much fun this holiday season.

Photos with Santa: 2 PM - 6 PM Every Saturday until

December 22nd

Pop-up Christmas Shop: 11 AM - 5 PM Thursdays,

Fridays, & Sundays (subject to change)

Specialty Holiday Drinks served at our Cliff Top Grill

Bear eating acorns in a white oak

Fall is an important time of year for black bears in the Great

Smoky Mountains National Park to be eating.

“This is the time they fatten up and get ready for hibernating,”

said Bill Stiver, GSMNP Supervisory Wildlife Biologist. “This is

a critical time for female bears to put on enough weight for

having cubs.”

When you see a female bear in the summer with cubs, she weighs

about 100 pounds, Stiver explained. If fall foods are abundant,

that same bear will weigh 75 to 100 pounds more by the time she

starts hibernation for the winter. “She can double her weight,”

Stiver said.

What bears like to eat to gain all that weight are acorns. “Acorns

are the most important food for bears in the fall,” Stiver said. But

the acorn crop this fall is “spotty.”

‘Spotty’ Acorn Crop This Fall - The crop wasn’t a failure like it

was in 2015, Stiver said, but it’s not a bumper crop. The bears

& Bar Restaurant as well as holiday ice cream flavors at

Pearl's Pie in the sky.

DECORATIONS! We have beautiful holiday lights and

a 24 ft Christmas tree on our plaza as well as Santa's

Village. Join us during this wonderful time of the year!

We heard a rumor that Santa has carolers coming to sing

and bring even more Christmas cheer for all to hear!

Bears need to eat without human interruption

by Julie Dodd

prefer white oak acorns but some of the white oak groves, such as

those in Cades Cove, aren’t producing many acorns this fall.

The lack of white acorns in one grove moves more bears into

other locations where white oak trees are producing acorns and to

other kinds of trees that produce nuts, such as red oaks and

hickory trees. Bears often travel miles to reach trees with nuts.

Stiver said during the fall 2015 food shortage, seven bears were

feeding on one hickory tree along Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove.

Willfully approaching within 50 yards of a bear is illegal and will

lead to a fine, he explained. It can cause problems for the bears

that visitors don’t recognize, Stiver said.

“The bears are so focused on eating that they are often oblivious

to what’s happening around them until people are extremely

close,” Stiver said.

People coming near the bears can disrupt them from eating or

scare them away from an important feeding area. It also puts

people at risk as the bear could act defensively of such an

important food source.

“People are only thinking of their personal satisfaction right then

– getting their picture,” Stiver said. “You’re harassing the animal

and it needs to focus on eating,”

Another problem people create for bears is not properly

disposing of their trash. Food scraps left in a picnic area or at a

campsite can lead, over time, to a bear eventually tearing into a

tent or breaking into cars or homes for food, Stiver said.

The black bear population in the GSMNP is about 1,600. Stiver

said that the last population estimate was conducted in 2006. A

new estimate will be available soon, he said. This is year two of a

two-year multi-agency survey of the bear population in

Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

“We want people to see and view the bears,” Stiver said. “But we

want them to do that from a safe distance and allow bears to be

able to feed naturally during this critical time of year.”

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

Classic Hikes of the Smokies | December 11

Our last Classic Hike of the Smokies for 2018 is on

Kephart Prong Trail. At 4 miles round trip and 830ft of

total elevation gain, this hike is rated easy. This trail

features an old CCC camp, fish hatchery, and an old

railroad, so we hope you'll join us! Each hike is $20 for

current members and $35 for new or renewing members.

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600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg’s Largest Antique Shop

By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

Bill LaBounty and Bobby Tomberlin

Randy Brooks & Reindeer

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters

Festival 2nd Monday Songwriters

Showcase at Crystelle Creek Restaurant

will be celebrating it's 8 Anniversary on

December 10, 6:15 – 9:00 pm. Coming in

for this year's “Christmas at the Creek”

S M S W F S o n g w r i t e r s S h o w c a s e

anniversary celebration is the man who

many refer to as the Gambler of

Christmas songs; Randy Brooks who

wrote “Grandma Got Run Over By A

Reindeer.” Scott Southworth “You're The

Only Thing I Want For Christmas”, Craig

Alan “Christmas in Gatlinburg”, and host

John Condrone. “Bubba Claus” will also

be sharing their Christmas songs in

celebration of the holiday season. A great

evening to get in the Christmas spirit.

Bobby Tomberlin, a Grammy, CMA and

ACM award nominee who co-wrote the

number one Country and top five AC hit,

“One More Day” recorded by Diamond

Rio will be performing at Crystelle Creek

Restaurant December 15 with Bill

Labounty, who wrote “Somewhere In

The Vicinity Of The Heart”, the Grammywinning

record by Alison Kraus and


Tomberlin also co-wrote the Top 10

single, “A Good Day To Run” with Darryl

Worley and the number one Country

Gospel single, “That's The Way He Was

Raised” recorded by Josh Turner. Most

recently Barbra Striesand and Blake

Shelton recorded Bobby's duet “I'd Want

It To Be You” on Barbra's latest album,

Partners. Tomberlin performs at Crystelle

Creek Restaurant several times a year and

is on the advisory Board of the Smoky

Mountains Songwriters Festival.

Labounty's hits also include: Robbie

Dupree's “Hot Rod Hearts”, Michael

Johnson's “This Night Won't Last

Forever”, Steve Wariner's #1 records

“Lynda” and “I Got Dreams”, Tanya

Tucker and Delbert McClinton's “Tell Me

About It”, “Tequila Talkin” by Lonestar,

the #1 Shenandoah single “I Want To Be

Loved Like That” and Brooks & Dunn's

“Rock My World” (Little Country Girl).

Over the years Bill has accomplished at

least 100 songs recorded by other artists,

resulting in 25 BMI Awards, including 10

Million Performance awards.

The City Limit Band will be on hand for a

New Year's Eve party at Three Jimmy's

Monday December 31. Call now to make

reservations 865-325-1210.

Sign-Ups for performance slots,

songwriter opportunities and entry in the

SMSWF Song Competition during the

8 t h A n n u a l S m o k y M o u n t a i n s

Songwriters Festival August 11-18, 2019

are NOW OPEN for registration. If you

are a songwriter and would like to

perform your own original music or enter your song in the SMSWF Song

Competition you need to sign up or submit your song entry(s) no later than April 30,

2019. Workshops with music industry pros are available for anyone wanting to learn

and hone the craft of songwriting. The SMSWF believes there is a song in everyone.

You can even be part of a Co-Write with Hit Writers experience where you get to cowrite

2 songs in a group of 6-8 others plus 2 Hit Writers. SMSWF One on One

Mentoring Sessions are very popular.

These songwriting opportunities are not only just open to songwriters but also to

anyone who is wanting to learn about songwriting. For information on how you can

be a part of this great festival go to

Other venues with live music in Gatlinburg include Three Jimmy's, The Ship Pub,

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Holler, Hogg’s Upstairs Tavern, Smoky Mountain

Brewery, Marriott Courtyard Bristo, Tom & Earl's Back Alley Grill and Loco Burros.

Crawdaddy's is known for its Karaoke. Google their web-sites for more information.

Every 2nd Monday the SMSWF Songwriters Showcase takes place at Crystelle

Creek Restaurant at 6-9 pm. If you are a songwriter who would like to perform in one

of these showcases, please call John Condrone at 865-898-7305.

Church On The Slopes at Ober

Every Sunday from December 16 - March 3. Perfect for locals and

visiting church groups who do not want to miss Church services.

Experience a special workshop service while on the slopes.

Slope Report

You may have noticed we have started making snow on the slopes to

start building our base! We will continue to make snow as

temperatures permit. We will be using our warm-weather

snowmaking technology to supplement the upcoming warm weather.

On average, we open the ski slopes in early to mid December and

close in early to mid March. Exact opening and closing dates for the

slopes are determined by mother nature … never the same dates from

one ski season to the next … and usually not predictable until just

days in advance.

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By A. Jann Peitso

'Tis the season when we want to

thank those who have been especially generous to us with their

time and their efforts. We drive through the loop in the arts &

crafts community, stop at a shop or two as we search for just that

perfect gift, not too expensive but meaningful for the recipient.

“My neighbor feeds my dog (or cat) while I am here on vacation

and I want to take him something” is often heard by the artisans as

they welcome visitors who step through the doors.

“My Mother is so hard to buy for, she has everything” laments

another as she rolls her eyes heavenward.

A piece of jewelry would be a nice gift, a hand-thrown mug, a

leather belt, a small painting or even a candle from the wide

variety of types made by community members would all be

welcomed by the dog sitter or the mother. That memento would

be cherished because it came from a very special giver who

visited a very special vacation destination.

Mementos need not be expensive nor one that requires a great

deal of fretting. We have all been told, “it is the thought that

counts, the simplest gift can be the most meaningful”.

The stories told of the beginnings of this Holy-day season are of

the expensive treasures presented to the Child but that the

smallest gift may have been the most meaningful because it was

given from the heart.

One walks upon the seashore, at the very edge of the lapping

waves and collects what the seas have brought in, shells of many

iridescent colors, changing as they are turned in one's hand.

Immediately, one wants to share this experience, wants to take

this memento home to someone.

In 1966, a delightful book by Gladys Bond appeared on bookstore

shelves, “The Magic Friend Maker”.

A young girl walks along a riverbank and finds a rock which she

puts in her pocket, not just any old rock, but one of a special shape

and colors embedded in it. When she has to move to another town

and leave her best friend, she thinks of something to give,

something to leave behind for the friend to remember their times

together. The rock from a special destination becomes the

memento. As time goes by, the girl who received the rock meets a

new neighbor and the memento is gifted as a “friend maker”.

So we go, looking for a thank you gift or a “friend maker”.

Perhaps the memento lies not in a shop but along a driveway, the

side of the road or a creek bed, someplace that had meaning as you

walked there.

With a note attached of your deep appreciation, a heart-shaped

rock or one almost colored blue by its mineral content and a

smidgen of quartz becomes the small but meaningful gift, a

gleaming memento for a friend or loved one, your memento that

called to you In The Loop.

A. Jann Peitso, art!

170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg • 865-436-2363

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For Your Loved Ones Ashes

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849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)


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968 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg (In the Elks Plaza)

Park, Congressional Leaders & Governor Dedicate Foothills Parkway

Sunday - Monday - Tuesday

Nite Music at the Creek

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials were joined by

Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr,

Congressman Phil Roe, Governor Bill Haslam, and NPS Southeast

Regional Director Bob Vogel to dedicate the long-awaited section of

the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, TN

before the public opening on Saturday, November 10. The public

will be able to experience this new section of roadway for the first

time since construction began in 1966, including the 1.65-mile

section known as the ‘Missing Link’ which is now connected by a

series of nine bridges.

“We are proud to dedicate this roadway to the people who dreamed

it, engineered it, built it, and supported it,” said Superintendent

Cassius Cash. “Each person gathered here today has been a part of

creating a legacy parkway that the public will enjoy for generations

to come.”

The celebration was attended by over 200 former and current

employees of the National Park Service, Eastern Federal Lands

Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration,

Tennessee Department of Transportation, contractors, and

community leaders who participated in the construction of the

parkway over the last several decades. Senator Alexander,

Congressman Duncan, Congressman Roe, and Governor Haslam

joined Superintendent Cash to cut the ribbon signifying the grand

opening of the Foothills Parkway. The roadway officially opens to

the public on Saturday, November 10 for motorists and cyclists to


“If you want the best view of the highest mountains in the eastern

United States, you’ll drive the Foothills Parkway,” said Senator

Lamar Alexander. “The scene is so magnificent that it surprises even

those of us who have grown up admiring the Smokies. It has taken

nearly 75 years to complete, but it is so picturesque that it is worth

the 75-year wait.”

The completion of the roadway was made possible due to a decadeslong

partnership among the State of Tennessee, Tennessee

Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Eastern Federal Lands

Highway Division (EFLHD) of the Federal Highway

Administration, and the National Park Service (NPS) at a total cost

of $178 million. Funding for the final paving was provided through a

$10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic

Recovery (TIGER) VIII grant secured by the Tennessee Department

of Transportation along with $15 million from the State of

Tennessee and $7 million through the NPS Federal Lands

Transportation Program.

The Foothills Parkway now consists of two finished sections at

either end of the 72-mile corridor. The western section now extends

33 continuous miles from Chilhowee to Wears Valley, offering a

new recreational experience for motorists and cyclists. The eastern

section, completed in 1968, extends 6 miles from Cosby to Interstate

40 presenting breathtaking views of Mt. Cammerer.

For more information about exploring scenic drives in the park,

please visit

NPS Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel, Superintendent

Cassius Cash, Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander,

Chief of Facility Management Alan Sumeriski, and Deputy

Superintendent Clay Jordan.

Performing 6:00 till 9:00

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( Next To Dollar General ) Free Parking

A Smoky Jazz Feel with a Bluesy Rock Sound

Featuring: Ben E. Scott Stroupe

Original artwork in various mediums,

reproduc ons and scenic photography

Handmade jewelry, vintage glass and gi s

Greenbrier Pottery available here!

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Local Pottery Classes Now Forming

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

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1402 E. Parkway, #10 Gatlinburg

December 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Gatlinburg’s most enchanting holiday tradition returns!

Presented by Ole Red, the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights

Christmas Parade promises to be a spectacular celebration

filled with marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and of

course, Santa Claus. It all happens on December 7 at 7:30 p.m.

from Baskins Creek Bypass to traffic light #10 in downtown


Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on

the Parkway to watch the parade or you can purchase a

bleacher seat to get one of the best seats in the house.

600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg

Woodland hawks lured to the big city by cornucopia of backyard birds

By Noel Kirkpatrick

People put up bird feeders in hopes of

attracting avian wildlife. It turns out those

backyard birds are attracting even bigger birds.

As birds come to cities for the feeders,

woodland hawks are flocking to the "urban

buffet" they create, according to a study

conducted by researchers at the University of

Wisconsin-Madison. The hunting is so good,

in fact, that many hawks are now city-bred.

"For hawks, the secret is out: There is a

hyperabundance of prey" in the city, Benjamin

Z u c k e r b e r g , a U n i v e r s i t y o f

Wisconsin–Madison professor of wildlife

ecology and a senior author of the study, said in

a statement.

In the past, hawks struggled to survive as

habitat loss, hunting and the pesticide DDT

reduced their populations. Eventually

regulations were put into place, including

stronger protections for migratory birds, and

hawks staged somewhat of a comeback.

Habitat loss, however, wasn't easily undone,

and as the woodland hawks' population

rebounded, they had to find new hunting

grounds. Luckily, cities and bird-loving

humans provided some assistance.

"Bird feeders are like buffets," Zuckerberg

said, "It is an easy meal."

Researchers looked at 20 years of data

collected by participants in the Cornell Lab of

Ornithology's Project FeederWatch. This

citizen science project covered backyard

birding information in Chicago from 1996 to

2016. What they found was a steady increase in

the hawk population in the city's center, flying

away from rural areas.

"Project FeederWatch is the perfect program

for this kind of research because you can use

that information not only to document hawks,

but also their prey," Zuckerberg said.

Two things surprised the researchers as they

studied the data. First was that the birds

seemingly adapted to life in the big city

quickly. Woodland hawks, like the Cooper's

hawk (Accipiter cooperii) and the sharpshinned

hawk (Accipiter striatus) are considered

"perch-and-scan" predators. They sit still on a

branch, hiding in tree cover, and then swoop

onto their prey once it comes within striking

distance. Branches, it turns out, weren't a deal

breaker for these hawks; food was.

"I was surprised that tree canopy cover was not

important in colonization by these woodland

hawks," Jennifer McCabe, a postdoctoral

fellow at Wisconsin-Madison who led the

study, said. "However, they aren't nesting in

the winter, meaning they are more concerned

about their own survival and not raising young.

So, it makes sense that food availability would

be so important."

The second surprise was related to food

availability. The hawks didn't seem to care

how large or small the prey was. They just

wanted a bird snack.

“Prey biomass wasn't an important driver of

colonization or persistence," McCabe

explained. "Much of the literature states, at

least for Cooper's hawks, that they prefer

larger-bodied prey like doves and pigeons.

Perhaps these hawks are cueing in on the sheer

number of birds and not particular species."

The biggest takeaway is that urban areas are

now an important wildlife habitat, a place

where nature has adapted to urban life.

“Don't discount urban areas as habitat,"

Zuckerberg said. "The more we know about

which species and what landscape factors

allow those species to colonize and persist in

urban areas, the better we can manage wildlife

in an ever-developing world."

Located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off

US highway 441, the Sugarlands Visitor Center has all the

answers to your questions regarding planning your trip to the

national park. In the visitors center, there are several extensive

natural history exhibits, a free 20-minute film about the

national park and an information center. The facility includes a

bookstore and a gift shop for all your souvenir needs. There are

public restrooms, telephones and drink machines available.

There are Ranger-led programs offered seasonally and various

nature trails nearby with historic cabins and waterfalls to visit.

The visitor center is an eco-friendly building. The building has

a “cool roof” system, which allows heat to escape freely,

generating lower cooling costs. The roof also features recycled

rubber, solar panels and solar tubs to provide additional

lighting and energy without using electricity.

Sugarlands Visitor Center Hours:

January-February: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April-May: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

June-August: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

September-October: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

November: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Sugarlands Visitor Center is open year-round on every

day except Christmas Day. It’s free to get in with no fees.

Critical Health News

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

Dry skin (technically called xerosis) is one of the most common of

skin health complaints. Moisturizing products account for nearly

10 billion dollars in annual sales. Even though, according to the

National Health Interview Survey, 3 or 4 percent of the population

suffer from xerosis, it’s tough to find an adult American who

doesn’t have at least some degree of skin dryness. Even kids are

susceptible to the condition. According to an article published the

September 2006 issue of Current Allergy and Asthma Reports,

atopic dermatitis, a cutaneous disease characterized by dry skin,

affects 10-20 % of American children.

Yet, despite its ubiquity, dry skin should never happen! The skin is

exquisitely equipped with various mechanisms that are supposed to

assure the tissue remains hydrated. When that doesn’t occur,

something in the ordinarily resilient and responsive cutaneous

biochemistry is tweaked. In other words, dry skin is much more

than a superficial cosmetic concern. As insignificant as it may

seem, it’s a fully-fledged health care issue. Dry skin is a symptom,

and symptoms are the smoke which indicate a biochemical

breakdown fire.

In this way the symptomology of xerosis is a message; it’s a

harbinger and indicator that somewhere in the body something is

wrong or something is missing. In this way, skin dryness, like other

symptoms, should be regarded as a friend; it’s an announcement of

increased risk of other, more significant health care challenges

including heart disease, autoimmunity and even cancer!

Though all of the above diseases can be associated with xerosis,

most of us believe that the symptoms of xerosis are merely

superficial. So, to deal with the itchy flakes and uncomfortable

dryness, we merely put a moisturizer on and forget about the matter.

Even skin care professionals are entranced by the illusion.

Dermatologists, estheticians and cosmetologists, like their

patients, address skin issues by working topically.

The problem with these types of topical solutions is just that: they

work on the top of the skin in the ultra-thin surface of dead cells

known as the stratum corneum. Skin dryness involves the deeper

levels of the skin, where moisture factors (i.e. water trapping amino

acids, sugars and fatty substances) reside. Creams and lotions can

present the illusion of “moisturization” by creating a characteristic

feel, but the tactile sensation associated with these kinds of

products is really nothing more than a thin layer of wax, oil or

silicone that we have been “con-ditoned” to believe is “moisture”.

The most important cause of dry skin is a lack of Essential Fatty

Dry Skin - Deeper than your Moisturizer

Acids (especially Omega 6s) and fatty vitamins (D, E, A and K),

either due to lack of supplementation and/or mal-absorption of

these key substances. Fat absorption issues can be associated with

liver or gall bladder problems as well as intestinal issues and

deficiencies in stomach acid. Vitamin C also plays a role, as the

production of moisture factors is at least partially dependent on the

presence of this important essential nutrient.

From a topical perspective the most effective solution is application

of products containing fat soluble Vitamin C; the best form goes by

the name “ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate”. Look for at least 10 percent

concentrations and give it some time. Remember skin dryness is a

function of deficiencies at the lower levels of the skin and it may

take a few days or even a week for enough Vitamin C to migrate

deep enough to have an obvious effect. For a quicker result look for

water trapping ingredients like hyaluronic acid or lactic acid, which

act like moisture magnets. Both of these substances are found in

normal healthy skin, where their water trapping properties are

leveraged to maintain tissue hydration.

So, while it may be uncomfortable and distressing, there are

solutions. Those solutions are not however “moisturizers”. You’ve

got to address nutritional deficiencies. Use a few key ingredients to

address the topical perspective. When your skin texture softens and

hydration improves, you’ll know that your overall health is getting

better and that you’re increasing your longevity while decreasing

the likelihood or the progression of overall aging, bodily

deterioration and degenerative disease.

10 Foods and Supplements that Moisturize from the Inside Out

1. Omega 6 EFAs – important for production of skin moisturizing lipids

2. Vitamin A – supports secretion of moisture factors

3. Vitamin C – required for the production of skin fats

4. Eggs – contains many skin friendly nutrients including Vitamins A,

B, essential fats and cholesterol

5. Avocados – tasty source of skin essential fats

6. Vitamin E – protects skin fats

7. Bone soup – source of water trapping sugars and protein sugar


8. Coconut Oil – source of Vitamin E and saturated fats that can provide

topical relief from xerosis

9. Whey Protein – contains moisturizing amino acids

10. Salmon, sardines, anchovies or other fatty fish – one of nature's best

sources of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids that support the skin's

water barrier functions

Winter Smoky Mountain

Tunes & Tales

Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters

and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway

Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present

strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of

Gatlinburg, December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Holiday

music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of

Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also

enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little

bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program

is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of

millions of lights making it truly a Winter Magical

experience in Gatlinburg!

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A r st T ed Wolff

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



Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

Open Monday - Saturday

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

170 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Park Reopens Bote Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the

partial reopening of a 2.9-mile section of Bote Mountain Trail on

Friday, November 2 for hikers only. This popular trail provides

access from the Cades Cove area to the Appalachian Trail near

Spence Field.

The trail section has been closed since September 24 while

extensive rehabilitation was underway, involving both the use of

mechanized equipment and hand tools. This popular trail, used by

both hikers and horse riders, had become heavily eroded and

incised due to inadequate drainage. Park trail crews spent several

weeks repairing 101 existing drainage structures, installing 10 new

drainage structures, repairing over 240 feet of trail tread, and

removing rocks, roots, and brush along the trail section.

To ensure the sustainability of the improvements, the trail will

remain closed to horse use through the winter, freeze-thaw cycle.

During this time, while it is open for hikers only, the trail crew will

also continue to monitor the repair. We expect the trail to fully

reopen to all use on March 2, 2019.

For more information about hiking safety, please visit the park’s

website at

Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Draped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge

creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to

enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The

lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the

end of February.

From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and

so much more.


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

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



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

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

Where The Locals Go


and much more


(865) 436-3600

976 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg

Park Celebrates Rainbow Falls Trail Project Completion

NPS Roads & Trails Branch Supervisor Tobias Miller, Friends

of the Smokies President Jim Hart, Deputy Superintendent

Clay Jordan, and Trails Program Supervisor Josh Shapiro

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials celebrated the

completion of a two-year trail rehabilitation project on

Rainbow Falls Trail on Wednesday, November 14. The sixmile

Rainbow Falls Trail is one of the most popular trails in the

park leading hikers to Rainbow Falls and Mt. Le Conte. The

trail was reopened, on schedule, following work completed by

the park trail crew, American Conservation Experience youth

crews, and volunteers.

The park trail crew rehabilitated targeted segments along the

trail to improve visitor safety, stabilize eroding trail sections,

and repair trail tread damaged by high winds and fire during the

November 2016 wildfires. The crew installed over 350 steps

through steep, narrow corridors, created nearly 600 feet of

elevated trail surfaces, installed nearly 400 drainage elements,

and placed over 1,000 native stones along the trail to create a

durable, sustainable trail corridor. The much-needed

rehabilitation also eliminated numerous, visitor-created side

trails totaling over one mile in length that had resulted in

eroded, off-trail paths creating confusion for hikers.

“The craftsmanship exhibited by the park trail crew is

extraordinary,” said Deputy Superintendent Clay Jordan.

“They create durable, functional trail corridors that support the

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials

invite the public to comment on an

Environmental Assessment (EA) of a proposed

Plant Gathering Agreement with the Eastern

Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) through

Thursday, December 13, 2018. The proposed

agreement would establish a management

framework for sustainable gathering of early

spring leaves from the sochan plant (Rudbeckia

laciniata) by EBCI members for traditional


The proposed agreement is authorized under 36

CFR Part 2.6 Final Rule on Gathering of Certain

Plants or Plant Parts by Federally Recognized

Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes, known

as the Plant Gathering Rule. The 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 park has prepared an EA in accordance with

the National Environmental Policy Act to

analyze potential impacts of the proposed action

on the environment. The public is encouraged to

participate in the planning process by reviewing

and providing comments on the assessment.

The National Park Service considered a full

range of alternatives based on information

obtained through internal and internal scoping

high-volume hiker use of the Smokies in a manner that also

reflects and protects the natural landscape.”

Numerous individuals partnered with the park trail crew to aid

in rehabilitation efforts. Over the course of the two-year

project, 44 American Conservation Experience youth interns

contributed over 41,360 hours of service and 162 Volunteers

contributed 1,576 hours of service.

Trails Forever is a partnership program between Great Smoky

Mountains National Park and the Friends of the Smokies. The

Friends have donated over $1,500,000 to support the program,

in part through the generosity of the Knoxville based Aslan

Foundation. The Trails Forever program provides the

opportunity for a highly skilled trail crew to focus

reconstruction efforts on high use and high priority trails in the

park including the recently restored Rainbow Falls Trail, Alum

Cave Trail, Chimney Tops Trail, and Forney Ridge Trail. The

program also provides a mechanism for volunteers to work

alongside the trail crew on these complex trail projects to assist

in making lasting improvements to preserve the trails for future

generations. more below past pictures...

Rainbow Falls Before

Rainbow Falls After

More on Rainbow Falls Trail Project Completion

In 2019, the Trail Forever crew will begin a 2-

year rehabilitation project on the popular

Trillium Gap Trail among other critical trail

work across the park on trails such as the Deep

Creek Trail, Rough Fork Trail, Smokemont

Trail, and Noah Bud Ogle Trail. Due to the

rehabilitation process on Trillium Gap Trail, a

full closure will be necessary for the safety of

both the crew and visitors. The Trillium Gap

Trail and associated parking areas will be

Environmental Assessment for Plant Gathering Agreement with EBC

Available for Public Comment

closed May 6, 2019 through November 14,

2019, excluding federal holidays, on Monday

mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday

evenings at 5:30 p.m. weekly. The trail will be

fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and


For more information about the Trails Forever

program, please visit our website at


and identified one reasonable action alternative

that is presented in the EA for consideration.

The EA is available on the National Park

Service’s Planning, Environment and Public

C o m m e n t w e b s i t e a t by

following the link titled “Sochan Gathering for

Traditional Purposes.” Comments should be

submitted through this online portal or sent mail

to Great Smoky Mountains National Park,

ATTN: Environmental Planning and

Compliance, 107 Park Headquarters Road,

Gatlinburg, TN 37738. The public comment

period is open through December 13, 2018.

Sochan early spring

Valley Pools & Spas

Sales • Supplies • Service • Repair

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

Hot Tubs

Swimming Pools

Game Tables

(865) 908-0025

3059 Birds Creek Rd, Sevierville

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)

849 Glades Road, # 1B1, Gatlinburg

Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

Wait! Hold It! Do Not Shoot!

I know how to spell PUMPKIN, a long line of school teachers

saw to that. According to some people I pronounce the word in

the wrong way.

Cocke County country folk tend to call this fruit of the vine

PUNKIN, although the majority will write it PUMPKIN.

Listen to a gathering of Cocke county rural folk around

Halloween, you may be surprised how many of them call this

golden fruit of the vine PUNKIN.

James Whitcomb Riley has been honored many times for his

delightful poem, “THE FROST OF THE PUNKIN”. If this great

man is not ashamed to present PUNKIN to the world, surely you

will allow me to present PUNKIN.

In the fall of 1942 the United States of America was engaged in

a desperate war, Food was necessary war material. Home or

backyard gardens were encouraged along with home or

community canning to save the surplus food thus produce for

future family needs.

No one knew how great those needs would be.

Patriotism and willingness to help the war effort was running

deep in the hearts of Cocke County People.

Under the authority of the Works Progress Administration

(WPA) a community cannery had been established in the old

knitting mill so recently converted to a school in West End.

Under the leadership of several, the cannery was a going and

growing concern.

To the best of my recollection no charge was made for the

metal cans to can the food or the use of the facilities. I seem to

remember a one-fifth toll being levied on the finished product.

Mr. Shipley, an Agriculture teacher at the Old Cocke County

High School urged his students to take advantage of the

community cannery to help feed their families and push the war


Much to his surprise, he was not having much success for the

simple reason that canning surplus food was a way of life for

farm families in Cocke County at that time and all the Vocational

Agriculture students lived on or had access to farms.

In dogged determination Mr. Shipley maintained that even

farm families had at least one surplus farm produced food item

that could be profitably canned in the shiny metal can used by the

cannery. He let it be known that he would look with generous

intent at the grade cards of any of his Vo-Ag students who

utilized the facilities at the community canneries to help

conserve the family food supply.

Yours truly seemed to always stand in need of extra grade

points at grade card viewing time. I certainly was not too proud

to accept a few extra points for doing something that was not

only my moral obligation but highly patriotic also.

What could I can this late in October?

The Mr. Shipley just happened to come by our rented farm and

informed my parents of his intentions.

I was volunteered before he could finish his remarks.

Now my parents had over five hundred glass jars, crocks and

jugs filled with a wide assortment of vegetables, fruits and meats

stored in the smoke house, but they would appreciate anything

Mr. Shipley could teach the boy to can. “What can he can?”

Mr. Shipley looked across the hillside covered with browning

corn and tons of yellow punkins. “Why, some of those ripe

pumpkins so you could have pumpkin pies next June.”

“Pumpkins it is”, agreed my parents.

In a frenzy of labor, golden ripe punkins were slaughtered,

deseeded, sliced in one inch wide rings, peeled, squared and

packed into five gallon lard cans which were loaded into the

truck of the family Terri plane (extinct car) and delivered to West

End School on the specified date. Mr. Shipley had a number of

students who were trying to help the war effort and gain a few

extra grade points. I was the only one canning punkin.

A lively discussing arose about how to can the yellow fruit of

the wine and what type of can should be used.

It was finally decided to pre-cook the punkin and ladle the

cooked mixture into metal cans that were coated on the inside

with an acid resistance coating. The same type cans used to can

corn and fruits.

In short order a big copper-bronze lined steam cooking pot was

bubbling cooking punkin. Metal cans were filled with the hot

fruit of the vine.

Mr. Shipley set a full can into can sealer done a few fancy

gyrating steps around the contraption and presto a can of punkin

was sealed and ready to place in the water bath heating tank.

He crooked a finger at me saying, “Now, Roy you can seal the

rest of the cans.

I approached this mechanical contraption with a dour

expression for mechanical tools and I have never hit it off at the

first introduction. It has always taken a bit of time for us to

become cozy with each other.

Mr. Shipley noted my doubts and said, “You can't go wrong

Roy, all you do is set the can on the turntable, lay a lid on top of

the can, pull down on this lever and turn the crank. You do not

have to even look at the can lids for they have been stamped out

with a metal cutting die so they will all fit.”

Little did he know.

I followed his instructions to the letter and juicy hot punkin

squirted all over the place.

Ice Bumper Cars

After much discussion it was decided that I had used a lid that

was not round and after crimping around the top of the can a hole

the size of a pencil emerged to dribble hot punkin.

Five thousand lids in that box and I had picked the only one

that was cut lopsided.

You have heard of Murphy's law, this Murphy character and I

have been bosom pals all my life.

Mr. Shipley drained the punkin from the can and took it back to

the classroom where it soon became known as “Roy's can”.

Almost every day for two weeks someone would draw attention

to the blasted thing and thirty-three pairs of eyes over thirtythree

toothy grins came my way as I slunk ever lower in my


Finally I stole the can from Mr. Shipley's desk and sneaked it to

boiler room when the teacher was not looking. In that coal fired

boiler I cremated that sucker. EPILOGUE

The community canneries served a vital and unheralded need

during the war years.

Corn was an item my family found hard to can and keep. Over

the years many bushels of Hickory King and Polific corn went

into the shinny cans of the cannery to be consumed before the

next crop of roasting ears appeared. The glass jars in the

smokehouse were emptied and refilled at least once a year.

The canned punkin had a staying power all its own. To us the

taste of punkin was not enhanced by canning and could in no way

compare with the taste of vine ripe punkin stashed in the hay over

the mule's stall where the heat generated by the animal's body

and their bedding kept the golden yellow fruit of the vine from

freezing on the coldest winter night.

In the fall of 1947 I lined the remaining dozen or so of the

canned punkin on a log and zeroed in my deer rifle. I did not have

to walk to the log to check my shots for I could tell from a

hundred years away when I scored a hit.

“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 Rd, #15, Gatlinburg - 865-719-3999

Appalachian Bear Rescue

By Kathryn Sherrard

Chubby Cubs!

Nine bear cubs are being cared for at the Appalachian Bear

Rescue facility in Townsend, TN. The latest arrival, which we

announced as a “News Flash” last month, was released into a

Wild Enclosure after a couple of weeks in our Recovery

Center. It was decided that keeping her in such strict

confinement for any longer would be counter-productive. She

needed to be outside in a more suitable habitat. So our

population now is divided among three enclosures.

In Wild Enclosure #4 we have the “Six-pack,” so named

because of their number and the fact that the six resulted from

combining two groups of three. These cubs have worked very

hard to gain all the weight they could and now they resemble

round, furry balls with short legs.

In Wild Enclosure #3 the “Duet” reside. Yep, you guessed it

– there are two of them. And now, in Wild Enclosure #1 we

have Persimmon Bear, that most recent addition.

All of the cubs continue to eat as much food – nuts and some

fruits like apples – as the curators provide by throwing the

goodies over the fence to them. A vital component of the care

of orphaned and injured bear cubs is that there is minimal

human contact. The cubs don't see the human curators

throwing the food. The little bears also find some treats on

their own from naturally occurring critters like insects that

they quickly gobble up.

It is possible that as you read this the nine bear cubs are out in

the wild, finding dens in which to spend the winter. The

wildlife officers in charge of the cubs are the ones who decide

when they should be released. Two of the cubs will be

returning to their home state of Kentucky, while the remaining

seven will be in Tennessee or in the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park.

This brings us to the frequently asked question about

hibernation. Do bears really hibernate? While most of us

would say that they do, wildlife biologists call the bears'

winter sleep torpor. How does it work? To prepare, bears go

through hyperphagia, a feeding frenzy during which they eat

voraciously. That's what our cubs have been doing for the last

couple of months. The goal is to add at least another third of

their weight. During the hibernation or torpor period, the bear

does not eat, drink, defecate or urinate. All bodily systems are

maintained by utilizing the fat that has been stored.

Female bears (sows) will give birth during the time in the

den and therefore will not be apt to leave. Male bears (boars)

are unencumbered by such matters, and they may move

around, change dens, or opt for a daybed on the ground. If you

see a bear roaming around during the winter, it's probably a

boar. Regardless, bears that you see in winter should be

respected in the same way as at any other time of year. Keep

your distance and do not harass or stress the animal.

You can follow the story of the nine cubs and their release,

and find out more about Appalachian Bear Rescue by visiting

our Facebook page:

New photos are posted every day, so you can see what is going

on at the ABR facility and at 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. When you visit you can talk to

knowledgeable volunteers and purchase ABR merchandise as

mementos of your visit. You can even become a member of

Appalachian Bear Rescue and participate in a class to learn

more about bears. We'd love to see you there! You can also

visit our website at and our

blog at

Around Town Page 8

How y'all doin?

River season is over in the mountains. Sure was fun

though. Baby it's cold outside. Getting a little snow

today as I type this.

Has been busy at the Elks Lodge. We gave out candy

and drug awareness coloring books at the Gatlinburg Spooktacular

at Mills Park. What a fun event for our community.

Picture is Thanksgiving dinner at the Elks Lodge. Was real good and

a great turn out of members.

My other picture is Jimbo and Lori Moore at Rocky Top Sports

World. What a wonderful facility we have here in Gatlinburg. Lori,

thank you so much for letting the Elks have our Hoop Shoot in your

wonderful building. It take place December 2 at 2 till 4:30 pm. Hope

to see you all there with your kids ages 8-13.

Has been two years now after the fire which affected our beautiful

community that we call home. We have come a long way and more

healing still needed.

We are collecting toys to go with our food baskets. Please contact an


Let's have a great month and remember the other fat man is coming

to town soon.

Spread some LOVE


By Jim Yonan PER

All Your Hardware Needs!

Trevor is a 1 year old Great Pyrenees Mix

hoping to be adopted soon and Cash is a 3

month old Domestic Short Hair Mix also

looking for a forever home.

Adoption fee for Trevor is $125 and $75

for Cash. Fees cover their first set of

vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.

The Sevier County Humane Society on

Gnatty Branch Road is open Tuesday

thru Thursday from Noon until 7:00 p.m.

and Friday thru Sunday from Noon until

5:00 p.m.

For Adoptions

Call John at Hidden Hills Animal

Rescue: 865-255-3557

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

Sandpaper & Various Supplies

RV Product & Supplies

Now Offering Propane Gas and Supplies


Photography / Gallery & Studio / Workshop

Thousands of species of plant and animal life have been

documented in the Smokies, and more are being discovered every

year. Because the last Ice Age didn’t get this far south, and the sea

never came this far inland, flora and fauna have been thriving and

diversifying here for millennia. When you venture into one of the

world’s few International Biosphere Reserves, black bears and

wildflower blooms are only the beginning. Bring your binoculars,

enjoy the show.

Value. Everyday.

Open till 1:00 am

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort

of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg

Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights.

The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a

memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy.

321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of

Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.

Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along

Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River

Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6

million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated

lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of

winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route

features an injection of bright displays as well.

Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to

quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent

bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and

allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program

for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky

Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels,

and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless

displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23

years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most

recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of

international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined

the lineup.

Trolley tours do not run on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Smokies is the

relatively temperate climate year-round. However, everyone

knows that weather can be unpredictable so remember to plan

accordingly and know what the Great Smoky Mountains

weather is going to be like on your visit. Always double check

the weather report because weather can differ greatly between

the mountains and Pigeon Forge. Temperatures can vary 10-20

degrees Fahrenheit from the mountain base to the peak and rain

might sneak up on your hiking trip. Don’t get caught unaware –

know about the weather in the Smoky Mountains.

Winter in the Smokies

Smoky Mountain weather reports for winter are generally

moderate. Keep in mind though that extreme weather does

occur, especially with an increase in elevation. It is not unusual

for warm temperatures to occur in the lower elevations, while

the higher areas have snow. Most nights in this season are at or

below freezing, but lows of -20 degrees Fahrenheit are possible

at higher elevated areas. January and February is when snow in

the mountains is most common. During a storm, the snow totals

have been known to reach up to 2 feet.

Page 9 Around Town

The Jewelry Spot

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


Located in the Arts & Crafts Community at Glades Village

680 Glades Rd #1, Gatlinburg


170 Glades Road #30 Gatlinburg

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.

Watch Glass Artist J. Hills




Art Glass

M&D Hills


Maples Lane

Riverside Road

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



Need Medical A en on While Visi ng


1065 Glades Road Gatlinburg

Since 1998


Authentic British Pub

in East Tennessee!

33 Draught Beers

120 Bottled Beers

30 Hot Teas

Traditional British Food

436-0677 (865) 11

1065 Glades Road, Gatlinburg


170 Glades Rd. • 865-436-2363


Every Night !

Open Daily

3 pm

(865) 430-1551

Follow Me To The Tree

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Neil’s Gallery

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• Oil Paintings

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Heartwood Galleries

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1450 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

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

631 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg


Sparky’s Glassblowing

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Over 100 Artists & Craftsmen

The Loop is on the Yellow Trolley Route

Including Eateries, Bed & Breakfasts and More

The Arts and Crafts Community is the largest independent

organization of artisans in the United States. As such it doesn’t

disappoint in the diversity of crafts you can see when you visit.

You’ll find a wide assortment of items from dulcimers to stuffed

bears to ceramics. The artists often will talk with visitors and

discuss the history of their craft. Each shop offers plenty of free


Finding the perfect souvenir to remember your Gatlinburg

vacation is easy when you visit the Arts & Crafts Community.

With over 100 artists and craftsmen, Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts

Community is a living, breathing tribute to the history of

Tennessee. The carvers, weavers, watercolor artists, casters, soap

makers, potters, silversmiths and dozens of other artisans

skillfully demonstrate their abilities before thousands of visitors.

The community is located on an 8 mile loop road that’s designated

a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The Arts & Crafts

Community can be reached using the Yellow Trolley from

downtown Gatlinburg.

Never Paint Your Nails Again!

No tools ! No heater ! Last two weeks !

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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

Please Don’t Feed The Bears

Duke Energy Final Phase of Mt. Sterling Solar Project

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials

announced that Duke Energy removed utility

poles and overhead powerline along a 3.5-mile

utility corridor that extends from the park

boundary at Mt. Sterling Road (Hwy NC284) to

the Mt. Sterling Fire Lookout Tower began

November 19 through November 30.

For more information about the Mt. Sterling

Sustainable Energy Project, please visit the

National Park Service’s Planning, Environment,

and Public Comment (PEPC) website and

following the link titled “Mt. Sterling Sustainable

Energy Project” at

Two thousand, three hundred years ago, Alexander The Great

was surveying his battlefield and drinking water from silver

urns. He knew nothing about bacteria, but he knew that silver

containers have a seemingly miraculous way of keeping water


Silver has been used for thousands of years in different forms

for its health benefits. Throughout the middle ages, the

wealthy gave their children silver spoons to suck upon to stave

off illnesses. People have known about the benefits of silver

for so long that it is incorporated into legends.

The new history of silver is a falsified history. Silver was once

used extensively by all health care practitioners as an

antibiotic and anti-viral. Nothing worked better then, and

nothing does now.

The F.D.A. began its crusade against silver products in the

1930’s, because silver (as a natural substance) cannot be

patented; but the organization’s antibiotic and vaccine

industry partners were able to patent their wares.

Under the Food and Drug Administration’s original name, The

Bureau of Chemistry, its real mission was to legally protect the

chemical industry by declaring toxic chemicals to be

“generally recognized as safe”, and to eliminate the chemical

industry’s competition through regulations.

Silver medicine has been erased from the textbooks, and it is

seldom given mention in medical literature. The official

Pharmacopeia (physician’s desk reference book) listed dozens

of medicinal silver compounds prior to the mid-1930’s; but

thereafter, all mention of silver disappeared.

Newer books report that it never really happened. Before the

history was rewritten, silver was like the nuclear weapon of

medicine. No human pathogen of any kind survived it. This

was the gospel of medicine.

Pure colloidal silver is still the most comprehensive and potent

antibiotic and anti-viral known that is actually safe for human

consumption, and it is absolutely safe for everyone in every

condition. It is natural, has no side effects, and it was killing

the worst viral diseases in the 1930’s, long before it became

impossible to kill viruses with medicine.

Study finds taking colloidal silver with antibiotics ‘killed 1000

times more bacteria’ than antibiotics alone. Over the past two

centuries, silver has been used by both allopathic and

alternative medicine. In addition to being used for routine

ailments, silver has been used effectively against some of the

most notoriously hard to kill illnesses, including tuberculosis

and syphilis.

It has been used as an anti-bacterial agent that was added to

bandages and disinfectant sprays. It has been embedded into

clothing to prevent bacteria from producing foul odors from

sweat, and it has been merged into cloth that is used in burn


Around Town

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

The overhead powerline is no longer needed due

to the installation of a microgrid solar and battery

facility that Duke Energy installed in 2017 to

provide electrical power to park radio equipment

located at the Mt. Sterling Fire Lookout Tower.

This radio equipment is a vital component of the

park’s emergency communication system, which

serves both frontcountry and backcountry areas of

the park. The overhead line has been

decommissioned and the existing maintained

corridor will return to a natural state.

Colloidal silver was erased from textbooks

more on Colloidal Silver next month

Attempts are still being made to lace hospital counter tops with

silver, to prevent the growth of bacteria. Silver-lined

containers are actively being used to disinfect water in third

world countries.

Silver is remarkable because it is an extremely powerful

natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent, yet it does not

impair overall health like antibiotics do. It kills viruses,

bacteria and parasites in cases wherein the parasites live in a

symbiotic relationship with a bacterial agent.

This is surprisingly common, especially in the case of bloodborne

parasites, such as those of U.S. bio-weapons like Lyme

disease. Because of the way that silver kills with an electrical

charge, no pathogen can be found or engineered to be immune

to it. No life can develop an immunity to electricity.

Since the late nineteenth century, colloidal silver has been the

safest and most effective way to medicate with silver.

Colloidal silver is manufactured by electrically combining

silver with pure water. The colloidal manufacturing process

uses no chemicals.

While silver is now labeled as an alternative medicine, it was

once used widely in hospitals as the premiere antiseptic and

antibiotic. It is still used in hospital burn centers for its

incredible ability to heal burns more rapidly than steroids. We

were astounded when witnessing it eliminate a sunburn in the

span of just an hour, and a burnt tongue within minutes.

Removing silver from the market was one of the first actions of

the Food and Drug Administration, when it changed its name

in the 1930’s. It gradually changed its name from the Bureau

of Chemistry to the more publicly palatable, Food and Drug


In 1999, after a re-emergence of silver, the F.D.A. completely

banned it in any form from being sold in over-the-counter

health products, despite the fact that silver has safely been

used as a medicine for millennia.

The devastation of the polio epidemic was largely caused by

how the Food and Drug Administration suppressed silver to

promote its new antibiotic and vaccine industries. By

removing silver from the lists of approved medicines, it

effectively removed the only treatment that reliably kills

polio, which in turn unleashed the full epidemic of polio. The

F.D.A. later claimed a victory over polio in boasting that the

new generation of vaccines had saved us.

The agency cunningly waited until the epidemic was in its

natural decline to release the vaccine, in order to ensure that

people saw a connection between the vaccine’s release date

and the disappearance of the disease. The public, and quite a

few doctors were distracted away from the fact that silver

medications were a safe treatment, which effectively kills

polio quickly, as well as every other virus known.

Continued to Page 12

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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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Thank You to the following businesses for your support

from Hidden Hills Animal Rescue

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

American Sideshow

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg

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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Contribu ng Writers:

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Chef JD

Kathryn Sherrard

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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

Colloidal silver was erased from textbooks

Continued from Page 10

Prior to this entire smoke-and-mirrors routine, silver was recognized

for doing what the establishment now claims is impossible. Had silver

medicine not been stripped from the market, the polio epidemic would

have never occurred.

Today’s huge vaccine and antibiotic markets would have never come

into being. Silver had to go. Just to inflate the dishonest vaccine

marketing even more, the F.D.A. and the American Medical

Association began promoting tonsillectomies for all children at the

same time, while knowing that the tonsils are the only organ in the

human body that produces polio antibodies.

They needed polio to spread widely, in order to change the public’s

unfavorable attitude toward vaccinations, which is exactly what


The Food and Drug Administration now admits that antibiotic drugs

are useless for most of the conditions for which they have been

prescribed throughout the last seven decades. The common cold, flu,

and the most common type of pneumonia are all now believed to be

caused by viruses, for which antibiotics are useless against.

However, silver is effective against viruses, so untold people have

died as a result of silver being replaced with antibiotics.

Another suppression campaign against silver began around the time

of the Second World War, when germ warfare agents were being

increasingly studied as the new generation of warfare.

Silver has the ability to neutralize almost every bio-weapon that has

ever been created, because of how it attacks pathogens electrically.

Silver will only be ineffective in cases wherein the bio-weapon is so

toxic that it kills people too quickly for the silver to neutralize it, such

as with ebola. Bio-weapons with that lethality are unlikely to be

intentionally released, because they present a risk for all parties.

Silver’s effectiveness against most bio-weapons is one of the primary

reasons why silver has been suppressed and maligned so aggressively.

There are groups within the U.S. Government that do not want anyone

to be resistant to U.S. Military bio-weapons, so silver medications

have been repressed throughout the world for the sake of a covert

military weapons program that is forbidden by international laws.

If silver medicine were still being distributed officially as the top tier

of medicine, then the bio-weapons program would be rendered

virtually impotent, because victims could simply use colloidal silver

to recover from most germ warfare agents.

Come in

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samplings of Chef JDs

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The Covered Bridge, Glades Rd. Gatlinburg


By Chef JD

Are you enjoying all the festivities?

Are you ready for Christmas? I know

that I am! Well like it or not, here we

are once again, the glorious season of


Especially this is the time of year we

ought to be more thankful, giving, and

loving. Yes, you read correctly... Every

time you start feeling the pressure of

the holidays, take a deep breath let it

out slowly, while thinking of your

favorite place, you favorite thing to do,

or love one. Then start listing all the

things that you are grateful for, like;

being in the Smokys, having a roof

over your head and food in your

stomach... or just plainly being alive!

Speaking of being else

would you be able to try out my tasty


The following recipe can be used as a

side, to stuff a turkey, pork chops or

even chicken. Sometimes I just wish to

have stuffing and gravy.

Apple stuffing


·1 large bag Stuffing, seasoned or**

·1 stick Butter, melted

·1 – ½ cup Celery, chopped

·1 Onion, diced

·3 cup Apple, peeled, seeded, and


·1 cup Raisins

** 9 cups stale bread toasted & cubed,

tsp thyme, ½ tsp sage, 1/8 pepper, 1/8

salt. –faster the other way-


Preheat oven 325°

Empty the cavities out of a 16 – 18 lb

turkey. (You may wish to empty the

bag and neck into a sauce pot for your

gravy). Mix together all the ingredients

and stuff the turkey on both ends. Top

your turkey with slices of butter,

including the fold in the legs. Add

about a 1/2 of water, or a tad more, to

the bottom of your roasting pan. Cover

Heartwood Galleries

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 661-6207

Largest selection of sculptured

wood artifacts in Galinburg

with foil and back for 3 hours. Uncover

and baste every few minutes until

done. (180° for the turkey)

Next I have a wonderful and easy

recipe for Yorkshire Pudding -

Popovers. I personally rather have

popover any day over rolls, but that's




·4 Eggs, room temperature or set cold

eggs in a bowl of hot water for 10


·3/4 teaspoon Salt

·1 1/2 cup Milk

·3 tablespoon Butter, melted

·1 1/2 cup Flour


Set your oven rack to one below the


Preheat oven to 450°

Grease your cups well, including rims.

Then add olive oil to each cup, about

1/8 of an inch, set aside

Whisk together well: eggs, salt & milk

Add flour and whisk until all is blended

well, without any large lumps

Add melted butter, combine quickly

and well

Fill cups about 2/3's of the way

**DO NOT open oven door while

popovers are baking

Bake, on the lower rack setting, for 20


Turn oven down to 350°, bake another

20 minutes, until they are a nice deep

golden brown

The following recipe can be served as a

side or a dessert. Either way, it's a

crowd pleaser.

Southern Sweet Potato Cobbler


·2 1/2 cups Sweet Potatoes, about 3

large sweet potatoes. Peel and slice

them into about half inch slices.

·1 Butter Stick

·1 1/4 Flour, self-rising

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”

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

Go 3 miles. We are on the right.

The Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg

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Hello to all my cozy beautiful people!

·1 cup Raw Sugar

·1 cup Milk

·1/2 teaspoon Salt


·3/4 cup each, Raw Sugar & Light

Brown Sugar

·1 teaspoon Cinnamon

·1 1/2 cup Water, hot

·1 teaspoon Vanilla


Oven 350°

Bring medium pan of water to a boil,

add the sweet potatoes, boil for 12


Combine the syrup ingredients, set


Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon, hot

water and vanilla.

Melt butter, pour into a 3-quart baking


In center of the butter, spoon the flour

mixture, without stirring.

Place the sweet potatoes on top of the

mixture then pour syrup over the


Bake about 50 minutes, until the top of

the cobbler is that beautiful golden


Serving suggestion: Add whip cream

or ice cream

Don't forget to come out and say hello

at my store in the Arts & Crafts

Community! I'm located at the

Covered Bridge on Glades Road,

sandwiched between Split Rail Eats

(where they use my Apple Butter on

their “Jacked Turkey Sandwich”) and

The Jewelry Spot.

Furthermore, if you missed me you can

always order or reach me on my

website: (no www.)

Be safe out there in your travels!

Merry Christmas and may your New

Year be blessed!!!

Chef JD

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