Smoky Mountains Around Town / January 2019


What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

Smoky Mountains

Ober Gatlinburg


Volume 6, No. 1 Read online: FREE

By Marc Sallinger

All the restrooms in the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park are closed because of the government


The Friends of the Smokies organization will begin

paying the salaries of a handful of national park

employees so that some bathrooms in the Great Smoky

Mountains National Park can reopen during the

government shutdown. The organization says the park

asked them to help after human waste was found outside

bathrooms in Newfound Gap and Cades Cove.

Friends of the Smokies has committed between$15,000

and $18,000 to help pay the salaries of a handful of

national park employees. This will keep the restrooms at

the Cades Cove and Newfound Gap visitor centers open,

and hopefully keep those sections of the park clean.

"We hope that everyone will be respectful of the park,"

said Jim Hart, President of Friends of the Smokies. "We

would hope that everybody would leave no trace."

Park employees furloughed because of the shutdown

can no longer wander the hundreds of miles of trails

picking up trash left behind by visitors. The visitor

centers and bathrooms are also closed, making for some

real problems at more popular stops like Cades Cove

and Newfound Gap.

"There had been some human degradation at both those

locations and they will be maintained on a daily basis,"

said Hart. "They have asked us to help fund park

employee’s salaries to keep the restrooms open at

Newfound Gap and the Cades Cove visitor’s center."

Friday Friends of the Smokies announced they would

pay the salaries of a handful of national park employees

during the government shutdown so that restrooms at

Newfound Gap and Cades Cove can reopen.

Friends of the Smokies says they will fund the salaries of

government employees for at least two weeks, but are

ready to help for longer if the shutdown continues.

"They will clean the restrooms and keep them open and

available to park visitors," said Hart. "It’s very

important that we are in a position that we can do this

kind of thing for the park, and we will do anything they

ask us to do."

Friends of the Smokies says the dumpsters and trash

cans in the park are still being emptied. That’s because

the park had a preexisting deal with a contractor before

the government shutdown.



What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies !

Friends of the Smokies Helps To Keep Restrooms Open

Texas pediatrician killed saving son from falling tree

at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Laila Jiwani, a 42-year-old pediatrician from Texas,

was hiking with her husband and three children on

Porter Creek Trail in Tennessee on Thursday when a

tree fell and killed her, investigators said.

A woman from Texas was killed while shielding her

son from a tree knocked down by high winds in Great

Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee last

week, according to her family.

Laila Jiwani, 42, was hiking with her husband and three

children on Porter Creek Trail when the tree fell, park

spokesman Mike Litterst told the Dallas Morning


Litterst said one of her children was injured. The

spokesman said the 6-year-old was airlifted to a

hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Jiwani’s husband Taufiq wrote that their son suffered a

broken leg and superficial head injuries during a

“simple/safe” hike, according to the Knoxville News


Jiwani said doctors told him his wife — who the New

York Post identified as a pediatrician at Cook

Children’s Northside Neighborhood Clinic in Fort

Worth — took most of the impact and saved her son.

By Frank Miles | Fox News

Dad-daughter duo tackle

trash in the Smokies

Marc Newland and his daughter Erica, 10, clean up trash in the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park. (Photo: Marc Newland)

Two weeks into the government shutdown – which has left trash piling up in

national parks – Marc Newland’s daughter Erica had an idea.

After hearing about the government shutdown, she decided that instead of

spending their first daddy-daughter day in a while hiking, the pair should pick up

the trash that has been steadily accumulating in the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park.

"That’s something we’ve done in the past, we’ve done a lot of clean-up things," he

said. "But it’s not every day that we put our backpacks down and grab the trash

bags and trash grabbers instead."

"There's a lot of litter around and it's bad for the world, so I decided to clean up the

parks," Erica, 10, explained.

Unlike previous federal shutdowns, the national parks have not technically

closed, yet are not being staffed by park employees. Trash is building up, toilets

are clogging, and at least three people have died in national park accidents amid

the shutdown.

Initially, there wasn't much to do, but when they got to the Laurel Falls trailhead,

they found plenty of trash. Newland dubbed them the “Government Shutdown

'Litter Patrol,'" in a post on a popular Facebook group for hikers.

While trash has certainly become a greater problem during the shutdown,

Newland emphasized that "the litter problem is always a problem."

“Erica says that she would like to challenge other hikers to take one day off from

getting in miles and impressive vista pics and instead, give back by grabbing a

trash bag, heading to the park and collecting some litter,” his post read. “These

mountains give so much to so many people. Imagine if only a fraction of those

people decided to give back to the mountains.”

They returned to the park twice over the weekend to help clean up and saw several

others had accepted their cleaning challenge, Newland said. Although they have

to get back to work and school, he said they plan to work with local humanitarian

groups in the coming weeks to help clean up a stretch of highway connected to the

park that is looking "really, really bad."

“We’re just really shocked at the amount of response that we’ve gotten from

everywhere," he said. "This is about us our loving our Earth and loving our

national parks."

N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY


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Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to

the lapse of appropriations, Great Smoky Mountains National

Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following

all applicable laws and procedures. Roads and trails that are

seasonally open will remain accessible to visitors, but

emergency and rescue services will be limited. The park will not

be operating campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms, or

providing trash collection services.

Great Smoky Mountains Association has entered into an

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agreement with the National Park Service to fund Sugarlands,

Oconaluftee, and Cades Cove visitor center operations and

associated restroom facilities.

“We appreciate the ongoing support offered by those that visit,

love, and care for Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said

Superintendent Cassius Cash. “During this time period when

there are no visitor services, it is imperative that people practice

Leave No Trace principals to help us protect park resources over

the duration of the shutdown.”

The park will only be conducting snow and ice removal on three

park roadways that are considered thoroughfares to local

communities: Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg, TN

and Cherokee, NC; the Spur between Gatlinburg, TN and

Pigeon Forge, TN; and the Foothills Parkway West between

Walland, TN and Look Rock for the Top of the World

community. Currently, there are several secondary roads closed

due to snow and ice. When road conditions improve, these

roadways will reopen, but crews will not be plowing them

during the shutdown period. Additionally, these roads may

close throughout the shutdown period, as needed, for visitor

safety due to inclement weather including snow, ice, flooding,

downed trees, or rock slides.

The park website will remain accessible, but it will not be

updated with any current information. Park social media

accounts will be suspended during the shutdown period.

Information and images from webcams, including the

Newfound Gap webcam, will remain accessible at

htm. The webcams may become non-functional during the

shutdown if the equipment requires maintenance.

During the winter, the park normally operates campgrounds at

Cades Cove and Smokemont. During the partial government

shutdown, park staff will not provide maintenance, restrooms,

check-in/check-out, or reservation services at these areas.

Visitors to these campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless

safety concerns or apparent resource damage require such

action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be

aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be

ready and available should they arrive during the government

shutdown. In addition, the park cannot issue any new permits

for backcountry camping.

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Ice Bumper Cars

Enter Anakeesta via our scenic Chondola. Choose to

ride in an open air 4-person chair with safety bar or

select an enclosed gondola cabin with seating for 6.

This scenic ride takes you up 600’ to the summit of

Anakeesta Mountain where you will enter the

whimsical Firefly Village.

Soar above the City of Gatlinburg and leave the sounds

of the City behind. Below the Chondola is a historic

campus and natural habitat that is home to our

neighbors and many forest friends. If you are quiet you

just might see a bear! Please be sure keep your voices

low and secure all loose items.

Enjoy the ride and get ready to experience the magic in

the mountains!

2018 wettest year on record

By: Slater Teague

The Tennessee Valley Authority says 2018 will go

down as the wettest year on record for the Tennessee

River Valley.

TVA announced that 2018 has surpassed the previous

annual rainfall record of 65.1 inches set in 1973.

The agency says it has 129 years of weather records.

Heavy rain swept across the region, causing flooding

in Carter County and other areas.

TVA said Watauga Lake rose above its summer pool

level due to the huge storm.

TVA is currently discharging water from dams across

the Tennessee Valley due to all the heavy rainfall.

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Woman With Dementia Gets Memory Back After Changing Her Diet

Recently, an 82-year-old woman who suffered

from dementia, who couldn’t recognize her own

son has miraculously got her memory back after

changing her diet.

When his mother’s condition became so severe

that for her own safety she had to be kept in the

hospital, Mark Hatzer almost came to terms with

losing another parent.

Sylvia had lost her memory and parts of her

mind, she had even phoned the police once

accusing the nurse caring for her of kidnap.

A change in diet, which was comprised of high

amounts of blueberries and walnuts, has proven

to have had a strong impact on Sylvia’s condition

that her recipes are now being shared by the

Alzheimer’s Society.

Sylvia also began incorporating other health

foods, including broccoli, kale, spinach,

sunflower seeds, green tea, oats, sweet potatoes

and even dark chocolate with a high percentage

of cacoa. All of these foods are known to be

beneficial for brain health.

Mark and Sylvia devised to diet together after

deciding that the medication on it’s own was not

enough, they looked into the research showing

that rates of dementia are much lower in

Mediterranean countries and copied a lot of their

eating habits.

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Crystelle Creek...A Special Spot for Hit Songwriters & Country Music Artists

By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

Gatlinburg’s Largest Antique Shop

Not only does Crystelle Creek Restaurant

(1654 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg TN) have

the towering tree of lights beckoning its

guests in to dine, its entry foyer wall

around the fireplace has been signed by

over 73 Hit Songwriters and some

Country Music Artists who have

performed their original songs and dined

there at Crystelle Creek.

It all started November 2012 when hit

songwriters Bobby Tomberlin, who

wrote “One More Day” for Diamond Rio

and Amanada Williams who co-wrote

“Beer Run” with Garth Brooks and her

dad, Kim Williams, along with Heather

Maples a local singer/songwriter who

launched the group BAMM and aspiring

singer/songwriter Jonathan Dean, Grand

Prize Winner of the 1st SMSWF Song

Competition performed the first

songwriters round ever at Crystelle Creek

Restaurant in order to bring an awareness

to the local community regarding the

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.

Once a month since then every 2nd

Monday there has been a SMSWF

Songwriters Showcase featuring

songwriters from all around the country

hosted by John Condrone. PJ West and

Crystelle Creek Restaurant has been a key

supporter of the Smoky Mountains

Songwriters Festival ever since.

Mo Pitney Country Artist/Songwriter

who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry

singing “Clean Up On Aisle #5” (a song

Mo co-wrote with Wil Nance) and

“Country” (a song Mo co-wrote with Bill

Anderson and Bobby Tomberlin) stops in

for the trout. Bobby Tomberlin and Bill

Labounty who wrote “Rock My World

Little Country Girl” for Brooks and Dunn

and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the

Heart” for Allison Kraus and Shenadoah

perform there 3-4 times a year. Artists like

Jeannie Seely “Don't Touch Me”, Sylvia

“NoBody”, Con Hunley “Breaking Up Is

Hard To Do” and Holly Williams

“Waiting On June” have unexpectedly

entertained those dining with a song.

One night Singer/Songwriter/ Comedian

Aaron Wilburn treated everyone to some

of his Christian Comedy and sang some

of his songs. When Daryl Worley “Have

You Forgotten” was in town for a

S M S W F e v e n t a t D o l l y w o o d ' s

DreamMore Resort and Spa, with Bobby

Tomberlin “It's a Good Day to Run”and

Jerry Salley who wrote “When We Both

Say Good-bye” for Sir Elton John, PJ was

kind enough to keep his kitchen open and

feed the performers, their families,

SMSWF staff, and those who just happen

to be at the bar late that evening.

Everyone was treated after dinner with a

special concert till 2 AM by Daryl Worley

performing his favorite songs he wrote

himself and sharing the highlights of his

career. The SMSWF held a SOLD OUT

ticketed concert at Crystelle Creek

featuring Hilary Williams Hank Jr's

daughter with Bobby Tomberlin, Bill

LaBounty. Bill Anderson's manager Lee

Willard frequents Crystelle Creek when

he is in town ever since he and Bill met PJ

during the 2014 Smoky Mountains

Songwriters Festival. Randy Brooks

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”

brought his Christmas cheer to Crystelle

Creek for the past two 2nd Monday

Christmas Shows.

Other greats to sign the wall are Jim Glaser, “Woman, Woman Do You got Cheatin on

your Mind”, Kim Williams & Doug Johnson “Three Wooden Crosses” for Randy

Travis, Brady Seals “God Blessed Texas” for Little Texas, Jim McBride

Chattahoochee” for Alan Jackson, Mark Nesler “Just to See You Smile” for Tim

McGraw, Will Nance “She's Everything for Brad Paisley, Danny Wells “Check Yes

Check No” for George Strait, Steve Dean and Brian White “Watching You” for

Rodney Atkins, Larry Cordle “Highway 40” for Ricky Skaggs, Steve Dorff “I Cross

My Heart” for George Strait, Buddy Canon “Set Up Joe” for Vern Gosdin , Leona

Williams “You Take Me For Granted” Merle Haggard and the list goes on.

Performance slots, co-writes with Hit Writers, workshops, mentoring sessions,

bluegrass camp and entry in the SMSWF Song Competition at the 8th Annual Smoky

Mountains Songwriters Festival Aug. 11-18, 2019 are NOW OPEN FOR

REGISTRATION. These songwriting opportunities are not just for songwriters.

Anyone who is wanting to learn about the craft of songwriting can participate. Details


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

Pub, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Holler, Hoggs Upstairs Tavern, Smoky

Mountain Brewery, Marriott Courtyard Bistro, Tom & Earl's Back Alley Grill, and

Loco Burros. Crawdaddy's is known for its Karaoke.

Tennessee Winter Special Olympics

January 27 @ 8:00 am - January 29 @ 5:00 pm

Watch and cheer as athletes strive for the

gold in their annual Winter Games


Special Olympics athletes from

around the state are waxing their skis

and snowboards, and sharpening their

ice skate blades in preparation for the

Special Olympics Tennessee Winter

Games to be held January 27th – 29th

at Ober Gatlinburg.

Over 150 athletes with intellectual

disabilities will compete in Alpine

Skiing, Snowboarding and Speed

Skating in divisions based on age and


The Winter Games competition is

being conducted by The Gatlinburg

Snow Sports Center (Alpine Skiing

and Snowboarding); Ober Gatlinburg

Ice Skating Rink (Ice Skating); and

Ober Gatlinburg.

Sparky’s Glassblowing

Ask About Our Glassblowing Classes!

Come and watch

Gary at work!

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Glassblowing at its best!

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Smoky Mountains Art’s & Crafts Community

849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)


January 14 at 6:15 pm

Now Open In Our New Location!

Every Second Monday...

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Nite


Open Daily 3 pm

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By A. Jann Peitso

“He must have been born in a barn” is often heard as a derisive

comment on someone's behavior but how many earth-changing

concepts and culture-changing people were born in barns or some

other meager place?

We have just celebrated the birth of a child some two-thousand

years ago who brought change and a message to a world which

endures even today. This child was born in a meager location, not

a gold-adorned palace.

The airplane concept began in a barn by two brothers of small

means but full of rich ideas.

The PC was born in a garage by young people filled with

technological brainstorms!

We each can recall major breakthroughs that inspired and

positively changed our world, all conceived in a rather

uninspiring place to most of us, but to the inspired one, it was the

ultimate place to be at that time.

Major music compositions and art breakthroughs have happened

in small, barely habitable places except for the tuneful ear of the

composer or the innovative eye of an artist.

A craftsperson twiddles some material in his or her hand and

envisions something functional or decorative, usually alone and

maybe just sitting on a lean-to porch or walking along a wellworn


As you drive the 8 mile arts & crafts community loop road this

winter and visit the shops and restaurants, think about and even

ask “from where and how did your creative ideas spring?”

Another question might be “where were you when you realized

that you could create?” Very few would answer that they studied

in a large, prestigious university. They most likely were

fascinated by another creative individual working with his or her

hands and bringing to life an original piece of work. This work

most likely began as one watched clouds form and then alter, as

one held water as it tumbled down rocks and changed shape or

saw food go in a heated pan as a fresh vegetable and through

sizzling and adding spices, it emerged looking somewhat

differently and giving off an aroma “fit for a king”!

Many of the businesses along the “Craft Loop” close during the

winter as artisans rest a bit and then “crank up their creative flow”

for Spring. If the weather is unusually balmy, some will be there

in their workshops holding classes for visitors interested in the

skills to render an original or just “passing the time of day”.

Either way, drive out and Do The Loop down Glades Road, up

Bird's Creek a bit and then back down Buckhorn to Hwy. 321 and

before heading back toward Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

The craftspeople that you meet will enrich your visit. If not,

maybe he or she was “born in a barn and just too busy creating that

they forgot the manners their momma taught”. Remind them.

Thomas A Edison was quoted: “To invent something, one must

have an imagination...and a pile of junk”

So it is In The Loop, especially during wintertime.

A. Jann Peitso, art!

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Hand Crafted In Our Shops!

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849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)

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soaps, and fragrant air fresheners

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Crafts & Gifts

Hand-Crafted in the

Smoky Mountains

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

Gatlinburg's Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community


Join us at Split Rail Eats Restaurant for

our first painting class. Featured piece

will be a snowman. January 16 from 5-7

pm. The class price is $40.00 per

person and we provide all painting

supplies and artist instruction. Three

glasses of wine per person are

provided at no additional cost for those

21 and older. Call 865-325-8380 to

reserve a seat. Space is limited.

849 Glades Road, Suite 1A3 • Gatlinburg • At The Covered Bridge

Five Star Rated Hot Dogs, Chili & BBQ!

We now have Soft Serve Ice Cream!

Join us for snacks, songs & shade! 865-325-1004

968 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg (In the Elks Plaza)

Never Paint Your Nails Again!

No tools ! No heater ! Last two weeks !

Contact me on Facebook:

My website:

Free Samples!

Cheryl Massey

Sunday - Monday - Tuesday

Nite Music at the Creek

A Smoky Jazz Feel with a Bluesy Rock Sound

Featuring: Ben E. Scott Stroupe

Over 100 Artists & Craftsmen

Including Eateries, Bed & Breakfasts & 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 parking.

Finding the perfect souvenir to remember your

Gatlinburg vacation is easy when you visit the

GSMNP Work Day: Smokemont

Service Dates are: January 3, 10, 24, and 31

Free - GSMNP Work Day: SmokemontGet on the Trail with

Friends & Missy: Porters Creek

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting 4 volunteer

work events during the month of January to complete muchneeded

work in Smokemont Campground in the North Carolina

side of the park. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for

any of the scheduled work days.

Work will mostly involve blowing leaves and removing debris

from within the campground. We will also address any fire rings

and tent pads that need basic maintenance. The workdays will

begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12 noon on every Thursday in

January, except the 17th

Tools and safety gear, including gloves, ear and eye protection,

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.

The Loop is on the Yellow Trolley Route

and high visibility vests, will be provided by park staff.

Participants are required to wear sturdy footwear and dress for

cold, wet and changing weather conditions. Age is limited to

those over 16. No experience necessary for using a leaf blower.

Instruction and safety protocols will be discussed on site.

Please contact Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator,

Adam Monroe, at 828-497-1949 or

prior to the scheduled event date to register and receive more

information. Space may be limited.

Optional: Bring a sack lunch and join Adam in the South District

Break Room following our work day to discuss further

opportunities to volunteer on the trails and in our facilities here

inside the park. 865-436-1200 -

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Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

Local Pottery Classes Now Forming

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

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Critical Health News

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

Mrs. Adams looked grumpy, but who could blame her? She had

just gotten out of the hospital. Her first stop after being

discharged was my pharmacy and her first order of business was

having a stack of prescriptions filled. Aside from the fact that

Mrs. Adams was going to be parting with a significant chunk of

change (she had a twenty dollar co-pay which meant her 12

prescriptions were going to costing her 240 bucks), she was also

about to bombard her biology with enough chemical poisons to

make her body eligible as a toxic waste dump. To compound her

problems, unbeknownst to Mrs. Adams and probably her doctor

too, not only were her pharmacological protocols going to be

poisoning her body, but even worse, unless she was savvy

enough to get on a supplement program, she was inevitably going

to be dealing with the consequences of nutrient deficiency. This

deficiency could conceivably lead to a whole host of pathological

symptomology and might even shorten her life.

One of the more significant, if under-appreciated, aspects of

prescription drug toxicity, involves the depletion of nutritional

raw materials that fuel the detoxification system, the collective

term for the ordinarily extremely effective purifying processes

that are, for the most part, housed in the liver. That’s because

these detoxifying biochemical reactions all depend on the musthave

“essential” nutrients, known as the “Mighty 90”, to do their

work. In fact, every chemical reaction in the body depends on

these essential substances. In the presence of excessive poisons

(drugs), detox “machinery” can become like a metaphorical

sinkhole, diverting and draining nutritional elements and

keeping them from participating in the many other biochemical

reactions. They are responsible for maintaining the health and

integrity of the human body.

Vital vitamins, mandatory minerals, important amino acids and

fatty acids are not only key detox players, but are also important

molecules involved in providing cells with energy, protection

and as mechanical raw materials for building structural

components of cells and tissues. The more drugs we take and the

more they accumulate in the body, the more nutrients will be

diverted from the heart, brain, skin, various glands and organs

into the liver for detoxification. If they are not replaced via food

and supplements, over time, they can become depleted. Not only

will purification and elimination of poisons become

compromised, but so will thousands of other biochemical

reactions that likewise are dependent on the presence of these

critically important biochemicals.

The key point is that the depletion of the Mighty 90 that follows

the entrance of drugs/toxins into the body and the subsequent

increases in detoxification activity may show up as a breakdown

in any of the countless biochemical processes that occur in the

body. Respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous system

dysfunctions are especially likely as these systems require large

amounts of nutrition. The same is true of the digestive system and

the skin. In fact any pathology is possible under conditions of

nutrient deficiency, BUT because these disease symptoms may

not be directly linked to specific pharmacological toxins, they

won’t be considered a side effect. These symptoms may not even

show up on the package insert that by law must list all possible

adverse reactions, but nonetheless, even if merely indirectly, they

should still be considered manifestations of the toxicity of the

prescription drugs.

Thus the introduction of any poisons into the body, while

obviously not in an organism’s interest and which by definition

can directly initiate toxicity, may also result in indirect negative

effects simply by costing the body precious nutritional materials.

Sure, the detox system is great and wonderfully efficient, but it

needs raw materials to do its work. These raw materials are the

essential vitamins, minerals, fatty and amino acids. The more

detoxification work that occurs, the greater the cost in these

nutrients and the more likely the appearance of side effects

related to deficiency. All of us need the “Mighty 90”. The

countless chemical reactions in the body depend on their

presence and, because they can’t be made, they must be obtained

and ingested. But, if you’re on prescription drugs, which suck up

nutrition like a dry sponge sucks up water, its extra important that

you to be replacing them via diet and especially via

supplementation. Focus especially on detox vitamins like

Vitamin C (500mg a day), Vitamin E (400 iu a day) and the B-

complex (use a B-100 capsule several times a day and sip on

Youngevity’s Beyond Tangy Tangerine which is packed with all

the B vitamins). Minerals like magnesium (1500mg a day), zinc

(50mg a day) and copper (2-4 mg a day) can also be helpful.

Hyaluronic acid (200mg a day) and glutamine (1-5 grams a day),

while not strictly must-have biomolecules, can provide

additional support for detoxification system.

Woman With Dementia Gets Memory Back After Changing Her Diet

Continued from Page 2

Mark, whose brother Brent also died in 1977, said: “When my

mum was in hospital she thought it was a hotel – but the worst

one she had ever been in.

“She didn’t recognise me and phoned the police as she thought

she’d been kidnapped.

“In certain countries Alzheimer’s is virtually unheard of

because of their diet.

“Everyone knows about fish but there is also blueberries,

strawberries, Brazil nuts and walnuts – these are apparently

shaped like a brain to give us a sign that they are good for the


There were also some cognitive exercises that Mark and his

mother would do together like jigsaw puzzles crosswords and

meeting people in social situations, Sylvia would also exercise

by using a pedaling device outfitted for her chair.

Mark said, “It wasn’t an overnight miracle, but after a couple of

months she began remembering things like birthdays and was

becoming her old self again, more alert, more engaged..

“People think that once you get a diagnosis your life is at an

end. You will have good and bad days, but it doesn’t have to be

the end. For an 82-year-old she does very well, she looks 10

years younger and if you met her you would not know she had

gone through all of this.

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

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



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

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

Where The Locals Go


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Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

The weather has finally turned in the favor of

Tennessee Skiers and Snowboarders! Our

snowmakers have been hard at work capitalizing on

all recent freezing temperatures, including the tail

end of this current weather system. Focusing on Cub

Way, Castle Run, and Ski School, snowmakers have

the slopes ready for skiers and snowboarders.

The Snow Tubing Park, Cubbies Snow Zone, Ice

Skating, Ice Bumper Cars (not available during

holiday periods), The Shops at Ober, The Seasons of

Ober Restaurant and the Loft Lounge will also be

available to guests.

Sugarlands Visitor Center

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 Sugarlands Visitor Center is open year-round

on every day except Christmas Day. It’s free to get

in with no fees.

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Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

Scattered throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, and other,

National Parks are little roadside signs inviting you to share a

“Quiet Walkway”. Should you walk slowly and quietly along

the well marked trail you may see and hear God's little

messengers such as birds (Tsisqua); bees (Wadulisi); squirrels

(Saloli) and chipmunks (Giyuga ) and you may more fully

understand the message they have just for you as you view the

evidence of his existence in the blooming flowers by the way.

Please do not plug your ears with the speaker of a pocket radio

for you cannot hear and seldom see these little messengers.

If you as some have done, carry a blaring portable radio or

tape player you will never see or hear “God's little messengers”

for they will scoot for their den holes or scamper away in fear

and you will have walked a “Quiet Walkway” never knowing

what you have walked.

Some call it communication with God, or nature. To others it

recharges their batteries or restores their soul. By whatever

name you call it, there comes a time in each human life when

one feels compelled to steal away alone and do as the old

spiritual says, “Lay your burdens down”.

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

yard, an old field, trout stream, riverbank, lake cove or circling

the mall (one can be alone in the biggest crowd). Wherever it is

be not ashamed to go there often. Thank you National Park

Planner for your “Quiet Walkway”, you have built greater than

you planned.

Male hummingbirds can be master swordsmen

Hummingbirds are usually seen as fragile, harmless little birds

that flutter around between flowers innocently sipping nectar.

But there are some hummingbirds that live secret lives ... as

master swordsmen.

Deep in the jungles of South America, competition between

hummingbirds can be fierce, with as many as 15 different species

swashbuckling over the same resources. Many of these species

have had to evolve specialized beaks that do far more than suck

nectar; they must also fend off competitors, for food and for


When you look close enough, the sleek beaks of these birds start

to look more like swords or knives than feeding apparatuses.

Some are lined with tooth-like serrations, while others end in

sharp points.

Now for the first time, researchers have captured these

incredible fencing hummingbirds in action by using high speed

cameras, reports

"We understand hummingbirds' lives as being all about drinking

efficiently from flowers, but then suddenly we see these weird

morphologies — stiff bills, hooks and serrations like teeth —

that don't make any sense in terms of nectar collection

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The secret lives of hummingbirds with sword-like beaks

Scientists Just Made Eye Drops that Dissolve Cataracts

expensive surgery or suffer severe vision problems.

Most of us take our vision for granted. As a result, we take the

ability to read, write, drive, and complete a multitude of other

tasks for granted. However, sight is not so easy for everyone.

Indeed, for many people, simply seeing is a struggle.

There are more than 285 million people worldwide who have

vision problems. According to the Fred Hollows Foundation, an

estimated 32.4 million people around the world are blind.

Ultimately, 90% of these people live in developing countries, and

more than half of these cases of blindness are caused by cataracts.

Indeed, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

Fortunately, there is a treatment; however, the only option is

surgery, and it is prohibitively expensive. This means that,

unfortunately, for individuals in developing nations, who often

lack access to basic medical care, treatment is not an option.

But of course, this isn’t just a problem faced by developing

nations. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology,

nearly 22 million Americans who are over age 40 have cataracts.

By the time they reach 80, more than half of all Americans will

have cataracts, and many will have to undergo painful and

efficiency," said Alejandro Rico-Guevara, lead scientist on the

project. "Looking at these bizarre bill tips, you would never

expect that they're from a hummingbird or that they would be

useful to squeeze the tongue."

The results of the study might change your perception of these

birds forever. It turns out, hummingbirds can be vicious and

skilled fighters. Researchers report observing impressive

fencing skills, which involves mid-air stabbing, slashing and

plucking of feathers.

Males are usually the ones with the most specialized fightingbeaks,

indicating that they are probably fencing more to compete

for mates than for food resources.

"We are making connections between how feisty they are, the

beak morphology behind that and what that implies for their

competitiveness," explained Rico-Guevara.

Interestingly, different species of these sword-beaked

hummingbirds appear to be walking a fine evolutionary line

between feeding proficiency and swordplay. The more

specialized the beaks are for fighting, the more difficult it can be

to collect nectar from flowers. The serrations, point-tips, and

hooks of some beaks really get in the way of navigating delicate


So, fencing hummers must utilize different strategies for

securing food resources to make up for their lack of efficiency.

"We have discovered that these traits may be related to a

different kind of strategy: instead of feeding on a particular

flower shape very well, some birds try to exclude everybody

from a patch of flowers, even though they can't feed as well on

them as hummingbirds without bill weapons," explained Rico-

Guevara. "If you are good enough at keeping your competitors

away, then it doesn't matter how well you use the resources in the

flowers you are defending, you have them all to yourself."

The next step for researchers will be to further analyze the tradeoffs

between fighting and feeding among these birds, to better

understand their behavior and unravel the mysteries of their

evolution. It's certainly a new way of looking at these

charismatic avians.

For icy steps and sidewalks

mix one teaspoon of Dawn

dish soap, one tablespoon of

rubbing alcohol and 1/2

gallon of hot or warm water.

Pour the solution over these

areas, they won’t refreeze.

The benefit of using this

method as opposed to road

salt - no more salt eating

away at your concrete.

There are, however, other treatment options. Researchers based

in the US have created a drug that can be delivered directly into

the eye via an eyedropper. And it can dissolve cataracts.

Despite its remarkable promise, the treatment has yet to be tested

on humans. The drug is slated to enter clinical trials, but because

of the strict regulations put in place to ensure there are no extreme

side effects associated with new drugs, it will be some time before

these drops make it to market and can be utilized as a viable

alternative to surgery. Regardless, this is a great step forward.

How It Works

Cataracts result from the structure of the crystallin proteins that

make up the lens in our eyes. Specifically, they form when this

structure deteriorates, which causes the proteins to clump

together, forming a milky layer over the eye that obstructs vision.

Scientists aren’t entirely sure what causes the proteins to do this

(in other words, they’re not entirely certain why cataracts form in

the first place). That said, there are some ideas, and this is where

the new drug comes in.

This treatment was created based on a naturally-occurring

steroid, which is known as “lanosterol.” Scientists recently

discovered two siblings who had cataracts when their parents did

not. These siblings shared a mutation that stopped the production

of lanosterol. Notably, their parents did not have this mutation.

The scientists then thought, if the parents are producing

lanosterol and don’t have cataracts, then perhaps their kids have

cataracts because they aren’t producing lanosterol. Thus, adding

lanosterol to the eye (or something similar to it) might stop the

crystallin proteins from clumping together and forming cataracts.

The scientists tested this hypothesis on rabbits, and the results

were very promising. After just a week, all but two of their 13 test

subjects had gone from having severe cataracts to mild cataracts

(or none at all). This drug was also tested on dogs, and it had the

same results.

If the trials on humans are successful, and they make it to market,

these eye drops could be used to change the lives of millions

around the globe. It could literally mean the difference between

blindness and sight. Ruben Abagyan, who co-authored the paper,

hopes that the lanosterol drops will have the same impact on

cataracts in humans. In the press release, he states, “I think the

natural next step is looking to translate it into humans. There’s

nothing more exciting than that.”

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Around Town Page 7

By Jim Yonan PER

Happy winter to Y'all. Sure doesn’t seem like

winter wearing my shorts. AHHH

Been busy at the Elks Lodge. My top picture

is from our local hoop shoot held at Rocky Top

Sports World. I would like to thank them for

letting us have our shoot there. That building and its

staff is a wonderful asset to our community . Thank

you Lori.

I had 21 kids come and shoot. Thank you to Elks that

helped me and to parents and people that brought

them. I really appreciate it and for everyone’s help

with scoring and rebounding too.

We had 4 kids go to district shoot in Knoxville with

one second place.

My bottom picture is packing Christmas baskets to

help our community. What a great feeling helping

people in need. I delivered baskets and it is

overwhelming when dropping off. Sure glad we can

help. We put presents in for the kids too. Sorry no

picture of them.

Ask an Elk about joining. I love the Elks.

The center picture is two fat guys enjoying the season.

I hope everyone has a healthy and Happy New Year

Love y'all Stay warm this winter.


Bo is a 1 year old Yellow Lab Mix

waiting for a good home and Pasta is a 4

year old Domestic short Hair Mix also

hoping to be adopted soon. Adoption

fee for Bo is $125 and $60 for Pasta.

F e e s c o v e r t h e i r fi r s t s e t o f

vaccinations, spay/neuter and

microchip. The Sevier County Humane

Society on Gnatty Branch Road is open

Tuesday thru Thursday from Noon

until 7:00 pm and Friday thru Sunday

from Noon until 5:00 pm.

For Adoptions

Call John at Hidden Hills Animal

Rescue: 865-255-3557


Photography / Gallery & Studio / Workshop

Appalachian Bear Rescue

By Kathryn Sherrard

In the northern regions of the US, black bears are already in

dens for the winter. In fact, they may have been there for two or

three months. But in the Southern Appalachians it's a far

different story. There was food available well into December so

the bears continued to forage and eat, putting on weight to

sustain themselves through the winter.

Last month we said that it was likely that the nine cubs would

be released by the time you were reading that December issue.

Indeed, December was a very busy month for releases! The

cubs will be “Home” for the holidays!

First to leave was Persimmon Bear, who had been rescued

after a vehicle accident in late October when she was 9 months

old. She recovered quickly and was ready for release at the age

of 10.5 months. This is not at all uncommon for bears. They

tend to heal rapidly from many types of injuries and her short

stay at ABR with safety and good food was all she needed.

Persimmon Bear was released on December 4th, having gained

25 pounds. She weighed 103 pounds when she left ABR.

The next cub to leave was Willow Bear. When Willow Bear

was released on December 7th she had been with us for six

months and weighed 82 pounds – almost ten times as much as

when she arrived! She had been rescued after she and a sibling

were hit by a car. There was no mother is sight, so the TWRA

took the cubs to UT for an exam. Sadly, the other cub did not

survive, but Willow was transferred to ABR after the vets took

x-rays that showed no broken bones. They administered fluids

for dehydration and gave her pain medication. Willow started

out in the Cub Nursery, but protested against the small pen and

was moved to the Recovery Center, then to an Acclimation Pen,

and finally to the Wild Enclosure where she became one of the

“Six-pack” cubs.

On the tenth of December we downsized our cub population

with the release of the triplet cubs – Ruff, Tumble and Cherry.

The siblings were released together, although Curator Coy's

study of the 2015-2016 cubs showed that they do not generally

stay together, even when they are siblings.The triplets arrived

at ABR in August as 7-month-old cubs. Each of them weighed

about 20 pounds and they were healthy, although they showed

signs of a poor diet. Their mother had been relocated because

she was eating human foods. After she was removed from the

area, it was discovered that she had three cubs, so they were

brought to ABR. After four months of nutritious food the three

of them each weighed between 72 and 74 pounds.

The next cub to be released was Bosco Bear. He was admitted

in July as a 17.6 pound, 6-month-old cub. His exam at UT

showed him to be basically healthy, with no serious problems.

Why he was alone at his young age was not known, but to

insure his survival he was transported to ABR. On his release

day, December 17, he weighed a healthy 74.5 pounds and was

definitely ready to start life back in the wild.

The next release day was December 20, when our two

Kentucky cubs, Viola and Piccola, went home to their native

state. Viola Bear had come to ABR was in late May, at not quite

4 months of age, weighing 4.4 pounds and suffering from a

nasty wound on the back of her neck. The veterinarians at UT

said she had been attacked by an animal. They repaired her

wound and she started out in the ABR Cub Nursery. She moved

from the nursery to The Cub House, the Acclimation Pen and

finally to the Wild Enclosure, where she spent the remainder of

her time with five other cubs. When she returned to KY she

weighed 77 pounds and had a beautiful, healthy coat with no

trace of the bite wound.

Piccola, the other KY cub, arrived in mid-August and

required surgery to repair a perforated intestine. She was very

small in stature and weight, at 13 pounds. But despite her small

size she was arguably the most persistent and feisty cub of the

year. She was the Alpha cub in her Enclosure, which she shared

with the larger Dash Bear. Piccola Bear weighed 73.5 pounds

when released back to KY.

The last 2018 bear cub finally was captured and released on

December 21st. Dash Bear was with us since August, after she

was hit by a car and badly injured. She recovered quickly and

was released into the Wild Enclosure where Piccola was

residing. It took a while for the larger Dash to get used to pesky

little Piccola, but things did work out for them, eventually.

When Piccola entered the Acclimation Pen for ultimate release,

Dash remained outside. As the other eight cubs were worked

up and released, Dash still had not allowed herself to be

captured. The curators tried baiting a culvert trap, but that

didn't work and it was only after Piccola vacated the

Acclimation Pen and it could be opened again that Dash

entered and was captured.

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 you can visit our Visitor/Education

Center in the Trillium Cove Shopping Village on East Lamar

Alexander Parkway, which is open Tuesday through Saturday

from 10 to 4. While there you can talk to knowledgeable

volunteers and purchase ABR merchandise. You can even

become a member of Appalachian Bear Rescue. We'd love to

see you there!

11 Food Dos and Don’ts to Tame Inflammation


1. Keep It Simple - Although no diet is proven to

cure or treat psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid

arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions, you

can choose foods that will help with it. Go for

items that haven’t been highly processed. You

want ones that are still close to their natural state.

2. DON’T Avoid Nightshade Vegetables -

Tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, and

eggplants are sometimes called “nightshade”

veggies. Some people say they have less joint

pain and inflammation when they stop eating

nightshades, but research hasn't shown this. Take

tomatoes, for example. They have lycopene and

vitamin C that help curb inflammation. Chili

peppers also have benefits.

3. DO Get Spicy - Paprika belongs in your spice

rack. It lends flavor, color, and health perks to

food. It’s got capsaicin, a natural pain and

inflammation fighter. You can also get capsaicin

from chili peppers, red peppers, and cayenne

pepper. Other spices like ginger, turmeric, and

garlic may offer similar health perks.

4. DO Look Beyond Refined Starches - Foods

like white rice and white bread don’t have much

fiber. To keep inflammation at bay, go with whole

grains or whole wheat. You’ll get lots of other

nutrients, too.

5. DON’T Overlook Sugar - You know it’s in cake

and cookies. But have you checked how much is

in your yogurt, breakfast cereal, or even your fatfree

salad dressing or tomato sauce? Take a look

at the labels and add it up. The American Heart

Association recommends that women eat no

more than 25 grams of added sugars daily. For

men, the limit is 37 grams.

6. DO Go Lean - Too much fat in your steak, pork,

and lamb can promote inflammation. So can

processed red meats like bacon, sausage, and hot

dogs. Saturated fat might be one of the reasons for

that. Look for lean protein. Beans, fish, tofu, and

skinless chicken are also good options.

7. DON’T Shy Away From Fatty Fish - Eat two

servings a week, particularly salmon, sardines,

mackerel, and tuna. Fatty fish are one of the best

sources of omega-3s, a type of fat that tames

inflammation throughout the body.

8. DON’T Pass Up Cocoa - It has flavonoids,

which are nutrients that may curb inflammation.

To get cocoa in its best form, avoid it in highly

sweetened, processed foods (like cookies).

Instead, add cocoa powder to smoothies, chili, or

a mug of steamed milk. Tea and red wine have

similar flavonoids. But you’ll undo any benefit if

you have too much alcohol. Limit the booze to no

more than one drink a day if you're a woman or

two if you're a man.

9. DO Love Your Lentils - Whether red, green,

black, or brown, these seeds are a great source of

fiber. They’re good in soups and Indian foods (a

great place to add those spices we mentioned

earlier). Don’t like lentils? Try beans and peas.

You’ll still get the fiber but with a different taste.

10. DON’T Go Overboard With Olive Oil - It's a

tasty part of the good-for-you Mediterranean

diet. But it’s also high in calories, so make sure

you don’t drizzle too much on your salad. That

said, olive oil is a “good” fat. And “extra virgin”

versions have a natural chemical called

oleocanthal, which shares similar properties with

the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen. Nuts,

avocados, and olives are other “good” fats you

can enjoy in moderation.

11. DO Try Mushrooms - Several kinds are good

for you, including white button mushrooms. Get

a variety of veggies in your diet and eat lots of


in the mid-1990s when we

couldn't stop talking about El Niño? Well,

we're doing the same thing now with the polar

vortex. It could make for a wild winter for

much of the Northern Hemisphere in January,

particularly for the Eastern United States.

Why now? This extra brisk winter forecast

comes courtesy of Judah Cohen, a climate

r e s e a r c h e r a t A t m o s p h e r i c a n d

Environmental Research, a private

meteorological research and risk analysis

firm that provides data to government

agencies like NASA and the Department of

Defense. Cohen studies polar vortex

conditions and prediction models every day,

looking for potential disturbances that could

turn a normal winter into a harsh one.

The vortex, in case you need a reminder, is a

large area of low pressure located about

60,000 feet up on the atmosphere over both

the poles. That's the polar part. The vortex

part describes the counter-clockwise flow of

air that keeps the cold polar air up at the poles.

Sometimes, however, that flow of air is

disrupted, either by the winds changing

direction or stopping entirely. Either of these

events allows the vortex area to warm and the

cold polar air goes south, causing frigid

conditions in much of North America, Europe

and Asia.

Sometimes this cold air is trapped by the jet

stream and hangs around. Think back to

March 2018 when the U.S. experienced a

four-punch combo of nor'easters, or Europe

getting pummeled in March, and you'll have

an idea of how that cold air can linger.

The factors at play - Cohen says a disturbance

is likely to occur given two factors he uses in

his modeling. The first is the behavior of snow

cover in Siberia and the second is the amount

of Arctic sea ice. When the snow cover

advances quickly in the fall and the extent of

the sea ice in the Arctic is below normal,

Cohen says historical data leads him to

predict that a disturbance in the vortex is a

good bet.

Cohen's model is predicting colder than usual

temperatures for the Central and Eastern U.S.

and around 21 inches of snowfall in

Washington, D.C., between late December

and into February.

A 3-way split? Cohen also says the vortex

could split into three pieces, which could

cause severe winter weather. "Arctic change

has increased the frequency of these polar

vortex disruption events and following these

polar vortex disruption events you get more

severe winter weather".

Axios points out that in the past, polar vortex

splits have been linked with major

snowstorms, including one in 2010 when the

Mid-Atlantic was engulfed in blizzards.

Of course, weather forecasting, while a

science, isn't always an exact science. The

American modeling system says a disruption

could happen this month while the European

model pushes the disruption to January 2019

for Europe and a little later for America. (This

is to say nothing of forecasts from the like of

the Farmers' Almanac (very cold) or the Old

Farmer's Almanac (wet and warm).)

Keep your fingers crossed that the European

model is more on the nose, and that the

disturbance gets delayed further.

"The longer it takes to happen, the bigger

chance we have of a warmer winter," Cohen

told The Post.

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Lemon Juice with Salt Can Stop Migraine Headache Within Minutes

You need three things: water, lemon juice from a lemon and two teaspoons

of salt. Combine the ingredients and drink. Wait a few minutes.

Things that you should keep in mind when choosing ingredients include that

the salt should be of good quality. Pink Himalayan sea salt is a good one due

to the 80 different trace minerals that it contains (including magnesium.)

Eating salt quickly is proven to raise levels of serotonin. That helps to quell

pain and inflammation.

Migraines affect almost 1 out of every 10 people. That is 36 million

Americans. Interestingly enough migraines are in the top twenty complaints

that cause people to call in sick for work.

Symptoms to assess if you are having a migraine: Head throbbing - Nausea

- Vomiting - Numbness - Tingling - Dizziness - Sensitive to Light, Noise and

Smell (or all at once) Pain that lasts from 2 to 72 hours

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

www. CrystelleCreek.


1654 East Parkway • Gatlinburg


865-436-2500 1

(Located behind Calhoun’s Restaurant)

1004 Parkway, #301 • Gatlinburg

Neil’s Gallery

Best Friend

To Newport

2 12

Judy Jones


454 N.



Buckhorn Road

Duck Pond Lane

Skiddy’s Place


Pittman Center Road

Cardinal Drive

Birds Creek Rd. (Route 454)






Hidden Hills Rd.

King Rd.

25 22




Artist Crafts








Glades Road


Arts & Crafts


Duck Pond Lane

Watson Road



17 7





Traffic Lights



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





Jayell Road

Powdermill Road


Map Is Not Drawn To Scale



E. Parkway (Route 321)





Upper Middle Creek Rd

Map Location Numbers

Post Office


Splash Country

Veterans Blvd.

Local Area Map

Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville

Pigeon Forge

Traffic Lights

Pigeon Forge/Sevierville


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

Local Artist ...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics 24

• Watercolors

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades


It’s Against The Law

Gatlinburg Farmers Market


Roaring Fork


Dudley Creek






Ogles Drive West

Little Pigeon




Teaster Lane

Baskin Creek



Old Mill Ave.

Old Mill Rd

Biblical Times



Route 66




3 31




The Acquarium

Campbell Lead Road

Gatlinburg Bypass Road


Welcome Center


Route 66


Jake Thomas Road








Pine Mountain Road


Dolly Parton Parkway

Wears Valley Road

Titanic Museum

Little Pigeon River

Apple Valley Road

Forks of the River Parkway

To I-40

Watch Us Make Candles



In the Arts & Crafts Community

331 Glades Road • 865-436-9214

Kountry Antics

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community


600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Fowler’s Clay Works


Bar-B-Q,Wings & More


Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades R oad # 1C1

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


In Wood Whi lers Complex @ Glades Rd.


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg’s Largest Antique Shop

325-1411 (865)

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Heartwood Galleries

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”


(865) 661-6207

1450 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Dine-in Available


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

631 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg


Sparky’s Glassblowing

Watch Gary at Work

Glassblowing at its best!

849 Glades Road



Value. Everyday. 27

Open till 1:00 am

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Award Winning Sauces & Marinades

Pottery - Drinks - Gifts & More

(865) 446-0971

The Covered Bridge, Glades Rd.

Gatlinburg 25


Gatlinburg Trolley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Around Town

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

Anywhere You See The Street Trolley Sign














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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

A. Jann Peitso, art !

170 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg

Around Town

Smoky Mountains Around Town

Around Town

Publisher: John F. Pa

Editor: Elizabeth Pa

Associate Publishers:

P. J. West

Brook St. John

Steve Moore

Jim England

Brian Papworth

Jim Woods


Ken Wayne

P.O. Box 368, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Contribu ng Writers:

Cynthia Reeves

Chef JD

Kathryn Sherrard

Danny Lewis

Ken Wayne

A. Jann Peitso

Jim Yonan

Ben Fuchs

Paul Murray

Sandi Oliver

Contact us: 865-255-3557

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Heartwood Galleries

1450 E. Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 661-6207

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”

Largest selection of sculptured

wood artifacts in Galinburg

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

Go 3 miles. We are on the right.

Neil’s Gallery

Best Friend

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

Local Artist ...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics

• Watercolors


849 Glades Road, 2B6 • Gatlinburg

The Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg



680 Glades Road Gatlinburg (865) 640-1222

600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg

By Chef JD

Come in

Enjoy FREE


of FUDGE or

samplings of Chef JDs

Award Winning

Sauce & Marinade!

The Covered Bridge, Glades Rd. Gatlinburg

Please Don’t Feed The Bears

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

Happy New Year everyone!

I am in hopes that everyone's

Christmas turned out being

grateful for one's life and the

things that you do have and

received... I know that I am truly

grateful for everything I did have,

have now and in the future having!

On that note, may this year be

filled with love & kindness for all

of us.

Speaking of kindness...last month

I stopped into a wonderful Bistro

right here in the Arts & Crafts

Community, the Red Oak Bistro -

669 Glades Rd. Finally a true blue

Bistro, which has everything that

o n e k n o w s t o b e

expected...kindness, comfortable

surroundings, impeccable cuisine

and a wonderful selection of

wines and tapas.

However, there is a down side:

Thursday through Sunday, from 4

to 10. So make sure you make

your reservations, so you may

take pleasure in the experience

that I personally experienced


Okay, here is a couple of old

fashioned recipes for everyone to


Spiced Pecans

Line 2 cookie sheets with

parchment paper, set aside.

In a bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon

of each:

·Dried Ground Orange Peel

·Ground Cinnamon

·Ground Cumin

·Cayenne Pepper

·2 teaspoon of Kosher Salt, set


In a large iron or steel skillet, on

medium heat, place;

·2 pounds Pecan Halves

Stir until you smell the toastiness

in the nuts, 4-5 minutes.

·Add 1 Stick of unsalted Butter.

Stir until well melted and nuts are


·Add the spice mixture, coated

nuts well.

·Add 1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar

and 1/4 cup Water

Stir 2-3 minutes until mixture has

thickened and nuts are coated


Divide nuts between the cook

sheets and separate them with a

fork, or leave a few clunked

together. Let cool completely.

Shelf life is about 3 weeks in an

airtight container.

Here's one of my favorites also

from the past, and it's just not for

the Holidays either.


In a food processor, add the

following and pulse about 23

times so that everything is in small

bits, but not into a ball.

·1/2 cup Dried Plums

·1/2 cup Dried Apricots

·1/2 cup Dries Figs

·2/3 cup Almonds, slivered and


In a medium bowl, combine the


·1/4 teaspoon Anise Seeds,


·1/4 teaspoon Fennel Seeds,


·1/4 teaspoon Caraway Seeds,


·1/4 teaspoon Ground Cardamom

·Pinch kosher salt

·1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Using gloves: Add fruit mixture to

the above with 1/4 cup of Honey

and combine well.

1 cup Coarse Sugar for coating

Roll bit size (or larger) balls

between palms and coat with

coarse sugar.

*If you're not serving soon, just

keep balls on a rack, before


Remember to come and see me

while you're here! I'm located at

The Cover Bridge on Glades Rd.

S a n d w i c h e d b e t w e e n T h e

Rock/Jewelry Spot and Split Rail


May your New Year be blessed

with everything that you are

wishing for.

Chef JD

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