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The Smoky Mountain News distributes 16,000 papers per week, comes out every Wednesday, and is distributed free at more than 600 locations in Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, and on the Cherokee Reservation. There are also stops in downtown Asheville. Smoky Mountain News has offices in both Waynesville and Sylva.

07/05/2019

This week's Hot Picks from A&E Editor Garret K. Woodward

1 The “An Appalachian Evening” summer concert series will continue with Buncombe Turnpike at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville.

2 The annual “Week of Rock” will continue through July 6 at Nantahala Brewing in downtown Bryson City.

3 Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host The Get Right Band (rock/soul) at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 5.

4 The 22nd annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at St. Cyprian’s Church on 216 Roller Mill Road in Franklin.

5 The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) at 10 p.m. Friday, July 5.

Celebrate Independence Day with The Issacs at the fourth annual “Musication Nation” festival, which will be held fro...
07/05/2019
‘Musication Nation’ festival returns to Franklin

Celebrate Independence Day with The Issacs at the fourth annual “Musication Nation” festival, which will be held from July 4-7 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

The Broadway classic “Oliver!” by Lionel Bart will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 and at 2...
07/05/2019
HART to present ‘Oliver!’

The Broadway classic “Oliver!” by Lionel Bart will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 and at 2 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

The annual “Week of Rock” will continue through July 6 at Nantahala Brewing in downtown Bryson City.
07/05/2019
‘Week of Rock’ returns to Bryson City

The annual “Week of Rock” will continue through July 6 at Nantahala Brewing in downtown Bryson City.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

The “An Appalachian Evening” summer concert series will continue with Buncombe Turnpike at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July ...
07/05/2019
‘An Appalachian Evening’ in Stecoah

The “An Appalachian Evening” summer concert series will continue with Buncombe Turnpike at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

A 13-mile adventure will use the Low Gap and Appalachian Trails to access the only stacked-stone fire tower in the Great...
07/04/2019
Hike Mt. Cammerer

A 13-mile adventure will use the Low Gap and Appalachian Trails to access the only stacked-stone fire tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during a hike led by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Outdoors news, events, adventure and dispatches from naturalist Don Hendershot.

“The last doctor I saw was a 70-year-old man — an ear, nose and throat specialist — who gave me five minutes of hi...
07/04/2019
Frustrations mount over health care access

“The last doctor I saw was a 70-year-old man — an ear, nose and throat specialist — who gave me five minutes of his time before telling me he didn’t know what was wrong and that he could send me to the hospital for more tests. I was just floored,” Carrie McBane said.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

In North Carolina, Medicaid is available to people under 21 or over 65 years of age, and to those who are blind, have a ...
07/04/2019
Medicaid: what it is and what it does

In North Carolina, Medicaid is available to people under 21 or over 65 years of age, and to those who are blind, have a disability or are in need of long-term care. Eligibility is also determined by household income as it relates to the federal poverty level.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

“Expanded coverage doesn’t necessarily mean expanded care,” Sen. Jim Davis said. “Expanding Medicaid’s caseloa...
07/04/2019
Why Medicaid expansion is not the answer

“Expanded coverage doesn’t necessarily mean expanded care,” Sen. Jim Davis said. “Expanding Medicaid’s caseload by 25 percent puts traditional program enrollees at risk. Low-income parents, children, pregnant women, the elderly, the blind, and the disabled would have to compete for access to health care with able-bodied, childless adults.”

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

“I grew up very, very poor, and have multiple disabilities. I’m legally blind. I’ve also got cerebral palsy. I was...
07/04/2019
Rural WNC fights for Medicaid expansion

“I grew up very, very poor, and have multiple disabilities. I’m legally blind. I’ve also got cerebral palsy. I was very fortunate that the New Jersey Commission for the Blind gave me a great deal of support and sponsored my education, but Social Security and Medicaid is what I survived on while I was going to school,” Kathleen Wood said. “It’s so critical to give people the basic support that they need so they can move toward self-sufficiency.”

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

Consisting of three auditoriums with varied seating (200, 90, 50), Israel gutted the old theater and installed brand new...
07/04/2019
Small-town sequel: Waynesville’s Smoky Mountain Cinema reopens

Consisting of three auditoriums with varied seating (200, 90, 50), Israel gutted the old theater and installed brand new high-definition screens and 7.1 surround sound. In terms of aesthetics, fresh curtains and modern seating were also added, and with extra leg room.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

“I think everybody felt at the end of the day, just leaving it open for the voters to decide who gets that seat was th...
07/03/2019
Canton board seat will remain open, for now

“I think everybody felt at the end of the day, just leaving it open for the voters to decide who gets that seat was the best choice,” said Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

Principal Chief Richard Sneed and challenger Teresa McCoy will face off at the ballot box this September as Cherokee vot...
07/03/2019
Chief candidates square off in debate

Principal Chief Richard Sneed and challenger Teresa McCoy will face off at the ballot box this September as Cherokee voters decide who should be their chief for the next four years, but last week they met onstage at the Joyce Dugan Performing Arts Center for a debate hosted by The Cherokee One Feather.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

07/03/2019
Women’s History Trail opens in FranklinThe Women’s History Trail of Macon County will join Franklin’s Fourth of Ju...
07/03/2019

Women’s History Trail opens in Franklin

The Women’s History Trail of Macon County will join Franklin’s Fourth of July festivities to commemorate the official opening of phase two of the Women’s History Trail, a project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County.

The lives of esteemed Macon County women/groups of women will be celebrated by adding six new sites/plaques to the existing trail to honor their accomplishments. In conjunction with the American Legion Post 108’s 100th anniversary, a brief patriotic ceremony will begin at noon at the downtown gazebo. Additional sites/plaques being dedicated that day include Elinor “Nellie” Cleveland West Cook; Laura Jones; early beauticians; and librarians and their supporters. The remaining site/plaque for Rebecca Morris will be added at the Nikwasi Mound in the near future.

At the close of the ceremony, everyone is invited to pick up a map of the Women’s History Trail and go “walk in her steps” to experience history in a deeper, more personal way.

A math teacher at Jackson County Early College has surrendered his teaching license following an investigation into alle...
07/03/2019
Teacher resigns following alleged sexual activity with student

A math teacher at Jackson County Early College has surrendered his teaching license following an investigation into alleged sexual activity with a student at the school.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

A June 27 Supreme Court decision not to get involved with politically gerrymandered congressional districts in Maryland ...
07/03/2019
Gerrymandering ruling leaves NC districts in place

A June 27 Supreme Court decision not to get involved with politically gerrymandered congressional districts in Maryland and North Carolina means it’s unlikely Asheville Republican Congressman Mark Meadows’ Western North Carolina district will change before his presumed reelection campaign in 2020.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

Hike the historic Kelsey Trail from Whiteside Mountain to the Highlands Recreation Park at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 5.
07/02/2019
Walk with a guide on the historic Kelsey Trail

Hike the historic Kelsey Trail from Whiteside Mountain to the Highlands Recreation Park at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 5.

Outdoors news, events, adventure and dispatches from naturalist Don Hendershot.

“They are licensed through the state’s industrial hemp program and they organically produce wholesale materials and ...
07/02/2019
Hemp Farm expands operations in Macon

“They are licensed through the state’s industrial hemp program and they organically produce wholesale materials and CBD oil,” said Macon County Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins. “The hemp industry is expected to grow from $668 million in 2016 to over $1.8 billion in 2020 and that’s primarily driven by two factors.”

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

The Mountain View Garden Club of Waynesville once again will be at the Historic Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon Sa...
07/02/2019
Garden Club hosts plant sale

The Mountain View Garden Club of Waynesville once again will be at the Historic Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 6, for their annual plant sale, which raises money for beautification projects around Waynesville.

Outdoors news, events, adventure and dispatches from naturalist Don Hendershot.

07/01/2019

From the U.S. Forest Service:

Construction on the South Toe trailhead parking area across from Black Mountain Campground on the Pisgah National Forest has been completed and the parking area is now open for use.

The South Toe trailhead is an access point for five different trails, including the Mt. Mitchell and Mountains to Sea trails. This project expanded the previous parking area from 9 spaces to 31 and paved the previously gravel lot. In addition to new parking spaces the project includes accessible parking sites and an information kiosk.

The trailhead improvement project was funded in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Recreation Trail Program (RTP) Grant and the USDA Forest Service.

"It is difficult to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for recreational access on the National Forests, but this is certainly a big improvement that triples parking capacity at one of our most heavily used trailheads. We are very thankful for the RTP grant that helped make this possible," said Richard Thornburgh, Appalachian District Ranger.

To ensure emergency services and the public will be able to safely access the area, parking is not allowed along South Toe Road (FSR 472) leading into the trailhead parking area and the Black Mountain campground. This policy will be enforced.

Neal's Creek Road (FSR 2074) and South Toe Road (FSR 472), remain closed to vehicles. Storm damage in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 left the roads impassable. The Federal Highway Administration for Emergency Road Funding has approved funding to repair these roads and the Forest Service is awaiting the receipt of this funding to begin the design and contracting of repair work.

The Waynesville Judo Club recently competed in the South Carolina State Championship, coming away with 11 medals.
07/01/2019
Waynesville Judo Club brings home awards

The Waynesville Judo Club recently competed in the South Carolina State Championship, coming away with 11 medals.

Outdoors news, events, adventure and dispatches from naturalist Don Hendershot.

The Triangle Club, a nonprofit corporation that provides affordable meeting space for any 12-step recovery groups that n...
07/01/2019
Recovery community looks for new meeting space

The Triangle Club, a nonprofit corporation that provides affordable meeting space for any 12-step recovery groups that need it, needs the community's help to find a forever home after being displaced from its clubhouse on Miller Street.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

07/01/2019

From the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department:

The Cullowhee Recreation Center and the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center will be closed on Thursday,
July 4, 2019.

Get your tickets!!
06/30/2019

Get your tickets!!

In a ceremony held at the Cherokee Indian Hospital today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was awarded the Redefinin...
06/28/2019
Cherokee recognized for leadership in healthcare

In a ceremony held at the Cherokee Indian Hospital today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was awarded the Redefining American Healthcare award from the Healthcare Leadership Council.

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

Celebrate Independence Day with The Issacs at the fourth annual “Musication Nation” festival, which will be held fro...
06/28/2019
‘Musication Nation’ festival returns to Franklin

Celebrate Independence Day with The Issacs at the fourth annual “Musication Nation” festival, which will be held from July 4-7 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

06/28/2019

This week's Hot Picks from A&E Editor Garret K. Woodward

1 The annual “Week of Rock” will take place June 28-July 6 at Nantahala Brewing in downtown Bryson City.

2 Billingsley (rock) will perform as part of the “Brews & News” series at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in The Gem downstairs taproom at Boojum Brewing Company in Waynesville.

3 “Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28-29 in Bryson City, Stecoah and Robbinsville.

4 Medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music will be performed on early and folk instruments at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, in the recital hall the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

5 The 30th annual Mountain Artisans “Summertime“ Arts & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University.

List of July 4 celebrations in WNC! Make plans now!
06/28/2019
Fourth of July in the Smokies

List of July 4 celebrations in WNC! Make plans now!

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

Independence Day Celebrations will feature fireworks, a parade, a cirque-style circus show, family-friendly activities a...
06/28/2019
Lake Junaluska celebrates Independence Day

Independence Day Celebrations will feature fireworks, a parade, a cirque-style circus show, family-friendly activities and concerts, including a performance by internationally acclaimed bluegrass group Balsam Range.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

The Groovin’ on the Green summer concert series will host Andalyn (rock/Americana) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Th...
06/28/2019
Groovin’ on the Green

The Groovin’ on the Green summer concert series will host Andalyn (rock/Americana) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at The Village Green in Cashiers.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

Transforming the new Fangmeyer Theatre into a 1940s nightclub in honor of the classic song by Hoagy Carmichael, “Stard...
06/28/2019
Take a trip back to a 1940s nightclub

Transforming the new Fangmeyer Theatre into a 1940s nightclub in honor of the classic song by Hoagy Carmichael, “Stardust” will hit the stage at 6 p.m. June 20-22, 27-29, and at 12:30 p.m. June 23 and 30 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

Coverage of music and the arts plus upcoming events in western North Carolina.

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