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GRAPHIC: Boy, 12, burned over half his body in science experiment explosion

HIGHLANDS, N.C. (WLOS) - A 12-year-old North Carolina boy and his mother have a long road to recovery after they were both badly burned when a science experiment exploded. Barrett McKim, 12, is hospitalized at the Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, after a science experiment he was working on exploded. He now has second- and third-degree burns on half of his body.
HIGHLANDS, NC
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BMX brings out beauty in East Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. (WKRN)- Flatland BMX legend and Red Bull athlete Terry Adams is taking his sport to some unique places. The X-Games gold medalist’s most recent stop brought him to East Tennessee, to ride in the glow of fireflies. Adams and sports photographer Robert Snow did the shoot right outside Gatlinburg, capturing Terry performing tricks with thousands […]
TENNESSEE STATE

Chesterfield Fire releases new information on firefighter who died during North Carolina water rescue course

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield Fire Department has released new information surrounding the Chesterfield Firefighter/Paramedic, 41-year-old Alicia Monahan, who died while off-duty teaching a swift water rescue training course in the Nantahala River in North Carolina. Monahan was a part of the Clover Hill Fire Station and provided more than 11 years of […]
Sylva Herald

Gas spikes, and drops, and times when there was not a drop at all

It doesn’t take long for conversations these days to turn to the high price of gasoline. That’s entirely understandable, as it’s seen some record highs. GasBuddy reported gas prices in Jackson on Monday were generally around $4.59 a gallon. The highest price in the state over the weekend was $5.59, the lowest $3.99. Thankfully, prices seemed to be declining from record highs headed into the July 4 holiday, but certainly not fast enough to bring real relief to shell-shocked drivers.
SYLVA, NC
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Smoky Mountain News

Mountain Projects takes steps forward in Jackson County

Mountain Projects had much to celebrate last week. Last Tuesday, the nonprofit welcomed Reginald Speight, Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s North Carolina Office of Rural Development, who spoke to a round table at Mountain Projects’ new Sylva office. Speight outlined current initiatives available to rural communities in the mountains. The round table featured several local entities, from municipal governments to other nonprofits. Following the roundtable, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site of Harris Estates.
JACKSON COUNTY, NC
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Garden & Gun

​​A Mountain Wonderland in Cashiers

Voices carry across Sherry Hodge’s backyard garden in Cashiers, North Carolina, where giant terrace steps lead down through lush white hydrangea blossoms, dark red dahlias, and sunny zinnias before landing in a meadow that overlooks Lake Glenville. “I’ve heard fishermen from their boats out there going, ‘Look at that garden!’ when they see me cutting flowers,” Hodge says. “I laugh and flex my muscles at them, but I didn’t build this on my own.”
CASHIERS, NC
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George Masa book goes on the road

Brent Martin will present his new book about George Masa, the self-taught photographer whose work immortalized the Smokies of the early 1900s, during three upcoming readings in Western North Carolina. 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, with virtual attendance available. 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7,...
FRANKLIN, NC
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Fourth of July in the Smokies

Nothing says summer more than the Fourth of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto. Between majestic fireworks, sizzling hot dogs and hamburgers, cotton candy, games, live music and craft demonstrations, there’s a little bit of everything for any and all. So, grab your lawn chair, sunglasses and adventurous spirit, and enjoy this special weekend.
CHEROKEE, NC
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Top 6 Unique Ice Cream Shops in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat any time of year, and you’ll have plenty of choice of where to get it when you visit Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! If you’re looking for a frozen treat that’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before, then we have some great suggestions on where you should go. Here are the top 6 unique ice cream shops in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:
GATLINBURG, TN
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Fallen Virginia firefighter procession to pass through Danville

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) — Fallen Virginia veteran firefighter Alicia Monahan will be honored with a procession stretching from Bryson City, NC to Chesterfield, Va on Thursday. The procession will pass through Danville on its journey honoring the 41-year-old first responder. Monahan died in a training session being conducted on...
DANVILLE, VA
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