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Local therapist Sandy Davis earns pediatric recertification

Sandy Davis, a licensed physical therapist serving Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, recently earned her recertification as a pediatric clinical specialist. This recertification will continue Davis’ career-long goal of serving her community through a high level of care.
JACKSON COUNTY, NC
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Smoky Mountain News

School systems still hiring

With the beginning of the school year right around the corner, school systems across North Carolina are struggling to fill a wide range of positions. Schools in the western part of the state are no different, and every school system in The Smoky Mountain News’ coverage area has several positions still open.
HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC
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Smoky Mountain News

Cherokee museum granted land use permit for future collections facility

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has issued a land use permit allowing the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to operate an offsite facility housing Museum collections, archives, and Tribal artifacts. The permit follows a February resolution that designated a piece of land in Swain County, near Bryson City, for the future building.
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Smoky Mountain Times

Family friendly, paws welcome

Walk around downtown Bryson City or drive into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Deep Creek, and you’ll surely notice dogs trotting alongside visitors. Swain County is a dog friendly destination with plenty of opportunity to be outside with your four-legged family members. Last Friday afternoon, three different...
SWAIN COUNTY, NC
Sylva Herald

Museum of the Cherokee Indian gets OK for facility

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has issued a land use permit allowing the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to operate an offsite facility housing collections, archives and tribal artifacts. The permit follows a February resolution that designated a piece of land in Swain County, near Bryson City, for the future building.
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WLOS.com

Sherman Holt ready to carry on winning tradition at Swain

Swain County — WLOS -- Swain County football will have someone new calling the shots in 2022. After Neil Blankenships' 10-year stint as the Maroon Devils head coach, Sherman Holt is taking the torch. Holt, who served as Tuscola's associate head coach the last two years, inherits a Swain...
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Smoky Mountain Times

4-H livestock club holds lamb clinic

Swain County 4-H livestock club held a three-county livestock clinic on Thursday evening to help youngsters get ready for the Swain Agricultural Fair show. Participants from Swain, Jackson and Macon counties got to practice with their lambs in the newly built arena at Great Smoky Mountains Event Park, as Macon County Livestock Agent, Joe Deal gave them feedback and pointers.
SWAIN COUNTY, NC
Smoky Mountain Times

Swain could lead pilot program to prevent drunk driving

It’s heartbreaking when someone is killed or injured due to drunk driving, and it’s particularly enraging if it’s caused by a repeat offender. Swain County could be a leader in preventing repeat offenders from being behind the wheel. The two-year pilot program would pay for pre-trial Continuous...
CRIME & SAFETY
Smoky Mountain News

New disaster declaration offers help for Haywood, Swain

Businesses and residents affected by severe weather, wildfires and winds from March 30 through April 6 of this year are now eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. On March 30 , a wind-stoked wildfire in Sevier County, Tennessee burned more than 2,400 acres, affecting at...
SWAIN COUNTY, NC
Smoky Mountain News

Swain bristles at perceived 
encroachment by Rep. Clampitt

A feud brewing between Rep. Mike Clampitt (R-Swain) and the governments of Swain County and Bryson City reached a new level over the last couple of weeks as officials balked at Clampitt’s plea for the two entities to consolidate their emergency services. In fact, elected town and county leaders...
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Smoky Mountain Times

4-H Bullets and Bows club aims high

The earliest evidence of archery dates back to the Paleolithic period around 10,000 BC, where Egyptians used bow and arrows for hunting and warfare. Rifled firearms are said to date back to at least the 15th century. The first known firearm was known as a fire lance and was invented in 10th-12th century China, using a bamboo tube tied to a spear, according to Archaeology.org.
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Smoky Mountain Times

James Allison Colville

James Allison Colville, age 70 passed away at his home on July 20, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reeves M. Colville, Sr. and Hazel Colville, his brother Reeves M. Colville, Jr. and his sister Laura Colville. James is survived by his brother, Stephen Colville and several...
BRYSON CITY, NC
Smoky Mountain Times

James Earl Simonds

James Earl Simonds, 72, of the Alarka Community surrounded by his loved ones and friends slipped into eternity July 19, 2022. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late James Walter and Margaret Louise Moore Simonds. He attended Mt. Vernon Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded...
SWAIN COUNTY, NC
Smoky Mountain Times

National study reveals depth of housing underproduction

Talk among community members often turns to the issue of housing these days, namely the lack of it. This is impacting employers and anyone who finds themselves looking for a place to live in Swain County. It turns out this isn’t just a local issue. Nationally, building fell after the Great Recession and has led to an overall shortage. Government is now exploring possible solutions.
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Smoky Mountain Times

Covid cases are up with BA.5 variant

As I type this article on my laptop from my quarantine oasis, my home, it isn’t news to me that Covid is upon us again. I tested positive last week and have been homebound ever since. At first, I found it ironic that I made it through the pandemic two years without getting the terrible symptoms from the virus, and in the summer of 2022, when Covid was thought to be almost out, I got it. The truth is I have been very blessed up until this point, to have avoided the virus this long, but now as I see a rise in cases in Swain and surrounding counties, I realize I’m far from the only one testing positive.
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Smoky Mountain Times

Swain 4-H club gets into growing

Swain County’s 4-H club offers many unique opportunities for youth in our community. Whether your child’s interests include spending time outdoors, tending to farm animals, clogging, growing their own produce, or archery and shooting sports, 4-H has it all! In the next few issues, we are going to be featuring the unique clubs and activities, beginning this week with the 4-H Garden Club.
SWAIN COUNTY, NC
Smoky Mountain Times

Doyle Vincent Loftis

Doyle Vincent Loftis, Alarka’s hardest working man, stepped into glory this past Sunday evening, July 10, 2022 at the age of 83. He was born on July 15, 1938 in Swain County to parents Clarence Vernon “Bood” and Velma Parris Loftis, deceased. He is survived by his...
SWAIN COUNTY, NC