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  1. Gatlinburg’s Artist Community in New Smokies Life

    Gatlinburg’s Artist Community in New Smokies Life

    The idea for a series of stories about artists in park gateway communities came to us via Kathie Thomas of Gatlinburg’s HighLand Craft Gallery. Her objective was simple: share about the crafts of local families whose artisan heritage stretches back to pre-park days. I loved the idea and enlisted Sue Wasserman to do the research and writing.

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  2. Cucumber Gap Loop inspires parental guidance

    Cucumber Gap Loop inspires parental guidance

    By Karek Key

    I had just come off of a really bad and frustrating weekend of parenting. It was Labor Day, and we had way too many plans and stretched ourselves way too thin. After a lot of stimulation and not enough sleep, it all exploded on Monday. Whining, tears and mysteriously vanished listening skills all resulted in me overreacting and yelling. All in all, we were not at our best selves.

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  3. Species-a-Day Calendar puts park biodiversity at people’s fingertips

    Species-a-Day Calendar puts park biodiversity at people’s fingertips

    A new Species-a-Day perpetual flip calendar available now in Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers allows park enthusiasts to learn more about a place renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life on each day of this and all years to come.

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  4. National Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

    National Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials unveiled a bronzed marker along the Foothills Parkway at the newly dedicated Dean Stone Bridge between Walland and Wears Valley.

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  5. Lichens of the Smokies Revealed at Science at Sugarlands

    Lichens of the Smokies Revealed at Science at Sugarlands

    James Lendemer loves lichens. He loves talking about them, showing pictures of them, and telling others what lichens are and how they are important.

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  6. Can you hear me now? Telephones in the Smokies

    Can you hear me now? Telephones in the Smokies

    If you’ve ever tried to make a call from your cell phone in the Smokies, you know how nearly impossible it can be. If you don’t have the right service provider or if you’re not standing in exactly the right magical spot, you can’t get a signal for love or money. What if I told you that in the 1890s, if you were in Cades Cove at least, you could have made a phone call as simply as picking up a telephone receiver and turning a hand crank?

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  7. Park Superintendent Recognizes First African American Naturalist

    Park Superintendent Recognizes First African American Naturalist

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash on Thursday, August 29,had the unique opportunity to meet and recognize Dr. Joe Lee of Jupiter, FL, for his service as the first African American park naturalist. Superintendent Cash presented Dr. Lee with a mounted ranger hat in honor of his contribution to the history of the National Park Service.

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  8. My first backpacking trip will not be my last

    My first backpacking trip will not be my last

    By Logan Boldon

    Member Events Specialist

    When I think of the ultimate backpacker, Samwise Gamgee from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series immediately comes to mind. This stout little hobbit who’d never left the Shire made it all the way to Mordor toting a simple rucksack. With pots and pans clanging, Sam climbed over mountains and waded through swamps, camping out along the way with enough fortitude to give lectures on the goodness of potatoes and contemplate the taste of strawberries as the world turned to chaos over a silly little ring. Who can compete with that? Certainly not me.

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  9. Science at Sugarlands: Post-fire Plant-Soil Interactions

    Science at Sugarlands: Post-fire Plant-Soil Interactions

    By Frances Figart, creative services director

    Soil is the foundation of our planet. We walk on top of it every day, yet most of us rarely think about it.

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  10. Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

    Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the main access roads into Cades Cove and Cataloochee will be closed for several months this winter for road construction projects.

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