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The Ugly Side of Climate-Changing Coal

We feel uncomfortable looking at pictures like this, don’t we?  We didn’t directly destroy this mountain and its ecosystem and pollute the water nearby.  We didn’t directly contribute to fossil-fueled climate change.  We just turned on a light switch. Revisit this story of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and hear the voices speaking up for […]

Continue Reading By on March 12, 2014 in air, Appalachia, climate change, coal, MTR

Bat Conservationist Keynotes Discover Life in America Conference in Smokies

Start with some of the globe’s most ancient mountains, give them special protections, and you’ll discover tens of thousands of life forms, some not easily found anywhere else these days. That’s why East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Scientists are still discovering and documenting different species of plants and animals […]

Continue Reading By on February 26, 2014 in Appalachia, biodiversity, climate change, Great Smoky Mountains, outdoor

Snow Day

Our little corner of Appalachia finally saw its one respectable snow day of the winter, and we made the most of it! Not enough snow or moist enough for a snowman, barely enough for sledding. Frigidly cold, of course. But we all headed outdoors for at least a bit. How’s your winter been?

Continue Reading By on February 2, 2014 in Appalachia, family, outdoors

Chemical Spill Leaves Many West Virginians Without Clean Tap Water, Unclear When It Will Be Safe

Days after an industrial chemical spill was discovered in West Virginia, people in all or part of nine counties are still unable to use their tap water.  Governor Tomblin’s office Tweeted another reminder for residents. REMINDER: Do Not Use order still in effect for parts of Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam & […]

Continue Reading By on January 14, 2014 in Appalachia, clean water, safer chemicals, safety

Rural Appalachian Health Clinic Gets Federal Finance Boost

An innovative health clinic in West Virginia’s coal country has received a major financial boost from the Affordable Care Act.  The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will be able to expand services with its more than $800,000 awarded in November.  We first told you about the clinic in 2011, when a collaborative of local medical […]

Continue Reading By on December 16, 2013 in Appalachia, coal, health, natural resources, rural, Uncategorized

Lighting Up Winter Nights in the Great Smoky Mountains

*Winter holidays sponsorship post for Enjoy the City. Festive, illuminated, family fun is spilling from every corner of communities near the Great Smoky Mountains this time of year!  No matter how cold, or wet, or frozen the winter may get, they’re ready for a Smoky Mountain Christmas plus New Year’s and general holiday revelry.  A […]

Continue Reading By on December 11, 2013 in Appalachia, Christmas, family, holidays, Uncategorized

Frozen Winter Fun at Ober Gatlinburg near Great Smoky Mountains

The temps are low enough, the snow machines have been blowing, and skiers have run the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg even before December.  The South’s popular ski resort and amusement park opened its ski slopes on the Friday after Thanksgiving, announcing that it’s been 20 years since skiing began so early in Gatlinburg.  Snow tubing […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2013 in Appalachia, family, fitness, Great Smoky Mountains, mountains, outdoors, Uncategorized

Fall Family Hiking Outdoors at Pickett State Park

Fall colors are slowly nearing their peak, and the temperatures have been very mild for enjoying the outdoors in Tennessee.  Pickett State Park offers a scenic alternative to the busy (and temporarily closed) National Park areas. Our family recently returned to quiet Pickett State Park, with its miles of easy trails, tranquil boating and impressive […]

Continue Reading By on October 19, 2013 in Appalachia, family, outdoors