Mountain Life

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

Kenneth Burns: Newspaper comics are why I'm here today

Charles Schulz is the reason you're reading this.


Jul. 05, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Charles Mackem: A fair share isn't always fair

One of the downsides of being a chef is being expected to cook whenever friends or family come to visit me. I do actually love to cook, and I thoroughly enjoy making people happy with a good meal, but the assumption that I will always cook dinner for my guests can get on my nerves at times.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

Public Pulpit: What lurks in the darkness of your heart?

My grandmother, having suffered a stroke, was cared for 24/7 by my mom. Since Grandma could not walk, she was confined to either her bed or chair. During my quiet times, she was my companion as she read the comics to me and we listened to the radio together.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Carl Mays: Celebrate freedom for one nation under God

Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, brings to mind many things, but should always have its major focus on the important basic fact that it is a national holiday in America commemorating the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence  from Great Britain. John Adams, one of the five drafters of the document, wrote to his wife Abigail that this action would:


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Upland Chronicles: Fox remembered for his sacrifice in the Civil War

While observing the annual Decoration Day at Fox Cemetery last year, Tommy McGaha noticed there was not an American flag on the grave of Christopher Fox.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Upland Chronicles: Asa Derrick lived out his life under an alias

On Oct. 14, 1938, a man known as Albert Ralph Hunter, 74, died at his farm about five miles north of Mountainair, N.M. He was a respectable farmer who, along with his faithful wife Mattie, raised their five children and worked from daylight to dusk. Perhaps no one in the mountain community knew of his checkered past.


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Charles Mackem: Summer means the return of Caprese salad

My tomato guy came through again a few days ago, and this time he came through in a big way – six gorgeously ripe homegrown tomatoes. Most ended up in between a couple slices of bread, but the two largest were destined for a different fate: my first Caprese salad in more than nine months.


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Upland Chronicles: A son remembers his dad on Father’s Day

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. The annual holiday can prove challenging for anyone mourning the loss of their dad. Losing your father is devastating, especially if you were close to him. Every father has a legacy. My dad's life was made joyful by family ties, fortified by hard work and grounded in traditional Christian principles.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Public Pulpit: Seeing Jesus in a new light

What picture from scripture, art, or music do you have of Jesus? Let me share some possibilities.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

Carl Mays: I thank God for my father

Mark Twain (like Yogi Berra and others) has received credit for many quotes. Whether Twain, Yogi or anyone else actually said all the attributed statements – or was even the first to say them – we don’t always know for sure. However, I do know that one of the quotes attributed to Twain is, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”


Jun. 13, 2015 @ 10:29 AM

Charles Mackem: Welcome to the time of the tomato

Sometimes there are no good choices. Take tomatoes, for instance. For eight or nine months a year, we're all faced with a dilemma – choosing between abstaining completely, or settling for a so-called tomato that pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of being hard and mushy at the same time, and whose taste bears no resemblance whatsoever to those we grow ourselves.


Jun. 12, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

Upland Chronicles: Huskey killed 40 years ago in the line of duty

“He was a real good boy who thought a lot of his family,” said Gatlinburg Police Chief W. B. Ogle. “I never had to worry about him doing the right thing. I guess it was because he really loved being a policeman.”


Jun. 11, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Carl Mays: To move forward, focus on what is inspiring

Much like me, old friends and fellow speakers Don and Kathleen Thoren from Tempe, Ariz., are in the business of encouraging people in the areas of human relations, communication and teamwork. I have been receiving from them for several years an occasional publication titled “Engaged Living,” which promotes living life to the fullest. This past week Kathleen wrote an article about doubts. I think it is a good one and I want to share a part of it with you.


Jun. 11, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Chubby Checker brings his signature Twist to Country Tonite

Rock 'n' roll icon Chubby Checker notched his first hit single, "The Class," in 1959. He turned 18 that year.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Pigeon Forge restaurant’s biscuit takes top honors at Knoxville festival

Even before voting ended, Kelly Johnson sensed she had a winner.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

Kenneth Burns: Take it from Tony: Live theater is powerful

The Oscars are boring. The Grammys stopped being an awards show. The Emmys? Forget it.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

Charles Mackem: Musings from the Smoky Mountain Gourmet

I'm guessing I have about three weeks before my first tomato is ripe; seems like an eternity away. Still, I do love fried green tomatoes (bonus recipe: dredge them in flour heavily seasoned with salt and pepper, pan fry them to dark brown in two parts bacon fat to one part olive oil), so at least I've got that going for me.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

Public Pulpit: We must battle our inclination to sin

"There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind." So says Fyodor Dostoyevsky.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Upland Chronicles: Dr. J.B. Housley practiced medicine in Kodak

In the late 1800s, trained physicians were scarce in Sevier County, particularly in the remote, rural areas. House calls often kept the few practicing doctors throughout the county away from their families overnight or, sometimes, for several days. They worked long, hard hours for little pay. But none of this prevented a young school teacher from pursuing his dream of becoming a healer of the sick.


Jun. 04, 2015 @ 01:33 PM

Carl Mays: Enjoy Friday, while helping others do the same

Good news for all doughnut lovers! Especially is it good news for those who have to pass by doughnut shops or display racks, look and lust at these tasty treats and then keep on driving or walking without looking back, knowing that your days of chomping into one of these sumptuous delights without feeling guilty, sinful and heavier are past memories. The good news is that Friday, June 5, 2015, is National Donut Day – and it may be your patriotic duty to consume one!


May. 30, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Charles Mackem: Some restaurant experiences are best forgotten

As I'm unable at the moment to contact my attorney, no names will be mentioned – to protect the guilty. A couple of weeks ago, I had a visit from some family and, despite my expressed feelings of unease, a decision was made to go out for dinner. These are my impressions of that evening.


May. 30, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

Upland Chronicles: Middle Creek Methodist was established in the early 1800s

Soon after the first white settlers arrived around 1784, and Robert Shields constructed a blockhouse known as Shields’ Fort, circuit-riding Methodist preachers began holding services in the Middle Creek community. Folks from the community and beyond traveled on horseback or in wagons to gather for week-long revivals.


May. 30, 2015 @ 12:50 PM

Adriana Zoder: Experience history at Asheville's palatial Biltmore

You have, no doubt, heard the saying, "Wherever you go, there you are." As locals in a tourist town, we know this to be true. We see people coming here to relax, only to notice they are still plugged into their life at home with their phones, tablets and laptops. Then, of course, we also see those who relax too much and set safety aside. Wherever you go, there you are. We cannot change who we are by changing our surroundings.


May. 30, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Public Pulpit: The love you have been looking for

Being truly loved unconditionally for oneself is a treasure. We were created to give and receive love. One of the two commands of Jesus was to love the Lord your God with your whole mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.


May. 29, 2015 @ 01:37 PM

Jake Old: Weird tales from band practice

There are many things I've missed about being able to regularly play music with two of my best friends. The creative process, the camaraderie, the experience of playing live.