Taking a look inside Big South Fork’s increased visitation

Hard work yields results. That might be the best way to assess the current increase in visitation to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, which park superintendent...

Views worth the trip

Sometimes the places hardest to reach are the places most worth the effort required to find them. You could say that of the spine of the Cumberland Mountain range, where...

Brotherly love: Phillips twins followed one another into law enforcement, then into politics

As Ronnie and Donnie Phillips are having their picture taken, Ronnie doesn’t miss an opportunity to chide his brother. “That will never work,” he says. “You’ve got to smile more.” If...

Big South Fork isn’t just for whitewater paddlers

When you slow down long enough to listen, it can be somewhat surprising just how loud nature is — especially this time of year, when thousands of singing insects,...

HUD: Eyeing the future

In the water business, as in most businesses, there isn’t much room for complacency. Eddie Jeffers, general manager of Huntsville Utility District, knows that as well as anyone. He has...

Summertime sweets: B&B perfects homemade ice cream

For Sandra Sproles, something of a watershed moment occurred earlier this year: she perfected a recipe for nutty-coconut ice cream. That moment — which resulted in a tub of fresh...

Discovering Hazard Cave’s glow worms

Inside Hazard Cave at Pickett State Park, you’ll find something that you can almost never find anywhere else: glow worms. Located just a little more than a tenth of a...

Red Paw Comics: Filling a niche

For Larry Bledsoe, opening a shop centering around comics and trading card games was as much about filling a niche as anything. The California native, who moved with his family...

Project 5,000: An effort to feed a community

The feeding of the multitude is one of the most recognizable and frequently recited of Jesus’s miracles recorded by the authors of the gospels of the New Testament. According...

Big South Fork’s mysterious Chi Rho

On a rock outcropping overlooking the Big South Fork River east of Oneida is an elaborate carving that at least closely resembles an early Greek symbol of Jesus Christ. But...

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