‘A Vanderbilt Christmas’ at Biltmore Estate


“A Vanderbilt Christmas” is the theme at Biltmore Estate this holiday season, with the annual celebration running through January 7 at America’s largest home. If you’re wondering what “A Vanderbilt Christmas” translates into, decor wise, just think “Gilded Age opulence.” The 35-foot banquet hall tree, a Fraser fir, is the star attraction ...

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Johnson City Christmas Parade set for Dec. 2


“A Storybook Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 11:30 a.m. According to a press release announcing the event, the parade will begin at the campus of East Tennessee State University and cross University Parkway and travel onto West Walnut ...

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Appalachian artways project turns focus to fiber arts


The Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center will continue its Functional Artways of Appalachia series with a free fiber-arts event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Unicoi Tourist Information and Visitors Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place. Participants will learn the processes of natural dyeing and create a doll made ...

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Betsy Band takes second in state meet


The Elizabethton High School Betsy Band finished its season with a second-place finish in the Tennessee Division II Marching Band State Championship at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna on Saturday night. The band's score was 94.5. Band Director Perry Elliott said the band was first after the preliminary competition and ...

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Science Hill’s Owen Grosserode overcoming obstacles with a smile


Playing the trumpet is no easy task, but Science Hill freshman Owen Grosserode still smiles intermittently as he plays along with the Topper Marching Band. Because playing the trumpet is one of the easiest tasks for Grosserode to topple. Grosserode was born a congenital amputee, which left him with his right ...

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Delight in the Spirit of the Season with A Small Town Christmas


As the Christmas season arrives, Banner Elk gets in the holiday spirit the first weekend of December with A Small Town Christmas, Dec. 1-3. The three-day event takes place throughout town, beginning with a classic holiday play on Friday; continuing with a full day of crafts, shopping and a parade on Saturday; and ...

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Five reasons you should attend Weber City’s Hometown Festival


The Hometown Festival is back for its fourth year with a full slate of games, live entertainment and other activities. The one-day celebration will be held Nov. 4 starting at 11 a.m. at Holston View United Methodist Church’s preschool and daycare, located at 174 Church St. in Weber City. Since the ...

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Wise County’s newest trail open for fitness


At just 1.2 miles, Wise County's newest hiking and bicycling trail is hardly the longest by any stretch, but it certainly rates among the most scenic, and that's saying something in a region blessed by mountain scenery. The Powell River Trail, with its trailhead in Appalachia, is the transformation of an ...

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All Things Geek – Enjoy some free TV


Have you cut the cord on cable television? Millions of people around the world have, and more are doing it every day. I did it nearly five years ago and have never looked back. I've fully embraced the Netflix world and have joined the ranks of the 100 million subscribers who ...

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Bringing the boos: Events lined up to get you into the Halloween spirit


This week is full of tricks and treats as Halloween looms around the corner. Whether it’s candy-hunting, ghost stories or pumpkin carving, the area is full of Halloween events for the whole family. Ongoing Events: HAUNTED FOREST: For 30 years, the Hales Community Haunted Forest has helped raised funds for the Ruritan ...

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