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January 21, 2019

Shutdown: Nat’l. Parks Rely on Donations for Maintenance

Visitors at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and others across the country have seen trash, overflowing toilets and damaged property during the government shutdown. Some park advocacy groups want the Inspector General to investigate an Interior Department decision to keep some parks open, even withou...
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Red pandas arrive in Asheville

Red pandas are coming to Asheville with the opening of an exhibit featuring Leafa and Phoenix at the WNC Nature Center on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The pandas arrived in November, have passed the required quarantine period and are being slowly introduced to their new habitat. “We want them to have plent...
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Lunar Eclipse Event Free to Public

 Bundle up and get ready. On Jan. 20, Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative invites the community to come and watch the total lunar eclipse at Jackson County Airport. “We are very excited about this because a total lunar eclipse means the moon will actually look red,”said Randi Neff, Smoky Mountain STEM Col...
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Mediation settles SCC’s cases with DeVere, DOT

On Nov. 7, a joint mediation was conducted in The Trustees of Southwestern Community College v. DeVere Construction Company, Inc. (17 CVS 766) and The Trustees of Southwestern Community College v. NCDOT (17 CVS 767). As a result of the mediation, a proposed settlement was reached in the amount of $260,0...
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Harris Regional Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2019

 Harris Regional Hospital is ringing in 2019 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 8 pounds and measuring 19.5 inches, Owen Smith was born to Anna and Brett Smith, Monday, Jan. 1, at 5:30 am. “We were so excited to meet Owen.” said mom, Anna. “The physicians, nurses and staff at Harris Regional...
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Farming Conference Offered

Registration is now open for the 2019 Business of Farming Conference and Farmers Market Summit, to be held Feb. 23 in Asheville. The conference will focus on the business side of farming, offering beginning and established farmers financial, legal, management and marketing tools to improve their farm bu...
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Urgency vs. Emergency: How to Tell Injuries Apart

During the holiday season, it’s not uncommon for illnesses or injuries to add stress to gatherings and time at home. Physicians say the winter holidays are the busiest times for medical emergencies. But not all emergencies are the same. If a situation is life-threatening, it’s best to call 9...
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In 2012, over 3,000 children under the age of 19 were seen in emergency rooms for injuries caused by nonelectric holiday decorations.  Additionally, close to 200,000 children were treated in the emergency room for toy-related injuries.  About 130,000 children are injured due to a fire or burn annually a...
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