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Jarrett House Sold

The Jarrett House

The Jarrett House

The Jarrett House in Dillsboro has taken on a new primary owner and major changes are coming to the structure that was built in 1884. Jim and Jean Hartbarger announced yesterday to Constantine Roumel who also owns the Nantahala Village and Resort in Bryson City will become the new primacy partner. The Hartbargers purchased the Jarrett House property in 1975. They will continue as the administrators, oversee renovations, prepare for the opening in late April or early May, and coordinate marketing and brand imaging. Renovations are now under way to the lobby and the two dinning rooms. The parlor is being converted into an English Tea Room. Other renovations include a new face lift to the inn which will start this fall. The menu will also be changing with popular items remaining but new items offered will include pastas, salads, pastries, espresso and a full-service bar. The new owner Roumel is a native of Crete and resides in Europe yet spends much of his time in the US with offices in Atlanta and Orlando. The Jarrett House was penned to the National Register of Historic Places on March 1st, 1984 and is one of the oldest operating inns in Western North Carolina.

12th Annual Green Thumb Day

Nelumno_nucifera_open_flower_-_botanic_garden_adelaide2Whittier community will hold its 12th annual Green Thumb Day Festival on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Main and Church streets. The event will include local artists and crafters, live plants and yard sales. Free tree seedlings and information on plants and planting will be available from County Extension Director Rob Hawk. A historical exhibit on early Whittier will be on display at Stuff-n-Such, located across from the post office. Live bluegrass music will be provided by Keep on Pickin’; mountain songs by fretless banjo maker Joshua Grant; and gospel favorites and old-time favorites by the Mountain Strings Dulcimer Club of Bryson City.


Franklin Mayor & Bryson City Alderwoman Not Seeking Another Term

In a story related to yesterdays news report on the retirement of Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody, Franklin’s mayor Joe Collins will also be stepping down after a ten-year stint in his Mayoral position. When asked about his decision, Mayor Collins had this to say; “It’s time to step aside and allow someone else the privilege and honor to serve as mayor”. During Mayor Collins’ tenure Franklin built a new state of the art police station, a new public works facility, and a new town hall on main street. Mayor Collins also oversaw the addition of full-time town staff such as the Town Manager, Town Planner, and Human Resources Officer. In Swain County, Bryson City Alderwoman Stephanie Treadway has also declared that she will not seek re-election. Alderwoman Treadway cited acquiring a new job, and said she would not be able to give the time and attention being and Alderwoman would require. Treadway is the finance director for the Cherokee Boy’s Club. In all of these vacated seats, candidates seeking to run for office could begin filing as soon as July the 5th.