What is your earliest memory of meeting Santa?

What is your earliest memory of meeting Santa? More Than A Day Away By Mike Steely I was about 8 years old and on Christmas Eve my brother, sister and I were watching TV and begging to open presents. There was a knock at the back door and it was Santa! He came in and...

Jellico to host a lost treasure forum

Jellico to host a lost treasure forum More Than A Day Away by Mike Steely On Saturday, December 9, I’ll travel up to my hometown, Jellico, to be part of a forum about a lost treasure tale there. Years ago I published “Swift’s Silver Mine and Related Appalachian...

Who can resist the penguins?

Who can resist the penguins? A Day Away By Mike Steely There’s no question that Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg is huge and likely the main attraction in the busy tourist city. A visit there could last hours and you can see just about every saltwater and freshwater...

Taking the Greenback Loop

Taking the Greenback Loop A Day Away by Mike Steely Fall is a great time to get out and visit some of the least visited small towns in our region. A family drive with a few stops in interesting places can be fun and you might be surprised with what you find. From...

Dollywood celebrates everything pumpkin

Dollywood celebrates everything pumpkin A Day Away By Mike Steely You’ve only got until next Tuesday, October 30, to visit Dollywood’s Pumpkin Festival where you can see huge, prize-winning pumpkins, hundreds of pumpkin characters, pumpkin-flavored food, and all of...

Visiting Flat Lick, Kentucky

Visiting Flat Lick, Kentucky A Day Away By Mike Steely Early settlers traveling along what would become the Boone Trace had several landmarks to encounter along the way down the Shenandoah Valley to Bean Station, north across Clinch Mountain to Cumberland Gap, and on...