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Smokies, Cherokee group come to agreement on sochan harvesting

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians signed an agreement Monday that will allow 36 permitted tribal members to gather Rudbeckia laciniata, known as sochan, for traditional purposes.


Special Message to our viewers in the Sylva, NC area

Special Message to our viewers in the Sylva, NC area:. As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. It is time for the translator in Sylva, NC to be sent


Lady Antebellum returns to Harrah’s Cherokee

Lady Antebellum will play the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center on Friday, July 5. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 29 at www.ticketmaster.com. Since teaming up in 2006, Lady Antebellum has sold over 18 million units and had nine No.1 singles on the country charts. They have also won s


Four of five inmates who escaped from a North Carolina jail have been captured, sheriff's office says

(CNN) — Four of five inmates who escaped Monday night from North Carolina's Nash County jail have been captured, according to the sheriff's office. That leaves one inmate -- 22-year-old Laquaris Battle -- still on the lam Tuesday morning, and a $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading


2.2 magnitude earthquake rattles central North Carolina

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. - The seismograph was busy early Tuesday morning as a small earthquake hit the central part of North Carolina. According to the National Weather Service, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake struck Randolph County around 12:30 a.m.


Park, Tribe sign sochan agreement

Since time immemorial, Cherokee people have harvested traditional plants such as sochan and ramps, from the beautiful mountains in western North Carolina. Over time, laws have prevented tribal members from harvesting these healthy plants.


WNC chase ends in crash, man arrested after search near Pisgah Forest, officials say

BREVARD, N.C. — A man is in custody after a chase with Brevard officers. Officials said the driver hit a patrol vehicle, crashed into a pole and ran away. Robert Edward Rogall was booked around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday into the Transylvania County Detention Center.


Principal Chief’s Report for March 22

Community means many different things. To me, community means we come together for fellowship, we lean upon each other in hard times, and we celebrate the good times together. Thankfully, our community is celebrating some good times lately. While the last two weeks have been very busy, I have been b


Federal judge strikes down North Carolina post-20 week abortion ban

A federal judge struck down a North Carolina law Monday that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reported. The law, introduced in 1973, created small exceptions in the case of a medical emergency. A further tightening of the restrictions in 2016 prompted abortion-rights groups to s


2 earthquakes shake portions of North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A pair of earthquakes has shaken portions of North Carolina, but no injuries or damage have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was centered about 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Archdale shortly after midnight Tuesday. A USGS map shows the ear


2.5 magnitude earthquake rumbled Jackson County Tuesday morning

JACKSON COUNTY, NC (FOX Carolina) – The US Geological Survey said a small earthquake was detected Tuesday in Jackson County. The 2.5 magnitude quake was felt around 11:30 a.m.


Jackson County Highway Expansion Plan Moves Forward

The I-26 expansion in Asheville isn’t the region’s only major road project. The town of Sylva is in the middle of a plan to widen Highway 107 - one of the busiest roads through that corner of Western North Carolina.


SAHC protects 385 acres of farmland in Rogers Cove

Press release from the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy:. Hugged by mountains and tucked away in the scenic Crabtree community of Haywood County, Rogers Cove contains beautiful rolling pastures and forested hills that stir the imagination. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SA


Police Reports - March 26

Failure to appear: Mistie Cunningham, 40, Waynesville, NC, was served with an active outstanding warrant for failure to appear on Thursday, March 21. Patrolman Chris Silvers arrested Cunningham at Walgreens without incident.


Patriots rally for 7-6 win over Chiefs

ROGERSVILLE - Jefferson County pushed across four runs in the final two innings to earn a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Cherokee Saturday. Trailing 5-3 entering the sixth, the Patriots scored three times to take a 6-5 lead before the Chiefs knotted the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the inning.


Smart Bets: Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza

For its latest program, the nonprofit Center for Cultural Preservation seeks to connect community elders with younger generations, sustaining their legacies and values through the art of storytelling. On Thursday, March 28, Scots-Irish tales, African-American stories and Cherokee fables will fill th


Opening celebration for Hiwassee River Heritage Center set for this weekend

The expansion of the Hiwassee River Heritage Center and the National Historic Trail Experience in Charleston will officially open to the public on March 30, 1-5 p.m. A ribbon cutting with donors and supporters is slated for the day before. Saturday’s open house will feature booths from area historic