An accidental fire on Tuesday night, November 14th has destroyed a Tennessee landmark that is well-known to many people in our area. Clarence's Drive-In in Unicoi burned to the ground after workers for an asphalt company accidentally started a fire while cleaning the cracks in the pavement prior to resealing the parking lot. Workers used a propane burner to get rid of the grass in the cracks and the flames travelled into the restaurant. Three fire departments responded but it was too late to save it. The family owned restaurant opened in 1969 with country cooking. The owners hope to build back and open at a leased location until that time.
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, officers with the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office arrested Donavon Dakota Hargis, 23, and Jamie Nunley, 40, both of Grundy County, Tennessee. Both individuals were wanted from Grundy County, Tennessee on charges of First Degree Murder and Felony Abuse of a Corpse. On the evening of Wednesday, November 15, 2017, officers with the Yancey County (more)
Due to the recent church shootings, Yancey County Sheriff Banks and his staff have developed a house of worship training program. The program is for church security teams. Through this program a Yancey County deputy, trained in active shooter rapid deployment and house of worship security, can come to your church and conduct a training. If you are interested in finding out more about the program contact Yancey County Chief Deputy Shane Hilliard at 828-682-1858.
Anthony Jones, age 55 of Madison County, is in custody and being held on $300,000 bond, facing charges resulting from a shooting on Paint Rock Road in Hot Springs on Tuesday night, November 14th. According to Sheriff Buddy Harwood, Jones confessed that he went to his estranged wife’s home around 9:30 pm on Tuesday night and shot her in the chest. The two have been separated for (more)
The Holiday Studio Tour begins on Friday, December first, and it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays are changing with the colors of the season. The branding initiative that rolled out for the tour in June, continues to highlight the region with signature multi-colored Toe River Arts logos. (more)
The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children will once again be selling fresh Fraser Fir Christmas wreaths as a fundraiser for the Imagination Library! Through the Imagination Library, young children in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties receive a FREE book in the mail, every month from birth through their 5th birthday. You can help support this exciting children’s literacy project by purchasing a wreath for $20 from the Partnership for Children. To order your wreaths, call 682-0717 or 733-2899. Orders are put in on Monday of each week, and they will be available the following Friday. Orders for pick up on Wed 11/22 before Thanksgiving need to be in before noon on 11/17. Pick up is available in Burnsville, Newland and Spruce Pine.
The 13th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is looking for original artwork to use as the image on bookmarks, posters, advertisements, note cards and all publicity for the Festival on September 6,7,8 in Burnsville, NC.Artists of all ages may create and submit a high resolution photograph or a high resolution photograph of a painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, computer generated or art in any medium. The art must be attention grabbing and fit this year's theme: Surface and Rise. To see examples of past bookmarks and for complete contest rules and submission guidelines, go to www.cmlitfest.org and click on “Art Contest." Submission deadline is February 1, 2018.
The Yancey Senior Center presents a fabulous Holiday Festival of Lights in Historic Charleston! Date of Trip will be November 29 thru December 1, 2017 and the price is only $375.00 per person double occupancy! The 3 day/2 night package includes: 2 nights’ hotel accommodations; 2 breakfasts at the hotel and 2 dinners to include Dinner at The Charleston Crab House on Beautiful James Island. You will see the James Island Holiday Festival of Lights, one of the most spectacular holiday lights show in the country with over 2 million lights to provide you with an enchanting 3 mile driving tour. In addition to the tour, there are marshmallow roasts, gift shops, gingerbread houses, holiday sand sculpture and a life size greeting card display. You will also have a guided tour of Charleston and have a tour of the Nathaniel Russell House which has a magnificent free-flying staircase. You will also be able to explore Charleston’s Historic City Market. Deluxe motorcoach transportation, baggage handling and meal, driver and guide gratuities are also included in this one low price! For information and/or reservations, please contact Vivian Hollifield at 682-6011.
It’s only the very beginning of the holiday season in the mountains, but already leaves have turned brilliant and fallen, holiday get-togethers are being planned and the Toe River Arts Studio Tour Participant Exhibition is about to begin—November 18 at their Spruce Pine facility at 269 (more)