Join Friends Of The Smokies For A Half-Day Holiday Hike In Sugarlands

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - by Holly Scott
Get in the holiday spirit with Friends of the Smokies’ final Classic Hike in 2013. Join renowned hiking author and guide, Danny Bernstein, December 17 on Old Sugarlands Trail for a short day-hike to Sugarlands Cemetery and last-minute holiday shopping trip at Sugarlands Visitors Center.
 
Participants will enjoy a five-mile hike along Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). This hike is easy in difficulty with a total elevation gain of 800 feet.
     
 
Hikers will visit historic homesites, Sugarlands Cemetery and nearby Cataract Falls. Afterwards, they will warm up inside Sugarlands Visitor Center while enjoying the newly refurbished natural history exhibits. Participants can cross the last few items off their holiday shopping list in the Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop where Friends members enjoy 15% off their purchases.
 
In honor of Friends of the Smokies’ twentieth anniversary, the Sugarlands Visitor Center natural history museum will be featured on the guided hike; donations to Friends of the Smokies have helped renovate this space and improve visitor services in GSMNP.
 
This Classic Hike is $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free.  All registration donations are tax-deductible and benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program. Meeting locations for the hike will be in Asheville, Maggie Valley, and the Sugarlands Visitor Center. 
 
To register for this final 2013 Classic Hike of the Smokies, contact outreach.nc@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828 452-0720. Information about support for trail improvements in GSMNP may be found at smokiestrailsforever.org.
 


350 Unum Employees To Participate In Day Of Caring

Unum will continue its annual tradition of giving back at the Day of Caring on  Friday . 350 employees, including President and CEO Rick McKenney, will volunteer alongside students from Howard High School at the Lookout Mountain Conservancy. Employee volunteers will work in groups focused on clearing brush, laying dirt and gravel, prepping a pollinator garden and cleaning ... (click for more)

Emerging Disease Further Jeopardizes North American Frogs

A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.    Frogs and salamanders are currently among the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. The two most common frog diseases, chytridiomycosis and ranavirus ... (click for more)

School Board Approves "Partnership" With State As "Lesser Of 2 Evils"

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 7-2 to join in talks with the State Department of Education leading to a Partnership Zone for five low-performing schools. Joe Smith and David Testerman voted against the plan. Other board members said the only alternative was for the state to take over several low-performing schools under the Achievement School District in which ... (click for more)

Investors Who Lost In Dyer/Brennan Scheme Furious At Seeing Dyer At UTC Games; Attorney Says He Takes Disabled Brother To Work Games

Two victims in an investment scheme by Doug Dyer and James Brennan said they were furious to see Dyer continuing to attend UTC sporting events. Dyer is a past president of the Mocs' Quarterback Club. In two victim letters prior to the Dyer/Brennan sentencing next Friday - from Mickey McCamish and Mark E. Smith, they state that Dyer bought season tickets to UTC football and has ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Am Very Privileged

A California professor who teaches sociology at San Diego State told her students she would give each extra credit if they would participate in a “White Privilege Checklist” the other day. Understand, there is no pass or fail but, the more of the 20 statements you agree with, reveals you are “more guilty” of being white and therefore more “privileged” than those who are not. ... (click for more)