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Mountain Melodies: Original Sound

Mountain Melodies: Original Sound

After a transitional period of self-discovery, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Keef is emerging as a solo artist by playing his music his way. by ANITA STIEFEL If you don’t recognize his name, you will soon. Ryan Keef has established himself as one of northeast Alabama’s premier performing musicians, and with the recent release of
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The Homestead: Consummate Host

The Homestead: Consummate Host

For Tommy Milham, ‘settling down’ on Lookout Mountain has involved building three cabins and a lake – and sharing his property with vacationers he quickly calls friends. story by LARUE HARDINGER | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER and Salil V Photography Tommy Milham is a robust, jovial lover of people – and his constant companion, Bo, a
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What’s Cookin': Local Favorite

What’s Cookin': Local Favorite

Using only word-of-mouth advertising, Kati Thai Cuisine is hooking a growing number of customers who shower praise on the restaurant’s authentic dishes made from fresh ingredients and cooked when ordered. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by ANITA STIEFEL and RANDY GRIDER Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect when I walked through the door because the
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Doing Buisness: Southern Brew

Doing Buisness: Southern Brew

Back Forty Beer Company leads Alabama’s craft-beer industry by cultivating a homegrown philosophy. by RANDY GRIDER Jason Wilson’s product line might be craft beers, but what he is really marketing is something deeply ingrained in his roots – Southern culture. The founder and chief executive of one of the fastest growing businesses in his native Gadsden, Ala.,
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Feature: Buy, Sell or Barter

Feature: Buy, Sell or Barter

Thousands flock each week to Collinsville Trade Day, a culturally unique event featuring one-of-a-kind items and just about everything else. story and photos by RANDY GRIDER Growing up on rural Sand Mountain, the 20-mile trip to Collinsville (Ala.) Trade Day offered an opportunity to find the necessities of life – camo, rappelling rope, a prop for
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Inn for the Night: Rejuvenating Retreat

Inn for the Night: Rejuvenating Retreat

DeSoto State Park offers a wide range of lodging options, giving guests of all stripes – even those who insist on modern conveniences – an opportunity to commune with nature. story by MEREDITH CUMMINGS | photos by BRITTNEY HUGHES and MEREDITH CUMMINGS To say I am not an outdoorsy person would be an understatement. I’ve
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