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Kid’s View: Shady Grove Dude Ranch

Kid’s View: Shady Grove Dude Ranch

You can ride horses through beautiful scenery during a short visit or stay awhile and relax and unplug in a rustic cabin. by ANSLEY GRIDER, AGE 14 Shady Grove Dude Ranch was established in 1972 and is perched atop Lookout Mountain close to Mentone, Ala. It includes 800 acres of gorgeous wildernesses wound with delightful trails for hiking and,
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Doing Business: Recycling the Past

Doing Business: Recycling the Past

James & Company preserves history and saves trees by giving salvaged, antique-wood products a second life. by OLIVIA GRIDER | photos by RANDY and OLIVIA GRIDER “He looks like an ol’ hippie,” one of Donnie James’ customers tells me with a grin the day before I am to meet the founder of James & Company, a pioneer
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Mountain Melodies: Inspired Soul

Mountain Melodies: Inspired Soul

With a newly formed band, a first album due out soon and a head-turning voice full of raw emotion, Jess Goggans is finding her way as a musician. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by STEVEN STIEFEL In Northeast Alabama, the name Goggans is associated with music, and up-and-comer Jess Goggans is no exception. The 31-year-old Fort Payne native
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Lookout Tennessee: All Aboard

Lookout Tennessee: All Aboard

Recapture the romance and adventure of train travel’s glory days while riding the rails on a rolling museum. story by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN | photos by BARBARA ADKINS and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Among my earliest memories is that of the Lionel model train set that surrounded my cousins’ Christmas tree each year. It whistled and wound itself over bridges, through tunnels
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Artist Spotlight: Family Craft

Artist Spotlight: Family Craft

A small, hickory-furniture company led by patriarch Phil Faircloth has big-time reach, with celebrities and national chains clamoring for its work. story and photos by STEVEN STIEFEL For more than a quarter of a century, Phil Faircloth and his clan have made a living off the land by operating Appalachian Rustic Furnishings in Wildwood, Ga. Faircloth traded
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Feature: Place To Be

Feature: Place To Be

A coffee shop, café, ice-cream parlor, art gallery and entertainment venue rolled into one, The Spot is a popular hangout for area visitors and natives. by ANITA STIEFEL Lori and Justin Sweeney aptly named the business they opened in downtown Fort Payne, Ala., in April 2013. The Spot quickly became the place to be for young
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