Fall 2014

Treasure Trove

Treasure Trove

  The Unclaimed Baggage Center lures fashionistas, bargain hunters and the curious from around the  world. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by RANDY GRIDER The old adage “finders keepers” is certainly the case at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., where shopping enthusiasts from around the world come searching for deals. The unusual shopping
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Nature’s Path: A Cut Above

Nature’s Path: A Cut Above

Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon State Park boasts a 1,000-foot gorge with awe-inspiring views and amazing waterfalls atop Lookout Mountain. by RANDY GRIDER There are no fancy slogans or catch phrases to promote Cloudland Canyon State Park. Its mystical name is just enough to provide a hint that there is something different here. No need to cheapen
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Feature: Home in Alabama

Feature: Home in Alabama

The Alabama Fan Club and Museum serves as home base for loyal followers of one of country music’s most successful acts and a place for anyone to learn more about the band. story and photos by RANDY GRIDER The Alabama Fan Club and Museum is cherished ground for fans whom many describe as the most
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Tying the Knot: Mountaintop Wedding

Tying the Knot: Mountaintop Wedding

Atlanta couple celebrate their new life together at a secluded, wooded venue that includes Preston House and the iconic Mentone Wedding Chapel. by BRETT JAILLET After Grace Ong and Lucas Moore got engaged, they began the hunt for just the right spot to say their vows. The Atlanta residents wanted a place driving distance from
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The Homestead: Diamond in the Rough

The Homestead: Diamond in the Rough

The ramshackle structure David and Carol Beddingfield planned to tear down after purchasing property solely for its view encased a historic log cabin the couple has turned into a mountaintop showpiece. by ELIZABETH MANNING | photos by Ansley Grider, Olivia Grider and Angie Beddingfield Wilson For David an Carol Beddingfield, quality living all depends on
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Folklore: The Phantom Cavalry of Little River Canyon

Folklore: The Phantom Cavalry of Little River Canyon

 Click here to view this article as a PDF by GREG STARNES Little river canyon is an awesomely beautiful natural phenomenon situated in DeKalb and Cherokee counties in northeast Alabama. At 500 to 600 feet, it is one of the deepest gorges east of the Rocky Mountains, and stretches for a distance of 12 miles.
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What’s Cookin’: Unassuming Excellence

What’s Cookin’: Unassuming Excellence

Canyon Grill’s perfect mix of fine foods and casual atmosphere makes the  restaurant worth the drive for any occasion. story by MEREDITH CUMMINGS | photos by MEREDITH CUMMINGS and RANDY GRIDER f not for the chef’s coat, Jason Greer’s boyish looks might have first time visitors to Canyon Grill mistaking him for the host or
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Inn for the Night: Ritz on the Rocks

Inn for the Night: Ritz on the Rocks

Ritz on the Rocks boasts a mix of eclectic charm and luxury amongst amazing vistas. story by GREGG TERRY | photos by STEVEN STIEFEL and RANDY GRIDER As a native Alabamian and one who has seen a good share of “Alabama the Beautiful” in my 50-something years, I must say Mentone and the Appalachian-foothills region are now at
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Publisher’s Note: Moments in Time

Publisher’s Note: Moments in Time

Lookout Mountain’s haunting beauty is a sensory wonderland that needs to be experienced firsthand.  Click here to view this article as a PDF As dawn is breaking, I slip quietly out of the yurt as not to wake my family. My goal is to capture a few photos of the early sunlight striking the western rim
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Mountain Melodies:  Far and Wide

Mountain Melodies: Far and Wide

Russell Gulley’s musical roots run through legendary Muscle Shoals and around the world, but some of his greatest accomplishments are playing out close to home. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photo by STEVEN STIEFEL Russell Gulley’s musical portfolio is diverse to say the least. Pick a hat – songwriter, educator, folklorist, music historian, artist-in-residence, arts council
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Kid’s View: Urban Adventure

Kid’s View: Urban Adventure

High Point Climbing and Fitness offers beginners and skilled climbers opportunities to reach new heights. by ANSLEY GRIDER, AGE 14, AND CADEN GRIDER, AGE 12 | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER and High Point Climbing and Fitness

History Book: A Rock for the Ages

History Book: A Rock for the Ages

The last deed of energetic and resilient Renaissance man Milford Howard was to build Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel as a tribute to his first wife. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN/Photos by Olivia Grider and Brittney Hughes; historic photos courtesy DeSoto State Park “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds ...With consistency a great soul
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Artist Spotlight: Between Folk and Fine

Artist Spotlight: Between Folk and Fine

Suzan Buckner, along with her ‘nature boy’ husband Chuck, pushes creative boundaries with a soulful blend of whimsical and introspective styles. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN MEETING SUZAN BUCKNER, WATCHING HER EYES dance as she talks about painting and her hands shape the air as if they hold a brush, it is hard to believe that until a
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Doing Buisness Here: Where Pretty Plants Get Their Start

Doing Buisness Here: Where Pretty Plants Get Their Start

Dixie Green grows a plethora of decorative plants that adorn homes, businesses and some of the most popular places in the Southeast. by OLIVIA GRIDER/photos by Debra Davis/Alabama Farmers Federation and Olivia Grider This is a critical time for poinsettias, Hank Richardson explains as he picks up a small plastic pot – one of thousands
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Fall 2014: Life on Lookout Mountain

Fall 2014: Life on Lookout Mountain

text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM There is something about the changing seasons that stimulates the senses to take a journey back in time to other years, to reminisce about those things in life that occur with each season. Fall makes me think about summer ending and going back to school. I still think about
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