Fall 2015

Doing Business Here: Sweet Success

Doing Business Here: Sweet Success

Click here to view this article as a PDF A former textile worker has turned a family recipe into a thriving enterprise. by OLIVIA GRIDER Things were not going well. The days of the textile industry, which had supported the town of Fort Payne, Ala., for almost a century, were clearly waning, and Tracy St. John Johnson’s boss,
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Artist Spotlight: Journeys in Glass

Artist Spotlight: Journeys in Glass

Through wanderings in New Zealand, Mark Leputa discovered his passion for glass art, launching a voyage that’s taken him to Alabama, Europe and a host of scenic places that supply fodder for his renowned work. by MARCIA GRUVER It is a rainy Fourth of July morning in Fort Payne, Ala., and glass artist Mark Leputa is
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Nature’s Path: Secret Hideaway

Nature’s Path: Secret Hideaway

Buck’s Pocket State Park offers amazing beauty, but just as important to many, it’s a place to get away from it all. by RANDY GRIDER Looking for a spot that's simple, peaceful and offers some amazing views? Buck’s Pocket State Park could be the perfect sanctuary you’ve been seeking. Situated along the boundaries of Alabama’s DeKalb, Marshall
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Publisher column: Keys to the City

Publisher column: Keys to the City

Fort Payne gets a new lease on the future with its Main Street Alabama designation. It seems Fort Payne, Ala., has a knack for reinventing itself. Long before its official incorporation in 1889, it was home to a sprawling Cherokee village called Willstown. It served as an important settlement as Cherokees fought in the courts to hold onto
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What’s Cookin’: Kamama Café

What’s Cookin’: Kamama Café

Kamama Café continues the evolution of a diverse venue that showcases the best of Lookout Mountain area talent. by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by STEVEN STIEFEL and RANDY GRIDER For culture-loving couple Ray and Sandra Padgett, retirement involves anything but sitting down. They are the owners of Kamama, a 5,000-square-foot art gallery, coffee shop, farm stand, music
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The Homestead: All Things Considered

The Homestead: All Things Considered

Cardiologist Dr. Sanjeev Saxena overlooked no detail during the four-year construction of his 17,400-square-foot home atop Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Ala. story by LARUE HARDINGER | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER My excitment builds as I round the immaculate  drive approaching the majestic, German-castle-inspired estate of Dr. Sanjeev Saxena, who, at 43, is one of the South’s
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Feature: Glades of Lookout Mountain

Feature: Glades of Lookout Mountain

Scout out rare plants and wondrous rock formations among the natural clearings dotting the plateau’s porous cap. story by MICHELLE REYNOLDS | photos by BOB FARLEY and MICHELLE REYNOLDS Lookout Mountain is a geological layer cake one can easily tour by car. Atop the mountain, cool springs and meandering streams converge with creeks and rivers, continually cutting through
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Mountain Melodies: Shaking Up Expectations

Mountain Melodies: Shaking Up Expectations

With surprising takes on popular tunes and an original album due out this fall, Pioneer Chicken Stand delivers crowd-pleasing performances. by ANITA STIEFEL Pioneer Chicken Stand dares you to sit still once they start playing. “It’s a high-energy, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, sing-along, good-time party,” says founding member Matty Croxton. “We like to describe our music as folk rock from ‘Deliverance’
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Life on Lookout Mountain: Fall 2015

Life on Lookout Mountain: Fall 2015

Life on Lookout Mountain text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM Here on Lookout Mountain we have a fabulous scenic byway called the Lookout Mountain Parkway. The route features historical content, scenic beauty, two state parks, one national preserve and little towns and villages with great tourist venues all along the way. Each August, it also plays host to the
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Inn for the Night: Woodsy Retreat

Inn for the Night: Woodsy Retreat

Mountain Grove Bed and Breakfast offers its guests harmony and comfort. by BRETT JAILLET When Alabama native Susan Cherones lived in Los Angeles, she hated the traffic. In fact, she’d fight the anxiety of all the stop-and-go by trying to transport herself to her happy place: Mentone, Ala. When she visited Mentone in her mind, she was an
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Kid’s View: Tigers for Tomorrow

Kid’s View: Tigers for Tomorrow

Visit animals from all over the world and help support their new home at this preserve and education center. by TRISTAN SNYDER, AGE 14 | photos by Donn Knapp, Sandy Johnson and Tristan Snyder Do you like animals? I do, especially wild animals that you don’t see every day. Tigers for Tomorrow is a great animal sanctuary you
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History Book: Cornwall Furnace

History Book: Cornwall Furnace

Cornwall Furnace Memorial Park on the banks of Weiss Lake is a picturesque place for a picnic – and for learning a saga intertwining regional history with one of the world’s most storied conflicts.  One of the pleasures of teaching history is the occasional opportunity to take students to see the actual places where great events occurred.
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Feature: NACC Theatre

Feature: NACC Theatre

On rural Sand Mountain in northeast Alabama, a community college theatre department strives to produce Broadway-caliber shows using state-of-the-art technology and an array of local talent. by RAY MACON They've brought magic to the stage. Complex details are standard parts of every show. Want to see a helicopter landing on the set? Maybe a Cadillac driving into the audience
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Tying the Knot: Wedding on the farm

Tying the Knot: Wedding on the farm

Proctor Farm in Rome, Ga., is an ideal spot for a country-chic family affair.  story by BRETT JAILLET photos by KEITH AND NEMA HEPTINSTALL and CINDY HARTER It wasn't long after Emily Dill started dating he it beau, Wes, that the couple dreamed up their perfect wedding. Emily described to her mother their vision for an outdoor wedding in the country, complete
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