Spring 2015

Nature’s Path: Legend of the Falls

Nature’s Path: Legend of the Falls

  Gadsden’s picturesque park offers mystery, historical perspectives and a wide array of outdoor activities to complement views of its fascinating focal point. by OLIVIA GRIDER Growing up in a home daycare is a curious experience. It’s like having four to six siblings who disappear at night and on weekends. Life in our relatively small
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Artist Spotlight: Drawing on the Past

Artist Spotlight: Drawing on the Past

Cloud Farrow’s dedication to capturing minute detail in his depictions of nature and historical structures stems from previous careers. story by OLIVIA GRIDER Cloud Farrow offers his hands as a medium for understanding his approach to life and work. Every finger has a piece missing or is deformed in some way, results of the years he
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History Book: Hallowed Beauty

History Book: Hallowed Beauty

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park memorializes some of the fiercest battles of the American Civil War in a setting that is incongruently peaceful and pastoral. story by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER Without historical markers to check her, nature reclaims these grounds where men struggled against one another with passionate fury.
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Doing Business: Tastes Like… A Brighter Future

Doing Business: Tastes Like… A Brighter Future

By infusing raisins with other natural fruit flavors, Amazing Fruit Products-US is creating a healthy, popular snack and working to generate much-needed jobs. story and photos by OLIVIA GRIDER Not often can two major problems confronting society or a community be addressed with a single solution. It’s even rarer for an individual or group with the
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Feature: Respite and Renewal

Feature: Respite and Renewal

Built by a country music legend and owned by the family of a popular restaurant chain founder, The Summit is a mountainous haven offering relaxing group getaways. story by ELIZABETH MANNING | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER Tucked atop a wooded ridge between Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain in Fort Payne, Ala., is a secluded estate
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Kid’s View: Little River Canyon Hiking

Kid’s View: Little River Canyon Hiking

Little River Canyon National Preserve offers adventure and amazing scenery. by CADEN GRIDER, AGE 12 | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER and JOHN DERSHAM First of all, I would like to express the pure beauty of Little River Canyon. It is like jumping into a piece of art – but jump carefully and watch where you
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Inn for the Night: Pioneers Rest

Inn for the Night: Pioneers Rest

Bear Creek Cabins offers authentic, hand-hewn vacation cabins nestled on a picturesque working farm. by RANDY GRIDER | photos by Olivia and Randy Grider and courtesy Bear Creek Cabins Driving onto the property that houses Bear Creek Cabins, you know you are entering something very different and special. The labyrinth of rocks on the right
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Mountain Melodies: No Boundaries

Mountain Melodies: No Boundaries

Curtis Strange’s soulful sound and extensive portfolio encompass a range of genres. story by RANDY GRIDER | photos by STEVEN STIEFEL and RANDY GRIDER Curtis Strange is an everyman’s musician. With a seemingly infinite playlist of songs from almost any genre, he is a virtual Pandora of musical entertainment. In fact, I’ve tested him on
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Life on Lookout Mountain: Spring 2015

Life on Lookout Mountain: Spring 2015

text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM Oh, how I love spring. I can’t wait to feel the first warm winds that blow in, sporadically at first, in March and gradually become more frequent. The feel of a breeze on a warm day in April is something I look forward to each year, and when it
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Special Occasions: History with a View

Special Occasions: History with a View

Cragsmere Manor atop Lookout Mountain has begun a new life – one of many – as a venue for vacations, weddings and other events. story by LARUE HARDINGER | photos by ABRAHAM ROWE PHOTOGRAPHY and OLIVIA GRIDER If only the 150-year-old hand-hewn log walls of Cragsmere Manor could talk. Since it was built around 1860,
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Feature: Family Affair

Feature: Family Affair

Alabama band member Teddy Gentry and daughter Sally talk about fame, family, songwriting and Lookout Mountain roots as Sally makes her debut as a professional lyricist. by LARUE HARDINGER For more than four decades, Lookout Mountain native Teddy Wayne Gentry has been bassist, singer and songwriter for the legendary band Alabama, the most awarded group
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The Homestead: Historic Treasure

The Homestead: Historic Treasure

A Cave Spring, Ga., couple’s Civil War-era home is rich with history and full of their vast collections of art and antiques. story and photos by BRETT JAILLET When Dianna and Eric Haney purchased their Civil War-era home in Cave Spring, Ga., they knew they had found a place ripe with stories from the past
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What’s Cookin: Farm to Table with a Twist

What’s Cookin: Farm to Table with a Twist

TerraMae Appalachian Bistro builds its seasonal dishes with locally produced ingredients, starting with traditional recipes and infusing them with global character. story and photos by STEVEN STIEFEL Terramae Appalachian Bistro is one of the most popular restaurants in Chattanooga, Tenn., because the staff does things a bit differently. The foods seem familiar, but an emphasis
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Publisher’s Note: Historically Speaking…

Publisher’s Note: Historically Speaking…

The Lookout Mountain region has an exciting and diverse heritage beyond facts and figures. History – the bane of most high school students’ existence. Truly, the way we usually are taught history, it can be a bore. Dates and names of leaders, battles and seemingly infinite lists of who conquered whom. From inside the four
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Good Works: Challenges Met

Good Works: Challenges Met

Horseback riding at a northeast Alabama farm offers physical therapy, recreation, increased confidence and positive social experiences for individuals with special needs. story and photography by JOHN DERSHAM “To fly…to feel / To touch…to breath / To laugh…to soar / To overcome…to relax / To prove them wrong / To belong…to feel strong / To
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Shop Around: Handmade Finds

Shop Around: Handmade Finds

The Lookout Mountain region is the home or inspiration of countless artists and craftspeople. Here’s a small sampling of their work. Click here to view this article as a PDF METAL SCULPTURE BY CHRIS BECK Dress, $980; Flower, $200 Commissions accepted chrisbeckart.com 706-463-8187 JEWELRY AND PURSE BY ANGELA JEFFERY GRIZZARD Coral and Silver Cross Necklace
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