Winter 2015

Mountain Melodies: The Music Never Stops

Mountain Melodies: The Music Never Stops

From teacher to Buddhist monk, Larry Joe Hall’s musical repertoire proves to be as diverse as his personal journey. By ANITA STIEFEL The residents of Mentone, Ala., are known as an eclectic collection of folks from all walks of life – business owners, farmers, artists and artisans, chefs, poets, musicians – and even a Buddhist monk.
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What’s Cookin’: Daring to be Different

What’s Cookin’: Daring to be Different

Sluggo’s North serves delicious, all-vegan fare among a casual atmosphere that draws customers from all walks of life. Story and photos by JOHN DERSHAM Chattanooga is a popular tourist destination thanks to its history, natural beauty and a decades-long urban redevelopment that includes the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater and other contemporary attractions. But at the heart
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The Homestead: Breezy Escape

The Homestead: Breezy Escape

A historic summer home that once belonged to Martha Berry is the perfect getaway for a Rainbow City couple. Story by ELIZABETH MANNING, Photos by RANDY GRIDER When John and Kathy McFarland began their search for a second home, they planned on a move-in ready, newer place on the brow of Lookout Mountain. The Rainbow City,
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Nature’s Path: Simply Gorge’ous

Nature’s Path: Simply Gorge’ous

Pisgah Gorge offers breathtaking views, stunning waterfalls and an overall sense of enchantment. Story by MEREDITH CUMMINGS, Photos by RALPH EDMONDS “It’s like an enchanted forest from a German fairytale,” is the thought that pops into my head when I visit Pisgah Gorge for the first time. But unlike The Brothers Grimm’s oft dark and sometimes macabre
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Life on Lookout Mountain

Life on Lookout Mountain

Story and photos by JOHN DERSHAM As this issue of Lookout Alabama hits the bookstores and mailboxes, autumn is waning. Halloween and Thanksgiving are recent memories. The beautiful fall splendor with its bright foliage and sparkling cool sunny days is over once again. The leaves are gone now, the skies are overcast more often and the
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Kid’s View: Underwater Journey

Kid’s View: Underwater Journey

Explore rivers and oceans in a fun learning environment at the Tennessee Aquarium. By CADEN GRIDER, age 13 The oceans and rivers of our planet are in many ways the world’s greatest mysteries. Humans have explored only about 5 percent of these waters, yet they make up about 70 percent of Earth’s surface. Still, there’s
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Inn for the Night: Spiritual Oasis

Inn for the Night: Spiritual Oasis

The Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff blends elegance with nature’s beauty and a powerful sense of community. By MEREDITH CUMMINGS Few communities are so amiable they seem like a living, breathing being – complete with a personality. From the moment I step foot into the hamlet’s signature and picturesque six-suite inn – simply named the Lodge – my three-page-and-counting,
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History Book: Legend of Tarzan White

History Book: Legend of Tarzan White

Tiny Jamestown’s most famous resident was a star football player, champion wrestler, scholar and colorful mailman. By LARUE HARDINGER It takes a special man to shoulder both a christened name honoring a World War I hero and a nickname depicting an iconic adventurer of the wild. But Arthur Pershing “Tarzan” White’s real-world accomplishments, coupled with a
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Good Works: Grantmakers for a Better Future

Good Works: Grantmakers for a Better Future

The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama serves a nine-county region through community partnerships, grants and philanthropy. By CARRIE ALEXANDER More than 60 tornadoes swept across Alabama on April 27, 2011, with devastating effects. Lives were lost and many homes were damaged or destroyed, with homeowners’ possessions scattered. The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama was there to
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Folklore: Carrying Albert Home

Folklore: Carrying Albert Home

The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator By HOMER HICKAM (the younger) Editor’s note: This is an excerpt (the introduction) from author Hickam’s latest novel. Billed as “Big Fish” meets “The Notebook,” this classic love triangle is a hilarious, sweet and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special
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Feature: Tripping the Back Roads

Feature: Tripping the Back Roads

Northeast Alabama scenic byways traverse amazing scenery, small-town charms and historic sites. By RANDY GRIDER Northeast Alabama’s diverse geography, natural wonders, history and charming towns rival those of any other area in the Southeast. It’s all here for the taking – requiring only your time and willingness to explore. Making it even easier are designated roadways
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Doing Business Here: Green is Golden

Doing Business Here: Green is Golden

Turf Tamer’s roots began as a summer job for a medical-school-bound teen. Today it’s one of the region’s most successful landscaping companies. Story by RANDY GRIDER, Photos courtesy of TURF TAMER In the winter of 1994, Lee Buffington was knocking on doors around Fort Payne, Ala., asking residents if he could cut their grass. It
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Feature: Grape Expectations

Feature: Grape Expectations

Maraella founders overcome personal obstacles and defy naysayers to become Alabama’s first winery to produce a cabernet sauvignon. Story and photos by MEREDITH CUMMINGS When Jim Lee was growing up near Hokes Bluff, Ala ., his mother, Jennie Lou, would make fruitcakes that were legendary in these parts. To keep those fruitcakes moist, she soaked them in wine made
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Publisher’s Column: Demand Better

Publisher’s Column: Demand Better

Click here to view this article as a PDF Lawmakers seem to have forgotten Alabama’s state parks were not meant to be profit centers, but were created to preserve natural resources and for the enjoyment of the public. by RANDY GRIDER There is only one way to say it – the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Robert Bentley
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Artist’s Spotlight: Bridging the Past

Artist’s Spotlight: Bridging the Past

Tammy Beane reproduces early Native American pottery for museums using a mix of prehistoric techniques and her own self-taught skills. Story and photos by STEVEN STIEFEL How many people can say that their job is keeping 4,000-year-old traditions alive? Tammy Beane does just that, creating reproductions of prehistoric and early historic pottery from the southern United States for museums and
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