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  • Welcome to the Great Smoky 
    Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earns 7 Oscar nominations Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earns 7 Oscar nominations

    The movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," is a film partially shot around the Sylva area during the summer of 2016 and was released to a worldwide audience in late 2017.

    The Martin McDonagh film features such stars as Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage. It has not only received high praise, but garnered many of the industry's highest award nominations and recognition.

    On Monday, Dec. 11 the movie picked up six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director - Martin McDonagh, Best Actress - Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell, Best Screenplay, and Best Score. On Sunday, Jan. 7, the film was awarded four awards from those six nominations, including one for Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).

    On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the film earned four more award nominations from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), including Best Ensemble, Best Actress - Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell, and Best Supporting Actor - Woody Harrelson." On Jan. 21, it won three Screen Actors Guild Awards from the four nominations including Best Ensemble, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).

    On Jan. 23, the film earned seven Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), two for Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson), Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay! The Academy Awards will be presented in front of a worldwide television audience on Sunday, March 4. Stay tuned!

    On Sunday, Feb. 18 the film earned five British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

    For up to date listings of where and when the movie is playing across the country, visit the website http://tickets.threebillboardsthemovie.com/. For a brochure to see where parts of the film were shot in Jackson County, download a quick reference guide HERE.

  • Harris Regional Hospital opens state of the art Emergency Department Harris Regional Hospital opens state of the art Emergency Department

    Harris Regional Hospital opened the doors on its new Emergency Department in late 2017. The new facility began serving patients in mid-November.

    Construction on the project began in October 2015. The facility is positioned on the east end of the hospital and features nearly 17,000 sq. ft., more than quadrupling the size of the current emergency department. The new space has 15 private treatment rooms. Four of the rooms can be used for patients with psychiatric illnesses awaiting transfer to behavioral health facilities. All of the rooms are designed to become easily expandable to accommodate procedures requiring additional space. One of the rooms is dedicated to receiving patients arriving by ambulance.

    “Our state-of-the-art emergency department represents our continued commitment to taking care of our community during emergent situations and beyond with acute, post-acute, primary and subspecialty care,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

    The emergency department opening is part of an overall expansion for Harris Regional Hospital which includes the purchase of five new ambulances to serve Jackson County, the completion of the New Generations Family Birthing Center in November, diagnostic cardiac catheterization which began in August, and the addition of 15 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners serving patients in a number of specialties.

    For more information visit www.myharrisregional.com or call 828-586-7000.

  • Hair metal icon Bret Michaels coming to Cherokee March 10 Hair metal icon Bret Michaels coming to Cherokee March 10

    Bret Michaels will be performing at Harrah's Cherokee Casino's Event Center on Saturday, March 10. Bret Michaels has been in the pop culture consciousness for 30 years now. He burst onto the scene as a hair metal superstar with his band Poison. As the lead singer of the outfit, Michaels rose to fame on the hallowed Sunset Strip in the mid-1980s. He was a bigger-than-life character with huge hair and glam makeup.

    And then there are the songs. Poison has sold more than 40 million records, has had six Top 10 singles and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” reached No. 1. Michaels reinvented himself as a reality television star with the popular dating show "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels."

    He now delves between his hair metal classics like “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” Something To Believe In” and “Talk Dirty To Me” and his more modern work as a country rocker. See for yourself why Bret Michaels is such a great performer at The Event Center on March 10. For tickets, visit https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee/shows.

  • Greening Up the Mountains festival accepting vendor applications Greening Up the Mountains festival accepting vendor applications

    Artists, mountain crafters, and environmental and food vendors are invited to reserve their space for the 21st annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Greening Up The Mountains is the premiere spring festival for Western North Carolina. The festival, sponsored by the Town of Sylva, will once again take place in historical downtown Sylva, where demonstrating visual artists and traditional crafters will be joined by a mountain community to celebrate a new spring season in the mountains.

    Daylong events will be held on Main Street and Bridge Park, beginning with a 5K race sponsored by the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department. Children’s activities, demonstrations, a youth talent contest and live performances by a wide variety of Jackson County musicians will be featured throughout the day.

    Applications can be downloaded from the website, www.greeningupthemountains.com, and  will be accepted through April 1, 2018. For more information, call 828-554-1035 or e-mail greeningupthemountains@gmail.com.

  • Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping. Jackson county creek

    Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses. 

    Dillsboro LuminariesJourney back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.

    When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.


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