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

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earning awards & more nominations Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earning awards & more nominations

    The movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," 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 received high praise and Oscar buzz at several international showings.

    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).

    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

    The community had its first look at the new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., on Monday, October 30. The new facility began serving patients in mid-November. The open house featured tours, a ribbon-cutting, and light refreshments.

    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 will have 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.

    “We’re excited to be completing our new emergency department and thrilled to invite the community in to see it before it opens,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “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.”

    Plans for a new emergency department have been in existence for more than a decade. Prior to the acquisition of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital by Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014, the hospitals’ foundation raised funds generously donated by the community to develop plans for the project. The agreement with Duke LifePoint included $11 million to kick-off construction and complete the emergency department.

    “It was very important to our Board that we build a new emergency department for our community. We had simply outgrown the space we had been using for nearly 30 years. What we have now is what our community deserves, and we are grateful to so many who kept this vision central to our hospitals’ development,” Heatherly said.

    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, a new CT scanner for Swain Community Hospital, 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.

  • Country outlaw Jamey Johnson returns to Cherokee Jan. 26 Country outlaw Jamey Johnson returns to Cherokee Jan. 26

    Grammy-nominated country artist Jamey Johnson brings his signature sound to Harrah’s Cherokee Resort at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. The talented singer and songwriter has co-written some of the biggest country hits for artists like Trace Adkins, George Strait and Willie Nelson.

    In 2006, Johnson released his first solo album, “The Dollar.” This album produced two Top 10 singles, “In Color” and “High Cost of Living,” catapulting him from songwriter in the background to star in his own right. Get your tickets now for this Harrah’s Cherokee concert and come hear this Academy of Country Music Award winner perform live at The Event Center.

    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 email 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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