The Rainbow to Nowhere?
Feb07

The Rainbow to Nowhere?

What happens when you finally get to the end of the rainbow and there’s no gold in the pot? Perusing the Smoky Mountain News the other day, I ran across Becky Johnson’s piece about the $52 million dollar cash settlement, an agreement supposedly signed, sealed and delivered in 2010 that would pay Swain County $52 million in lieu of a 1943 agreement promising Swain a North Shore Road along the northern shore of Fontana Lake – see:...

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Submerged
Nov22

Submerged

Often lost in the North Shore Road (Road to Nowhere) controversy were the visceral ties to community and sense of place. There is a kind of melancholy intermingled with the surreal beauty of Lake Fontana. The lake is beautiful, no doubt, but it is an unnatural beauty when one turns one’s mind to the reality. The reality is that the lake is superimposed over thousands of acres of mountain peaks and valleys. It has swallowed up three...

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