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Report: Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway generates $782 million impact

Here’s the press release from the National Park Service: Report shows visitor spending supports 11,283 jobs in local economy Asheville, NC – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 11,283 jobs in adjacent communities. […]

37th Annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, Aug. 9 & 10

From a press release: 37th Annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, Aug. 9 & 10 The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce announces the 37th Annual Sourwood Festival – August 9 and 10, 2014 in historic downtown Black Mountain. “Sourwood” is a family-oriented festival drawing over 30,000 people from all over the Southeast – many returning […]

Buncombe educator takes part in professional development institute

From press release Silver Spring, Md. (July 23, 2014) – Conni Mulligan, a Digital Learning Facilitator from Buncombe County Schools, joined 149 esteemed educators from across the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, for a prestigious week-long professional development experience hosted by Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN). The six-day DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), […]

AC-T: Officer won’t face charges in AJ Marion shooting

An Asheville police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager who led police on a lengthy foot chase following a residential break-in, District Attorney Ron Moore said Tuesday according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. The announcement comes nearly 10 months after 19-year-old Alexander Jamar Marion, a former star running back at Reynolds […]

Clear Channel Asheville introduces new station 97.7 The Brew

From a press release: Clear Channel Asheville introduces new station 97.7 The Brew Beer City USA welcomes its freshest brew with The New 97.7 The Brew. The Brew plays everything, featuring artists like Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Boston, Lady Antebellum, Madonna, Nirvana, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, One Direction, U2 and beyond! Clear Channel General Manager Bill […]

Report says tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $782 million in economic benefit

Report shows visitor spending supports 11,283 jobs in local economy From press release: Asheville, NC – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 11,283 jobs in adjacent communities. The 2013 economic benefit figures are […]

Asheville Area Arts Council announces Color Ball date, location and theme

From a newsletter: Asheville Area Arts Council announces Color Ball date, location and theme In 1895, George Vanderbilt opened his Biltmore Estate. This year marked the crowning moment of years of construction. The Estate fostered a community adorned with lovers of art, beauty, and culture. The 2014 Color Ball is dedicated to the same elegance […]

Mission Health receives Duke  grant to expand  Telehealth program

  ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 22, 2014) – The Mission Center for Telehealth has received a two-year grant of more than $700,000 from The Duke Endowment to make comprehensive healthcare for children in rural communities more convenient and accessible by expanding the Health-e-Schools program, a collaborative telemedicine effort with The Center for Rural Health Innovation (CRHI). Telehealth is […]

AC-T: 10-year-old faces theft, arson charges

A 10-year-old faces 13 felony charges in connection with a string of motor vehicle break-ins and fires, Asheville Fire Department spokeswoman Kelley Klope told the Asheville Citizen-Times Monday. The child was charged with eight counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles, four counts of burning personal property and first-degree arson for the burning of an occupied building, […]

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity celebrates partnerships and dedicates homes in its “Circle of Faith”

Asheville, NC (July 21, 2014) – On Friday, August 1st at 3:30pm, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) will joyfully celebrate and dedicate homes in its Circle of Faith. The Circle is a cul-de-sac of homes built in the Swannanoa subdivision off Dennis Street that highlights Habitat’s roots as a faith-based ministry and honors long-standing faith […]

Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks volunteers at Walnut Mountain

Asheville, NC (July 21, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to participate in a work project at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Walnut Mountain open area along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. Carpooling to Walnut Mountain is available, and those interested should meet at 8 […]