Here’s a sneak preview at what’s coming up in the Aug. 20 edition of the Mountain Xpress. Stories this week include a profile of the defenders of the downtown magnolia tree threatened by development; a look at a new Asheville business that creates video tributes to the deceased; a look at the recent raid on illegal immigrants at the Mills Manufacturing plant; and the usual assortment of columns and arts & entertainment features.
This week’s cover story focuses on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, an ongoing study with the ambitious goal of cataloging all life forms within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Begun in 1997, the wide-ranging inventory is funded by private nonprofits and the National Park Service.
This week’s edition also includes everything you need to know about how to vote in Xpress’ popular Best of WNC balloting, which begins on Wednesday and runs through Sept. 12.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor