Community Notes:

A road by any other name?
It was a celebration, of sorts, with a whole lot of kidding going on, when "The Committee," a group of friends who gather each morning at Atlanta Bread Company, came with a cake in honor of Bo Henry.

The celebration was to pay tribute to Bo, who recently had a road named in his honor. But, as is usual with the group, some good-natured kidding accompanied the celebration. First, there was the cake, beautifully decorated with a paved road, two cars, tractor and fence. Then, the admonishment by the road: "Please don’t trash it."

But the best was the "name" of the road written on the cake: Clifford Bo Henry Memorial Highway. When someone pointed out that "memorial" highways are for folks who have passed on, the quips were quick.

"Well," one friend said, "we don’t want Bo costing the county any money. This way, they won’t ever have to change the sign."

Pictured from left above, with the cake, are Lynn Kidd, Bo Henry, Dick Ray, Bob Henry and Bob Russell.

Heritage Center to host Field School course
Experience what is was like to be a resident of an East Tennessee mountain community through a new Smoky Mountain Field School course titled "Culture and History of the Smoky Mountains."

Hope Whitehead, curator at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, will instruct the non-credit course on Saturday, June 9.

In addition to learning about the history of Cades Cove and Tuckaleechee Cove (what is now Townsend), participants will tour the Heritage Center and cook their own lunch over an open-hearth fire.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Heritage Center, located on East Lamar

Alexander Parkway near the entrance to the national park. The course fee is $59 and includes materials needed for lunch, as well as take-home supplies to make cornbread, and a pioneer toy.

During a visit to Cades Cove, former Cove residents will speak about their life. Docents will also guide participants through the Heritage Center and assist them in cooking their lunch.

"Culture and History of the Smoky Mountains" brings together the Smoky Mountain Field School and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for the first time. The Field School is an educational partnership of the University of Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park; the Heritage Center opened in 2006 in Townsend.

Register online at or call 865-974-0150. For more information on the Heritage Center, call 865-448-0044.

Sunset Music series premiers with Christabel & The Jons
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Sunset Concert Series premiers with Christabel & The Jons, from 7 - 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26. This is the second year of the series presented in the outdoor amphitheater of the Heritage Center, and
six weekly concerts are scheduled.

One of the fastest rising groups in the Knoxville music scene, Christabel & The Jons is a Southern swing quartet that blends vintage songs that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s with their own modern originals. Their music is acoustic and colorful, a mix of blues, swing, and Appalachian folk. Lead singer and guitarist Christa DeCicco steals hearts with her sensual vocals, come-hither delivery and charismatic stage presence. The Jons are Jon Whitlock (drums, vocals), Mischa Goldman (bass, vocals), Seth Hopper (fiddle, mandolin, trumpet, bandoneon).

For more information about Christabel & The Jons, visit

Admission to this concert is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors 61 and older, and $3 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by BankEast and The Maryville Daily Times. For further information, call the Center at 865-448-0044.

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