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The Middle Prong stream along the Ramsey Cascades Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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January 23, 2015, No comments

Scientists have determined the Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains 2,900 miles of streams. Of those, 1,073 miles of streams are large enough to support fish.

2015 economic tier designations WNC

Economic tier designations change for 3 WNC counties

January 13, 2015, Comments Off

Every year since 2007, the N.C. Department of Commerce reviews the overall economic conditions for all of North Carolina's 100 counties. The departmen ...

Unemployment rates for November 2014, the most-recent data available. Map courtesy of the N.C. Division of Employment Security

7 WNC counties post uptick in joblessness

January 9, 2015, Comments Off

In four others, unemployment in November stayed the same, according to the latest data from the N.C. Division of Employment Security.

NCGA website redesign

NC legislature’s revamped website widens window on state government

January 6, 2015, Comments Off

As the North Carolina General Assembly heads into a new legislative session next week, the basics of its work — and some of the nitty-gritty details ...

  • A screen shot of the interactive Mountains-to-Sea State Trail map. Click here to view the map.
    Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    The 1,000-mile trail corridor will ultimately link Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast.

  • October 2014 unemployment across Western North Carolina. Map via the N.C. Division of Employment Security
    For joblessness, WNC is a region of extremes
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    According to newly released data tracking October's unemployment rates across the state's 100 counties, Western North Carolina makes the headlines.

  • September 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    September unemployment falls across WNC
    November 10, 2014, Comments Off

    Monthly data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce shows that September may have been a good month for job seekers across most - but not all - of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina.