Child Stress Should be Addressed in Current Climate

By Beth Lawrence, The Sylva Herald In a crisis, worried parents sometimes forget that children also experience stress and anxiety. There are some things parents should understand and steps they can take to help children cope with the uncertainty of the COVID-19...

New Jackson County Declarations Lay Out Rules

By Dave Russell, The Sylva Herald Jackson County officials have issued several supplements to the March 16 Declaration of Emergency. That declaration allowed the county to track expenses for possible future reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or...

WCU brings much-needed surgical masks to area

A chat room conversation between colleagues at Western Carolina University with ties to China led to fast action that is putting surgical masks into the hands of front-line health workers in the region’s smaller care facilities. Yue Cai Hillon, professor of...

Schools Adjust to changing Covid-19 Orders

Jessie Stone & Contributing Writer Hannah McLeod, Smoky Mountain News (portion of a larger article) Jackson County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Angie Dills said the district is responding to the new state guidance by helping teachers connect with students...

WCU professor discusses finding a COVID-19 vaccine

Smoky Mountain News, Admin As a professor in Western Carolina University’s Department of Biology who specializes in immunology and infectious diseases, Mack Powell finds the COVID-19 pandemic particularly interesting. The virus has rapidly spread across the world,...

District Attorney says Justice Continues

Smoky Mountain News, Administration District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said Tuesday the judicial system remains open for business with measures in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic. “The health and well-being of employees and community members we serve is...

Mental Health Wellness Tips For Quarantine

Margie Donlon, psychologist: After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all. I can’t control a lot of what is going...

SMHS Announces Remote Learning Starts March 31

Smoky Mountain High School weekly newsletter: Remote Learning Begins Tuesday Remote learning for all Jackson County Public Schools students begins on Tuesday, Mar. 31. Teachers have been working hard to make contact with all of their students and to prepare...

Fontana Regional Extends Library Closures

Administration, Smoky Mountain News All Fontana Regional Library locations in Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties will remain closed through April 15. The date of re-opening is not definite but will be guided by ongoing public health advice and evolving state and local...

Jackson Requires New Arrivals to Quarantine

by Holly Kays, Smoky Mountain News Jackson County is now requiring anybody entering from another state or country to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, along with all household members. Anyone entering Jackson County from outside North Carolina borders is expected...

Jackson County Health Department Guidelines

Our Health Department just sent out this latest update and answers to questions I have been asked frequently the past two days. IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Please follow these guidelines and stay well. Sincerely, Gayle Woody, Jackson County Commissioner MARCH 25,...

Blue Ridge Pkwy Partial Closing

Blue Ridge Parkway has been partially closed from Soco Gap Overlook through Cherokee as of 3/15.  For further information with updated map & alerts can be found at Blue Ridge Parkway Closures.

Be Wary of Door-to-Door COVID-19 Scammers!

By Josh Stein, Attorney General CONSUMER ALERT Be wary of door-to-door coronavirus scammers Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Our office has received reports of scammers going door to door in neighborhoods selling coronavirus testing kits and cleaning supplies. This activity...