Local NewsDeath at Backbone Rock

Officers responded to what’s being called an “apparent suicide” at Backbone Rock on Friday, October 24 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Investigator Gladden of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department informed The Tomahawk that “it seems that the man jumped off of Backbone Rock in an apparent suicide.”

The body of 61-year-old John Sklepowicz of Abingdon, Virginia was discovered by a group of people who were visiting the local landmark. According to police, Skelpowicz fell approximately 70-feet from the top of the rock and landed near the Backbone Rock Recreational Area off of Highway 133 in Johnson County. More...


Laurel Creek Trail is officially open

By Lacy Hilliard

The Johnson County Trails Association held a Grand Opening on Friday, October 24 at the trailhead off Highway 91 in Laurel Bloomery. The event was very well attended by members of the Johnson County Trails Association (JCTA), politicians and state officials that helped make the project possible and trail enthusiasts alike.

The Johnson County Trails Association began about 15 years ago and has since achieved 501c (3) (non-profit) status. The Laurel Creek Trail project was 10 years in the making and it was clear that those involved were overjoyed to finally see the trail open for use. Johnson County Trails Association President Howard Moon and his wife, JCTA member Linda Moon, were instrumental in the creation of the trail. The pair had the air of proud new parents and they received accolades from every speaker at the event.  More...


Trade’s Daniel Boone Trail marker rededicated on 100th anniversary

By Rebecca Herman

“We have reconnected the broken trail,” said Gloria Malley Beauchamp, project coordinator, on Saturday October 25, during the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s (TSDAR) 100th anniversary rededication of the first Daniel Boone Trail marker in Trade.

In 1914, Mrs. Lindsey Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C. came up with an idea to honor Daniel Boone and other pioneers by placing 45 markers along a 400-mile trail to commemorate the journey that Boone walked from North Carolina on his way to Kentucky. Patterson began the work along with other DAR members from NC, TN, VA and KY to bring this idea to fruition.  More...


Woolly worm winter weather forecast is in

Though a little worm dubbed “Kwazimodo” took top weather forecasting honors at the 2014 Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival, Tomahawk employees discovered this ominous jet-black woolly worm just outside our own backdoor.

Each year, the Woolly Worm Festival holds a race and the winning worm is said to hold the key to winter weather predictions with each band of color representing a week in winter. Black bands represent harsh winter weather while orange “wool” signifies a welcome break from the frigid cold and snow. The black and orange bands of the 2014 Woolly Worm Festival Champion, Kwazimodo, (owned by ninth grader Vince Wyman of Graham, NC) predicted a frigid but somewhat dry winter. However, the Tomahawk’s Woolly Worm we’ve playfully (but perhaps appropriately) dubbed Arctic Andy, paints a much more dramatic portrait of Johnson County’s upcoming winter.

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