2007-06

Article Title Issue

A slippery slope

It was February, when trees are bare and secrets hard to hide. Not that Jackson County has many. Though strangers keep pouring in — its population has grown by more than a third since 1990 — it still has only 36,000 residents, so it didn’t take long for rumors of a protest to reach Sheriff Jimmy Ashe.
2007-06

All aboard

During the Depression, conductors on the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina — wags called it the “eat taters and wear no clothes” — sometimes let locals ride free if they couldn’t pay the fare between Boone and Johnson City, Tenn.
2007-06

Cheap won’t reap the jobs he wants

It’s bad enough that Vann Rogerson has to overcome an ethics scandal involving his predecessor. What may be worse in the long run is that bragging about cheap labor doesn’t lure companies to northeastern North Carolina like it used to.
2007-06

Chef relishes fame from his TV dinner

For more than two decades, Walter Royal has cooked in some of the Triangle’s best restaurants, but he sweated taping his appearance on television’s Iron Chef America last year.
2007-06

Grandson’s career reaches its peak

Now that Crae Morton is running the show at Grandfather Mountain, he doesn’t feel compelled to do things the way his grandfather did.
2007-06

Maybe it will make new code medicines

What does writing code have to do with the genetic code? Maybe nothing, but that’s not the reason Red Hat Inc. is opening an office at the state’s newest biotechnology hot spot.
2007-06

Slips shape image of museum group

Any publicity, they say, is good publicity. Backers of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort might not be so sure after their experience with Pepsi Americas’ Sail 2006.
2007-06

The specialist

Like the Blackwater security contractors he writes about in this month’s cover story, Ed Martin put to good use the training he got in the service after he left it.
2007-06

Toyota fears there’s something in the air

Davidson County Manager Robert Hyatt was having a bad-air day, but nobody told him. On Feb. 27, the county lost out on a $1.3 billion factory that will build Toyota sport utility vehicles.
2007-06

War is hale

Rain cascades down the windshield as the Chevrolet Suburban splashes along Puddin Ridge Road through landscape flat as a skillet. Past a stoplight, Andrew Blong pauses at a new hangar next to a mile-long runway and scans scudding storm clouds.
2007-06