TRAVEL ADVISORY: I-40 near Tennessee line opens single lanes in each direction | NCDOT looking to complete clearing debris and open all four lanes by April 4, 2019, reports More>


Feb. 23 travel alert: Rock slide closes I-40 in Haywood County near Tennessee border at mile marker 7.5 | Clearing of debris reportedly to take about a week, via More> | RELATED: Traffic being detoured, reports More> | News at More>

'Microphones may be hidden in Google's Nest home security systems' | "The controversy shows consumers never really know what their personal technology is capable of," writes Sidney Fussell, posted Feb. 23, 2019 at More>

Parkway (Sort of Open) for Asheville Area: On Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, the Blue Ridge Parkway was OPEN NORTH of the Hendersonville Rd. entrance/exit to Hwy. 191/North Carolina Arboretum, as well as OPEN SOUTH of Hendersonville Rd. entrance/exit to at least Hwy. 74-A, based on reporter of driving on the Parkway (i.e., REAL driving news).

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Trump Shutdown creates confusion about whether some or all of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway is open or closed | News media and government reports about whether or not the Blue Ridge Parkway is open or closed or partially open are confusing at best. For example, as of Jan. 3, 2019 and updated on Jan. 4, WCAV, NBC TV12 of Richmond, Virginia, reported: "Blue Ridge Parkway closed indefinitely due to shutdown," via More> | RELATED: However, the "Official Site of the Blue Ridge Parkway" is not specific about closures. Instead, the website simply provides a short advisory at the top of its homepage on Jan. 4, 2018, as follows: "BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway) Alert: If visiting the Parkway during the government shutdown, use extreme caution. Rangers, emergency services, bathrooms & trash collection are unavailable. Please pack out your trash, and dial 911 in case of emergency. See the Realtime Road Closure Map for road status," via More> | RELATED: However, when you click on the link to the Parkway's "real-time closures," it is redirected online to the National Park Service website map, which may or may not be accurate on a real-time basis given there are apparently no official government workers on the parkway. Currently, the website shows partial areas of the parkway that fall into one of three categories: open, closed, and on an advisory status, as of Jan. 4, 2019, via More> | RELATED: For a nationwide view of "What is and isn't affected by the government shutdown," The New York Times, on Jan. 2, 2019, does their best to sort the mess out, via More>


WHAT POPULISTS DO TO DEMOCRACIES: "According to our research, populist governments have deepened corruption, eroded individual rights, and inflicted serious damage on democratic institutions," explain Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government at Harvard University, and Jordan Kyle, Senior fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, in their article about 46 populist leaders published Dec. 26, 2018, in The Atlantic, via More>

AMERICAN YOUTH EVERYWHERE: "Sex trafficking is happening in the U.S. — and young people need to know about it," written by Sam Dylan Finch, published Aug. 3, 2018, at More>

COLD CAMPERS EVERYWHERE: "Nine Best Sleeping Bags," perhaps Slate's most useful article ever, published Aug. 4, 2018, at More>

FORAGERS EVERYWHERE: New Instagram cookbook includes potentially toxic mushrooms, published Aug. 1, 2018, at More>

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE TRAVELERS: Current real time NC travel info provided at, includes the Asheville Area and Western North Carolina: More>

LOCAL & NATIONAL ALERT: Still don't eat romaine lettuce | The Centers for Disease Control gives new warnings for Americans to avoid eating romaine lettuce given the multi-state E. coli outbreak continues to grow. The above article, as well as more news and views on a wide range of topics, at "2018 Today" via More>


LOCAL & NATIONAL WARNING: Beware if your cell phone is a ZTE phone. Trump tweets he will help the unemployed in China by helping China's ZTE telecom company, which the U.S. has sanctioned for selling to Iran and North Korea. Also, the U.S. military will not sell any ZTE cell phones at its PXs because they believe ZTE phones may have hidden parts to spy on the US and its citizens who own the phones: More>

LOCAL & REGIONAL FLOODING: Keep up with the weather in the mountains nowadays. As flooding recedes, some streets open | For example, in late May, NC governor Roy Cooper announced a state of emergency throughout all of Western North Carolina due to heavy rains, flooding and mud slides, as reported on May 30, 2018, at More> | RELATED NEWS: In some areas of Asheville, as the flooding begins to recede, the City of Asheville continues to clean up and open some streets, such as in Biltmore Village, via More>UPDATE: Recent heavy rains across the Asheville Area and WNC, as well as in the SC Upstate and North Georgia, have caused flooding. Low-lying roads throughout Asheville can flood quickly given the intensity of the rains. Beware. Local weather report links via More>

Nationwide Alert: STILL don't eat romaine lettuce | In early May, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control gave another new warning for Americans to avoid eating romaine lettuce given that the multi-state E. coli outbreak continues to grow. Twenty-eight more people had been sickened from E. coli in romaine lettuce, making a total of 149 sickened in 29 states, reported on May 9, 2018. Earlier, on April 20, the warned Americans in no uncertain terms: if you have any romaine lettuce, throw it away. That advice stays in effect until all the farms creating the problem can be identified and corrected: More>

WLOS 13 ABC in Asheville is now owned, and affected, by ultra-conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group's nationwide mandatory content policy | warns viewers "Watch Sinclair Broadcast Group News Anchors Parrot Their Bosses’ Opinions in Perfect, Deafening Unison," written by Matthew Dessem and published Mar. 31, 2018: More>

Deadly news of 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 386 dead this season | News Flash: Yes, you can get the flu twice in one year, because there are different strains of the flu. The season's flu season runs from October through May. As of Mar. 13, 2018, the total death toll of this season (Oct. 1, 2017 to now) in North Carolina was 276; as of Mar. 20, 2018, the total was 305; now, as of Mar. 30, 2018, the total was 342. Currently, as of May 12, 2018, the total flu deaths in North Carolina starting Oct. 1, 2017, is 386; three more flu deaths were reported between the time frame of May 6 to 12, 2018. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean. Updates and details at More>

Not smiling about Facebook? | That's understandable for Ashevilleans who have had enough of Mark Zuckerman's nonchalance on security — especially if frowning facebookers want to delete their Facebook accounts. Fortunately, help is at hand: intrepid how-to techie Ann Brenoff at on Mar. 19, 2018, provided a list of useful pointers for those seeking to divorce Facebook: More>


2010: City warns citizens of black ice on roads

The City of Asheville reported that the city public works crews worked through Saturday night plowing, sanding and salting roads. They added: "With primary roads generally passable, crews began addressing secondary roads Saturday evening. Citizens are still urged to use caution when travel is necessary. Black ice should be expected on roadways."

The U.S. Weather Service reports a chance of one to three inches of snow throughout Asheville. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 12 noon, Mon., Feb. 15, 2010. For weather updates, Click Here>

For more information about what to do when faced with inclement weather, power outages, and other weather-related difficulties, Click Here>


Feb. 23 travel alert: Rock slide closes I-40 in Haywood County near Tennessee border at mile marker 7.5 | Clearing of debris reportedly to take about a week, via More> | RELATED: Traffic being detoured, reports More> | News at More>

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