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Arts & Entertainment

Writer and naturalist George Ellison will read from his new collection of poems, “Permanent Camp,” at the Rickman Store on Friday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. George Ellison is the author of “Blue Ridge Nature Journal, Mountain Passages,” and the two volume collection “High Vistas: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.”

He is well known for his weekly columns in the Smoky Mountain News, and for his role in the most recent editions of Horace Kephart’s “Our Southern Highlanders and Camping and Woodcraft.”

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Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to watch country music singer and North Carolina native Kellie Pickler in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and I must say, it was a fantastic show.

With a personality as glamorous and sparkly as her microphone, Kellie immediately made you feel welcomed by starting out saying, “It sure feels great to be back home in Carolina.” When I interviewed Kellie two weeks ago, she and her band were in between shows in Canada and even then she told me how ecstatic she was to be coming home to North Carolina and to be performing in Franklin.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, will take the stage at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 31. He will be accompanied by four very talented men who, with Edwards, pay tribute to The Temptations in their show, The Temptations Review Starring Dennis Edwards. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $29.

Dennis Edwards is known as one of the most influential singers in the history of pop music. Many remember him as the lead singer in such hits as “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone,” and his solo career hits such as “Try a Little Tenderness.” As a performer with The Temptations, he earned 14 gold certified albums, five Grammys, and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Warren I. Wiley will speak as part of the Spiritual Conversations series at the Macon County Public Library Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Wiley will discuss his 39 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and show a slide show of photographs taken from space. The public is invited.

Wiley’s accomplishments

• One of the system engineers responsible for the processing of the Satum-l C stage and the Fl engines for Apollo 15, 16, and 17, the final three historic Apollo flights and the Satum-IB stage and the H-l engines for processing and launch of Sky lab 1, 2, and 3, America's first experimental space station.

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