Illinois man drowns in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Noble Horvath

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Park Service says an Illinois man is believed to have drowned in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after falling into a natural wonder known as ‘œMidnight Hole.”

The park service identified the man as Yogesh Patel, 25, of Oak Forest, Illinois.



Patel fell into the water at ‘œMidnight Hole’ around 7:30 p.m. Monday and was observed struggling, officials said. The spot is on the North Carolina side of the national park. News outlets reported that his body was recovered by rescue divers Tuesday.

An official cause of death has not been released.

‘œBystanders attempted to pull Patel from the water, but were not successful,’ the park service said in a news release.

Park spokeswoman Jamie Sanders told The Asheville Citizen-Times that Midnight Hole is actually a small waterfall and local swimming area.

‘œMr. Patel was walking along a log that extended into the swimming

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Spend Hours Walking Around the World’s Great Neighborhoods with These Addictive YouTube Channels

Noble Horvath

September 29, 2020

By now, many of us have started to have travel daydreams. What we wouldn’t give just to unwrap a tiny bar of hotel soap, to drag a piece a luggage over cobblestones, or to tell the flight attendant no, we don’t want coffee right now, thanks.

We have just the YouTube channel for you. Watched Walker films leisurely strolls through the world’s great streets.

That’s it. Watching the channel’s high-definition virtual walking tours, which have garnered view counts into the millions, you head down streets with a steadied camera, exploring whole neighborhoods on foot. 

As you gently go, you hear the sounds of conversation and commerce in passing. Sometimes, you amble through famous markets. Other times, you might be taken to explore London’s legendary Selfridge’s department store for half an hour (see below).

A year ago, we might have shrugged at the concept. This year, we’re fighting

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Buying Guide: Cube organizers are great way to eliminate clutter and maximize space | Home & Garden

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Keeping your bedroom decluttered can take some serious effort—and we’re not all willing to Kondo our entire wardrobe away. Whether you need extra space for odds and ends, clothing, or children’s toys, cube organizers are a great affordable way to stay organized.

Keep Clutter Out of Sight

This ClosetMaid cube organizer has a stackable 3 to 12 cube design that can be placed horizontally for a lower profile or vertically to save on floor space. It’s perfect for storing shoes, bras and underwear, scarves, and accessories that don’t stay organized in your normal dresser drawers. To keep your clutter out of site, add fabric cube organizers to the openings.

Or Display Your Favorite Objects

The best thing about cube organizers is that you can choose which objects

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Great Smokies visitor from Tennessee dies of cardiac event, rangers say

Noble Horvath

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials identified a man who died Sept. 25 in the park as Zachary Brown, 26, of Portland, Tennessee.

According to a park statement, Smokies rangers responded to a report of a man in cardiac distress along Laurel Creek Road at 1:50 p.m. Sept. 25 near Crib Gap, which is between Townsend, Tennessee, and Cades Cove.

Brown was standing along the roadside with his family when he experienced a “cardiac event,” according to the statement.

Rangers performed CPR until emergency responders with American Medical Response arrived and transported Brown to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he later died.  

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Related: Man drowns below waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smokies is the most-visited national park with 12.5 million visitors in 2019. The park covers a half-million acres of rugged, mountainous, forested terrain

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Seabourn’s 2021 Alaska & British Columbia Season To Offer Immersive And Exciting Experiences In The Great Land

Noble Horvath

SEATTLE, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, will offer a host of immersive experiences and adventures in Alaska and British Columbia in 2021 aboard the luxurious Seabourn Odyssey. The ship will take travelers to explore the vast wilderness and beauty of “The Great Land” as it winds its way through the region next summer duringa series of 7-, 10- and 11-day voyages in a way that is unique in the market.

With its small ship, club-like atmosphere and award-winning onboard luxury rivaling any resort, Seabourn is the best way to explore America’s Last Frontier for travelers looking to book a vacation for next summer. The intimate size and maneuverability of Seabourn Odyssey, which carries just 458 guests, all in spacious oceanfront suites, most with verandas, assures a privileged view of this great land that is virtually unmatched and where larger cruise

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Holiday Retirement Named Great Place to Work for Third Consecutive Year

Noble Horvath

WINTER PARK, Fla., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Holiday Retirement is proud to announce its certification as a great place to work. This is the third consecutive year that Holiday Retirement has earned this designation by independent analysts at Great Place to Work Institute. This honor also extends to 221 – 85 percent—of its senior living communities.

According to the study, 79 percent of employees consider Holiday a great workplace. The Trust Index Survey is based on five aspects of trust: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. The certification process includes anonymous employee surveys from across Holiday’s 261 locations. The independent research and consulting firm evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a different, and feeling their work has special meaning. These rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter

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All the jokes and quirky features that make Australia so great

Noble Horvath

There’s a story – probably apocryphal but hopefully not – that provides enormous insight into Australia’s character.

It goes like this: Several years back, Prince Charles’ private secretary was travelling through Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney. When it came to handing in his form to immigration, the chap on duty noticed that the rather prim visitor had listed his occupation as “courtier”.

To which he replied, “Hey mate, there’s no ‘t’ in courier. Welcome to Australia.”


Part of what makes us who we are is a healthy disrespect for authority, a love of wordplay and a fondness for – how to put this delicately – extracting the urine, aka taking the you-know-what.

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You need only look at our beaches for another prime example. Did you know that we invented Speedos back in 1914 as a perfect if brief

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Lake Michigan breaks record for deadliest year for drownings: Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

Noble Horvath
CHICAGO (WLS) — In 2020, 53 people have drowned in Lake Michigan making it the deadliest year on record, according to The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project data.

As of September 11, 53 people drowned in Lake Michigan, according to GLSRP.

Not included in that data was the death of a 24-year-old man who died after he was pulled from Lake Michigan Monday night near Monroe Harbor.

The previous record for Lake Michigan drownings was set in 2012 with 49 fatalities.

Overall there have been 434 Lake Michigan drownings since 2010, according to GLSRP. For the entire Great Lakes, there have been 94 drownings in 2020; and 931 Great Lakes drownings since 2010.

“In addition to the confirmed drownings, there are an additional 6 drowning incidents where the victims were last listed as ‘Critical Condition,’ ‘Unknown Condition,’ or ‘Missing.’ The GLSRP is awaiting updates on these incidents,” GLSRP said in

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Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Harvest Festival, Great Pumpkin fest begins

Noble Horvath

Take a look at Dollywood’s annual Harvest Festival, now open for the season in Pigeon Forge.

Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The sounds of live bluegrass, smells of fresh-baked apple pie cinnamon bread and sights of smiling pumpkins mean fall has arrived at Dollywood.

The Pigeon Forge theme park’s annual Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights opened to guests on Friday.

The festival’s events feature favorites as well as some surprises, and visitors will see glowing jack-o’-lantern displays and thousand-pound prize-winning pumpkins, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. They can also play in the park amid the colorful landscape and crisp air during the day, and, at night, experience an expansive light show throughout the park. 

“This year has been challenging for everyone, but we hope the comfort they feel from coming and visiting us gives them that warm, familiar feeling

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Kennesaw Museum Foundation launches ‘Great Railroad Roam’

Noble Horvath

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

The Great Locomotive Railroad Roam
The Great Locomotive Railroad Roam (Kennesaw Museum Foundation)

The Great Locomotive Railroad Roam, a scavenger hunt that focuses on local history, runs from Oct. 9 to Oct. 19. The Roam replaces the museum’s annual gala, which was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proceeds benefit the Kennesaw Museum Foundation in support of the Southern Museum. All donations are tax-deductible.

“We are grateful for the support the community normally shows us every year during our gala,” said Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum. “While we are disappointed we had to cancel our gala, the scavenger hunt is an opportunity to support the

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