With an economic impact of $1.4 billion dollars in the region, High Country residents are braced for more heavy traffic next weekend, as the annual NASCAR night races at Bristol Motor Speedway are set to take place August 19th - 22nd over the hills in Bristol, Tennessee.

As of yesterday, The Southern Area Gold Team and the North Carolina Forest Service are managing the Bald Knob and Wolf Creek Fires in unified command.

A sewer improvement project is impacting traffic near downtown in the Town of Boone this week. The Boone Public Works Department has closed both lanes of East King Street from Coffey Street to Hardin Street, where US 321 and US 421 intersect. The work got underway Wednesday

Hopes are that rains predicted for early this week can help in two forest fires burning on US Forest Service lands, at least one of those fires smoking up the High Country in the shifting winds.

More is being learned about the 26 year old from Charlotte who died in Avery County after jumping off of Elk River Falls last weekend.

It was a Charlotte woman who died in the waters of Elk River early Sunday afternoon, her body found over four hours after a search was launched by Avery rescue teams. The incident was reported around 12:40 to Avery County E-911, a cell call about a possible drowning at Elk

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Boone Police arrested Danny Wayne Long, 47 years-of-age, of 601 Bessie Road, Piedmont, SC. This arrest comes after another joint operation. The agencies involved in this investigation were the Boone Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff