“Southern Porch” to open at The Imperial in Canton

Friday, April 29th, 2016
By Lindsay Curtin | Apr 18, 2016

CANTON — A new restaurant in a familiar landmark in Canton will be sprucing up the cuisine scene in downtown Canton this week.

Nathan Lowe, his wife Michaela, her mother Cindi Layman and stepfather Dave Grant, are making the takeover a joint venture, or, family business.

Owning a restaurant has been a dream for Nathan Lowe, who has an education centered in entrepreneurship and plenty of restaurant work experience.

“I’m really excited to see him following his dreams. That’s the  biggest reason why we are here, but we know we couldn’t do it by ourselves, by any means,” said Michaela Lowe, explaining Grant is an experienced restaurant professional after working as a chef at the popular Clyde restaurant Blue Rooster. Layman has worked at Bogart’s in Waynesville for 14 years.

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Kids in the Creek

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Kids in the Creek was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority and brought to Haywood County in 1997. The purpose is to expose 8th grade students to hands-on activities that raise awareness of the importance of clean water and the issues that could degrade water quality. The students rotate among four stations: the EnviroScape watershed model, water chemistry, fish, and benthic macroinvertebrates. At the fish station, the students collect data for a classroom exercise that ties everything together.

Approximately 700 students participate each year and it is consistently rates as one of their most memorable experiences of the school year. The teachers find it to be a valuable teaching tool:

“Having been an 8th grade science teacher for many years, I can attest to the importance of “hands-on” experiences when teaching science concepts…This does more to increase their understanding of water and water quality than anything that I could do in the classroom. Kids in the Creek has been a valuable learning tool for many years and something the students and I looked forward to every year.”  Read the whole story