Tommy Tomlinson

Tomlinson is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories were chosen for the books “Best American Sports Writing 2012″ and “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”

Life

Troutman Homecoming

The Troutman family tree has deep roots in Iredell County — as well as 11 generations’ worth of branches. For more than a century, the family has celebrated its lineage with a birthday party that brings Troutmans here from down the road and across the country.

Life

Faith & Food

The desire to feed is baked into the language of the church.

Food

Joey’s Pancake House

Anyone who has eaten breakfast at Joey’s knows the food is delicious and the service exceptional. What customers might not know is the love story that built the Maggie Valley restaurant.

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