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Kayla Hackney


Kayla Hackney is a reporter covering Unicoi County for the Johnson City Press. A Southwest Virginia native, Kayla is an avid reader and coffee mug collector.

The Unicoi County Public Library invited local leaders to an after hours event on Tuesday to learn more about the library.

Commissioners Jamie Harris, Brian Delp and Cody Scott deliberate during Monday’s meeting of the Unicoi County Commission.

Blue Ridge Paddling, a whitewater recreational outfitter, is now open at 1001 S Industrial Drive in Erwin. 

Mason and Brannon Schmidt, middle left and right, pose alongside two of their employees at Blue Ridge Paddling. 

Mason and Brannon Schmidt cut the ribbon on Blue Ridge Paddling, a new whitewater rafting outfitter in Erwin.


A new whitewater rafting outfitter has opened their doors in Unicoi County just in time for the summer.

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