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Local Business Owner Urges Alexander To Pass GAOA Stimulas

Local Business Owner Urges Alexander To Pass GAOA Stimulas

Springtime in East Tennessee is marked by life-giving rainfall, verdant landscapes, and plenty of tourists and visitors ready to take advantage of the rich public lands offered by our part of the world. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with 12.5 million visitors in 2019 alone, offers scenic views, winding trails, and diverse wildlife. Those who […]

State Representative Andrew Farmer To Seek Re-Election In 2020

State Representative Andrew Farmer To Seek Re-Election In 2020

Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chair prioritizes safe communities; commitment to education (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) Monday announced he will seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2020. “It is an incredible honor to serve the men, women and families our community,” said Rep. Farmer. “District 17 and our state are thriving under […]

Tackling Kudzu in East Tennessee

Tackling Kudzu in East Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry and the National Park Service are partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful to host an educational event spotlighting kudzu in the Sevier County area. The public is invited to learn about this highly invasive and destructive plant and what homeowners can do to control it around their homes […]

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian-Piedmont-Coastal Zone fire management staff plan to burn approximately 660 acres of fields on the western end of Cades Cove. Weather permitting, burn operations will occur between Wednesday, November 6 and Friday, December 20. The operations are expected to be conducted on three separate days. Media updates will […]

The Straw that Breaks the Record

The Straw that Breaks the Record

The City of Gatlinburg has successfully completed counting scarecrows in attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Scarecrows.  Officials documented 4,325 scarecrows displayed throughout the downtown area of Gatlinburg.  The standing record is 3,812 scarecrows held by the English town of Burton-Upon-Trent. Gatlinburg exceeded that record by 513 scarecrows.  The […]

KaTom Adding 100 New Jobs

KaTom Adding 100 New Jobs

KaTom Restaurant Supply, a family-owned business run based in Kodak is growing again. The company earned $12.6 million in low cost loans from the US Department of Agriculture together with the Small Business Administration and Community Trust Bank. The funds will allow KaTom to add 40,000 square feet, which will help accommodate 100 new employees. […]

Heavy Rainstorm Results in Rock Slides, Downed Trees, and Motorist Fatality on Spur

Heavy Rainstorm Results in Rock Slides, Downed Trees, and Motorist Fatality on Spur

At approximately 3:00 p.m., the northern area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN experienced extremely heavy rainfall causing multiple small rock slides, downed trees, and flash flooding along the Spur and Gatlinburg Bypass. Over 4 inches of rain fell in a localized area between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in just a little […]

Rangers Respond to Rockslide on Spur

Rangers Respond to Rockslide on Spur

Great Smoky Mountains National Park emergency responders and maintenance personnel are responding to reports of a rock slide and trees down on the Spur.  As of 3:20 p.m. on August 1, both the northbound and southbound Spur are closed as crews work to remove the hazards.

Searchers Find Unidentified Human Remains

Searchers Find Unidentified Human Remains

Searchers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park found the remains of an unidentified human body after being notified of the remains by an off-trail hiker.  The remains were found in an off-trail area of the park off of Laurel Creek Road and appear to be several months old.  The cause of death is under investigation.  […]

Child Struck By Boat Propeller On Douglas Lake

Child Struck By Boat Propeller On Douglas Lake

DANDRIDGE, TENN.—A four-year-old child has been seriously injured after being struck by a boat propeller during a boating incident on Douglas lake this afternoon. TWRA Boating Enforcement Officer Chase Rich reports that around 3 p.m., Bill Thomas Wardlow Jr., 44, of Sevierville, was swimming with three children under the age of eight years old near […]

Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a pavement preservation project will begin Tuesday, February 19 on Little River Road. A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the 16.5-mile roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend Wye along with associated pull-offs and parking lots and the 1.5-mile Elkmont […]

Autopsy Complete for Man Found in Park in September 2018

Autopsy Complete for Man Found in Park in September 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials recently received the autopsy report from the Knox County Regional Forensic Center detailing that William Lee Hill, Jr. died of accidental methamphetamine intoxication. Hill, age 30, of Louisville, TN was found off-trail in the park on Sunday, September 9, 2018, near Rich Mountain Road, approximately two miles north of […]

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Roads and trails that are seasonally open will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The park […]

Amazon To Dominate Cyber Monday – Support the Smokies while you shop with Amazon Smile

Amazon To Dominate Cyber Monday – Support the Smokies while you shop with Amazon Smile

Amazon is predicted to dominate Cyber Monday sales today. As a corporate partner of Great Smoky Mountains Association, Amazon will donate a portion of your online purchases to GSMA when you start shopping on Amazon.com using this LINK.

TDH Investigation Ongoing into Illnesses Associated with Zipline Tour in Gatlinburg

TDH Investigation Ongoing into Illnesses Associated with Zipline Tour in Gatlinburg

The Tennessee Department of Health continues to investigate an outbreak of illness after receiving more than 500 reports of gastrointestinal illness among visitors to the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg. Testing is underway to try to identify the causes of the illnesses. Multiple patients who visited the facility since June 15, 2018 have […]

Park Recruits ‘Adopt-a-Plot’ Volunteers

Park Recruits ‘Adopt-a-Plot’ Volunteers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are recruiting volunteers to adopt a monitoring plot in areas throughout the park. In an effort to track nature’s calendar, or phenology, volunteers will collect information as part of an important research project tracking seasonal biological data such as plant flowering dates and the presence of migratory birds. Previous […]

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