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Rebecca V. Lee Announces Candidacy For 4th Judicial District Public Defender

Rebecca V. Lee Announces Candidacy For 4th Judicial District Public Defender

Rebecca V. Lee is announcing her candidacy for the 4th Judicial District Public Defender, serving Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties. Lee was appointed to this position in January by Governor Bill Lee after zealously advocating for the constitutional rights of the citizens in her community as an Assistant Public Defender. Ed Miller served 31 […]

Undeclared Allergen Prompts Cookie Recall – Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, tested positive for the presence of dairy in Sevierville Kroger

Undeclared Allergen Prompts Cookie Recall – Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, tested positive for the presence of dairy in Sevierville Kroger

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Consumer and Industry Services Division (CIS) is alerting consumers to a recall of chocolate chip cookies. An undeclared allergen was discovered during routine sampling and testing of food products at a Kroger store in Sevierville, Tenn. The product, Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, tested positive for the presence of […]

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2022-2024

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2022-2024

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright today released TDOT’s annual three-year transportation program, featuring approximately $2.6 billion in infrastructure investments for 68 individual project phases in 45 counties across the state. The program supports Gov. Lee’s first Executive Order by funding work on 58 highway and bridge projects in […]

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 […]

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