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Four Injured as Boat Runs Aground at Douglas Lake

Four Injured as Boat Runs Aground at Douglas Lake

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers are investigating a boating accident that occurred on Douglas Lake after a boat ran aground Sunday night on an island injuring four people and ejecting one occupant. Officers say that between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. on June 17, 2018, a 2011 23-foot Mastercraft being operated by Brandon Watson, 21, of Strawberry Plains was traveling on ...

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Brenna Beatty Wins Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition

Brenna Beatty Wins Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition

17-year-old singer/songwriter Brenna Beatty, from Springfield, Tenn. was named grand champion of the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on Saturday at the Smoky Mountain Opry. Beatty was selected from 12 finalists, all vying for the title. She will begin a 12-month career development program with Nashville-based talent executive as well as perform at Pigeon Forge theaters. Beatty will ...

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Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn in Cataloochee

Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn in Cataloochee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received help to restore key elements of the historic Palmer Barn. Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew partnered with the park and Friends of the Smokies to preserve the structural integrity of the barn and improve visitor safety through the renovation project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the park. ...

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Dollywood’s Splash Country Hosts Ninth Annual Water Safety Day

Dollywood’s Splash Country Hosts Annual Water Safety Day

Swimming lessons save lives. Because of its passion for safety, Dollywood’s Splash Country once again is hosting Water Safety Day to raise awareness and is offering a discounted ticket so more guests will take advantage of this opportunity to learn. This ninth annual event includes a free 30-minute swim lesson on Thursday, June 21. Water park guests also are invited ...

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Sevierville to Host Second Opioid Abuse Public Forum

Sevierville to Host Second Opioid Abuse Public Forum

Sevier County residents are moving forward with the next step to combat the national opioid crisis that has taken hold of local families and is impacting local businesses. Opioid abuse is an epidemic in the U.S. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, as well as legal prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, ...

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TWRA Holds Free Fishing Day for Adults, Free Fishing Week for Kids

TWRA Holds Free Fishing Day for Adults, Free Fishing Week for Kids

Tennessee’s annual Free Fishing Day and the Youth Free Fishing Week are a great way to get outdoors and introduce someone you know to the sport of fishing. The 2018 Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor ...

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Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Temporarily Closing for Rehabilitation

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Temporarily Closed for Rehabilitation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15, 2018 to complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. Workers need to apply a final surface overlay along the tower ramp. While visitors will not be able to climb the tower, the Clingmans Dome parking overlook ...

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Army Veteran Craig Morgan Headlines Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Festival

Army Veteran Craig Morgan Headlines Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Festival

Craig Morgan, United States Army veteran and Grand Ole Opry member, is set to headline the 28th annual Patriot Festival, Pigeon Forge’s Independence Day celebration. Morgan takes the stage immediately before an elaborate fireworks display lights up the night sky with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop. “We look forward to the Patriot Festival all year long here in ...

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