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New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge

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Looking to escape the ordinary this New Year’s Eve?   It’s Official! The Island in Pigeon Forge is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party Dec 31st from 8pm to midnight featuring a ball drop, live music, fireworks, wheel rides, fountainRead more
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Complete Smoky Mountain Winterfest Schedule

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Nov. 8 – Jan. 5 Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium A drive-through light spectacular, plus Santa’s Wonderland Activities. http://shadrackchristmas.com/sevierville/   Nov. 10 – Dec. 24 – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Outdoor World – Santa’s wonderland will beRead more
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Winterfest 2013-2014 Ultimate Guide

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Winterfest At A Glance: Nov 12 Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff  ”Music, Lights, & Magic” Nov 12 Pigeon Forge Veteran’s Parade and 24th Annual Winterfest Kickoff Nov 13 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff Nov 8 – Jan 5 SeviervilleRead more
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Pigeon Forge Holiday Dining Guide

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What Pigeon Forge Restaurants are Open on Thanksgiving and Christmas? If you are going to be in town for the Holidays then here is your guide to Pigeon Forge area restaurants that will be open during Thanksgiving and Christmas.Read more
Governor Haslam announced that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen October 16th.

Haslam Announces Agreement To Open Great Smoky Mountains

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NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced an agreement to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) with all normal operations from Wednesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 20. “The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’sRead more
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Alternative Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

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Due to the government shut down all National Park trails have been closed, including Appalachian Trail shelters.  If you love nature then you know what a tragedy this is, even if temporary.  However there are still many trails aroundRead more
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International Gift and Collectibles Expo Coming to New Pigeon Forge Convention Center

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The groundbreaking for the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge became a dual-purpose event when the city announced the first booking for the 232,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility. The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies/Souvenir Super Show (IGES/SSS) is claiming 15 daysRead more
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What’s Open and What’s Closed in the Smokies

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For those who plan to visit the area during the government shutdown, here are the physical locations of GSMA’s three open store locations for your GPS: Gatlinburg Welcome Center 520 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN Townsend Welcome Center 7906 E LamarRead more
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2013 Fall Festival at Dollywood

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Just in time for the changing of the leaves this year, Dolly continues her Fall harvest-time fun with the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration, Oct. 2 through Nov. 2, 2013.   Some of the headline acts include the Triumphant Quartet, TheRead more
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Fall Auto-Touring

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Fall is one of the best seasons to go auto-touring in the Smokies.  There are over 384 miles of road winding through the forests and foothills, and around the peaks of the Great Smokies.   In a couple ofRead more
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It’s Back – The Wendy’s Dollywood Coupon

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For a limited time Wendy’s is offering $5 off Dollywood Tickets with the purchase of a large drink.  This deal won’t last long.  If you are driving in for Memorial Day weekend and haven’t got your tickets this couldRead more
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Huge Ripley’s Discount for Sevier, Cocke, and Jefferson County Residents

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Get an amazing deal with this Ripley’s Discount PLUS help those in need!  This deal is good on May 19-23.  Get into any Ripley’s attraction for only $4 if you live or work in Sevier, Cocke, or Jefferson County.Read more
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Bloomin Barbeque and Bluegrass

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Sevierville’s ninth annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass will take place May 17- 18,2013. This family-friendly event will once again bring barbeque cook teams from all over the United States to Sevierville to compete for $17,500 in cash and prizesRead more
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Gatlinburg Entrance to the Smokies Reopens

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Gatlinburg is pleased to announce that the National Park Service has opened a portion of Highway 441 into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can now reach popular hiking trails along Highway 441 from the Gatlinburg entrance to NewfoundRead more
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Festival Features Best of East Tennessee’s Authors

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Sevierville’s third annual Rose Glen Literary Festival will offer a venue for some of East Tennessee’s best local writers to sell and sign books while also featuring some new and innovative programming for attendees, including programs on local cultureRead more
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Lumberjack Feud Hosts Stihl Timbersports US Championship

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The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud announced today tickets are on sale for the 2013 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series U.S. Championships presented by Ram Trucks. The nation’s premier lumberjack competition will return to the Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.Read more