Elk Euthanized after Approaching Photographer

An elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was euthanized last week, after approaching a photographer, according to The Citizen-Times in Asheville. The elk head-butted a photographer who was trying to capture nature. A video of the encounter has had more than 2 million views on YouTube, and can be found here. Park officials […]

Great Smokies Top List for Pot Busts

Well, not all news is good, I suppose. According to Philly.com, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is second only to Yosemite in number of marijuana busts cited since 2009. From The Associated Press article: An Associated Press analysis of federal court data shows that of the more than 27,700 citations issued to people caught […]

Bear Uses Crosswalk in Gatlinburg

This is one of those great stories. I love it. So, according to The International Business Times, a black bear decided to prowl the streets of downtown Gatlinburg last weekend. Which is enough of a shock for tourists in itself. But the really fun part of the story is what the bear did in Gatlinburg. […]

City of Gatlinburg Facing Wrongful Death Suit

The city of Gatlinburg is facing a half-million dollar wrongful death complaint from the family of a Michigan woman who died last year, after the trolley she was riding rolled of Buckhorn Road, according to The Mountain Press. Eunice Spencer was a 66-year-old school teacher. Here’s what happened, according The Mountain Press article: Eunice Spencer […]

Where Have We Been?

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for the past month. Believe it or not, I’ve taken my first blogging break in three years! It was so needed! So what have I been doing? Well, apart from the regular old summer-with-kids-craziness, my husband and I are also getting ready to sell a house, build […]

New Theater Show Opens in Pigeon Forge

A new show is open in The Bob Nelson Theater: The Big Rock Show, according to a press release. The Big Rock Show features live and loud classic rock from the 80′s. Musicians will recreate hits from bands such as Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Journey, Van Halen, […]

Dollywood Celebrates 25 Years

Dollywood is celebrating its 25th season this year, according to The Asheville Citizen Times. According to the article: But it took Parton’s star power to transform a small-town attraction into Sevier County’s biggest employer and the state’s top paid tourist draw with 2.5 million annual visitors — and turn Pigeon Forge (population 6,000) into a […]

Tourism Up for Summer in Smokies

According to The Knoxville News, tourism to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been up for the summer. Here’s what The News has to say: After suffering a 5 percent decrease in park visits over the first six months of 2013, attendance in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has risen in June. June’s […]

Island Attraction Opens in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge had its grand opening on Friday, according to WATE.com. Hundreds showed up to ride the new Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, shop, eat, or play. According to WATE.com: The massive Ferris wheel can hold up to 250 people at a time in air conditioned gondolas. At 200 feet tall, it’s the […]

New Post about Best Antique Spots

Cherokee Lodge Condos has just published a blog post about the best antiquing stops in Pigeon Forge and Galtinburg. Since this isn’t something I’ve ever written about, I thought I’d bring it to your attention. The post features Morton’s Antiques, Yesterday’s Antiques, Parton Place, Carol’s Cottage of Collectibles, and Wears Valley Antique and Craft Gallery. […]