Pioneer Women to be Featured on Saturday

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recognizing traditions of rural mountain women this Saturday, June 15 with a day of tribute, according to The Knoxville Daily Sun. The celebration will take place at the Mountain Farm Museum in the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located next to the Oconaluftee […]

Enter to Win a Trip to the Smokies!!!

The Hallmark Channel is hosting a “Destination Pigeon Forge” sweepstakes. Here’s what you could win: Roundtrip airfare to Pigeon Forge Ground transportation Accommodations at the Music Road Hotel $350 Visa Gift Card VIP Attraction Guest Card Sounds pretty good, huh? You just enter by going to the Hallmark Channel site and answering some quick demographic […]

Shootist Society is Active in East Tennessee

I just came across this great article, about the Smoky Mountain Shootist Society. Get this — once a month, a large group of armed men (and women) meet on a hilly area and start blasting. Real guns. If you’re interested in that kind of thing (and even if you’re not — it’s not something I’d […]

Expect Delays on Newfound Gap Road Until June 15

According to, a repaving project is underway in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The work will include a 6.1-mile section of U.S. 441, also called Newfound Gap Road. The section extends from the picnic area at the Chimneys to the Alum Cave Bluffs parking area. Park officials said drivers should expect delays until […]

Fire Damages Gatlinburg Chalet

A fire Monday afternoon at a Gatlinburg chalet took four fire departments more than four hours to fight, according to The Knoxville News. No one was injured in the blaze. According to The Knoxville News: About 25 firefighters from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Caden’s Chapel and Pittman Center fire departments responded to a call around 4 […]

Cincinnatians go to Gatlinburg for Vacation Homes

According to a new blog post by, Cincinnatians (who even knew that was a word?!?) head to Gatlinburg for vacation homes more than any other location. Runners up are Marco Island, Fla., Hilton Head, S.C., Panama City Beach, Fla., and Fort Morgan, Ala. From the post: Gatlinburg was by far the cheapest place to […]

Archaeologists Find Pigeon Forge Roots

A new article from The Mountain Press gives interesting new details about Iron Forge, the original forge for which the city of Pigeon Forge was named. A team of archaeologists from the University of Tennessee set up under the Old Mill General Store in Pigeon Forge to excavate the ruins. According to the article: The […]

Honey Boo Boo Vacationing in Pigeon Forge

Honey Boo Boo, the star of TLC’s reality TV show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” is vacationing in Pigeon Forge with her mother, and her mother’s new husband, according to Honey Boo Boo’s mom, Mama June Shannon, married Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson on May 5. During their time in Pigeon Forge, the family plans […]

Pigeon Forge Island to Open in June

The Island in Pigeon Forge is set to open this June, according to The Mountain Press. The new area will include restaurants, shops, and the 200-foot tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. There will also be a multi-million dollar show fountain, a carousel, and an arcade. Restaurants will include Island Yogurt, Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill, and […]

Teen Makes Video about Gatlinburg

This isn’t really a news item, but I just came across this great little video, and I wanted to share it. Video user Josh Evangelista made a video about his youth group trip to Gatlinburg. It’s great — it has so many familiar Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge sights. If you’re feeling homesick for the area, this is […]