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Paint Sevier County Purple with Relay for Life

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

ATTENTION MEMBERS:

The American Cancer Society wants to “Paint the Town Purple” to support Relay for Life which is quickly approaching on May 30. Please read below.

Dear Sevier County Business-owner:

We would like to invite you and your business to participate in Paint the Town Purple Week.

From May 24-May 30 we are encouraging local businesses to decorate storefronts and websites with purple paraphernalia and banners to show your support for the fight against cancer. In addition, you can drive traffic to your business by participating in one of the following ways:

  • Have a “Percentage Day” during the week  and donate to Relay for Life of Sevier County
  • Give a discount on purchases of those who show proof that they signed up for Relay for Life
  • Participate on May 30th by starting a team for your business and invite your staff and customers to be a part of that team
  • Add a purple ribbon to your website or Facebook page
  • Change your marquee to support Relay For Life
  • Show you support by decorating your business in purple during Paint the Town Purple Week (cover planters, change light bulbs, use streamers and balloons, change tablecloths)
  • Hang a Relay For Life poster where it will be most noticeable
  • Sell Suns & Moons POS for $1 each
  • Ask employees to wear purple
  • Sale a special purple item to benefit Relay For Life
  • Dye your fountain purple

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many. There is no finish line until we find a cure!

For more information about how to participate, contact Sophia Conerly, Event chair at sgconerly@yahoo.com or Jessica Brooks, Community Manger at 865-558-4046 or visit relayforlife.org/SevierTN.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Celebrates National Trails Day

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Join park staff and partners on Saturday June 6, to celebrate National Trails Day  with a volunteer opportunity to participate in Appalachian Trail Work Day. The national park is once again working with the Friends of the Smokies (click here to learn more about Friends of the Smokies), the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office, and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club to host this large volunteer event.

This work day event has taken place in the park for the last 19 years and highlights the importance of trails for recreation, education, and physical fitness as well as recognizes the important work performed by trail volunteers. The Appalachian Trail Work Day provides an opportunity for the public to help the Appalachian Trail Maintainers with important trail projects that might not otherwise get accomplished. The work done on the Appalachian Trail during National Trails Day provides hikers with a safe, enjoyable trail experience and protects the resources around the trail.

“We are excited to partner with these great trails groups for National Trails Day,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “This event provides a great opportunity for park supporters to help maintain the park’s trail system and learn about the park’s many volunteer opportunities.”

Volunteers will assist with a variety of projects, from cleaning and replacing water bars, rehabilitating steps and turnpikes, to improving trail tread on sections of the Appalachian Trail between Icewater Springs Shelter and Silers Bald.

The work day concludes with a picnic at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area for all registrants who will also receive a commemorative t-shirt.  The registration fee for this event will support trail projects in the Smokies. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring lots of water and a lunch for the day.

National Trails Day

Group of park rangers and volunteers prepare to hit the trail during National Trails Day.

For more information and to register for this work day, visit the Friends of the Smokies website at: http://friendsofthesmokies.org/event/national-trails-day/ or contact Phyllis Henry at 865-577-2604.

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National Day of Prayer 2015 in Sevier County

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The National Day of Prayer is an annual event where the community is encouraged to gather together for a time of prayer and fellowship. The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7, 2015 and will take place on the Sevier County Courthouse steps and is scheduled from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There will be chairs provided.

The program will include speeches from Mayors, Pastors and local residents, as well as entertainment from solo artists, Hebrew dancers, choirs, community groups and more.

The Sevier County Courthouse is located at 125 Courthouse Road, Sevierville, TN 37862.

Sevier County Courthouse National Day of Prayer

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Park Plans Controlled Burn in Cades Cove

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park fire management officials plan to conduct a controlled burn of an 80-acre field east of Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove. Weather permitting, burn operations will occur on Wednesday, March 25.

The selected field will be burned as part of a cost-effective strategy to prevent the open fields from being reclaimed by forest. These seasonal controlled burns help perpetuate native herbaceous species that provide high quality cover and foraging opportunities for a diversity of wildlife including deer, turkeys, and ground nesting birds.

“By conducting controlled burns, we are able to maintain the openness of the cove to preserve and maintain its historic character while also reducing non-native species,” said Fire Management Specialist Dave Loveland.

The Park contracts to mow about 1,000 acres of fields that are clearly visible from the Cades Cove Loop Road annually. Other fields that are less visible from the loop road, totaling around 1,500 acres, are kept open by burning or mowing on a three-year rotation.

The loop road and historic structures will remain open to visitor use, but brief delays and temporary closures of side roads may occur to ensure public safety during burn operations.  Park staff will be present to answer questions during operations at overlooks and parking areas.

Visitors should expect to see fire activity and smoke during controlled burn operations. Fire managers ask that motorists reduce speed in work zones, but refrain from stopping in the roadways. If smoke is present, roll your windows up and turn on your headlights.

For more information on the use of prescribed burns in Great Smoky Mountains NP, visit our website http://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/wildlandfire.htm.

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It is Time to Welcome Home Sevier County N­­ative, Dolly Parton!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

This year, the Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade will celebrate thirty years of welcoming home Sevier County’s famous Dolly Parton! The parade is full of incredible floats, wonderful marching bands, exciting entertainers and the Grand Marshall, Dolly Parton.

Over 50,000 people line the edges of the parkway to take in the creativity of local businesses, groups and schools from the community and celebrate Dolly! The event is completely free! Be sure to arrive early and find a spot!

The parade begins at 6 pm EST on May 1, 2015. The route begins on the Parkway at traffic light #6 and ends at traffic light #3. The route will head north. Be advised that traffic will be heavy during this time.

Come out and celebrate with all of Sevier County as we welcome home Dolly!

Dolly Parton Fun Facts:

  • In 1995, Dolly launched the Imagination Library which provides a monthly book to every child born in Sevier County. The books are age appropriate and children receive these books up to age five. The program is now available across the US, Canada and Australia. Over 800,000 children receive free books each month thanks to this incredible program!
  • Dolly Parton is the godmother of Miley Cyrus, whose cousin Bobby Cyrus owns Cyrus Family Theater in Pigeon Forge.
  • Dolly has written roughly 5,000 songs since the tender age of seven.

Buddy Bear LOVES Dolly Parton! He is very excited about the parade!

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Lumberjack Feud Brings National Dog Competition to Pigeon Forge

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Lumberjack Feud partners with DockDogs® sports league to host wildcard qualifier.

Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will be hosting the first Lumberjack Feud DockDogs® Wild Card Challenge May 8-10, 2015. The weekend will be an open qualifier offering competitors a wildcard position in the DockDog® World Championships. Lumberjack Feud athletes will also be exhibiting lumberjack sporting events during the competition. This is the first event of its kind in Pigeon Forge, attracting hundreds of new visitors to the area.

The qualifier will showcase over a hundred canine competitors and will be free for the public to attend. Events include Outdoor Big Air™, Extreme Vertical™, Speed Retrieve®, and Iron Dog™. The competition will begin at 8:30 AM EST and conclude by 4:00 PM each day to give attendees time to see all that Pigeon Forge has to offer. The event is sponsored by Lumberjack Feud, DockDogs® and Zukes®.

The Lumberjack Feud is a unique dinner show experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offering its guests real athletes, real competition, and real family fun. The ESPN athlete Lumberjacks, chainsaw-wielding Lumberjills, and World Champion Timber Dogs compete in 18 thrilling lumberjack sporting events including speed climbing and log rolling.

Photo by Jim Zelasko Credit to DockDogs®

To register your dog to compete please visit http://dockdogs.com/. For more information on the event please call Lumberjack Feud at 865-428-8688 or visit www.lumberjackfeud.com.

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18th Annual Sevier County Job Fair is Wednesday, March 18th!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The 18th Annual Sevier County Job Fair is Wednesday March 18, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

There are two sessions for the job fair:
Session one
8 am – 11 am: Non-Tourism Opportunities
This session will have information on Manufacturing, Banking/Finance, Healthcare, Police/Firemen, etc.

Session two
1 pm – 5 pm: Tourism-related Opportunities
This session will have Summer and part-time positions, hotels/Motels, restaurants, attractions, etc.

Career coaches will be present at 10 am to assist with resume development!

For more information, please contact Sevier County Economic Development at 865-428-2212 or email janice.bettis@gmail.com

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All Streams in the Smokies Now Open to Fishing

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the reopening of Lynn Camp Prong to fishing effective March 6, 2015 following a seven-year native, brook trout restoration project. The reopening of the 8.5 mile-stream sections marks the first time, since the park’s establishment in 1934, that all streams in the park are open to fishing.


By preserving a healthy, reproducing population of brook trout, the park not only ensures the long-term protection of a unique species, but also the opportunity for future generations to experience and preserve the Southern Appalachian tradition, heritage, and culture associated with brook trout fishing. Southern Appalachian brook trout are the only trout species native to the southern Appalachian Mountains and are genetically unique from brook trout found north of New River, VA. In the southeast, less than 5% of all areas formerly occupied by brook trout prior to European settlement remain. Select park streams provide a unique opportunity to restore, protect, and preserve native brook trout habitat for the entire region.

“The opening of all streams in the park to recreational fishing marks an incredible milestone for the park and speaks to the commitment and dedication of our biologists and partners in restoring fish populations in the Smokies,” said Park Superintendent Cassius Cash.

The park has 2,900 miles of streams, of which an estimated 20% are large enough to support trout populations. Rainbow trout occupy 15.2% of these streams followed by brook trout which are found in 8.6% of the streams and brown trout which are found in 4.6% of the streams. Brook trout lost 75% of their former range in the park after prolific logging in the early 1900s left streams silted and degraded. Throughout the early part of the 20th century, non-native rainbow and brown trout were introduced to park streams to provide fishing opportunities. These trout quickly outcompeted and displaced native brook trout throughout many park streams. In the last 30 years, acid rain has further reduced trout populations at elevations above 3,000 feet due to low stream pH. Since 1986, park biologists have restored brook trout to 27.1 miles of 11 different streams in the park greatly expanding their range. These restoration efforts were made possible with support from hundreds of local volunteers and including volunteer groups such as Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers, Friends of the Smokies, and local universities.

Using data from long-term monitoring and a recent study, fisheries biologists have determined that recreational fishing under current park regulations has no population level effect on brook trout populations (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/upload/fishing-study.pdf). In addition to fish restoration projects, park biologists are also working hard to improve water quality across park streams. Continued efforts to improve water quality and restore native fish populations will expand habitat for all fish species and these fish-bearing streams will provide a unique mountain fishing experience for visitors of all ages well into the future. For more information about the fisheries program in the park, please visit the park website athttp://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/fish.htm .

Current park fishing regulations include a 7-inch size limit, 5 fish possession limit and the use of single hook, artificial lures only. For more information about fishing regulations, please visit the park website at (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fishing.htm).

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Lumberjack Feud Unveils New Logger’s Mountain Meal

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Lumberjack Feud remodels kitchen, unveils new menu ahead of Spring season.

Lumberjack Feud unveils new logger’s mountain meal.

Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will have a new menu beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2015. As Lumberjack Feud has continued to grow, the show conducted extensive surveying of attendees to produce a menu that will provide guests an improved experience. Lumberjack Feud is looking forward to a great year of action-packed excitement and a delicious Logger’s Mountain Meal.

The Logger’s Mountain Meal will consist of McGraw’s Seasoned Chicken, Roasted Red Potato, Cookie’s Corn on the Cob, Lumberjill Biscuit, Lumberjack Camp Soup, and Dawson’s Delicious Dessert.

Lumberjack Feud will be closed March 9-10, 2015 in preparation of the premiere of the new menu. They will open with two shows at 5:00PM and 8:15PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

The Lumberjack Feud is a unique dinner show experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offering its guests real athletes, real competition, and real family fun. The ESPN athlete Lumberjacks, chainsaw-wielding Lumberjills, and World Champion Timber Dogs compete in 18 thrilling lumberjack sporting events including speed climbing and log rolling.

For more information or to make reservations, please call Lumberjack Feud at 865-428-8688 or visit www.lumberjackfeud.com.

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Indoor Activities for Snow Days!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! The Smoky Mountains are gorgeous with white capped peaks and glistening snow. Usually, the lower elevations get little accumulation, however, when ice and heavy snow sets in, it can cause a bit of cabin fever! Looking for something to keep your family entertained indoors while on vacation? Check out some of these fun family indoor activities that require little to no elements!

Build a fort – Fort building is tons of fun! Anything can be incorporated into the construction of the structure! Use the comforter and the chairs. Have a ton of those plastic party cups? Use those for a fortress wall! Creativity can lead to awesome forts!

Blow bubbles – Give the kids a cup with water, a straw and soap. Have a race to see who can get their bubble mountain to the top first! Try using other containers you have access to and see which one works the best.

Letter or number doodles – Draw a letter or number whatever size you want on a piece of paper. See what kind of creations can come from those. Can the letter P become a penguin? Bonus points if the creation starts with the letter or has the same number as the number drawn. At the end, have an art show! Why not try to do the whole alphabet?

This letter artist is turning the letter D into a jellyfish.

The finished work of art!

Paper plane contest – Paper airplanes aren’t just for passing notes. See who can create a plane that will fly the furthest. Decorate the planes to make them exciting. Have a plane showcase!

Indoor picnic – Instead of having everyone gather at the table for lunch or go their separate ways in the cabin, why not have an indoor picnic? Throw down a comforter or towel, put together some family style plates and have a picnic!

Dance party – Have something that will play music like a smartphone, laptop, radio or TV? Then you have all the requirements for a super fun family dance party! Let the kids take turns in the middle showing off their skills!

Sing off – Same thing applies! Any song can become a karaoke sing off! Look up karaoke songs on YouTube or sing along to your favorites. Bonus points for getting into full character and dressing up.

Learn something new – If you have internet access while stuck inside, learn a new skill! There are hundreds of thousands of tutorials online. Why not have the family learn the alphabet in sign language?

What does your family do to pass the time when you’re snowed in? Tell us below!