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Park Announces Frontcountry Camping Fee Increase

Park Announces Frontcountry Camping Fee Increase

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a fee increase for frontcounty campgrounds and picnic pavilions effective March 1, 2018. Over the past year, officials reviewed public comments, operating costs, and projected budget levels to determine the rate increases which range from 10% to 25%. The rate increases are necessary to meet the rising costs […]

Park Seeks Tips Regarding Damage to Elkmont Cabins

Park Seeks Tips Regarding Damage to Elkmont Cabins

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) is seeking witnesses who may have information regarding a recent human-caused fire that caused damage to cabins in the Elkmont Historic District.US Park Rangers responded to an initial report of the fire at about 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  The damaged cabins are located in […]

Park Hosts Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Park Hosts Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Park staff and volunteers will provide hands-on traditional crafts and activities from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about and experience some of the traditions surrounding an […]

Temple Research: Canola Oil Linked to Worsened Memory & Learning Ability in Alzheimer’s

Temple Research: Canola Oil Linked to Worsened Memory & Learning Ability in Alzheimer’s

Canola oil is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils in the world, yet surprisingly little is known about its effects on health. Now, a new study published online December 7 in the journal Scientific Reports by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) associates the consumption of canola oil in […]

What Do High School Athletes, Their Parents and Coaches Know About Concussion?

What Do High School Athletes, Their Parents and Coaches Know About Concussion?

Most high school athletes, their parents and coaches can identify the possible effects of concussion, but only about one-third know that it is a brain injury. Those findings are outlined in a new Mayo Clinic study. Athletes were more likely than parents and coaches to correctly identify a concussion as a brain injury. Identifying trends […]

New Requirements Proposed for Herbicide Use

New Requirements Proposed for Herbicide Use

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is proposing new rules and requirements for use of herbicides containing dicamba in the commercial production of cotton and soybeans. TDA is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a Special Local Needs [24(c)] label to further restrict use of new formulation products in Tennessee including […]

TDH Reminds Tennesseans It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

TDH Reminds Tennesseans It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

The holidays are about celebrating the season and spending time with family and friends. Because influenza and other viruses are easily spread where groups of  people gather together, it is important to do your part to keep everyone around you healthy. “We want to protect our family, friends and community from illness during this special […]

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project Suspended for Winter

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project Suspended for Winter

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower has been reopened to the public. The rehabilitation work has been suspended for the winter and is expected to resume this Spring. The remaining work is expected to take approximately two weeks and will necessitate another short-term closure to complete. Visitors can […]

Park Invites the Public to #OptOutside after Thanksgiving Day

Park Invites the Public to #OptOutside after Thanksgiving Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to join a park ranger for a guided hike on Friday, November 24 or a service opportunity on Saturday, November 25. Hikes will be offered near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Elkmont Campground, providing an outstanding opportunity for people of all ages to #OptOutside and enjoy the park. […]

Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to comment on a proposed project through December 10, 2017. The National Park Service is proposing to upgrade the Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant serves the Elkmont Developed Area including the Elkmont Campground. Treated effluent from the plant is currently discharged to the Little River […]

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