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TDCI: Don’t Let Eclipse-Related Scams Compromise Safety

TDCI: Don’t Let Eclipse-Related Scams Compromise Safety

Big events draw crowds – and unscrupulous scammers looking to cash in at others’ expense. The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse is no exception. As thousands of consumers make plans to view the eclipse at parties and other gatherings across the Volunteer State, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer […]

Park Reminds Visitors about Clingmans Dome Road Closure for the Solar Eclipse Event

Park Reminds Visitors about Clingmans Dome Road Closure for the Solar Eclipse Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are reminding visitors that Clingmans Dome Road will be closed to all access beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 through the evening of Monday, August 21 following the event. No overnight parking will be allowed at Clingmans Dome Parking Area or pull-offs, parking areas, and trailheads along […]

Half-Day Closure of Cades Cove Loop Road

Half-Day Closure of Cades Cove Loop Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced a half-day closure of Cades Cove Loop Road on Thursday, June 29 due to a critical maintenance issue. The half-day closure will begin at sunrise and remain in effect till noon. No other work is planned at this time. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should expect the road to be […]

‘Tis The Season: Wildlife Should Remain Wild

‘Tis The Season: Wildlife Should Remain Wild

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officials are experiencing an increase in the illegal removal of wildlife and wishes to remind people that not only is taking wildlife from nature unlawful, it can have harmful effects on humans, pets, and wildlife populations. Animals most often taken include fawns, turtles, squirrels and baby raccoons.  Sometimes the intent is […]

Summer Has Officially Begun!

Summer Has Officially Begun!

If this Wednesday feels especially long, it’s not just you. Today, June 21, 2017, is actually the longest day of the year, the first day of summer, and the day of the summer solstice. That seems like a lot to take place on just one day! The date of the summer solstice is based on […]

Paula Deen Hosts Private Cooking Experience

Paula Deen Hosts Private Cooking Experience

Celebrity chef Paula Deen on June 15 hosted a private cooking experience and dinner, along with her husband and sons, at The Walden Lodge, fulfilling a Zoofari auction item that helped raise funds for Zoo Knoxville. Packaged with lodging and spa treatment, the experience was donated by Sid and Jo Blalock, The Island in Pigeon […]

Tennessee Department of Human Services Increases Transportation Checks at Child Care Agencies, Encourages All Tennesseans Responsible for Transporting Children to “Look Before You Lock”

Tennessee Department of Human Services Increases Transportation Checks at Child Care Agencies, Encourages All Tennesseans Responsible for Transporting Children to “Look Before You Lock”

Temperatures are heating up with the start of summer only days away. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) Child Care Licensing Team is increasing its focus on transportation. TDHS Child Care Licensing program evaluators will conduct additional unannounced visits to child care agencies approved to transport children. These visits are conducted during hot summer […]

Canine Influenza Detected in Dogs in Tennessee

Canine Influenza Detected in Dogs in Tennessee

The state veterinarian is advising dog owners to monitor their pets due to reports of canine influenza in Tennessee. The UT College of Veterinary Medicine recently confirmed detection of canine influenza (CI) in four dogs in East Tennessee. The illness in three of the dogs is believed to have originated at a dog show in […]

Ninety Eighth-Grade Sevier County Students Offered Free Tuition Through Partnership

Ninety Eighth-Grade Sevier County Students Offered Free Tuition Through Partnership

The Smoky Mountain School of Appalachian Arts and Culture kicked off this week, with ninety area eighth-grade students attending. Each student was able to attend tuition-free, thanks to a partnership between SmartBank and Sevier County Schools. “We are thrilled to partner with SmartBank to offer ninety children this unique opportunity,” said Sevier County School Superintendent, […]

Intermittent Closures to Gatlinburg Bypass Access

Intermittent Closures to Gatlinburg Bypass Access

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced intermittent closures of the access ramp leading from the southbound Spur to the Gatlinburg Bypass, Monday through Friday, beginning May 3 through May 12. The temporary, short-term closures are necessary for the installation of a new gate. The Bypass will be fully open northbound from the park to the […]

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