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Former superintendents relished time at Smoky Mountains park

June 8, 2009, 7:36 am
Those who have been superintendents of Great Smoky Mountains National Park say they consider the job a choice assignment in the National Park Service and have many memories from their time, both of the scenery and the challenges of being the boss."I think it's the best job in the ...

Smoky Mountains Park marks 75th anniversary

June 4, 2009, 10:23 am
 GATLINBURG, Tenn. - The ancient blue-green mountains with breathtaking vistas and distinctive mists are home to salamanders and black bears, 19th century log cabins, rippling streams, waterfalls and more than 800 miles of trails, including a large section of the Georgia-to-Maine Appalachian Trail.It's little wonder the Great Smoky Mountains attracts ...

U.S. House: Kudos to Great Smokies park

June 3, 2009, 7:45 am
The U.S. House is sending birthday wishes to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The chamber voted 392-1 late Tuesday to approve a resolution congratulating the park on its 75th anniversary.The one "no" vote was cast by a Marion Berry, a Democratic Arkansas congressman (who is not the former D.C. ...

National parks film shows history of influential people

June 1, 2009, 7:44 am
If the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is truly about its people, as screenwriter Dayton Duncan asserts in a new PBS documentary, then he’s narrowed it down to two specific individuals.The PBS documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” which will get a sneak peek here Monday ...

Remnants of long-gone Smokies culture

June 1, 2009, 7:23 am
In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it's easy to get lost in the past. The nation's most-visited national park has nearly 80 historic buildings scattered throughout its 800 square miles, evidence that until the 1930s, children attended school there while their parents coaxed corn from the hardscrabble soil of ...

National Parks Comm. To Meet In Smokies

May 29, 2009, 7:45 am
The National Parks Second Century Commission will conduct its fifth and final meeting at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on June 2-4.Chaired by former Sens. Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R-Tenn.) and J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. (D-La.), the National Parks Second Century Commission is a first-in-a-generation effort to examine the ...

Park officials close 5 campsites due to aggressive bears

May 28, 2009, 1:32 pm
An increase in the bear population has tourists taking lots of pictures, and park officials taking extra precautions.Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed five back-country campsites this month due to the presence of aggressive bears.They said there are more bears than normal this spring, and they're ...

Former residents of Great Smoky Mountains to tell stories of life before the park

May 28, 2009, 7:34 am
Gatlinburg is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an event featuring people affected by the land purchase between Tennessee and North Carolina. The June 6 program called "The Park Was My Home" will include 20 people, mostly in their 80s and 90s, who ...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th

May 19, 2009, 9:30 am
2009 marks a special time for East Tennessee as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As we at Cityview began discussing the upcoming festivities, we couldn’t help but want to share our excitement with you! When I was nine years old, my world changed ...

Smokies to Get $64 Million in Stimulus Money

May 15, 2009, 1:31 pm
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park's sagging infrastructure will see major improvements in the coming year thanks to $64 million in federal stimulus money aimed at improving national parks and boosting the economy.The funding is about eight times what the park receives in an average year for maintenance projects.Of ...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary

May 13, 2009, 12:15 pm
In observance of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2009, an entire year of festivities is planned, featuring mountain music, historic demonstrations, crafts, food, fine art, special appearances, and ceremonies. Visitors can participate special programs that highlight the park’s flora and fauna ...

Park to Preserve Tennessee Logging Town

May 12, 2009, 7:48 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to preserve part of the historic Elkmont community in Tennessee.The park on Monday said it filed an environmental impact statement on a plan that would save 18 cabins for interpretative uses. The Appalachian Clubhouse would be available to rent for daytime events.The remaining ...

Smokies Faces Challenges

May 1, 2009, 10:20 am
It's hard not to picture Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a preserve that will never be touched and never change. But the truth is the 800-square-mile park has changed since its founding 75 years ago. Pollution, overuse, invasive species, political deals and development along its borders have all shaped ...

Outdoors: Trails Forever

April 8, 2009, 8:16 am
 My husband, Lenny, and I first visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park back in 1974. We were on a driving vacation from New Jersey and thought we could “do” both Shenandoah National Park and the Smokies in a mere two weeks. While I carried a pack filled with food, ...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closes All Park Caves to Protect Bats

April 3, 2009, 7:41 am
In response to a growing concern about a new malady that has killed an estimated 400,000 bats in the Northeast, managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed all of its caves to public entry until further notice.According to biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a ...