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Six Pigeon Forge Tennessee Special Events, Festivals To Help Mark 75th Anniversary Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

October 7, 2008, 1:26 pm
Six Pigeon Forge, Tennesse special events, including Wilderness Wildlife Week in January and Dolly's Homecoming Parade with Smokies-born entertainer Dolly Parton as grand marshal in May, are on the official calendar of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th anniversary. ...

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Dolly Parton Named Smokies Ambassador

October 3, 2008, 1:31 pm
Dolly Parton, who often refers to her Smoky Mountains upbringing, will serve as the ambassador for the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There will be events throughout 2009 celebrating Congress' approval to form the park on June 15, ...

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Hog Wild in Cades Cove; Park Trying to Control Smokies' Hog Population

September 17, 2008, 11:02 am
Since imported European wild boars escaped from a fenced North Carolina hunting preserve in 1920, they have called the Smoky Mountains home. Currently the wild hog population throughout the Great Smokies National Park is estimated at 500 to 1,000, according to Park Information Officer Nancy ...

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It Ain't Easy Being Free

September 9, 2008, 2:12 pm
In the banquet that is our national parks, the Great Smoky Mountains is the casserole—less thrilling but more filling than more glamorous offerings. Established as an economic engine for a depressed region, the Smokies generates more local jobs and dollars and serves far more visitors than any other national ...

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Park Service Says Fewer Visitors in Smokies

September 8, 2008, 3:14 pm
Officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park say visitation at its main entrances is down 5 percent so far this year, largely because of gas prices that spiked during the ...

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Eve of Brook Trout Repopulation in the Smokies

September 8, 2008, 2:37 pm
Beginning on the second Monday of September, one fish population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is doomed. Wildlife officials will start using a special chemical to kill off the Rainbow and Brown varieties of trout. The eight mile stretch of the Little River they currently live in is ...

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Johnson: Pi Beta Phi sellout threatens Gatlinburgon: Pi Beta Phi sellout threatens Gatlinburg

August 28, 2008, 12:57 pm
Pity the poor planners in Gatlinburg. Just days after the Gatlinburg Partnership Council released the results of a months-long planning process that called for the greening of Gatlinburg, preserving mountain views, authentically representing Gatlinburg's place, history and culture, and developing more attractive buildings and public realm, a longtime benefactor ...

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Johnson: Pi Beta Phi sellout threatens Gatlinburgon: Pi Beta Phi sellout threatens Gatlinburg

August 28, 2008, 12:57 pm
Pity the poor planners in Gatlinburg. Just days after the Gatlinburg Partnership Council released the results of a months-long planning process that called for the greening of Gatlinburg, preserving mountain views, authentically representing Gatlinburg's place, history and culture, and developing more attractive buildings and public realm, a longtime benefactor ...

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October Festivals in the Smokies

August 26, 2008, 3:20 pm
According to the National Park Service, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in the country. The Smokies are filled with wildlife, waterfalls, and historic buildings. While all of these are definitely sights worth seeing, one of the main attractions comes during fall when ...

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Park Rangers, Blount Sheriff Seeking Missing ATV Rider

August 26, 2008, 3:08 pm
Park rangers are helping a local sheriff in searching the west end of the Smokies for a missing ATV rider. Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are helping Blount County deputies search for 51-year-old Michael Hearon of ...

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National Park Service Launches Website for Visitors with Disabilities

August 25, 2008, 9:05 am
The National Park Service has started a website for visitors with disabilities and other special needs to help them find accessible trails, programs and activities at national parks. The website at www.nps.gov/pub_aff/access/index.htm is called "National Parks: Accessible to Everyone." ...

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How Little We Know

August 20, 2008, 9:40 am
The Lamar Alexander springtail (Cosberella lamaralexanderi) is a small, insectlike creature patterned with calico dots. Named for the senior senator from Tennessee, it is partial to dead leaves and plays a vital part in the whole forest food web. And here is the clincher: Until 2006, the Lamar Alexander ...

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Bear Safety: Observing Bears Without Mishap in Our National Parks

August 20, 2008, 9:31 am
The news that an 86-pound black bear attacked and mauled an eight-year-old boy in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday evening, August 11, is enough to strike fear in the hearts of parents across the country. The boy, Evan Pala of Boca Raton, FL, was lucky: He survived the ...

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Florida Man's Shoe Found in Stomach of Slain Black Bear

August 18, 2008, 2:06 pm
Authorities cut open a slain bear and found a shoe lost by a Florida man while fighting off a bear that attacked his 8-year-old son in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The footwear was discovered in the black bear's stomach during a necropsy at the University of Tennessee Veterinary ...

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8-year-old boy, father injured during bear attack at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

August 12, 2008, 7:56 am
GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say a black bear mauled an 8-year-old Florida boy and the boy's father was injured while defending him. Park rangers later killed a bear matching the description of the one in the attack. Park spokesman Bob Miller says the incident ...

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