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Sep 25
Citing high demand, Oliver Anthony moves Knoxville concert to Smokies Stadium

Singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony’s upcoming concert in East Tennessee is on the move again to a larger venue due to high demand for tickets, officials announced Tuesday. Oliver Anthony will now perform at the 6,000-seat Smokies Stadium in Sevier County on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Sep 15
Dollywood Lightning Rod coaster to close in October for maintenance

Dollywood visitors who may have been disappointed to find the Lightning Rod rollercoaster was closed during their visit may look at planning their next visit in the spring, as the ride is scheduled for a change over the winter, according to Dollywood.

Sep 14
Mountain Life Festival returns to Smokies national park after 3 years

The Mountain Life Festival will return to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time in three years, according to a release from the park.

Sep 12
Dolly Parton reflects on impact of Dollywood after park takes home several awards

“We have so many wonderful things happening here, I have wonderful partners with the Herschends, but I’ve been blessed to do tons of stuff, and at my age I’m still doing it and I’m as excited about everything as I was back when I left the smokies dreaming years ago,” Parton said.

Sep 11
Dollywood wins five Golden Ticket Awards; Parton, business partners named receive ‘Legend Award’

Dollywood has won five more Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards, including Best Christmas Event and Best Park, according to Dollywood.

Aug 21
Retired Waldens Creek firefighter battles lung cancer with help of his department

A retired Waldens Creek volunteer firefighter has been diagnosed with stage three adenocarcinoma lung cancer.

Aug 17
New Crayola attraction coming to Pigeon Forge in 2024

A new 30,000 sq. ft. indoor family entertainment center is expected to open in Sevier County. BrightColors LLC and Kingsmen Xperience announced that Crayola Experience family entertainment venue will be in Pigeon Forge, according to the news release. The attraction plans to open in the fall of 2024.

Aug 16
Bear cub recovering after sibling hit and killed by car in Sevier County

One bear cub is dead while another one is recovering after they were both hit by a car in Sevier County. Appalachian Bear Rescue said the surviving male cub, who has been named Turnip, is about six months old and weighs almost 40 pounds. He was hit in the head in the car crash and is showing signs of a concussion.

Jul 11
Discovering the Butterflies of the Smokies

In this week’s edition of Smoky Mountain Minute, Naturalist and Educator Liz Domingue stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to talk about the variety of butterflies and moths found in the Smokies. Dominque is also the co-author of Butterflies and Moths of the Smokies, one of the more recent (2019) additions to the Great Smoky Mountains Association’s field guide series.

Jul 11
Laurel Falls Trail to close for bridge repair, tree removal

by: Hope McAlee Posted: Jul 7, 2023 / 02:18 PM EDT GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Laurel Falls Trail will close for one day as crews work to remove a fallen tree and repair the bridge according to a release from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail will be closed on Tuesday, July 11, and hikers will […]