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Category: WATE News

Mar 14
XPERIA Ocean Journey, Attraction in Sevierville TN

The XPERIA: Ocean Journey is an up-close, hyper-real experience in Sevierville, Tennessee and combines innovative digital technologies and immersive storytelling to take participants on a journey to explore fascinating areas of the ocean and interact with some of the most amazing sea creatures, without having to go to the ocean.

Mar 13
Wilderness at the Smokies Rolling Out New Additions, Renovations and Experiences for 2024

Wilderness at the Smokies has expanded and renovated its indoor Wild WaterDome waterpark! Guests can experience new attractions like a three-story water coaster called the Ridge Runner.

Mar 12
The ‘queen of country’ has high hopes for Dollywood’s 39th season

Dolly Parton is continuing to add to her theme park, known as Dollywood. The biggest additions for their 39th season is what will be known as the Dolly Parton Experience, which is expected to be complete by May 24

Jan 18
New visitor center in Townsend provides starting point for Great Smoky Mountains visitors

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has opened a new visitor center called the Great Smokies Welcome Center. Located in Townsend, at 7929 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, this new center is a starting point for visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The center provides information about the park and sells souvenirs, parking tags, and other park-related items.

Jan 17
Cherokee Tribal Council takes ‘significant step’ toward renaming Clingmans Dome

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council has taken a “significant step forward” to renaming Clingmans Dome, according to a statement released by the tribe. The Tribal Council voted unanimously on a resolution to approve the submittal of an application to change the name of Clingmans Dome to “Kuwohi” on January 4.

Dec 24
Where’s Santa? View NORAD’s tracker on Santa in real time

Santa has taken off and he’s on his way to deliver presents just in time for Christmas Day. While he has a long way to go to make it to every home in the world, NORAD keeps track of him all the way. Have you ever wondered how NORAD tracks Santa? Well, NORAD has it down to a science, according to Major General Greg Day with NORAD.

Oct 30
America’s largest birds of prey education center opens in Sevier County

The American Eagle Foundation opened it’s new Project Eagle facility on Thursday, bringing to life an education center that has been in the works since 2019.

Oct 29
Big changes coming to Laurel Falls Trail with approval of improvement plan

The National Park Service is moving ahead with a plan to improve the visitor experience at one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Oct 04
Gatlinburg haunted house named to list of America’s best by Yelp

Spooky season has arrived and thrillseekers in East Tennessee won’t have to go far to enjoy a haunted house rated one of the country’s best by Yelp.

Oct 04
‘Frickle and Beer Cheese Burger’ from GatlinBURGER Week voted as the best

After a successful 4th annual GatlinBURGER Week, it came time to tally the votes for the best specialty burger out of the nineteen Gatlinburg restaurants that participated.