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GSMNP seeking volunteers to help clean up Alum Cave Trail


(WBIR) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers to assist crews on fixing up Alum Cave Trail.

The trail is south of Gatlinburg near the North Carolina state line. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday starting May 20 through October 28.

The work shift runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but shorter shifts could be available upon request.

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Rally for murdered Sevier County woman cancelled


Update 10:28 am:

The family of a Sevier County woman murdered in 2009 told WBIR on Wednesday that they've cancelled a rally scheduled for that day outside the Sevier County Courthouse.

The family hasn't decided whether to reschedule the rally.

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Family, friends and supporters will rally in honor of a Sevier County woman who was murdered more than five years ago.

Laurel Falls trail reopens after repairs


(WBIR) One of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now back open.

Crews finished the repairs to Laurel Falls Trail early Friday afternoon.

Dollywood brings 30 years of memories for East Tennesseans


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Since day one, Dollywood has been serving up delicious food, entertainment, thrills and lifelong memories for Tennesseans and visitors of all ages.

"We would stay there all day," said Mayor David Wear, "And we would ride the rides over and over, we would just wear them out."

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Dolly Parton to perform first time in Dollywood in 10 years


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Person hurt in Chapman Hwy. crash airlifted to hospital


Lifestar flew one person to the hospital following a crash on Chapman Highway in Sevier County Wednesday morning.

The accident happened near the Zion Hill intersection and shut down all lanes of of the highway for about an hour.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., officials reopened two lanes in each direction after Lifestar took off with the person injured in the crash.

Just after 10 a.m., crews cleared the crash and reopened all the lanes.

Sheriff: Illinois man came to Tenn. to have sex with teen


An Illinois man was jailed in Sevier County, after investigators say he drove to Tennessee to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

According to Sevier County Sheiff Ron Seals, Ryan K. Herrmann, 21, of Rock City, was charged wtih statutory rape on Monday.

The victim's father called authorities after he found Hermann sleeping in a car near his home. Hermann claimed to have car trouble, but after deputies arrived, they learned that Hermann had been communicating with the girl for two weeks on an app called KIK.