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Work starts on a Sevierville drainage improvement project

Work starts on a Sevierville drainage improvement project

A drainage improvement project on Old Knoxville Highway between Reed Schoolhouse Road and Boyd's Creek Highway started Monday, Sept. 17. and will continue until Friday, Sept. 21.

The City of Sevierville Department of Public Works said construction during this period will occur everyday around 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Officials said traffic in both directions will be running, but drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes.

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Lynyard Skynyrd and ZZ Top rock Smokies Stadium

Lynyard Skynyrd and ZZ Top rock Smokies Stadium

Lynyard Skynyrd and ZZ Top rocked Smokies Stadium Sunday Night.

Lynyard Skynyrd played fan favorites like "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird" and "Gimme 3 Steps."

ZZ Top rocked their iconic hits, including "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs." This band won a Grammy in 1984 for Best Vocal Group. Lynyard Skynyrd never won a Grammy, but the band was inducted in the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame back in 2006.

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Right up until the second half Saturday night, the incredible momentum that energized Knoxville for the past week seemed like it might be enough to carry the Tennessee Volunteers to a victory against the Florida Gators for the first time in eight meetings.

The Vols were up 14-10 in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 102,000.

 

But then the 2nd half happened to a team that's had some memorable 2nd half meltdowns in the past few years.

Then the Gators scored 27 points.

White supremacists to gather in East Tennessee

White supremacists to gather in East Tennessee

A group of white supremacists is heading to East Tennessee this weekend.

Organized by "Stormfront," the oldest and best known website devoted to the "white pride, white power" movement, the private gathering will take place in the Smoky Mountains and will only be open to a limited number of members.

Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit organization that tracks "hate groups" throughout the country.

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Woman dies after Labor Day trolley accident

Woman dies after Labor Day trolley accident

A woman seriously injured in a trolley accident on Labor Day has passed away.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the accident happened in Gatlinburg at the intersection of Bebb Road and County Highway 2435.

Troopers say the trolley was carrying passengers when it turned to avoid another vehicle.

Some of the pavement crumbled away, causing the trolley to overturn. That threw a passenger out of her seat.

66-year-old Eunice Spencer of Michigan was hospitalized and passed away Friday afternoon.

Wonders of Flight balloon inflates after helium shortage delay

Wonders of Flight balloon inflates after helium shortage delay

A new Sevier County tourist attraction literally gets off the ground Thursday after months of delays.

A world-wide helium shortage postponed July's grand opening of the Wonders of Flight attraction in Pigeon Forge.

But, they now have the tanks of helium on-site and are inflating the balloon.

The tethered balloon will float people 400 feet in the air for an elevated view of the Great Smoky Mountains.

After this summer's unexpected delay, the manager of Wonderworks says he is ready for lift off. The attraction will open to the public on September 21.

Major gospel music event coming to Pigeon Forge in 2014

Major gospel music event coming to Pigeon Forge in 2014

A major gospel music convention is coming to Pigeon Forge in a couple of years.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism announced Wednesday that the National Quartet Convention (NQC) will be held at the soon-to-open LeConte Center in 2014 and 2015.