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Six Sevierville and Pigeon Forge stores burglarized in four hours

Six Sevierville and Pigeon Forge stores burglarized in four hours

At least six businesses were  burglarized Thursday morning in the Sevierville and Pigeon Forge area.

All of the break-ins happened between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m. according to Sevierville police and store owners.

Many of the shops were within walking distance of one another.

Sevierville P.D. Spokesman Bob Stahlke says they're investigating the possibility all the incidents are related.

He says initial analysis of surveillance video appears to show the same suspects at two of the three Sevierville break-ins. The third did not provide video.

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Rain delays Gatlinburg Bypass work, forces lane closures Friday

Rain delays Gatlinburg Bypass work, forces lane closures Friday

Rain has forced a change in some scheduled roadwork on the Gatlinburg Bypass, and thought could affect Labor Day weekend travelers.

The work requires the Bypass to be shut down, and the park had planned for the closure to happen overnight.  But on Friday, the park announced that because of heavy rain overnight, the northbound lane of the Bypass will close at 1:00 pm Friday.  All that traffic will be routed through Gatlinburg. 

The southbound lane of the Bypass will remain open until 9:00 pm.

Gatlinburg Art Festival kicks off 8th year

Gatlinburg Art Festival kicks off 8th year

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival kicks off Friday.  The outdoor family event features artists from around the country along with Appalachian music from the area.  

The festival is celebrating it's 8th year in 2012. 

Volunteers from the community produce the festival to benefit the Sevier County Arts Council, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club. 

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It's Football Time in Tennessee!

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

 

It's the day Vol fans have been waiting for, the start of the 2012 football season.    

It's been a long offseason for the team having to dwell on a loss to Kentucky for the last eight months.

But today the Vols open up the season against NC State.

The arrived in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

This is the first time in 73 years that the team has played a regular season game on a Friday.

The Vols will take on the Wolfpack tonight at the Georgia Dome at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be aired on ESPU-U.

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UT races to record Korean War veteran histories

UT races to record Korean War veteran histories

Six decades ago the United States was embroiled in a three-year war in Korea that was arguably as deadly as any military conflict before or since.  Yet, many veterans consider the Korean War the fight our country has forgotten.

Pigeon Forge Primary among SCORE finalists

Pigeon Forge Primary among SCORE finalists

SCORE is out with its 12 finalists for the second annual SCORE prize award.

Each year, one elementary, middle and high school, along with one school district in Tennessee receive the award for the most dramatically improved student achievement.

Some East Tennessee schools are among the finalists. They include John Sevier Elementary in Maryville and Pigeon Forge Primary in Sevier County.

Hamblen and Maryville are both finalists for best district. Maryville won that title last year.

Individual school winners will get $10,000. The winning district will get $25,000.

SEVIER: TDOT road construction roundup

SEVIER: TDOT road construction roundup

TDOT provides this roundup of East Tennessee road construction every week:

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville between I-40 and SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.): Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and expect potential delays traveling through this area. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/