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Celebrity businesses coming to Pigeon Forge


A major expansion is underway to the once-failed Island development in Pigeon Forge.

The possibility of millions of dollars in revenue and 250 jobs are coming as soon as this summer.

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Paula Deen opening Pigeon Forge restaurant

(WBIR) Paula Deen is planning to add a bit more southern cooking to East Tennessee.

Her company announced Wednesday morning that it plans to open a new restaurant and retail operation at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

"Paula Deen's Family Kitchen" is scheduled to open in late summer 2014, according to a release.

The restaurant will be 20,000 square feet and has a projected design, construction, and yearly operation budget of nearly $20 million.

TODAY: 2 job fairs in Sevierville

  • (WBIR) If you're looking for a job - Tuesday offers a couple options for you in Sevierville.

NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountain is hosting a job fair today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1545 Parkway in Sevierville.

Bus drives into creek, some passengers taken to hospital

Five passengers were taken to the hospital Friday after a school bus carrying Knoxville Catholic students drove off the road and into a creek.

It happened just before 6:00 p.m. off Glades Road on the east side of Gatlinburg in Sevier County, according to dispatchers.

THP officials said they believed all injuries were minor. The students were taken to LeConte Medical Center, four by ambulance and one by car.

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Want to work at Dollywood?

Dollywood is looking for some friendly folks to come work for them.

Positions are available on several Dollywood teams, including opportunities to work at the new FireChaser Express, the nation's first dual-launch family coaster, during its maiden season.

If you are interested, go to https://dollywoodjobs.silkroad.com/ to see the open positions. If you are interested, follow the directions on the site, and if the basic requirements are met, the official application process begins.

Hard Rock Cafe opening in Pigeon Forge in late Spring

The Hard Rock Cafe has officially announced its move from Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge.

As we first reported Tuesday, the popular restaurant was looking for a larger space with free parking, and now that Pigeon Forge allows liquor by the drink sales, officials were ready to make the move down the parkway.

Helen Ross McNabb cuts ribbon at new Sevierville facility

(WBIR) The Helen Ross McNabb Center is expanding its operations in Sevierville thanks to a new location.

On Wednesday, the center held an open house and ribbon cutting on a new facility that is double the size of its old one.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center has been providing mental health and addiction treatment services in Sevier County for 10 years.