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Smokies officials propose restriction on firewood


(WBIR) Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are proposing a change aimed at protecting the national park.

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Seymour spa busted for prostitution

(WBIR) Sevier County deputies busted a Seymour spa Monday for prostitution.

Deputies raided the Royal Spa in Seymour where they arrested three women and Ricky Willcox, 57, of Clarksville.

An undercover operation revealed that the women were charging customers for sex, according to the sheriff's office. They also didn't have valid massage therapist licenses.

The three women are facing promoting prostitution charges: Yuan Hong Hua, 47, Cui Ying, 40, and Bai Jin Shum, 54.

Dry weather boosts business in Pigeon Forge


(WBIR- Pigeon Forge) Businesses in Pigeon Forge depending on the weather are seeing an increase in their bottom line with the warmer temperatures.

Country's first July 4th parade rolls through Gatlinburg

(WBIR) The first 4th of July parade in the country for 2014 wrapped up long before sunrise on Friday.

Gatlinburg kicked off the patriotic celebrations with its 39th annual 4th of July midnight parade. The event honored military veterans and heroes.

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Gatlinburg prepares for annual 4th of July midnight parade

(WBIR, Gatlinburg) - Gatlinburg is gearing up for its 39th annual 4th of July Midnight Parade. The parade, which honors military veterans and heroes, will start at 12 a.m. Thursday and last into the early Friday morning hours.

Camping and lawn chairs were already lined up on the curb in downtown Gatlinburg as early as 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning, more than 15 hours before the parade starts.

The city is expecting around 100,000 spectators which will give businesses there a big boost.

Former Sevier Co. inmate files lawsuit against county


(WBIR) A former Sevier County inmate is suing the county after he claims jailers beat him and refused to give him medical care, which nearly killed him, according to court documents filed this month.

Gregory Bald closed after several close bear encounters

(WBIR) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced Thursday its temporarily closing down several trails after hikers experienced some close encounters with bears.

Park officials said Gregory Bald and nearby trails including Gregory Bald Trail and Wolf Ridge Trail from Parson Bald to Gregory Bald will be closed for the time being.