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Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Bank sues Dumplin Creek developer

Bank sues Dumplin Creek developer

An East Tennessee bank is suing the developer of a stalled Sevier County shopping center.

Dumplin Creek Shopping Center remains unfinished, years after initial plans began.

If completed, it would look a lot like Turkey Creek in West Knoxville. 

Now, Sevier County Bank is suing John Turley, the developer behind the project.

According to the suit, the bank made two loans back in 2007 to Turley's company, Kodak Land.  One for $20-million dollars, the other for $5-million dollars.

SmartBank expands into the Florida panhandle

SmartBank expands into the Florida panhandle

Pigeon Forge-based SmartBank is expanding into the Florida panhandle.

The bank has agreed to assume all of Gulf South Private Bank's deposits and assets after the FDIC seized it. Gulf South had about $159 million in assets and about $151 million in deposits as of June 30.

The purchase means SmartBank will have four locations in the Destin area. It currently serves clients in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Knoxville.

Peace by Piece: A new gallery in Gatlinburg

Peace by Piece: A new gallery in Gatlinburg

The Smokies inspire a lot of artists in East Tennessee, including one stained glass maker.

She established her art studio and gallery in Gatlinburg in a renovated 200 year old cabin.

"If I come to work for eight hours a day I want to be in here," Sandy Sgrillo said.

She calls it Peace by Piece.

"It brings me peace. P-E-A-C-E. It brings me peace and each piece is done one at a time. Peace by Piece," she said.

She makes one piece of stained glass at a time.

Wonders of Flight sets sail Friday

Wonders of Flight sets sail Friday

Sevier County's newest tourist attraction gives visitors a new way to view the Smokies. Wonders of Flight opens to the public Friday.

The tethered helium balloon attraction was originally supposed to open this summer, but as we reported in June, a world-wide helium shortage delayed the grand opening.

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

Billboard, website pop up requesting Target come to Sevierville

Billboard, website pop up requesting Target come to Sevierville

As hotel room demand grows in Sevier County, a group of residents has a growing demand for a popular retailer to move to Sevierville.

If you've driven along Highway 66 recently, you may have seen a billboard promoting wewanttarget.com.

More than 1,300 people have signed an online petition asking for Target to come to Sevierville, so we wanted to know who's behind the sign and website.

Wonders of Flight overcomes helium shortage, opening date set

Wonders of Flight overcomes helium shortage, opening date set

A new Sevier County attraction will open this month after a worldwide helium shortage postponed its grand opening.

The Wonders of Flight attraction in Pigeon Forge was set to open in July, but because of the shortage, the owners said they didn't have enough helium to make the balloon operational.