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Bible Bee latest in Sevierville's religious tourism

Bible Bee latest in Sevierville's religious tourism

It's no secret Sevier County is a hot tourist destination. And many visitors making an impact are practicing their faith in the process.

Tourism numbers released in September show a boom for the area during the first half of 2012.

When it comes to the number of hotel rooms sold, Sevier County experienced a 10.5 percent increase from January to July 2012 when compared to the same time last year, according to UT Tourism Management Professor Dr. Steve Morse.

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

Sevier Co. residents gather to show respect on Veterans Day

Sevier Co. residents gather to show respect on Veterans Day

Sevier County honored its veterans on Monday.

The community gathered for a Veterans Day program Monday afternoon to show their respect and thanks. There are about 7,800 veterans in Sevier County.

Veterans Service Officer Paul Whaley says the support there is awe-inspiring.

"It is an honor and privilege to come out and support the veterans and the sacrifices that have been made and the sacrifices that are being made now. It means a lot to all of us to have this support," said Whaley.

Sevierville Fire Department dedicates new fire engine

Sevierville Fire Department dedicates new fire engine

The Sevierville Fire Department dedicated its new fire engine on Friday.

The department held a traditional housing ceremony at the main fire station where they pushed-in the new engine.

The engine cost $550,000, and $390,000 was paid through donations in memory of Grace and Winfred Smelcer, who were long-time supporters of the department.

The engine truck has state-of-the-art electronics and design. It will be the new primary engine when answering calls.

Sevier Co. High School students honor veterans with Smoky Salutes program

Sevier Co. High School students honor veterans with Smoky Salutes program

With Veterans Day just a few days away, students in Sevier County took part in an annual tradition that salutes our military heroes. Sevier County High School hosted their 20th annual Smoky Salutes program.

Both active duty personnel and veterans from every branch were honored during the ceremony. Two World War II veterans were also on hand to take in the experience.

The school's choir, band, and a few soloists performed patriotic songs, and the school's principal says they're thrilled to do it.

Seymour High students pay tribute to veterans through performance

Seymour High students pay tribute to veterans through performance

Students at Seymour High School paid tribute to our nation's veterans though the choral department's 19th annual Veterans Day Program.

This year's presentation included a medley of '40s music, some drama, and a slide show to honor and remember those who have served.

School leaders say the students took full advantage of the chance to honor men and women who sacrificed so much.