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Work to begin on $22 million baseball complex in Pigeon Forge


Plans to build a more than $22-million dollar baseball complex in Pigeon Forge are moving forward.

The city approved a construction contract with Merit Construction at its meeting Monday.

The Ripken Experience facility off Teaster lane will include 6 fields with synthetic turf, batting cages and a 14,000 square foot club house. The city reached a branding agreement that will allow them to use baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr.'s likeness in advertisements.

Car drives through front window of Pigeon Forge chocolate shop


(WBIR) A woman drove through the front window of a chocolate shop in Pigeon Forge Monday morning.

The Pigeon Forge Police Department said a Delaware woman accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes and crashed through the Chocolate Monkey on 3152 Parkway at about 10:30 a.m.

A few customers were inside the store at the time of the accident, but no one was injured.


Crash kills two people in Sevier Co.


Two people died at the scene of an accident where a car struck several trees in Sevier County.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers said Anthony R. Torbeck, 43, of Seymour was driving on Wye Road when he lost control of the car, which traveled off the roadway, rolled and struck several trees near the intersection with Knob Creek Boulevard at about 9:45 p.m. Monday.

The crash killed Torberck and the passenger, 29-year-old Lynn A. Brazie.


Outlook for Sevier County tourism 2014


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(WBIR) Sevier County could have one of its best years yet. Cities in the county are making more money from tourists this year compared to last.

Ober Gatlinburg announces new mountain coaster


(WBIR-Gatlinburg) There will soon be a new way to zoom down the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg.

Best known as East Tennessee's only ski resort, officials at Ober Gatlinburg announced Friday plans for a new year-round attraction-- the ADG Mountain Coaster, which will open in Fall 2014.

Smokies officials propose restriction on firewood


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

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.