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Economist: $33 million lost with Smokies closure

The tourists and dollars lost in East Tennessee and western North Carolina because of the shutdown of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be worse than first reported.

Protest planned to reopen the Smokies Saturday.


(WBIR - Great Smoky Mountains National Park) As the shutdown now hits double digit days, a Gatlinburg man said enough is enough, and wants a victim of the closures open again.

Report: Smokies have lost 257K visitors, $23 million dollars

Here in East Tennessee, we know how much the Great Smoky Mountains National Park means to this area. Now, a new report is putting some facts behind those feelings, and the impact of the federal government shutdown.

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR) is a group made up of former park service employees. They took a closer look at the impact of the closure of the Smokies and several other national parks, and the numbers are startling.

NY murder suspect arrested in Seymour

(WBIR - SEYMOUR) U.S. Marshals arrested a man Wednesday morning in Seymour who was wanted in New York for questioning in a murder case.

According to officials, Brett Knight, 45, was arrested inside a house on Creswell Road in Seymour. Officials said he's a suspect in the September 24 shooting death of Ross Reisner and attempted murder of Kevin Murray in their East Setauket, NY home.

Park rangers reopen some Smokies pull-offs to visitors

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is still closed for visitors, but one part of the park is staying busy.

The National Parks Service recently reopened the Newfound Gap parking area, as well as multiple overlooks along Highway 441.

"Most of the overlooks and pull-offs on the Newfound Gap Road are open and that's to accommodate traffic flow over the mountains," said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan, of the National Parks System.

Sneak peak at Pigeon Forge's new LeConte Center

Pigeon Forge will celebrate the grand opening of its massive new convention center on Wednesday, but 10News got a sneak peak of the LeConte Center on Tuesday.

The 232-000 square foot facility is designed to hold large assemblies, trade shows and competitive events. The LeConte Hall includes seating for more than 12,000 people.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism also moved its offices over to the center.

Leaders are excited about the growth opportunities and revenue the center is expected to bring in.

Woman injured on closed trail in Great Smoky Mountains

(WBIR - Gatlinburg) Anyone considering trespassing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the government shutdown should know there is only a skeleton crew on-hand to help with emergencies.

Friday morning a 59-year-old woman fell and dislocated her shoulder while jogging on the closed Gatlinburg Trail in the Park. GSMNP chief ranger Clay Jordan said rangers and Gatlinburg Rescue Squad workers responded to a 911 call, located the injured woman, and carried her out to an ambulance.