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Gatlinburg artist creates wood carvings, paintings

(WBIR, Gatlinburg) - He is inspired by the mountains he lives in, and he uses that inspiration to create paintings and wood carvings that can be seen in Gatlinburg.

Dale Gillespie spends his days painting and carving at his home in Gatlinburg.

He uses chainsaws and smaller tools to create black bears and other carvings.

You've probably seen some of his work in downtown Gatlinburg, and he says seeing his artwork bring families together makes it all worth it.

Forecast: Spotty showers, high near 89

By 10News Meteorologist Mike Witcher

Today: A slight chance for a few spotty showers early, then partly cloudy and very warm with a chance for isolated afternoon thundershowers. Highs near 89 degrees.

Thursday and Friday:
Continued very warm to a little hot with high temperatures heating up to near 90 degrees. A chance of thundershowers on Thursday, then mainly sunny Friday.

Hazzard County Hoedown turns 'one' in Pigeon Forge

The popular television program The Dukes of Hazzard ran 7 seasons.  A theater production in Pigeon Forge, which mirrors The Dukes of Hazzard, is also celebrating show longevity.

The Hazzard County Hoedown Dinner Show opened one year ago at the Smith Family Theater.  Boss Hogg, Sheriff Roscoe, Bo Duke, Daisy Duke and even Flash play major roles in the musical which incorporates today's country music hits. 

Smokies headed to playoffs with 6-0 win over Mobile

The Tennessee Smokies are again headed to the playoffs.

The Chicago Cubs Double-A affiliate clinched a berth Monday night with a 6-0 win over the Mobile Bay Bears.

Javier Baez led the offensive effort going two-for-three with a homer and four 4 RBIs.

Smokies starter Matt Loosen held Mobile to three hits and struckout six in his seven inning performance.

Relievers Armando Rivero and Frank Batista held on to preserve the shutout.

The final regular season home game is Tuesday against Mobile with lefthander Eric Jokisch on the mound for the Smokies.

Baby monkey born at RainForest Adventures

(WBIR-Sevierville, TN) There are more than four new attractions to see at RainForest Adventures in Sevierville.  First, a baby monkey has been born.

The tiny cotton top tamarin is less than two-weeks-old.  It will cling to mother Neenah's back and stomach for two to three months.  Once it climbs on its on, zoo officials can determine if the baby is a boy or girl.

Boy released from UT Medical Center

Update 11:30 p.m.

The 6 year-old boy hit by a car in Seymour was released from UT Medical Center tonight.

Update 7:30 p.m.

A 6 year-old boy hit by a car in Seymour on Saturday was taken by a Lifestar helicopter to UT Medical Center.

His condition is unknown at this time.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol the boy rode his scooter into the road when a car accidentally hit him.

The incident happened around 5:00 p.m. on Vanderview drive in Seymour.

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Crews close parts of the Smokies for repairs

A couple of closures in the Smokies will lead to a few changes in the coming days.

Park crews are shutting down Springhouse Gap Trail to any horse use through October. They say heavy rain washed away part of the trail and made it unsafe for horses. Hikers can still check out the trail, but they're urged to take caution.

Crews will also close some of the parking near the Alum Cave trail until mid-September.

Crews will continue rehabilitation work on more than six miles of Newfound Gap Road. They are working to improve drainage and sidewalks along the road.