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Smokies hold job fair to hire concessions workers

The Tennessee Smokies baseball team is hiring for the 2013 season.

The team is hosting a two-day job fair.   Officials are looking to add workers for the concessions department.  All the jobs are are part-time, seasonal positions.

The job fair continues Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Double Play Cafe at Smokies Sark.

If you can't make it, the Smokies will take applications through opening night, which is April 10th.

Early voting begins for Pigeon Forge liquor by the drink

Pigeon Forge residents can start voting Friday for the city's liquor by the drink bill.

That bill narrowly passed in November, but a judge threw out the results over concerns that non residents were allowed to vote.

The group in support of liquor by the drink are encouraging voters to once again pass the measure, because it will bring in extra tax dollars that will help local schools.

Opponents argue that more children will be harmed than helped if the measure passes.

Oak Ridge holds meeting on lighted signs

Oak Ridge leaders heard from the public Thursday about a proposal to toughen the city's rules for some lighted signs.

A business owner said the city warned him last year about messages on the digital sign in front of his business that could be distracting to drivers. He said he wasn't aware that anything on the sign might be illegal.

The city took public opinion as leaders hope to clarify the ordinance regulating those signs.

The Oak Ridge City Council plans to discuss the issue further at a work session on Monday at 7 o'clock.

Pigeon Forge sees record-setting year

Tourism is setting records in Pigeon Forge.

Mayor David Wear announced the city set a record for revenue in 2012.

The city took in more than $905 million last year. That's a gain of $75 million. The city posted double digit growth in its two largest business sectors: amusements and lodging.

Mayor Wear says the community's commitment to investing in itself is paying off.

Firemen battle police at Lumberjack Feud Monday

Local firefighters and police officers will go head-to-head to benefit charity at Lumberjack Feud.

The "Climbing for Hope" event is scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2013.

Proceeds benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

MHGSC is the only healthcare ministry in Sevier County that exclusively treats the medically uninsured.

National Parks, including Smokies, could be hard hit by sequestration cuts

by Jon Ostendorff, USA TODAY

People traveling to the nation's parks this spring will find fewer rangers on the job and reduced hours at visitors' centers if the government enacts sweeping budget cuts.

Camping and hiking areas might also be closed when the National Park Service cuts $130 million from its $2.6 billion budget under sequestration measures set to start at the end of March.

Saddle Up for a flashback to the Old West in Pigeon Forge

Get ready to "Saddle Up" for Pigeon Forge's tribute to the Old West.

This weekend is the 13th Annual "Saddle Up" event in Sevier County.

Everything is all about the cowboy and cowgirl this weekend.

From concerts, to chuckwagon cook-offs, to a cowboy church service.