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Snow and extended weekend help Ober Gatlinburg

The colder weather is good news for Ober Gatlinburg.

The resort had a great turn-out this weekend thanks to last week's snow and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Ober Gatlinburg Winter Sports Director John Cossaboom said Monday was busier than normal with many people taking winter vacations due to the extended weekend.

"We had a free weekend stay up here," explained Brenna Swiggum of Knoxville.

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Sevierville native to sing at inauguration in D.C.

Many East Tennesseans will be attending President Barack Obama's swearing-in Monday, and at least one will actually be singing in the event.

Anthony Bucciero is a senior telecommunications major at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.  He is also a Sevierville native.

His college choir was informed in November that it was chosen to perform during the inauguration's pre-service.

"This is by far the biggest event I've sang at," Bucciero said.

Officials believe they know cause of US-441 landslide

Park officials now believe they know what caused the massive landslide, which took out a football field-sized portion of Newfound Gap Road (US 441) on the North Carolina side.  

Officials said they found a subsurface spring underneath the landslide site and they aren't quite sure how long its been there.  They said the spring, along with last week's massive amounts of rainfall, contributed to the landslide Wednesday morning, near mile marker 22 between Collins Creek and Webb Overlook.

Church basement continues to flood despite no rain

A church's basement in Seymour is full of water from last week's storms.

Members of St. Paul Episcopal Church spent all of Saturday draining the water.

"One of the ladies came in to do some work and when she stepped off the bottom step, she stepped into a pond," said David Thomas, a church member.

Even though the area received no rain overnight, members found more flooding on Sunday morning.

They say the reason behind the new water is due to holes that were drilled into the concrete years ago to treat termites.

Rushing water threatens Sevierville home

Getting inside Shirley Doane's house feels like fording a river.

Anything short of knee-high rubber boots will leave the voyager soaked, no matter the route.

Since Wednesday her yard and driveway has turned in to a swiftly moving river, as rain and snow inundated East Tennessee.

"Yesterday morning about 3 o'clock, I looked out and it was coming down the driveway," says Doane.

That's when she knew it was time to sound the alarm.

"I thought, 'What can I do? Who can help me?'"

Her daughter-in-law posted a plea for help on Facebook.

New liquor vote set in Pigeon Forge; breakdown of arrest numbers

Pigeon Forge voters will go back to the polls to vote on liquor by the drink for the fourth time in four years.

The election commission has set the date for March 14th.

A judge ordered a new election last week after he ruled there were 300 more votes cast than there are residents in Pigeon Forge. He did not find any fraud in the case.

Currently 11 restaurants are continuing to serve liquor. The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission said they can continue to do so until a judge orders them to stop.