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Sparkle Days help tourist destination shine

Spring cleaning is underway in one East Tennessee city.

For more than 30 years Gatlinburg has committed city resources to help clean up junk to help the city shine.

During his 13 years with the Gatlinburg Sanitation Department, Ronnie Ogle has come to appreciate his knuckle boom truck.

"It takes the work out of it," Ronnie Ogle said. "It's like you're running something that has this awesome power. It takes the work out of it."

Work is busy this week for Sparkle Days.

Update: Crews extinguish brush fire at Dollywood

Firefighters worked through the night Saturday to extinguish a brush fire on Dollywood's property, and completed operations Sunday morning.

The last of the fire crews left Sunday morning around 7 a.m. Officials said the fire did not damage any of the park's property.

City leaders respond to Dumplin Creek renewal

Sevierville city leaders are reacting to the news that plans may move forward for Dumplin Creek.

It has been more than five years since John Turley, the creator behind Turkey Creek, presented the idea.

Since then, it has remained empty.

Now, Neyland Land Associates, run by father-and-son Joe Fielden and Joe Fielden Jr., has reached a preliminary agreement to purchase the land.

The 200 acre development near I-40 Exit 407 is expected to bring shopping, hotels, restaurants, and possibly a theater.

Couple retired for 18 days then started 2nd career

A couple settled in East Tennessee after retiring and started a new career.

John Baxter said, "I retired the 29th day of February and the 18th day of March we were down here. We're from Ohio. And been here ever since." :

Ever since then they've been in Gatlinburg, a place they've called home for 29 years.

"Actually when we moved down here I was going to do a wood shop in the back I was going to do wood," he said.

John Baxter changed his mind and switched to glass.

He and his wife Donna both took classes to learn their craft.

Unofficial results: Pigeon Forge liquor vote passes

Unofficial election totals show the liquor by the drink referendum in Pigeon Forge passed by more than 150 votes.

Vote break down:

Total:

  • 952 votes for
  • 798 votes against

Absentee:

  • 17 votes for
  • 25 votes against

Early voting:

Dumplin Creek development sold; project may move forward

A project some say would bring a new shopping destination to East Tennessee has new backing.

It's been several years since contractors literally flattened part of a mountain to make way for Dumplin Creek Shopping Center off I-40 in Sevier County. There's since been no progress.

Now, 10News has confirmed the 200-acre development has been sold to a group called Neyland Land Associates. The City of Sevierville is also involved.

Pigeon Forge residents voting today on liquor by the drink

Pigeon Forge residents are going to the polls Thursday, to vote once again on the city's liquor by the drink ordinance.

That measure 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 is 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.