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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.

Liquor by the drink helped increase Pigeon Forge restaurant sales

On Thursday, Pigeon Forge will vote again on whether to allow liquor by the drink at area restaurants.

It passed in November, but became the subject of a court battle over whether all the votes were valid.

According to the city, 11 restaurants in the Sevier County town have their license to serve mixed drinks, including the Mellow Mushroom. They were one of the first to obtain a license with the ABC in mid-December.

Hospital helping little girl heal will benefit from family race effort

An East Tennessee girl is spending a lot of time in West Tennessee for specialized cancer treatment.

It's going great!

Her family wants to give back to the hospital that's helping her get healthy.

"She loves to play piano, play basketball, loves her American Girl doll and just enjoys life," Lynn Stanger said.

She is Audrey Stanger who celebrated her 8th birthday Monday.

She likes playing piano at her house in Sevierville where she lives with her her siblings, Charlie and Georgia Kate, and her parents Marshall and Lynn.

Son killed, father injured in shooting outside Pigeon Forge motel

A Bristol man was killed and his father injured in a shooting outside a Pigeon Forge motel at about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Investigators say Justin B. Dillard, 21, and his father, Travis B. Dillard, 47, were registered guests at the motel.  They were sitting in a pickup truck in the rear parking lot when a man approached them and asked for money.  The suspect then shot the men while they were still seated inside the pickup truck.

Both men were transported to UT Medical Center, where Justin Dillard died and Travis Dillard is in stable condition.