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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.

UPDATE: Woman in fair condition after Seymour car crash

A nurse supervisor at UT Medical Center said a woman who flipped down a 15 to 20 foot embankment in Seymour was listed in fair condition Sunday morning.

Lifestar transported Kathleen Porter, 43, to UT Medical Center after her Subaru Impreza landed on its top in an embankment near the intersection of Ingle Hollow Road and Chapman Highway.

According to a Sevier County, Porter, of Seymour suffered sever head injuries, but was able to get out of vehicle following the single-vehicle crash.

Fire destroys cabin on Hatcher Mountain

Wears Valley Fire Department responded a cabin fire and a brush fire on Hatcher Mountain in Sevierville Saturday afternoon.

According to Sevier County dispatch, firefighters responded to the fire on Hatcher Mountain Road at about 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters told 10News that owners were burning material near a cabin on the property and caught the grass on fire. The blaze spread to the cabin, and Sevier County dispatchers said officials were concerned the fire could spark others on the mountain.

Air quality visibly improved in Smokies

If you feel like you have been seeing more of the Great Smoky Mountains in recent years, a recent atmospheric study says you are correct.

A new Colorado State University study of air quality in national parks shows a major reduction in particle pollution in the air leading to and drastic increase in visibility.