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PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) is pleased to welcome the PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, 2013. Trains will depart the historic Bryson City Depot at 11:00am. The train will travel along the Tuckasegee River into the quaint town of Dillsboro, North Carolina for a 1½-hour layover on Friday and a 2-hour layover on Saturday.

29 arrested on drug charges during Operation Pill Pusher

29 arrested on drug charges during Operation Pill Pusher

More than two dozen people are behind bars in Sevier County after a drug round up called Operation Pill Pusher.

According to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals,the 29 arrests so far on Thursday are the result of an 8 month undercover drug operation.  They are still looking for more suspects.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Smokey Mountain. U.S. Marshal's Task Force and Sevier County Constables during the round-up.

The following people have been taken into custody:

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Driver in fatal church van crash now facing federal robbery charges

A Seymour man facing charges in a deadly church van crash has now been indicted on federal robbery charges.

TDOT to repair I-40 potholes Thursday, Friday

TDOT plans to repair potholes on I-40 around mile marker 410, just past the Sevierville exit.

Some drivers say they have had to pull over after hitting them.

Now TDOT plans to repair them Thursday and Friday during daylight hours.

There will be temporary lane closure between mile makers 410 and 412 on the eastbound side. Be sure to watch out for workers in that area.

Fight over TN hotel tax loophole hits mailboxes

If you want to book a hotel room in Knoxville online, you can go directly to the hotel's website or visit third-party online travel companies like Expedia.com. 

"What happens right
now if a guest goes online and they go through a third party, most
likely they'll pay the same room rate they would pay at our hotel," said Renie Carroll, general manager of the Country Inn and Suites at Cedar Bluff.

Group sues over Smokies backcountry fees

An organization started to fight a backcountry camping fee in the Great Smoky Mountains is suing over the decision to begin a fee and reservation program.

Southern Forest Watch and three individuals are suing the Secretary of the Interior, the National Park Service, and the park's superintendent.

They claim the recently implemented backcountry camping fee is the same thing as an entrance fee, which is illegal for the Smokies.