Education

WGU Tennessee makes college possible for veterans and military families

WGU Tennessee makes college possible for veterans and military families

Education, State News November 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm 0 comments

By Morey Hill Since its launch in 2013, nonprofit online university WGU Tennessee has made it easy for military personnel to pursue higher education, and now more than 10 percent of WGU Tennessee’s student enrollment are veterans, active-duty members of the military, or military spouses. WGU, which has been recognizedRead More

Wears Valley Fall Fest

Wears Valley Fall Fest

Friday, Oct. 16th – Sun, Oct. 18th 2015 By Matt Williams It’s that time of year when the Smoky Mountains are filled with local festivals of all types, but none are quite as unique as the Wears Valley Fall Fest.  One might ask what makes this festival so unique.  TheRead More

Pigeon Forge turns Wilderness Wildlife Week into springtime event

Pigeon Forge turns Wilderness Wildlife Week into springtime event

Education, Local News, Science & Environment October 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

PIGEON FORGE (press release)—Wilderness Wildlife Week, Pigeon Forge’s 25th annual salute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and an array of outdoor topics, is moving from January to May 18–22 with indoor programs at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Read More

GSMNP welcomes fourth grade students through Every Kid in a Park initiative

GSMNP welcomes fourth grade students through Every Kid in a Park initiative

National program encourages families and classes to visit national parks GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. The park offers a variety of activities that fourth graders andRead More

Jonesborough Yarn Exchange adds additional show to lineup

Jonesborough Yarn Exchange adds additional show to lineup

Education, Entertainment, History, State News July 23, 2015 at 6:52 am 0 comments

JONESBOROUGH (press release)—Due to large crowds, Jonesborough Yarn Exchange, Jonesborough’s original storytelling radio show, will now be performed 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday evenings in the International Storytelling Center. The show recently won a Pinnacle Award from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association which recognizes tourism’s peak performers (individuals, groups,Read More

National Park and Tremont Hosted significant Monarch Butterfly Event

National Park and Tremont Hosted significant Monarch Butterfly Event

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont held an event on Friday, July 17 in Cades Cove to mark the return of a 14 year-old Smokies monarch butterfly tag recovered on a forest floor in Mexico. Park and Tremont staff will be joinedRead More

New species of turtle unknown to science is found at Gray Fossil Site

New species of turtle unknown to science is found at Gray Fossil Site

JOHNSON CITY (press release)—The Gray Fossil Site has produced another animal that is completely new to science. This time, it is an ancient type of small pond turtle. The new species, Sternotherus palaeodorus, derives from the name of a living genus, Sternotherus, but is represented by the name palaeodorus. TheRead More

Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont

Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont

Reptiles & Amphibians Program July 27-29, 2015 TOWNSEND (press release)—Discover the secret lives of reptile and amphibian species in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Focus will be on their specific adaptations and distributions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Emphasis will be given to general natural history of each species, includingRead More

Gatlinburg farmers market shares food preservation methods

Gatlinburg farmers market shares food preservation methods

Arts & Culture, Education, History, Local News July 10, 2015 at 2:33 am 0 comments

By Alex Shelton On Saturday, July 11, the Gatlinburg Farmers Market will present its next series of special events, Canning and Food Preservation Day, with a lineup of demonstrations on traditional ways of preserving fresh foods while listening to music performed by Vicki Jones-Cosby. Throughout the morning, Linda Hyder fromRead More

National Park hosts birds of prey program

National Park hosts birds of prey program

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park is teaming up with the Balsam Mountain Trust for a third year to present a special program, Birds of Prey, at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room on Friday, July 10. Michael Skinner, Executive Director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, will conduct an hour-long BirdsRead More