Monthly Archives: July 2009

Outdoor Recreation in the Smokies

The Knoxville News has been running articles through out the year on The Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The newest articles feature outdoor activities in the park.

·    Take a hike, but there’s more to explore
·    Brook Trout Luring Fisherman
·    Putting Up Camp
·    Everett hooked on hiking Smokies
·    ‘Idyllic’ Elkmont passing into the shadows
·    Survey shows scenic driving is most popular

George Jones in Concert

Country music legend George Jones will be performing in concert July 31 and Aug. 1 at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. Advance tickets may be purchased at the box office or by calling 800-792-4308. George Jones’ concerts usually sell out in advance here in Pigeon Forge.

Three Bears General Store

The Three Bears General Store has opened in downtown Pigeon Forge at the site of the original Three Bears Gift Shop destroyed by fire in September of last year. Still owned by the owners of the original store, the Three Bears General Store has many of the same items and services along with some new and updates offerings except for the bears.

The bears, who were saved from last falls fire by local firefighters, will return sometime in August. A new 5,000 square foot habitat is near completion to house the bears. The design of the new habitat is a combination of ideas from various zoos that includes natural elements and an improved cleaning system to keep the habitat clean and healthy for the bears.

Former Christus Gardens to Become Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens

The former Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg, which was closed in 2008 after 49 years of being one of the areas most popular attractions, will reopen this fall as the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens. Developers have been acquiring Christian items from around the country for exhibit. Many local artists are also involved in this new attraction.
Located at the original Christus Gardens location on River Road, plans call for a “soft” opening this fall with the grand opening in the spring of 2010.

Smoky Mountain Fan Fest

Smokies Stadium in Sevierville on July 18th and 19th will host the Smoky Mountain Fan Fest. Scheduled to appear are members of the cast of the Dukes of Hazard TV show along with other performers from other classic television shows and movies.
On Saturday night there will be a concert featuring country music legend Merle Haggard, along with Janie Fricke and Cooter’s Garage Band.
Tickets are available online, click here for further details.

Local Dog One of ‘World’s Ugliest Dogs’

Miss Ellie, one of the stars of the Comedy Barn Canines, recently finished first in her pedigree class division in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California. The 15-year old Chinese Crested Hairless, owned by Dawn Goehring a local trainer and performer at the Comedy Barn, was filmed last week for a segment of the Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101”.
Comedy Barn owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick graciously donated $5000 to the local Sevier County Humane Society to honor Miss Ellie.
The Comedy Barn Theater located in Pigeon Forge features entertainment for the whole family. Click here for their show schedule.