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Changes are coming to the reservations system for campgrounds and recreation facilities manages by the US Corps of Engineers and the Forest Service. That includes sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While the electronic campgrounds reservations system is revamped, the system will be unavailable for 17 days. The system will be unavailable from September 30th through the morning hours of October 17th. During that time, no new reservations can be made through the call center or website. Changes or cancellations will also be unavailable. The new system is set to come online at 10 am October 17th. If you need to cancel a reservation during the system's downtime, you can contact the campground directly.
Posted: 9/27/2007 4:03:02 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

The 10th Annual Taste of Autumn takes place on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring some of the area's finest restaurants, featured jazz performer Karen Johns and a live auction all to benefit the United Way of Sevier County.
This year's featured restaurants include Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Gatlinburg Farms, The Veranda, Corky's Barbecue, Nifty Fifties Cafe, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, Charles Richard Resources, Cherokee Grill, Blaine's Grill & Bar, No Way Jose's, Fox & Parrot Tavern, Calhoun's and Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant, among others.

A $25 donation to the United Way of Sevier County gets supporters in the door of the Gatlinburg Convention Center with access to unlimited sampling from all the participating restaurants. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Taste of Autumn go to the 2007 United Way of Sevier County Campaign.

An added entertainment feature this year will be the sounds of jazz singer Karen Johns & Company from Nashville, Tennessee. Even though Johns has been performing since 1983, Karen Johns & Company was only formed in 2004. Since then, they've performed across the Southeast with recent appearances at the Faces of Art Masquerade at the Tennessee Art League in Nashville, the French Quarter Cafe in Nashville, and even a private party for former Vice President Al Gore.

As part of the fundraising activities, a live auction will be held with auctioneer services provided by Thompson-Carr & Associates. Featured items of the live auction include a vacation package to Orlando, Florida sponsored by Hard Rock Cafewhich includes tickets for two on Allegiant Air and accommodations at the Hard Rock Hotel and two tickets to the Blue Man Group show.
Tickets are available at the Gatlinburg Welcome Centers on the Spur and at the Aquarium as well as the United Way of Sevier County Office. Table reservations are also available. For more information, please call the Special Events Office at (865) 436-0500.

Posted: 9/26/2007 8:35:05 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

How much is one little rubber shark worth? Well, it could be worth ten grand if it's one of the winning sharks in the Great Gatlinburg Shark Race in Gatlinburg this year.

September 29, 2007 is the date for the Great Gatlinburg Shark Race for the United Way of Sevier County. The grand prize this year is $10k in cash. Other great prizes include a 2007 ATV, $2,000 furniture shopping spree, pool table, stay in Orlando and four passes to Disney, iPod Nano package or VIP attractions packages for Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.

Festivities start at Ripley's Place in Gatlinburg (next to the Aquarium) with live entertainment, food, and the opportunity to win prizes. Numbered rubber ducks are released into the Little Pigeon River, and the first one to cross the finish line is the grand prize winner.

Tickets are only $10.00 each to win one of these fabolous prizes. All of the money raised from this event goes to the 28 community partner agencies of the United Way in Sevier County. Last year's shark race event raised over $60k for United Way. You do not have to be present to win.

Posted: 9/19/2007 3:52:34 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

It's hard to say what is the bigger honor for Dollywood, hosting the Annual Golden Ticket Awards that spotlight the best in the theme park industry or winning the Publisher's Pick Award for Park of the Year. Nearly 90 professionals in the amusement industry made a visit to the Smoky Mountains Wednesday for the annual event, which Dollywood was tapped to host.
Amusement Today, a newspaper dedicated to theme and amusement parks, organizes the awards, which are in their 10th year. Amusement Today Publisher Gary Slade said the awards were created “to honor the best of the best in the amusement industry.

In addition to receiving the Publisher's Pick Award, Dollywood was also named as a finalist in other categories- from friendliest park to best new attraction for the Mystery Mine- than any other park.

This year's event drew the largest crowd ever, which Slade also attributed to Dollywood's continuing effort to remain at the front of the amusement industry. Representatives from Indiana to California to Florida were part of the event. More information and a complete list of winners can be found by visiting www.amusementtoday.com

Posted: 9/10/2007 6:52:21 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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