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Pigeon Forge Receives Record-setting 25 International Events Awards

Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival executive director (left), and Andrew Vandepopulier, representing IFEA sponsor Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, congratulate Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events Manager Butch Helton on the city’s second Grand Pinnacle Award for Wilderness Wildlife Week.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2017) – In recognition of the city’s special events, the Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed 25 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). For the second consecutive year, Wilderness Wildlife Week was awarded the Grand Pinnacle Award for Best Event/Festival.

The Grand Pinnacle is the highest award given by the IFEA. The professional competition recognizes the most outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the festivals and events industry.

Wilderness Wildlife Week received a record-setting 16 Pinnacle Awards, including gold for best green program for projects with budgets less than $500,000.

The outdoor-focused event won five silver awards, including best community outreach program, and six bronze awards, with one for best event/program (for the Appalachian Homecoming) within an event to benefit a cause.

A Mountain Quiltfest took home seven honors, including three gold, two silver and two bronze awards.

Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff won two Pinnacle Awards. The outdoor food event won a silver award for best food and beverage program and a bronze for best community outreach program.

“Pigeon Forge’s unprecedented show at this year’s IFEA Awards continues to underscore the caliber of events we offer folks,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We’re especially honored that Wilderness Wildlife Week won a second Grand Pinnacle Award. This overall recognition certainly speaks to the efforts that our special events staff, volunteers and special guests contribute to all of our city’s special events.”

“IFEA features 71 different categories, and entries represent events from all around the world,” said Butch Helton, Pigeon Forge special events manager. “This incredible diversity makes our Pigeon Forge awards all the more meaningful. It’s an honor for Wilderness Wildlife Week, A Mountain Quiltfest and Chuck Wagon Cookoff to be recognized among such fine company again this year.”

Other winners at the 2017 convention included the 500 Festival in Indianapolis; the Philadelphia Flower Show; the Fiesta Bowl in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Singapore Garden Festival, and the Rotterdam Festivals in The Netherlands.

This year’s IFEA awards presentation was Sept. 14 in Tucson, Arizona, during the organization’s 62nd convention.


Trish McGee



The Ripken Experience Hits Home Run for Season One in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 24, 2017) – Marking its first anniversary in the Smoky Mountains, The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge is batting a thousand with baseball fans and city officials alike.

Since opening its doors in March 2016, more than 800 youth baseball teams and 70 high school softball teams have taken the fields at The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge for competition in 30 tournaments. In total, more than 12,000 players and coaches have traveled to play ball on fields that offer unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains, with an additional 600 teams expected to travel to the complex for competition this summer.

“Not only did thousands of players, coaches and their families enjoy The Ripken Experience, but they also took advantage of our family-friendly vacation destination, which resulted in visitor spending of $30 million in Pigeon Forge,” said Eric Brackins, Pigeon Forge assistant city manager.

The appeal of Pigeon Forge as a family vacation destination was a major reason the city built the $22.5 million complex and contracted with Ripken Baseball to operate it.

In its first year, participants traveled to Pigeon Forge from 25 states and Canada, hailing from as far away as Alaska, California, Massachusetts, and Texas. Other states represented are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“America’s favorite pastime, baseball, and Pigeon Forge are a perfect combination,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge has given many folks a reason to visit Pigeon Forge for the first time, and once they see all that we have to offer, they want to return year after year.”

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge youth complex is located on a ridge above Pigeon Forge. Each field borrows its design inspiration from current and former ballparks highlighting the professional player progression from the Minor to Major Leagues, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The others are Calfee Park in Pulaski, Va., the oldest park in the Appalachian League; Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., known as “Little Fenway”; Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., a filming location for the “42” movie about Jackie Robinson; Winston-Salem Ballpark in N.C.; and Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge hosts tournaments nine months out of the year and offers year-round branded events in its 14,000-square-foot clubhouse. Tournaments are free to spectators, and parking is free at the complex.

Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at and toll-free at 800-251-9100. To learn more Ripken Baseball and for The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge tournament schedule, visit


Media Contacts:

Trish McGee for the Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism

615-327-1189 ext. 327


Katy Ford for The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge



More Than 200 Free Seminars, Outdoor Excursions Highlight Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge May 9-13

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 24, 2017)—Featuring more than 220 free sessions spanning five days, Pigeon Forge’s award-winning Wilderness Wildlife Week is set for May 9-13. The event is headquartered at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

In its 27th year, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, concerts, hikes and other activities designed to introduce or reacquaint participants of all ages with the great outdoors.

“From great speakers and interactive how-to classes to topics like Appalachian heritage and forensics, Wilderness Wildlife Week is designed to be informative, engaging and fun,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

The event’s headline sessions include Ken Jenkins, Judy Felts and Friends in a program entitled Beauty from the Ashes (May 9 at 7:45 p.m.) which features photography and inspirational music. Forensics experts Dr. Bill Bass and Art Bohanan (May 10 at 7:45 p.m.) share their findings from applying forensic science to identifying human remains, some of which were discovered in graves dating back 2,000 years. Former park ranger Dwight McCarter (May 11 at 7:15 p.m.) shares stories of search and rescue efforts in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers or those who simply want to learn more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park can choose from lectures about topics ranging from the area’s rich heritage to conservation. Outdoor demonstrations include backcountry cooking and blacksmithing while indoor workshops focus on quilting, basket weaving, photography, fishing and wildflowers. Sevier County’s Sevier Solid Waste management facility’s Where Did It Go? presentation will address managing debris from the November wildfire.

Hikers of all experience levels can choose from several excursions each day. Highlights include a three-mile behind-the-scenes Cades Cove Tour (May 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a 13.8-mile Appalachian Trail/Goshen Prong hike (May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), the one-mile LeConte Center Riverwalk Birding Safari (May 13 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.), and the new 2.5-mile Cades Cove Loop Night Hike (May 11 from 7:15-11 p.m.).

A special kids’ track is offered for younger outdoor enthusiasts where participants can learn more about such topics as whittling, crafting mystery stories, making art from recycled materials and more. Children ages seven to 12 can register for the free Kids’ Trout Tournament on Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. in Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park pavilion.

Patriot Park also is the location of the second annual Appalachian Homecoming event on Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m., with storytelling, music, children’s games, and an antique tractor show. A limited 200 tickets ($15 in advance and $20 onsite) will be offered for a country-style picnic dinner on the grounds with proceeds benefitting Keep Sevier Beautiful.

More than 50 exhibits and vendors include the not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation, Appalachian Bear Rescue, Cades Cove Preservation Association and Onsite Heritage Museum, Keep Sevier Beautiful and more.

This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public. For more information, a complete schedule and registration details, visit




Pigeon Forge Receives Eight Kaleidoscope Awards for Special Events

Pigeon Forge Special Events Dept. Coordinator (left) and Pigeon Forge Special Events Manager Butch Helton (right) carried home eight awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association awards ceremony in Lexington, Ky., in recognition of the city’s special events.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2017) – The Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed eight Kaleidoscope Awards in recognition of the city’s special events during the 14th annual Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) conference in Lexington, Ky., in February.

Pigeon Forge’s 2016 Saddle Up festival, a celebration of the Western lifestyle, claimed four Silver Awards and one Bronze Award. Saddle Up’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff was recognized with one of the Silver Awards for best event within an event. The outdoor-focused Wilderness Wildlife Week was recognized with one Silver Award and a Bronze Award for best event within an event for Appalachian Homecoming’s Cades Cove Preservation Association Picnic Dinner fundraiser. A Mountain Quiltfest, which features displays and dozens of classes, earned a Bronze Award.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, SFEA executive director.

“Pigeon Forge’s special events are entertaining and educational and give our guests even more reasons to visit,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We are certainly appreciative of SFEA’s award-winning recognition.”

Pigeon Forge’s 2017 Wilderness Wildlife Week takes place May 9-13. For more information, visit

SFEA is a 501 (c) 6 membership-based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. It was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeastern U.S. by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus, allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry.


Media Contact:

Trish McGee


More than 500 Artful Quilts Expected at ‘A Mountain Quiltfest’ in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2017) – More than 500 artfully designed and carefully stitched quilts will compete for more than $20,000 in prize money at the 23rd A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge next spring. The five-day event, one of biggest of its kind in the U.S., is March 21-25, 2017.

A Mountain Quiltfest will feature more than 60 classes and lectures about America’s popular folk art taught by world-class instructors. There is a fee for classes, but admission to the quilt displays and a vendor mall is free.

New in 2017, award-winning cowgirl poet Yvonne Hollenbeck and “the first lady of Western music” Jean Prescott will present five classes at A Mountain Quiltfest. Performing together, Hollenbeck and Prescott share the history of the Western prairie through song and poetry alongside historic photographs of quilters as well as generations-old quilts, including Hollenbeck’s collection of family quilts that spans 140 years. A free session hosted by the duo on March 23 at noon features Hollenbeck’s collection of aprons made from vintage feed sacks.

“A Mountain Quiltfest showcases how quilts were born of necessity and pieced from scrap fabric and feed sacks and have evolved into decorative masterpieces that are artfully designed, displayed and collected today,” said Butch Helton, manager of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism’s special events office, which organizes the activity along with the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters guilds.

Twenty quilt categories will be displayed, including ones with this year’s special theme – two fabrics.

Displays and the festival’s classes, demonstrations and special activities are in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, the city’s 232,000-square-foot events facility.

In addition to the classes, many people visit A Mountain Quiltfest to get appraisals of quilts that are family heirlooms.

Candace St. Lawrence, an American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser, will appraise quilts on March 21, 23, 24 and 25 by appointment. (Make appointments by contacting Lana Bowes at 865-429-7350 or

Several antique quilt bed turnings are scheduled during the event. These are sessions where local quilters and guild members offer detailed information about collections of quilts made before 1966.

Information about visiting Pigeon Forge is at Details of A Mountain Quiltfest are at


Media Contact:

Trish McGee



Pigeon Forge Readies For Spring Travel Season With New Attractions

PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE (Jan. 10, 2017)—Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the popular family vacation destination located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, announces several new attractions for the 2017 travel season.

“As folks begin to make their spring break plans or look for a summer family getaway, we want to remind them of the great variety of attractions and accommodations that Pigeon Forge has to offer,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Tourism is our lifeblood and helping our visitors make their memories is what we do best.”

Pigeon Forge is well known for delivering on the promise of something new each year, along with offering a wide variety of attractions, museums, entertainment, special events, lodging and restaurant options.

New for 2017 visitors includes:

  • Alcatraz East Crime Museum, a family friendly 25,000-square-foot facility that houses five unique galleries and more than 100 interactive displays including a crime scene investigation laboratory. Authentic crime-related artifacts feature John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie & Clyde collection, the Bronco from the OJ Simpson chase, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, and the latest in law enforcement technology.
  • Dollywood theme park adds two new rides and two special events. Drop Line, a 200-foot-tall free-fall experience takes guests approximately 20 stories in the air before plummeting down. Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster, features exciting twists and turns in a logging-themed experience. This spring, enra, a Tokyo-based dance company (featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015) fuses multi-media dance, light and video in a new show at the park. For fall, the award-winning theme park unveils GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights, an evening-time event. Also, a new pumpkin trail comes to life after dark featuring glowing pumpkin displays. Dollywood opens March 18.
  • Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark adds TailSpin Racer which allows up to six riders to race each other along a journey through a unique spiraling tube design with exciting drops and curves. Dollywood’s Splash Country opens May 13.
  • The Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff featuring Food Network star Kent Rollins on Saturday, March 4, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) brings more than 10 authentic chuck wagons to compete for top honors in this day-long outdoor cooking food event. Attendees can purchase lunch for $12.50 per person from these Western kitchens on wheels while learning more about life on the open prairie through roping and branding demonstrations, Western poetry and music, and Sisters on the Fly, the largest women’s outdoor adventure group in the U.S.
  • New lodging properties include the 178-room Black Fox Lodge offering panoramic river and mountain views; the 137-room Courtyard Marriott featuring modern, contemporary rooms with private balconies, river and mountain views; and, opening later this year, the Summit Tower with 98 family suites and a 30,000-square-foot waterpark.

Other upcoming events in Pigeon Forge this year include:

  • A Mountain Quiltfest—March 21-25, showcasing one of the country’s oldest hand-sewn crafts
  • The annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade—May 5, marching bands and floats travel the city’s main thoroughfare along with grand marshal Dolly Parton
  • Wilderness Wildlife Week—May 9-13, with seminars and workshops showcasing the vast variety of wildlife and nature in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Patriot Festival—July 4, an annual celebration of our nation’s independence, featuring a free concert by Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan

Pigeon Forge is home to approximately 6,000 permanent residents but welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually. The town offers more than 15,000 overnight accommodations ranging from hotels and motels to cabins and condominiums. Pigeon Forge is home to entertainment legend and hometown girl Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, the state’s number one ticketed attraction. It also is a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the country most-visited national park.

Tourism is the city’s top-ranking industry and number one employer. For more information, please visit


Media contact:  Trish McGee





Pigeon Forge Wins Sixth Emmy Award for “Show & Tell” Commercial

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (February 2017) – A student’s jam-packed account of her family’s Pigeon Forge vacation recently won the family-friendly destination its sixth Emmy Award.

“Show & Tell” is the title of the TV commercial that took top honors in the Commercial Spot category. Prompted by a young lady’s cue, the curtain rises to reveal a “few things we did” during her family’s Pigeon Forge vacation. An appearance by entertainment legend Dolly Parton, who is sitting in the theater audience, brings the spot to a close. See the commercial here.

Among the attractions depicted on stage are Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, Outdoor Gravity Park, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, and acts from various Pigeon Forge theaters, all set against a backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Pigeon Forge and its agency, BOHAN Advertising in Nashville, received the Emmy Award at the annual celebration of the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

This is the sixth time BOHAN commercials for Pigeon Forge have won what have been labeled “television’s highest honor.” Earlier Emmy Awards came in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.

“Pigeon Forge is the location for so many memory-filled family vacations each year,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We sure hope that lots of students sing our praises when show and tell time rolls around each year at school.”

In addition to the Pigeon Forge commercial, BOHAN earned Emmy nominations for two other clients, U.S. Pest Protection and Saint Thomas Health in Nashville.

“BOHAN knows the importance of tourism to Pigeon Forge and consistently finds creative ways to communicate our destination to a broad market,” Downey added. “This sixth Emmy Award underscores what a successful collaboration we’ve enjoyed with BOHAN these past 26 years,” Downey said.

BOHAN, which has marketed Pigeon Forge since 1990, has won at least one Emmy Award in 12 of the last 13 years.




Trish McGee



Bluegrass Artists Headline Two-Night Concert Feb. 10-11 To Benefit Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan 10, 2017)—A lineup of bluegrass music’s top artists is scheduled to perform Feb. 10-11 in Pigeon Forge with proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Grascals, Flatt Lonesome, and Volume 5 will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 10. The Lonesome River Band, Barry Bales & Friends, Newtown, Dave Adkins Band, and Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar perform on Saturday, Feb. 11, during a two-night bluegrass celebration to benefit those affected by recent wildfires in East Tennessee.

“For these stellar artists to step up and donate their time and talents to support Sevier County families is beyond belief,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “This two-night music event will help ensure that Sevier County students receive scholarship funds and that’s an important investment in the students’ future—and ours.”

“As an East Tennessee native, I’ve been especially moved by the mountain tough spirit of my neighbors in the aftermath of this event,” said Lawson. “I am excited and humbled to participate in this two-night bluegrass celebration offering relief and support for some well-deserving folks.” Lawson was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, and resides in Bristol, Tennessee. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Hall of Fame, seven–time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Award winner and has four Grammy Award nominations for best bluegrass album.

General admission tickets are $30 per person for each concert, or a two-concert ticket is available for $50 per person (ticketing service and handling fees not included). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 18, at or at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism offices (open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) located at the LeConte Center (135 Jake Thomas Road). For more information, please visit

Dolly Parton established the Dollywood Foundation Scholarship Fund to provide support for Sevier County students to attend the university of their choice. The scholarship fund includes the Dolly Parton Scholarship, awarded annually to a student at each of Parton’s native Sevier County’s five high schools. In November 2016, the fund presented the One Million Children Scholarship, a special $30,000 scholarship awarded to a two-year-old Imagination Library participant to commemorate the literacy program’s achievement of a monthly enrollment of one million children. The Wildfire Scholarship will provide financial aid to students whose homes were lost to the fires.

Sevier County firefighters and first responders along with families currently participating in the My People Fund distribution will be special guests at the concerts.

Friday’s concert begins at 5 p.m.; Saturday’s show starts at 4 p.m. (doors open an hour prior to each concert).

The concert is sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge with talent provided by Moonstruck Management. Sound and lighting is donated by Blue Ridge Sound; Stellar Visions and Sound is donation staging. Catering is provided by Bullfish Grill. Other sponsors include the Sevier County Economic Development Council. WDVX radio is the official media sponsor.

Media contact:         Trish McGee



Pigeon Forge Evacuation Lifted, No Injuries Reported

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Nov. 29, 2016)—Mandatory emergency evacuations have been lifted in Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee following Monday’s (Nov. 28) wildfires. No injuries are reported in Pigeon Forge as officials work toward the completion of a city-wide assessment.

Monday night’s rainfall helped crews battle the blazes. “We were prepared for the rain to come and for receiving no rain at all,” said Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson. “Fortunately, the rain came but the other conditions—specifically, the high winds—we experienced on Monday night subsided. We were able to avoid the dramatic spread of wildfires as we entered the second day, bringing much more favorable conditions overall.”

Much-improved weather conditions on Tuesday (Nov. 29) allowed Pigeon Forge Fire Department officials and ground crews to conduct a damage assessment of the area. At this time, approximately 100 firefighters and first responders have completed an assessment of the city and 90 percent of the outlying rural areas. Crews were hampered by downed power lines which still block access to some areas.

More than 100 structures in the county were destroyed along with 15 residential properties in the city.

“As of Tuesday afternoon, we have 40 total units on the ground responding to 10 active spot fires outside of the city,” said Watson.

Local crews and outside resources are continuing efforts to complete the area-wide assessment. Approximately 100 firefighters, including those from Pigeon Forge and 15 additional stations from throughout East Tennessee, are assisting. Tennessee Emergency Management Association officials remain on site in Pigeon Forge to support local officials.

As Pigeon Forge returns to normal for the majority of the city’s 6,000 permanent residents and its visiting guests, “Our thoughts and prayers remain with our neighbors in Gatlinburg who endured greater destruction and loss of life and property,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster.

Approximately 125 people remain displaced and in local emergency shelters in Pigeon Forge. City officials estimate that 500 people were evacuated on Monday night. The American Red Cross provided assistance at The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and the Pigeon Forge Community Center, the area’s two largest shelters.

The American Red Cross makes available the website for communication between those affected by disasters. Those wanting to locate a friend or loved one or anyone wanting to check-in as safe may visit this site for updates.

Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting To donate by check or to this specific cause, complete this donation form by printing and mailing to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. To volunteer with the American Red Cross, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit


Trish McGee


Pigeon Forge Wildfire Update

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—Nov. 29, 2016—As a result of the wildfires on Monday, Nov. 28, Pigeon Forge has multiple active brush fires at this time. Crews are on the ground working to extinguish and contain them.

In the city of Pigeon Forge, nine residential structures have been destroyed by fire.

Due to downed power lines, there are areas that the Pigeon Forge Fire Department has been unable to access. Firefighters are working with the local electric department to manage this situation.

In addition to local firefighters, outside resources are being put into place throughout the area.

Approximately 125 people are displaced and remain in local emergency shelters in Pigeon Forge.

Approximately 100 firefighters from 15 additional stations throughout East Tennessee are assisting the efforts.

Tennessee Emergency Management Association officials are currently on site in Pigeon Forge to support local officials.

The American Red Cross makes available the website for communication between those affected by disasters. Those wanting to locate a friend or loved one or anyone wanting to check-in as safe may visit this site for updates.

Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting To donate by check or to this specific cause, complete this donation form by printing and mailing to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. To volunteer with the American Red Cross, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit

Donations are being accepted at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 in Pigeon Forge.


Trish McGee