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smoky mountainsTourism to Great Smoky Mountains National Park generates $874 million
GSMNP — According to a new National Park Service (NPS) report, 10,712,673 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2015 spent nearly $1 billion in communities near the park. That spending supported nearly 14,000 jobs in the local area. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.
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Man gets life in prison for operating violent sex trafficking enterprise
CHARLOTTE, NC — Shahid Hassan Muslim, aka “Sharp,” 33, was sentenced today to life in prison for operating an extensive sex trafficking enterprise that recruited women and girls – some as young as 16 years old – into prostitution.
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Tennessee man gets 24 years in prison for operating sex trafficking enterprise
MEMPHIS — A Memphis man was sentenced today to 294 months in prison for his role in operating a sex trafficking scheme out of the Riviera Motel in New Orleans, using force and threats to compel multiple women to engage in prostitution for the defendants’ profit in New Orleans and elsewhere.
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Gerdau funds 5,695 meals for preschools kids
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Golf tournament to benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center set
for May 23
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Brookdale Deane Hill honored as one of nation’s best senior facilities
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16th Vestival pays tribute to Knoxville’s 225th Birthday
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Four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center May 6-27
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Art Market Gallery featured
artist exhibit May 3-28
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Pigeon Forge rolls out the red carpet for spring 2016
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Department of Defense chooses Environmental Award recipients
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Neogen CEO speaking at UT spring commencement

Clarence Brown Theatre offers eight-play lineup for 2016/2017 Season
The Clarence Brown Theatre is offering an exciting eight-play lineup for the 2016/2017 Season, which includes an Arthur Miller drama, two contemporary plays, a new version of our holiday classic, a voyage around the world…and more.
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Winner announced for 2016 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival t-shirt design
GATLINBURG - The winner of the first Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival's T-Shirt Design Contest has been announced. His design was chosen from 17 entries.
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More than $300K grants awarded to Tennessee universities
Grants totaling $308,700 will be awarded this year to 12 universities across Tennessee from the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.
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Knoxville Stomp – an unprecedented "Festival of Lost Music” – comes to downtown Knoxville
The Knoxville Stomp is coming to downtown Knoxville May 5-8, 2016, This is a live celebration of recordings made by local and regional artists in the summer of 1929 and spring of 1930, when the Chicago-based Brunswick record company came to Knoxville.
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Knox County Schools, Great Schools Partnership announce Community School expansion
The Knox County Schools and the Great Schools Partnership is expanding to include two additional schools in the 2016-17 school year.
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Blue Heron Decoration Day at Big South Fork, May 7
STEARNS, KY — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will hold the second annual Blue Heron Decoration Day event on Saturday, May 7
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FBI Tip Line can save lives
A tip to the FBI Tip Line —no matter how cryptic, innocuous, or far-fetched the information may seem—can help prevent violent acts..
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