News Article | May 9, 2017
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the days grow longer and the sun a little warmer, lifeguards at Dollywood’s Splash Country become more eager to open the gates for another season of Smoky Mountain water park fun. Opening day for 2017 is Saturday, May 13 when the park debuts a new family racing slide, attraction upgrades, new parking options, a new calming area, and newly-recognized Platinum Award-winning lifeguards. The most anticipated new-comer to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017 is TailSpin Racer, a five-story slide complex that offers six people the opportunity to race each other in a thrilling rush. From its unique spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes to its splashdown finish, it’s an all-out competition to see who can get to the end first. TailSpin Racer matches riders in a head-to-head race with the fun of a traditional mat racer-style slide and the tight turns and daring drops of an enclosed slide. Guests will immediately spot the new attraction near the front of the water park, which only adds to the excitement. “TailSpin Racer is our first new attraction since we opened our water coaster, RiverRush,” explained Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown. “This is something our guests have been asking for and we are thrilled that we’re delivering a family slide that gives six people the chance to race at the same time.” Dollywood’s Splash Country also is thrilled to welcome back its team of lifeguards which recently earned the prestigious Platinum International Safety Award from Ellis & Associates. These water park guards are the only team in the state of Tennessee to receive this recognition. Dollywood’s Splash Country is independently audited by a third party several times each season. E&A, a firm specializing in international aquatic safety and risk management, presented the award. In 2016, E&A had 355 clients who qualified for an award; only 10% earned the Platinum Award. Both Dollywood's Splash Country and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort lifeguards were honored with Platinum for their vigilance in guarding the water. “Of all the things we’re proud of at our water park, our lifeguards deserve the highest praise,” Brown continued. “Our guests trust us to keep their families safe as they splash and play with us; our guards take their roles seriously. We expect them to be alert and aware of everything happening in their zones. They do that, and more. We have the best lifeguards in the business.” Additionally, Dollywood’s Splash Country guests can look forward to several upgrades throughout the park. From the new option of Preferred Parking, to misters on walkways to cool feet, and new equipment to help streamline food purchases, the water park has refreshing upgrades to enhance guest comfort. And, based on the response to Dollywood’s calming room, Dollywood’s Splash Country will offer a new calming area for guests who experience sensory overload. The area provides an opportunity for individuals to take a break in a private area of the park. Dollywood’s Splash Country opens Saturday, May 13 with daily operation beginning on Saturday, May 20. Daily operation continues through Sunday, August 13. The park opens Aug. 15 and 17 and on weekends through Labor Day weekend until Sept. 4. For more information about Dollywood’s Splash Country or any of The Dollywood Company properties, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrated record attendance in 2016. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary. For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room.aspx.
News Article | May 15, 2017
Yankee Candle selected six of the most popular images from Creative Action Network's (CAN) See America Project, which consists of nearly 2,000 pieces of original artwork and photography of national parks and treasured landmarks across the United States. CAN donates 10 percent of its proceeds to the National Parks Conservation Association, the organization devoted to protecting some of America's greatest treasures through advocacy on behalf of the National Parks System. "Over 75 years ago, the Work Projects Administration first commissioned posters to showcase our national parks and events occurring around the country. The Creative Action Network embodies the same vision, enlisting artists from all over the U.S. to capture the stunning features of our national parks and landmarks," said Aaron Perry-Zucker, co-founder and creative director, CAN. "We're elated to be partnering with Yankee Candle and bringing the work of esteemed artists and some of our country's most treasured places to your homes." Below is a full list of artists and fragrances transporting the outdoors to inside the doors of your home or car. Cape Cod National Seashore By Susanne Lamb, Brooklyn, N.Y. Escape to a sunny day along the Cape with warm scents of salt air and beach flower. Great Smoky Mountains National Park By Jon Cain, Charlotte, N.C. Experience clean, fresh air combed through the piney woods of the Great Smokies. Golden Gate National Recreation Area By David Hays, Los Angeles, Calif. Embrace the ocean air blowing through the Golden Gate with cedar and sheer musk. Grand Canyon National Park By Mayanglambam Dinesh Singh, New Delhi, India Relish in cypress and cedar with a touch of patchouli—big and clear-cut as the Canyon itself. Everglades National Park By Megan Kissinger, Lehigh Acres, Fla. Travel to the warm waters of the Everglades among the fresh, flowing scent of tropical leaves and bright citrus. Badlands National Park By Bryan Bromstrup, Terre Haute, Ind. Enjoy a wide-open mix of sage, cedar and patchouli, striking and masculine as the craggy Badlands. The new fragrances are available for purchase now at Yankee Candle's more than 500 retail stores, www.yankeecandle.com, and select specialty retailers, department stores and gift shops while supplies last. To learn more about Yankee Candle and its See America fragrances, visit www.yankeecandle.com, the brand's Instagram (@YankeeCandle) and Pinterest (TheYankeeCandle) pages, or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/TheYankeeCandleCompany or on Twitter (@theyankeecandle). About The Yankee Candle Company The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium scented candles. Yankee Candle has over a 40-year history of offering distinctive products and marketing them as affordable luxuries and consumable gifts. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newell Brands and sells its products through a North American wholesale customer network of approximately 35,000 store locations, a growing base of more than 500 Company owned and operated retail stores, direct mail catalogs, and its Internet website www.yankeecandle.com. Outside of North America, the Company sells its products primarily through its subsidiary, Yankee Candle Company (Europe), Ltd., which has an international wholesale customer network. About Creative Action Network Creative Action Network (CAN) is a global community of artists and advocates making art with purpose. Since 2008, CAN has been working with the nation's premier change making organizations to harness creativity for good. CAN runs crowdsourced campaigns around causes, inviting anyone and everyone to contribute their own original, meaningful designs. Those designs are sold as apparel, decor, and more online and through major retailers, supporting independent artists and great causes with every purchase. About Newell Brands Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer's®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company's website, www.newellbrands.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/see-america-with-yankee-candle-limited-edition-fragrances-300456810.html
News Article | November 30, 2016
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is closed, and thousands of residents in the nearby towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, have fled their homes after a wildfire from the park turned into a rapidly spreading inferno last night (Nov. 28). At least 14,000 people have evacuated from the two resort towns, and hundreds of structures have been damaged or destroyed, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. But how did a forest fire spread so rapidly that it trapped some visitors inside a local hotel, filming the flames as the blaze approached the parking lot? [Natural Disasters: Top 10 US Threats] Most of East Tennessee has been in exceptional or severe drought all summer, said Sam Roberts, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service forecast office in Morristown, Tennessee. At the Knoxville, Tennessee, airport monitoring station, precipitation is down 10.29 inches (26 centimeters) from the annual average, Roberts told Live Science. In the state's Tri-Cities area, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Gatlinburg, precipitation is down 9.65 inches (25 cm) over the yearly average. And in Chattanooga in the far southeast corner of the state, precipitation has been a whopping 21.5 inches (55 cm) below average. "If they don't get too much more rain, this will be the driest year on record for them," Roberts said. A ridge of high atmospheric pressure parked over the U.S. Southeast has kept rain at bay over the summer, Roberts said, setting the stage for the current conflagration. As of Nov. 23, a small section of the northeastern corner of Tennessee is in moderate drought, while the rest of the state struggles under severe, extreme or exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. [Dry and Dying: Images of Drought] Wildfire activity has been above normal in the eastern part of the state, Roberts said, but even without precipitation, firefighting efforts seemed to have controlled the situation in recent days. "Over the past week or so, things had started to settle down a little bit," he said. That is, they had until Monday night. On Sunday, a fire started at Chimney Tops, a popular hiking peak inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The blaze had spread to around 500 acres in size when a strong front traveling from the southwest brought gusty winds to the area, Roberts said. "They were getting gusts up there to 40, 50, 60 mph [64 to 97 km/h]," he said. "Because the fuels were so dry because of the drought, the wind just absolutely accelerated these fires at a very, very fast pace." The winds also sent the fire racing downslope, which is relatively rare, said Brad Panovich, the chief meteorologist at WCNC-NBC TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Heat rises and so you tend to get fire burning up the slope," Panovich said. "It tends to burn downslope real slow." But in Gatlinburg, the twin pressures of wind and blowing dry leaves sent the blaze downhill, with flaming leaves sparking the fire's spread. The winds also knocked over power lines, sparking new fires, Panovich told Live Science. Nature offered a slice of relief between midnight and 7 a.m. local time today, as Gatlinburg got between an inch and three-quarters inches of rain [1.3 to 2 centimeters], Roberts said. That precipitation helped dampen ground fuels like leaf litter, but large logs, timber and structures are still hot, he said. "Right now, things are in much better shape than they were last night, but they are still dealing with some hotspots," Roberts said. The greatest danger to Gatlinburg and surrounding areas now is another front that will bring in gusts of winds of between 15 and 30 mph (24 and 48 km/h) tonight (Nov. 29), Roberts said. Perhaps an inch of rain will follow those winds, starting after midnight, and this should help firefighting efforts, he said. "The precipitation will come in," Roberts said. "It's just [that] we're going to have to deal with the winds first."
News Article | November 29, 2016
Local officials rushed to get people out of towns as a wildfire raced into Tennessee's Sevier County on Monday evening. At least three people were killed in the blaze, according to The Associated Press, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday morning that at least four people were taken to hospitals with burns. More than 14,000 people evacuated from the town of Gatlinburg alone — images posted on Twitter by the Tennessee Highway Patrol showed state troopers carrying luggage through neighborhoods surrounded by flames. The nearby town of Pigeon Forge was also threatened. "There was fire everywhere. It was like we were in hell. Hell opened up," a resident named Linda Monholland told the AP. On Tuesday morning, the extent of the destruction was becoming clear; overnight, the fire damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in Gatlinburg, according to the state's emergency management agency. Dean Flener with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency told local TV station News Channel 5 that Monday night was "devastating" for the town. "The likes of this has never been seen here," Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "But the worst is definitely over with." More than 11,500 people didn't have power on Tuesday morning. Schools were closed in two affected counties. And Dollywood, the Pigeon Forge theme park founded by country music star Dolly Parton, was also closed on Tuesday — a spokesperson for the park told USA Today the night before that nothing there had been damaged so far. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are both popular tourist destinations at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where park officials banned all fires earlier this month amid concerns about dry conditions and widespread wildfires in other parts of the Southeastern U.S. But the burn ban did not prevent the so-called Chimney Top Fire, which park spokesman Warren Bielenberg told the Asheville Citizen-Times was started by a human, and which ballooned from about 10 acres on Sunday to 500 acres on Monday. "The Chimney Top Fire ... spread very rapidly [Monday] evening as high winds pushed flames onto private property," the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said in a press release. A wind advisory remained in effect for the area through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, fanning not only the Chimney Top Fire but dozens of other blazes burning in eastern Tennessee, eastern North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. As The Two-Way has reported, the entire southeastern U.S. is under extreme drought conditions — in some areas, little or no rain has fallen in the past six months, hurting farmers and creating dangerously dry conditions.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Venture Resorts (https://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com), Gatlinburg’s largest cabin rental company, has announced a special Winter Sale. For the next two weekends travelers can save 50% off regular cabin rates. The sale is valid for stays from January 27-29 and February 3-5. “The Smokies are celebrating Winter, and it’s a great time to visit,” says Billy Parris, Venture Resorts’ General Manager. “We’re offering some great rates, especially for this coming weekend.” This weekend the city of Townsend is hosting its Smoky Mountain Snowdown festival, featuring traditional Appalachian music, crafts and food. In addition, the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue their annual Winterfest celebration. With Venture Resorts Winter Sale, a two-bedroom cabin like the company’s “Lazy Day” is available for as little as $59 per night during the January 27-29 weekend, and $90 per night during the February 3-5 weekend. The same cabin would rent for $205 per night during peak season. Three-bedroom lodging like the company’s “Rolling Stone” cabin can be rented for as little as $75 per night this weekend, and as $135 per night during the February 3-5 weekend. Peak season rates for the same cabin are $295 per night. Cabin rates are subject to availability. The cabins cited above are available at the time of writing, but may be booked by press time. Guests can visit the company's web site to see rates for all currently available cabins, with Winter Sale discounts applied at the time of booking. Venture Resorts manages over 400 rental cabins in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All cabins are modern, family-friendly accommodations with features such as full kitchens, spacious living rooms, hot tubs and game rooms. For more details, visit the company's website at https://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com/specials.php or call (866) 347-6659. The promotion is not available for existing reservations. Discounts do not apply to cleaning, resort and other fees. About Cabins of the Smoky Mountains Cabins of the Smoky Mountains is the largest luxury cabin rental agency serving Sevier County. The company offers over 400 cabins within minutes of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, contact at Cabins of the Smoky Mountains, 653 Hidden Valley Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738, (866) 347-6659, (865) 277-1160. Visit their websites at https://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com and https://www.cabinsofpigeonforge.com.
News Article | December 7, 2016
The City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee has officially announced the date it plans to reopen to the general public. Gatlinburg was recently affected by wildfires in the Gatlinburg area and has been closed to the public, but the city is ready to reopen for business. You can start visiting Gatlinburg again on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. Major roads, including the Gatlinburg Parkway, will be open to the public at this time. Some city roadways may remain closed for construction and utility work, but that will not affect any vacation plans in the area. Everything visitors love about Gatlinburg will be opening on Friday morning - and the Gatlinburg area is excited to welcome visitors for their next vacation getaway. The best way to support the area, and to help the residents and businesses of the Smoky Mountain communities, is to plan a vacation. VisitMySmokies.com features all of the best Gatlinburg attractions, restaurants, shops and events for your vacation. In addition, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has nearly 245,000 acres of land on the Tennessee side alone, so there’s plenty of hiking trails and places to get out and explore the nature and wildlife in the mountains. For the latest information about how to donate to families who were affected by the wildfires and other ways to help, please go to the official website for Smoky Mountain area recovery efforts, MountainTough.org. Established in 2009, Visit My Smokies is the only site visitors need to plan a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Owned by Sevier County, Tenn., the program promotes travel and tourism for the area, including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area lodging, attractions, dining and shopping. All offices are located at: 125 Court Ave., Suite 102 E, Sevierville, TN 37862.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Sidney James Mountain Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN is open for business following the recent wildfires in the Smoky Mountain area. Fortunately, Sidney James Mountain Lodge sustained no damages during the wildfires and has continued to remain open for visitors looking for the best place to stay in Gatlinburg. This family-owned hotel is located less than a half mile from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also within walking distance to many of the area’s most popular restaurants and attractions. “We are incredibly thankful that the wildfires did not affect our hotel, and we are looking forward to serving visitors throughout the new year,” said Sid Maples, Owner/Operator of Sidney James Mountain Lodge. The best way to support the Gatlinburg area and help its residents and businesses is to plan a vacation. Sidney James Mountain Lodge accommodations include rooms with private balconies overlooking a mountain stream, pet-friendly rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a poolside cafe, sauna and a meeting room available to guests. Sidney James Mountain Lodge also runs specials and discounts throughout the year. You can save money on your vacation and even receive free nights added to your stay with their special offers here: http://sidneyjames.com/specials-discounts/. Like Sidney James Mountain Lodge, all other businesses, restaurants and attractions in downtown Gatlinburg are open and ready for visiting as well. Sidney James Mountain Lodge was established as a family business in the 1950s, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The hotel continues to offer guests the best Gatlinburg vacation experience. Sidney James Mountain Lodge is located at 610 Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For additional information about Sidney James Mountain Lodge, visit their website at http://sidneyjames.com/ or give them a call at (800) 876-6888.
News Article | December 1, 2016
(Reuters) - The death toll from wildfires blazing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to seven on Wednesday even as drenching rains helped firefighters suppress flames that have left whole neighborhoods in ruins.
News Article | December 2, 2016
(Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating blaze in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to 11 on Thursday, the highest loss of civilian life from a single U.S. wildfire in 13 years.
News Article | December 1, 2016
"The death toll from wildfires blazing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to seven on Wednesday even as drenching rains helped firefighters suppress flames that have left whole neighborhoods in ruins. The tally of documented property losses from the fires also climbed to more than 700 structures damaged or destroyed throughout Sevier County, including at least 300 in the resort town of Gatlinburg. On Tuesday, authorities reported about 150 structures damaged or destroyed by fire."