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Tennessee’s own Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s Most Visited Park, with an average of 10 million visitors each year. Spanning parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, The Great Smoky Mountains national Park encompasses more than a half million scenic acres, including a 70 mile stretch of the historic Appalachian Trail. Park rangers say that it is no surprise that GSMNP is the most popular in the nation, because it has a little bit for everyone. This year, the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of national parks, and in honor of that has created a program called Hike 100. They are challenging hikers to log their miles hiked in national parks, and if they have accumulated 100 by the end of the year, will receive a Hike 100 pin and be invited to a celebratory event. The goal is to inspire people to explore and enjoy the park and that includes getting the kids involved. Their hope is the hikes will help build those lasting memories for the next generation of park users so that they want to preserve and protect parks for the next century.
Gary Simpson has been added to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List. Simpson is wanted by the Rogersville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.
The National Weather Service has pronounced Cumberland County is under a Flash Flood Watch until 1 am, Friday May 13th.
VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING FROM STORMS YESTERDAY HAS LED TO SATURATED GROUND ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS
MORNING AND AGAIN LATER TODAY INTO THIS EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE AREA...WHICH COULD RESULT IN ADDITIONAL FLASH FLOODING. RAIN IS EXPECTED TO END FROM WEST TO EAST TONIGHT.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation advises parents to keep track of the sex offender registry when making plans to go on vacation. Sex offenders go on vacation, too, and it never hurts to be aware. Children are often given more liberties and freedom when on vacation, and sex offenders are aware of that as well. It is advisable to look at the registry of sex offenders in the area of where you have rented a condo/vacation home/hotel room, because you may be surprised by what you see. Sex Offenders are required by law to notify the local police if they are in a state longer than 48 hours. Once they do, that local police department updates that state's sex offender registry map. TBI says Gatlinburg is a hot spot for sex offenders vacationing. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Margie Quin says, "Our cities and locations that are destination points and tourist destinations are places where sex offenders go. Sex offenders are required to register anytime they're in a place for 48 hours." The registry shows a picture and a list of offenses, so you can determine the level of danger for each offender.
The East Tennessee Career Coach will be at the Crab Orchard Care Center (87 Commerce Dr., Crab Orchard, TN) from 10:30-1:30 on Friday May 13th. The Career Coach will be assisting individuals with job searches, resume writing, and interview skills. Citizens can also receive help registering for Jobs4TN, where over 90,000 jobs are available across the state.