Smoky Mountains Around Town / December 2018

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What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

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How y'all doin?

River season is over in the mountains. Sure was fun

though. Baby it's cold outside. Getting a little snow

today as I type this.

Has been busy at the Elks Lodge. We gave out candy

and drug awareness coloring books at the Gatlinburg Spooktacular

at Mills Park. What a fun event for our community.

Picture is Thanksgiving dinner at the Elks Lodge. Was real good and

a great turn out of members.

My other picture is Jimbo and Lori Moore at Rocky Top Sports

World. What a wonderful facility we have here in Gatlinburg. Lori,

thank you so much for letting the Elks have our Hoop Shoot in your

wonderful building. It take place December 2 at 2 till 4:30 pm. Hope

to see you all there with your kids ages 8-13.

Has been two years now after the fire which affected our beautiful

community that we call home. We have come a long way and more

healing still needed.

We are collecting toys to go with our food baskets. Please contact an

Elk.

Let's have a great month and remember the other fat man is coming

to town soon.

Spread some LOVE

Kahuna

By Jim Yonan PER

All Your Hardware Needs!

Trevor is a 1 year old Great Pyrenees Mix

hoping to be adopted soon and Cash is a 3

month old Domestic Short Hair Mix also

looking for a forever home.

Adoption fee for Trevor is $125 and $75

for Cash. Fees cover their first set of

vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.

The Sevier County Humane Society on

Gnatty Branch Road is open Tuesday

thru Thursday from Noon until 7:00 p.m.

and Friday thru Sunday from Noon until

5:00 p.m.

For Adoptions

Call John at Hidden Hills Animal

Rescue: 865-255-3557

The Original Best Italian

Located in back of Elks Plaza, across

Parkway from Hampton Inn & Friday’s

in Gatlinburg (865) 430-4090

Best Italian on the Parkway

Between Aunt Mahalia’s Candy & World of

Illusions traffic lights 6 & 8 (865) 436-4345

www.bestitalian.com

Sandpaper & Various Supplies

RV Product & Supplies

Now Offering Propane Gas and Supplies

KEN WAYNE

Photography / Gallery & Studio / Workshop

Thousands of species of plant and animal life have been

documented in the Smokies, and more are being discovered every

year. Because the last Ice Age didn’t get this far south, and the sea

never came this far inland, flora and fauna have been thriving and

diversifying here for millennia. When you venture into one of the

world’s few International Biosphere Reserves, black bears and

wildflower blooms are only the beginning. Bring your binoculars,

enjoy the show.

Value. Everyday.

Open till 1:00 am

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort

of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg

Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights.

The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a

memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy.

321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of

Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.

Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along

Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River

Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6

million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated

lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of

winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route

features an injection of bright displays as well.

Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to

quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent

bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and

allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program

for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky

Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels,

and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless

displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23

years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most

recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of

international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined

the lineup.

Trolley tours do not run on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Smokies is the

relatively temperate climate year-round. However, everyone

knows that weather can be unpredictable so remember to plan

accordingly and know what the Great Smoky Mountains

weather is going to be like on your visit. Always double check

the weather report because weather can differ greatly between

the mountains and Pigeon Forge. Temperatures can vary 10-20

degrees Fahrenheit from the mountain base to the peak and rain

might sneak up on your hiking trip. Don’t get caught unaware –

know about the weather in the Smoky Mountains.

Winter in the Smokies

Smoky Mountain weather reports for winter are generally

moderate. Keep in mind though that extreme weather does

occur, especially with an increase in elevation. It is not unusual

for warm temperatures to occur in the lower elevations, while

the higher areas have snow. Most nights in this season are at or

below freezing, but lows of -20 degrees Fahrenheit are possible

at higher elevated areas. January and February is when snow in

the mountains is most common. During a storm, the snow totals

have been known to reach up to 2 feet.

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