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norris dam Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrates National Park Service Centennial
By Jeaneane Payne

Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrated the 100th birthday of the National Park Service today during a special Founders Day Lunch Event for employees, partners, and community leaders. The lunch was hosted by the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council, Friends of the Smokies, and Great Smoky Mountains Association. Over 340 employees who dedicate themselves daily to preserving and protecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park were recognized at the event.
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homeless veteranVeteran homelessness drops nearly 50 percent since 2010
WASHINGTON — According to the Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010.

White House officials said data shows a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2015 and January 2016 -- quadruple the previous year’s annual decline -- and a 47 percent decrease since 2010.
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Friends of the Smokies Telethon, will celebrate NPS Centennial

ut fall gardeners festival
UT Fall Gardeners’ Festival Tuesday, August 30
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Park Superintendent and
Gatlinburg Mayor lead hike

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Pi Beta Phi Elementary School ‘Class of 2016’ explores parks
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Cherokee Middle School 'Class of 2016' explore parks
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32 UT Institute of Agriculture faculty/staff receive awards


smokies telethonSmokies Telethon tops $200,000 this year
KODAK, TN – Thanks to hundreds of callers, online donations, and support from sponsors, Friends of the Smokies raised $205,562 during its annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon held on Wednesday, August 24.

Since 1995, Friends of the Smokies’ telethons have raised more than $3.5 million in support of America’s most-visited national park.
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Hog hunting permits for Big South Fork and Obed go on sale Saturday, September 3
ONEIDA, TN — The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River are two of only a few National Park Service units legislated to allow hunting within their boundaries. Permits go on sale starting Saturday, September 3.
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Georgia state prison inmate sentenced for running money laundering scheme
ATLANTA - Autry State Prison inmate Reginald Perkins has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison for laundering $1 million in fraud proceeds arising from a “jury duty” telemarketing scam conducted by inmates at Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC) prisons.
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TVA to redeem debt securities
KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority will redeem all of its 2011 4.375 percent electronotes due June 15, 2041.

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Firehouse Subs® donates 300 cases of water to local first responders
Firehouse Subs of Knoxville held its annual H2O for Heroes fundraiser earlier with month. Thanks to the overwhelming support from the community, the restaurant has donated 300 cases of bottled water to local first responders and community aid organizations.
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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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