Tag Archives: Tennessee

Tennessee Wildfire Survivors File $14.8M Lawsuit

Federal employees blamed for violating fire-management policies     KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home ...

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Gatlinburg Rebounds from Wildfires, Cautious of the Future

Devastating fires could become the “new normal.”   By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Bob Bentz had just installed underground utility lines and paved a new road when wildfires roared through the eastern Tennessee treetop canopy he ...

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Memorial Announced for Victims of Tennessee Wildfires

14 people were killed in deadly wildfires   GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost. Nicole Ogle, chairwoman ...

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Gatlinburg Fire Swarm

This fire had beaten expectations since its first day   Matt Lakin, Knoxville News-Sentinel Greg Miller had seen worse. After 10 years as fire chief in a mountain tourist town, he knew the tactics of wild- land firefighting inside out. ...

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Gatlinburg Fire: A Lit Fuse

As they drove along Newfound Gap, Salansky spotted a black cloud   Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel The bare rock cracked and crumbled beneath his fingertips. Every so often, a handhold or footing gave way, sending bits of stone clattering ...

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Pigeon Forge Honors Firefighters Who Battled Deadly Wildfires

Tribute wall honors first responders in Patriot Park   PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee city has reunited first responders to unveil its tribute to their work battling deadly wildfires last year. Pigeon Forge tourism officials say 39 of ...

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National Park Trail in Deadly 2016 Tennessee Fire to Reopen

14 people died in the Gatlinburg area wildfire   GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A national park trail where a remote fire started and skipped miles to contribute to a deadly blaze in Tennessee last year is largely reopening. Great Smoky ...

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Tennessee Forestry Chief Lauds Firefighters

Official says firefighters did all they could to fight wildfires   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Although Tennessee’s top forestry official said he regrets the loss of lives and property in last year’s wildfires, he argued Wednesday that firefighters did as ...

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Gatlinburg Upgrades Emergency Systems

Notifications expanded to community with wildfire fatalities   DON JACOBS, Knoxville News-Sentinel Gatlinburg authorities have expanded their emergency notification system to North Chalet Village, a community that sustained most of the 14 wildfire fatalities and had not been evacuated. Gatlinburg ...

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Charges Dropped Against Youths in Tennessee Wildfires

Prosecutors unable to prove the youth were responsible     JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped arson charges against two juveniles in connection with the Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 people and tore through thousands ...

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