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Smoky Mountain Foliage Forecast Information For 2021

Get and stay up to date information on the Smoky Mountain foliage forecast with www.gatlinburgtnguide.com. Here is an excerpt from their post for this year:

“Each year, we post the very first Gatlinburg Fall Colors Forecast before anyone else, which we have historically posted in August…way before anyone else even attempts to “guess”. We put a lot of research and experience into providing the most accurate forecasts, which have been right on the money since we started posting our fall foliage forecasts years ago! Before you think we’re crazy, keep reading to see the science behind our prediction and see when we expect fall colors to start appearing throughout the Smoky Mountains.

Fall is a special season in Gatlinburg, TN and the Smoky Mountains as the temperatures drop, sweet aromas fill the air, and trees turn into an incredibly beautiful display of colors. The fall colors in Gatlinburg are one of the most beautiful sights that you will ever see. Each year, people always ask when the leaves will change color in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains in hopes of planning a visit at just the right time to see the colors at their peak (when they are the brightest).

Foliage Forecast: September 17, 2021 – While the weather has been warm and enjoyable, the higher temps haven’t helped foliage get in the color-changing mood just yet. A quick look at the webcams around Gatlinburg show that pretty much everything is still green. There are some cooler temperatures in the forecast for the next two weeks, which look a bit more favorable for fall colors. However, the highs will still be in the 70’s and the rain in the forecast for the next week throws in a slight speedbump as well.”

Read the full article at https://www.gatlinburgtnguide.com/fall-colors-forecast/.

The Gatlinburg Skylift webcam has one of the best views of the Smoky Mountain foliage colors, so we present it here embedded from their Youtube video page:

Tennessee Tax Free Holiday 2021

It’s that time again for our favorite late Summer, just-before-school-starts holiday and this year is going to be different than the years before it in the state of TN.

Tax Free Holiday is not a single weekend affair for 2021. This year there are three different categories of tax-free items; one of which has already started and continues on until… June 2022?? Only in Tennessee!

Let’s take a look:

Event 1: Clothes, School Supplies and Computers

Tennessee’s traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

During this time clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased tax-free. Certain restrictions apply. Items sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchase for personal use, not for business or trade.

Exempt:
* General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.

* School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes.

* Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less.

* Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers.

Not exempt:
* Apparel items priced at more than $100.

* Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

* Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment.

* School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100.

* Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

* Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs.

* Individually purchased software.

* Printer supplies.

* Household appliances.

Event 2: Food, Ingredients and Prepared Food

During the period beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, July 30, 2021 and ending Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm, food, food ingredients, and prepared foods are exempt from sales tax. This includes qualified sales of prepared food by restaurants, food trucks, caterers, and grocery stores.

Sales of alcoholic beverages are not included in items exempt during this period.

Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value. Food and food ingredients do not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements.

Prepared Food – A food item qualifies as prepared food if it:

* Is sold in a heated state or heated by the seller,
* Contains two or more food ingredients mixed together by the seller for sale as a single item; or
* Is sold with eating utensils, such as plates, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, cups, napkins, or straws provided by the vendor.

Prepared food does not include food that is only cut, repackaged, or pasteurized by the seller, and eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and foods containing these raw animal foods requiring cooking by the consumer as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent food borne illnesses.

Event 3: Gun Safes and Safety Devices

Gun safes and safety devices sold at retail are exempt from sales and use tax during the holiday period beginning at 12:01 am on July 1, 2021 and ending at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2022.

A “gun safe” is defined as:

* A locking container or other enclosure equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or other locking device that is designed and intended for the secure storage of one or more firearms.

A “gun safety device” is defined as:

* Any integral device to be equipped or installed on a firearm that permits the user to program the firearm to operate only for specified persons designated by the user through computerized locking devices or other means integral to and permanently part of the firearm.

See https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday.html for full information.

Dolly Parton’s Tribute to the State of Tennessee

As reported by WATE.com:

“As part of the 225th celebration of statehood, the county music icon lent her voice and her 1973 single “My Tennessee Mountain Home” to a video released Tuesday called “Home.”

“I am Tennessee proud,” Parton said. “I’m proud of our wonderful state, proud to be a born and raised Tennessee girl, and I’m proud to be a part of all that we represent.’

The video features all corners of the state from Mountain City to Memphis. Gov. Bill Lee is seen pulling a music record off a shelf as the video takes a tour of main streets, landmarks and natural scenery highlighting Tennessee’s culture and beauty.

“Dolly is a Tennessee treasure, and I’m thankful she’s joined us to commemorate 225 years of statehood,” Lee said. “I invite Tennesseans to celebrate at events throughout the year … to share the stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped Tennessee.”

View this article in full at https://www.wate.com/news/watch-dolly-parton-celebrates-225-years-of-statehood-with-my-tennessee-mountain-home-video/.

New Species Of Bee Discovered In The National Park

As the title indicates, the Smokies are all “a’buzz” with a new bee species that has just been discovered in our park!

From WBIR’s news segment on it:

“It sure doesn’t have a catchy name, but the Epeolus inornatus is a big catch for Dr. Will Kuhn; the Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America.

“It’s always really fun to find a new record and to take up our numbers of new records and new species for the park,” Kuhn said.” – WBIR

See the full article at https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/scientists-discover-new-bee-species-in-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/51-fb5e5a6c-9c3a-44fa-8dd2-3b1cc4834d16.

All Pro Group’s Corporate Division

Welcome to All Pro Group! Since 1995, Jeff Schoenfield has worked in Sevier County, Tennessee real estate and has been committed to providing the most professional real estate service possible. From that time to today, All Pro Group has expanded its operations to include additional services and business branches that are designed to meet the same standard of quality and excellence that Jeff and his team of managers have been successful at exceeding since 1995.

All Pro Group includes:
* All Pro Realtors
* All Pro Property Management Services
* Wall Street Storage
* All Pro Storage

Dedicated to superb and professional service regardless of the business division, All Pro Group is proud to serve East Tennessee from our office in Sevierville, TN.

See more on All Pro Group’s Corporate Divisions at https://allprogroup.us/.

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Important Smoky Mountain Travel News – May 9th

As the state of Tennessee is beginning its first stages of re-opening tourism and general business, much is going in during this initial transition: some places have opened, some places are beginning to re-open and some places will not be opening for a bit. Additionally, some events have been rescheduled and some have been cancelled for this year entirely.

Due to the nature of slowly transitioning out of social distancing, information on what and when for re-opening is highly de-centralized at the moment, so we would like to help pass on current news for openings and other pertinent travel information coming up this month and further for travel preparation and consideration.

* Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade Has Been Cancelled *
From WBIR.com:

“Gatlinburg officials said the city’s Fourth of July parade is canceled for a second year in a row due to public health concerns. The city will plan new patriotic events for families who want to celebrate while following social distancing guidelines, officials said in a Tuesday press release.”

See full article by clicking here.

 

* Gatlinburg Release on Re-openings *
From gatlinburgtn.gov, dated April 29th, 2020:

“Safety precautions and sanitization procedures will be handled at all City facilities to help keep the community, residents, employees and visitors safe. All City facilities will be heavily sanitized during the phased reopening.

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.”

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.

Plans are also in place to install signage throughout the City in visible areas outlining CDC practices on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On Friday, May 1, the McMahan/Parkway parking garage in downtown Gatlinburg will reopen, as will the public restrooms at the garage. The public restrooms located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center will also reopen.

Also on Friday, May 1, the Gatlinburg Golf Course clubhouse will reopen. The course has remained open for play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, May 4, the administrative offices located at Gatlinburg City Hall, including the City’s Finance Department, Building and Planning Department, Police Department and Fire Department, will reopen to the public. The administrative offices located at the Schilling Center, will also reopen on this date.

On Monday, May 18, all Gatlinburg City Parks – Mynatt Park, Mills Park and Herbert Holt Park – will open for public use. Upon initial opening, playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at each park.

The Gatlinburg Community Center will also reopen to the public on May 18, with reduced operating hours and restrictions on the amount of patrons allowed in areas of the building. The Tone Zone portion of the building will be the only space open to the public, in accordance with the April 28 release of the Tennessee Pledge pertaining to gyms. Operating hours will be 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Anna Porter Public Library plans to reopen its facility in phases on Monday, May 18. The library will limit the number of patrons to 10 at a time through the end of May, and hold temporary operating hours of 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will wear masks and gloves when interacting with the public and the public will be allowed to access computers for 30 minutes at a time, with social distancing practices applied. Desks will be sanitized after each use.

Rocky Top Sports World is actively following the guidelines and directions presented from the Governor’s office and CDC while coordinating with County and City offices. Because of the continued fluidity of the COVID19 situation, no opening date has been determined. Rocky Top Sports World is working diligently on events currently scheduled and continues to focus on venue cleanliness, safety and health.

The municipal parking garage located at Ripley’s Aquarium will be reopened at the same time as the Aquarium opens to the public. A resumption of Gatlinburg Trolley Services will be announced at a later date.”

* Pigeon Forge Local Business Opening Status *
The Mypigeonforge.com site hosts scheduled information in separate, downloadable files.

For Pigeon Forge attractions, click here:
For Pigeon Forge restaurants, click here:
For Pigeon Forge retail, click here:
For Pigeon Forge grocery store information, click here:

More information on Pigeon Forge’s re-openings, updated frequently, can be found at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/planning/travel-resources#business-closed.

 

* Sevierville Partial Re-opening of Parks and Recreations *
From https://www.seviervilletn.org:

“Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions, including:

* All playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and swimming pools remain closed indefinitely;

* Walking trails and tennis courts are open, social distancing of at least six feet will be enforced;

* Picnic shelters will be open, but groups must be less than ten persons;

* The PetSafe Dog Park is open, but each area (small dog and large dog) will be limited to less than ten persons and each person is limited to 45 minutes per visit; and

* Cemetery Park will be limited to less than ten people.

Some areas of the Sevierville Community Center will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions. The gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and racquetball courts remain closed indefinitely. All children’s programs are suspended indefinitely.

The Bowling Center will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.”

See more details by clicking here.

 

As more significant information becomes available, we will post new information on our blog here. Thank you and stay safe!

Featured Spotlight: Smoky Mountain General Store Carrier Services

Smoky Mountain General Store is now offering pick up and delivery carrier services in the Smoky Mountain region. For those who need to transport documents, items, gifts or something else within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Knoxville, Wears Valley, Townsend and communities nearby and in-between locally without having to go through the Post Office or UPS, this is an excellent service that will work perfectly for your transportation needs!

Contact John Saunders at Smoky Mountain General Store for carrier services at 865-429-3129 or saundersproductions2002@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Tennessee Fall Festivals For 2019

Looking around at upcoming Fall Festivals going on in East Tennessee for this year, we have this short, but to the point, list to share with some great considerations for a wonderful Autumn in our part of the world!

More information on Autumn will come in later posts as the season develops. For now, take a look at this:

* Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Bristol, TN.
September 20-22, 2019
https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/festival/lineup/2019-festival-lineup/

* Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights
Pigeon Forge, TN.
September 27-November 2, 2019
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Entertainment/GreatPumpkinLuminights

* Oktoberfest at Ober
Gatlinburg, TN.
September 27-November 3, 2019
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/

* Old Mill Heritage Day
Pigeon Forge, TN.
September 28, 2019
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day

* Fried Pickle Festival
Loudon, TN.
September 28, 2019
https://www.facebook.com/friedpicklefestival1/

* HoLa Festival
Knoxville, TN.
September 28-29, 2019
https://www.visitknoxville.com/event/hola-festival/6795/

* Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
Gatlinburg, TN.
October 2-24, 2019
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-harvest-festival-tunes-and-tales/

* Wears Valley Fall Fest
Wears Valley, TN.
October 18-20, 2019
https://www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com/

* October Sky Festival
Oliver Springs, TN.
October 19, 2019
http://www.octoberskyfestivaltn.org/

* Mountain Makins
Morristown, TN.
October 26-27, 2019
https://www.rosecenter.org/mountain-makins

* Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest
White Pine, TN.
October 26-27, 2019
https://www.tnvacation.com/events/white-pine-lakeside-smokies-balloon-fest

* Knoxville Fall Festival
Knoxville, TN.
October 27, 2019
http://knoxgarden.org/calendar/10th-annual-fall-festival/

* Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair
Gatlinburg, TN.
October 10-27, 2019
https://craftsmenfair.com/

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