Blog :: 04-2013

US 441 Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountain National Park REOPEN!!

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Road through National Park to Cherokee, N.C., is Open

Repairs to U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountain National Park are Complete; Direct Link between Cherokee, N.C., and Gatlinburg, Tenn., is Re-established

CHEROKEE, N.C. (April 15, 2013) - The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) are pleased to announce that access to Cherokee, N.C., is as easy as ever now that repairs to U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road are complete. The road that directly links Cherokee to Gatlinburg, Tenn., reopened on April 15, 2013, after being closed for repairs because of a January landslide.

"U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road is a major artery for visitors coming from the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so any time it is closed, our local businesses here in Cherokee feel the impact," said Jason Lambert, director of the Cherokee Division of Commerce. "Park service officials immediately recognized the potentially devastating economic impact a prolonged closure would have on gate-way communities like Cherokee, and we are pleased that the park service moved quickly to get the road open as soon as possible, just in time for the tribe's busy summer tourism season."

Brooks Robinson, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort's Senior Vice President and General Manager, agreed by saying, "We are also grateful 441 is opening several weeks ahead of schedule, and we look forward to providing a welcoming, resort experience for our guests from eastern Tennessee."

Recognizing the importance of U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road as a vital economic link between North Carolina and Tennessee communities, the EBCI worked with park officials to offer an incentive proposal to motivate the contractor to complete the road repairs as efficiently as possible. Per the terms of the incentive proposal, $18,000 per day will be paid to the contractor for each day of completion prior to May 15, 2013, up to a maximum of $500,000. The amount donated by the EBCI applies to the first 14 days of the incentive period at the aforementioned rate.

About Cherokee

Explore trails of legends and adventure wrapped in authentic Cherokee culture brought to life in the stories, history, traditions, songs, dances, ceremonies and fascinating period dress of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Cherokee offers activities, packages and itineraries that make visiting an affordable pleasure for all ages and interests. Visit the new Oconaluftee Visitor's Center. Enjoy cultural festivals and attractions, bonfires, camping, tubing, hiking, wading, biking, birding, waterfalls, water mills, a pioneer village, art galleries and shops, hotels and motor lodges, family fun parks, petting zoos, more than 30 miles of untamed trout waters, and Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. For more information about Cherokee, visit or call 800-438-1601.



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      Ghost Town In The Sky Set to Open Memorial Day Weekend!

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      Maggie Valley's Ghost Town in the Sky, one of North Carolina's most unique amusement parks and family destinations, opened in 2012. Owner Alaska Presley worked diligently on getting the park prepared for a partial opening, Phase One. The first phase included the famous chairlift ride to Ghost Town's all new "Level Fun". The chairlift takes passengers 3500 feet up and back down the side of Buck Mountain, with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains above and the valley below. This year the Park will have their signature Wild West Town open along with gun fights and can-can girls, and much more.

      Check out their website for more information.

      Building Dreams! 2013 Spring Home Expo - Presented by Haywood Home Builders Association

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      The Haywood Home Builders Association will hold its Spring Expo May 10 and 11 at the Waynesville Armory at 44 Boundary St.

      Home builders and home buyers are invited to stop in to look over the latest remodeling/building products and ideas.

      There will be special entertainment throughout the day, as well as educational programs.

      The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10 and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

      Attendees can register for an iPad giveaway, with the drawing at 3 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will also have giveaway items.

      There is still an opportunity for vendors to participate.

      To contact Haywood HBA: Call: 454-0221 Email:

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        Need Mulch for Your Spring Landscaping??

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        The Town of Waynesville will have compost and double-ground mulch available for pickup 8a.m. to noon Thursday to Saturday, April 11, 12 and 13, at the town yard waste landfill. Fees are:

        "¢ Compost "” regular pickup or trailer, $10 per load; tandem truck, $60 per load.

        "¢ Double ground mulch "” small pickup truck, $ 10 per load; regular pickup truck, $25 per load; tandem truck $100 per load; Roll-off, $200 per load.

        Additional fee of $10 or $20 will be charged for trailers (depending on size).

        A limited amount of single ground mulch will also be available at $10 per load (to cover loading fee) regardless of truck size.

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        Payment must be made by cash or check. Town personnel will be available with a wheel loader to load pickups or trailers. Please be environmentally friendly "” state regulations require that loads be covered.

        The town yard waste landfill is located off Bible Baptist Drive, from Russ Avenue, near the bypass. Go straight through the gate at the end of Bible Baptist Drive and see the attendant.

        The sale will be canceled in the event of wet weather as the site will be too muddy to operate heavy equipment. For information, call 456-3706.

        ATTENTION All Bargain Hunters - Maggie Vally Spring Fling 2013

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        Spring Fling 2013

        Location: Maggie Valley Pavilion May 18, 2013; 7am-2pm "¢ FREE ADMISSION to Bargain Hunters!

        Event Profile: Spring Fling 2013 is a one-day community yard sale, Saturday, May 18 from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Admission is free daily to all spectators and bargain hunters. Need to obtain items? Treasure Hunting in your blood? Spring cleaning in your future? Need to clean out your closets? We will supply a location to do just that! Attend or become a vendor at the Community Spring Fling 2013 Yard Sale! Charlie's Wing House is donating Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Soft Drinks, Donuts, Etc., which may be purchased for a small price. All proceeds from food and booth spaces will go back into community programs such as additional yard sales, movie nights, etc..

        Gate: Free Admission to Bargain Hunters or Spectators; Vendor booths $10/$15 - see below.

        Bargain Hunters & Spectators: Treasures abundant "¦someone's junk is another's treasure and Gene Ferguson has agreed to auction some items. Bring your "auction" item, by 11:00am the morning of the event & Gene Ferguson will auction the item for you! Tentative auction time is 1:00pm. This is the place to find must have items at reduced prices.

        Vendors: Booth Space is available @ $10 for outside 10' x 10' area and $15 for inside 10' x 10' area, (while supplies last; inclusive of one table). Forms may be obtained in person at Maggie Valley Town Hall or downloaded online at ALL VENDORS MUST FILL OUT A FORM with payment in full and submit this to Town of Maggie Valley Festival Division; 3987 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, NC 28751. Checks may be accepted at Town Hall until 5/8/2013. After that date, all payments must be made at the Maggie Valley Community Center in the form of Cash, or Cashier's Check. Vendor Contacts: Through 5/17/2013 - Contact Town Hall Administration at 828-926-0866 (9am - 5pm) 5/18/2013: Dan Massey - Onsite Vendor Contact (beginning 5am) 5/18/2013: Tammy Wight - Onsite Auction Coordinator (beginning 5am)

        Rain Date Policy: The community yard sale goes on Rain or Shine.

        Conduct "¢ Please be respectful of others. As an agent and/or representative of Maggie Valley Pavilion, discourteous and/or inappropriate acts will not be tolerated. "¢ Show directors reserve the right to remove any vendor violating the guidelines.

        Pets: No pets are allowed at the Maggie Valley Pavilion during the Community Spring Fling 2013 Yard Sale. (Exception-Service Pets with proper paper work.) Pets are disallowed at all Town of Maggie Valley events.