Armadillo in the Smokies? Scientists explain its appearance

Scientists gathered together at the Discover Life in America event held in Gatlinburg to learn and discuss the impact of climate change on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of those scientists is PhD candidate Kendall Beals. She researches the impact of wildfires on plants and soil in the area. She says changes "certainly has to do with the amount of fossil fuels that we are putting into the environment." Another scientist, Dr. Jitu Kumar, works with the Oak Ridge National Laborator

Jennifer Lopez donates enough food for a year to Jacksboro school

Famous singer Jennifer Lopez said she and partner Alex Rodriguez donated a year's worth of food to Jacksboro Elementary School. Lopez said in a post on Instagram that she heard about teachers at the Jacksboro school and their food pantry. Teachers at the school recently kicked off a food pantry to keep their students from being hungry. "We heard teachers were helping students bring home food when they didn't have enough. When we saw this story, it brought tears not just to my eyes, but Alex's

Multiple East Tenn. school districts report lead in water

Schools in Tennessee are now not only required to test the water your kids are drinking, but notify you within five days if those results are over a safe limit for lead. So far the state has reports from 30 school districts, most of them tested this summer. In East Tennessee, multiple districts report lead in the water. Some counties don't report individual schools or water sources. State Representative Rick Staples said he's looking forward to every parent to know what their kids are drinking

Lawsuit: Gatlinburg resort uses "high-pressure scheme" on customers

A class action lawsuit has been filed against a resort in Gatlinburg alleging that it uses a "high-pressure scheme" that fails to disclose pertinent information to potential buyers in an effort to sell timeshares. In a 65-page lawsuit filed by the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser, plaintiffs claim that the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort fails "to provide legally required disclosures" and fails "to provide adequate access to their timeshares."
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