Harrowing image of melted car shows devastation of Tennessee wildfires



The town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., is just coming to grips with the wildfires that left at least 10 people dead.

Officials said about 75 people were injured, and recovery efforts are currently focusing on searching for more survivors, the Associated Press reported. A full day of rain helped settle the blaze by Thursday morning, revealing a heartbreaking path of debris and destruction. 

The sheer heat of the flames was made all the more real by photographs capturing the aftermath. One image shows the empty shell of a car, its tires gone, aluminum hubcaps melted and metal dripping away from the vehicle. Read more…

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Dolly Parton is donating $1,000 a month to fire victims in Tennessee



Dolly Parton is a national treasure. 

The beloved singer announced Wednesday that her companies would donate $1,000 a month to “all of those families who lost their homes” in the devastating Tennessee wildfire that has killed at least 7 people. 

Help those who lost their homes in the Tennessee wildfires. Donate to the My People Fund by visiting https://t.co/Uydp1gDCwJ #mypeoplefund pic.twitter.com/xyvXoCeIE1

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 1, 2016

According to local officials, the fire has destroyed at least 400 structures in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, since Monday. Guests of the nearby Dollywood theme park were forced to evacuate the premises.  Read more…

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Dolly Parton ‘heartbroken’ by raging wildfire that causes Dollywood to close



Dolly Parton’s famous Dollywood theme park near the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee was closed Tuesday as a wildfire ravaged the area and made its way seriously close to the park’s border.

The legendary attraction, a Parton-themed collection of roller coasters, water rides and other attractions along with a resort and mountain cabins, was expected to remain shuttered through Wednesday, park spokesman Pete Owens told Mashable.

Dolly said she was “heartbroken” by the fire, which seems to have spared her domain for now — although it did reportedly reach “right on the doorstep.”

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Man livestreams harrowing escape from wildfire



“We just got stuck, we’re turning around. There’s power lines and trees blocking the road. We cannot get out.”

Those are the first words viewers hear when they start watching a video uploaded to Facebook by Michael Luciano, who’s in a vehicle along with one other person as they roll over burned up branches and through sheets of smoke, trying to escape a raging fire that has scorched much of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, over the past 24 hours.

The video is apocalyptic. Spots of fire glow orange at the edge of the road. Cabins are engulfed in roiling flames. The sky, normally navy blue above the bare tops of the trees, glows red.  Read more…

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Someone in Tennessee just won a $420.9 million Powerball jackpot



Someone in Tennessee has another item to add to the list of things to be thankful for.

The Tennessee Lottery announced Sunday that one player in the state has won a Powerball jackpot of a whopping $420.9 million.

$420.9 Million Powerball jackpot won in Lafayette, TN! Sign the ticket, keep it safe, consult w a financial advisor…& call us! #congrats

— Tennessee Lottery (@TNLottery) November 27, 2016

This is the sixth time a Tennessee Lottery player has won the Powerball. The winning ticket was purchased in Lafayette.

 history, coming second to the $528.8 million Powerball prize in January 2016, which was split with winners in two other states. Read more…

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