Thoughts for our regional neighbors affected by the fires.

Thanks for your inquiries about us given the proximity of the fires in our area.

Gaitlinburg and Pigeon Forge were moved from voluntary evacuation to mandatory yesterday evening, and some outlying Gatlinburg businesses and hotels have burned.

The smoke at Highlander is visible and affecting breathing for some. The fires themselves are still several miles away. Gatlinburg is 30 miles from Highlander. The good news is that substantial rain is expected to start this evening.

Below are ways you can support the people affected in Sevier County.

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685