Nov. 29th, 2016

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updated: one bit of good news -- the Ripley's Aquarium with over 10,000 animals is safe, though it wasn't looking like it last night. This from the Ripley's site:
For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted. We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe.

For a full statement, please click here.

I posted this in 2014--a hike I took with my kids to the top of the Chimneys. It had meaning for me. The Smoky Mtns have been a backdrop to my life. I've been here so many times.




and tonight it looks like this:


I am heartsick. We've had almost no rain for a month. The air's bad. Wind kicked up today. Gatlinburg's burning, and Ripley's Aquarium was surrounded by fire hours ago. Over 10,000 animals there, my God. I'm fixated on it, and horrified.

And my daughter's girlfriend may have lost her home there tonight, though thankfully, oh so thankfully, her family and her animals are safe.

Tonight it finally began to rain, but not enough.
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copied from The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by people who want to give back to causes that matter most to you. However, on this Giving Tuesday, the East Tennessee area specifically Sevier County has been inundated with wildfires and over 14,000+ people and animals had to evacuate Gatlinburg & parts of Pigeon Forge.

One of our partner shelters: Sevier County Humane Society (SCHS) was right in the path of the fires and had to evacuate 49 animals last night. Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley was able to take in 28 animals and the others went to Smoky Mountain Animal Clinic in Seymour.

So on this day of giving we ask that you show your support and give what you can because we still do not know the status of their facility and there will be numerous displaced animals from those in the area who had to leave their homes & animals. 100% of these funds will go to Sevier County Humane Society.

Help make this #GivingTuesday a success for animals. Whether big or small, the gift you make today will have an impact for helping animals during this difficult time and if you so wish you can also contribute to HSTV so we can continue to assist the animals that we took in and help them find loving & forever homes.

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