Economic debuts and departures in Townsend

(WBIR-Townsend) There have been plenty of additions to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the last few months, with the openings of Margaritaville and soon Paula Deen's restaurant.

However, on the other side of the Smokies, the more peaceful Townsend is also seeing some changes.

"It's one that has a lot to offer," Carl Goodman with the Townsend Business Alliance said Wednesday.

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In the last few months, there have been additions -- specifically a new winery and the reopening of a 200-room hotel. There have also been some departures: specifically the announcement that the Dancing Bear Lodge would not be rebuilt after a November fire.

"Where we had businesses close, we had many move in and open up. So we're excited about that and the future as well," Goodman added.

He said while some of these businesses will be filled in the future, Townsend doesn't mind being that slow, sleepy town on the other side of the mountain.

"We're naturally a bit slower than in other towns. We have some businesses that close down during that period," he said.


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