Kodak's Quality Inn named Nicest Place by Reader's Digest

KODAK — The Quality Inn in Kodak, owned by Sean Patel, is being recognized as the Nicest Place in America by Reader's Digest for 2021. 

The Patels dropped their typical holiday rates and allowed Sevier County residents to rent rooms after heavy snowfall left many without power on Christmas Eve 2020. Many area hotels do not rent to locals and did not change the policy during the outages, but the Patels opened up the Quality Inn for locals to rent.

Herbert Holt Park to open weekends of Oct. 15, 22 and 29

GATLINBURG — Gatlinburg’s Herbert Holt Park will be opened the next three weekends as construction activity associated with the West Prong Force Main Improvement Project continues.

Herbert Holt Park will be open the weekend of Oct. 15-17, Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31. The park will open each Friday at 3 p.m. and remain open until dusk on Sunday. However, due to the remaining construction activity in and around the Park, the area will be closed to the public from dusk on Sunday through Friday afternoon. During the public closure, access to the Park is prohibited for motorists and pedestrians.

Further updates of the Park’s operating schedule in November will be published at a later date.