Great Smoky Mountains National Park will Remain Closed Until Further Notice

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announce that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and Spur, will remain closed until further notice.

All access to the park, including trails and roads, were originally closed on March 24 through April 6, in alignment with efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 across the region. The park is extending the closure in response to Executive Order 121 issued by NC Governor Roy Cooper, Executive Order 22 issued by TN Governor Bill Lee, and ‘Stay at Home’ orders in local communities surrounding the park.

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Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) will honor Garth Brooks with its Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s first-ever virtual meeting in June. The NMPA established the Songwriter Icon Award in 2006 to recognize outstanding songwriters for personal achievement and who personify the vision of NMPA and the goals of its members. Past recipients include…

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen will try to score his fourth consecutive No. 1 single with the release of “More Than My Hometown,” which impacts country radio on May 27. Co-penned by Morgan, Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith and Ryan Vojtesak, “More Than My Hometown” will be included on Morgan’s upcoming sophomore album, which is expected to drop…

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