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2010-09-30 11:50:00

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A family that never has experienced a traditional vacation has a date circled for a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains because legions of friends rallied around them in the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism "Taking Vacation Back" campaign. John and Leila Waltman of Pelion, S.C., and their three children - one with severe medical problems - also won $15,000 to help with a year's mortgage payments. "Taking Vacation Back," which supported family...

2008-08-25 15:00:36

Fire officials in Tennessee say a wildfire in Cocke County has grown to more than 1,100 acres and is consuming a tinder-dry patch of dead timber. Smoke can already be seen as far away as Knoxville and the blaze is expected to intensify as it ignites dead trees in the Cherokee National Forest that were killed off by a beetle infestation. Gannett Tennessee reported Monday the fire was about 20-percent contained and burning in a remote area. Hand crews, bulldozers and backfires were being...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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