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GATLINBURG CONTINUES TO SEE BUSINESS INCOME DECREASE SINCE WILDFIRES

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Gatlinburg Officials say that they continue to see business income decrease since wildfires devastated the area in November. In fact, they say they have seen a decrease of some $19 million in business trade. Restaurants, hotels, and retail stores cited a 36.5 percent decrease in business during the month of December, usually one of the busiest shopping seasons in the area. The total gross income in business for December 2015 was $51,952,882. The numbers dipped the month after the November wildfire at $32,992,914. According to reports, the hotel and motel business suffered the most with $16 million in December 2015 and $7.8 million in December 2016.

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