National Media & Gatlinburg

gatlinburg-fire-3I have to say I am frustrated and saddened by the lack of coverage in the national news about what has been going on in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Just because it doesn’t involve terrorism or politics it is STILL a devastating tragedy just like those things are. Thousands of people lost everything. People have lost their lives. What is going on with journalism these days?!

Lord PLEASE let me get my financial issues resolved soon so I can get back into school, get out there in the field of journalism, and make some needed changes!! 

I should say a thank you to HLN’s “Michaela” show for actually going deeper into the story than any others I’ve seen.

When I posted about this on Facebook I had a few comments from people about the issues with media covering some floods in Louisiana.  As well as fires in North Carolina and Georgia.

Seana said…

“I know exactly how you feel! We had the same issue in Louisiana with all the flooding. I’m praying for everyone in Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas.”

Rebekah R. said…

“It really is so sad. When California and Colorado were burning, national news cared.  

When southern states were devastated by flooding and now while our Smoky Mountains burn, it’s just mentioned in passing. 

Praying for everyone who has suffered loss and for the brave men and women who are fighting the fires and finding ways to help during this tragedy.”

A comment from Shannon W. read…

“It was pretty bad. I think they have it pretty well contained in North Carolina now. I have to actively search out the local news to find anything. My family is from the mountains but the fires were all still west of them. I know Blowing Rock and parts of Boone were evacuated before Thanksgiving. 
In Georgia people as far south as Atlanta were under some type of warning to stay inside as much as possible because of how thick the smoke from the fires in northern Georgia. My Nana lives there and said she could see it in the air.
I lived in East Tennessee when I was younger so I’m strongly connected to these three states. It’s so sad.”

The south has been under heavy drought conditions and dealing with wildfires for quite some time.  In my home state of Alabama there was no rain for almost three months until a few days ago.

I ask that the media stand up against their own bias and start talking more about these people who are losing there homes, businesses, and lives!

I pray the best for all of them.

If you are in a place to donate money to help all of those effected by the wildfires in Tennessee please go to and donate what you can.

Dolly Parton performing on her “Pure & Simple” Tour – Photo: Caleb Graham

Dolly Parton is planning to donate $1000 a month to every family effected until they can get back on their feet.

You can help her.

After being in Orlando when the Pulse attack happened, I know how much these donations mean to people involved.  They can go a lot further than you may think when people give.

Also go visit these places when they get back up and running.  Go visit Gatlinburg.  Go visit Dollywood.  They will need the support of tourists to get their business back so they can continue on.

Many blessings to all.

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