Smokies officials offer reward for stolen window
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are offering a reward for information on the theft of a historic Elkmont window.
The Daily Times reports the antique window was discovered missing from a cabin in the Elkmont Historic District in January.
Park officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the theft. The missing window was from the former summer home of a Knoxville glass maker.
It is unlawful to disturb or deface historic resources within the park. Perpetrators may be sentenced up to six months in jail and fined as much as $5,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call the tip hotline at: 865-436-1580.
Service dogs questioned in spite of new law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee law changed to make it easier for people who use service dogs to travel around.
But in spite of the new law put in place last year, many blind and other disabled Tennesseans find themselves being illegally questioned or forced to leave whenever they try to shop, go to restaurants or patronize businesses.
The new law ends a requirement that forced disabled people to produce documents about their dogs or their disability when they patronize businesses.
The Tennessean reports that disability advocates say that many businesses simply don't know that the law has changed. As a result, advocates say they are hearing multiple complaints from disabled people, including one where a man and his service dog were asked to leave a funeral home.
Woman who survived attack advocates self-defense
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - September 21, 2013, was a day Rachel Layer thought would be her last.
Late into the evening an attacker had entered her residence after prying his way in through the bathroom window, crawled behind where she was lying on her couch, and began choking her, hitting her in the side of the head and pulling her hair.
But Layer isn't accustomed to giving in or being a victim. She squared herself up with her attacker and easily got him off of her, something she thinks surprised him, not expecting such strength, and was able to fight off his attacks and get out of the house.
Since then, she has taken mixed martial arts classes and become an advocate for self-defense through her blog and public speaking.
Endangered penguin on display at Ripley's Aquarium
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A rare African black-footed penguin is on display at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.
African penguins are an endangered species whose population is estimated to have been reduced from one million to about 55,000 since 1930, due to over-fishing and pollution.
According to The Mountain Press, the as-yet-unnamed penguin is a male that was born at the aquarium in January.
It weighs close to five pounds and is being monitored by the Ripley husbandry team.
This is the second African black-footed penguin to be born at the aquarium. The first was born in May 2013, and the two penguins are cousins.
A total of 35 penguins are now at the aquarium, 33 of them from outside zoos and aquariums.
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