Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  The slopes were slippery this morning.  The first thing I saw as I crept down the hill in my truck was another truck that had slid off the road.  It was abandoned. 

The temperature is 24 degrees right now.  There was almost no traffic on the streets for a good reason.  They are slick.  I’ve been outside tossing snow melt on the parking lot.  The sun is coming out for the first time in days.  I can see the mountains from my office window and the photos below show you what they look like.  They look great.  Mount Leconte has 15” of snow, Sugarlands has 10” and Cades Cove is reporting 9” of snow on the ground. I think we got 6 to 7 inches here.

The phone line to Park Headquarters is busy.  I tried several times trying to get a road report.  My guess is they are all closed.  You can check by calling 865-436-1200 and follow the menu instructions to “road conditions”. 

I did not check the water temperature again this morning.  I feel lucky just to be here.  The temperature today will warm up some to about 30 degrees and the roads should get much better. 

I don’t know anyone who went fishing yesterday.  I would think the fishing is slow in the mountains.  The water is cold.  The trout won’t be feeding much.  If you do find your way in and go fishing, use nymphs or streamers.  I know I wouldn’t go fishing today. 

Tonight we are holding our third Town Hall Meeting to deal with the Department of Transportation issues we have here.  I will be the facilitator.  I’m going up to the auditorium in a little while to hang some huge maps of our town on the stage.  Then I’ll plan the meeting.  I am hoping we will all agree on a solution tonight that the City Commission will pass after deliberation. I’ll take the City’s recommendations to the Tennessee Department of Transportation and we will work out the details. 

Tomorrow I will report on the meeting to the Deputy Commissioner and Regional Director of TDOT.  They have been good people to work with and they are as optimistic as I am that we will reach a sound and fair agreement.  This is a big deal, there is a lot at stake and this is a turning point for our town.  If you want more information, just Google “TDOT Townsend”.  You will read many articles about this unprecedented story.

Some of the headlines and content in the stories are a little misleading.   Others are repeating what someone said that is not true.  But for the most part they are accurate and tell the real story.  If you read them all it will be easy to filter out the truth from the inaccurate statements. 

I hope you were all able to get out and back to work today.  I know from reading the news that many of you are snowed in by white stuff measured in feet. 

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
December 27, 2010 

View of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Another view of the Smokies

Foothills Parkway

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