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January 17, 2018
In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, a placard on the Memorial Forest Walk at Anakeesta adventure park in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The Memorial Walk includes photos and stories of the wildfires that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged 2,500 buildings in the Gatlinburg area last November. Work had just begun on Anakeesta when flames roared through its land. The $30 million Gatlinburg resort opened in September, with $8 million in additions planned. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, a placard on the Memorial Forest Walk at Anakeesta adventure park in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The Memorial Walk includes photos and stories of the wildfires that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged 2,500 buildings in the Gatlinburg area last November. Work had just begun on Anakeesta when flames roared through its land. The $30 million Gatlinburg resort opened in September, with $8 million in additions planned. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Charred Smokies town rebounds, doubts fires are 'new normal'

By JONATHAN MATTISE The Associated Press
This article was published December 3, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- Bob Bentz had just installed underground utility lines and paved a new road when wildfires roared through the eastern Tennessee treetop canopy he wanted to transform into a $30 million adventure park.

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