As I’m sitting here listening to the morning news before I head out to work my mind drifts back to the news I was hearing one year ago. It was this time last year that my morning news was filled with images and updates as wildfires ripped through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and I watched as places I have been to and knew were burned to the ground. Or saw families not sure if they would have a home to go back to or worse yet not sure if their loved ones were in the path of the fire and if they were safe. I still can’t believe it has been a year.
Next week marks the one year anniversary of the wildfires that ripped through the Great Smoky Mountains. Lives were lost, homes destroyed, and the people of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were determined to carry on. I have been back twice since the fires and they are moving forward from this hard time. They truly are Smokies Strong. I still can’t believe we were so close to the fires starting with the precious babies.