Veteran’s Tribute at Dixie Stampede 2014 Group Photo


The Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association in conjunction with Sevierville Hospitality Association and the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association present an annual tribute to America’s Veterans in November at Dixie Stampede.  Veterans receive free admission and lunch plus a special program honoring them and their service.  Here is this year’s group photo:

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Sevier County Hospitality Alliance Trade Show 2015



           The 2015 Sevier County Hospitality Alliance Trade Show is March 31 at                        The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Link to video of last year’s trade show by Loch and Key Productions:

You must be a member of at least one of the sponsoring associations with your 2015 dues paid in full by February 12th, 2015. You must provide a door prize with a minimum value of $50. Booth space is on a first come-first served basis, and is assigned by members of the trade-show committee. Show registration application and full payment must be received no later than Wednesday February 12th, 2015.

Make checks payable to SCLA, and mail to SCLA, PO BOX 520, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

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Pigeon Forge Police Department Citizen Police Academy

cropped-logo-12.bmpP Forge Police Department LogoOn Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. the Pigeon Forge Police Department will be hosting Session 15 of the Citizens’ Police Academy.  The class is held each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Some of the topics that are covered are patrol operations, accident investigation, Tactical Rescue Unit operations, domestic violence, K9 operations and the DARE program.  If you are interested, you may pick up an application at the Pigeon Forge Police Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.  The application must be returned by January 16th 2015.  If you have any questions please contact Lt. Catlett at 865-453-9063 or email:

Plan to Party with PFHA! Front Line Christmas Party!



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Merry Christmas!

As a hospitality member, you and your employees are invited to celebrate Christmas with Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association at our Annual Christmas Party! Lodging, Restaurants, Retail, Theaters and Attraction members: each employee is invited and may bring one guest.

Associate members are invited and may bring one guest.  This can be a representative and guest or two representatives per company.

The party will be held at the Music Road Resort & Convention Center on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. with meal and festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The evening’s activities will include:

@Karaoke @Hula Hoop Contest @Christmas Bingo @Line Dancing 

Door Prizes Galore!

Two (2) Drawings for Catered Meal for 10 ppl!                                               

Grand Prize-“Little Red Wagon” 

Managers please RSVP by Friday, December 12, 2014 so we can prepare the correct amount of food.  RSVP to or fax to 865-428-6692. (We can accept up to 400 guests. Don’t delay!)

PFHA would appreciate any and all assistance with door prizes to help in making this a fun event for every one! Please contact Shelia Gibson with the Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge at or 865-286-2734 for details on where to drop off your door prizes.

Special recognition to our sponsors: Music Road Resort & Convention Center, Diverse Concepts,  Walters State Community College, Reinhart Foods, Sysco, Buddy’s Bar-B-Que, Smokey Mountain Sounds, Great Sounds Entertainment and Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association!

We hope to see each of you at the party and please remember to let us know you will be attending by Friday, December 12, 2014.

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Teresa K. Karson, PFHA Christmas Party Chair,

Coming up at Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association



“Forging Together” Network After Work Thursday November 20, 2014 5-7 pm at Old Forge Distillery in the historic Old Mill District!  

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The December PFHA Membership Meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2014 at The Lumberjack Feud!   Karen King, Assistant Financial Superintendent of Sevier County School System will speak on the financial inequalities within the BEP formula used to distribute funds to Tennessee school systems.


Karen King was recently selected by colleagues across the state for a prestigious honor from the Tennessee Association of School Business Officials.  She has received the organization’s James D. McCullough Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by this group.

Networking and sign in begin at 11am with the luncheon meeting following at 11:30 am.  Luncheon is $12.00  with registration by noon on Tuesday December 9, 2014 at

Guarding Against Robbery and Human Trafficking: Resources

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Deterrence of armed robbery and human trafficking both begin before the criminal arrives at the business address.  Businesses are tasked with taking the security of their physical, financial, and human assets very seriously.  Deterrence begins with the physical site and building(s) and extends to lighting, clear sight lines, number of entrances, number of people working, signage, amount of money on hand, type of safe, deposit habits, surveillance equipment, panic buttons, presence of uniformed security, and the alertness and awareness of staff and management.

Please reference these two documents which are full of useful information regarding evaluating and developing security procedures and policies plus guidance regarding all aspects of armed robbery: deterrence, survival, coping.

WVLT Channel 8 Video Interview Link below:

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The FBI provides a great deal of information and resources online:

Predators: Guarding Against Robbery and Human Trafficking

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Recent events at Sevier County Lodging establishments have focused attention on  the need for individuals and businesses to be aware, alert, and prepared for unlawful intruders and criminal predators.

Plan to join us on November 4, 2014 from 9am to 11am when Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association will hold a special Security Workshop at Springhill Suites in Pigeon Forge.

Bill Mish, Vision Hospitality, Chattanooga, TN will instruct us on the many links between hospitality businesses and human trafficking and how to begin to recognize the signs that it is occurring at/in your business.

Detective Matthew Pendleton, Pigeon Forge Police Department and Sevier County Sherriff Ron Seals will advise on robbery deterrence measures, site security, survival techniques, importance of providing a good description of assailant, and what to do if you or your business is victimized.

This workshop is FREE to PFHA members and is $5.00 for non-members and is open to all Sevier County businesses.  Please register today for this important workshop at and be prepared to meet these issues with awareness and action.

Thank you Springhill Suites for hosting this workshop!  Thank you Inn at Christmas Place for providing lodging!

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