Being in the heart of East Tennessee means being close to the busiest National Park in the U.S., the Great Smoky Mountains. Our National Parks are the heart of this country because we have chosen to recognize the beauty and uniqueness of nature. Keeping the Parks funded has been a problem in the past which leads to neglect and damage that sometimes can be hard or impossible to replace.
Luckily, the Bush Administration has green-lighted a $3 Billion increase in the National Parks budget. Wow! Talk about a step in the right direction.