Six things to know – 12/9/16

Here are six things to know for today.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee are reopening to the public today. They had been closed since the wildfires started at the end of November. The wildfires killed 14 people. Prosecutors have charged two juveniles with starting fires within the Great Smoky Mountains park.

A bill to fund the government past a midnight deadline is being blocked by Senate Democrats. The dispute is over health care benefits for retired miners that run out this year. Democrats want the benefits extended for one year.

Fire crews are still on the scene of a fire in Perryville, Missouri. Crews were called to Atlas Roofing just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday. No injuries are being reported and there has been no damage to the surrounding buildings.

Shawnee National Forest is closing recreation sites and roads for the season. Campgrounds will be closed starting next Thursday. Most are expected to reopen on March 15. Road closures start in mid-December.

The second annual Homegrown Holiday Farmer’s Market returns to Paducah Saturday. It is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m at the Schroeder Expo Center. You’ll  be able to buy local homegrown products including meat, produce, and eggs in addition to baked goods, art products, and seasonal goodies.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been officially stripped of power after being impeached. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn now steps in as acting president until the country’s Constitutional Court deliberates on whether to formally end her presidency or reinstate her. The court has up to 180 days.

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