‘America’s Dirtiest Hotel’ TN workers handed $0 paychecks

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – There’s more drama at a local hotel that was named “America’s Dirtiest Hotel” in 2011. After bad publicity of receiving that distinction from TripAdvisor.com, Grand Resort Hotel in Pigeon Forge was closed. The hotel was taken over by a bank two weeks ago.

Now several staff members say they were handed paychecks for $0. Some workers are owed more than just a week of pay.More.

Here’s the ratings at TripAdvisor.

Key Lime pie maker moves to East TN

Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory’s pies have been featured on a number of national television shows including a cooking segment with Kenny Chesney on CMT and an appearance with Jamie and Bobby Deen on The View. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

PIGEON FORGE — East Tennessee has a new sweet treat, The Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory, with an equally sweet opportunity for increased production and investment for owners Roberto Madeira and Tania Beguinati.

Blond Giraffe recently moved operations from Key West, Fla., to Pigeon Forge with the hope of expanding the company by entering into franchise agreements and selling its key-lime-themed desserts through wholesalers. Owners Roberto Madeira and Tania Beguinati believe it was the right move. — More.