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Synchronous Fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains: Reservations Open Today at 10am!

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The firefly shuttles between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont will be running June 4-11, 2014. The reservation system at http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72413 will open at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) on April 30th.

 

Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns.

Fireflies (also called lightning bugs) are beetles. They take from one to two years to mature from larvae, but will live as adults for only about 21 days. While in the larval stage, the insects feed on snails and smaller insects. Once they transform into their adult form, they do not eat.

Their light patterns are part of their mating display. Each species of firefly has a characteristic flash pattern that helps its male and female individuals recognize each other. Most species produce a greenish-yellow light; one species has a bluish light. The males fly and flash and the usually stationary females respond with a flash. Peak flashing for synchronous fireflies in the park is normally within a two-week period in late May to mid-June.
The firefly shuttle program operating dates for 2014 will be June 4 – June 11, 2014. Parking Pass sales will begin at 10:00am on April 30, 2014.The demand for passes typically exceeds the supply – please be aware tickets sell out quickly.

  • During the program operating dates, a parking pass is required for evening access to the Sugarlands parking lot and the firefly shuttle to the Elkmont viewing area. There is a limit of one parking pass per household per season.
  • Visitors must present identification upon entering the parking lot. The identification must match the name on the reservation and must be presented by a person in that vehicle. Please bring exact change for the trolley fee ($1/person.)
  • There are no refunds and no rain checks. The shuttle trolley ride will be cancelled if weather presents a threat to public safety. Environmental conditions may affect the intensity of the firefly ”show”. Both conditions are beyond the control of the National Park Service.

Light Show Etiquette
Flashlights disrupt the fireflies and impair people’s night vision. The light show is best when you:

• Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane.
• Use your flashlight only when walking to your viewing spot.
• Point your flashlight at the ground.
• Turn off your flashlight when you find your viewing spot.

You can also help protect the fireflies and their habitat:

• Do not catch the fireflies.
• Stay on the trail at all times.
• Pack out all of your garbage.

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Coupon Katie Mornings With Fox 43 Best Deals of the Week 4/29/14

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Here is a round up of all the deals I shared this morning on Mornings with Fox 43!  If you want to stay up to date on all the latest deals be sure to Like  Coupon Katie on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or  sign up for Coupon Katie emails.

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Kroger Double Fuel Points Weekends

Download this Kroger digital coupon just once and earn double fuel points when you shop Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 27! This will help you save even more at the pump which is perfect if you are planning a road trip in the next few months!

New to Kroger Fuel points?  Use your Kroger Plus card when shopping to earn 100 points for each $100 worth of purchases. Once you have 100 points, your Kroger  card can be used at participating Shell or Kroger stations to get $.10 off a gallon for one fill-up. You can get up to  $1 off per gallon after spending $1000 in  one month.

Here is how it works:

The read-out on a gas pump will ask if you want to use a Kroger fuel-rewards card. If you chose “Yes,” then your full-size Kroger Plus rewards card can be inserted into the station’s credit-card reader to activate the discount, which is subtracted immediately at the pump. If  you only have the  small keychain card with you  then your customer number can be keyed in at the pump and the discount will be taken.

Allergy Rebate Deal

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Through May 25th you can get in on this allergy rebate offer from McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Get a $20 Visa Gift Card (while supplies last) when you purchase 3 or more participating products during the same shopping trip on one receipt.

You will need to purchase at least two “Treat products” and one “Soothe product” to earn the gift card. They also need to be on the same receipt.

Treat products include:
Zyrtec
Benadryl
Sudafed
Tylenol Sinus

Soothe products include:
Visine
Neo Eczema
Simply Saline
Kleenex

CVS Deal Idea

Buy 1 Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues (85 ct)- $2.39
Buy 2 Benadryl 24 ct OR Benadryl Liquid (4 oz)- $4.99 each
- $3/2 Sudafed Adult PE, Sudafed Children’s PE, Benadryl, Children’s Benadryl, Tylnol Sinus, Visine or Neosporin Eczema Essentials Product coupon from the 4/13 SS or   $2/2 Benadryl product, excl trial size printable
Out of Pocket=as low as $9.37
Submit for $20 Rebate
Final cost= Free + $10.63 moneymaker after coupon and rebate

Free Kid’s Lego Building Event

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Come build a LEGO Star Wars™ Mini TIE Fighter and LEGO Star Wars Mini X-Wing at Toys “R” Us!

When: May 3rd, 2014 from 12-2pm
Where: All Toys “R” Us locations

Event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child.

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Benadryl Itch Stick- $2.39
-$2/1 Benadryl Topical Product coupon found here or in the 4/13 SS
Final cost =$0.39

Fresh Raspberries (6 oz)- 2 for $5
-$2 off Fresh Fruit or Vegetable Purchase $5+ Target Mobile Coupon (text RECIPE to 827438)
Final cost=$1.50 each

This week you received a $5 off $20 Laundry Care Purchase coupon in your Target ad!

Here are some deal ideas:

Buy 2 Bounce Dryer Sheets 34 ct Outdoor Fresh -$1.97
Buy (3) Clorox Bleach 64 oz -$1.97
& Buy 2 Tide (50 oz 32 ld) Liquid – on sale for $5.99  each
-$5 off Laundry Care Purchase $20+ In-Ad coupon print here or text LAUNDRY to 827438
-$1 off Tide Detergent 46oz+ or Oxi Stain Remover 7.12 lb Mobile TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$.50/1 Bounce or Downy Fabric Enhancer ETS Target Mobile Coupon (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$2 off three Clorox bleach items 55-oz. or larger Target Coupon
- 5% Off Clorox Bleach (excl. Precision Pour Gel, Sprays) Target Cartwheel  (deduct $0.20)
-two $1/1 Tide Detergent printable
-$1.50 off 2 Bounce coupon from the 4/27 PG
Final cost=$$9.63 for all 7 items after coupons , $1.37 each

Buy 2 Seventh Generation (2X 100 oz 64 load)- on sale for $11.99 each
-$5 off Laundry Care Purchase $20+ In-Ad coupon print here or text LAUNDRY to 827438
stack with 10% Off Seventh Generation Cleaning Supplies Target Cartwheel coupon (will deduct $2.39)
stack with two$2/1 Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent printable
Final cost= $6.29 each

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Historic Homes of Knoxville Celebrate Statehood Day with Free Admission on May 24, May 31, and June 1

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Historic Homes of Knoxville Celebrate Statehood Day with Free Admission on May 24, May 31, and June 1

 June 1, 2014 marks the 218th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission as the 16th state in the union. East Tennessee’s most important cultural heritage sites are partnering to celebrate Statehood Day on Saturdays, May 24 and May 31 as well as Sunday, June 1. The sites include places of historical significance in the exciting journey from the creation of our country to the founding of our state. The Historic Homes of Knoxville include: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, Ramsey House, and Westwood. Each site will have individual ways of celebrating the birth of Tennessee; these are free museum days to the public.

Crescent Bend House & Gardens (Saturday, May 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

One of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 900-acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville.

2728 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-637-3163,

Ramsey House (Saturday, May 24, 12:00-2:00 PM)

Built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey, one of Knoxville’s first settlers.
2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Marble Springs (Saturday, May 24, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, May 25, 12:00-5:00 PM)

Home of John Sevier (1745-1815), Tennessee’s first governor and Revolutionary War hero. Marble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate this occasion with a weekend of Living History. Walk amongst Living History interpreters in 18th Century clothing portraying life on the frontier, encampments, and more. Children’s activities include falling into a militia drill and playing with period toys. Blacksmithing, weaving, and open hearth cooking will be demonstrated all weekend. Food will be available for purchase. Donations are appreciated.

1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508,

Westwood (Saturday, May 24, 1:00-4:00 PM)

Built as a “wedding promise” in 1890 by John Edwin Lutz and his wife, Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, on property owned by her grandfather, Drury P. Armstrong. The highlight and most significant component of Westwood is the studio which was designed by Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, an accomplished artist. Today Historic Westwood is home to Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. Parking available at Laurel Church of Christ.

425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008

Blount Mansion (Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

Construction on Blount Mansion began in 1792. The restored mansion was open for tours in 1930, making it the oldest museum in Knox County. Commemorate the creation of the state of Tennessee and celebrate the pioneers who settled and transformed the southwest territory into the vibrant state of Tennessee.

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375

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James White’s Fort (Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Built in 1786, James White’s Fort was home to the founder of Knoxville. More than 10,000 visitors tour the Fort each year and experience the frontier lifestyle through hands-on interpretations. Celebrate at James White’s Fort and learn about open hearth cooking and blacksmithing. Donations will be gladly accepted.

205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

Mabry-Hazen House (Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Celebrate Tennessee Statehood Day and Confederate Decoration Day! Confederate Decoration Day starts at 11:00 AM at Bethel Confederate Cemetery, and shuttles will be available beginning at 10:00 AM at the Mabry-Hazen parking lot. Heritage groups including the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy will gather at the Bethel Cemetery to honor over 1,600 Confederate soldiers who are interred at this historic site. Speakers will be present to offer perspectives relating to the Civil War and the role of the Confederate soldier. In addition, tours of the newly opened Bethel Cemetery Civil War Museum will be offered. Parking will be located at the Mabry-Hazen House and buses will shuttle visitors down the road to the cemetery.
1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

In addition to the Historic Homes of Knoxville, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Crockett Tavern Museum will also host Statehood Day events.

Crocket Tavern Museum (Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

The Museum was built on the site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett. It is a reconstruction of the 1790′s John Crockett Tavern.

2002 Morningside Drive, Morristown, TN 37814. Information: 423-587-9900,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (Sunday, June 1, 12:00-5:00 PM)

The mission of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (Vonore), a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The Museum will collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects and data that support this mission. Free admission; blacksmith shop will be open. Genealogy workshops and storytelling in the afternoon.

576 HWY 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 12-5PM. Information: 423-884-6246,

Thanks, Suzanne & The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, TN


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Knoxville Walk MS May 3rd- Come Join Us!

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If you have been following Coupon Katie for long you know that I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost 6 years ago. This year I am excited to be part of Walk MS Knoxville! If you or anyone you know or love has MS you should join us! It is a great event and chance to connect with other local families living with MS. Team Katie will be there- we even have shirts designed by THE HUSBAND!

Here is more info from the press release:

Have fun and help create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.Participate in the 2014 Walk MS event in Knoxville on Saturday, May 3, and help the Mid South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society raise funds for the more than 9,000 residents living with MS.

The MS Walk will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Walkers will enjoy an event that features an exciting walk at Sequoyah Park and a fun day with family and friends. Prior to May 31, walkers will collect contributions from supportive local companies, family and friends. Walk MS, presented by Novartis and Pure Protein, will feature live entertainment and a kids’ area. There are two route options: 1 mile and 3

WHAT: Walk MS to benefit the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society

WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014

WHERE: Sequoyah Park (1400 Cherokee Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee)

TIME: 9:00 a.m. Registration / 10 a.m. Walk Begins

REGISTER: Visit us at nationalmssociety.org/knoxvillewalk2014  or donate

WHY: Proceeds will go toward funding for local client programs and national research focused

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

If you haven’t seen it yet here is an interview I did with WBIR about my life with MS.

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Coupon Katie Mornings with Fox 43 Tax Day Freebies & Deals

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Welcome to Coupon Katie!  Here is a round up of all the deals I shared this morning on Mornings with Fox 43!  If you want to stay up to date on all the latest deals be sure to Like  Coupon Katie on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or  sign up for Coupon Katie emails.

Tax Day Freebies and Deals

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Arby’s is giving away a free Snack-Sized Curly Fry on April 15 at all Arby’s locations nationwide. Print your Arby’s coupon here or  head to the Arby’s Facebook Page.

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Great American Cookies says that, “Refund or not, you deserve a cookie on #TaxDay.” Stop by participating locations at Great American Cookies on April 15 for a free chocolate chip cookie! No purchase or proof of completed taxes necessary.

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All of the more than 300 Orange Leaf locations across the country will be offering customers a great deal: fill your cup for $4.15. On average, this amounts to approximately 50% off, depending on how much froyo and toppings the customer chooses. Claim the offer by visiting the Orange Leaf Facebook page and downloading a coupon.


Looking to shred all those important tax documents? Office Depot will shred up to five pounds of paper for free if you bring in this coupon April 15- 29th.

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In keeping with their Tax Day tradition, McDonald’s is offering free small coffee during breakfast hours on April 15.

 

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Sonic Drive-ins are offering 1/2 price drinks and slushes all day April 15th.

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You can celebrate tax season is over with this $5 off 2 Bonefish Grill Entrees coupon.  (Valid thru April 17th) And Get  a $5 Bang-bang Shrimp from 4 pm to close.

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Papa Murphy’s is offering a $5 large pepperoni or Large 1-topping pan pizza plus a fave pizza for $10.40 when you mention tax day!

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Groupon: Museum of Appalachia Ticket or Family Membership Deal

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If you have been considering a trip to the Museum of Appalachia go ahead and grab this Groupon dealYou can chose between two options:

$19 for admission for two (up to $36 value)
$69 for a one-year family membership for two adults and two children ($100 value)

  • One year of free museum admission, including the July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot and the “Days of the Pioneer” antique show
  • Membership discount on a Tennessee Fall Homecoming ticket
  • Member recognition in the newsletter and a personalized membership card
  • Invitations to special events
  • One-year subscription to Smithsonian magazine, including discounts on purchases from the Smithsonian catalog and free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City

Children younger than 5 are admitted for free with parent.  We took the boys last year and they loved it! There was plenty of room to run and lots to explore.

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They loved looking through the cabins and hearing the stories of how people lived “back in the day”. :)

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If you are planning a trip go ahead and buy your tickets now to save!

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Evenflo Recall 2014: 1.4 Million Car Seats Recalled

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If you are an owner of an Evenflo car seat you should know  Evenflo is recalling 1.4 million child car seats and booster seats, including (24) different models. Buckles on select products can get stuck, making is hard to get a child out of the seat.

If you have one of the products listed, you can order a Freeremedy kit here or by contacting Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591 for more information.

You can go here to see all the information and products affected.

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