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Excessive rain hurts rafting industry

Published: 9:08 AM, 09/10/2013 Last updated: 9:09 AM, 09/10/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-While excessive rains in East Tennessee in 2013 may have kept vegetation green, it has taken green away from the rafting industry and Cocke County.

Much of East Tennessee is 18 to 19 inches above normal on rainfall for the year, according to figures from the National Weather Service. Cocke County Clerk Janice Butler said the increased number of rainy days definitely had an impact on the number of people rafting down the Pigeon River.

For more details, see Tuesday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk. 

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