Of interest is Question #5:
5. Should the city get involved to make sure Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts stays in Gatlinburg, and if so, what should be done?
McCOWN: I believe the city should take a strong stand to make sure that Arrowmont stays in Gatlinburg. Arrowmont is part of our culture and our heritage and we should encourage Pi Beta Phi (the national organization) to extend the leases to both Arrowmont and Pi Beta Phi elementary school. We should support changing the zoning of the Arrowmont property, or at least a portion of it, to make it an educational zone.
MONTGOMERY: As referenced in Question 2, I definitely feel Gatlinburg should do everything possible to retain Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. If it is not monetarily feasible to purchase the existing property then we should make every effort to locate suitable property within the city limits of Gatlinburg.
OWNBY: Public involvement in private enterprise should be a cautious process. The dozens of our city have the right to be involved in any such process, and if the citizenry so desires the City Government and administration should pursue any actions which are legal and appropriate to keep “Arrowmont” in downtown Gatlinburg. The school and its history are a major component of the Gatlinburg Story. The grass roots efforts to preserve the school are a perfect example of how a community can work together to attempt to keep Arrowmont.
SMITH: Arrowmont is a part of our heritage and history and it should stay in the same location. The city has already started the process to create an Educational Zone in that area.