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The News-Sentinel finally picked up the update on Arrowmont’s land and lease. Additionally, Josh Flory has a trite haiku retrospective boiling 2008 property news, including the Arrowmont debacle.

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The News-Sentinel published an article regarding the cancelled Arrowmont property sale. Again, we caution against thinking Arrowmont is safe, a sale could still take place with other buyers. Emily Tarr is determined to unload what she considers a Pi Phi legacy of just “dirt.” This is not a person who values that they are the ONLY fraternity/sorority to OWN its philanthropy. And clearly, she does not value artistic endeavors. She probably buys Kincaids and makes certain everything matches the drapes and couch. Tarr’s tenure continues beyond Halloween, and that’s pretty scary. Let’s hope the Arrowmont leadership doesn’t bite the apple that Tarr just handed them only to fall into a complacent coma.

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 Pi Beta Phi Arrowmont-announcement

The Pi Beta Phi Fraternity announced on its website that the Arrowmont property will not be sold. Unfortunately, this also means that Arrowmont will remain under the thumb of having Pi Beta Phi controlling their operations and future. Take one of the many offers of free land, Arrowmont, control your own destiny. Emily Tarr will still sell as soon as someone else shows up with money. Guaranteed.

Excerpt:

Pi Beta Phi Grand President Emily Russell Tarr said, “Due to the economic crisis, we were not 

surprised the development has not proceeded as planned. We continue to remain committed to the 

best long-term interests of the Gatlinburg community as we have for nearly 100 years. We will stay 

focused on developing our literacy initiatives consistent with the mission of Pi Beta Phi. We look 

forward to continuing our relationships with community leaders and leaseholders including Pi Beta 

Phi Elementary School and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.”

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The Mountain Press today published an article regarding the Arrowcraft shop’s worries for its future should the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity sell the land. 

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A new editorial in the Knoxville News-Sentinel discusses Arrowmont’s future. Most significant:

“Locals need to get involved. Gatlinburg needs some rules about what happens to that property. (The Arrowmont location has) the only green grass growing in Gatlinburg. (The Pi Phi property) did so much for Gatlinburg. They don’t need to give it to a developer.”

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Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner, who owns land in the development area, is pro-development. Pi Phi, according to some sources, could use the cash from a sale.

Going forward, Werner should recuse himself from any official discussions about the Arrowmont property, since he stands to profit personally.

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via WBIR.com | Knoxville, TN | Development plans on Arrowmont site now on hold.

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The Knoville News-Sentinel follows up the Mountain Press article with Lori Reagan, who states the project isn’t dead. No surprise there, the Mountain Press article was essentially “reporting” that the mayor heard the same rumor as lots of people.

via Developer backs out of Arrowmont entertainment complex :
Local News : Knoxville News Sentinel
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