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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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Yesterday’s Knoxville News-Sentinel posted “Priority project seeks to address Gatlinburg’s challenges” in which Geoff Wolperts discusses the Priority Gatlinburg Project. He made several statements regarding Arrowmont:

Highlighting local crafts, products and regional cuisine are among the unique attributes that Gatlinburg should be taking advantage of when entertaining visitors, Wolpert said.

The architecture and feel of the town should be of native materials and the colors of a rustic mountain setting, he said. “It all adds up.”

To make all this a reality, Wolpert said, will require a high degree of community leadership. And he hopes the recent dust-up over the future of the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts raises the profile of some of these issues.

The sale of the downtown acreage where Arrowmont sits, he said, is not a dead issue.

“It’s not going away. It’s going to come back” as Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity continues to seek a buyer for the property.

“I would rather have leadership come together,” he said, “and define and visualize and state what they want the community to be and then work for it to be that.”

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Arrowmont yesterday posted an update regarding the ONGOING property negotiations. The last deal may have fallen through,  but as Save Arrowmont has stated previously, Arrowmont is NOT off the hook. The land and everything on it remains for sale. The fact the Fraternity wouldn’t extend the current lease only underscores this fact. Luckily, Arrowmont seems to have several very serious and solid offers for land/buildings/SUPPORT since relocation seems inevitable. Hopefully, Arrowmont leadership will act swiftly and take advantage of the goodwill and genuine community support from outlying areas. Three years is a very short time to move an entire small village. (more…)

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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.

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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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Now that Townsend’s campaign for Arrowmont’s relocation has intensified, the Gatlinburg government folks want to preserve its history in town. Nonetheless, as David Willard stated, the Pi Phis could still sell the land at any moment. While somewhat good news, it’s no time to relax. Emily Tarr still has the land sale $$ in her sites. (more…)

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