Fewer couples tie the knot in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, which once billed itself as “the wedding capital of the South,” has seen a precipitous drop in the number of weddings held in that charming resort town. According to an AP story , “Last year there were 14,896 weddings in Sevier County, down from 21,136 in 2000.”

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Local officials quoted in the story trot out lame excuses, such as the fact that somehow Georgia has made it easier to get married–with drive-through wedding chapels, perhaps?–and the price of gasoline.  They ignore the most obvious reason of all:  Gatlinburg has become a hideous place in which to spend any time, much less a honeymoon.

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