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Park Seeks Tips Regarding Foothills Parkway Vandalism

Photo of Vandalized Foothills Parkway Sign

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News Release Date: September 22, 2020

Contact: : NPS Investigative Service Branch, (888) 653-0009

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking information to help identify the party responsible for vandalizing the Foothills Parkway West Entrance Sign near the Highway 321 intersection in Walland, Tennessee between September 18, 2020 and September 19, 2020.

On Saturday September 19, 2020 at 7:45 a.m., visitors reported seeing a black bear skin with head and cardboard sign attached to the entrance sign that read “from here to the lake black lives don’t matter.” The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.

Investigators are looking for additional information from anyone who may have observed activity leading to the vandalism. Though respondents may remain anonymous, investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information that could aid this investigation is asked to contact investigators through the following means: NOTE: Use is restricted to investigative tips ONLY and should not be used to offer general comments or opinions.

☎ CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009
ONLINE www.nps.gov/ISB > click “Submit a Tip”
EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov
MESSAGE on Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS



Last updated: September 23, 2020

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