Google Street View Allows Guests To Tour Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country Virtually

Monday, July 28, 2014
Guests planning a trip to Dollywood now can take a sneak peek at what to expect before they arrive thanks to Google’s Street View technology. With Street View, people around the world now may take a virtual stroll through Dollywood to see the park’s award-winning attractions and beautiful scenery.
 
Using the popular Street View technology, Google officials visited the park late last year to gather images and data. From Showstreet to Wilderness Pass, Google cameras traversed Dollywood capturing photos to use in Google Street View.
To aid in the process, officials collected the imagery during a day when the park was closed. After the crew finished at Dollywood, they mapped the features of Dollywood’s Splash Country.
 
“We’re excited to be included in Google’s Street View program,” said Craig Ross, president of The Dollywood Company. “Our guests now have the opportunity to tour both of our beautiful parks and see Dollywood’s world-famous attractions before they arrive. We hope it serves as an aid to assist them as they plan their visit.”
 
To create Dollywood’s Street View, Google officials use an advanced piece of equipment called the Trekker. The Trekker is similar to the camera system on top of Google Street View cars, but the mobility of the Trekker allows it to reach locations inaccessible by other modes of transportation.
 
The Trekker is a wearable camera system which creates an immersive digital experience. It is worn like a large hiking backpack and is carried through the documented location. It features 15 individual cameras, as well as sophisticated GPS software. The images from each camera are aligned and overlapping pixels are removed, seams are blended, and exposure and color are blended to create the image.
 
Other popular destinations highlighted by Google Street View include the Eiffel Tower, Mt. Everest, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Seattle Space Needle.
 
Dollywood’s Google Street View can be accessed by visiting the following links:Dollywood Street ViewDollywood’s Splash Country Street View.

1st Custom-Built Bed And Breakfast Breaks Ground In Chattanooga

After several years of planning and development, St. Francis  Cottage, a custom-built bed and breakfast, is becoming a reality. Having broken ground in late  May 2016, this seven-bedroom, urban cottage-themed facility will open in 2017 and be run by  owners and proprietors, Wallace and Nancy Braud.   Situated on 2.3 acres, the highly wooded  ... (click for more)

La Música Está Vivo Y Bien En La Habana (Music Is Alive And Well In Havana)

When I was 10 years of age there were 15 minute television shows in the afternoon before the news. One of those shows was "Xavier Cugat with Abbe Lane".  This show was my first taste of Latin music and I was hooked.  Loved it when Desi Arnaz would have a musical clip in "I Love Lucy". Don’t laugh!   It was difficult to hear Latin Music in the Chattanooga area ... (click for more)

Family At Bedside Of Legendary Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt

The family of legendary Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt was at her bedside on Sunday. Erin Freeman, of the Pat Summitt Foundation, released this statement: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Will George Go?

George Will, easily one of the most respected conservative columnists in America and a Republican commentator, was a guest on Fox News Sunday yesterday when he made a very revealing statement. He announced he has left the Republican Party “for the same reason I joined it” and that he is not only disappointed by the party’s actions but its increasingly-inept leadership as well. ... (click for more)