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[VIDEO] Gatlinburg Community Is Stronger Than Ever After Fires

The people of Tennessee are strong, even after fires ravaged the beautiful town nestled in The Great Smoky Mountains. The death toll has climbed to 14, and there are still so many people missing. Even through all of it, the people are moving forward, and staying strong. A video uploaded to Facebook shows the spirit of these people even in the worse of times.

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While the death toll has climbed to 14 in Tennessee after the wildfires ravaged Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the spirits of the people living there remains strong.

To highlight this, Ryan DeSear, Regional Manager for Ripley’s posted a video on Facebook of locals performing “Rocky Top” at the Red Cross Shelter.

“Spending my nights at the Red Cross Shelter helping as needed . I will be posting a general list of amazing people soon but I wanted to post this,” DeSear posted. “This is why we are #mountaintough and #ripleystrong. This one brought tears to my eyes . I’m man enough and tired enough to say it.”

DeSear said none of the animals in Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies were harmed when wildfires burned portions of downtown Gatlinburg on Nov. 29.

I don’t know about you, but this video is amazing. Keep on singing Tennessee, we all stand with you.

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