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Jellico plans New Year celebration

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By Beth Braden

Jellico will be an option for partygoers when the town celebrates the third annual New Year’s Rock ‘n’ Eve on Dec. 31.

“I think everybody looks forward to it because everybody wants to go out on New Years Eve,” said Doris Stiers, one of the event organizers.

The party will begin at 8 p.m. and last until the ball drops at midnight.

“This year the electric system is going to put us a permanent pole down there to drop our ball,” said Stiers.

DJ Brian Voyles, also known as “Killer B,” will provide the top 100 musical hits to attendees.

“It’s a night where everyone can have a good time,” said Stiers.

Several youth groups and other businesses are expected to attend as food vendors.  There will be pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers and funnel cake, plus many other treats for sale. Admission is free.

There will be party favors and fireworks as well.

“No other place around here did that [fireworks] except Gatlinburg,” she said.

Last year, an estimated 3,000 people attended Jellico’s festivities. More are expected to attend this year.

If it’s raining, the party will take place at the Jellico Civic Center. Snow will not deter the party.

“People in New York [Times Square] don’t run indoors,” Stiers said.