Being so close to Nashville , my family visited Gatlinburg on many occasions when I was a child. So I was saddened to hear about the wildfires. Now, it's been 6 months, so what's next? Over 200 permits have been given to rebuild structures, Dolly Parton donated $10,000 to families that lost everything. Businesses will rebuild and people will come back. It's a slow process, but city leaders believe Gatlinburg will rise from the ashes and be stronger than ever.