Johnson City family gets bear-y big surprise while on vacation


Bear season is truly here as News Channel 11 continues to get messages and photos of sightings in the Tri-Cities, and while viewers are on vacation.

Christy Workman of Johnson City sent us these photos. She said her family was in Gatlinburg for a wedding earlier in May. 

“We had both, front door and side door, wide open,” Workman told News Channel 11.

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Workman said she and her husband had sat down to eat a breakfast of bacon and eggs when she saw a huge snout coming around the bushes.

“I guess they wanted the bacon, too!” Workman said.

Workman said they saw five bears total in the group. 

“Thank God we saw them. They would have walked right in!”

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