How Tennessee businesses are getting back on their feet

Like so many businesses across the country, those in Tennessee had to figure out not only how to survive the past year of the pandemic, but thrive.
4:23 | 05/12/21

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Now that's some bluegrass to get you moving courtesy of the wild roots band at dollywood. Robin and will reeve there this morning as we "Rise & shine" in Tennessee. Robin, how goes it? We just saw a duck waddle by there. Everywhere here. But we are here to see how tennesseans are doing after a year of the pandemic restrictions as the state begins to safely open up and, well, you found some folks, they're not just surviving, they are tliefrging. They really are. It is a testament to the resiliency and ingenuity we've seen throughout the pandemic. These businesses are finding a way to pivot and to stay afloat. Take a look. From the mountains to music city, Tennessee is roaring back to life. While cases of covid-19 peaked here last winter, tennesseans felt some of the harshest effect early on in 020 as shutdowns decimated the state's previously booming tourism and hospitality industries. But for chef Michael Hanna, the pandemic presented a rare opportunity to start his own business. Gave me the courage to go out there and do it out of necessity and after about a month, it was pushing 20 pizzas out of our house a night. Reporter: He's now on his way to leasing his own storefront. For these two, the pandemic actually helped boost their rolled ice cream food truck business. Rolled forever. Despite the festivals and events being canceled. We would go to neighborhoods in different towns around Nashville and offer them curbside pickup. It was perfect. Nobody was able to really go out so having stuff come to them was like a luxury at that time. Reporter: While it's known for its strong whiskey Tennessee may also be remembered for its equally potent hand sanitizer. Last spring oldlory distilling company paused their whiskey and bourbon operation to send help to the frontlines producing and shipping it across 48 states. Here in pigeon forge Chris Roberts rolled with the pumps at his outdoor gravity park where can you roll down a 1,000-foot hill in this contraption called a zorb. He credits tiktok for keeping his business alive. Tiktok was the major platform for getting people here. You went viral. People came to your business. Absolutely. Reporter: This wild and wacky town home to 6,000 residents but hosts around 9 million tourists a year. The crown jewel, of course, is dollywood and its soaring roller coasters. And the great smoky mountains. I took a trip to a nature immer sink theme park for a bird's-eye view. This is a zip line 1100 feet in the air, 25 miles per hour. Here we go. Great smoky mountains national park is the most popular in the country. This park gets more annual visitors than the grand canyon, yosemite and yellowstone combined. Here through the signature blue haze the sun finds a way to "Rise & shine." Fitting in, "Rise & shine." Looks like you had a lot of fun but word on the street you're a little afraid of heights. Word on the street, how about view on the cameras there. I mean, I had to ride that four times but for you, for "Gma" -- There but. For miss dolly parton, for America, I will do anything to get the right shot but when you were earlier in your career you showed me yesterday, you had to ride some roller coaster. Don't tell me you picked -- We dug up that footage. America, you're welcome. But we're in good company actually with, you know, unease on the roller coasters. Miss dolly parton herself says that she's not a fan of her own amazing roller coasters here and leaves it to the kid, I'm the youngster and gladly will do it. I'm a youngster when I did it for the TV station in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a rite of passage. It is. How about this on the porch. Where y'all in the rain? We're up here. We're chilling. You know what, we'll head inside because we're going to do some cooking in just a little bit, guys. We can't wait to see that and robin not only rode it but using a hand mic. Impressive.

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