- Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Bell County is having its winter photo weekend Jan. 23-25.

The event features a digital photography competition with divisions for both amateur and accomplished photographers.

Photographic workshops and digital printing services will be provided by native Kentuckian John Snell, who specializes in landscape, nature and equine photography.

Publications that have featured his work include Southern Living, Keeneland magazines, and Time books.

A special event package will be offered for this year's event that includes two nights' accommodations and admission to all shows as well as the competition.

To make a reservation, contact Pine Mountain State Resort Park's guest services desk at 800-325-1712 or 606-337-3066.

- The east entrance of Yellowstone National Park is now open for the winter season.

The National Park Service announced that snowmobiles and snow coaches may now travel from the park's East Entrance over Sylvan Pass to Fishing Bridge Junction.

Winter weather can force road closures and visitors should verify the status of any road they intend to use with the park. The road from the park's North Entrance at Gardiner, Mont., through Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City, Mont., outside the park's Northeast Entrance, is open to vehicle traffic all year.

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Streetcar rolled into downtown on its inaugural journey recently, marking the first time streetcars have regularly traversed those city streets in more than 50 years.

A grand opening ceremony was held in Woodruff Park, one of the downtown stops for the streetcar route.

Pastors blessed the bright blue streetcar with prayers, a band played tubas and horns and onlookers snapped photos on cellphones.

"You know it's been more than 50 years since we've had a streetcar and cities all across the United States of America are trying to win streetcars," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in an interview. "So it feels good to be opening one and I'm really appreciative of all of the hard work that folks put in to making this possible."

The streetcar's 2.7-mile trek will connect neighbors to several tourist attractions, museums and entertainment venues. The route includes 12 stops. Passengers will be able to ride for free for the first three months, city officials have said.

Associated Press