Gatlinburg businesses and churches making progress in rebuild

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Nine months after the deadly November wildfires, and Gatlinburg businesses and churches are showing signs of progress.

Jerry McCarter lost his home in the fire. Since then, he's been rebuilding, but he has also been helping rebuild other homes through his plumbing company McCarter & Sons Plumbing.

For McCarter, almost every day is a rebuild and a constant reminder of the deadly wildfires, but it's the progress being made that keeps him positive.

"It's all for the betterment of the community, to get people back on their feet, and I'm proud to be a part of that," said McCarter.

As for his home, McCarter said he just installed a new roof, and the next big project is installing siding.

In other parts of town, the Roaring Fork Baptist Church now has two brand new structures standing where their old buildings used to be.

Not too far away from the church, the Alamo Steakhouse has a sign that states it will reopen in Fall 2017.

McCarter said seeing all the progress overshadows the pain of the past.

It's been busy, it's been a blur, but it's been healing at the same time," said McCarter.