The new performing arts center and gymnasium at smoky mountain high school is moving ever closer to a mid April opening. According to county manager chuck Wooten the construction is completed with most of the work now being done is in the final finish work stages. The striping to the lines to the basketball court were being completed on Tuesday. The fire and sprinkler inspections to the auditorium area are complete, and only correction issues remain. This eleven point four million dollar facility will seat fifteen hundred spectators for sporting events in the gymnasium and 754 seats for a performance in the theater. It is expected the facility will be open in time to host several end of the school year performances.The Jackson county commissioners earmarked a portion of the local sales tax revenue to go toward the debt retirement of the of the ten million dollar construction loan.