UNICOI, Tenn. -

A local town wants to give a warm welcome to travelers with a new welcome center.

Starting Friday a welcome center in the Town of Unicoi, Tennessee will be open for business. It's right off Exit 32 on Interstate 26.

The Welcome Center has details for all the local tourist attractions, rooms for groups to meet, even an art gallery.

Town officials say it's good news for small businesses. "Anything like this that can direct folks to your business is good. People traveling through the interstate usually don't know anything about the area. We're pretty knowledgeable of our own area and who better to get it from than the horse's mouth," said Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch.

We've also learned there are plans to build a kiosk outside for late-night travelers.