Legendary humorist-philosopher Will Rogers (1879-1935) delighted his audience when he said, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”
In 1969, a double tragedy hit the Jones Chapel community and especially the pastor of Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Rev. Melvin Carr and his family. After having received word on Saturday evening, July 5, that their only son, Dannie, had been killed in action in the Vietnam War, lightning struck their church on Sunday night, July 6, burning it to the ground.
Reverend W.A. Galyon began officiating weddings on Christmas Eve 1955. That day, he united his sister-in-law, Stella Hodges, with Gene Manning, in holy matrimony. Thirty years later he performed the wedding ceremony for their daughter, Peggy Manning, who married Lynn McMahan. Continuing the family tradition, W.A. recently officiated the wedding of Peggy and Lynn’s son, Mitchell McMahan, when he married Thena Smith on March 10, 2014.
Sevier County tourism and New York City tourism are more alike than you might think.
Every April, hundreds of energetic hikers head north from a mountain in North Georgia called Springer to start an annual migration along a ribbon of trail marked by a distinctive white tree blaze. This trail covers some 2,180 miles as it passes through 14 states, including Tennessee, on its way to a rocky peak in Maine called Mt. Katahdin. It is a famous trail among backpackers and hikers. To hike this trail can be an “adventure of a lifetime,” as one writer called it. The trail is called the Appalachian Trail, and part of it passes along the border of Sevier County.
In April, Country Tonite Theatre will host two performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn. Over the years she has performed regularly at the venue, which is at 129 Showplace Blvd.
On May 15, 1916, M.B. McMahan II entered into a small planing mill business, in partnership with Cleo Burchfiel. Business was extremely slow at first, but that simple sawmill would grow into one of the most successful lumber businesses in Sevier County.
Judy Schmidt spends about nine months working on each of her quilts.
In 1954, Roy C. and Carl D. Newman purchased the property at 112 E. Main St. in Sevierville. The brothers dismantled the stately old house to make way for the grocery store they planned to build on the site.
Bobbie Lovell remembers only one time when she was jealous of another person. She was in the seventh grade when her teacher instructed the class to “take out some paper and draw.” Bobbie recalls the teacher telling one of her classmates that he had the potential to become a commercial artist. She wanted to be the student the teacher felt had the gift.
You’ve seen them on TV, those gawky kids who, in pursuit of national spelling-bee glory, nervously spell out words like ptyalagogue and avellaneous.
With two horse-drawn hearses and a Model T Ford hearse, Jim Atchley founded Atchley Funeral Home on March 1, 1920. The funeral business was a sideline for People’s Furniture Company, which he operated with his brother Charles “Charlie” Atchley, who had just returned from serving in World War I. Charlie Atchley later sold his interest in the company to Jim, who became the sole owner.
Amy Greene is from East Tennessee. Her acclaimed debut novel, 2010’s “Bloodroot,” is set in East Tennessee.
Throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, numerous footbridges traverse streams on more than 850 miles of hiking trails. The bridges range from narrow foot logs to wide, sturdy structures with iron framework. By reputation, one of the most impressive footbridges in the park is the handsome one crossing the upper reaches of the Little River, often called the Goshen Gate Bridge.
Sword swallowing is getting to be a lonely profession.
In his younger days, Levi Trentham scratched out a living trapping bears and selling hides. When outsiders started traveling to the Smokies, he made more money by skimming tourists. Then, native guides and storytellers were in demand. And the fast- talking mountaineer known also as “Uncle Levi” was a natural.
In the Haas household, Pokémon is a family affair.
Louis E. Jones was a gifted painter who devoted three decades to capturing the unique beauty of the Smoky Mountains in water colors, oils, etchings and photographs.
More than 150 athletes from across the state traveled to the top of the mountain this week for the 29th annual Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games at Ober Gatlinburg.
In Sevier County, one mountain looms over the rest. Its dark grey outline dominates the mountain skyline for miles around.
A few people remembered him as the Goat Man, others knew him as Red, and to thousands of Silver Dollar City visitors he was known as the old prospector. His natural mountain man likeness graced billboards, posters and greeting cards. Lately he was the subject of artist Paul Murray, who created etchings and paintings of him in his studio.
Did Meghan Mayes learn about opera from her family? “I think I more brought opera into my family,” she said.
It's time again to celebrate dads. To mark the occasion, I reached out to local fathers who work with their adult children. They're doing business, building legacies and strengthening family ties, which seems like a pretty sweet deal.
Some people won’t hike unless there’s a spectacular destination — a waterfall, say. John LaFevre encourages them to look around.
Why did Ben Parton audition for the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America?