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Jul. 25, 2015 @ 02:29 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevier County Korean War soldier remains missing in action

On Feb. 1, 1950, Norman Edgar "Eddie" Flynn, eight months away from his 18th birthday, lied about his age and signed up for the Army. For basic training, he was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.


Jul. 25, 2015 @ 12:46 PM

Doll Parts, Brooklyn-based Dolly Parton tribute band, to play Wears Valley

The idea originated in a dream. It came to the husband of Julia Sirna-Frest, who sings and plays ukelele with Doll Parts, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Dolly Parton tribute band.


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 01:12 PM

Upland Chronicles: Davis Hotel offered modern conveniences

The building on the northeast corner of Court Avenue and Joy Street in Sevierville has been Rawlings Funeral Home since 1937. Built about 1922, the two-story brick building was originally the Davis Hotel. When Margaret Bowers Davis, a widow, purchased the lot and built the red-brick hotel, she already had several years of firsthand hostelry experience under her belt.


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 06:36 AM

Country’s Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan bring their Grits & Glamour Tour to Pigeon Forge

In the 1990s, when Pam Tillis was in her hit-making heyday, country was not like it is now. For one thing, she said, today’s country is “pop-ified.”


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

Seymour’s Jacqueline Donahue gives her horse an Extreme Mustang Makeover

It won’t be easy for Jacqueline Donahue to say goodbye to Remington.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Upland Chronicles: Sevierville: Summer of 1915

Much has been said and written lately about James Agee and the 100th anniversary of the year that inspired his famous prose piece "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." The essay, set months before the death of Agee's father, was attached as a prologue to his book, "A Death in the Family," for which Agee was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1958.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Upland Chronicles: Fox remembered for his sacrifice in the Civil War

While observing the annual Decoration Day at Fox Cemetery last year, Tommy McGaha noticed there was not an American flag on the grave of Christopher Fox.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 08:00 PM

Upland Chronicles: Asa Derrick lived out his life under an alias

On Oct. 14, 1938, a man known as Albert Ralph Hunter, 74, died at his farm about five miles north of Mountainair, N.M. He was a respectable farmer who, along with his faithful wife Mattie, raised their five children and worked from daylight to dusk. Perhaps no one in the mountain community knew of his checkered past.


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Upland Chronicles: A son remembers his dad on Father’s Day

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. The annual holiday can prove challenging for anyone mourning the loss of their dad. Losing your father is devastating, especially if you were close to him. Every father has a legacy. My dad's life was made joyful by family ties, fortified by hard work and grounded in traditional Christian principles.


Jun. 12, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

Upland Chronicles: Huskey killed 40 years ago in the line of duty

“He was a real good boy who thought a lot of his family,” said Gatlinburg Police Chief W. B. Ogle. “I never had to worry about him doing the right thing. I guess it was because he really loved being a policeman.”


Jun. 11, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Chubby Checker brings his signature Twist to Country Tonite

Rock 'n' roll icon Chubby Checker notched his first hit single, "The Class," in 1959. He turned 18 that year.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Pigeon Forge restaurant’s biscuit takes top honors at Knoxville festival

Even before voting ended, Kelly Johnson sensed she had a winner.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Upland Chronicles: Dr. J.B. Housley practiced medicine in Kodak

In the late 1800s, trained physicians were scarce in Sevier County, particularly in the remote, rural areas. House calls often kept the few practicing doctors throughout the county away from their families overnight or, sometimes, for several days. They worked long, hard hours for little pay. But none of this prevented a young school teacher from pursuing his dream of becoming a healer of the sick.


May. 22, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Upland Chronicles: Clingmans Dome tower was designed for functionality

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Only Mount Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mount Craig (6,647 feet), both in Mount Mitchell Sate Park in western North Carolina, rise higher.


May. 17, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

With his musical sons, Del McCoury will play Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival

Del McCoury is a master of the G run. Or, more formally, the Lester Flatt G run.


May. 15, 2015 @ 11:35 AM

Upland Chronicles: Blanche Moffett was known as the Lady of the Wishing Well

In the winter of 1933, Blanche Moffett stepped off the bus into an icy roadway in Gatlinburg. Refusing the idea of retirement, she had left behind both shelter and security. At the age of 62, surrounded by friends and family and comparative ease, Moffett had decided to move and embark on a new venture. Relying on her own initiative and courage, the feisty widow wanted to build a career that was of her own volition.


May. 14, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

Oom-papa-mow-mow with the Oak Ridge Boys

In March, storied singer Brenda Lee announced that the Oak Ridge Boys will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At a ceremony in the fall, the quartet will join Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Dolly Parton and other Hall of Fame luminaries.


May. 09, 2015 @ 01:26 PM

Upland Chronicles: Decoration Day is an honored Sevier County custom

Decoration Day has been an important ritual in Sevier County for generations. Today, Southerners live in less rural areas, and Decoration Day customs are being conflated into the nationwide observance of Memorial Day. The long Memorial Day weekend provides the best opportunity to remember deceased family members and veterans, since a Decoration Day observed apart from this weekend is disappearing except perhaps in parts of our southern Appalachian Mountains.


May. 07, 2015 @ 06:20 PM

Gatlinburg's Pea Pickin' Hearts are a busy musical — and married — duo

Where do songwriters find inspiration? Rachel Gibson and Jon Ives, the married couple otherwise known as the Pea Pickin' Hearts, found theirs in Townsend.


May. 02, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

Upland Chronicles: Andrew Jackson magnolia tree has legendary past

In September 2013, during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the gazebo and green space surrounding the public parking area on Bruce Street, an announcement was made that a tree grown from a cutting off of the majestic White House magnolia tree planted by President Andrew Jackson would be transplanted to the green space.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Northview freshman takes top honor at Sevier County’s Got Talent

The first of a planned series of annual competitions for local high school students — Sevier County’s Got Talent — went off Thursday night without a hitch.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevierville native Pack ran for governor in 1974

In 1974, Ray Blanton won a 12-person Democratic primary for governor. With just 23 percent of the vote, he defeated several well-financed opponents, including flamboyant banker Jake Butcher, former Sen. Ross Bass and Nashville news anchor Hudley Crockett. In the general election, Blanton defeated Lamar Alexander, 576,833 to 455,467.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Photos: Outside the Rod Run

The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run concluded Saturday in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, but uninitiated observers may have thought it was a citywide event. Some of the liveliest ancillary activity took place along the Parkway, where droves of car enthusiasts parked their souped-up vehicles. Here are some scenes from outside Spring Rod Run 2015.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

Upland Chronicles: Smoky Mountain Queen sailed to New Orleans

Carrying the message "Happy Birthday America," a flatboat, the Smoky Mountain Queen, docked at Poydras Street Wharf in New Orleans on Saturday May 29, 1976, after a 1,600-mile trip along the rivers of mid-America.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 01:23 PM

Off to the races with the Smoky Mountain Gourmet

I split my time growing up between Washington, D.C., and Louisville, Ky., with most summers spent here. I like to think my persona combines the best of all three places, and that the resulting combination – part big city, part medium-sized city, part
mountains – gives me a perspective that adapts to almost any conceivable environment.