The heyday of singing cowboys ended decades ago, but you still can trace Western influences in contemporary country music.
In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, McMahan’s Store on Pittman Center Road was a popular meeting place for residents of the Richardson’s Cove and Caton’s Chapel communities. Located across the road from Bird’s Creek, the business was owned by Cleo and Exa McMahan.
The morning following the annual Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Banquet in 2008, chamber CEO Brenda McCroskey received a phone call from Jimmie Temple. After telling McCroskey how much he and his wife Marie enjoyed the festivities, Temple suggested a program about the history of Sevierville for the next banquet.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is steeped in tradition. It also is rooted in the here and now.
Wanda Howard married Emert Hayes Fisher when she was very young. She soon found out that one of her husband’s favorite pastimes was fishing. After a few months accompanying him on his fishing trips, she mustered up the nerve to tell him she was tired of “going up and down the river banks fishing.” He replied, “Well, you need to find you a hobby.”
When Paul McAlister answered a knock on his door on New Year’s Day 1965, he saw a man standing on his porch whom he had never seen in his life.
Art is Paige Burchell’s first passion.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the presidential entourage left Washington, D.C., by train on Sunday evening, Sept. 1, 1940, and arrived in Knoxville the next morning at the old Southern Railway Depot. Thousands of people waited to catch a glimpse of the popular president, including Sen. K.D. McKellar and Gov. Prentice Cooper, as well as Clyde Hoey, governor of North Carolina.
Mary Manners has come out with 31 books. In four years.
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.