Features

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Sevier County native Fred Dixon is New York’s new tourism chief

Sevier County tourism and New York City tourism are more alike than you might think.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Upland Chronicles: Appalachian Trail beckons to backpackers, hikers

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.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

Country Tonite Theatre hosts another season of classic country artists

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.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Upland Chronicles: Hard-working M.B. McMahan built a timber empire

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.


Mar. 16, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Gatlinburg Garden Club member’s quilts help cabin preservation effort

Judy Schmidt spends about nine months working on each of her quilts.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Upland Chronicles: Murder of Dr. Henderson captivated Sevierville in 1894

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.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Upland Chronicles: Artist uses creativity to honor her daughter

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.


Mar. 02, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Morristown theater company brings 'Putnam County Spelling Bee' to Walters State

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.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Upland Chronicles: Atchley Funeral Home was established in 1920

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.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

In Amy Greene’s novel 'Long Man,' a TVA project floods an East Tennessee town

Amy Greene is from East Tennessee. Her acclaimed debut novel, 2010’s “Bloodroot,” is set in East Tennessee.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

Upland Chronicles: Goshen Gate Bridge evokes past experiences

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.


Feb. 21, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Sword-swallowing celebration brings sideshow feat to Gatlinburg

Sword swallowing is getting to be a lonely profession.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Upland Chronicles: Levi Trentham was called ‘prophet of the Smokies’

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.


Feb. 10, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Sevierville seventh-grader is a Pokémon champ

In the Haas household, Pokémon is a family affair.


Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Upland Chronicles: Louis Jones left his mark on Gatlinburg

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.


Feb. 02, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Ober Gatlinburg hosts Special Olympics Winter Games

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.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevier County’s beautiful Mount LeConte

In Sevier County, one mountain looms over the rest. Its dark grey outline dominates the mountain skyline for miles around.


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Upland Chronicles: Red Maples remained a humble man

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.


Jan. 25, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Seymour student Meghan Mayes' singing is getting her noticed

Did Meghan Mayes learn about opera from her family? “I think I more brought opera into my family,” she said.


Jun. 17, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

On Father's Day, Sevier County dads talk about working with their kids

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.


Jun. 07, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

LaFevres pen new edition of their book about park hikes, adventures

Some people won’t hike unless there’s a spectacular destination — a waterfall, say. John LaFevre encourages them to look around.


May. 06, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

17-year-old violinist Ben Parton to train with top musicians

Why did Ben Parton audition for the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America?


Apr. 11, 2013 @ 06:45 PM

Chuck Wagon Gang makes annual Pigeon Forge homecoming

Shaye Smith planned to teach choral music to high schoolers. Then came the chance to join the Chuck Wagon Gang, the legendary Southern gospel group founded in 1935.


Mar. 16, 2013 @ 12:06 AM

Carl Mays: Stand strong during time of economic war

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.”


Mar. 11, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

Paint the Town Purple

Purple ribbons will soon be popping up all over, as the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life kicks off its second Paint the Town Purple campaign.