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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.


Mar. 09, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

For the children

Those needing a good excuse to dress up in formal attire, taste gourmet food prepared by some of the area’s best chefs and be entertained by a musician and hear stories passed down from a survivor of one of the world’s most well-known tragedies, need to look no further than the Cherish The Child Foundation’s Shipboard Dining Gala.


Mar. 07, 2013 @ 01:07 PM

True to type

Alpacas packed the Sevierville Convention Center on Saturday for the annual Southeastern Alpaca Association’s Southern Select Alpaca Show. There were over 600 animals, and it smelled like it. All around alpacas stood or lay in pens, either waiting to be sold, waiting to be showed, or just waiting. In the center were two judging rings.


Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:09 AM

Tasty Tuesday Project

As part of National Nutrition Month, kindergarten and second-grade students at Pi Beta Phi Elementary School will participate in a fruit or vegetable tasting each Tuesday in March, as part of an effort to encourage students make healthier eating choices.


Mar. 04, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

Classes teach families how to cut costs

The economy is rough right now for many, so saving is a must. But in what ways can one save?


Mar. 03, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Upland Chronicles: Mystery of national park gravestone solved decades later

One day in May 1975, Park Ranger Glenn Cardwell was called to the front desk of Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Mar. 03, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

Audrey’s Avengers

When Marshall Stanger and a group of friends raised more than $20,000 last year for St. Jude Children’s Resarch Hospital during the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, he didn’t think it would be too hard to raise more than that this year. But the number his wife Lynn came up with — $100,000 — was a bit larger than he expected.


Mar. 02, 2013 @ 12:03 AM

75 years of hospitality

For Lee and John Mellor, being owners of the Buckhorn Inn is a privilege and not something they take for granted. That’s why they have planned numerous events to celebrate the Inn’s 75th anniversary during 2013.


Feb. 25, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Saddle Up brings Old West to East Tennessee

The 13th annual Saddle Up event turned out one of its best years to date, returning popular cowboy entertainment and activities while adding a few new attractions.