I love this time of year. And not just because of pumpkins and apples, crisp mornings, beautiful leaves.
Several years ago, a football team with whom I have worked was trailing at halftime by a score of 20-7. There was a spirited discussion at intermission – and one player in particular seemed to gain an inner spark.
The first European settlers known to explore the beautiful valley that is today called Wear’s Valley were Aaron Crowson and his close friend Peter Percefield. In 1794 they were scouting the valley on horseback when they were attacked by hostile Cherokee Indians. Both Crowson and Percefield were only 17-years-old at the time.
Remember the long-playing record, the quaint audio format that went out as CDs came in?
Illustrious artist Bob Timberlake enjoys driving on the back roads in the mountainous regions of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Occasionally, a scene will capture his imagination to the extent that he will decide to paint it. While driving around Sevier County, he saw an old crumbling; abandoned school house that he felt would make an interesting subject for a painting.
A business manager told me recently about how much of her time is spent dealing with one conflict or another at work. She said, “It appears to me that good, solid interpersonal communications skills is one of the most valuable skills needed in the business world.” I said she could eliminate the word “business.” When she asked what I meant, I replied that such a skill is one of the most needed skills in the “world” – period.
The first newspaper published in Sevierville was named Sevierville Enterprise. The first copy rolled off the press on June 1, 1882.The publication of a newspaper was a momentous occasion since Sevier County had always relied on days-old Knoxville papers to receive news.
Last year we took our children to the Sevier County Fair, so this year we decided to try the TVA Fair in Knoxville just to see the difference.
Through the years as I have spoken to various groups, there have been people who have hung around following my talks or seminars. Rather than sharing a quick “thank you” or “good talk” or “enjoyed it” or some other much-appreciated response and handshake, these people have stayed to ask questions, make comments or share stories and examples.
As early as the 1840s, there was a small one-room school in operation on the farm of John S. McCroskey in the community that is now Seymour. This was known as McCroskey School House and often called Owl College.
When I signed off in the last column, I promised glowing reports from Dollywood and the Titanic. Well, we have not made it to the Titanic yet, but we did make it to Dollywood. All of us had been there before except for my sister. She really enjoyed it. In fact, everybody did.
I’ll never forget the Monkey Cam. Or Network Time Killers. Or “They pelted us with rocks and garbage!”
Golf, an ancient game invented by sheepherders on the moors and glens of Scotland some five hundred years ago, came to Sevier County in July 1955 when Gatlinburg Golf Course opened its doors for play.
Vicki Jenkins, co-owner of Gatlinburg’s “Beneath The Smoke” shop with husband/noted photographer Ken Jenkins, came to mind as I sat down to write this column.
Walter Bebb, a practicing physician in Downer’s Grove, Illinois and his wife, Edith had a great love for plants. This interest led them on botany field trip to the Smoky Mountains several years before the national park was established. They loved the plant diversity and the people of the area so much that they wanted to retire in the beautiful mountains, at an age when they could both enjoy them together.
I was entering the Gatlinburg post office earlier this month when I saw not too far behind me a woman plodding toward the door in the humid 90-degree weather. I opened the door and stepped aside for her to enter the air-conditioned building. With an exasperated look she said, “Where’s the snow? I’m ready for the snow!”
On the night of Aug. 4, 1938, a disastrous cloudburst struck the mountains of Sevier County. A result of the torrential downpour was a swift, thunderous flash flood. It struck with such intensity that many people barely managed to escape with their lives.
I’m surprised Jim Furyk didn’t melt the camera.
As you may remember, my sister and her family are visiting with us for the summer from Romania. Only two more weeks until their departure, so we started hitting the attractions hard, to get them all knocked out.
Have you spent many hours on the phone with a service company in an attempt to resolve a problem? I’m talking about companies like Internet providers, cable systems, telephone groups, insurance companies, etc.
Jan. 27, 2014 will be the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fair Garden, the largest skirmish fought on Sevier County soil during the Civil War.
Have you ever noticed when brief television baseball highlights are shown, how often homeruns are in the featured video blurbs? Homeruns are exciting and exhilarating. But singles can lead to some huge victories. This came to mind when a service company CEO told me about an upcoming presentation he had to make to rather hostile board members of a client.
So many people start talking about fall when Aug. 1 rolls around, I feel very confused. Don't we have another month of summer ahead of us?
During World War II, almost 3,000 men and women from Sevier County went into harm’s way. Close to 100 of them paid the ultimate price. Leonard Huskey was one of the lucky ones, able to return home unscarred, except for the dark memories of war.
Jean and I have our routines at home. While she likes to surf television with her morning coffee, I enjoy checking out my e-mails and Internet home page news links.