Lifestyles Columnists

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:58 PM

Jeff Farrell: ‘Affluenza’ defense more likely to fail than succeed

The sad case in Texas of a teenager who took four lives while driving drunk is shining a light on “affluenza,” a concept that doesn’t seem to have much scientific support but is now, at least briefly, in the public eye.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Upland Chronicles: Editor Bill Montgomery left legacy in newspaper publishing

Since Preston Love established The Sevierville Enterprise, in 1882, numerous publications have provided the news in print form to county residents. Arguably, none of them left as memorable impression as Montgomery’s Vindicator, founded and published by William R. “Bill” Montgomery.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Adriana Zoder: Sevier County stores offer great Christmas shopping options

On Nov. 28, I was looking all over the Internet for an Advent calendar. Somebody mentioned a bargain price, like $10 on Amazon, so I was motivated.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Michael Collins: Nothing overshadowed Pop’s love for his kids

As far as parents go, I had a pretty good set. Always the provider, Pop made certain we had what we needed so Mom could stay home and take care of us kids.


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Kenneth Burns: Bull market likely not a return to Internet mania

Like a lot of regular people, I have some money in the stock market. We’re not talking Daddy Warbucks wealth, but I’ve invested enough that I pay attention to the market reports.


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

Upland Chronicles: Joel Whaley left his mark in the Smokies

Throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, evidence of houses and farms can be found. One of the most heavily populated areas was the Sugarlands community. In addition to private residences, the community contained churches, schools, and stores.


Dec. 05, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

Carl Mays: Teach your own brand of motivation, persistence

This past summer I read an article in The Atlantic magazine titled “Motivation Matters More Than Ever.” Just recently I picked up a new book titled “The Smartest Kids in the World – And How They Got That Way.”


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Adriana Zoder: Science classes at Ripley’s Aquarium are impressive

Have you ever gone through Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and wondered what those private classes offered were all about? I will explain. Please read on.


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

Jake Old: Give me Christmas without all that fluff

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is over, and we are moving into the Christmas stretch. Actually, it seems like most businesses begin to promote Christmas-related products and events in August, but I try to ignore that because I think we all know it’s a bit ridiculous to see a cardboard cutout of reindeer flying through snow while it’s 80 degrees outside.


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

Upland Chronicles: Architect West Barber loved the Smokies

About a month before his 85th birthday, tragedy struck West Barber. On Dec. 4, 1974, he was working in the shop of his home in Knoxville making Christmas presents. A piece of wood spun from his lathe and buzzed at his unprotected good eye. He’d lost the sight in his other eye as a result of a detached retina a few years earlier.


Nov. 23, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

Upland Chronicles: Death of a vision and innocence lost

President John F. Kennedy was three years deep into his presidency by November 1963. He symbolized an optimistic future for those of us who graduated college in June 1960. He characterized what many of us envisioned as good for our future and America.


Nov. 21, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Carl Mays: Everyone must execute the plan

“We had a good game plan, but we just failed to execute.” Sports coaches have uttered these words many times. What they are saying is, “On paper, the strategy or blueprint we designed in order to win the game was solid and workable, but we just didn’t do what we intended to do.”


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Upland Chronicles: Francis Asbury preached at Shiloh Cemetery

Located within the city limits of Pigeon Forge and only four miles south of Sevierville, Shiloh Memorial Cemetery is one of the oldest burial grounds south of the French Broad River. It is the largest cemetery in Sevier County. On the south is a full panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, which includes iconic Mount LeConte. The eastern end of Chilhowee Mountain (known locally as Bluff Mountain) is visible looking northwest.


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Adriana Zoder: 10 reasons I’m thankful this November

Recently, I bought a few handmade creations at the Amish store across the street from the Walmart in Sevierville. One of them is a wooden piece for my children’s room, which reads, “Thou shalt not whine.”


Nov. 09, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevier’s Murphy-Swan House has rich history

Located off Old Knoxville Highway on top of a hill with a view of the Little Pigeon River valley and the Smoky Mountains, the Murphy-Swan House was built for William Campbell Murphy, a Sevierville merchant, in 1883. The two-story structure is an example of an extremely rare tripartite-style dwelling built in the Victorian era.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Jake Old: New Mountain Press reporter sees journalism as a calling

My name is Jake Old, and I’m the newest reporter at The Mountain Press.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Adriana Zoder: Titanic Museum offers educational, sad look at history

This year, my children have become aware of the concept of death. Our cat has killed enough mice and birds and we have seen enough road kill, I suppose. Then, we stumbled upon the story of the Lusitania on one of our many trips to the library.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 11:53 PM

Jeff Farrell: Motel residents don't have many good options

The Allman Brothers were singing about almost reaching the “End of the Line,” and that probably describes where the residents of some of Gatlinburg’s weekly rentals feel they’ve found themselves.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

Upland Chronicles: WSEV has been broadcasting since 1955

In 1955, William “Bill” Burchfiel Jr. approached several individuals with the idea of forming a local radio station. He thought a radio station would be beneficial to the growing community.


Oct. 24, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

Carl Mays: Take advantage of creative collaboration

The Major League Baseball postseason games, now climaxing with the World Series, continue to build on a concept in contemporary athletics that is commonplace. I like to refer to it as “creative collaboration.” What I mean by this is, coaches and players alike realize and plan from the standpoint that each individual has certain strengths and certain weaknesses.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Upland Chronicles: Bluff Mountain — one of our crown jewels

Chilhowee Mountain is a low ridge at the outer edge of the Great Smoky Mountains that stretches between the Little Tennessee River (specifically Chilhowee Lake) to the west and the Little Pigeon River watershed to the east. While the mountain in about 35 miles long, it rarely reaches a width of more than four miles.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

Adriana Zoder: Roaring Fork, Grotto Falls are something to see

Since our recent hike to see Grotto Falls, which I wrote about in my previous column, I have been obsessing over the Roaring Fork River. I don’t know why.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

Kenneth Burns: Fall is here, and that means more bad TV

I love this time of year. And not just because of pumpkins and apples, crisp mornings, beautiful leaves.


Oct. 17, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Carl Mays: It only takes a spark

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.


Oct. 12, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Upland Chronicles: Wears Valley settled in 1794 amidst tragedy

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.