Lifestyles Columnists

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.

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

Kenneth Burns: This LP lover never stopped collecting

Remember the long-playing record, the quaint audio format that went out as CDs came in?

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

Upland Chronicles: Artist discovers old school in Sevier County

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.

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

Carl Mays: You can help resolve conflicts

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.

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

Upland Chronicles: Preston Love established first newspaper in Sevier County

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.

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

Adriana Zoder: Walking ponies a lot like raising children

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.