Most Americans’ knowledge of the presidents is obtained from media sources or reading. But Mable Elizabeth “Liz” Walker Ciarrochi, who lived the last three decades of her life in Sevier County, knew three U. S. Presidents and their families intimately.
A friend of mine who owns a carpet cleaning business gives me great tips about cleaning in general.
Today’s column was triggered by (1) a quote attributed to Vaclav Havel, a prolific writer, last president of Czechoslovakia and first president of the Czech Republic (2) opposing statements made by members of the U.S. Congress following Obama’s State of the Union address and (3) a sportscaster’s comment during the Super Bowl when the quarterback turned right to hand off the ball but the running back went left.
As a child in the early 1900s, Harvey Broome used to gaze out the second-floor window of his parents' house in Knoxville and see a pale blue line of mountains running across the southern horizon. These were his very first views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Today’s column springs from a combination of (1) a newspaper article about the exciting Super Bowl game this past Sunday (2) a comment from someone at the post office Tuesday about the Gatlinburg Veterans Day program I have emceed for several years and (3) a book, “Out Of The Depths,” that Brad Justus, a football coach at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School loaned me a couple of seasons ago. (I will eventually return it, Brad.)
On May 2, 1966 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Sevierville’s Flood Protection Program. The project consisted of widening, rechanneling, removal of debris and deepening the two forks of the Little Pigeon River.
In a Classic Peanuts cartoon strip, Lucy asks Charlie Brown, “Do you think I’m a crabby person?” After careful consideration, Charlie Brown replies frankly, “Yes, I think you are a very crabby person.” Lucy glares at Charlie Brown and shouts, “Well, who cares what you think!”
On a humid summer afternoon in the early 1940s, family members and neighbors gathered at the home of Joseph Leak McMahan and Dixie Stover McMahan on Burden Hill to help “Miss Dixie” convert her dining room into a suitable site for Dr. H.O. Yarberry Sr. to perform an appendectomy
There are numerous quotes attributed to sports figures who surely didn’t mean exactly what they said. An example is when basketball commentator Doug Collins declared, “Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win.” Or, consider when trainer/manager Lou Duva said of one of his boxers, “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.” In this group of quotes is golfer Greg Norman’s statement, “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.”
I never expected to be covering an election that could use U.N. observers, until I covered the Pigeon Forge liquor referendum.
A small-town election shouldn’t have so much venom, or so many issues.
As I look back at 2012, or forward to 2013, it is all about the kids.
It would be interesting to know how many of my readers have ever heard of boiled custard, let alone tasted it. If you understand what I’m talking about and if you actually enjoy boiled custard as much as I do, then this little story about self-discipline will mean more to you.
I hope you commemorated Wednesday, Jan. 9, in an appropriate way.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide what appropriate means.
In 1784 a treaty was signed with the Cherokees at Henry’s Station, known as the Treaty of Dumplin.
By the terms of the treaty the Native Americans relinquished their right and title to the land within the boundaries of what became Sevier County. After the treaty, settlement south of the French Broad River increased rapidly.
A gentleman sent me an e-mail message in which he said his wife was transferred to a different department where she works. Her new position has evolved into some new and exciting challenges she greatly enjoys and in which she is performing well. It requires her to do some traveling to make presentations, mostly to senior management.
Due to the lack of adequate forensic science techniques in the Smoky Mountains in the early 1900s, the exact cause of death of Jasper Mellinger may never be known. While some people contend it was nothing more than a tragic accident, others say it was murder.
During this first week of 2013 is a good time to conduct some self-inspection regarding what we do and why we do it. In our personal lives, jobs or careers, we sometimes become slaves of routine. We develop a tendency to forget that the mere fact something has been done the same way for a long time doesn’t necessarily mean it has always been the right thing to do or that it is the right thing to do now.
As a child, I always turned my nose up to the New Year’s traditions of eating certain foods for good luck. Not because I didn’t believe them, but because I was such a picky eater.
I didn’t like the black-eyed peas and turnip greens with hog jowls that were supposed to give me good luck and good fortune throughout the next year.
When Christmas time comes around most people regardless of age think back to special childhood memories.
For those who grew up in Gatlinburg in the 1940s and 1950s, Santa Claus arriving in a jeep on Christmas Eve comes to mind. The man wearing the red suit was Byron Herbold.
A first grade teacher was leading her class in a lesson about owls. She explained such things as how owls can swivel their heads far in either direction, appearing to be able to turn them completely around, and how they are nocturnal creatures with huge, highly-developed eyes for night-time vision. Vividly, she described how the owls locate and then swoop down to get their prey for dinner.
When Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields moved from Virginia to settle in Sevier County in 1784 their son John was 15. The Shields family built a fort at the foot of a mountain that became known as Shields Mountain. John was the sixth of 13 children of Robert and Nancy Shields. After his family moved to Sevier County John learned the trade of blacksmithing and ran a gristmill with Samuel Wilson.
Former President Ronald Reagan told of an occasion when he was governor of California and spoke in Mexico City: “After I had finished speaking, I sat down to rather unenthusiastic applause, and I was a little embarrassed. The speaker who followed me spoke in Spanish – which I didn’t understand – and he was being applauded after about every paragraph. To hide my embarrassment, I started clapping before everyone else and longer than anyone else – until our ambassador leaned over and said, ‘I wouldn’t do that if I were you. He’s interpreting your speech.’”
We’re in the midst of the holiday season, which means we’re going to see the same images we saw last year and the year before, and we’re going to see them over and over.
Between 1788 and 1944 there were four ferry crossings on the French Broad River in Sevier County. The ferries were flat barges pulled across the river by cables stretched from shore to shore and moved by the force of the current.