Lifestyles Columnists

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Carl Mays: Father’s Day: a time to honor and to learn

A fable attributed to Aesop of sixth century BC Greece tells of a man and lion boasting of their strengths.


Jun. 09, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sensational murder stirred county 80 years ago

Dee Stamey was a handsome, debonair young man. Born Nov. 23, 1897, he was a dapper dresser and extremely popular with the young ladies in Emert’s Cove and Copeland Creek.


Jun. 09, 2013 @ 11:40 PM

Jeff Farrell: Foot in mouth often a result of not thinking

“We went on one date, and she took me to a traffic jam.”


Jun. 08, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Zoder: Incident with bats no laughing matter

Things turned batty around our house the other day. Literally.


Jun. 06, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

Carl Mays: In pursuit of a definitive answer

Yesterday, I thought of the elderly lady who answered all but one of the questions the census taker asked. When she wouldn’t tell her age, the man said, “Everyone tells his or her age for the census.”


Jun. 02, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

Upland Chronicles: Riverside Hotel has reached its final days

Like an aging dowager, the Riverside Motor Lodge has been a part of Gatlinburg for longer than most people can remember. However, on May 30 the oldest remaining lodging place in the tourist town closed.


Jun. 02, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

Kenneth Burns: Here's to a Facebook-free summer

The withdrawal symptoms were mild, mostly a case of the jitters that went away after a day or two.


May. 31, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Car Mays: Project scenarios when considering what to do

Quotes and sound bites are pretty much the same thing. They are used to make a point, or inject humor, or inspire, or for any number of other reasons.


May. 26, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

Upland Chronicles: Line Springs Hotel was popular resort at foot of mountain

According to legend, a wayfarer discovered the cool mineral springs located at the foot of Round Top Mountain in the early 1800s. The often recanted story relays how he spread boughs in the top of a giant white oak and built himself a bed in which he slept until his health was restored by the spring.


May. 26, 2013 @ 03:11 PM

Adriana Zoder: On education, weather and construction ...

April gave us gorgeous weather for two weeks and then we started wearing layers again. Some of the events on our schedule had to be rescheduled because of thunderstorms.


May. 26, 2013 @ 03:09 PM

Robbie Hargett: Progressiveness of religious study earns appreciation

The Society of Jesus, members of which are referred to as Jesuits, was started by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 as a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church.


May. 23, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

Carl Mays: Memorial Day much more than just a long weekend

Born and reared in the West Tennessee town of Humboldt, I grew up with a knowledge of and respect for Memorial Day, frequently referred to or combined with Decoration Day.


May. 20, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Upland Chronicles: Otha Emert was POW during Korean conflict

Saturday, November 7, 1953 was Otha Emert Day in Sevier County.


May. 17, 2013 @ 10:57 PM

Fran Troxler: Morel mushroom hunting season is back again

A phone call from one of our daughter’s Wearwood classmates a couple of Sundays ago has caused me to look at the woods near my home through different eyes — the eyes of a Morel mushroom picker!


May. 16, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

Carl Mays: Dealing with constant change is a part of living

We’ve had a home in Gatlinburg for 41 years and have seen many bears. But the one we saw this week was the biggest by far.


May. 12, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevierville Mills was local landmark for a century

In 1865, the same year the Civil War ended, Archimedes M. “Art” Chambers built a mill and log mill dam on the east prong of the Little Pigeon River about 500 feet upstream from the confluence of the east and west prongs of the river.


May. 12, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

In business with Mom

Some moms wish they saw more of their adult children. Other moms ask their adult children if they’re done working on payroll.


May. 13, 2013 @ 12:16 PM

Jeff Farrell: Young people still inspire with heroics, dedication

It’s always easy to think the youngest generation consists of lazy, spoiled brats who are going to drag us all into the nether regions.


May. 09, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

Carl Mays: The performance depends on the performers

I have agreed with people who have said my long-ago experience of teaching speech, English and drama while being an athletic coach was an odd combination.


May. 08, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

Kenneth Burns: Chevy Corvair risky, but it’s still a treasure

We all remember our first love.


May. 05, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Upland Chronicles: First Baptist Church has served Sevierville over 200 years

Tennessee statehood was seven years in the future when a small group led by Revolutionary War veteran Spencer Clack and Preacher Richard Wood gathered to form a place to worship in a struggling pioneer community.


May. 03, 2013 @ 11:49 AM

Health inspection scores May 3, 2013

The Department of Health is responsible for regulation of food service establishments in Tennessee.


May. 02, 2013 @ 11:49 PM

Carl Mays: Take responsibility and do what must be done

“We tried, but trying isn’t what gets you wins. You got to go out there and give it your all. And you have to score to win. You don’t just ‘try’ to do it. You do it.”


Apr. 15, 2013 @ 01:14 PM

Upland Chronicles: 1899 bank robbery upsetting to Sevierville

Even for a little town like Sevierville, the dusty, unpaved streets were exceptionally quiet on Friday morning, October 13, 1899. There were no horses, buggies or pedestrians traversing Main Street. The stillness was not peaceful, a surreal silence prevailed.


Apr. 11, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Carl Mays: Ask good questions and seek wise answers

Classic Peanuts character Charlie Brown said, “Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’”