Lifestyles Columnists

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Upland Chronicles: King’s Academy has deep roots in Sevier County

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.

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Adriana Zoder: 6 tips to make Dollywood easier on yourself, family

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.

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Kenneth Burns: Letterman marks second decade at the ‘Late Show’

I’ll never forget the Monkey Cam. Or Network Time Killers. Or “They pelted us with rocks and garbage!”

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Upland Chronicles: Cotton Berrier, PGA Hall of Famer, helped build golf in Sevier County

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.

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 11:57 PM

Carl Mays: Love the job you’re with

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.

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Upland Chronicles: Buckhorn Inn marks 75th anniversary

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.

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 11:18 PM

Carl Mays: One’s attitude or perspective is very significant

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!”

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

Upland Chronicles: Eight people perished in 1938 flash flood

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.

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 08:39 AM

Kenneth Burns: A message for golf fans: Pipe down

I’m surprised Jim Furyk didn’t melt the camera.

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

Zoder: Family's in town, and it's time to hit the attractions

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.

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 11:42 PM

Carl Mays: Ask good questions and listen to the answers

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.

Aug. 17, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Upland Chronicles: Mike Miner was ardent follower of Civil War history

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.

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Carl Mays: Home runs spotlighted, but singles can lead to victories, too

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.

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Adriana Zoder: Summer winding down and we have not eaten yet

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?

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Upland Chronicles: Writer tells of father’s World War II service

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.

Aug. 08, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Carl Mays: Being able to communicate well is a wonderful thing

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.

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Jeff Farrell: Getting official response for story becoming harder

“Transparency” is a word we seem to hear an awful lot.

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

Kenneth Burns: Avoiding fast food will be worth the effort

I used to eat fast food on the sly.

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 11:42 PM

Upland Chronicles: Local DAR chapter honors early settler Spencer Clack

With every charter member a direct descendent of Spencer Clack, it is not surprising that the first chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution organized in Sevier County was named in honor of the veteran who served as lieutenant in Revolutionary War, was a pioneer settler in Sevier County, and a member of the first Tennessee legislature, first as a representative and later as senator, from 1796 until his death in 1932.

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

Zoder: Camcorders, credit cards don’t mix

Last Sunday, I took my children and my mom to the Donut Friar in Gatlinburg for their famous eclairs. We also picked up some cinnamon bread for later.

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

Carl Mays: Helping each other makes all the difference

In preparing to speak to a corporate group and basing my preparation on concerns of the company’s CEO, I thought of a story that highly successful business entrepreneur W. Clement Stone (1902-2002) frequently told.

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Kenneth Burns: Take it from a busker – it's not an easy job

I strolled around Knoxville’s Market Square earlier this week. It’s a bustling place, an excellent downtown destination. The eating is good, the shopping interesting, the people-watching first-rate.

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Upland Chronicles: St. Mary’s was first Catholic Church in Sevier County

Although Sevier County has always been overwhelming Protestant, the Catholic parish formed in Gatlinburg in the 1930s has managed to co-exist in harmony with other denominations.

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

Carl Mays: It all comes down to, what’s important now?

Ann Landers was THE syndicated advice and help newspaper columnist when I was in high school. It seems everybody was familiar with her name.

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Jill Frye: Changes to salary schedule for teachers bad news for schools

As an education reporter and former public school teacher, I am disheartened by Legislature’s continual attack on the teaching profession and the detrimental effects those attacks could have on our schools. These changes should be an outrage to every resident.