Aug. 15, 2014 @ 03:46 PM

Kenneth Burns: Smartphones distract us from the here and now

It was a concert by a Grammy-winning pop star, not a middle school play. But you might not have guessed that based on the way people were acting.

Jan. 17, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Carroll McMahan chronicles history of Sevier County

A few years ago, Carroll McMahan delivered a eulogy at his great-aunt’s funeral.

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

Upland Chronicles: Aunt Liddy Whaley epitomized strong mountain women

She could quote the Bible from “kiver to kiver,” administer home remedies to the sick, deliver babies, weave baskets, lay out the dead, make shoes, hunt for game, and tailor men’s suits. Known as “Aunt Liddy,” Lydia Kear Whaley could do just about anything to which she set her mind.

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 05:50 PM

Fran Troxler: Decoration Days observed in the mountains

A speaker at the ribbon-cutting of the new bridge on the Foothills Parkway joked about talking to a local in WalMart. The speaker stated that two-thirds of the folks who live in our area are from other places.

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 02:25 PM

Gatlin Brothers, headed to Pigeon Forge, love the old country sound

Rudy Gatlin has mixed feelings about today’s country music. “There are some great groups singing great harmonies,” he said on the phone from Dallas. “Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry. I love that pop-rock. I love it for what it is. But I don’t know whether it fits on country radio. It’s not country. It’s pop.”

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

Health inspection scores June 14, 2013

Jun. 09, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Singer Paula Michelle recalls touring with Ray Charles

What did Paula Michelle say when she was asked if she would like to sing with Ray Charles?

May. 24, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

Rhonda Vincent back for another session of Dollywood's annual festival

Early in her career, bluegrass musician Rhonda Vincent learned an important lesson.

May. 13, 2013 @ 06:22 AM

Health inspection scores May 10, 2013


May. 06, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

Young but gifted

Why did Ben Parton audition for the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America?

The 17-year-old violinist answered that question succinctly:

“Why not?”

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 03:42 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevier County’s Camp Smoky offered opportunities for youth

The 1960 Sevier County Baptist Association minutes includes the following paragraph describing the closing of Smoky Mountain Academy and expressing appreciation to those who made the school possible:

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 03:55 PM

Spring breakers spend time in the Smokies learning the mountains

Thirty college students from 20 states are participating in an alternative spring break program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, learning about different careers within the park that they may be interested in pursuing after school.

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

Health inspection scores March 22, 2013

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

Paint the Town Purple

Purple ribbons will soon be popping up all over, as the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life kicks off its second Paint the Town Purple campaign.

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

Audrey’s Avengers

When Marshall Stanger and a group of friends raised more than $20,000 last year for St. Jude Children’s Resarch Hospital during the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, he didn’t think it would be too hard to raise more than that this year. But the number his wife Lynn came up with — $100,000 — was a bit larger than he expected.

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 12:03 AM

75 years of hospitality

For Lee and John Mellor, being owners of the Buckhorn Inn is a privilege and not something they take for granted. That’s why they have planned numerous events to celebrate the Inn’s 75th anniversary during 2013.

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Saddle Up brings Old West to East Tennessee

The 13th annual Saddle Up event turned out one of its best years to date, returning popular cowboy entertainment and activities while adding a few new attractions.

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 12:09 AM

Next stop: ‘American Idol’

When the next round of auditions comes around for “American Idol,” one Sevier County teen won’t have to wait in long lines to get her time in front of judges.

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

Zumba for a Cause

The driving beat pounded out a rhythm the group of about 30 did their best to keep up with. But even if they didn't, that was OK — just as long as they kept moving.

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

Jellybeans for Breakfast?

For one it was a labor of love that lasted about eight months. For another the gestation period was 13 years.

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

'A good 53 years'

Ralph and Dot McNutt Egli met about 60 years ago after each started working in Oak Ridge. She came from Alabama as a teacher after graduating from Auburn University. He came from Indiana and worked as an engineer after graduating from Purdue.

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

Paint the Mountains Pink

It's not just Valentine's Day that's turning things pink around Sevier County these days. It's a new campaign to help provide mammograms to uninsured women and to teach the importance of early detection when it comes to breast cancer.

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

Planting for tomorrow

Sawdust competed in vain with the smell of fertilized soil Tuesday in the courtyard at Wellington Place, where a group of young professionals spent several hours building raised planters the residents can use when the spring planting season rolls around.

Feb. 03, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

What it's all about

About 100 people gathered to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Sevier County. The annual event will be held May 31-June 1 at Patriot Park.

Feb. 03, 2013 @ 06:44 PM

Relay For Life supporters tell why they support the cause

About 100 people gathered to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Sevier County. The annual event will be held May 31-June 1 at Patriot Park.