Mountain Life

May. 02, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

Upland Chronicles: Andrew Jackson magnolia tree has legendary past

In September 2013, during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the gazebo and green space surrounding the public parking area on Bruce Street, an announcement was made that a tree grown from a cutting off of the majestic White House magnolia tree planted by President Andrew Jackson would be transplanted to the green space.


May. 02, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

Smoky Mountain Gourmet: Mountaintop culinary dispatches

Saturday, April 25: Grilled chicken on the fire pit. This was the first time the pit came into play this season. Had to shovel out copious amounts of acorns and other debris. On the positive side of things, the snow that fell last Halloween brought down loads of quality oak that should last well into the summer. Showed the boys how to operate the electric chainsaw. The chicken was excellent.


May. 01, 2015 @ 05:25 PM

Adriana Zoder: Food Ministry Fiesta a great success

Last Monday evening, Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg was closed for a private function. Ripley’s apologized for it on a big billboard at the entrance. I do not know if anybody was inconvenienced. I would think a few people turned around, disappointed. Those of us who came to the aquarium to attend this private function certainly felt grateful to attend.


May. 01, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Public Pulpit: We all need guidance from God

As I waited for my wife to finish work, the wee girl on the bench beside me began to talk about her boyfriend Charley.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 04:01 PM

Kenneth Burns: Walking in the national park is one of my favorite things

Two hundred seventy-three. That’s how many miles I have walked on trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At least since I started keeping track.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 12:37 PM

Public Pulpit: He makes all things new – even us

Many of us have shared the spiritual journey once again that encompassed the week that changed the world. We gather to celebrate an event, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Because He lives, we too shall share in life everlasting. I repeat, this is an event text. We don't have to ponder nuances of the Greek or puzzle what knowledge of the culture will further illuminate. We celebrate this event by allowing it to live on in and through us.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Northview freshman takes top honor at Sevier County’s Got Talent

The first of a planned series of annual competitions for local high school students — Sevier County’s Got Talent — went off Thursday night without a hitch.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevierville native Pack ran for governor in 1974

In 1974, Ray Blanton won a 12-person Democratic primary for governor. With just 23 percent of the vote, he defeated several well-financed opponents, including flamboyant banker Jake Butcher, former Sen. Ross Bass and Nashville news anchor Hudley Crockett. In the general election, Blanton defeated Lamar Alexander, 576,833 to 455,467.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 01:15 PM

Carl Mays: Exercise your ability to concentrate

"The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming An Individual In An Age Of Distraction," by Matthew B. Crawford, published March 2015, is a very interesting read. It's his second book, following "Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into The Value Of Work." I can relate to both – and so can you.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Photos: Outside the Rod Run

The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run concluded Saturday in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, but uninitiated observers may have thought it was a citywide event. Some of the liveliest ancillary activity took place along the Parkway, where droves of car enthusiasts parked their souped-up vehicles. Here are some scenes from outside Spring Rod Run 2015.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

Jake Old: I can't wait to watch 'Game of Thrones' unfold

HBO's popular fantasy television show "Game of Thrones," based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin, is back. And for the first time in a few years, I'm anxious about what is going to happen.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

Upland Chronicles: Smoky Mountain Queen sailed to New Orleans

Carrying the message "Happy Birthday America," a flatboat, the Smoky Mountain Queen, docked at Poydras Street Wharf in New Orleans on Saturday May 29, 1976, after a 1,600-mile trip along the rivers of mid-America.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 01:23 PM

Off to the races with the Smoky Mountain Gourmet

I split my time growing up between Washington, D.C., and Louisville, Ky., with most summers spent here. I like to think my persona combines the best of all three places, and that the resulting combination – part big city, part medium-sized city, part
mountains – gives me a perspective that adapts to almost any conceivable environment.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 11:36 AM

Adriana Zoder: There's more to spring than pollen

So it's April again, and that means only one thing: pollen. Oh, and Earth Day. For our annual trash collecting expedition around the neighborhood, we were getting ready mentally. Alas, one of our neighbors got ahead of us with her children. During spring break, they spent a few hours collecting trash from the ditches of our subdivision and trash they did collect.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

Public Pulpit: We realize we serve a risen Savior

Ah, April. Spring is here. What a wonderful feeling of freshness in the air! Everywhere you look there is something new, vibrant, alive, colorful, and it makes my heart sing.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Wildflower Pilgrimage offers guided tours of spring splendor

Many visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park don't wander far from their cars.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

Carl Mays: The bountiful harvest is coming

I've written previously about Dr. J. Winston Pearce, fellow speaker at some of the senior adult conferences I hosted in Gatlinburg. At the time, he was retired as a professor at Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., and was serving as a writer-in-residence at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. Today I've been thinking again about what this biblical scholar, researcher and outstanding instructor told me in one of our conversations. Dr. Pearce said there is evidence that the energy of every sound, voice and spoken word is retained in the atmosphere. He said it may be possible in the future for some instrument to search out and tune into voices and words of the past. How exciting this could be – and how scary.


Apr. 13, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Upland Chronicles: Stokely Canning was county’s leading industry

In 1917, Dixie Canning Company built two factories in Sevier County. One was on Prince Street in Sevierville, and one was in Pigeon Forge. Farmers who signed contracts with the company were given seeds for beans, berries, pumpkins, apples and tomatoes.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Gatlinburg native Dani Bryant creates play for Chicago youth

“You can be a drama kid in high school,” Dani Bryant said, “but actually making a career of it is hard to do.”


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

The Smoky Mountain Gourmet makes progress

Ah, my friends, I have to admit I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I mentioned last week that my fiancée and her kids moving in; they are to be officially moved in on or before the 15th of this month. That's easy – I'm really looking forward to that part of this. They're awesome.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Carl Mays: Increase your creativity with good habits

I stand by what I wrote in my "A Strategy For Winning" book and have said many times at my speaking engagements: Everyone can increase his or her creativity. No doubt about it. Some people think creativity means bringing something into existence that never existed before. Well, God did that, but for humans, true creativity involves taking an idea, an object, a method, a group of people – something that's been around for a while – and standing back, looking at it with a different perspective and giving it a different twist.


Apr. 10, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

Public Pulpit: Tourist areas present unique opportunities to witness

I write this from a hotel by Disney World, which is similar to Dollywood with an extra billion or so dollars thrown in. I went into a Norwegian stave church such as the old wooden churches I saw in Norway.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Colossal rug reflects Arrowmont artist’s playful sensibility

Pictures don’t quite do it justice. To truly grasp its size, you’ll have to have a look for yourself at “Smaller Than Some, Larger Than Most, Maybe Not the World’s Largest Rag Rug.”


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 02:58 PM

Upland Chronicles: Dr. Thomas earned respect of mountain folk

Dr. Robert F. Thomas came to Pittman Center in 1926 to serve in the dual role of minister and physician. Although he was an outsider, Dr. Thomas quickly earned the respect of the people whose bodies and souls he cared for. He labored long to build churches and improve the health facilities in the rugged mountains.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

Adriana Zoder: The UT Violin Festival is a worthy endeavor

Last year, I wrote about our experience at our first UT Violin Festival. Before I give you the scoop on this year's festival, let's talk money. A professional violin lesson, which lasts 30 minutes, costs $35 to $50. The festival offers 12 hours of seminars and workshops, over two days, as well as two concerts with world-class instrumentalists. It's all for the bargain price of $40.