Like any kid, Mercedes James is fond of miniature golf. Also soup, bubbles and hugs. “Mercedes is a 6-year-old going through her problem-solving phase,” said Seymour resident Thelma Leigh Hartigan. “All little kids do that.”
The first European settlers known to explore the beautiful valley that is today called Wear’s Valley were Aaron Crowson and his close friend Peter Percefield. In 1794 they were scouting the valley on horseback when they were attacked by hostile Cherokee Indians. Both Crowson and Percefield were only 17-years-old at the time.
Remember the long-playing record, the quaint audio format that went out as CDs came in?
Illustrious artist Bob Timberlake enjoys driving on the back roads in the mountainous regions of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Occasionally, a scene will capture his imagination to the extent that he will decide to paint it. While driving around Sevier County, he saw an old crumbling; abandoned school house that he felt would make an interesting subject for a painting.
In 2010, Kelly Champagne was named Sevier County Fairest of the Fair. This week she is competing to be Miss Tennessee Teen USA.
A business manager told me recently about how much of her time is spent dealing with one conflict or another at work. She said, “It appears to me that good, solid interpersonal communications skills is one of the most valuable skills needed in the business world.” I said she could eliminate the word “business.” When she asked what I meant, I replied that such a skill is one of the most needed skills in the “world” – period.
New York state courts are taking an innovative step in dealing with human trafficking — they’re going to start treating most prostitutes as victims of trafficking, rather than as criminals.
Last week I received a call from Sue Rolen who called to tell me that while working in the Fair Garden Cemetery she had discovered the graves of a man that she believed to be a confederate veteran and his wife.
When Louise Mandrell started in the entertainment business, she had gospel in mind.
The first newspaper published in Sevierville was named Sevierville Enterprise. The first copy rolled off the press on June 1, 1882.The publication of a newspaper was a momentous occasion since Sevier County had always relied on days-old Knoxville papers to receive news.
Last year we took our children to the Sevier County Fair, so this year we decided to try the TVA Fair in Knoxville just to see the difference.
This week, the Sevier County High School Concert Choir rehearsed for a very big gig. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the choir will join Foreigner at Smokies Stadium to sing “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the rock group’s smash 1984 power ballad. Thousands are expected to attend.
Through the years as I have spoken to various groups, there have been people who have hung around following my talks or seminars. Rather than sharing a quick “thank you” or “good talk” or “enjoyed it” or some other much-appreciated response and handshake, these people have stayed to ask questions, make comments or share stories and examples.
Janelle Arthur played a very young Dolly Parton in the Dollywood show “Paradise Road,” which ran from 1998 to 2001.
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.
You might think you know what a basket looks like. Jo Stealey’s “Saturnalia” might persuade you otherwise.
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.
I’ll never forget the Monkey Cam. Or Network Time Killers. Or “They pelted us with rocks and garbage!”
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.
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.
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.
According to Ken Jenkins, photographers ought to look beyond winning awards and landing their work in magazines.
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!”
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.
I’m surprised Jim Furyk didn’t melt the camera.