Mountain Life

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Jake Old: Combating the ongoing writer’s block

Last October, about a week or so before I moved to East Tennessee, I began writing a song that had a rare quality: I enjoyed it from the moment I first felt the inspiration.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Sevierville Middle School starts the summer with a cleanup effort

On Wednesday morning, Sevierville Middle School teachers and administrative staffers fanned out to pick up litter.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:29 PM

Carl Mays: The illegal drug problem is far from new

A few days ago I was telling The Mountain Press Community News Editor Kenneth Burns about some of my earlier columns in the 1970s and 1980s before my current series began in the late 1990s. (Yes, I’ll have to admit, I was a mere babe when I began.) One series was titled “Stories from the Smokies.”


May. 30, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

Upland Chronicles: Plane crash claimed life of Jim Yett

Photographer Jim Yett and pilot Jack Roberts boarded a two-person Cessna 150 at the Sevier-Gatlinburg Airport around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 1973. Yett, 30, a photographer for W.M. Cline Company, had hired Roberts, president of Smoky Mountain Aviation based at the airport, to transport him to the Cobbly Knob area near Highway 321. The purpose of the trip was for Yett to take aerial photographs of Cobbly Knob.


May. 29, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Adriana Zoder: A few thoughts on Memorial Day

The week before Memorial Day weekend, we received a letter from a company we do business with. It said that no matter how we spend Memorial Day weekend, we should take a moment to remember the fallen.


May. 29, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Carl Mays: Where there is cancer, there are survivors

Sunday, June 1, 2014, is National Cancer Survivors Day. A recent notice in The Mountain Press encouraged everyone to be aware of this important day, and to go beyond the awareness by encouraging survivors and showing appreciation to these warriors who have battled the dreaded disease. Those of us who know such survivors and have knowledge of what they have gone through and continue to go through can certainly understand why they deserve encouragement and a show of appreciation.


May. 23, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Riders in the Sky bring their Western sound to Dollywood festival

The heyday of singing cowboys ended decades ago, but you still can trace Western influences in contemporary country music.


May. 23, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Upland Chronicles: McMahan’s Store was a community gathering place

In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, McMahan’s Store on Pittman Center Road was a popular meeting place for residents of the Richardson’s Cove and Caton’s Chapel communities. Located across the road from Bird’s Creek, the business was owned by Cleo and Exa McMahan.


May. 24, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Kenneth Burns: Thanks for the inspiration, Coach Meyer

Don Meyer died of cancer last Sunday. One of college basketball’s most successful coaches, he notched 923 wins over the course of his long career. He was 69.


May. 22, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Carl Mays: “It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts”

Having served as master of ceremonies for the Gatlinburg Veterans Day program for many years, I have been interested in seeing the proliferation of TV commercials and programs for disabled, handicapped or paralyzed veterans recently. They have led to my paying attention to notes and articles regarding veterans as I have been sorting through files in a continuing process of eliminating some of the many items I have collected since my school days. (Just ask Jean about file cabinets, attics, storages and warehouses.)


May. 17, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

Upland Chronicles: Jimmie Temple loved Sevierville

The morning following the annual Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Banquet in 2008, chamber CEO Brenda McCroskey received a phone call from Jimmie Temple. After telling McCroskey how much he and his wife Marie enjoyed the festivities, Temple suggested a program about the history of Sevierville for the next banquet.


May. 17, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Adriana Zoder: Spend more time outside with your kids

When catkins cover our driveway and pollen layers turn every car yellow, spring has sprung, finally. It's time to bring out the higher SPF sunblock and the bug spray.


May. 17, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Jake Old: He's still my little brother

My younger brother, Alex, is graduating from high school next week, and I’ve already given him a hard time for being a little too sentimental about it, but the more I think about it, I’m starting to get emotional.


May. 15, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Carl Mays: God has blessed America – and me

I’m writing this column in Malvern, Ark., sitting in a guest room at a Holiday Inn Express, in which, according to all of those TV commercials, I should grow much smarter. I’m on the first leg of a car trip of 932 miles, give or take a few miles (according to the number of rest stops I have to make along the way).


May. 16, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition blends the traditional and the cutting-edge

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is steeped in tradition. It also is rooted in the here and now.


May. 10, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Upland Chronicles: Wanda Fisher is passionate about genealogy

Wanda Howard married Emert Hayes Fisher when she was very young. She soon found out that one of her husband’s favorite pastimes was fishing. After a few months accompanying him on his fishing trips, she mustered up the nerve to tell him she was tired of “going up and down the river banks fishing.” He replied, “Well, you need to find you a hobby.”


May. 10, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

Jeff Farrell: A little spring cleaning can actually be a good thing

A little spring cleaning can be good for the soul. Sometimes you have to get rid of things that are holding you back.


May. 08, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Carl Mays: Quotes can give us insight

I’ve always liked quotes.


May. 03, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Shults Grove United Methodist Church celebrates centennial

When Paul McAlister answered a knock on his door on New Year’s Day 1965, he saw a man standing on his porch whom he had never seen in his life.


May. 01, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Seymour High graduate Paige Burchell honored in UT art exhibition

Art is Paige Burchell’s first passion.


Apr. 26, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Upland Chronicles: President Roosevelt’s visit to Sevier County remembered

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the presidential entourage left Washington, D.C., by train on Sunday evening, Sept. 1, 1940, and arrived in Knoxville the next morning at the old Southern Railway Depot. Thousands of people waited to catch a glimpse of the popular president, including Sen. K.D. McKellar and Gov. Prentice Cooper, as well as Clyde Hoey, governor of North Carolina.


Apr. 26, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

Jake Old: Remembering a friend, honoring his memory

Last week I found out that an old friend of mine from high school passed away. After graduating in 2007, we lost contact with each other, except for the occasional back-and-forth on Facebook.


Apr. 20, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

Seymour’s Mary Manners is a prolific Christian romance author

Mary Manners has come out with 31 books. In four years.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Upland Chronicles: Melvin Carr sustained by his strong faith

In 1969, a double tragedy hit the Jones Chapel community and especially the pastor of Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Rev. Melvin Carr and his family. After having received word on Saturday evening, July 5, that their only son, Dannie, had been killed in action in the Vietnam War, lightning struck their church on Sunday night, July 6, burning it to the ground.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Adriana Zoder: It’s sad to see the health care system transformed

Raise your hand if you live in Sevier County, but have been treated by at least one Knoxville doctor in his Sevierville office. I have been seen by three such doctors. Not sure how Obamacare will affect their satellite offices here in our county, but, hopefully, they can continue to stay open. It really helps not to have to drive to Knoxville for doctors’ visits.