Tennessee statehood was seven years in the future when a small group led by Revolutionary War veteran Spencer Clack and Preacher Richard Wood gathered to form a place to worship in a struggling pioneer community.
“We tried, but trying isn’t what gets you wins. You got to go out there and give it your all. And you have to score to win. You don’t just ‘try’ to do it. You do it.”
The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period in England. By the turn of the 20th century, the movement spread to the United States. Anxieties about industrial life fueled a positive revaluation of handcraftsmanship. In America, companies such as Roycroft, Stickley and other designers soon began creating woodwork in harmony with the Arts and Crafts movement.
Once the center of a thriving crossroads community, Harrisburg Covered Bridge is the only remaining structure in the community of Harrisburg that was composed of several commercial businesses including Umbarger Mill and a general store.
Classic Peanuts character Charlie Brown said, “Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’”
Shaye Smith planned to teach choral music to high schoolers. Then came the chance to join the Chuck Wagon Gang, the legendary Southern gospel group founded in 1935.
I heard the line so many times: “I don’t like country music, but I like you.”
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:
My wife Jean really likes to read or view “good news stories,” and quite frequently shares them with me – like she did this morning.
Legendary humorist-philosopher Will Rogers (1879-1935) delighted his audience when he said, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”
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.
Those needing a good excuse to dress up in formal attire, taste gourmet food prepared by some of the area’s best chefs and be entertained by a musician and hear stories passed down from a survivor of one of the world’s most well-known tragedies, need to look no further than the Cherish The Child Foundation’s Shipboard Dining Gala.
More than 300 pieces of student artwork currently hang or sit in an Arrowmont gallery, open to the public for viewing until March 16 as part of the 20th annual Sevier County Student Art Show.
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.
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.
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.
In anticipation of the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mayna Avent placed a log book on a desk so visitors could record their memories. Realizing the days in which the family could stay there were numbered, relatives, friends and other visitors began leaving their thoughts.
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.
A newspaper headline this week read, “Three heroes beat train to save man’s life.” The report detailed how a man in his 20s hit his head and stumbled onto the tracks with the next train scheduled to arrive in two minutes.
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.
For one it was a labor of love that lasted about eight months. For another the gestation period was 13 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.
As a child in the early 1900s, Harvey Broome used to gaze out the second-floor window of his parents' house in Knoxville and see a pale blue line of mountains running across the southern horizon. These were his very first views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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.