Mountain Life

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.


Apr. 03, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

Kenneth Burns: Musical nostalgia is a seductive lure

On my Facebook feed, the excitement began building days in advance.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

With a regional win, eighth grader heads to the National Spelling Bee

Caitlyn Marentette recalls her introduction to the world of competitive spelling. “It goes back to third grade,” she said.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

The Smoky Mountain Gourmet sets the table for six

Those of you who read my Valentine’s Day column about a month ago know I am engaged. Space constraints kept me from mentioning a very important part of the situation: my fiancée has four children who will be moving in as well and, I suppose, will expect to be fed.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

Jake Old: I'm surprised I like 'Better Call Saul'

Recently I've been enjoying the new AMC television show "Better Call Saul." It's a spinoff of AMC's successful show "Breaking Bad," which centered on a high school teacher turned drug dealer.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Upland Chronicles: Paul Adams established first camp at Mount LeConte

In 1926, Jack Huff was appointed camp caretaker and built a 20-by-24-foot cabin out of balsam logs that was the forerunner of LeConte Lodge. Huff and his wife Pauline operated the lodge until 1959. A year earlier, Paul Adams established a primitive camp atop the majestic mountain, setting the stage for the iconic hostelry.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

With 'Putnam County,' Walters State Sevier County presents its stage debut

Can you spell milestone? Walters State Community College passes one this weekend as the Sevier County campus stages its first full-length theatrical production, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

Carl Mays: Curiosity can lead to satisfaction, knowledge, discovery, success

"Curiosity killed the cat." Most of us have probably heard this saying from childhood. However, tacked onto that statement is the adage, "Satisfaction (or knowledge or discovery or success) brought it back (to life)." The killing of the cat aspect has usually been used to warn us away from getting involved in unwise or unnecessary investigations or experimentations. Or, as another old saying admonishes us, "Don't stick your nose where it doesn't belong." But the satisfaction, gained knowledge, discovery or success aspect can be rewarding – if we don't experience disappointment or negative results.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Upland Chronicles: Fred Rawlings launched Sevier County Public Library

On June 21, 1889, a reporter for the Sevier County Republican wrote an article titled "Things Sevierville Needs." The third thing on the list read as follows: "Sevierville needs a public reading room or library, if the young men are to be kept out of idleness and mischief, and if they are to be prepared for useful, honorable lives in the future." However, it wasn't until 1920 that a Sevierville library became a reality.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Adriana Zoder: Romanian embassy visit is trip back in time

In the battle between big cities and small towns, there are no right answers. Every family is different. Some parents have jobs that require them to live in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York or Pigeon Forge. As for me, I recently realized that given the choice between a small town and a big city, I would choose a small town.