As I write this column prior to publication deadline, country singer Randy Travis is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital. He is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition.
A job passed down four generations is rare in any family, especially if the work takes place in the same house for the same family. When Padge Chandler left Wheatlands Plantation in the 1950s to seek employment in Knoxville, a family tradition spanning over a century came to an end.
Rudy Gatlin has mixed feelings about today’s country music. “There are some great groups singing great harmonies,” he said on the phone from Dallas. “Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry. I love that pop-rock. I love it for what it is. But I don’t know whether it fits on country radio. It’s not country. It’s pop.”
When I was a kid, given the opportunity I would have shot fireworks all day, every day. Seriously.
On July 5, 1909 an excursion train rolled into the Elkmont area in Sevier County and discharged a group of holiday tourists. The group was a festive bunch of city dwellers, intent on getting away from the urban heat and enjoying the sparkling cool waters of the Little River drainage in the Smoky Mountains.
My 43-year career as a writer, speaker and consultant has offered me opportunities to keep on learning – and helped me realize how much I don’t know.
A new show will debut in Pigeon Forge on June 28.
According to reference resources, “chile” is the Spanish spelling of the food; “chili” is the Americanized spelling.
With each passing generation, fewer and fewer farms can be found in Sevier County. Once the predominant lifestyle, farming has been replaced by various ways to make a living which require less time and sweat.
It's time again to celebrate dads. To mark the occasion, I reached out to local fathers who work with their adult children. They're doing business, building legacies and strengthening family ties, which seems like a pretty sweet deal.
A fable attributed to Aesop of sixth century BC Greece tells of a man and lion boasting of their strengths.
Dee Stamey was a handsome, debonair young man. Born Nov. 23, 1897, he was a dapper dresser and extremely popular with the young ladies in Emert’s Cove and Copeland Creek.
What did Paula Michelle say when she was asked if she would like to sing with Ray Charles?
“We went on one date, and she took me to a traffic jam.”
Things turned batty around our house the other day. Literally.
Some people won’t hike unless there’s a spectacular destination — a waterfall, say. John LaFevre encourages them to look around.
Yesterday, I thought of the elderly lady who answered all but one of the questions the census taker asked. When she wouldn’t tell her age, the man said, “Everyone tells his or her age for the census.”
Like an aging dowager, the Riverside Motor Lodge has been a part of Gatlinburg for longer than most people can remember. However, on May 30 the oldest remaining lodging place in the tourist town closed.
The withdrawal symptoms were mild, mostly a case of the jitters that went away after a day or two.
Author Matt Reid watches Amazon for feedback on his book "Mountain Treachery," which is set in Newport and Cocke County.