Mountain Life

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Hologram ghosts are a highlight of "Dollywood's A Christmas Carol"

If you want to get a big dose of Dolly Parton the next time you visit Dollywood, you have opportunities. You can visit her museum, Chasing Rainbows. You can watch her filmed performances in the shows "My People" and "Heartsong."


Nov. 22, 2013 @ 07:15 AM

In his new book, Oliver North chronicles the toll of war

Parts of Oliver North’s new book are tough going.


Nov. 21, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Carl Mays: Everyone must execute the plan

“We had a good game plan, but we just failed to execute.” Sports coaches have uttered these words many times. What they are saying is, “On paper, the strategy or blueprint we designed in order to win the game was solid and workable, but we just didn’t do what we intended to do.”


Nov. 17, 2013 @ 11:57 PM

Comedian Alex Stokes' book pokes gentle fun at Sevier County tourists

No joke: There are people who actually think the Great Smoky Mountains’ famous fog might come from a machine.


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Upland Chronicles: Francis Asbury preached at Shiloh Cemetery

Located within the city limits of Pigeon Forge and only four miles south of Sevierville, Shiloh Memorial Cemetery is one of the oldest burial grounds south of the French Broad River. It is the largest cemetery in Sevier County. On the south is a full panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, which includes iconic Mount LeConte. The eastern end of Chilhowee Mountain (known locally as Bluff Mountain) is visible looking northwest.


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Adriana Zoder: 10 reasons I’m thankful this November

Recently, I bought a few handmade creations at the Amish store across the street from the Walmart in Sevierville. One of them is a wooden piece for my children’s room, which reads, “Thou shalt not whine.”


Nov. 09, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sevier’s Murphy-Swan House has rich history

Located off Old Knoxville Highway on top of a hill with a view of the Little Pigeon River valley and the Smoky Mountains, the Murphy-Swan House was built for William Campbell Murphy, a Sevierville merchant, in 1883. The two-story structure is an example of an extremely rare tripartite-style dwelling built in the Victorian era.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Upland Chronicles: Cherokee Textile Mills moved to Sevier County from Knoxville

On Sept. 17, 1953, a delegation from Sevier County visited the management of Cherokee Textile Mills in Knoxville to urge the industry to relocate in Sevierville. The passage of the Industrial Revenue Bond Act by the Tennessee Legislature in 1951 made it possible for municipalities to lure industries by offering property, operating facilities and financing through municipal bonds.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

New Market’s Highlander Center is topic of Seymour library forum

You might not associate rural East Tennessee with the social justice movement. But since 1971, the Highlander Research and Education Center, outside New Market, has held workshops, camps and other gatherings to promote progressive causes like environmentalism and worker health.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Jake Old: New Mountain Press reporter sees journalism as a calling

My name is Jake Old, and I’m the newest reporter at The Mountain Press.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Adriana Zoder: Titanic Museum offers educational, sad look at history

This year, my children have become aware of the concept of death. Our cat has killed enough mice and birds and we have seen enough road kill, I suppose. Then, we stumbled upon the story of the Lusitania on one of our many trips to the library.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 11:53 PM

Jeff Farrell: Motel residents don't have many good options

The Allman Brothers were singing about almost reaching the “End of the Line,” and that probably describes where the residents of some of Gatlinburg’s weekly rentals feel they’ve found themselves.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

Upland Chronicles: WSEV has been broadcasting since 1955

In 1955, William “Bill” Burchfiel Jr. approached several individuals with the idea of forming a local radio station. He thought a radio station would be beneficial to the growing community.


Oct. 24, 2013 @ 11:55 PM

Printmaker Martha Martin concludes her Smokies national park residency

Printmaker Martha Martin is artist in residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Her stint there began Oct. 4, the fourth day of the federal shutdown. Was she disappointed that the park was closed?


Oct. 24, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

Carl Mays: Take advantage of creative collaboration

The Major League Baseball postseason games, now climaxing with the World Series, continue to build on a concept in contemporary athletics that is commonplace. I like to refer to it as “creative collaboration.” What I mean by this is, coaches and players alike realize and plan from the standpoint that each individual has certain strengths and certain weaknesses.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Upland Chronicles: Bluff Mountain — one of our crown jewels

Chilhowee Mountain is a low ridge at the outer edge of the Great Smoky Mountains that stretches between the Little Tennessee River (specifically Chilhowee Lake) to the west and the Little Pigeon River watershed to the east. While the mountain in about 35 miles long, it rarely reaches a width of more than four miles.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

Adriana Zoder: Roaring Fork, Grotto Falls are something to see

Since our recent hike to see Grotto Falls, which I wrote about in my previous column, I have been obsessing over the Roaring Fork River. I don’t know why.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

Kenneth Burns: Fall is here, and that means more bad TV

I love this time of year. And not just because of pumpkins and apples, crisp mornings, beautiful leaves.


Oct. 17, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Carl Mays: It only takes a spark

Several years ago, a football team with whom I have worked was trailing at halftime by a score of 20-7. There was a spirited discussion at intermission – and one player in particular seemed to gain an inner spark.


Oct. 16, 2013 @ 12:49 PM

East Tennessee twin sisters write children's books together

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.”


Oct. 12, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Upland Chronicles: Wears Valley settled in 1794 amidst tragedy

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.


Oct. 05, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

Kenneth Burns: This LP lover never stopped collecting

Remember the long-playing record, the quaint audio format that went out as CDs came in?


Oct. 05, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

Upland Chronicles: Artist discovers old school in Sevier County

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.


Oct. 04, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Gatlinburg-Pittman sophomore Kelly Champagne competes to be Miss Tennessee Teen USA

In 2010, Kelly Champagne was named Sevier County Fairest of the Fair. This week she is competing to be Miss Tennessee Teen USA.


Oct. 03, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

Carl Mays: You can help resolve conflicts

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.