Mountain Life

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

The Smoky Mountain Gourmet keeps it simple

In cooking, as with many aspects of life, simple is often best. I have a rule of thumb that I go by at least 90 percent of the time: The more expensive an ingredient is, the less I do with it.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 04:39 PM

Upland Chronicles: Early history of Forks-of-the-River Cemetery sketchy

Near the end of 1785, Rev. Richard Wood moved to the forks of the Little Pigeon River, where he established the Forks-of-the-Little-Pigeon Baptist Church in 1789. It was the first church in community that was later named Sevierville. Wood was born in Virginia, served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and first settled in the Providence community.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Kenneth Burns: After all these years, I forgive Steve Martin

I forgive Steve Martin. I was surprised to realize this the other day. I didn't know I'd been holding a grudge.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

Carl Mays: Are you – gasp – 'nomophobic'?

I knew it existed long before I ever heard of “nomophobia.” And then I was finally introduced to the psychological term. Now I am seeing more and more articles about it. There’s no wonder these reports are multiplying. Like you, I’ve seen evidence all around that it is a growing condition exponentially permeating our society.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

New book tells history of Great Smoky Mountains' Elkmont area

Daniel L. Paulin researched his new book, "Images of America: Lost Elkmont," for years. In fact, he researched it before he knew it was going to be a book.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Adriana Zoder: Rose Glen festival is a must for book lovers

Rose Glen Literary Festival happens once a year in Sevier County, at the end of February. If you love books and the writing process, you should attend Rose Glen. What's in it for you? Free workshops about the writing and publishing process, book sales in the foyer, meeting authors, writers, and book and magazine publishers. The luncheon, which is ticketed, features a special literary guest and a complimentary pottery soup bowl.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 01:07 PM

Upland Chronicles: Peregrine falcons returned home to Duck Hawk Peaks

Near the Alum Cave Bluff on the south side of majestic Mount LeConte is the thin leaning ridge with jagged points known as Duck Hawk Peaks. There's Little Duck Hawk Ridge paralleled by Big Duck Hawk Ridge. Peregrine Peak is the old name for the large mountain where the Alum Cave and Duck Hawk areas are located. Early settlers began calling the area by these names after observing the fast-flying birds nesting there.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

Smoky Mountain Gourmet turns up the heat

Last week I wrote that I'd had enough of winter, and I meant it.


Mar. 06, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Jake Old: I'm not ready to shave my beard

This weekend I'll be back in my hometown of Murfreesboro for the first time since Christmas. I've normally gone back home every four to six weeks since moving to Sevierville in 2013, so this is the longest I've gone between trips.


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 01:42 PM

Carl Mays: Let your gratitude flow

Fast Company recently ran an article titled "Seven Habits of Optimistic People" by Stephanie Vozza, in which she gleaned information from Jacob Wachob, cofounder and CEO of the healthy living site MindBodyGreen.com; and David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism. According to Vozza's findings, optimists express gratitude, donate time and energy, show interest in others, surround themselves with upbeat people, don't listen to naysayers, forgive others, and smile.


Mar. 03, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Upland Chronicles: Gov. John Sevier was a controversial figure

Gov. John Sevier, the man for whom Sevier County and Sevierville were named, died 200 years ago this year. His demise came suddenly on Sept. 24, 1815, in the Alabama territory, where he was on a congressional mission conducting a survey of lands in the Creek Indian country. He was 70.


Feb. 27, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

Jeff Farrell: Yahoo, is that really the top news story?

Maybe I'm just not the target audience for some digital news outlets.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

Carl Mays: Engage the ‘thinking’ region of your brain

A book I have enjoyed reading and referring to over the years is “The Hidden Persuaders” by Vance Packard. In the book, first published in 1957, Packard wrote of psychological techniques used by merchandisers and advertisers to lead consumers to purchase products and services. He also revealed various techniques used by savvy politicians and organizations to get votes. With his explanations, Packard also questioned the morality of such tools. As a motivational speaker and writer, I, of course, realize the validity of the right motivational tools or techniques used correctly in positive ways.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Rose Glen Literary Festival guest to discuss bookstore success

How did Wendy Welch and her husband establish, against difficult odds, a successful used bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Va., population 5,643?


Feb. 22, 2015 @ 12:23 AM

Kenneth Burns: I never got used to Wisconsin winters

As I watched the snow fall over East Tennessee last week, I thought to myself: I didn't leave Wisconsin for this.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 06:22 PM

Adriana Zoder: Rossetti survived the winter, and so will we

This weather reminds me of my three years in Sweden. Dark days, snow showers, icy roads, freezing cold, all of which force us to stay inside and turn on many lights and candles, to create that much needed coziness.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

Stay warm with Smoky Mountain Gourmet's pork loin

I cannot express how much I look forward to writing about how to best use the fresh vegetables we've just picked from our gardens, and what our best options for the grill might be. Spring is officially just over a month away, but as I write this, with another winter storm forecast to hit the day before this column runs, a month seems like a century.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 06:58 PM

Carl Mays: Musings on Murphy's Law

How many times have you quoted or heard someone quote Murphy's Law? I'm talking about the law that says, "If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong." Have you ever wondered exactly who Murphy was? Did he or she actually come up with such a law? When? Why? What were the circumstances?


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

Upland Chronicles: James Chandler was a trailblazing black educator

Fifty years ago, the nation was mesmerized by the Selma to Montgomery marches taking place in Alabama, part of the voting rights movement that led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act. The previous year, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting segregation in public facilities. The entire country, particularly the South, was going through a period of cultural transformation.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

Sevier County's community reading program kicks off with Amy Greene’s ‘Long Man’

Last summer, the public library in Golden, Colo., organized a community read of “Long Man,” the 2014 novel by Amy Greene, who lives in Russellville, Tenn., near Morristown.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Jake Old: I wish I'd had musical guidance

Earlier this week, I wrote a story about an improvisational music workshop that will take place in Gatlinburg next month, free of charge.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Upland Chronicles: Wonderland Hotel served Smoky Mountains visitors

On Nov. 15, 1992, the Wonderland Hotel at Elkmont closed its doors for the last time. Although the storied old hostelry had seen better days, the closing of the white clapboard building with a sagging wraparound porch marked the end of era, a time when men in summer suits smoked cigars on the veranda, ladies in long cotton dresses fanned themselves in rocking chairs, and children raced to the nearby swimming holes.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

Chinese New Year with the Smoky Mountain Gourmet

Happy Year of the Goat! Or is it the Year of the Ram? Possibly sheep…


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 01:44 PM

Carl Mays: Remember this when dealing with a dissatisfied human being

I was standing near an exchange/return line at a big-box store and overheard a conversation between a customer and an employee. It was a good example of how to handle a hard-to-satisfy customer.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 12:40 PM

Upland Chronicles: Ketner Grocery Co. was a neighborhood hangout

Ketner Grocery Store was located in an area of Sevierville known as Thomas Addition. It was situated at a unique intersection, with Belle Avenue on the right side of the store, which faced the split where Newport Highway (now East Gate Road) branched off New Road (now Park Road).