Mountain Life

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Carl Mays: Celebrate the days of your life

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “April showers bring the flowers that bloom in May.” And, of course, the April Fools’ Day observance has been around since medieval times. But are you aware of some other designated days annually contained in April?


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

Country Tonite Theatre hosts another season of classic country artists

In April, Country Tonite Theatre will host two performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn. Over the years she has performed regularly at the venue, which is at 129 Showplace Blvd.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Upland Chronicles: Hard-working M.B. McMahan built a timber empire

On May 15, 1916, M.B. McMahan II entered into a small planing mill business, in partnership with Cleo Burchfiel. Business was extremely slow at first, but that simple sawmill would grow into one of the most successful lumber businesses in Sevier County.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Kenneth Burns: Space program remains a source of inspiration

If you saw “Super 8,” the hit movie from a few summers ago, you’ll recall scenes that take place in a suburban kid’s cluttered bedroom, circa 1979.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Carl Mays: "There is no happiness without action"

"They got on a 12-point run and turned this game around,” might be a phrase you have heard during the ongoing NCAA basketball tournament games. You’ve also probably heard something like, “They’re on a 13-2 run.” Even a casual basketball fan knows the first phrase means one team has scored 12 straight points while the other team has gone scoreless. The second phrase means one team has scored 13 points while the other team has scored two.


Mar. 16, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Gatlinburg Garden Club member’s quilts help cabin preservation effort

Judy Schmidt spends about nine months working on each of her quilts.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Jake Old: Don't leave arts out of education debate

A major debate, in all corners of our country, is how to “fix” education, with people proposing ideas on what the public education system needs and how resources should be spent.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Upland Chronicles: Murder of Dr. Henderson captivated Sevierville in 1894

In 1954, Roy C. and Carl D. Newman purchased the property at 112 E. Main St. in Sevierville. The brothers dismantled the stately old house to make way for the grocery store they planned to build on the site.


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

Carl Mays: I witnessed hope in action this morning

During an early morning walk in a city park today I saw a man and his chocolate Lab strolling my way. The dog suddenly sprinted from the man’s side and from the paved walkway, dashed across an open grassy area and sprinted toward a large tree. About the time the Lab reached the tree, the man and I met.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Upland Chronicles: Artist uses creativity to honor her daughter

Bobbie Lovell remembers only one time when she was jealous of another person. She was in the seventh grade when her teacher instructed the class to “take out some paper and draw.” Bobbie recalls the teacher telling one of her classmates that he had the potential to become a commercial artist. She wanted to be the student the teacher felt had the gift.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Adriana Zoder: Thanks to those kind people on the trail

Spring may still be a month away, but, just like the tourists, we take advantage of every sunny day sandwiched between cloudy, rainy days. One sunny February day, I took my children and their bikes to the Gatlinburg Trail.Publication


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:37 PM

Jeff Farrell: Frustration follows FOIA request

A little more than a year ago, I went to a Society for Professional Journalists seminar on open records laws. The first insight on the federal Freedom of Information Act was, “It’s broken.”


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Carl Mays: ‘You got a friend, and that friend is you’

Best I remember, I’ve seen the Academy Awards or Oscars TV program one time. That was when I was in college and went by my fraternity house, where some members and their dates were heavily involved in discussing who or what should win each award. However, some follow-up news about the 2014 ceremony caught my attention this week. I’m referring in particular to the acceptance speech by Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey.


Mar. 02, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Morristown theater company brings 'Putnam County Spelling Bee' to Walters State

You’ve seen them on TV, those gawky kids who, in pursuit of national spelling-bee glory, nervously spell out words like ptyalagogue and avellaneous.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Upland Chronicles: Atchley Funeral Home was established in 1920

With two horse-drawn hearses and a Model T Ford hearse, Jim Atchley founded Atchley Funeral Home on March 1, 1920. The funeral business was a sideline for People’s Furniture Company, which he operated with his brother Charles “Charlie” Atchley, who had just returned from serving in World War I. Charlie Atchley later sold his interest in the company to Jim, who became the sole owner.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Kenneth Burns: You can't beat biking to work

You might remember reading in an earlier column that two years ago, I moved back home to Tennessee after 13 years in Madison, Wis.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

In Amy Greene’s novel 'Long Man,' a TVA project floods an East Tennessee town

Amy Greene is from East Tennessee. Her acclaimed debut novel, 2010’s “Bloodroot,” is set in East Tennessee.


Feb. 22, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Adriana Zoder: Calendar items for a February column

The sunshine landing on the table while we have breakfast seems strange after two weeks of cloudy skies which brought rain and snow. Do we know you, sunshine? Summer seems so long ago and spring is still not in sight.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

Upland Chronicles: Goshen Gate Bridge evokes past experiences

Throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, numerous footbridges traverse streams on more than 850 miles of hiking trails. The bridges range from narrow foot logs to wide, sturdy structures with iron framework. By reputation, one of the most impressive footbridges in the park is the handsome one crossing the upper reaches of the Little River, often called the Goshen Gate Bridge.


Feb. 22, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Jake Old: Don't let the album die

Technology is wonderful, particularly for those who are passionate about music, like me. Just about any song ever recorded, I can look up on my phone or computer instantly.


Feb. 21, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Sword-swallowing celebration brings sideshow feat to Gatlinburg

Sword swallowing is getting to be a lonely profession.


Feb. 20, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

Carl Mays: Enjoy and appreciate your traditions

I appreciate the email messages in response to my Valentine’s Day column last week. If you didn’t happen to see the column, it was about the celebration, challenge and test of endurance in navigating through a wedding anniversary on Feb. 9, Jean’s birthday on the 12th, and Valentine’s Day on the 14th.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Upland Chronicles: Levi Trentham was called ‘prophet of the Smokies’

In his younger days, Levi Trentham scratched out a living trapping bears and selling hides. When outsiders started traveling to the Smokies, he made more money by skimming tourists. Then, native guides and storytellers were in demand. And the fast- talking mountaineer known also as “Uncle Levi” was a natural.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Jeff Farrell: Nothing new about dark themes in pop culture

For what seems like most of my life, I’ve been having variations of the same conversation: people complaining about violence, vulgarity and profanity portrayed in our culture, whether it’s on television, music or video games.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Carl Mays: Enjoy Valentine's Day, whatever you're celebrating

As is usual this time of year, I have been experiencing celebration, challenge and a test of endurance. All of us have been reminded through printed and electronic ads that St. Valentine’s Day is a time to purchase and give flowers, candy, jewelry, cards or some other tokens to the ones we love. Relatively speaking, this one date is pretty easy to remember and prepare for.