Mountain Life

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

Adriana Zoder: Walking ponies a lot like raising children

Last year we took our children to the Sevier County Fair, so this year we decided to try the TVA Fair in Knoxville just to see the difference.


Sep. 20, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

Sevier County High School students will sing with Foreigner at Smokies Stadium

This week, the Sevier County High School Concert Choir rehearsed for a very big gig. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the choir will join Foreigner at Smokies Stadium to sing “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the rock group’s smash 1984 power ballad. Thousands are expected to attend.


Sep. 19, 2013 @ 11:49 PM

Carl Mays: 'My mind is made up; don’t confuse me with facts'

Through the years as I have spoken to various groups, there have been people who have hung around following my talks or seminars. Rather than sharing a quick “thank you” or “good talk” or “enjoyed it” or some other much-appreciated response and handshake, these people have stayed to ask questions, make comments or share stories and examples.


Sep. 14, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Fresh off "American Idol," aspiring star Janelle Arthur returns to Dollywood

Janelle Arthur played a very young Dolly Parton in the Dollywood show “Paradise Road,” which ran from 1998 to 2001.


Sep. 14, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Upland Chronicles: King’s Academy has deep roots in Sevier County

As early as the 1840s, there was a small one-room school in operation on the farm of John S. McCroskey in the community that is now Seymour. This was known as McCroskey School House and often called Owl College.


Sep. 09, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

Arrowmont's "All Things Considered VII" exhibition features baskets from artists nationwide

You might think you know what a basket looks like. Jo Stealey’s “Saturnalia” might persuade you otherwise.


Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Adriana Zoder: 6 tips to make Dollywood easier on yourself, family

When I signed off in the last column, I promised glowing reports from Dollywood and the Titanic. Well, we have not made it to the Titanic yet, but we did make it to Dollywood. All of us had been there before except for my sister. She really enjoyed it. In fact, everybody did.


Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Kenneth Burns: Letterman marks second decade at the ‘Late Show’

I’ll never forget the Monkey Cam. Or Network Time Killers. Or “They pelted us with rocks and garbage!”


Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Upland Chronicles: Cotton Berrier, PGA Hall of Famer, helped build golf in Sevier County

Golf, an ancient game invented by sheepherders on the moors and glens of Scotland some five hundred years ago, came to Sevier County in July 1955 when Gatlinburg Golf Course opened its doors for play.


Sep. 05, 2013 @ 11:57 PM

Carl Mays: Love the job you’re with

Vicki Jenkins, co-owner of Gatlinburg’s “Beneath The Smoke” shop with husband/noted photographer Ken Jenkins, came to mind as I sat down to write this column.


Aug. 31, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Upland Chronicles: Buckhorn Inn marks 75th anniversary

Walter Bebb, a practicing physician in Downer’s Grove, Illinois and his wife, Edith had a great love for plants. This interest led them on botany field trip to the Smoky Mountains several years before the national park was established. They loved the plant diversity and the people of the area so much that they wanted to retire in the beautiful mountains, at an age when they could both enjoy them together.


Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

Ken Jenkins to speak on photography’s ‘great satisfaction’

According to Ken Jenkins, photographers ought to look beyond winning awards and landing their work in magazines.


Aug. 29, 2013 @ 11:18 PM

Carl Mays: One’s attitude or perspective is very significant

I was entering the Gatlinburg post office earlier this month when I saw not too far behind me a woman plodding toward the door in the humid 90-degree weather. I opened the door and stepped aside for her to enter the air-conditioned building. With an exasperated look she said, “Where’s the snow? I’m ready for the snow!”


Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

Upland Chronicles: Eight people perished in 1938 flash flood

On the night of Aug. 4, 1938, a disastrous cloudburst struck the mountains of Sevier County. A result of the torrential downpour was a swift, thunderous flash flood. It struck with such intensity that many people barely managed to escape with their lives.


Aug. 25, 2013 @ 08:39 AM

Kenneth Burns: A message for golf fans: Pipe down

I’m surprised Jim Furyk didn’t melt the camera.


Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

Zoder: Family's in town, and it's time to hit the attractions

As you may remember, my sister and her family are visiting with us for the summer from Romania. Only two more weeks until their departure, so we started hitting the attractions hard, to get them all knocked out.


Aug. 22, 2013 @ 11:42 PM

Carl Mays: Ask good questions and listen to the answers

Have you spent many hours on the phone with a service company in an attempt to resolve a problem? I’m talking about companies like Internet providers, cable systems, telephone groups, insurance companies, etc.


Aug. 17, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Upland Chronicles: Mike Miner was ardent follower of Civil War history

Jan. 27, 2014 will be the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fair Garden, the largest skirmish fought on Sevier County soil during the Civil War.


Aug. 15, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Carl Mays: Home runs spotlighted, but singles can lead to victories, too

Have you ever noticed when brief television baseball highlights are shown, how often homeruns are in the featured video blurbs? Homeruns are exciting and exhilarating. But singles can lead to some huge victories. This came to mind when a service company CEO told me about an upcoming presentation he had to make to rather hostile board members of a client.


Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

Tunesmiths gather for Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

The idea came to Cyndy Montgomery Reeves in Key West.


Aug. 10, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Adriana Zoder: Summer winding down and we have not eaten yet

So many people start talking about fall when Aug. 1 rolls around, I feel very confused. Don't we have another month of summer ahead of us?


Aug. 10, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Upland Chronicles: Writer tells of father’s World War II service

During World War II, almost 3,000 men and women from Sevier County went into harm’s way. Close to 100 of them paid the ultimate price. Leonard Huskey was one of the lucky ones, able to return home unscarred, except for the dark memories of war.


Aug. 08, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Carl Mays: Being able to communicate well is a wonderful thing

Jean and I have our routines at home. While she likes to surf television with her morning coffee, I enjoy checking out my e-mails and Internet home page news links.


Aug. 03, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Jeff Farrell: Getting official response for story becoming harder

“Transparency” is a word we seem to hear an awful lot.


Aug. 03, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Upland Chronicles: Annual conference of governors once held in Gatlinburg

In 1951, one of the most spectacular events in Gatlinburg’s history unfolded. The 43rd annual Governors’ Conference was held there from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. Governors from all 48 states attended along with territorial governors representing Alaska and Hawaii.