Mountain Life

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Dollywood's FireChaser Express roller coaster is fun for the whole family

Last summer, at a lively event in a Dollywood theater, Dolly Parton for the first time described the resort planned to open in 2015 at her thriving entertainment complex.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Upland Chronicles: Sanders Atchley guided Sevier County Bank for 38 years

In 1931, Sanders Atchley returned home following a family vacation to discover that he had been elected mayor of Sevierville by a write-in vote. Although Atchley had served as an alderman for six years, he had campaigned for the position.


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Sevierville teen Paul Trentham studies voice at prestigious Michigan arts camp

What does Sevier County High School student Paul Trentham have in common with singers Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Rufus Wainwright and Jessye Norman?


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

Carl Mays: You gotta love the good ole boys – and girls

So, in the continuing saga of my 932-mile auto trip from Gatlinburg to Flower Mound, Texas, after I survived the gale-force winds and torrential downpour in West Tennessee between Jackson and Memphis, I made my way into Arkansas, and to my second-day destination in Arkadelphia.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Upland Chronicles: Joe Sharp was dedicated to the preservation of Sevier County history

Age and overcrowding of the Sevier County courthouse became a hot issue in the 1960s, with some voicing a desire to tear it down and build a new, modern building. County Historian Joe Sharp spearheaded the effort to preserve the current structure and won by a narrow vote of 13-11.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Adriana Zoder: We have a lot going on this summer

So, it's almost summer. Sure it has been hot, but, if you want to get technical, it's not summer yet.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Kenneth Burns: I wish there were more good science fiction movies

I'm going to share something private. Normally I only talk about this with close friends and family members.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Carl Mays: “It was interesting, but I didn’t enjoy it.”

Quite a number of years ago, my friends Von Ogle and wife Margie sold their motel, and Margie said she wanted to get away for a long trip. My wife Jean ran into Margie at Gatlinburg’s Anna Porter Library, where Margie had been looking through some travel books. She told Jean she had decided on a trip to Spain.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

The Oak Ridge Boys bring their live show to Country Tonite

"When we first heard it, we thought it was a hit song," said Oak Ridge Boys bass singer Richard Sterban of "Elvira," the group's signature hit. "But I don't think we realized how big it was going to be."


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Upland Chronicles: Charlie Conner lived a colorful life

As a prelude to a centennial celebration planned for October, members of Pigeon Forge First Baptist Church have been collecting and sharing stories about ministers and laymen who have contributed to the growth of the church and community.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Jake Old: Combating the ongoing writer’s block

Last October, about a week or so before I moved to East Tennessee, I began writing a song that had a rare quality: I enjoyed it from the moment I first felt the inspiration.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Sevierville Middle School starts the summer with a cleanup effort

On Wednesday morning, Sevierville Middle School teachers and administrative staffers fanned out to pick up litter.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:29 PM

Carl Mays: The illegal drug problem is far from new

A few days ago I was telling The Mountain Press Community News Editor Kenneth Burns about some of my earlier columns in the 1970s and 1980s before my current series began in the late 1990s. (Yes, I’ll have to admit, I was a mere babe when I began.) One series was titled “Stories from the Smokies.”


May. 30, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

Upland Chronicles: Plane crash claimed life of Jim Yett

Photographer Jim Yett and pilot Jack Roberts boarded a two-person Cessna 150 at the Sevier-Gatlinburg Airport around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 1973. Yett, 30, a photographer for W.M. Cline Company, had hired Roberts, president of Smoky Mountain Aviation based at the airport, to transport him to the Cobbly Knob area near Highway 321. The purpose of the trip was for Yett to take aerial photographs of Cobbly Knob.


May. 29, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Adriana Zoder: A few thoughts on Memorial Day

The week before Memorial Day weekend, we received a letter from a company we do business with. It said that no matter how we spend Memorial Day weekend, we should take a moment to remember the fallen.


May. 29, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Carl Mays: Where there is cancer, there are survivors

Sunday, June 1, 2014, is National Cancer Survivors Day. A recent notice in The Mountain Press encouraged everyone to be aware of this important day, and to go beyond the awareness by encouraging survivors and showing appreciation to these warriors who have battled the dreaded disease. Those of us who know such survivors and have knowledge of what they have gone through and continue to go through can certainly understand why they deserve encouragement and a show of appreciation.


May. 23, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Riders in the Sky bring their Western sound to Dollywood festival

The heyday of singing cowboys ended decades ago, but you still can trace Western influences in contemporary country music.


May. 23, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Upland Chronicles: McMahan’s Store was a community gathering place

In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, McMahan’s Store on Pittman Center Road was a popular meeting place for residents of the Richardson’s Cove and Caton’s Chapel communities. Located across the road from Bird’s Creek, the business was owned by Cleo and Exa McMahan.


May. 24, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Kenneth Burns: Thanks for the inspiration, Coach Meyer

Don Meyer died of cancer last Sunday. One of college basketball’s most successful coaches, he notched 923 wins over the course of his long career. He was 69.


May. 22, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Carl Mays: “It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts”

Having served as master of ceremonies for the Gatlinburg Veterans Day program for many years, I have been interested in seeing the proliferation of TV commercials and programs for disabled, handicapped or paralyzed veterans recently. They have led to my paying attention to notes and articles regarding veterans as I have been sorting through files in a continuing process of eliminating some of the many items I have collected since my school days. (Just ask Jean about file cabinets, attics, storages and warehouses.)


May. 17, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

Upland Chronicles: Jimmie Temple loved Sevierville

The morning following the annual Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Banquet in 2008, chamber CEO Brenda McCroskey received a phone call from Jimmie Temple. After telling McCroskey how much he and his wife Marie enjoyed the festivities, Temple suggested a program about the history of Sevierville for the next banquet.


May. 17, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Adriana Zoder: Spend more time outside with your kids

When catkins cover our driveway and pollen layers turn every car yellow, spring has sprung, finally. It's time to bring out the higher SPF sunblock and the bug spray.


May. 17, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Jake Old: He's still my little brother

My younger brother, Alex, is graduating from high school next week, and I’ve already given him a hard time for being a little too sentimental about it, but the more I think about it, I’m starting to get emotional.


May. 15, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Carl Mays: God has blessed America – and me

I’m writing this column in Malvern, Ark., sitting in a guest room at a Holiday Inn Express, in which, according to all of those TV commercials, I should grow much smarter. I’m on the first leg of a car trip of 932 miles, give or take a few miles (according to the number of rest stops I have to make along the way).


May. 16, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition blends the traditional and the cutting-edge

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is steeped in tradition. It also is rooted in the here and now.