An African black-footed penguin was born at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in January and is now on display. African penguins are an endangered species whose population is estimated to have been reduced from one million to about 55,000 since 1930, due to over-fishing and pollution.
In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds not to exceed $3.6 million, which is for the city's contribution to purchase the Arrowmont property.
The county’s newest industrial park could be named for Interstate 40, if County Commission accepts a recommendation from the Economic Development Council.
The Sevierville Police Department is hosting a 12-hour self-defense class for women every Tuesday in March at the Sevierville Civic Center, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Pigeon Forge High School senior Jessie Elizabeth Sharp has been awarded, and has accepted, a congressional appointment from Rep. Phil Roe to the United States Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen, Class of 2018.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen learned Monday that the city owes the Tennessee Department of Transportation $432,415.68 more than it originally paid for improvements to the water system completed as part of the Highway 66 improvements.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced Monday that construction of the recently approved Joint Curatorial Collections Facility for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expected to begin this summer, and the building should be finished in the fall of 2015.
Tyler Schaeffer still has to face vehicular homicide charges stemming from a 2012 collision with a church van, but after Monday he knows he’s looking at at least 100 years in prison for a string of robberies that included one in which he stole the same drugs he’d allegedly used before the wreck.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen appears set to hire a consulting agency to help it recruit new retail interests.
Children who have turned 5 before Aug. 15 of this year are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.
For most of the time since a 2012 assault in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the man charged this week with the crime had been held in an Alabama prison on unrelated charges.
The Southeastern Alpaca Association's 13th Annual Southern Select Alpaca Show is coming to the Sevierville Convention Center this weekend. It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and it is free and open to the public.
Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church has sold its former day care facility and is moving forward after the former pastor there allegedly took funds from the operation.
In just over three weeks, Gatlinburg's third distillery will open its doors to the public.
The third annual Firefighter’s Fit For Duty 5K and 10K race event at the Gatlinburg Fire Department is scheduled for Saturday, March 22. It is open to people of all ages, but the focus and theme are firefighters and cardiovascular health.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen plans to open a dining establishment and retail development at the Island in Pigeon Forge late this summer. The Paula Deen Country Kitchen will feature 20,000 square feet of restaurant space with 3,000 square feet of retail space. The projected design, construction and yearly operation budget is almost $20 million.
A woman convicted last year for trying to set her infant son on fire could be released on time served after Judge Rex Henry Ogle sentenced her to serve eight years in prison Tuesday.
Federal authorities here say they have made an arrest on an alleged sexual assault that happened in 2012 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The chairman of the Sevier County Democratic Party, who serves on the Sevier County Election Commission, said he believes no candidates from his party are running in upcoming county elections in part because they don’t trust the machines being used in the election.
Susan Sutphin keeps a photograph of her daughter Cristin in a small, light-brown frame at her desk in Boyds Creek Elementary, where she works as a secretary.
Sevierville police arrested a Pigeon Forge man this week for allegedly raping a woman Jan. 31.
For the better part of a year, Sevierville native Todd MacFaun was biding his time, waiting for his chance to go home.
What was meant to be an informational meeting about incorporating this community in northwest Sevier County disintegrated under loud opposition, to the point that organizers took questions from the crowd that, for the most part, they couldn’t or didn’t answer during the meeting.
Pigeon Forge set another record for tax receipts in 2013, Mayor David Wear said in his state of the city speech Thursday.
Sam Venable, humor columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, is the keynote speaker for the Rose Glen Literary Festival, which will be held at the Sevierville Convention Center on Saturday.