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Apr. 25, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

National park has large economic impact on surrounding areas

According to a new report from the National Park Service, the 10 million visitors to the national park last year spent more than $800 million in communities near the park, and that spending supported more than 12,000 local jobs in those communities.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Turnout light in early voting

Early voting has started for two of this year's three municipal elections, but so far officials say turnout has been light.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Paula Deen visits Pigeon Forge restaurant ahead of opening

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen welcomed its celebrity namesake Friday afternoon for a day of VIP events and sneak peaks of the restaurant, which officially opens next week on the Island at Pigeon Forge.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:38 PM

Gatlinburg approves Tunes and Tales funding

Tunes and Tales, the popular street entertainment featuring musical performers, storytellers and artisans, has received funding for its summer and winter programs this year.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Senior Expo sees big turnout

The Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center hosted the annual Senior Expo Friday. More than 400 attended, filling the parking lot.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Photo: Get ready to garden

Members of the Sevier County Area Master Gardeners Association prepare their booth for the 10th annual Flower and Garden Show at the Sevier County Fairgrounds Friday. The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with exhibitors selling all things garden, a children's activity area and more.

Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Stabbing alleged in domestic incident

A local man allegedly stabbed his estranged girlfriend and cut himself after an argument Wednesday in an incident that both survived.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:49 PM

Earth Day event hosts Gatlinburg students

The city's annual Earth Day Celebration took place Thursday at Mynatt Park, and for the first time, students from Pi Beta Phi Elementary School took field trips to participate in educational activities, games and crafts.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

Police identify home invasion suspect

Police believe they now know the identity of the man who robbed and attacked a local woman in her Burden Hill home Wednesday, and they're asking for the public's help in finding him.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

County water rates to rise

Sevier County Water is raising its rates to try to make sure the utility breaks even, as required by state law.


Apr. 23, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

Conference brings 9,000 people, road closure to Pigeon Forge

Jake Thomas Road will be closed from 4 p.m. today to 11 a.m. Sunday to accommodate bus parking for the Women of Joy Conference being held in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge this weekend.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Gatlinburg ratifies changes to city charter

In a meeting Tuesday, the Gatlinburg City Commission ratified and approved Chapter No. 0001 of the Private Acts of 2015, which made changes to the city charter.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

DARE expands beyond drug education

DARE classes have evolved over the years, from teaching students about the dangers of drugs to also including components on bullying, safe use of the Internet and other issues that weren't part of the program's original focus.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:33 PM

Teacher pay topic of budget discussions

Sevier County education officials hope to answer Gov. Bill Haslam's call to increase teacher pay statewide.


Apr. 22, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

Police seek help in home invasion case

Police are asking for help finding the suspect in a violent home invasion robbery that happened Wednesday afternoon on Burden Hill Road.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

Deen restaurant almost ready to open

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen is set to open at the Island in Pigeon Forge April 27, and only last-minute preparations remain. Members of media were given the opportunity to walk through the facility Tuesday afternoon.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:40 PM

Sevierville completes change to beer ordinance

With no vocal opposition, the Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the final reading of an ordinance to change the city's beer laws Monday night at the group's monthly meeting.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Regen movie casting is Saturday

An open casting audition for the "Rootin' 4 Regen" movie will be held Saturday, 2-6 p.m., at First Baptist Church.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Driver flees on foot after police chase

A short car chase that started when a driver fled police on Chapman Highway almost ended in disaster when he lost control of his car trying to turn onto Ingle Hollow Road. The car struck two parked vehicles, coming just short of an occupied house at the intersection.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 05:33 PM

Gatlinburg to consider Tunes and Tales funding

In a meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Gatlinburg City Commission will consider a request from the Convention and Visitors Bureau regarding funding for the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2015 program.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 05:03 PM

Safe Harbor event promotes child safety

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is hosting Fun & Safety Day Saturday at Sevierville City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of April being recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Farmers market planned for downtown Sevierville

Growers looking for an outlet for their crops this summer will have a new resource starting in June, as the Sevierville Commons Association launches a new farmers market downtown.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

Public hearing, final reading of beer ordinance Monday

 Residents will have the chance Monday to tell the Board of Mayor and Aldermen their opinion on proposed changes to the city's regulations for the sale of beer.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

Commission to consider water rate increases Monday

 At its regular meeting Monday, Sevier County Commission will consider staggered increases in the rates charged to customers of the county's water department.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

Jake Thomas Road extension is a key to Pigeon Forge's growth

 The Jake Thomas Road extension project, in which the road would be constructed to connect from its intersection at Teaster Lane to Veterans Boulevard, could be critical to Pigeon Forge further developing away from the Parkway, according to city officials.