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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

TVA campground evacuated amid fire

Alberta Trentham was looking out from from her camper at a TVA campground near Douglas Dam Wednesday when lightning struck a pipeline carrying liquid oxygen into the waters, causing a dangerous fire. It led to an evacuation that lasted several hours.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Tony Proffitt, 71, was long-serving county commissioner

Former County Commissioner Tony Proffitt died Wednesday, just days after completing his last term. He was 71.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Vietnam parade set for Saturday morning

The Second Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Parade in Pigeon Forge on Saturday is the centerpiece in a group of veteran-themed events in the city this weekend.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

State reports gaps for some Sevier students

The Tennessee Department of Education released its annual school accountability lists earlier this week, naming the state's highest- and lowest-performing schools.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:43 PM

Hunger is a national – and local – problem

According to a study released Monday by the nonprofit group Feeding America, about one in seven Americans relies on food initiatives such as food banks.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

Gatlinburg finalizes 2014-2015 budget

In a meeting Tuesday, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved the third and final reading of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. The anticipated total revenue to be appropriated to various city departments is $51,461,544.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

Wear named VP of operations at Island

Last week, Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear said he accepted the position of vice president of operations at the Island in Pigeon Forge, and earlier this week, Island developers officially announced that Wear would take on the job.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

In Sevierville speech, Sen. Corker decries D.C. gridlock

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker told a Sevier County audience Wednesday he believes leaders at the national level need to get behind a cohesive vision for where they want the nation to go.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Debord pleads guilty to misconduct, theft

A former Sevier County parole officer will spend eight years on probation and must pay almost $8,000 in restitution after acknowledging that he pocketed money from probationers that was supposed to go to his office.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

County has new veterans officer

Given the area's large population of veterans, the position of Sevier County Veterans Service Officer is an important one to many in the community.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

BOMA denies zoning request for speedboat operation

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen rejected a request Monday from Wilderness at the Smokies to rezone property along the French Broad River, after a number of neighboring property owners said they opposed the business's plan to have a speedboat operation on the river.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

County salutes outgoing officials

With new commissioners set to take office later this month, the Sevier County Commission's regular monthly meeting Monday was more a meeting of farewells than of resolutions and debates on county issues.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Enrollment in county schools up slightly

Sevier County Schools' recently flat growth trend is continuing, based on last week's enrollment numbers for the first day of school.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Paul Whaley retires as veterans' services officer

Paul Whaley helped hundreds of veterans from throughout Sevier County through the arduous process of seeking benefits they'd earned through their service.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Segway rental a unique new opportunity in Pigeon Forge

Residents and visitors have no doubt noticed something different on the sidewalks in Pigeon Forge over the past few weeks.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:38 PM

County Commission plans to honor many at its meeting set for Monday

 Sevier County Veterans Services Officer Paul Whaley is getting ready to step down after 12 years on the job, and the county will honor him Monday afternoon before its regular meeting in the evening.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:37 PM

Ministry provides service for families dealing with dark time

 Sometime in late spring, Jennifer Jones started making small gowns as a side project with her husband.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:36 PM

Jet boat attraction on BOMA agenda

 The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider Monday whether to take the first step toward rezoning a piece of property on the French Broad River to accommodate a planned jet boat attraction running from Douglas Dam to Seven Island.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

Teacher comes full circle in New Center classroom

It is not uncommon to see a Sevier County teacher who works at a school he attended growing up.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

School arts programs healthy, SCHS teacher says

School systems around the country have slashed arts programs in recent years, but local programs are healthy, according to Sevier County High School Choral Director Nathan Rhea.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Beer board debates distance requirement

The debate over whether a Wears Valley restaurant can serve beer moved Thursday from whether a nearby structure qualifies as a church because it’s used for religious services, and veered into whether the same facility is a place of public gathering because of additional public meetings that take place there.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Pittman Center among system's fastest-growing schools

Friday was a busy but smooth first day at Pittman Center School, which has been one of the county’s fastest growing in recent years.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Kiwanis provides supplies for Jones Cove students

Some years ago, the Sevierville Kiwanis Club focused on Jones Cove Elementary School.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Man charged with forgery

Alert personnel at a local bank helped police catch a man who allegedly tried to forge a check by adding an extra digit to the total.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Walters State launches surgical tech program

Walters State Community College's new surgical technology program began Thursday morning, as students went through orientation. Students in the program work toward a two-year associate's degree in applied science.