News

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 06:07 PM

'Diverging-diamond' interchange opens at I-40

Traffic at Sevier County's only Interstate exit has a whole new look, but the transition didn't come without some final hiccups.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Sevier County OKs 25-cent tax hike

Sevier County Commission overwhelmingly approved a new budget Monday featuring a 25-cent increase in the property tax rate that helps fund a raise for county employees, new teachers and materials for the school system,


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

Home a total loss after fire

A house fire Tuesday morning on Arch Rock Drive resulted in a total loss of the home, according to firefighter Michael Rhea of the Sevier County Fire Department.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Reconfigured I-40 interchange set to open

Sevier County’s only Interstate interchange was set to have a new look today, just in time for one of its busiest holiday weekends.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Training helps firefighters prevent infant death

The Pigeon Forge Fire Department recently completed training in a program called Direct On Scene Education, which is designed to help prevent infant deaths caused by unsafe sleeping environments in the home.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

Patriot fest to feature Diamond Rio

Country band Diamond Rio headlines Saturday’s Patriot Festival in Patriot Park. The celebration is set to feature a day of free entertainment, culminating with a firework display Saturday night.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:16 PM

Lorraine Hall Crowson


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

Photo: Small business

Morgan Maples, 9, wears her best please-stop-and-buy smile as she, Cheyanne Green and Morgan's brother Bryson sell stuffed animals and toys along the road. The trio were working to earn money for the ice cream truck, which was due by soon.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 12:58 PM

Water fees on agenda at special meeting

 The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a special-called meeting Monday to review a handful of items including changes to water fees and the city's insurance contracts.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 11:02 PM

While state was Confederate, Sevier was largely pro-Union

Sevier County, like much of East Tennessee, remained pro-Union while the rest of the state supported the Confederacy during the Civil War — and residents here paid a price, according to county historian Carroll McMahan.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

Travel researchers say minorities feel welcome here

 Multiple market research firms representing local cities have found that the tourism industry in Sevier County is just as welcoming for minorities as it is for Caucasians.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 10:59 PM

Area shops will continue to sell Confederate battle flag

While Friday’s Supreme Court decision knocked the controversy surrounding the Confederate battle flag from much of the nation’s consciousness, it’s still a hot topic in Sevier County.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 10:56 PM

First same-sex license issued in Sevier County

 In the 24 hours following the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling which struck down same-sex marriage bans in 13 states, only one same-sex couple sought a license from the Sevier County Clerk.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Sevier County will follow decision

Hours after the United States Supreme Court made same sex marriages legal throughout the United States, Sevier County Clerk Karen Cotter said her office was issuing licenses to all couples that came to her office.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

State agencies, officials comment on Supreme Court decision

Press releases from throughout the state poured in Friday afternoon in the hours following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tanco v. Haslam and Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down 13 states’ ban on same-sex marriage.

Here is a sampling of what state officials had to say on the decision some are calling the biggest since Roe v. Wade:


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 01:56 PM

Most local chapels will marry couples


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 01:54 PM

Regen movie begins filming

Filming began this week for “Rootin’ 4 Regen,” a movie made by faith-based movie production company JC Films that will tell the story of Regen Morris and the community’s efforts to support the Morris family.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 06:07 PM

'A really good companion'

The pit bulls taken from an illegal breeding operation in Sevier County last year have been rehabilitated and taken to new homes out of state, but the owners of two of the puppies found at the home say the dogs are affectionate and loving their new families.


Jun. 25, 2015 @ 06:02 PM

Sevierville man missing in N.C.

Authorities were searching Thursday for a Sevierivlle man who went missing during a family vacation North Carolina.


Jun. 24, 2015 @ 03:16 PM

Euthanized bear not involved in attack

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced Tuesday that DNA test results from a bear attack at backcountry campsite 84 confirm park officials euthanized a bear not involved with the attack.
 

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 03:11 PM

Pigeon Forge approves $47 million budget


Jun. 24, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Parent sues hotel over near-drowning of boy

A Kentucky woman is suing the owners of the local Holiday Inn, saying that a waterfall feature at the hotel’s pool contributed to the brain damages her child suffered suffered in a near-drowning after he slipped away from her husband while the man was playing video games.


Jun. 24, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

Cosby section of GSMNP closed after flash flood

A wildlife technician from the Great Smoky Mountainous National Park was the first to report seeing a five-foot wall of water coming down mountain streams that go through the Cosby and Greenbrier areas.


Jun. 24, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Kodak man dies in accident on 'The Dragon'

Charges could be pending against the second driver after an alleged drag race ended in the death of a Kodak man on the stretch of Highway 129 that’s become known as “The Dragon.”


Jun. 21, 2015 @ 03:18 AM

County workers realize surprise link from decades before

 Robert Rhea and Stephen Rayborn are old friends who went through basic training in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Ky., about 43 years ago.