News

May. 24, 2015 @ 01:33 PM

Breeden family steps back in time to cultivate a future

 For Shawn and Kathy Breeden, it’s hard to imagine a life any different. Sitting at their dining room table over a spread loaded with a smorgasbord of home-grown vegetables and glasses of fresh milk provided almost exclusively from their microfarm, the couple — married for 21 years and the parents of four children — explained how their lives have changed in the past few years.


May. 23, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Home gardens gain popularity this year

Since the Great Recession of the last decade, home gardening has exploded.


May. 23, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

Local farmers markets starting

 As the weather begins to warm, an almost subconscious human desire for fresh fruits and vegetables begins to surface.


May. 23, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

School expenses may prompt tax increase

An unfunded federal mandate and continued growth were among the two major reasons Sevier County school officials cited in saying they need additional county revenues to cover their expenses — enough, they said, to mean a 13-cent increase in the county’s property tax rate without changes in the proposed budget.


May. 22, 2015 @ 05:41 PM

Suspect in March chase arrested

Authorities have apprehended the Sevierville man who escaped on foot in March after a brief high-speed chase on Chapman Highway that ended when he crashed into parked cars in a driveway.


May. 22, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

No explosives found at Bass Pro Shops

Sevierville Police didn't find any explosives in the Bass Pro Shops Outoor World building Thursday, but they'd like to have a talk with the person who called in a bomb threat to the store.


May. 22, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

LeConte Center hosts first basketball tournament

A 96-team youth basketball tournament will take place this weekend in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. It is the first basketball tournament hosted by the facility.


May. 21, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

Grand jury returns dozens of indictments

A Kodak man allegedly caught peeping into a home, and trying to break in to the dwelling while a woman was inside, could be heading to trial after a grand jury returned an indictment on those charges last week.


May. 21, 2015 @ 06:02 PM

Official: Increased bear activity is normal

A recent increase in bear sightings and activity are consistent with what Tennessee Wildlife and Resource Agency officials expect this time of year, according to Matthew Cameron, TWRA's Region 4 information and education coordinator.


May. 21, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Kodak Bass Pro evacuated after bomb threat

The Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store was evacuated Thursday evening after an unknown person made a bomb threat on the facility.


May. 20, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

49th Academic Field Day recognizes scholarly pursuits

The crowd of middle schoolers at Pi Beta Phi School erupted with jubilation as their classmates on the gymnasium floor earned medals Wednesday afternoon.


May. 20, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

Prescribed drugs possible factor in TKA employee's DUI arrest

Officials at The Kings Academy say a longtime employee wasn't drunk but might have been feeling the effects of prescribed anti-anxiety and blood pressure medication when she was arrested last week for DUI while driving a school van she had just used to transport students to a school event.


May. 20, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

Dual-enrollment high school students complete college degrees

Dual-enrollment Sevier County students can earn college credits while they're still in high school.


May. 20, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Globetrotters camp coming to Rocky Top

The Harlem Globetrotters will host basketball camps at Rocky Top Sports World this summer. The camps are for boys and girls ages 6-14.


May. 19, 2015 @ 09:24 PM

Hays wins Gatlinburg commission race

The Gatlinburg City Commission will look the same for the next two years, as incumbent Jerry Hays defeated George Hawkins in the only contested race in Tuesday's municipal election.


May. 19, 2015 @ 09:21 PM

Sevierville aldermen say no to tax increase

Sevierville aldermen approved an increase in garbage collection fees, but denied a proposed tax increase Monday night during the first reading of the city's 2015-2016 budget.


May. 19, 2015 @ 05:49 PM

Gatlinburg sued over trolley incident

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, two Arkansas couples who suffer disabilities are seeking almost $3 million from the city. They claim they were injured last year when they fell on a steep hill at the Visitors Center, after a trolley driver failed to let them out near the handicapped parking spaces where they had left their car.


May. 19, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Photo: Fair judging

Judge Ron Nagell works his section of the 30th annual Social Studies Fair at Sevierville Middle School Tuesday. The fair is seventh and eighth graders' last required project for the school year.

May. 19, 2015 @ 05:38 PM

Aggressive bear euthanized in national park

An aggressive black bear was captured and euthanized Tuesday following the announcement that the park would close the Mount Le Conte Backcountry Shelter, and trails to the popular Cliff Tops area, due to aggressive bear activity.


May. 19, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Sheriff: New courts building best solution to security concerns

The idea of constructing a new building for the county's court system advanced Monday from one committee to another.


May. 19, 2015 @ 04:35 PM

Jack C. Perryman


May. 19, 2015 @ 12:28 AM

Gatlinburg votes today

The Gatlinburg City Commission election is today. Voters may cast their ballots at the American Legion building on East Parkway or at the Sevier County Election Commission office on Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville.


May. 18, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

Deputies believed OK after fire incident

Two Sevier County Sheriff's deputies were being evaluated Monday after running into a smoky building to check on the occupants during a fire.


May. 18, 2015 @ 05:40 PM

Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride set for Sunday

Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride, an event in which motorcyclists gather to honor fallen military members by riding 65 miles to Clinch Mountain in Grainger County, will take place Sunday.


May. 18, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Suspect in Sevierville robbery arrested

Local and Knox County authorities have arrested a former Lee's Food Mart employee believed to be behind a strong-arm robbery at the store.