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Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Man pleads guilty to 2012 national park assault

William E. Seevers, 48, the man arrested this February for the June 2012 attempted rape and murder of a woman in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated sexual abuse by force when he appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

Fire officials unable to locate child's remains

Sevier County and state officials said Monday they were unable to locate the remains of 5-year-old Tyveon Temple in the debris left from a cabin fire April 12.


Apr. 22, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

Death of inmate follows brother's death in Jefferson County jail

The inmate found hanging in a single-person cell of the Sevier County Jail last week was the sister of a man who died in the Jefferson County Jail the previous Saturday.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

SMARM program fights homelessness

 Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries assists thousands of people every year, giving them a boost when times are tough. But how do you make sure those who get assistance have the support they need to be successful?


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 12:10 AM

Local doctor John Hood returns to Boston Marathon

By the time he arrived home after participating in last year’s Boston Marathon, Dr. John Hood already knew he would make the return trip this year.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Smoky Mountain Thunder honors fallen troops

Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride started in 2001 as a way for locals to pay tribute to fallen soldiers. On May 25, the police-escorted, 60-mile motorcycle ride from Sevierville to Veteran's Overlook on Clinch Mountain will continue for the 14th year.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Sevierville may refinance $75M in bonds

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider refinancing $75 million in bonds issued as part of its Central Business Improvement District.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 09:38 PM

Inmate at Sevier County Jail dies

 An inmate was found hanging in her cell in the Sevier County Jail Thursday, the day after her arrest and also the day after her brother was laid to rest.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:13 PM

Civil War artifacts archived at library

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum were at the King Family Library Thursday to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit called “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Group with interest in Dumplin Creek cools on idea

Neyland Land Associates, the group that had expressed the most interest in acquiring the Dumplin Creek property, no longer believes the time is right to buy one of the county’s most visible commercial properties.


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Saturday fire victim died from blood loss

A preliminary autopsy report indicates a man who died after a cabin fire bled to death from wounds he apparently suffered when he broke out windows so his family members could escape the blaze.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Sen. Alexander touts bipartisanship in Sevierville visit

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Thursday that even if Republicans retake the Senate this year, it “is going to be very divided. It’ll take a bipartisan coalition to pass anything.”


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Pigeon Forge playground will serve special-needs kids

The Pigeon Forge Rotary Club hosted a dedication Wednesday to mark the start of construction for an all-inclusive playground in the Wear Farm City Park. It will include equipment designed specifically for physically and mentally disabled children.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Lenders purchase Dumplin Creek property

A corporation set up by lenders, including Sevier County Bank and other banks, is in possession of the Dumplin Creek property after a foreclosure auction at the Sevier County Courthouse Wednesday.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Three rescued from Gatlinburg condo fire

Firefighters rescued three people and preserved several units of at a set of condominiums atop a mountain here Wednesday morning.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

Lewd Rod Run behavior discussed at Pigeon Forge Commission meeting

What can the Pigeon Forge City Commissioners do to stop women from undressing on the Parkway during the weekend of Rod Run?


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

New fire codes didn't apply to cabin

When Sevier County and the state of Tennessee adopted building codes for the first time in 2009, the regulations included several new requirements for rental cabins like the one that burned down Saturday. Most of those regulations, however, didn’t apply to cabins that had already been built.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Plan still moving forward for junior high schools

At their monthly meeting Monday night, school board officials and Sevier County Schools Director Jack Parton discussed long-range plans to move to a junior high concept throughout the county in the coming years.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Firefighters work to control Gatlinburg condo blaze

The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge fire departments were fighting a blaze Wednesday morning at the Gatlinburg Summit Condominiums, 1260 Ski View Drive.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

After the fire, a grim task

Local and state personnel were working on the grim task Monday of combing through the debris from a cabin fire, searching for the remains of a 5-year-old who has been missing since the blaze.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Rod Run posts robust attendance in LeConte Center debut

The first Pigeon Forge Rod Run hosted at the LeConte Center was a success, according to event organizer Byron Cooper.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

Freeze watch in effect Tuesday night

The National Weather Service sent out a freeze watch in Sevier County for Tuesday night through mid-morning Wednesday. A hard freeze is forecast, meaning temperatures will go below freezing and could dip into the 20s, and will likely be accompanied by widespread frost.


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Cabin fire claims lives of two vacationers

A fire at a rental cabin early Saturday morning resulted in the apparent death of two vacationers visiting the area.
 
An older man, as yet still unidentified, perished after escaping the blaze, while a young child remained unaccounted for as state and local investigators combed through the ash, soot and charred debris that remained of the seven-bedroom rental cabin.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:24 AM

How much are local officials making?

As campaign signs crop up at every intersection across Sevier County and candidacy ads and announcements run in the pages of The Mountain Press, it’s easy to see, it’s election time.


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

Group seeks guidance on revitalization

Some local officials and business owners are hoping a state program will help with their efforts to revitalize downtown.