News

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 03:48 PM

Highlanders celebrate 50 years in September

 The fall of 1963 was full of excitement, anticipation and apprehension for high school students from both Pi Beta Phi School in Gatlinburg and Pittman Center School a few miles down the road.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

City will use new $100,000 Winterfest lights at Old Mill, Jake Thomas

 The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism is making upgrades to some of the Winterfest lighting displays in preparation of the 25th anniversary of the annual Sevier County winter tradition.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

Search ongoing for new park superintendent

 The process of searching for a new superintendent in the national park is still ongoing, park spokesperson Dana Soehn said. Acting superintendent Cindy MacLeod, who is the superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, took over in the role on June 1 and will serve her last day on Sept. 12.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Sevier County officials sworn in

The county's newest set of officials have now taken their oaths, although they don't officially take over their offices until midnight Monday.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Promising start for Rocky Top Sports World

Rocky Top Sports World has been successful in its first few weeks, Marketing Manager Lori Moore said, and has even exceeded expectations.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

National park tunnel repairs begin Sept. 2

National park officials have announced that upcoming tunnel repair work inside the Morton Mountain Tunnel, 12 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road, from Sept. 2-27 will cause a full-time, single-lane closure in a quarter-mile stretch of road for the duration of the project.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Seymour High grad is new Chattanooga DA

When Neal Pinkston was graduating Seymour High School, he didn't yet see himself where he is today — about to take over as district attorney general for Hamilton County.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Sevier County Fair opens Monday

On Monday, the Sevier County Fair will open with some new attractions and events, to go along with a revamped and refreshed attitude.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

County officials to be sworn in Friday

The newest group of county commissioners and other elected officials will take their oath of office at 10 a.m. Friday in the Sevier County Courthouse.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Proposed Forge restaurant plan withdrawn

In a meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission considered the site plan of a prospective Parkway restaurant that would include a brewery, winery and distillery, before it was eventually pulled from consideration by Brent Collier, the owner of the property.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Pigeon Forge planners again debate Parkway distilleries

City Attorney Jim Gass and Community Development Director David Taylor sat on one side of the room, Brent Collier and several attorneys representing his interests on the other, all arguing over a persistent Pigeon Forge issue: should there be distilleries on the Parkway?


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Students arrested Friday may face expulsion

In addition to being charged on a variety of counts by the sheriff's department, the Sevier County students involved a scenario that resulted in a school lockdown last week likely face discipline from the school system.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Parkway stoplights to be synchronized

Local governments and agencies scored more than $700,000 in grants for projects to help improve air quality in Sevier County, but the one that might cause the deepest sigh of relief could also improve traffic flow in the Parkway.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Huffaker intersection work set to end Sept. 26

Residents waiting for the intersection of Huffaker Road and the Parkway to reopen will have to wait until at least the end of next month.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Pigeon Forge approves $26M Ripken construction bond

In a meeting Monday, the Pigeon Forge City Commission approved a resolution authorizing the issuing of general obligation bonds not to exceed $26 million, which will pay for construction and pre-opening services for the Ripken Experience youth baseball facility.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Massive new gun store open in Sevierville

The bull market for firearms in Sevier County is still going strong.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Judge rules against former Pigeon Forge detective

A federal judge dealt a fatal blow to a former Pigeon Forge police detective’s wrongful arrest claim against his old colleagues, issuing a summary judgement that effectively ended the complaint.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Pigeon Forge planners to revisit distillery issue

In a meeting Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission will consider a proposed municipal ordinance to restrict distilleries from locating on the Parkway.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Where will visitors park?

 City officials are excited at the prospect of LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge hosting an event that will attract as many as 40,000 people during a slow tourism week at the end of September, but parking for such an event could be an issue.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Pigeon Forge considers $26 million bond for Ripken park

 In a meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider two resolutions regarding a $26 million bond to cover various costs in the construction of the Ripken Experience youth baseball facility.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Police find gun that led to lockdown

 Sevier County investigators tracked down the last of five stolen guns late Friday, eliminating concerns that the gun was hidden somewhere on the campus of Sevier County High School.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Convention to be LeConte’s largest event

 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will host its largest event to date when National Quartet Convention 2014, the world’s largest annual gospel music event, comes to town on Sept. 21-27.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Teachers, prinicpal say educating English Language Learner students is a rewarding experience

 When Harriet Berrier first became the principal of Sevierville Primary School 15 years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of diversity in the school.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Fire damages industrial facility

A machine fire at an industrial facility just outside the city caused minor damage to the interior Thursday night, but the manager said Friday that no one was hurt and the business was operating again that same night.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Sevier County High School locked down as gun sought

Sevier County High School was on lockdown Friday while Sevier County sheriff's deputies searched for a gun stolen from a Kodak gun range earlier in the week. No weapon had been found by the time students were dismissed and allowed to leave, but Sheriff Ron Seals said they were returning to search again later.