News

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Forge to consider grocery development plan

In a meeting Tuesday at 3 p.m., the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission will consider a preliminary commercial planned unit development plan for a grocery store and shops near the southwest intersection of Parkway and Wears Valley Road.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

Lucilla (Luci) Houst


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Sevier County school board has light agenda for Monday

 The Sevier County Board of Education will meet for the final time in 2014 Monday afternoon at the group’s office downtown.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Santa Fund eclipses $10K with huge gift

The Santa Fund got a sizeable boost Friday afternoon, when David Fee, co-owner of Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment, stopped by The Mountain Press offices on a motorized replica of Santa’s sleigh.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

History, nostalgia helps Wilson Glyn tree farm

 Wilson Glyn is Sevier County’s only Christmas tree farm.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

WWII veteran honored by Phil Roe

Francis Ostergren, believed to be among the oldest surviving female veterans of the World War II era in the state, was honored by Rep. Phil Roe at the Mountain Brook Village assisted living facility Friday afternoon for her service.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:41 PM

Teacher's bittersweet essay wins cruise competition

Mary Jones, a first grade teacher at Catlettsburg Elementary School, has reason to celebrate. An essay she submitted to Princess Cruise Lines won a competition.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Pigeon Forge commercial nominated for Emmy Award

A Pigeon Forge tourism commercial has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Nashville/Midsouth Region. The commercial was produced by Bohan Advertising, the company that has marketed the city for 25 years.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Theater group develops young actors

Celebrity Youth Theatre, which casts local children in theatrical productions, got started when co-owners Christina and Sonny Adams recognized a need.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Contractor blamed as collapse suit proceeds

With Gatlinburg eliminated as a defendant in litigation over a deadly wall collapse at its wastewater treatment plant, the focus is now on allegations about unapproved shortcuts taken by the contractor.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Pigeon Forge hosts anime convention

This weekend Yama-Con, a convention for fans of anime and Japanese culture, will for the first time be held in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. The event runs Friday through Sunday.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Cassius Cash named Smokies national park superintendent

The search is over. After three interim caretakers, the yearlong quest for a replacement for the retired superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ended Thursday, as the National Park Service announced Cassius Cash will be the 16th person to hold the prestigious position.


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Sponsors still needed for Sevier Teen Christmas

The Sevier County Family Resource Center's Teen Christmas is still in need of sponsors for dozens of teens.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

Modeling a response

A box of finely ground walnut shells, a Mac Mini and a projector might not sound like sophisticated firefighting tools, but that's the hardware for a system that local firefighters think will be a major tool in planning their response to brush fires.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Park officials consider banning untreated firewood

If a proposed ban goes into effect, visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be allowed to bring in only heat-treated firewood.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

BOMA approves digital billboard moratorium

Billboard owners looking to convert to digital technology here will have to wait to do so until at least March 31.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Ruth Juanita Dodson Carder


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Pigeon Forge teacher dies in Georgia wreck

Students and staff at Pigeon Forge Primary School are mourning the loss of a faculty member after first-grade teacher Janel Buice reportedly died in a wreck in Georgia over the holiday weekend.


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Settlement reached in Gatlinburg basin collapse

The city of Gatlinburg has reached a settlement with the families of the two men who died in 2011 when a basin holding thousands of gallons of water collapsed atop them.


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

Seymour fire department gets improved ISO rating

The Volunteer Fire Department of Seymour has achieved an improved Insurance Service Office rating of 5.


Nov. 29, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

The candy man calls it a career

For over half a century, Harold Wright has been a fixture at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen.

Multiple generations of tourists have seen Wright, 75, operating and maintaining the machinery to craft the business's famous taffy in downtown Gatlinburg.


Nov. 29, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Sevierville may limit digital billboards

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider a moratorium Monday on new digital billboards inside the city.

The city's only digital bill board currently sits at the intersection of Gists Creek Road and Highway 66 and was built by Wilderness Resorts, located nearby on Old Knoxville Highway.


Nov. 30, 2014 @ 09:38 PM

Pigeon Forge eagle soars at NFL stadium

Challenger, a non-releasable bald eagle that lives in Pigeon Forge, had quite a week to end November.

The 25-year-old bird, cared for by the American Eagle Foundation, met a former United States President and first lady, soared through a packed NFL stadium and became something of an Internet sensation in the process.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

Scout troop raises funds through annual sale

The Boy Scouts of Troop 119 were waiting to help customers bright and early Friday at their fresh Christmas tree lot adjacent to the Sevier County Rescue Squad.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Sevierville Primary celebrates new arboretum

Students at Sevierville Primary School gathered outside Tuesday for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school's new arboretum. It was established in conjunction with the environmental Keep Sevier Beautiful, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the UPS Foundation.