News

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Early voting starts Friday

Early voting for the Sevier County general election and the national and state primary election starts Friday and lasts through Aug. 2.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Church definition vexes beer board

The Sevier County Beer Board found itself in the middle of a legal and theological debate Thursday as board members grappled with the question of what makes a church.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Beer board: No retail sales at proposed distillery

If a local family builds a distillery in Wears Valley, it won’t be able to sell its product or other alcoholic beverages on site — at least, that was the decision of the Sevier County Beer Board.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Sevierville arrest nets pot, guns

Sheriffs’ deputies seized 14 jars of marijuana and a pair of guns after a 27-year-old Sevierville man attacked them when they responded to a call saying he had discharged a weapon during a domestic dispute.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Carr serving as new chief in Pittman Center

A little over 20 years ago, a young boy started kindergarten at Pittman Center School, where his mother would later retire as principal.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Sevier County's ad effort in Chicago yields results

Sevier County has successfully built brand awareness in Chicago with "Integrated Fly Smokies," an  advertising campaign promoting the Great Smoky Mountains region, according to Amanda Marr, marketing director for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

Fatal cabin fire cause still undetermined

Four months after a cabin fire claimed the lives of two tourists, investigators say they still haven’t determined what sparked the fatal conflagration.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

County planners decline rezoning request

The Sevier County Planning Commission turned down a request Tuesday to rezone property on Sugar Loaf Road from agricultural to commercial use after County Planning Director Jeff Ownby recommended against the change.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Sevier County beer board to consider distillery application

The county’s amended distance requirement for establishments that sell alcohol could face its first test, as the Sevier County Beer Board will consider an application from a proposed distillery that would be near a church in Wears Valley when it meets at 7 p.m. in the County Courthouse.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Rowena McFalls honored for Family Community Education Clubs service

Rowena McFalls was honored Wednesday at the Sevier County University of Tennessee Extension Office for her service in Family Community Education Clubs.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Gatlinburg approves amended budget

In a meeting Monday, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved an amended version of an ordinance amending the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget ordinance.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

School registration event set for next week

Sevier County Schools will host a special preregistration event for new incoming students July 16-17 from noon to 5 p.m. at all Sevier County Schools.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

State grant would help fund Sevierville tree inventory

The city could eventually have an inventory of all the trees growing on city-owned property and rights of way, if it gets a grant offered by the state.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Park trails begin to reopen

Several trails in the national park that were closed late last week due to bear activity are in the process of reopening, according to park spokesperson Dana Soehn.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Pigeon Forge's Burkhart a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Heather Burkhart received a nice gift on her summer vacation.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Work continues on 407 interchange and Highway 66

In one of the busiest times of the year for tourism in Sevier County, projects along Highway 66 are affecting the traffic flow along the routes into and out of town.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Four charged in Seymour spa bust

Customers will apparently no longer be able to enjoy the “magic touch” of staff at the Royal Spa on Chapman Highway after the Sevier County Sheriff’s office raided it and charged three women with promoting prostitution, and one alleged customer with patronizing prostitution.


Jul. 07, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

Patriot Festival a success

Friday's Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge was a success, according to Butch Helton, manager of the city's office of special events. City officials had anticipated a large turnout, particularly because of the main attraction, the country group Lonestar.


Jul. 07, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

Distillers withdraw planning requests

Local planning agendas have dried up. At one point, it appeared Sevierville and Sevier County planning commissions would be considering items regarding some proposed distilleries, but the owners have withdrawn their requests from both groups.


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Sevierville considers boulevard bridge study

 The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider paying for an update Monday to a hydraulic study for a bridge that would take Veterans Boulevard over the Little Pigeon River.


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 10:10 PM

State mulls applications for more area distilleries

The state is currently reviewing applications to build three distilleries in Sevier County, including one in Wears Valley and two belonging to Ole Smoky Distillery.


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 10:10 PM

Distillery on Sevierville panel’s plate

 A distillery that’s faced an uphill climb in getting zoning approval for a location on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge could be coming to Sevierville instead.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

National park trails close due to bear concentration

Two situations involving black bears in the national park have temporarily closed some areas on this Fouth of July weekend.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Weather looks good for holiday weekend

The Fourth of July holiday weekend should be sunny with temperatures a little bit cooler than normal, according to the National Weather Service.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Events, fireworks planned for July 4 in Sevier County

The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have many July 4 activities lined up, beginning in the morning and lasting until late in the evening.