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.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:13 AM

PF may eliminate public hearing for personnel policies

In a meeting Monday afternoon at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider an ordinance to eliminate the requirement for a public hearing when amending the city’s personnel policies.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Pigeon Forge Rod Run opens at LeConte Center

The Pigeon Forge Rod Run began Friday at the LeConte Center, and attendees made positive remarks about the new venue.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

3-year-old in critical condition after nearly drowning

A 3-year-old was in critical condition Friday after nearly drowning Thursday evening in an indoor pool at a local resort.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Sevier cities ready Easter activities

With Easter coming soon, the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are beginning to host egg hunts and other Easter-themed events.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Officials discuss Frontier air service

In a county-wide hospitality meeting Thursday, hosted at the Music Road Convention Center by the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association in conjunction with the Sevier County Hospitality Alliance, representatives from McGee Tyson Airport spoke about the direct, low-fare flight to Chicago from Frontier Airlines that is coming to the airport June 15.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The city of Gatlinburg recognized several employees at their Monday meeting this week for outstanding work.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Sevier County settles inmate's lawsuits

The county has settled federal and local lawsuits filed by the family of a Sevier County Jail inmate who was left paralyzed after an assault in his cell.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Planning commission OK's Maryville Highway lot rezoning

Neighbors remained opposed to a property owner’s request to rezone a lot on Maryville Highway for commercial use, even after he dropped a request to have part of it zoned for higher commercial use.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Gatlinburg recognizes outstanding employees

In a meeting Monday evening, the Gatlinburg City Commission recognized outstanding city employees and units for exceeding expecations in the normal line of work in the first quarter of 2014.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Gatlinburg crosswalks called unsafe

At a city commission meeting Monday evening, residents and business owners voiced their concerns about a crosswalk on the Parkway downtown.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Work continues on Jake Thomas extension

Work on the Jake Thomas Road extension is progressing as anticipated, according to Assistant City Manager Eric Brackins. The extension was originally designed to accommodate the planned Cal Ripken Experience, but under revised plans, the extension is to continue to Veterans Boulevard.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Deadline extended for Dolly-themed singing contest

The entry deadline for the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition has been extended to April 16. In the competition, which honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton, contestants sing a personalized rendition of one of Parton's original tunes.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

BOMA approves road name change

It took a few years, but one city road sign will now match the address that residents and the U.S. Postal Service already recognized.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Fire damages Sevierville apartments

Renters from three apartments were looking for a new home after a fire damaged their home early Monday morning.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Officers arrest man after chase through Cades Cove

A Pigeon Forge man who was allegedly driving under the influence led park rangers on a vehicular chase through the popular Cades Cove Loop Road Sunday afternoon after a ranger noticed him driving without a seat belt through the area.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

With friends, Herbert Clabo celebrates 103 years

Retired Citizens of the Smokies held a celebration for Herbert Clabo, a member who turned 103 on April 2, at the Gatlinburg Community Center Monday afternoon. Clabo grew up in what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Temple ending 6 decades of public service

 County Commissioner Jimmie Temple is not running for his seat in the county for the first time since 1966.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Rod Run moves to LeConte Center

After spending 31 years at the Grand Hotel and Convention Center, the Pigeon Forge Rod Run is moving to the LeConte Convention Center next weekend on April 11-12. Like previous years, the show will feature show cars, awards and door prizes, including an $8,000 cash giveaway.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Ministry offers G.E.D. tutoring, computer classes

The Helping Others Prepare through Education ministry, or HOPE, plans to begin offering tutoring for G.E.D. testing, as well as basic computer classes.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Applications taken for math and science camp

Walters State's summer math and science camp for current seventh and eighth graders is taking applications. It comes to the Sevierville campus July 21-25.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Work begins on 'diamond' interchange at I-40, Highway 66

Modifications to the Exit 407 interchange are supposed to make the county’s only Interstate junction more efficient. In the meantime, though, the work will likely add to weekend backups as it shifts traffic into new configurations during construction.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Pigeon Forge Boys & Girls Club building nears reality

The proposed new Boys & Girls Club building in Pigeon Forge could start construction by the end of the year or early next year, according to Jim Arwood, chairman of the building committee for the club. Currently the Boys & Girls Club meets at the back of the City Hall complex. The new building site is to be behind the Pigeon Forge community center.