News

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Local medical providers ready Ebola response

Amid global concerns about the Ebola virus, officials from LeConte Medical Center said special protocols are in place should a patient with Ebola symptoms enter the hospital.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Amendment 1 is hot-button issue for Sevier County voters

As Tennesseans and Sevier Countians head to the ballot box — beginning with early voting on Wednesday — the discussion of Amendment 1 is ramping up statewide.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Getaway driver in 2010 robbery faces new charges

A Sevierville woman on probation for being the getaway driver in a bank robbery is facing new charges including theft of property and identity theft for activities policy say stretched back to soon after her she was placed in community corrections.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 09:05 PM

Gatlinburg comes alive with ghouls in October

As 6 p.m. approaches, a dozen actors — complete with bleeding wounds, bulging eyeballs other exaggerated features — prepare for the big rush.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 09:03 PM

Sevierville development deal on today’s agenda

 The Sevierville Industrial Development Board will consider the city’s request for it to negotiate a payment in lieu of taxes with a new developer when it meets Monday.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 09:01 PM

Pigeon Forge mulls police requests

 New purchases for the Pigeon Forge Police Department will be the main agenda items a meeting of the Pigeon Forge Commission Monday at 5:30 p.m.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

Sevier school board to amend safety plans at meeting

 The Sevier County School board will consider several policy revisions and new policies at its monthly meeting Monday.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

Beer license approved for Wears Valley restaurant

After months of debate over whether a meeting room at a neighboring campground was a church or a place of public gathering, the owner of Fat Boys Bar B Que in Wears Valley got a license Thursday to sell beer at the restaurant.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Margaritaville hotel opens to Island guests

It might be a little while before boat drinks are available at the bar, but guests were able to waste away in the Margaritaville Island Hotel opening Friday night at the Island in Pigeon Forge.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Ole Smoky Moonshine opens on the Island

The official grand opening ceremony isn't set to happen for a while, but Ole Smoky Moonshine was distilling whiskey and selling to customers at its newest location Friday at the Island in Pigeon Forge.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Fatal wrecks on Spur under investigation

Officials here are looking into ways to reduce possible hazards along a stretch of the Spur after the second fatal wreck there in a few days.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Early voting begins next week

Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election begins Oct. 15 and will continue through Oct. 30 at the Sevier County Election Commission office in Sevierville. Monday through Friday, early voting hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Saturday, the hours will be from 9 a.m. to noon.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Pigeon Forge officer who shot murder suspect back on duty

A police officer who fatally shot a murder suspect is back on active duty after District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn cleared him of wrongdoing in the case, finding that the suspect acted as though he was reaching for a weapon in a crowded fast food restaurant as officers approached.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Pigeon Forge's Burkhart serves on state teacher council

Just a week prior to Sevier County teachers sharing their education concerns with U.S. Rep. Phil Roe in a town hall-style meeting at Northview Academy, fellow teacher Heather Burkhart met with officials in Nashville to give voice to those concerns.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

No prison time in fatal Spur accident

Two years after he caused a wreck that took the life of a Pittman Center man, Nicholas Swaggerty learned he would not face prison time for the accident after the victim's family urged the judge not to incarcerate him.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Group still hopes to save historic church

Efforts are ongoing to save New Salem Baptist Church, the oldest brick building still standing in the city of Sevierville and a significant historic landmark in Sevier County's African-American community.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

High school fair celebrates Hispanic culture

Sevier County High School's Spanish National Honors Society hosted a Hispanic fair Monday afternoon at King Family Library, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

McCarter jailed for violating plea agreement

A former Realtor who was serving 10 years of probation for defrauding customers and friends is now in jail after failing to meet an unusual requirement in his plea agreement.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Construction begins on inclusive playground

Construction on the inclusive playground at Wear Farm City Park began last week, and city officials hope it will be ready for public use soon.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

National park visits increase over '13

This year, the national park has seen an increase in visitors compared to 2013. Park officials hope the trend will continue.


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

Car-mounted cameras read license plates in Pigeon Forge

 Some relatively new technology is allowing Pigeon Forge Police to do a better job of seeing who visits the popular tourist destination.


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

Safe Harbor moves to new location

Entering the tight quarters of an older home, it doesn’t take long to realize expansion or relocation is needed.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

Emergency farm loans made available

Due to the effects of frost and drought in Sevier County earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that emergency loans for farmers, ranchers and operators are available through the Washington County office of the Farm Service Agency.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

Gun and knife expo set for Sevierville

The Great Southern Gun and Knife show will take place this weekend at the Sevierville Convention Center, marking the first time a dedicated gun and knife show has been held at the center.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Distillery measure headed to BOMA

There was no public opposition Thursday to a measure that would allow retail distilleries along Highway 66, as well as wholesale distilleries in areas zoned for manufacturing.