News

Jul. 10, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

Grand jury returns dozens of indictments

The latest Sevier County grand jury returned indictments against two men who had already been charged in separate home invasion incidents.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

Panel declines to upgrade Taylor charge

A Sevier County grand jury apparently declined to upgrade charges this week against a man charged with trying to kill his estranged girlfriend.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

Sevier Heritage Museum showcases county's rich history

On its 20th anniversary, the Sevier County Heritage Museum opened its doors with a renewed vigor, thanks to the work of a team of young adults from Leadership Tomorrow.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Forge awaits bids on McGill Street connector

The city has put out a bid for construction of the McGill Street Connector project, and will continue to receive bids until 4 p.m. July 22.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Photo: A garden's lessons

Eddie LaFollette teaches his grandson Marley Mason, 9, how to prune vines in their garden in Fair Garden. LaFollette planted the garden about two years ago, with Marley's help, about two years ago to teach him about hard work, and even with a late freeze this year, they were able to sell to neighbors. The garden has blackberries, grapes, raspberries, kiwi and fruit trees. LaFollette added a new twist this year with three towers of bee hives, and Marley is looking forward to getting a bee suit to help.

Jul. 09, 2015 @ 07:22 PM

Thomasson named campaign chair for Sevier United Way.

Jana Thomasson, publisher of The Mountain Press, has been named 2016 campaign chairperson for United Way of Sevier County.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 06:21 PM

Schools respond to questions on Pi Phi suit

In the wake of news of a lawsuit alleging a Pi Beta Phi Elementary School student was sexually assaulted by a volunteer during a field trip, questions have been raised about school policies for volunteers, and how officials respond to such incidents.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Book introduces children to Great Smoky Mountains

Author Jeff Alt will be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 18-19 to sign copies of his new children's book, set to be published Aug. 11.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

Photos: Science!

Kyla Wright, 9, has a hair-raising experience using a static electricity generator during the summer reading program at the Kodak Public Library. Keith Trehy – "Mr. Bond the Science Guy" – informed and entertained the children and family with fun experiments.

Jul. 08, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

Sevier health department earns national award

An effort by the Sevier County Health Department to help decrease the number of babies born addicted to drugs has resulted in a prestigious national award for organization.


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Local man transported by Lifestar after accident

A 25-year-old Sevierville man was taken by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center Wednesday following a morning crash on Jones Cove Road.


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

Library to facilitate cat adoption

Anna Porter Public Library will soon offer patrons the opportunity to borrow kittens or cats for a weekend to decide whether to adopt them, thanks to a partnership with the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport.


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Gatlinburg approves capital improvements ordinance

The Gatlinburg Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution adopting a capital improvements program for the city during fiscal years 2016-2020.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Suit claims Sevier County deputy used excessive force

A local woman is suing the Sevier County Sheriffs' Office, saying she started suffering seizures and other neurological disorders, as well as additional injuries, after a deputy put her in a choke hold during a confrontation at her home last year.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Photo: School officer training

During the week-long training for school resource officers, Jennifer Naillon teaches a class about crisis management and understanding mental illness. Officers spent Monday at a local school practicing their active shooter skills; the rest of the week involves classroom instruction. Officers train every year during the summer break.

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:30 PM

BOMA OKs American Legion rezoning

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday to rezone property acquired by the American Legion for commercial use, paving the way for the organization to add more parking and a gazebo for outdoor events at their post on Main Street.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

LeConte Center manager to update hospitality group

Phil Campbell, manager of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, will update the hospitality community on the progress of the event center during the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association meeting.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

Photos: Hocus pocus

Magician Michael Messing performs for the summer reading program at the Pigeon Forge Library Tuesday, to the attendees' amusement. Messing purposely let the children see how he did some of his tricks – and then surprised them when they called him on it, and were wrong.

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Dollywood, Splash Country present donation to food ministries

Carol Agee, community affairs and philanthropy manager at Dollywood, and Mike Brown, general manager of Dollywood's Splash Country, presented a check for $80,525.20 to the Sevier County Food Ministries Monday morning on behalf of the two companies.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Charges possible in fatal Seymour accident

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating and charges may be pending after a fatal wreck early Sunday morning.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Man, 46, dies in Interstate accident

Police released additional information Monday on the fatal wreck that claimed the life of a New Jersey man Saturday and left a child injured.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

County seeks recommendations on courthouse space issues

Sevier County is taking the next step toward improving the management of space at the courthouse as it seeks an architectural firm to review the existing structure and present options.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

Telling story of Regen ‘a huge responsiblity’

Juggling bags of cheese and cans of enchilada sauce while working over a half-dozen pans of Mexican cuisine, Wendy Atchley gets word she’ll need to have her kitchen cleared in less than an hour. 

Most cooks, preparing rations for an invading army, would be knocked off their game — especially with a film crew taking aim at the kitchen.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Removal of sign won't change chapel's stance

Apparent attempts to take down signs with the words “no same sex marriages” in front of Little Mountain Baptist Church will not dissuade Rev. Ed Taylor, who works in the church’s marriage enrichment center, from his stance on the subject.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

Sevier animal group helps with evacuation

Local groups including Pets without Parents were rallying to help Thursday after a train derailment and evacuation in neighboring Blount County.