News

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.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Food ministries provide Thanksgiving meals

Almost 2,300 local families got to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this week, thanks to the Sevier County Food Ministries.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 03:06 PM

Santa Fund drive off to a good start

The Santa Fund campaign is underway.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Teen missing after fire located

A 16-year-old girl missing after a fire at her home early Tuesday morning was located by police in Sevierville that evening.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

Outlet mall prepares for Black Friday

With Black Friday weekend fast approaching, preparations have been made in anticipation of large crowds at Tanger Outlets this holiday weekend, General Manager Angela Harness said.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Teen missing after Gatlinburg fire

Police were searching Tuesday for a 16-year-old girl missing after a fire destroyed her home in the early morning, saying they found no sign of her inside after the fire was extinguished.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Pigeon Forge approves traffic light agreement

In a meeting Monday, the Pigeon Forge City Commission approved the city's role in a plan to coordinate traffic lights with the city of Sevierville. Lights are to be coordinated from Interstate 40 through the Conner Heights Road intersection on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.


Nov. 25, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Dinner theater to be featured on reality show

Crew members from the television show "Tanked" were at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show last week constructing a large aquarium in the shape of a moonshine still.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Festival of Trees begins Tuesday

The Festival of Trees begins today and runs through Saturday. At the annual fundraising effort for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, dozens of lighted and decorated trees are shown off at Mills Conference Center.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Churches plan Thanksgiving Day meal

Two local churches are working together this year to make sure more people have a place to eat a Thanksgiving meal on the holiday.


Nov. 24, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Arrests Nov. 25, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed in this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:44 AM

Ober rail jam draws 70 athletes

 Ober Gatlinburg kicked off the resort’s 52nd winter season with its third-annual Back in Blue Rail Jam on Friday night.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:42 AM

PF to consider traffic light agreement

 In a meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider an inter-local agreement with Sevierville regarding the synchronization of traffic lights through both cities.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:41 AM

Donations to local Salvation Army, volunteers needed

 Every holiday season, we see them. Standing there beside the red kettle, ringing a bell to gain your attention, they often offer a friendly smile or a “Merry Christmas.” They’re the bell-ringers of The Salvation Army.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:40 AM

Ober readying for big winter

The weather may soon turn frightful, but for Ober Gatlinburg, that’s delightful.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:38 AM

Food ministry ramps up for Thanksgiving

This week, Sevier County Food Ministries will see the second-most demand for food the group receives all year.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Forge detective implicated in Gatlinburg gambling sting

As part of a plea agreement entered Friday, a former University of Tennessee police officer said he joined a Pigeon Forge police detective in running security and protection for what they believed was an illegal, high stakes poker game in Sevier County.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Police chief: Joyner's cases being reassigned

Pigeon Forge Police Detective David Joyner remains on suspension while facing a federal indictment for allegedly protecting an illegal, high-stakes poker game, and Chief Jack Baldwin said Joyner's cases have been or are being reassigned.


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Deceptive mailing isn't from state government

A misleading solicitation is being mailed out to businesses and corporations across the state, including ones in Sevier County.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Traffic light installed at Northview Academy

A new traffic light has been installed at Northview Academy on Highway 66, allowing for more easy passage onto the busy roadway from the county's newest school.


Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

Trees and bulbs planted in Veterans Boulevard median

Keep Sevier Beautiful, in conjunction with the cities of Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, is honoring veterans by planting 130 trees and 3,000 bulbs in the median of Veterans Boulevard, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Lowe's Foundation.