Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:40 PM

Library pay lawsuit settled

A former library assistant in the county library system will get $8,435.36, and his attorney will get $23,564.64, in the settlement of a lawsuit claiming the county violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to properly pay for overtime.

Apr. 02, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Talent show planners hope for county-wide showcase

What started out as a simple idea among friends has grown into an event whose organizers hope to inspire a yearly showcase of the artistic talents of Sevier County's high school students.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:40 PM

Judge dismisses camping fee suit

In dismissing a lawsuit looking to block enforcement of a back country fee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a federal judge said park officials acknowledged widespread opposition to the move but adhered to the law when they moved ahead with implementing the fee in spite of the opposition.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Burger chain to go before planning commission

While the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is considering new regulations for establishments that sell craft beer, the planning commission is set to consider a site plan today for a burger restaurant that specializes in craft brews and grass-fed beef.

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:31 PM

Firefighters to face off at May conference

The 17th Annual Smoky Mountain Weekend Fire/Rescue Expo, a conference for firefighters, will for the first time feature a fire-rescue competition.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 05:28 PM

Juveniles arrested in school break-ins

Four juvenile Seymour High School students have been arrested for burglary and trespassing after they were allegedly caught on tape breaking into the high school and intermediate school Sunday.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Hotel planned near LeConte Center

The developers who now own the former site of the Grand Hotel say they aren't moving to a new location. They have subdivided the property that once held one of this tourist town's oldest hotels and tore down the old hotel structure rather than rebuild it.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

Douglas Cherokee Head Start registration is Wednesday at library

Free pre-kindergarten education and other resources are available for children from low-income families in Sevier County through Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority's Head Start program.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Park reopens Whiteoak Sink area with limited access

Six months ago, officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed the Whiteoak Sink area to limit disturbances to the habitat for some of the park's bats, which faced a battle to the death with the devastating white nose syndrome.

Mar. 30, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

Northview teacher, students collaborate on stage production

Co-written and produced by students, "Love is Murder" makes its debut performance tonight at Northview Academy.

Mar. 30, 2015 @ 05:58 PM

New election administrator sought

The Sevier County Election Commission is looking for a new administrator of elections after Ronee Flynn resigned from the position at the end of last year, and the commission might be selecting her successor with some new members of its own.

Mar. 30, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

Big seafood restaurant to open in Forge

After having a home in the Wears Valley area for nearly two decades, Ronald Evans has decided its time to expand his business into the Great Smoky Mountains tourism marketplace.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 11:24 PM

Tennessee: Remember, burn permits are needed

 Sevier County, like many throughout the state, has been victim to a number of wildfires in recent years — thanks to perfect spring conditions and careless burning.

Mar. 28, 2015 @ 11:22 PM

Man accused in crime spree files motions

 The Kodak man charged with robbing two local businesses and raping employees in one has filed a motion in court to represent himself during his trial and is asking for security footage from the courthouse hallways during his preliminary hearing.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Teen writes three Titanic books

About five years ago, Sabrina Copas and her family visited the then-newly-opened Titanic Museum. Her son, Luke, was fascinated by the history of the Titanic.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

KSO performs for kids at King Family Library

The soothing sounds of a string quartet from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra drew a better than average crowd to the King Family Library's weekly Preschool Story Time event Thursday.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

Quick action aids choking employee

Johnny Eden could barely get out his words of gratitude after his manager possibly saved his life this week. She performed the Heimlich manuver on him when he was choking on food.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Rocky Top plans busiest weekend to date

Rocky Top Sports World is set to have its largest weekend yet. The $20 million youth sports complex, which opened last summer, has exceeded expectations with event booking, according to city officials.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

Gatlinburg teacher receives Kennedy Center honor

When Chelsea Hayes attended Gatlinburg-Pittman High School about 10 years ago, she gave one of her English teachers, Tracey Rains, the nickname "Mama Rains," because of their close bond.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 04:22 PM

Clingmans Dome set for early opening

Park officials say Clingmans Dome is ready to open a few days earlier than normal this year — provided the weather holds out.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Negligence alleged as clinic sued in jail death

The family of a North Carolina man who died after falling into a coma while staying in the Sevier County Jail is seeking $5 million from the local clinic that provided medical care at the jail at the time.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Forge planners approve site plans

In a meeting Tuesday, the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals approved an updated site plan for Publix and shops.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Cold temps this weekend could affect some plants

The National Weather Service's forecast shows a chance for two nights of temperatures below freezing later this week.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

Boy, 10, injured in fall at Cataract Falls

A 10-year-old was hospitalized Tuesday after falling more than 30 feet from the top of Cataract Falls, near the Gatlinburg entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mar. 23, 2015 @ 05:49 PM

Grand Hotel renovations cease

The site of the former Grand Hotel will remain vacant for the foreseeable future. Chartwell Hospitality, the Franklin, Tenn.-based company that purchased the property, will move its planned hotel to a new location fronting Jake Thomas Road.