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Apr. 03, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Seymour High student named Tennessee Youth of the Year

Seymour High School senior Ashley Heatherly won the Boys & Girls Club’s Tennessee Youth of the Year award Wednesday in Nashville.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

United Way of Sevier County meets $400K goal for 2014

United Way of Sevier County reached its fundraising goal for the campaign year Tuesday night at the group's annual Leadership Dinner at Music Road Hotel.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Seymour fitness challenge offers exercise sessions, prizes, meetings

Get Fit Seymour is hosting a free, 60-day fitness and weight-loss challenge starting Saturday.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

King Family Library marks 150th anniversary of Civil War

The King Family Library is hosting commemorative events on April 16 and 17 related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, featuring a variety of activities and speakers.


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Trial set for Schaeffer in church van wreck

Already facing a federal sentence of 100 years in prison for a run of stickups, Tyler Schaeffer is asking for his day in court on charges he caused a fiery wreck with a church van in 2012.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Arrowmont reaches funding goal

As the deadline for making an $8 million payment for their downtown campus arrived Monday, officials at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts said they had reached the goal but are still fine tuning the agreement with attorneys.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 12:05 AM

In first year, liquor makes impact

 It has been more than a year since the sale of liquor by the drink passed in a special election in March of 2013. Although it is too early to know what any long-term implications might be, tax money from liquor by the drink had a financial impact on the city in the first full year.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

Judge rules lawsuit over Smokies backcountry fees can proceed

A lawsuit challenging the implementation of backcountry camping fees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will go on after a federal judge denied the National Park Service’s motion to dismiss.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:26 PM

Pigeon Forge purchases $1 million fire truck

On Monday, the City of Pigeon Forge authorized the purchase of an aerial platform truck for the fire station. The new truck replaces the current, 24-year-old ladder truck.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Sevier officials urge school funding reform

The status of state funding for Sevier County schools is a "travesty," according to Dr. Jack Parton, Sevier County Schools superintendant. "We send the most money to the state of Tennessee per capita," he said, "and receive the least amount of money per child."


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Sevier County seventh-graders learn gun safety basics

Sevier County’s hunter safety class doesn’t aim to create a new generation of hunters as much as it does to teach students how to handle guns safely.


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

Wildlife attack training program keeps officers ready to react

Clutching a teddy bear, the mother cried for her missing 3-year-old son.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Pigeon Forge planning commission welcomes new member

The Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission welcomed its newest member, Tom Marsh, at its meeting Tuesday afternoon. Marsh was appointed to the board by the city commission Monday.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Seymour among website's top homeowner communities

This bedroom community between Sevierville and Knoxville was ranked fifth in an online consumer site’s list of top neighborhoods in Tennessee for home ownership, coming in as the most affordable of all the communities ranked in the top 10.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Assocation gave Smokies national park $1.5 million in 2013

Officials from the Great Smoky Mountains Association released details last week about more than $1.5 million in contributions made to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 2013.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Pigeon Forge commission recognizes youth wrestlers

Just prior to the Pigeon Forge City Commission meeting Monday afternoon, there was a bit of whispering among the city commissioners. It was 5:30, the meeting was scheduled to start, and all the commissioners were present. Something was holding up the meeting.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Sevierville's Dumplin Creek road plan still in place

The city’s agreement to build an $8 million road that would serve a proposed commercial development along Interstate 40 is still in place for now, pending the results of an upcoming auction.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Banks foreclose on Dumplin Creek

Sevier County Bank and other lenders involved in the Dumplin Creek retail project are foreclosing on the property to make the transaction simpler for parties looking to buy it, according to the CEO of Sevier County Bank.


Mar. 25, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

Man arrested at Seymour Middle School

A Knoxville man was arrested outside Seymour Middle School Monday after allegedly threatening himself with a knife inside the building, while he demanded money from a relative.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

Together again

Fans turned out in droves Saturday afternoon to hear the Soggy Bottom Boys first live performance at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in downtown Gatlinburg.

They weren’t disappointed.


Mar. 22, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

First Baptist gives to community

First Baptist Church was giving back to the community this weekend.


Mar. 22, 2014 @ 12:52 AM

Dolly welcomes visitors to park

Although Dollywood opens to the public Saturday, the park opened to VIP members on Friday morning and Dolly Parton herself was present to kick off the first public reveal of the new FireChaser Express roller coaster.


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Business, schools team for fair funding

Since its introduction in 2007, the BEP funding model has been a bane to Sevier County Schools.

Next Thursday a group of concerned business leaders will host an open meeting with the school system, state and local governmental officials and the public to discuss a course of action to help remedy the situation caused by Tennessee's Basic Education Program.


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

Santa comedian shares story of life after heart transplant

In a room full of Santa Claus look-alikes at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Tuesday morning, Bob Boyer, dressed in red with a long, white beard, stood on a stage with a microphone. He was introduced as “Santa Bob,” a Santa comedian.


Mar. 18, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

One year later

It was a day much like today, a high temperature in the mid-60s, with signs of spring all around.

But there was one big difference. Just minutes from Pigeon Forge city limits, a fire was raging on a hillside, consuming nearly everything in its path.