News

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.


Mar. 18, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Temporary housing ordinance on tap for PF planning commission

The Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission has scheduled a workshop on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. to review a proposed temporary housing/group home ordinance related to a program at Life Changers church on Sugar Hollow Road.


Mar. 17, 2014 @ 12:33 AM

Dollywood has several new shows this season

 Dollywood’s Festival of Nations will feature several new shows this year with a lineup of international performers from more than 30 countries, with authentic demonstrations of music, dance, food and art.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Facebook page unites lost Sevier County pets, owners

Last Saturday, Ashley Drach's dog, Rex, ran away. He was frightened by a loud noise.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Crematory planned for Pigeon Forge

Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens could soon host Sevier County’s first crematory, in a location near the Parkway and alongside several hotels.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

State House votes to stall Common Core

Sevier County Schools will take a wait and see approach when it comes to the Tennessee House of Representatives’ decision to stall, for two years, the implementation of further Common Core standards by the state’s education department.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

Economist: Sevier County should spend more on advertising

Sevier County may be losing market share to similar tourist destinations, according to economist Dr. Steve Morse, who is associate professor and director of the Hospitality and Tourism program at Western Carolina University.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Work to begin on Sevier County's 'diamond' Interstate interchange

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is set to start work next week on a project to convert the county’s only Interstate interchange into a “double crossover diamond” design.


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Sevier County school system approves land resolution, lunch price increase

The Sevier County School Board unimously approved a resolution Monday night that will ultimately result in the system owning the six acres on which the Pi Beta Phi Elementary campus sits.


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Tazewell woman dies in Chapman Highway accident

A child safety seat likely saved the life of a 2-year-old who was in a rollover wreck on Chapman Highway Tuesday night.


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Smokies national park superintendent visits high school class

Pedro Ramos, interim superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visited a Sevier County High School Spanish class on Wednesday morning to talk about his time with the National Park Service, as well as his Puerto Rican heritage.


Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:05 PM

Ski season winds down at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg has enjoyed its longest ski season to date, lasting more than 100 days, according to Winter Sports Manager John Cossaboom. Skiing will end this Sunday, temporarily opening up the following weekend on March 21-23, when ski season will officially close.


Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Food, funds raised for Sevier County Food Ministries in memory of Jim Johnson

Longtime Gatlinburg businessman Jim Johnson was remembered by friends and the charity he loved Tuesday afternoon at the Park Vista a Doubletree by Hilton.