News

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Economist: County tourism is trending upward

Tourism in Sevier County is continuing to grow, according to Steve Morse, economist, associate professor and director of the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Burg approves measures related to Parkway development

In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved modifications to the sidewalk along the parkway near Arrowmont, at the future site of the Silverbell Parkway development.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Army Corps reviewing jet boat plans

The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing public comments on a planned jet boat operation in the French Broad River, including a letter from the City of Sevierville opposing the operation. It isn't yet clear, however, when corps personnel will decide whether Wilderness Resorts can have a permit to place a boat dock in the river.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Distilleries could be coming soon to Sevierville

The Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance setting the city's standards regarding alcohol distilleries.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Citizens request sidewalks on Old Knoxville Highway

At the meeting of the Sevierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, three citizens requested that city officials investigate the safety of pedestrians along Old Knoxville Highway.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Man charged with rape of child

A Georgia man is in the Sevier County jail and facing charges of rape of a child based on allegations he had sexual contact with a child under 13.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Kodak shooting victim dies

A Kodak woman has died from injuries that Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals says were suffered when her estranged boyfriend shot her in her home earlier this month before turning his gun on himself.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

King named property assessor

Sevier County Commissioners moved quickly and without dissent Monday in filling the property assessor's position held by the late Johnny King by naming his son, Thomas Paul King, to take over the post.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Winter weather moves in

A 100-year-old temperature record could be broken Wednesday morning, according to meteorologist Derek Eisentrout of the National Weather Service in Morristown.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 09:27 AM

Gatlinburg to consider Silverbell development proposals

In a meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Gatlinburg City Commission will consider some infrastructure improvements on the property along the Parkway near Arrowmont for the Silverbell Parkway development.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

Economist to discuss area’s trends in tourism

Steve Morse, economist and director of the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University, will present an analysis of 2014 trends in the Sevier County tourism market during a meeting hosted by the Area Attractions Luncheon on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Owners recognized for work at Wheatlands Plantation

Richard Parker and John Burns, owners of Wheatlands Plantation on Boyds Creek Road, were selected by the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance as recipients of the 2014 East Tennessee Preservation Awards for their work on the historic Sevier County site.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Karen King earns award from state education group

The past month has been tough for Karen King, the Sevier County School System's assistant superintendent of finance.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Sevierville will consider distillery regulations

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider regulations Monday to govern the location of distilleries inside the city.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

Sevier County Commission to name new property assessor

The Sevier County Commission is expected to appoint a new property assessor Monday, about a month after Johnny King died while in office.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 07:41 PM

Sevier County Grand Jury returns indictments

The Sevier County Grand Jury returned dozens of indictments when it met earlier this month.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

After discord, a calm beer board meeting

After months of contentious debates over applications, the Sevier County Beer Board sailed through its regular meeting this month with no disagreements from applicants and no dissenting votes.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

National park sees more visitors for the year

Park officials announced earlier this week that visitation during the month of October was higher than it had been in 27 years. That continues a strong visitation year for the park.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Ripken joins Pigeon Forge officials for groundbreaking

Cal Ripken Jr. and Ripken Baseball were welcomed to the city Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Ripken Experience. The $22.5 million youth baseball facility is expected to open in spring 2016.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Gatlinburg's Winter Magic kicks off the season

The streets of Gatlinburg were lined with roughly 5,000 visitors Wednesday night as the city opened its take on the 2014 Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the 25th annual Winter Magic kickoff and chili cookoff.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Heatherly surrenders custody of seized dogs

A Kodak family facing charges of breeding pit bulls for underground dogfights agreed Thursday to give up custody of 50 dogs rather than pay a bond that would have covered the cost of caring for them.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Car parts maker announces Kodak factory plans

It took a combination of state and local incentives, as well as a good labor market and access to the Interstate, to convince an international car parts manufacturer to locate its new factory in the county's new industrial park.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Officials roll out Winterfest "media blitz"

To attract more visitors during the 25th Annual Winterfest celebration, the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council is preparing what it calls "media blitzes" of select markets.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Pigeon Forge sued over distillery denial

Businessman Brent Collier is suing the city of Pigeon Forge and the Pigeon Forge Board of Zoning Appeals, alleging that actions of the board were arbitrary and in violation of city and state laws when his proposed distillery was turned down in August.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Groundbreaking is Thursday for Ripken Experience

The city will host the groundbreaking for its next big attraction today as it gets set to start construction on the Ripken Experience, even as the county considers a request to join in funding the $22.5 million project.