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Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

Library to facilitate cat adoption

Anna Porter Public Library will soon offer patrons the opportunity to borrow kittens or cats for a weekend to decide whether to adopt them, thanks to a partnership with the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport.


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Gatlinburg approves capital improvements ordinance

The Gatlinburg Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution adopting a capital improvements program for the city during fiscal years 2016-2020.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Suit claims Sevier County deputy used excessive force

A local woman is suing the Sevier County Sheriffs' Office, saying she started suffering seizures and other neurological disorders, as well as additional injuries, after a deputy put her in a choke hold during a confrontation at her home last year.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Photo: School officer training

During the week-long training for school resource officers, Jennifer Naillon teaches a class about crisis management and understanding mental illness. Officers spent Monday at a local school practicing their active shooter skills; the rest of the week involves classroom instruction. Officers train every year during the summer break.

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:30 PM

BOMA OKs American Legion rezoning

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday to rezone property acquired by the American Legion for commercial use, paving the way for the organization to add more parking and a gazebo for outdoor events at their post on Main Street.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

LeConte Center manager to update hospitality group

Phil Campbell, manager of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, will update the hospitality community on the progress of the event center during the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association meeting.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

Photos: Hocus pocus

Magician Michael Messing performs for the summer reading program at the Pigeon Forge Library Tuesday, to the attendees' amusement. Messing purposely let the children see how he did some of his tricks – and then surprised them when they called him on it, and were wrong.

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Dollywood, Splash Country present donation to food ministries

Carol Agee, community affairs and philanthropy manager at Dollywood, and Mike Brown, general manager of Dollywood's Splash Country, presented a check for $80,525.20 to the Sevier County Food Ministries Monday morning on behalf of the two companies.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Charges possible in fatal Seymour accident

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating and charges may be pending after a fatal wreck early Sunday morning.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Man, 46, dies in Interstate accident

Police released additional information Monday on the fatal wreck that claimed the life of a New Jersey man Saturday and left a child injured.


Jul. 06, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

County seeks recommendations on courthouse space issues

Sevier County is taking the next step toward improving the management of space at the courthouse as it seeks an architectural firm to review the existing structure and present options.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

Telling story of Regen ‘a huge responsiblity’

Juggling bags of cheese and cans of enchilada sauce while working over a half-dozen pans of Mexican cuisine, Wendy Atchley gets word she’ll need to have her kitchen cleared in less than an hour. 

Most cooks, preparing rations for an invading army, would be knocked off their game — especially with a film crew taking aim at the kitchen.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Removal of sign won't change chapel's stance

Apparent attempts to take down signs with the words “no same sex marriages” in front of Little Mountain Baptist Church will not dissuade Rev. Ed Taylor, who works in the church’s marriage enrichment center, from his stance on the subject.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

Sevier animal group helps with evacuation

Local groups including Pets without Parents were rallying to help Thursday after a train derailment and evacuation in neighboring Blount County.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

July 4 celebrations planned around the county

Fourth of July celebrations in the county will begin Friday morning with the Farmer's Market at Sevierville Commons, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Sevierville.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:43 PM

Photo: Independence Day inventory

Greg Justus and Diane Metcalf look out at the rain Thursday morning, and wait for it to let up and for business to improve, at the Parkers Fireworks tent on Newport Highway.

Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:44 PM

Sevierville to consider Arby's site plan

The planning commission agenda for this month includes a long-awaited item, as commissioners will consider a site plan for a new Arby's restaurant on the Parkway.


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Health plan saves Sevierville $200,000

A local insurance agency helped the city save $200,000 on its insurance costs.


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:21 PM

Ripken construction is on schedule

Construction on the $22.5 million Ripken Experience youth baseball complex is about halfway complete, according to Chris Atkins, project superintendent for Merit Construction.


Jul. 01, 2015 @ 05:10 PM

Photo: Structure fire in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge firefighters hose down the last hot spot after responding to a structure fire at 2257 Goldrush Road. Fire was coming out of two windows when they arrived – within four minutes of the call, because Station Two is nearby. There was no power to the house, which appears to be abandoned and is under investigation. The Sevierville Fire Department also responded under a mutual agreement, whereby either department is automatically paged when there is a fire call in either city.

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 06:07 PM

'Diverging-diamond' interchange opens at I-40

Traffic at Sevier County's only Interstate exit has a whole new look, but the transition didn't come without some final hiccups.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Sevier County OKs 25-cent tax hike

Sevier County Commission overwhelmingly approved a new budget Monday featuring a 25-cent increase in the property tax rate that helps fund a raise for county employees, new teachers and materials for the school system,


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

Home a total loss after fire

A house fire Tuesday morning on Arch Rock Drive resulted in a total loss of the home, according to firefighter Michael Rhea of the Sevier County Fire Department.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Reconfigured I-40 interchange set to open

Sevier County’s only Interstate interchange was set to have a new look today, just in time for one of its busiest holiday weekends.


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Training helps firefighters prevent infant death

The Pigeon Forge Fire Department recently completed training in a program called Direct On Scene Education, which is designed to help prevent infant deaths caused by unsafe sleeping environments in the home.