News

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.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

23 arrested in Sevier County drug roundup

When Keith Underwood saw a convoy of SUVs and trucks from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office rolling down the gravel road to his house more than an hour before dawn, he walked out onto his porch to find out what was happening.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

Violinist to play Carnegie Hall

 When local violinist Ben Parton was 7 years old, he had a framed poster of Carnegie Hall on the wall in his bedroom. It was the one venue in which he wished to perform the most.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 07:08 PM

Schools to consider lunch increase, land resolution

 The Sevier County School Board will consider adding a slight increase for next year’s school lunch prices at its Monday meeting, along with resolution for the Pi Beta Phi land deal in Gatlinburg.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Job fair to host more than 70 employers

The 17th Annual Sevier County Job Fair, slated for March 19 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, could be one of the biggest ones yet.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Trade show caters to hospitality industry

The 13th Annual Sevier County Hospitality Alliance Trade Show will be held at the Sevierville Convention Center on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Smoky Mountain Vacation Lodging Association and the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg hospitality associations come together as the Sevier County Hospitality Alliance to host the event, which was previously held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Grand jury returns dozens of indictments

The grand jury returned indictments this week, including one against a local man charged with holding a woman’s children as hostages while he made her act as a prostitute last year.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

Douglas Cherokee Head Start accepting applications

Douglas Cherokee Head Start is taking applications for pre-school children in Sevier County. Head Start is a federally funded program for low-income families that provides services for young children.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Keener sentenced on drunk driving charge

Former Sevier County Clerk Joe Keener will serve 30 days in the Sevier County Jail and must complete a 30-day recovery program after pleading guilty to DUI and to violating his probation.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Amos Marshall, Sevierville vice mayor and alderman, remembered for service

Amos Marshall, a local figure remembered as much for his involvement in sports as for a 24-year career as alderman and vice mayor, died Tuesday. He was 95.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

Endangered penguin born at Ripley's aquarium

An African black-footed penguin was born at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in January and is now on display. African penguins are an endangered species whose population is estimated to have been reduced from one million to about 55,000 since 1930, due to over-fishing and pollution.