News

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

In complaint, former children's home employees allege low pay

Two former house parents at the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home have filed a federal Fair Labor claim against the institution, saying they were paid well below minimum wage while working 70-hour weeks.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Celebrating Arrowmont success

City, county and state officials joined with artists, art instructors and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts board members Wednesday to celebrate the successful campaign to purchase the the school earlier this year.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Lawsuit alleges beating by jail personnel

A former inmate at the Sevier County Jail has filed a federal complaint claiming that officers at the jail beat him so severely that he was left in a coma for a month.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

No Parkway distilleries, per Pigeon Forge zoning change

In May, Richard Frasier came before the Pigeon Forge Board of Zoning Appeals to request that a distillery be recognized as a permitted use in a C-2 zone, specifically on the Parkway. Several members of the board feared that doing so could tarnish the family-friendly nature of the city's tourist-driven main strip.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Rezoning request denied for goat attraction

A rezoning request for the Goats On The Roof attraction on Wears Valley Road was denied at the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Pigeon Forge approves budget

In a meeting Monday afternoon, the Pigeon Forge City Commission voted unanimously to approve the second and final reading of the city's 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Seymour death investigated as possible homicide

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating the death of a 72-year-old woman at her home on Bream Court as a possible homicide, but declined to offer many more details.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Suspicious death in Seymour

Sheriff's deputies were investigating a suspicious death here Tuesday afternoon after a man reportedly came home to find his house was broken into and a woman inside dead.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Vance receives Sevierville Rotary humanitarian award

Mary Vance, longtime executive director of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, was awarded the Sevierville Rotary Club's Dr. Broady Humanitarian Award at its June fiscal year end event Tuesday at the River Plantation RV Park Convention Center.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

Rel Maples Center, 4-H combine for annual event

There's nothing like hands-on learning, and at the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts' 4-H Camp this week, area middle school students are acquiring skills they can use in their everyday lives.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Winterfest growth discussed at workshop

When Winterfest begins later this year, it will mark the 25th anniversary of the celebration, which was originally founded in 1989 to promote activity during the tourism off-season in Sevier County.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Teaster sentenced to prison

After numerous opportunities to remain out of jail on probation, Wesley Teaster was ordered by Judge Ben Hooper to complete a five-year prison sentence for reckless vehicular homicide from a 2008 wreck.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Planners to consider former Grand Hotel plan

A revised preliminary planned unit development for the former Grand Hotel will be considered by the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission during a meeting Tuesday at 3 p.m.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Jama Spicer-Sutton named interim Walters State dean

Walters State Community College has named Dr. Jama Spicer-Sutton as the interim dean for the Sevier County Campus following the retirement of Sue Frazier, who served as dean since 2000.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

Walters State Dean Sue Frazier steps down

In the 14 years that Sue Frazier has served as dean of Walters State Community College's Sevier County Campus, the relationships she built with community members and school faculty stand out to her above all else.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Commission voting on distilleries June 30

The Sevier County Commission will consider a resolution to opt out of allowing distilleries in unincorporated areas and a change in the county’s distance requirements for establishments that sell beer next Monday, June 30, as well as voting on the 2014-15 budget..


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Veterans group taking concerns up the chain

A group of East Tennessee veterans is taking complaints about the regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center to their local congressional delegation and other federal officials, while administrators there say they have already been trying for some time to address the group’s concerns.


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Pigeon Forge’s Dan Hartley challenging incumbent Phil Roe

 After he failed to get a response to correspondence with the official elected to represent him, it was like a switch flipped inside Dan Hartley.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Pigeon Forge to consider final budget reading

In a meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider the second and final reading of the city's budget.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

Pigeon Forge to host home-schooling conference

The Appalachian Home Educators Conference, a gathering aimed toward helping those with an interest in home-schooling, will take place the Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge June 26-28.


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

No state grant for group promoting downtown Sevierville

A group looking to revitalize downtown won’t be getting help this year from the state, but leaders say they plan to go ahead with their plans despite that setback.


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Grandkids' essay wins man a hearing aid

Once his hearing started to fade, Larry Nickell, a preacher and evangelist, was unable to take part in some of his favorite activities, such as singing at church.


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

LeConte Center hosts Paula Deen

Paula Deen's 20-show tour of "Paula Deen Live" kicks off in Pigeon Forge this weekend, with live shows Saturday and Sunday at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.


Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Hospitality groups to hold Winterfest workshop

The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council and Sevier County Hospitality Alliance are holding a county-wide hospitality workshop about Winterfest's 25th anniversary on June 24 at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.


Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Gatlinburg sets city meetings

The Gatlinburg Municipal/Regional Planning Commission will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. in City Hall.