News

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Fire damages industrial facility

A machine fire at an industrial facility just outside the city caused minor damage to the interior Thursday night, but the manager said Friday that no one was hurt and the business was operating again that same night.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Sevier County High School locked down as gun sought

Sevier County High School was on lockdown Friday while Sevier County sheriff's deputies searched for a gun stolen from a Kodak gun range earlier in the week. No weapon had been found by the time students were dismissed and allowed to leave, but Sheriff Ron Seals said they were returning to search again later.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Incumbents only candidates in Pittman Center election

In parts of Pittman Center, the Great Smoky Mountains look much like they did decades ago, before the commercial interests and flashing lights of sister communities made Sevier County into a thriving tourist mecca.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Wine headed for ballot in Pigeon Forge

Like Gatlinburg and Sevierville before it, Pigeon Forge is now poised to have the wine in grocery stores measure on its November ballot.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

Planning commission OK's new Ober alpine slide

In a meeting Thursday, the Gatlinburg Municipal/Regional Planning Commission approved a commercial site plan for Ober Gatlinburg that accounts for a new alpine slide planned for the attraction.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

TVA campground evacuated amid fire

Alberta Trentham was looking out from from her camper at a TVA campground near Douglas Dam Wednesday when lightning struck a pipeline carrying liquid oxygen into the waters, causing a dangerous fire. It led to an evacuation that lasted several hours.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Tony Proffitt, 71, was long-serving county commissioner

Former County Commissioner Tony Proffitt died Wednesday, just days after completing his last term. He was 71.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Vietnam parade set for Saturday morning

The Second Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Parade in Pigeon Forge on Saturday is the centerpiece in a group of veteran-themed events in the city this weekend.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

State reports gaps for some Sevier students

The Tennessee Department of Education released its annual school accountability lists earlier this week, naming the state's highest- and lowest-performing schools.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:43 PM

Hunger is a national – and local – problem

According to a study released Monday by the nonprofit group Feeding America, about one in seven Americans relies on food initiatives such as food banks.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

Gatlinburg finalizes 2014-2015 budget

In a meeting Tuesday, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved the third and final reading of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. The anticipated total revenue to be appropriated to various city departments is $51,461,544.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

Wear named VP of operations at Island

Last week, Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear said he accepted the position of vice president of operations at the Island in Pigeon Forge, and earlier this week, Island developers officially announced that Wear would take on the job.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

In Sevierville speech, Sen. Corker decries D.C. gridlock

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker told a Sevier County audience Wednesday he believes leaders at the national level need to get behind a cohesive vision for where they want the nation to go.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Debord pleads guilty to misconduct, theft

A former Sevier County parole officer will spend eight years on probation and must pay almost $8,000 in restitution after acknowledging that he pocketed money from probationers that was supposed to go to his office.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

County has new veterans officer

Given the area's large population of veterans, the position of Sevier County Veterans Service Officer is an important one to many in the community.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

BOMA denies zoning request for speedboat operation

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen rejected a request Monday from Wilderness at the Smokies to rezone property along the French Broad River, after a number of neighboring property owners said they opposed the business's plan to have a speedboat operation on the river.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

County salutes outgoing officials

With new commissioners set to take office later this month, the Sevier County Commission's regular monthly meeting Monday was more a meeting of farewells than of resolutions and debates on county issues.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Enrollment in county schools up slightly

Sevier County Schools' recently flat growth trend is continuing, based on last week's enrollment numbers for the first day of school.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Paul Whaley retires as veterans' services officer

Paul Whaley helped hundreds of veterans from throughout Sevier County through the arduous process of seeking benefits they'd earned through their service.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Segway rental a unique new opportunity in Pigeon Forge

Residents and visitors have no doubt noticed something different on the sidewalks in Pigeon Forge over the past few weeks.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:38 PM

County Commission plans to honor many at its meeting set for Monday

 Sevier County Veterans Services Officer Paul Whaley is getting ready to step down after 12 years on the job, and the county will honor him Monday afternoon before its regular meeting in the evening.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:37 PM

Ministry provides service for families dealing with dark time

 Sometime in late spring, Jennifer Jones started making small gowns as a side project with her husband.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:36 PM

Jet boat attraction on BOMA agenda

 The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider Monday whether to take the first step toward rezoning a piece of property on the French Broad River to accommodate a planned jet boat attraction running from Douglas Dam to Seven Island.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

Teacher comes full circle in New Center classroom

It is not uncommon to see a Sevier County teacher who works at a school he attended growing up.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

School arts programs healthy, SCHS teacher says

School systems around the country have slashed arts programs in recent years, but local programs are healthy, according to Sevier County High School Choral Director Nathan Rhea.