News

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 01:46 AM

Early voting starts today

Sevier County residents who want to cast their ballots ahead of the local general election and the state and national primaries can do so at the Sevier County Election Commission offices starting at 10 a.m. today.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Acting superintendent enjoying time in the Smokies

With a month of service at the helm of Great Smoky Mountains National Park under her belt, Cindy MacLeod has seen firsthand the many things that make the Smokies special.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Gatlinburg readies budget meetings

The city of Gatlinburg is preparing annual budget meetings in the coming weeks. The first is a presentation of the budget and general discussion at Mills Conference Center Board Room on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

Rocky Top Sports World impresses with debut

The first week of events at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg has been successful thus far, Marketing Manager Lori Moore said.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Investigators release few details on Seymour homicide

Weeks after confirming they were investigating the death of a local woman as a homicide, sheriff’s deputies still aren’t releasing many details about the case.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Industrial park nears completion

Work on the Sevier County Industrial Park near Interstate 40 is "95 percent complete," according to Allen Newton, director of the Sevier County Economic Development Council. He estimated that work on the industrial park, which encompasses 115 acres of land located less than a mile from I-40 exit 407, would be finished sometime in August.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Pigeon Forge church offers free meal every day

A few minutes before 3 p.m. Monday, a line had already formed outside a motel room at the Economy Inn on Pine Mountain Road. Children stood outside the doorway, anticipating a free meal.


Jul. 14, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Six charged in series of burglaries

Six people are now facing burglary and theft charges related to a break-in at a Sevierville bar last December following a fund-raiser for the family of a child suffering leukemia, and also a burglary at the home of Gatlinburg City Commissioner and former Mayor Jerry Hays.


Jul. 14, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Sevier County tourism up over 2013

Tourism season is off to a strong start in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, with revenue increases over the early part of the 2013 tourism season, according to officials from each city.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

A 'sports destination'

Rocky Top Sports World, the $20 million sports complex funded by Gatlinburg and Sevier County and located near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, has officially opened, with lacrosse and basketball events going on this weekend.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Early voting starts Friday

Early voting for the Sevier County general election and the national and state primary election starts Friday and lasts through Aug. 2.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Church definition vexes beer board

The Sevier County Beer Board found itself in the middle of a legal and theological debate Thursday as board members grappled with the question of what makes a church.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Beer board: No retail sales at proposed distillery

If a local family builds a distillery in Wears Valley, it won’t be able to sell its product or other alcoholic beverages on site — at least, that was the decision of the Sevier County Beer Board.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Sevierville arrest nets pot, guns

Sheriffs’ deputies seized 14 jars of marijuana and a pair of guns after a 27-year-old Sevierville man attacked them when they responded to a call saying he had discharged a weapon during a domestic dispute.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Carr serving as new chief in Pittman Center

A little over 20 years ago, a young boy started kindergarten at Pittman Center School, where his mother would later retire as principal.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Sevier County's ad effort in Chicago yields results

Sevier County has successfully built brand awareness in Chicago with "Integrated Fly Smokies," an  advertising campaign promoting the Great Smoky Mountains region, according to Amanda Marr, marketing director for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

Fatal cabin fire cause still undetermined

Four months after a cabin fire claimed the lives of two tourists, investigators say they still haven’t determined what sparked the fatal conflagration.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

County planners decline rezoning request

The Sevier County Planning Commission turned down a request Tuesday to rezone property on Sugar Loaf Road from agricultural to commercial use after County Planning Director Jeff Ownby recommended against the change.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Sevier County beer board to consider distillery application

The county’s amended distance requirement for establishments that sell alcohol could face its first test, as the Sevier County Beer Board will consider an application from a proposed distillery that would be near a church in Wears Valley when it meets at 7 p.m. in the County Courthouse.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Rowena McFalls honored for Family Community Education Clubs service

Rowena McFalls was honored Wednesday at the Sevier County University of Tennessee Extension Office for her service in Family Community Education Clubs.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Gatlinburg approves amended budget

In a meeting Monday, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved an amended version of an ordinance amending the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget ordinance.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

School registration event set for next week

Sevier County Schools will host a special preregistration event for new incoming students July 16-17 from noon to 5 p.m. at all Sevier County Schools.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

State grant would help fund Sevierville tree inventory

The city could eventually have an inventory of all the trees growing on city-owned property and rights of way, if it gets a grant offered by the state.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Park trails begin to reopen

Several trails in the national park that were closed late last week due to bear activity are in the process of reopening, according to park spokesperson Dana Soehn.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Pigeon Forge's Burkhart a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Heather Burkhart received a nice gift on her summer vacation.