Dec. 12, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Sevier official: County schools missing out on millions

As another legislative session nears in Nashville, Sevier County School officials are calling on citizens to rally for an improved funding formula for state education dollars.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

Tennessee tourism director, a former Dollywood exec, to step down

Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, a staunch ally of Sevier County's tourism industry, announced Thursday she is stepping down after 12 years at the job.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

Gatlinburg resident to speak at UT commencement

As he studied at the University of Tennessee, Laurence Evans was a nontraditional student in more than one sense.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

LeConte Center a financial success in first year

According to Leon Downey, the city's tourism director, the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge has generated millions of dollars in local spending during its first year, with more than 250,000 people estimated to have attended the 25 events that took place.

Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Forge officals discuss proposed Publix store

Developers and city officials so far have declined to identify the proposed supermarket development near Wears Valley Road, but according to materials distributed Wednesday, at a city commission work session, the grocery store will be Publix.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Safe Harbor opens at new location

Safe Harbor Children's Advocacy Center opened its new building to the public Wednesday afternoon, showcasing the improved accommodations for one of the county's most heartbreaking services.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Duties expand for truancy court position

General Sessions judges are set to get some help with juvenile court cases as they add duties and possibly part-time pay to a previously unpaid position in their system.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Police warn of scam IRS calls

The Sevierville Police Department is warning citizens of fraudulent telephone calls from people claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Man dies in Chapman Highway accident

A Knoxville man died last week as a result of injuries he suffered when he was struck by his own truck. He had gotten out of it on Chapman Highway after it broke down.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Variance denied for Collier property

Brent Collier requested that the Pigeon Forge Board of Zoning Appeals grant him a variance of a parking requirement for a proposed retail development when he and his representatives appeared before the board Tuesday afternoon.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Forge commissioners to discuss grocery plan

The Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider matters related to the site plan for a pending grocery store during a work session Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at city hall. Commissioners will hear planning commissioners' comments about the store, slated for Florence Drive.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

PETA: Bears taken from Forge business now in Colorado

After continued complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, two Himalayan black bears have been removed from Three Bears General Store, a popular tourist attraction on the Parkway.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

SmartFinancial merging with Chattanooga firm

A merger of locally headquartered SmartBank with a Chattanooga financial firm will result in a company that's among the largest state-chartered banks in Tennessee.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Scottish Rite donates shoes to needy children

The Sevier County Scottish Rite Club donated 86 pairs of shoes to needy children at New Center Elementary School Monday morning. The Sevierville Chapter 138 of the Eastern Star also provided two pairs of stockings to go with each pair of shoes.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Sevierville family seeks missing teen

A local family is offering a reward for anyone who can help find a girl missing since Thanksgiving weekend.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Forge to consider grocery development plan

In a meeting Tuesday at 3 p.m., the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission will consider a preliminary commercial planned unit development plan for a grocery store and shops near the southwest intersection of Parkway and Wears Valley Road.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

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Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Sevier County school board has light agenda for Monday

 The Sevier County Board of Education will meet for the final time in 2014 Monday afternoon at the group’s office downtown.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Santa Fund eclipses $10K with huge gift

The Santa Fund got a sizeable boost Friday afternoon, when David Fee, co-owner of Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment, stopped by The Mountain Press offices on a motorized replica of Santa’s sleigh.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

History, nostalgia helps Wilson Glyn tree farm

 Wilson Glyn is Sevier County’s only Christmas tree farm.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

WWII veteran honored by Phil Roe

Francis Ostergren, believed to be among the oldest surviving female veterans of the World War II era in the state, was honored by Rep. Phil Roe at the Mountain Brook Village assisted living facility Friday afternoon for her service.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:41 PM

Teacher's bittersweet essay wins cruise competition

Mary Jones, a first grade teacher at Catlettsburg Elementary School, has reason to celebrate. An essay she submitted to Princess Cruise Lines won a competition.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Pigeon Forge commercial nominated for Emmy Award

A Pigeon Forge tourism commercial has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Nashville/Midsouth Region. The commercial was produced by Bohan Advertising, the company that has marketed the city for 25 years.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Theater group develops young actors

Celebrity Youth Theatre, which casts local children in theatrical productions, got started when co-owners Christina and Sonny Adams recognized a need.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Contractor blamed as collapse suit proceeds

With Gatlinburg eliminated as a defendant in litigation over a deadly wall collapse at its wastewater treatment plant, the focus is now on allegations about unapproved shortcuts taken by the contractor.