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.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Palin event moved to Sevierville Convention Center

America's Last Stand, the political event originally planned for Smokies Stadium on June 26, will instead be held at the Sevierville Convention Center.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Sevierville approves employee raises

City employees will get their first raises in several years starting next month after the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the 2014-15 budget on final reading this week.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Sevierville firefighters receive wildfire training

Sevierville firefighters were already trained to fight structure fires, and now they have specialized training for dealing with wildfires as well.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Commissioners, department heads examine Forge budget

At a work session on Tuesday afternoon, the Pigeon Forge City Commission discussed the fiscal year budget with the heads of several different departments. This was the second work session in which the budget was discussed. Commissioners will vote on the budget at the next regular commission meeting.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Forge commissioners discuss color of new light poles

The Pigeon Forge City Commission previously considered the funding of six new light poles in the median of the Parkway, but in a budget discussion Tuesday afternoon, Mark Miller of the public works department said that he needed to know what color the poles should be before the project could go forward.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Experts recommend ways to keep kids, pets safe in heat

Summer doesn’t officially start until Saturday, but temperatures area already climbing into the 90s this week.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Celebrating life in the Smokies

From the tiny micro-organisms to the black bears that represent the Great Smoky Mountains, Discover Life in America is tasked with inventorying and studying all of the animal and plant life in the national park.

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Pigeon Forge event benefits 3-year-old with rare medical condition

Dawn James was 16 weeks pregnant when she found out her unborn baby, Elijah, was diagnosed with rachischisis, the most severe form of spina bifida in which vertebrae on the spine are unfused and open, with the spinal cord exposed.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Margaritaville restaurant opens at the Island in Pigeon Forge

The investments of LeConte Village LLC, Bob McManus, Darby Campbell and the city of Pigeon Forge appear to be paying off.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Gatlinburg considers spending measure

In a meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Gatlinburg City Commission will consider the second reading of an ordinance appropriating funds to cover the necessary expenses of the various departments, offices and boards of the city, pending the final passage of the budget.

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Pigeon Forge work session to focus on budget

The Pigeon Forge Board of Commissioners will hold a work session Tuesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the budget of various city departments.~~

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 09:59 PM

Phil Roe seeks culture change at VA

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said Friday that lawmakers have an opportunity to “change the culture” of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

National Park ranger Caitlin Worth picked up where dad left off

 Park Ranger Caitlin Worth’s passion for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be traced back to her childhood, when she eagerly awaited news of major events in the park from her father, Bob Miller, a long-time spokesperson for the park.