Nov. 24, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Festival of Trees begins Tuesday

The Festival of Trees begins today and runs through Saturday. At the annual fundraising effort for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, dozens of lighted and decorated trees are shown off at Mills Conference Center.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Churches plan Thanksgiving Day meal

Two local churches are working together this year to make sure more people have a place to eat a Thanksgiving meal on the holiday.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Arrests Nov. 25, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed in this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:44 AM

Ober rail jam draws 70 athletes

 Ober Gatlinburg kicked off the resort’s 52nd winter season with its third-annual Back in Blue Rail Jam on Friday night.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:42 AM

PF to consider traffic light agreement

 In a meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider an inter-local agreement with Sevierville regarding the synchronization of traffic lights through both cities.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:41 AM

Donations to local Salvation Army, volunteers needed

 Every holiday season, we see them. Standing there beside the red kettle, ringing a bell to gain your attention, they often offer a friendly smile or a “Merry Christmas.” They’re the bell-ringers of The Salvation Army.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:40 AM

Ober readying for big winter

The weather may soon turn frightful, but for Ober Gatlinburg, that’s delightful.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 01:38 AM

Food ministry ramps up for Thanksgiving

This week, Sevier County Food Ministries will see the second-most demand for food the group receives all year.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Forge detective implicated in Gatlinburg gambling sting

As part of a plea agreement entered Friday, a former University of Tennessee police officer said he joined a Pigeon Forge police detective in running security and protection for what they believed was an illegal, high stakes poker game in Sevier County.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Police chief: Joyner's cases being reassigned

Pigeon Forge Police Detective David Joyner remains on suspension while facing a federal indictment for allegedly protecting an illegal, high-stakes poker game, and Chief Jack Baldwin said Joyner's cases have been or are being reassigned.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Deceptive mailing isn't from state government

A misleading solicitation is being mailed out to businesses and corporations across the state, including ones in Sevier County.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Traffic light installed at Northview Academy

A new traffic light has been installed at Northview Academy on Highway 66, allowing for more easy passage onto the busy roadway from the county's newest school.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

Trees and bulbs planted in Veterans Boulevard median

Keep Sevier Beautiful, in conjunction with the cities of Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, is honoring veterans by planting 130 trees and 3,000 bulbs in the median of Veterans Boulevard, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Lowe's Foundation.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Economist: County tourism is trending upward

Tourism in Sevier County is continuing to grow, according to Steve Morse, economist, associate professor and director of the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Burg approves measures related to Parkway development

In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved modifications to the sidewalk along the parkway near Arrowmont, at the future site of the Silverbell Parkway development.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Army Corps reviewing jet boat plans

The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing public comments on a planned jet boat operation in the French Broad River, including a letter from the City of Sevierville opposing the operation. It isn't yet clear, however, when corps personnel will decide whether Wilderness Resorts can have a permit to place a boat dock in the river.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Distilleries could be coming soon to Sevierville

The Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance setting the city's standards regarding alcohol distilleries.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Citizens request sidewalks on Old Knoxville Highway

At the meeting of the Sevierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, three citizens requested that city officials investigate the safety of pedestrians along Old Knoxville Highway.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Man charged with rape of child

A Georgia man is in the Sevier County jail and facing charges of rape of a child based on allegations he had sexual contact with a child under 13.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Kodak shooting victim dies

A Kodak woman has died from injuries that Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals says were suffered when her estranged boyfriend shot her in her home earlier this month before turning his gun on himself.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

King named property assessor

Sevier County Commissioners moved quickly and without dissent Monday in filling the property assessor's position held by the late Johnny King by naming his son, Thomas Paul King, to take over the post.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Winter weather moves in

A 100-year-old temperature record could be broken Wednesday morning, according to meteorologist Derek Eisentrout of the National Weather Service in Morristown.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 09:27 AM

Gatlinburg to consider Silverbell development proposals

In a meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Gatlinburg City Commission will consider some infrastructure improvements on the property along the Parkway near Arrowmont for the Silverbell Parkway development.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

Economist to discuss area’s trends in tourism

Steve Morse, economist and director of the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University, will present an analysis of 2014 trends in the Sevier County tourism market during a meeting hosted by the Area Attractions Luncheon on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Owners recognized for work at Wheatlands Plantation

Richard Parker and John Burns, owners of Wheatlands Plantation on Boyds Creek Road, were selected by the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance as recipients of the 2014 East Tennessee Preservation Awards for their work on the historic Sevier County site.