News

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

Officials make plans to contend with National Quartet Convention's parking, traffic issues

 Although many city officials are excited at the prospect of the National Quartet Convention attracting many people during a slow tourism week — potentially as many as 40,000 during the course of the event, Sept. 21-27 — there is some concern for parking and traffic.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

National Quartet Convention draws thousands with widespread appeal

The scope of the National Quartet Convention, scheduled for Sept. 21-27 in the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and other sites, is massive.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Building permits on the rise

Sevier County has seen an uptick in both residential and commercial building permits over the past few years, according to recent data.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Seymour students get visit from Medal of Honor winners

Friday morning brought an unusual assembly to a local school.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

Woman accused of theft in bogus charity case

Pigeon Forge police have made an arrest in what they're describing as a large-scale fundraising scheme that's targeted victims across the country.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Longtime Humane Society director resigns

Jayne Vaughn, who's been the face of the Sevier County Humane Society for over a decade, has decided to step down from her position as executive director.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

Construction on inclusive playground set for October

The first phase of an all-inclusive playground in Wear Farm City Park is set to be built in the first week of October, according to Simon Bradbury of the city's parks and recreation department and the Forever Parks Foundation, which is behind the project.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Faith-based Unabashed Music Fest is Saturday

Faith-based music isn't always associated with loud, aggressive genres such as heavy metal. But with the Unabashed Music Fest, taking place at the Sevier County Fairgrounds Saturday, those worlds will come together.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Another Rod Run gets underway in Pigeon Forge

Although the Pigeon Forge Rod Run officially begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, cars have been lining the Parkway since last week, as the Shades of the Past Rod Run took place last weekend.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Ribbon cut at Rocky Top Sports World

Tuesday officially marked the public opening of Rocky Top Sports World, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the youth sports facility's opening and an open house for locals to tour the facility.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

UT coach Fulmer joins Rocky Top Sports World team

Phillip Fulmer, former head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team, will be working with Rocky Top Sports World, officials from the youth sports complex announced earlier this week.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Pigeon Forge tables distillery discussion

In a meeting Monday, the Pigeon Forge City Commission unanimously approved tabling an amendment to restrict distilleries on the Parkway. The topic will be discussed among city commissioners and planning commissioners in a future work session.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Engineer studying storm water situation at Northview Academy

The earth moving and clearing associated with the construction of Northview Academy have led to some flooding on adjoining property, Sevier County Director of School Jack Parton told the school board at its monthly meeting on Monday.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

Trial date set for wastewater plant lawsuits

The families of two men who died in an accident at Gatlinburg's wastewater treatment plant could be getting close to results from their lawsuits after a judge set a trial date for next April.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Makeup of Sevier County committees reviewed

The Sevier County beer board could see major changes if the county commission approves recommendations from its steering committee.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Former Vol, first-round draft pick to speak in Sevierville

Two weeks before his scheduled visit with Leadership Sevier for the group's annual luncheon, former University of Tennessee standout, NFL lineman and "The Biggest Loser" runner-up Antone Davis spoke with The Mountain Press about leadership, his career and his current position as Vol For Life coordinator at the UT.


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Crawford calls her last year as Sevier County Fair director a success

In her last year as the fair director at the Sevier County Fair, Sherri Crawford said she thinks she went out on top. This year's attendance was on par with last year's, at 16,000 to 17,000, and overall, feedback was positive.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Distillery ordinance to appear before city

 In a meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider an ordinance to ban distilleries from being located within 200 feet of the Parkway.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 03:43 PM

Local woman raising money for pancreatic cancer

 In March, when Jennifer Greene was accepted as a participant in the New York City Marathon, which will take place Nov. 2, she knew there was a particular cause for which she wanted to raise money through her participation in the marathon.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 03:40 PM

Farmer plants field of sunflowers for mother

 Earlier this year, Greg Layman asked his mother, Judy, what she wanted for her birthday, which was Aug. 30. Her response was simple.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

Schools’ ELL population up 31 percent

 It isn’t clear how many of the 200 new English Language Leaner students in Sevier County schools are part of the 88 children brought to the area by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Report: Sevier a major landing spot for immigrants

Sevier County has received the fourth largest number of undocumented immigrant children in the state this year, according to numbers released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

Hike raises money for inclusive playground

As a member of the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club, Bruce Wilson was well aware of the club's attempt to raise money to fund an all-inclusive playground at Wear Farm Park through Pigeon Forge's Forever Parks Foundation. The playground will feature equipment accommodating children with physical and mental disabilities.


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 06:47 PM

Man arrested in drug deal assault

Police here had some initial trouble tracking an alleged robber who they say used a prepaid phone to set up a fake drug deal so he could assault his victim and take the man's money.


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

Utility audit shows unapproved purchases

The state comptroller's office announced Wednesday that an audit of Webb Creek Utility District revealed almost $44,000 in questionable purchases by managers at the small district between 2010 and 2013.