Jul. 03, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

National park trails close due to bear concentration

Two situations involving black bears in the national park have temporarily closed some areas on this Fouth of July weekend.

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Weather looks good for holiday weekend

The Fourth of July holiday weekend should be sunny with temperatures a little bit cooler than normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Events, fireworks planned for July 4 in Sevier County

The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have many July 4 activities lined up, beginning in the morning and lasting until late in the evening.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Harley hiring for Kodak location

A lot at the Exit 407 interchange seems set to get an occupant that’ll get motorcycle enthusiasts revved up, as Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson appears to be coming to Sportsman's Acres.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Sevier County passes 2014-15 budget

Sevier County Commission approved its 2014-15 budget Monday, giving a raise to all county employees starting in January and paying for new corrections officers to staff an expansion at the jail.

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Gatlinburg readies midnight July 4 parade

Retired Army Staff Sergeant and disabled veteran Heath Calhoun will serve as the grand marshal in Gatlinburg's 39th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade Thursday night.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 07:05 PM

Distillery notices filed with Sevier County

Some of the six groups that filed notices of intention to build distillers in Sevier County say they did so to preserve their right to do so, but at least one reportedly already has a license to have a distillery.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 07:04 PM

County's distillery vote defies state law

County Commission defied a state law Monday with a symbolic vote to “opt out” of allowing distilleries in unincorporated parts of the county.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Old Forge Distillery is Pigeon Forge's initial spirit-maker

Almost 200 years ago, William Love constructed the Old Mill in the area where one of the county's best-known restaurants, and a working corn mill, stand.

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

Dailey & Vincent perform at Gatlinburg Gathering

When Darrin Vincent performs with his bluegrass band, Dailey & Vincent, in Gatlinburg on Wednesday, it is, he said, unlikely to trump his first experience playing music in Sevier County.

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Pigeon Forge sets July 4 event

The country music group Lonestar is the highlight of the day-long Patriot Festival celebrating Independence Day at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge Friday, and Butch Helton, manager of special events for the city, expects that could mean a large turnout.

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 10:48 PM

County reviews beer sale requirements

 County Commission will have a full docket when it meets Monday, as it will consider the budget for the upcoming fiscal year as well as filling the vacant seat of Commissioner Jimmie Temple. Commissioners will also review a resolution that could change the county’s distance requirements for businesses that sell beer.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

Vacation Bible schools are an annual tradition in Sevier County

Every summer you see the announcements. Churches across the county offer a week's worth of activities and games for school-aged children, with a little Bible education added in.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Palin, others, speak at Tea Party event in Sevierville

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headlined a Tea Party rally at the Sevierville Convention Center Thursday night, urging the crowd to "stop this fundamental transformation of America Barack Obama (has) promised."

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 09:02 PM

Howard Baker recalled as diligent, conciliatory lawmaker

As a longtime friend of Howard Baker and manager of his initial campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Sevier County resident John Waters had a unique perspective on the late politician and statesman.

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Distilleries prompt another liquor debate in Pigeon Forge

Last May, businessman Richard Frasier asked a skeptical Pigeon Forge planning commission to allow a distillery on the Parkway. Two distilleries are set to open here this summer, one at the Old Mill and one on the Island.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Seymour death investigated as homicide

Walking outside to see yellow police tape around the home of a neighbor is jarring, but it’s also comforting to have a deputy watching over the street from a cruiser parked in front of the house.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Fundraisers support Sevier leukemia patient

Tiffany Hodge was not scared when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May. In fact, she said, she wasn't even all that surprised.

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

In complaint, former children's home employees allege low pay

Two former house parents at the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home have filed a federal Fair Labor claim against the institution, saying they were paid well below minimum wage while working 70-hour weeks.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Celebrating Arrowmont success

City, county and state officials joined with artists, art instructors and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts board members Wednesday to celebrate the successful campaign to purchase the the school earlier this year.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Lawsuit alleges beating by jail personnel

A former inmate at the Sevier County Jail has filed a federal complaint claiming that officers at the jail beat him so severely that he was left in a coma for a month.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

No Parkway distilleries, per Pigeon Forge zoning change

In May, Richard Frasier came before the Pigeon Forge Board of Zoning Appeals to request that a distillery be recognized as a permitted use in a C-2 zone, specifically on the Parkway. Several members of the board feared that doing so could tarnish the family-friendly nature of the city's tourist-driven main strip.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Rezoning request denied for goat attraction

A rezoning request for the Goats On The Roof attraction on Wears Valley Road was denied at the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Pigeon Forge approves budget

In a meeting Monday afternoon, the Pigeon Forge City Commission voted unanimously to approve the second and final reading of the city's 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

Seymour death investigated as possible homicide

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating the death of a 72-year-old woman at her home on Bream Court as a possible homicide, but declined to offer many more details.