News

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

County officials to be sworn in Friday

The newest group of county commissioners and other elected officials will take their oath of office at 10 a.m. Friday in the Sevier County Courthouse.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Proposed Forge restaurant plan withdrawn

In a meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission considered the site plan of a prospective Parkway restaurant that would include a brewery, winery and distillery, before it was eventually pulled from consideration by Brent Collier, the owner of the property.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Pigeon Forge planners again debate Parkway distilleries

City Attorney Jim Gass and Community Development Director David Taylor sat on one side of the room, Brent Collier and several attorneys representing his interests on the other, all arguing over a persistent Pigeon Forge issue: should there be distilleries on the Parkway?


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Students arrested Friday may face expulsion

In addition to being charged on a variety of counts by the sheriff's department, the Sevier County students involved a scenario that resulted in a school lockdown last week likely face discipline from the school system.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Parkway stoplights to be synchronized

Local governments and agencies scored more than $700,000 in grants for projects to help improve air quality in Sevier County, but the one that might cause the deepest sigh of relief could also improve traffic flow in the Parkway.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Huffaker intersection work set to end Sept. 26

Residents waiting for the intersection of Huffaker Road and the Parkway to reopen will have to wait until at least the end of next month.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Pigeon Forge approves $26M Ripken construction bond

In a meeting Monday, the Pigeon Forge City Commission approved a resolution authorizing the issuing of general obligation bonds not to exceed $26 million, which will pay for construction and pre-opening services for the Ripken Experience youth baseball facility.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Massive new gun store open in Sevierville

The bull market for firearms in Sevier County is still going strong.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Judge rules against former Pigeon Forge detective

A federal judge dealt a fatal blow to a former Pigeon Forge police detective’s wrongful arrest claim against his old colleagues, issuing a summary judgement that effectively ended the complaint.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Pigeon Forge planners to revisit distillery issue

In a meeting Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., the Pigeon Forge Regional Planning Commission will consider a proposed municipal ordinance to restrict distilleries from locating on the Parkway.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Where will visitors park?

 City officials are excited at the prospect of LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge hosting an event that will attract as many as 40,000 people during a slow tourism week at the end of September, but parking for such an event could be an issue.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Pigeon Forge considers $26 million bond for Ripken park

 In a meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider two resolutions regarding a $26 million bond to cover various costs in the construction of the Ripken Experience youth baseball facility.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Police find gun that led to lockdown

 Sevier County investigators tracked down the last of five stolen guns late Friday, eliminating concerns that the gun was hidden somewhere on the campus of Sevier County High School.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Convention to be LeConte’s largest event

 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will host its largest event to date when National Quartet Convention 2014, the world’s largest annual gospel music event, comes to town on Sept. 21-27.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Teachers, prinicpal say educating English Language Learner students is a rewarding experience

 When Harriet Berrier first became the principal of Sevierville Primary School 15 years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of diversity in the school.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Fire damages industrial facility

A machine fire at an industrial facility just outside the city caused minor damage to the interior Thursday night, but the manager said Friday that no one was hurt and the business was operating again that same night.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Sevier County High School locked down as gun sought

Sevier County High School was on lockdown Friday while Sevier County sheriff's deputies searched for a gun stolen from a Kodak gun range earlier in the week. No weapon had been found by the time students were dismissed and allowed to leave, but Sheriff Ron Seals said they were returning to search again later.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Incumbents only candidates in Pittman Center election

In parts of Pittman Center, the Great Smoky Mountains look much like they did decades ago, before the commercial interests and flashing lights of sister communities made Sevier County into a thriving tourist mecca.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Wine headed for ballot in Pigeon Forge

Like Gatlinburg and Sevierville before it, Pigeon Forge is now poised to have the wine in grocery stores measure on its November ballot.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

Planning commission OK's new Ober alpine slide

In a meeting Thursday, the Gatlinburg Municipal/Regional Planning Commission approved a commercial site plan for Ober Gatlinburg that accounts for a new alpine slide planned for the attraction.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

TVA campground evacuated amid fire

Alberta Trentham was looking out from from her camper at a TVA campground near Douglas Dam Wednesday when lightning struck a pipeline carrying liquid oxygen into the waters, causing a dangerous fire. It led to an evacuation that lasted several hours.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Tony Proffitt, 71, was long-serving county commissioner

Former County Commissioner Tony Proffitt died Wednesday, just days after completing his last term. He was 71.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Vietnam parade set for Saturday morning

The Second Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Parade in Pigeon Forge on Saturday is the centerpiece in a group of veteran-themed events in the city this weekend.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

State reports gaps for some Sevier students

The Tennessee Department of Education released its annual school accountability lists earlier this week, naming the state's highest- and lowest-performing schools.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 08:43 PM

Hunger is a national – and local – problem

According to a study released Monday by the nonprofit group Feeding America, about one in seven Americans relies on food initiatives such as food banks.