News

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Drugs, cash, weapons seized in Sevier County roundup

The main local law enforcement agencies for Sevier County teamed up Tuesday to search for more than 30 people charged with selling drugs after the most recent session of the grand jury.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 05:05 PM

Pigeon Forge marketing plan approved

Based on the success of tourism marketing last year, the Department of Tourism will continue to aim advertising at the demographic that city officials call their target audience: women ages 25-49 with children in their household and annual income between $35,000 and $100,000, living in 14 selected markets.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Bill would repay counties for reopening national park

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) filed a bill on Monday seeking to reimburse states and counties that provided funding to open the county's national parks during the government shutdown of 2013.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Pigeon Forge approves closing road for Publix

At Monday's city commission meeting, commissioners unanimously passed the second reading of an ordinance making part of Florence Drive private, for the use of the proposed Publix supermarket.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 05:58 PM

Woman faces charges in embezzlement case

A local woman is facing felony theft charges after allegedly embezzling more than $60,000 from the Seymour construction company where she worked.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

Committee plans events for King commemoration

Sevier County's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has organized a series of events to commemorate the slain civil rights leader, both on the Jan. 19 holiday and in the days leading up to it.


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 07:20 PM

Organizations combine to provide free mammograms

 A combined effort from several Sevier County groups provided 10 women in need get free mammograms Thursday.


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 07:18 PM

Historic Rocky Springs church restoring belfry

 The congregation of Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church on Boyds Creek Highway is continuing the restoration of the historic church by opening and restoring its belfry/steeple.


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Forge native works in blacksmithing, survives in nature

 Pigeon Forge native Justin Burke has a simple philosophy in his life: He does what makes him happy.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

Kodak brothers lose home in fire

The Red Cross is helping a pair of brothers who lost their home Friday in an early morning fire that started in a wood stove and spread quickly through the wood-framed house.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 06:43 PM

Pigeon Forge man charged with rape

A Pigeon Forge man is facing charges of aggravated rape and aggravated burglary after an October incident in which he allegedly went into a room at a Gatlinburg hotel and assaulted a woman sleeping inside.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

Smokies visitation exceeds 10 million in '14

Throughout 2014, employees and officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park suspected park attendance was on the rise.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Weather helps snow production at Ober

The weather this week has been frightful for most, but Ober Gatlinburg is taking every advantage it provides.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Dollywood plans Christian music festival

Dollywood officials have announced a new, day-long Christian rock music festival called Rock the Smokies. It will take place in the park Sept. 5.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:35 PM

Cold days mean high demand for utilities

The early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 8, were the coldest the area has seen since last Jan. 30, according to the National Weather Service.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Grand jury returns dozens of indictments

The case against accused killer Andrew Beverly moved ahead again this week when a Sevier County grand jury indicted him on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

With switch to Ripken, Forge seeks to reinvigorate youth baseball

The Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department is making a bid to put the city's youth baseball and softball leagues back at the top.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 05:57 PM

Forge officer resigned before guilty plea

A police detective spared his colleagues the need to take action against him for misusing his authority by resigning from his position before pleading guilty to federal charges.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

RV show set for Sevierville

The Knoxville-Smoky Mountains RV Show returns to the Sevierville Convention Center this weekend. It runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 05:51 PM

Hotel employee charged in credit card theft

A Decatur, Tenn., woman says her Christmas plans were spoiled during a stay at a local hotel when an  employee there stole her credit cards.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

Suspect in Sevierville bank robbery arrested

Federal court documents indicate the man charged with Monday's robbery of a Sevier County Bank was convicted for robbing another of the bank's locations in 2008.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 05:41 PM

Study: Seymour top community for young families

Finance website NerdWallet released a study this week that found Seymour to be among the 10 best communities in the state for young families.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 05:38 PM

Park announces policy change for firewood

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced Tuesday that beginning in March, only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and displays a certification stamp by the United States Department of Agriculture or a state department of agriculture will be permitted to be brought into the park.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

Food ministries help many in 2014

The Sevier County Food Ministries had another busy year, with 2014 numbers that were similar to 2013's. According to Director Jim Davis, the agency gave away about 82,000 bags of groceries during 2014, compared to about 81,000 in 2013.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

Sevierville bank robber may have been test-driving getaway vehicle

The staff at a local used car dealership say a robbery suspect may have used one of their vehicles as a getaway car, then returned it while police were starting the search for him.