Summer can be tough for the people of Sevier County.
Often, it seems, those who discuss conservation or environmental protection are pigeon-holed as liberals or bleeding hearts with unrealistic goals of protecting rare snails or fragile species of sea coral at the cost of beneficial industrial and commercial expansion.
Be it Lyndon Johnson’s talk of possible peace in Vietnam just days before the 1968 election, Henry Kissinger’s similar talking points in the waning hours of the 1972 Nixon campaign or even the 2012 release of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments four months after he made them, the October surprise is not a new tactic in the world of politics.
This week's math and science camp for local middle-school-aged children was yet another great example of the quality community partner Sevier County has in Walters State Community College.
One of our readers brought in some grocery store receipts a few weeks back to share his dismay and hopefully get some clarification.
With the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing 298, and two Ukrainian military jets being shot down just six days later, things are amping up in deep in the heart of the former Soviet Union.
If you treasure a government with separated powers, where balance between the legislative, executive and judicial branches maintains a fragile system of checks and balances, cast a vote to retain the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices on Aug. 7.
Life is tough.
And it’s a lot tougher without an education.
Indiana native Glenn Summers, visiting the area with his wife, three children and another friend, was eagerly anticipating a vacation when took the 407 exit into Sevier County Thursday.
Every few years, especially during election season, discussion of security at the U.S.-Mexican border, and clamping down on illegal immigration, ignites.
In a win for the city of Chattanooga and the entire state of Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam and the Volkswagen Group of America officials announced a plan Monday to expand the Chattanooga manufacturing facility's role as the sole U.S. maker of Volkswagen automobiles.
After years of planning and construction, Rocky Top Sports World is now a reality.
The $20 million joint venture between the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County opened over the weekend with lacrosse and basketball events taking over its 80-acre footprint, situated aside Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, the Anna Porter Public Library and the Gatlinburg Community Center.
When Pigeon Forge Middle School teacher Heather Burkhart left her first career as an adventure-based counselor, she probably expected a tough transition into her new career as a public school teacher.
A new law that went into effect this month should put local fears of unemcumbered annexation to rest.
As most parents with children approaching driving age and insurance companies already know, rookie drivers are often accidents waiting to happen.
Any time there's a stakeout at a brothel or a politician gets nabbed with a prostitute, there are those who rail against prosecution of such cases.
Just over a year ago, a distillery applicant in Pigeon Forge quipped that with the growing interest in mountain-made spirits, Sevier County could one day be "like the Napa Valley of moonshine."
Mark Cuban made a big splash several weeks ago when he said there was a building student loan bubble that’s destined to pop.
To many, the Independence Day means fireworks, parades and picnics — or maybe an extra-busy shift in a tourist town, and a wish for a picnic.
Distilleries, once unknown Sevier County, are now the hot new business.
As Independence Day and all of its celebrations approach, people are undoubtedly making the final plans for their festivities.
A Wednesday Supreme Court decision may not be too popular in some law enforcement circles, but it’s definitely a big win for American citizens.
Walters State’s annual Culinary Camp — which was held this week at Rel Maples Center on the Sevier County campus — is a unique event that demonstrates perfectly how a neighborhood college should interact with its community.
Tennessee lost a true statesman Thursday, as former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker died following complications from a stroke.
As new revelations came out Monday about the horror some of our nation's veterans have experienced in the VA medical system, it's become all too obvious that system-wide reform is needed.