My family of 10 were vacationing in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville from August 10-17. On Tuesday the 13th, a portion of my family decided to visit the popular tourist business district of Gatlinburg and began the day having a great time. As we strolled along the sidewalks, my wife had the misfortune of falling on the brick sidewalk.
To those of you who may have missed it, pencil the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival onto your calendar for next year now! I am so amazed that Cyndy Montgomery Reeves and her group of volunteers put together such an incredible variety of talent (Aug. 15-18). There were so many songwriters in so many venues it was hard to decide where to head next.
As many of you know, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, the local non-profit agency serving children who are victims of severe neglect, physical and sexual abuse through prevention, education and intervention relies in great part on community partnerships and private donations to support the critically important work we do.
On behalf of The Appalachian Belief Fund, I would like to say thank you to everyone who hleped to make the third annual Benefit Singing a high success.
We just returned from a trip to your area, and I just had to write to tell you what a great time we had. We are from a small town in New Jersey, located just outside of Philadelphia. We were trying to find something new for our family vacation. We’ve been to Disney countless times, same for the Jersey shore. We wanted something different.
We read about and see on TV everyday occurances of violence, terror, political corruption, lives lost, communities distroyed. Well, I lost 2 dear friends I’d like to tell you about.
Mr. Voit, generally speaking, you and I are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Yet I can say that you have always done your best to ensure your reporters and editorials were objective and honest.
I have a “special” little boy who’s on the Special Olympic Golf Team.
I was interested to see the letters from Mr. Dayton and Mr. Dierenbach, the opposite ends of our politico-socioeconomic-religious stick. I read Mr. Dayton’s railings about Congress’s responsibility to approve all voting law bills written in several villainous states in the South before they can become law. That’s Supreme Court territory, not the U.S Congress.
When we decided to move to Sevierville from Illinois, my husband and I prayed it was the right decision. On several occasions since then we have seen it was the right decision.
It seems like lately, the Sevier County Rescue Squad is getting a lot of press concerning their experience having to do with rescues, etc. Our rescue squad does a lot more things behind the scenes which our community never hears about.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a commonsense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction – especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities.
Over 100 years ago a school was begun in Gatlinburg under the guidance of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. A few years later the Fraternity asked the community for funds to help purchase property to build a school.
In the past, presidents have made statements which were widely publicized for various reasons. Some were humorous, some were foreboding, some were arrogant, some were encouraging, etc.
Racism, like a cancer, can lie in remission for a long period of time. So has been the case since the Civil Rights struggles and victories in the middle part of the last century.
The just-published “Welcome to Sevier County” booklet from The Mountain Press tells all of the good things Sevier County has to offer, but what I found most telling was what Seymour, the county’s second-largest community, doesn’t have. The Seymour feature, at the back of the booklet, as if an afterthought, says Seymour has a lot of people, some schools and a library and is a good place to locate a business.
About nine or 10 years ago I took my first class on the potter's wheel at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg. I had never even been close to a potter's wheel before. It was not a pretty picture the first classes.
On Tuesday I bought The Mountain Press, and inside was a booklet entitled Welcome to Sevier County. It was a very nice book.
We’ve had a great summer reading program at the Pigeon Forge library and I’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations.
I am a 24-year-old male who works and spends most of my time in Pigeon Forge. I lost my license a little over a year ago, so my main method of transportation is my skateboard.
One hundred nine people received free physical examinations at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic in Sevierville July 17 and 18. The physicals were offered to Sevier County residents and workers who have no health insurance.