Spring classes start today at Walters State

SEVIERVILLE — The spring semester begins today at Walters State Community College.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a mixture of in-person and virtual classes will again be offered. Admissions questions should be directed to 423-585-2685 or admissions@ws.edu.

Staffers at the Sevier County campus can be reached at 865-774-5800, and information is available at www.ws.edu.

New Tanger restaurant will host grand opening today

SEVIERVILLE — As part of its grand opening today, Squisito Too will offer a free slice of cheese pizza to the first 100 diners.

Doors open at 11 a.m. The new restaurant, which is part of a chain based in Maryland, is located in Sevierville’s Tanger Outlets, 1645 Parkway, Suite 295.

It is one of four locations planned by franchisees Joey and Missy Messick, who operate two Krispy Kreme stores in Sevier County.

Historic Zoning Commission will meet Thursday

SEVIERVILLE — Thursday’s 4 p.m. Historic Zoning Commission will be a virtual one due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Those who wish to address the commission or listen to the meeting must submit a request by 5 p.m. on Wednesday to bfradd@seviervilletn.org or 865-453-5504. Information is available at www.seviervilletn.org.

Nationwide COVID-19 memorial is tonight

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nationwide memorial honoring the more than 401,000 Americans who have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic begins at 5:30 p.m. today. The event is organized by the office of President-Elect Joe Biden.

Community members are encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window, and cities nationwide are asked to ring bells in remembrance. The Empire State Building will return to its “red heartbeat lighting,” which begins at 5:30 p.m. today and continues until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

A 5:30 p.m. ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will feature special lighting.