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Jefferson County Republican Party Hosts Meet The Candidate In Dandridge

Jefferson County Republican Party Hosts Meet The Candidate In Dandridge

The Jefferson County Republican Women Of The Future held a Meet the Candidate event Saturday morning in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge. Both local and state level elected officials were on hand to address the public. Early voting for the March 1st election begins on February 10, 2016 and candidates were out stumping [...]

Accident Shuts Down Interstate

Accident Shuts Down Interstate

Travelers on both East and Westbound I-40 found themselves in a traffic quagmire on Monday morning following a traffic accident that effectively shut down the Interstate between Jefferson County and Sevier County. According to information provided by Tennessee Department of Transportation, the incidents are not expected to be cleared until around 2pm, leaving travelers stranded [...]

Show Your Snow – Reader Submitted Photos

Show Your Snow – Reader Submitted Photos

Local Winemaker Celebrates 30th Harvest Season

Local Winemaker Celebrates 30th Harvest Season

The Master Winemaker for the Rocky Top Wine Trail has been harvesting Tennessee grapes since before he could even drive a car. With the conclusion of this harvest season this week, Doug Seitz will have successfully completed his 30th grape harvest and wine vintage! Just in 2014 alone, Doug and his winemaking staff of five [...]

Watch Them Change

Watch Them Change

As the month of October moves quickly toward Halloween, oranges are bursting out everywhere with even the valley beginning to burn bright with color. Wet weather has impacted the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains and high winds in the highest elevations have stripped some of the leaves early. Those seeking maximum color should climb [...]

TDVA Connects Veterans with Jobs, Higher Education and Other Valuable Resources in Sevier and Surrounding Counties

TDVA Connects Veterans with Jobs, Higher Education and Other Valuable Resources in Sevier and Surrounding Counties

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with nearly 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Blount, Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. Representatives from the [...]

Gregory Bald Temporarily Closed To Protect Bears And Hikers

Gregory Bald Temporarily Closed To Protect Bears And Hikers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have temporarily closed Gregory Bald and nearby trails including Gregory Bald Trail and Wolf Ridge Trail from Parson Bald to Gregory Bald. The closure is necessary to both protect bears and hikers. At least a dozen bears are concentrated on Gregory Bald feeding on ripe cherries. The situation has [...]

DeFoe Wins Bassmaster Northern Open On Douglas

DeFoe Wins Bassmaster Northern Open On Douglas

What is the winning number to walk away with the top prize in the Bass Pro Shop’s Bassmaster Northern Open? For Ott DeFoe it is 62 pounds and 5 ounces that takes the victory and the prize for the hometown guy. Douglas Lake was alive with anglers all looking for the big one and to [...]

Circuit Court Judge Richard R. “Dick” Vance announces candidacy for Re-election

Circuit Court Judge Richard R. “Dick” Vance announces candidacy for Re-election

Circuit Court Judge Richard R. “Dick” Vance has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for re-election as Circuit Court Judge, Part II, to continue serving the people of the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke, and Grainger Counties. In announcing his candidacy, Judge Vance said; “ For the past sixteen years, it [...]

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee again this year during this busy travel holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at 6:00 a.m. [...]

Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All visitor facilities including visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, and roads – except for Newfound Gap Road, (Hwy 441) including the Spur and [...]

TDOT Urged to Expand Hwy 411 Project

TDOT Urged to Expand Hwy 411 Project

  State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) invited a host of local officials and business industry leaders to meet with the Department of Transportation this week. The group urged TDOT to include a 1.5 mile stretch in the initial phase of the Highway 411 project leading into Chestnut Hill. The project phase was currently slated to [...]

Heading to the Smoky Mountains this weekend? Know the constructions areas.

Heading to the Smoky Mountains this weekend?  Know the constructions areas.

Travelers looking to access the Gatlinburg Bypass will notice single lanes during the daylight hours and complete closure from 8 pm to 7 am Sunday night through Friday morning, beginning August 19th.  Charles Blalock and Sons will be resurfacing the bypass and parking areas from August 19th until September 27th. Construction will break for October, [...]

Emergency Need For Blood Continues

Emergency Need For Blood Continues

Summer months are difficult for blood centers across the U.S. and it is no exception for our local provide,  Medic Regional Blood Center.   “We are currently on emergency appeal for all blood types, especially the negative types,” says Christi Fightmaster, Medic’s spokesperson.   This is a time when being negative can be a good thing.  Negative [...]

Undercover Sting Operation Nets Multiple Arrests at Douglas Dam

      The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has rounded up eight suspects on charges of sexual battery and indecent exposure. According to Sheriff Ron Seals, the suspects were arrested on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Douglas Dam Reservation in Sevier County over the past few weeks. Seals said the SCSO and TVA Police have been [...]

Smoky Mountain Opry in an Uproar Over Addition of White Lion

Smoky Mountain Opry in an Uproar Over Addition of White Lion

The Smoky Mountain Opry introduced one of its biggest and newest cast members to the press last week. Tsimba-Vaati, a 7-year-old white lion was introduced before a live show last week to fans wgo saw the rare lion for the first time. Tsimba-Vaati weighs approximately 500 pounds, was born in captivity and was obtained from [...]

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