Archive for March, 2015

Labor force lowest since 1978 and Jimmy Carter

Labor force lowest since 1978 and Jimmy Carter

National News March 26, 2015 at 1:42 am 0 comments

SAN FRANCISCO (press release)—The White House may have their own spin on labor numbers, but they don’t match up with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. In fact, in February, 92,898,000 Americans did not participate in the nation’s labor force. That’s up an astounding 80,529,000 since President Barack ObamaRead More

From the Hart: preacher flies high

From the Hart: preacher flies high

From the Hart March 26, 2015 at 1:09 am 0 comments

By Ron Hart   Never have I reached out to readers and solicited money for a just cause. But Atlanta-based televangelist couple Creflo and Taffi Dollar recently asked their congregation to buy them a new jet. I’m in. We must do this. Creflo feels strongly that his current jet needsRead More

Experience the Smoky Mountain area

Experience the Smoky Mountain area

Arts & Culture, Local News March 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm 0 comments

GATLINBURG (press release)—You’ll get a magical feeling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’re in the presence of something fresh and, yet, ancient. The oldest mountains in the world. A preserve of wildflowers, old-growth forests and rushing mountain streams. The Smokies. It’s the ultimate getaway. Bring your camera. The parkRead More

Pigeon droppings: Scott Johnson

Pigeon droppings: Scott Johnson

Entertainment, Pigeon Droppings March 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm 0 comments

By Bob Hamill   Several years ago I attended a rehearsal at The Black Bear Jamboree which is now the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show. There was one person in the cast who stood out to me. His dancing seemed effortless and his singing was as smooth as Mel Torme.Read More

Six festivals, special surprises mark milestone year

Six festivals, special surprises mark milestone year

Entertainment, Local News March 24, 2015 at 8:10 pm 0 comments

  Seasons of fun await guests during Dollywood’s 30th anniversary celebration   By Kirt Webster   Every season brings a completely new experience for Dollywood guests, and the park’s 30th anniversary celebration provides six spectacular festivals and a number of surprises to delight visitors in 2015. From amazing stage shows and award-winningRead More

Sevier County Commissioner wins state award

Sevier County Commissioner wins state award

Local News, State News March 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm 0 comments

By Perrin Anderson Sevier County Commissioner Ben Clabo was awarded the “Robert M. Wormsley Outstanding County Officials of the Year” honor for 2014. The award was presented during the Tennessee County Service Association’s 61st Annual Fall Conference, held in Pigeon Forge. The Wormsley award was created in 2004 to recognizeRead More

Lumberjack Feud partners with DockDogs® sports league to host wildcard qualifier

Lumberjack Feud partners with DockDogs® sports league to host wildcard qualifier

Entertainment, Local News March 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm 0 comments

Lumberjack Feud brings national dog competition to Pigeon Forge   By Marvyl Cockrell   Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will be hosting the first Lumberjack Feud DockDogs® Wild Card Challenge May 8-10, 2015. The weekend will be an open qualifier offering competitors a wildcard position in theRead More

Haslam names Kevin Triplett commissioner of tourist development

Haslam names Kevin Triplett commissioner of tourist development

Local News March 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm 0 comments

Pigeon Forge executive Sande Weiss named co-chair of Tennessee Tourism Committee NASHVILLE (press release)—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Kevin Triplett will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development. Triplett, 49, is vice president of public affairs for Bristol Motor Speedway. Prior to joining BMSRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: a family for Francis

UT-VMC emergency room tails: a family for Francis

Tails from the ER March 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey He was only about eight weeks old but the little golden retriever puppy that had just arrived through our emergency service was very sick. He was so weak he could not even hold his head up, and instead lie silently on his side, with every breathRead More

Pets for adoption

Pets for adoption

Local News March 24, 2015 at 5:51 pm 0 comments

Batman is a 7-month-old pit bull mix waiting for a good home and Jendaya is a 3-year-old domestic medium-haired cat also hoping to be adopted soon. Adoption fee for Batman is $100 and $50 for Jendaya. Fees cover their first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch AnimalRead More