Archive for September, 2015

Power & politics: Trump beginning to change tone

Power & politics: Trump beginning to change tone

Politics, Power & Politics September 22, 2015 at 5:40 pm 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion After skyrocketing in the polls, a new Donald Trump has begun to emerge after months of bombastic comments that led the candidate to utterly dominate the media cycle. Trump is employing a two-part strategy. The first is getting attention that would establish a base of support. Trump’sRead More

Funds used to repair homes for needy

Funds used to repair homes for needy

Local News September 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm 0 comments

Sevier County secures $500,000 grant form THDA By Wes Bunch County Mayor Larry Waters has secured a $500,000 HOME grant from THDA to repair substandard homes for as many as 15 low-income households in Sevier County. “All homes need maintenance over time. Sevier County is doing an exemplary job ofRead More

Dollywood honored for entertainment, friendliness, Christmas event

Dollywood honored for entertainment, friendliness, Christmas event

Entertainment, Local News September 22, 2015 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

By Wes Ramey Dollywood continues to rack up accolades from Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards, this year earning three “best of” awards and placing in the top-five in seven additional categories during the magazine’s 2015 awards ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Luna Park in New York City. “EveryRead More

Rocky Top Sports World to host Thanksgiving Bowl

Rocky Top Sports World to host Thanksgiving Bowl

Local News, Local Sports, Sports September 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm 0 comments

Gatlinburg tradition calls new facility home By Alex Shelton Rocky Top Sports World will host the 44th Annual Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving Youth Football Tournament. In previous years, the tournament has hosted numerous teams from as many as ten states competing in football tournament action. With the availability of seven fields,Read More

Park closes area near caves to protect declining bat populations

Park closes area near caves to protect declining bat populations

Local News, Science & Environment, State News September 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the closure of the Whiteoak Sink area effective now through March 31, 2016 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats. Park biologists will be monitoring the site throughout the winter collecting population, ecological andRead More

Batman has more screentime than Superman in new film

Batman has more screentime than Superman in new film

Checking the Gate, Entertainment September 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

By Craig Martin With “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” now deep into the post production phase and just a little over six months away from hitting movie screens, details are continuing to emerge about the lynchpin film in Warner Bros.’ attempt at taking over the superhero film genre. TheRead More

Franklin County jury convicts Decherd man in 2013 fire

Franklin County jury convicts Decherd man in 2013 fire

Police Reports, State News September 21, 2015 at 9:16 am 0 comments

By Kevin Walters A Franklin County man must serve 11 years on probation and pay $94,000 in restitution to his insurance company as well as a $25,000 court-ordered fine as a result of a conviction of insurance fraud related to a 2013 fire on his property. James Walls, 33, wasRead More

Disney on Ice coming to Knoxville

Disney on Ice coming to Knoxville

Entertainment, Local News, State News September 21, 2015 at 9:07 am 0 comments

By Michael Williams The Magic of Disney on Ice is coming to the Knoxville Civic Center in their newest show, “Let’s Celebrate,” beginning Oct. 28 and running through Nov. 1. Gretchen Trowbridge performs in the show playing a variety of roles. The current tour is Trowbridge’s 16th tour with DisneyRead More

Tennessee softball releases 2015 fall exhibition schedule

Tennessee softball releases 2015 fall exhibition schedule

Sports, State News September 21, 2015 at 8:54 am 0 comments

By Stephen K. Lee The Tennessee softball team will play eight fall exhibition games in September and October as the Vols prepare for the upcoming 2016 season. All of UT’s fall exhibition games will be held at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium and admission is free. On Sept. 26, Tennessee willRead More

Sports view: Female sportscaster breaks barriers

Sports view: Female sportscaster breaks barriers

Sports, Sports View September 18, 2015 at 3:40 am 0 comments

By Jordan Kobritz Qualification: “Experience or knowledge that makes someone suitable to do a particular job.” —Merriam-Webster Like any job, the selection of a sports broadcaster should be based on qualifications for the job. If someone is qualified to do the job, they should be given the opportunity to proveRead More