Articles by: Jim Eastin

The Thomas Kinkade Christmas of Light Show

The Thomas Kinkade Christmas of Light Show

Entertainment, Local News November 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin Sevier County has a new Christmas show. The opening night of the Thomas Kinkade Christmas of Light show was Sunday, November 1. On that warm drizzly evening, only one night after trick-or-treating, it seemed a bit of a stretch to draw a crowd into the Christmas Spirit.Read More

Identity theft: three, two, one … backup!

Identity theft: three, two, one … backup!

Identity Theft August 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin Protecting one’s identity includes many things that may not seem directly connected to identities but eventually show themselves to be. Backup is a good example. Backing up your data not only means you have a copy of it, it also means that you can’t be held hostageRead More

Business profile: volunteer appreciation luncheon

Business profile: volunteer appreciation luncheon

Business, Business Profiles, Local News August 7, 2015 at 3:50 am 0 comments

By Jim Eastin The Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the LeConte Convention Center last Friday. Around 75 people attended the Hawaiian-themed event wearing flowered shirts and dresses. Butch Helton, director of special events, addressed and thanked the group for their faithfulness andRead More

Business profile: Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce unveils new website

Business profile: Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce unveils new website

Business, Business Profiles, Local News July 16, 2015 at 3:11 am 0 comments

By Jim Eastin Last Tuesday evening the members of the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Riverstone Resort for a festive evening of hors d’oeuvre, conversation and to look at the new website at PigeonForgeChamber.com. DJ. Ron Crivellone and his wife Ellen from Smoky Mountain Sound provided theRead More

Identity theft: 22 million records lost and they still want my girlfriend’s Social Security number

Identity theft: 22 million records lost and they still want my girlfriend’s Social Security number

Identity Theft July 16, 2015 at 12:42 am 0 comments

By Jim Eastin When the news broke a few weeks ago about the United States’ HR department getting hacked, the number of files stolen started around 5 million individuals. As of this week that number is up to 21 and a half million families. As far as I can determineRead More

Identity theft: how are you, you?

Identity theft: how are you, you?

Identity Theft June 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin By now you have heard about last weeks hack on the Internal Revenue Service. 104,000 files were captured by bad guys out of 200,000 attempts; a 50 percent return on time invested. There are four things worth noting about this attack. First, it did not happen lastRead More

Identity theft: you talkin’ to me?

Identity theft: you talkin’ to me?

Identity Theft April 29, 2015 at 12:38 am 0 comments

By Jim Eastin One of the most famous lines comes from “Taxi Driver” when Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) says to himself in the mirror, “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?” He is practicing dealing with someone he wants to fight. I want to suggest you do theRead More

Business profile: Ruth Wellborn, Ely’s Mill

Business profile: Ruth Wellborn, Ely’s Mill

Arts & Culture, Business Profiles April 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin When the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Gatlinburg is open, thousands of people each month pass by Ely’s Mill. Those who stop are in for a treat. Ely’s Mill has been the trail’s first sign of “city life” since 1925 when it was built by AndrewRead More

Identity theft: “Somebody needs to go to jail”

Identity theft: “Somebody needs to go to jail”

Identity Theft April 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin The hack of 80 million accounts held by Anthem Healthcare included subsidiaries which you have heard of, such as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield,  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup (which includes TennCare), Caremore, Unicare,Read More

Business profile: Acuff Tax Service

Business profile: Acuff Tax Service

Business Profiles February 1, 2015 at 9:40 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin When it is tax season, tax preparers have very little time for themselves. Gary Dick is no exception. Gary was born and raised in KY. After college he started to work in a CPA firm preparing taxes and bookkeeping. Then he decided to change from public accountingRead More