Articles by: Michael Williams

The Blackwood Singers/photo submitted

The Blackwoods farewell concert

Entertainment, Local News December 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams After 2,854 shows in Pigeon Forge, the Blackwoods are preparing to take their final bow on December 31. R.W. Blackwood and his wife Donna host the morning show at the Smoky Mountain Opry where they perform with several other entertainers. After a successful 15-year run in PigeonRead More

Gatlinburg to ring in New Year with ball drop

Gatlinburg to ring in New Year with ball drop

Entertainment, Local News December 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams Gatlinburg city officials are expecting higher than average attendance to this year’s New Year’s Eve ball Drop. Each year thousands of tourists and locals alike descend on the strip in Gatlinburg to watch as a lighted ball, similar to the one in Times Square, descends in theRead More

Comedy Barn Theater sponsors student tickets to Sevier County state finals game

Comedy Barn Theater sponsors student tickets to Sevier County state finals game

Entertainment, Local News, Local Sports December 4, 2015 at 2:45 am 0 comments

By Michael Williams The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, is sponsoring Sevier County High School Students to the 5A TSSAA state finals football game Friday night, Dec. 4, against Independence High School of Thompson’s Station, Tenn.  The finals will be played at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., forRead More

Phony money showing up in Knoxville

Phony money showing up in Knoxville

Local News, News November 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams A new scam has police and merchants on the lookout for counterfeiters who are purchasing their phony money on eBay. Recently, a restaurant in Asheville North Carolina accepted a piece of this fake money. Fortunately, the merchant examined the bogus $100 bill and notified police. The fakeRead More

World renowned East Tennessee author to be celebrated

World renowned East Tennessee author to be celebrated

Arts & Culture, Local News, State News November 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams In 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, a young widow, Eliza Boond Hodgson, brought her five children, including the 13-year-old Frances, to America, settling first in Jefferson County and moving a few years later to Knoxville. The family struggled financially and young Frances began writingRead More

Hatfield and McCoy kick off season with Christmas Disaster

Hatfield and McCoy kick off season with Christmas Disaster

Entertainment, Local News November 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater kicked off the 2015 Christmas season with a new show, The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster. The two feudin’ families are at it again this time competing with one another in the Christmas Festivus Best Cabin Light competition. The contest isRead More

UT beats North Texas to become bowl eligible

UT beats North Texas to become bowl eligible

Sports, State News November 15, 2015 at 1:42 am 0 comments

By Michael Williams The University of Tennessee Volunteers shut out the North Texas Mean Green Saturday at Neyland Stadium with a final score of 24–0. The victory, before a crowd of 96,000, was homecoming for UT and secures the team a bowl appearance. North Texas came into the game withRead More

The Christmas Story comes to life on stage at Biblical Times

The Christmas Story comes to life on stage at Biblical Times

Entertainment, Local News November 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams The Biblical Times Theater in Pigeon Forge has one of the smaller casts of any dinner show in town but, very talented. The theater is now presenting “The Christmas Story” as told by Simeon. The Biblical Times Theater was the innovator of holographic technology for use inRead More

Dixie gives media sneak peak of new show

Dixie gives media sneak peak of new show

Entertainment, Local News November 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams Members of the media were given a sneak preview of the new Christmas show that begins this week at the Dixie Stampede. Outside the most popular dinner show in the Smokies, southern belles directed guests into the theater where they were treated to an abbreviated version ofRead More

Halloween hazard: Non-prescription lenses cause eye damage

Halloween hazard: Non-prescription lenses cause eye damage

Health, News October 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams Colored contact lenses enhance Halloween costumes. Consumers can purchase them over the Internet that resemble cat eyes, blood-drenched vampire eyes and other themes that add a spooky touch to an outfit. Doctors with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, however, warn against the use of such devices citingRead More