Maggie Valley, NCSmoky Mountain News

Marquees made me leave Maggie Valley

I have never done this in my 59 years, but I can’t rest until I voice my displeasure and disappointment in what happened to me in Maggie Valley. Father’s Day was coming and my 82-year-old dad had just one wish, and that was to get all his kids and grandkids together again and take a trip up to Maggie Valley. My father has been taking us there for years and the memories of my youth are filled with gunfights, Cherokees and mountains, courtesy of what I thought was a magical place.
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Cocke County, TNPosted by

TBI: Former Cocke Co. corrections officer indicted for conspiring with inmates to attack a man in jail

COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. — A former Cocke County jailer is facing several charges after being accused of conspiring to harm an inmate who was attacked last December. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 4th District Attorney General James Dunn requested TBI agents in December to investigate allegations surrounding 24-year-old Joseph Tyree, who served as a corrections officer at the Cocke County Jail at the time.
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Balsam, NCFOX Carolina

Couple dead after motorcycle hits van

BALSAM, NC (FOX Carolina) – Two people are dead after a motorcycle ran into a van, according to the National Park Service South Atlantic-Gulf Region. Larry McElroy, 70, and his wife, Brenda McElroy, 71, died after the motorcycle they were on hit a van on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 450 just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
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Waynesville, NCSmoky Mountain News

Waynesville attorney didn’t deserve firing

The Waynesville town attorney serves at the pleasure of the board. Elected officials can fire or terminate him for any reason they see fit. That said, I think Waynesville’s town officials overreacted and made a mistake in terminating the contract of town attorney Bill Cannon, cowering to a well-known right-wing activist and those who spoke the loudest instead of standing up for someone who did his job and, in doing so, pissed some people off.
Hamblen County, TNCitizen Tribune

Summer Wells search into Day 9

As the search for missing five-year-old Summer Wells enters its ninth day, local Hamblen County emergency personnel entered the search Tuesday. Capt. Chad Mullins, led a contingent of Hamblen County deputies, Morristown police officers and Morristown firefighters to Hawkins County to help in the search for Wells, who disappeared Tuesday, June 15.
Sevier County, TNSmoky Mountain News

First tenant announced for EBCI’s Sevier development

The 200-acre piece of land that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is developing along Interstate 40 in Sevier County will be soon be home to the world’ largest convenience store. A June 22 press release from Kituwah LLC and the EBCI announced that the first establishment in the development...
Pigeon Forge, TNPosted by

Man says father's ashes stolen along with truck and boat near Douglas Lake

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — A man is pleading for the return of his father's ashes after he said they were stolen along with his boat and truck near Douglas Lake. David Lowrie said he and his son arrived at the lake for a junior fishing tournament, looking forward to spending some time on the water in Tennessee tradition. However, between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., he said someone stole their truck and boat.

Suspect wanted after allegedly robbing Waynesville Waffle House, fleeing on foot

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The Waynesville Police Department is searching for a suspect accused of robbing a Waffle House. In an online post, police say on Friday, June 18, just after 1 a.m., a man identified as Cassius Leon Pinkston, 35, walked into the Waffle House at 32 Barber Blvd, allegedly presented "what employees believed to be a gun, and demanded all of the money from the cash register."

Mama Bear, cubs spotted on porch camera in Gatlinburg

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) - WVLT viewer, Danyelle Glendenning, sent WVLT a video of a mama bear and her four cubs exploring their porch at their cabin in Gatlinburg. The video shows the mama bear climbing over the gate and walking across the porch. Then, four of her babies followed behind exploring the area as well.
Bryson City, NCSylva Herald

Obituaries: Nancy Williams

On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Nancy Elizabeth McGinnis Williams, loving mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 70. Nancy was born on March 31, 1951, in Bryson City, N.C., to Thelmalene Parker Waters. She graduated from Sylva-Webster High School in 1969. In 1971, on a summer night at...
Haywood County, NCSmoky Mountain News

Milestone moment for broadband in Haywood

A public-private partnership between Haywood County and local internet service provider Skyrunner will soon result in broadband service for more than 300 locations in some of the county’s most underserved areas. “Good things come to those who wait,” said David Francis, the county’s project administrator, during a Haywood commission meeting...
Hamblen County, TNCitizen Tribune

Patel excited about opportunity at the Air Force Academy

In days, Yash Patel’s life will change forever. The former Hamblen County resident who attended All Saints Episcopal School is headed to Colorado Spring, Colorado to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy. His dream is to one day become a fighter pilot. “I’m nervous about the training,” Patel said. Patel...