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Do you see that building over there?



KSimmonsIn addition to being the secretary to board of Wears Valley Retreat – the organization which donated the land that is now Wears Valley Ranch – God used Kathy Simmons to provide needed buildings for St Andrew’s School.

Ms. Simmons’ family were owners of the Old Mill property in Pigeon Forge. Knowing the Ranch was in need of buildings for St. Andrew’s School, she had buildings moved from the heart of Pigeon Forge at the Old Mill property to the heart of Wears Valley. The building pictured in this article is the “Watch Your Step Welcome Center.” We are grateful that the Welcome Center has been welcoming hundreds of students, staff and friends to our campus for decades.  Ms. Simmons is now in glory. We remember her part in the Ranch story with great fondness.

To discover more about the fascinating story of Wears Valley Ranch, visit and pick up a copy of A place to call HOME and Living in the Promised Land by Susan Wood. These books tell the story of Jim and Susan Wood’s experiences as the Lord prepared them for the founding of Wears Valley Ranch and their struggles in the early years. The story of Kathy Simmons as described above may be found in Living in the Promised Land.


 Kathy Simmons  Living in the Promised Land.




UT Medical Center to Offer a Free
Six-Week Diabetes Self-Management Class


The University of Tennessee Medical Center is offering Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a free six-week diabetes self-management program that will teach participants every day skills in managing diabetes. These skills include coping mechanisms to help deal with fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; appropriate use of medication; and partnering effectively with health care providers..

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, beginning September 12 through October 17 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at UT Medical Center, 1928 Alcoa Hwy, Medical Building B, Suite #3200
Knoxville, 37920..

The classes are free but registration is required by calling 865-305-6970. Space is limited..

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 609-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online att www.utmedicalcenter.orgg.









Sevier County Man Facing Charges After Boarding School Bus

With Knife On Meth


City Of Gatlinburg, Sevier County Release 911 Calls During Deadly Gatlinburg Wildfires



Records Show Chaos On Gatlinburg Spur During Deadly Gatlinburg Wildfires November 28, 2016


New 500K Grant Program Available For Sevier Residents Who Lost Everything In Gatlinburg Fires

9-11 Tapes From Last Year's Deadly Wildfires In Sevier County To Be Released


Sevier County EMA Director

Stepping Down


Missing Western NC Man Was In East TN According To Family Who Is Offering Reward For Help Finding Him


Parents Of Two-Year Old Gatlinburg Boy Found Dead In Car Charged

With Murder



Sevierville Warns Residents To Boil Water Due To Contamination


Drunk Driver Kills Sevier County Motorcycle Rider Late Wednesday


11-Year Old Young Sevierville Girl Opens Up First Hot Dog Stand


Prosecutors Drop Charges Against

Two Juveniles Accused Of Starting Destructive Gatlinburg Fires In November 2016


Timeline Of November 2016 Gatlinburg Fires


Order Filed To Release Information On Two Juveniles Accused

Of Starting Gatlinburg Wildfires


 Sevier County Officials Disappointed With County's Humane Society


15-Year Old AMBER Alert Subject From Texas Found Safe In

Sevierville Late Wednesday Night


Sevier County Sheriff's Office Looking For Missing Teen


Bear Season Getting Back To Normal After Wild Fires According To Smokies Wildlife Experts


Sevierville Man Tried to Arrange Rape of

 9-Year Girl According To Police


Man Falls 80-Feet To His Death In Great Smoky Mountains Sunday

Near Ramsey Cascades


Sevierville Police Urge Parents, Pet Owners To Be Cognizant Of

Leaving Pets, Children In Hot Cars This Summer


Gatlinburg Mayor Recalls Fires That Left Mark On City,

Destroyed His Home Six Months Ago

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Open For Business Six Months After Gatlinburg Fires


Sevier County High School Teacher Takes Own Life After Sexting Scandal


Six Months After Gatlinburg Fires, Smoky Mountains Getting

Back To Normal


Sevierville Police Urge Parents, Pet Owners To Be Cognizant Of

Leaving Pets, Children In Hot Cars This Summer



Mobile Home Left On Side Of

Road In Sevier County


Largest Rental Cabins In Sevier County Open

With Space To Sleep 70 People


Pigeon Forge's Memories Theater Under New Management

After 27 Years



Three-Car Pile Up In Sevierville Sends Ten

To Hospital Sunday Afternoon


Nearly 100 Sevier County Students Offered Free Tuition

Through Art Program


Pittman Center Fires Under Investigation As Arson According

To State Forestry Division


City of Sevierville Collected Unwanted Drugs From Residents At Waste Day Event At City Complex


More Than Two Dozen Wildfire Survivors Demand Answers At Gatlinburg City Commission Hearing Tuesday


Artist Ricky Skaggs To Headline

2017 Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass

Music Festival May 19


Firefighters Fighting 60-80 Acre Fire

In Gatlinburg Area Near Pittman Center - One Minor Injury Reported


Gatlinburg Residents Clean Up Over Weekend After Friday's

Severe Wind Storms


Some Roads Still Closed In Great Smoky Mountain National Park After High Wind Event Thursday Into Friday


Gatlinburg Restaurant Heavily Damaged By Fallen Trees Near Greenbrier


Great Smokey Mountains First Responders Return To Sevier County

For "Fishing and Fellowship"


LIFE: The Ugly Truth of Wildlife Poaching: Alcatraz East Temporary Exhibit Opening Soon


Great Smoky Mountains National Park Announces Dates For 2017 Firefly Viewing


Sevierville Police Department Schedules Kids Police Camp


45-Year Old Man Arrested For Taking Inappropriate Photos

At Cheerleading Competition In Sevierville


Deputies Identify Suspect Who Led High Speed Chase Friday Ending in Sevier County And Winding Up In River


Sevierville Celebrating 30 Years Of Dolly "In Bronze" At Sevierville Visitor Center


Cocke, Sevier County Deputies Charge Man For Aggravated Assault,

Other Charges


Survivors Of Wildfires Talk Lawsuits At Gatlinburg

Commission Meeting Monday


Pigeon Forge Police Department Finds Two Missing 16-Year Olds

Near Area Kroger


Sevierville Police Looking For Man Suspected In Credit and Debit Card Fraud At Area Businesses


Miami University Regional Students Help Wildfire Victims in

Gatlinburg Rebuild Homes


Sevier County Nabs 34 Suspected Drug Dealers In "March Madness" Roundup


New Sevierville Business Makes Huge Donation To Smoky Mountain

Children's Group


Two Teens Who Escaped From Smoky Mountain Children's Home

Now In Custody After Five County Chase and Crash


Pigeon Forge Police Looking For 2 Missing Sixteen Year Olds Last Seen March 9 Leaving

Pigeon Forge High School


Sevierville Celebrating 30 Years Of Dolly "In Bronze" At Sevierville Visitor Center


Grant Putting Sevier County Wildfire Victims Back To Work


Some Roads In Great Smoky Mountain Park Closed Due

To Possible Wind Storm


Ober Gatlinburg Closing Down

Thursday Due to Warm Weather


Insurance Claims Relating To Gatlinburg and

Sevier County Wildfires Grow To $1B In Estimated Losses


Sevierville Police Searching For

Man In Surveillance Video


Ober Gatlinburg Reopens Saturday After Temporarily Closing


Margaritaville Hotel, Resort To

Open In Gatlinburg in 2018


Sevier County Humane Society Struggling After Fires

Must Find New Home By January 15


Report: Pilot Used Wrong Flight Rules In Deadly Crash In Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Bodies of Three People Recovered Wednesday Night From

Downed Plane in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


East Tennessee Man Arrested After 9

Warrants Obtained By Sevier County For

Weapons, Drug Violations


Seymour Firefighters Hand Out Gifts On Christmas Eve


Dozens Of Pets Displaced By Sevier County

Wildfires Waiting For Homes


FAITH: Man Finds Bible Verse From Burned Bible During Dollywood Clean Up;  Passage: "O Lord, to thee will I cry for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness."


Family of Rev. Ed Taylor, Well Known in Gatlinburg,

Confirms 85-Year Old Wedding Industry

Pioneer Died In Fires


Memphis Couple Dies In Fires While Vacationing In Gatlinburg With Three Sons

Sons Hospitalized In Critical Condition



TEMA Issues Level 3 State of Emergency

For TN Due To Wildfires, Drought


Pigeon Forge Hosts Dolly Parton's

"Pure and Simple" Tour


Sevierville Police Warn of Credit/Debit Card Scammers




Sevierville Powerball Player

Wins $100K Prize



Air Quality Alert Medium On Wednesday After Smoke

From Fires Engulf East Tennessee

Code Red Air Quality Alert In Effect For Great Smoky Mountains,

Chattanooga, Knoxville Due To Wildfires


Gatlinburg Fire Department Issues

Burn Ban Until Further Notice


Snow Covers Clingman's Dome In

Great Smoky National Park Friday


Three Juvenile Males Arrested In Sevier County High School

 Rape Of Teen Male


Sevierville Man Wanted In Knox Armed Robbery

Using BB Gun On Central Pike


BUSINESS: ALDI Opening New Location

In Sevierville September 14


Sevier County Escaped Inmate Captured One Hour After Escape


Gatlinburg Now Charging Moonshine Tastings


Parrottsville Man Indicted on Arson Charges


THP: Multi-County Chase Ends In Knox County Near Midway Exit; Suspect Was Wanted In Sevier County


Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster Shut Down After Accident On July 30


One Million Dollar Powerball Drawing Winning

Ticket Sold In Pigeon Forge


Sevierville Man In Critical Condition After Hitting Head During Arrest Monday In Blount County


Sevierville Police Looking For Walmart Female Robbery Suspect


Sevier County Officials Looking For

Possibly Endangered Missing Woman


Body Pulled From Douglas Lake After

Tragic Drowning Late Sunday


TN Department Of Labor Shuts Down Second

Mountain Coaster In Sevier County After Accident


Two Sevier County Residents Charged With

Selling Marijuana


Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Set To Reopen

After Guest Was Hurt July 3


Sevier County Cabin Burglar Caught On Tape


Gatlinburg Officials Announce They Will Compete For Grant

To Restore Clingman's Dome Tower


Fire Destroys Cabin In Sevier County Near

Bear Hollow Way


DNA Of Euthanized Bear Does Not Match One

Who Attacked Hiker May 10



Kodak Man Dies In

Sevier County Plane Crash


Gatlinburg-Pittman Teacher Suspended For

Verbal Altercation Back To Work


Sevier County Evacuees From English

Mountain Fire Return To Home

Brush Fire on English Mountain Burns 100 Acres; No Injuries But

50 Mobile Homes Evacuated


Victims Identified In Deadly Helicopter Crash In Pigeon Forge

English Mountain Fire Spreading Toward

Sevier County Subdivision


Pigeon Forge, Sevierville Fire Departments

Respond To Structure Fire On Keegan Drive



Halls Top Fire Crews Have Cocke County Fire 40% Contained


Family Of Missing Gatlinburg Man Missing in Brussels

With Wife Asking For Prayers

Gatlinburg Native, Wife, Killed In Brussels Attack

Laid To Rest Friday; Memorial In Tennessee This Weekend


Owner Of Maple Lane Farms Passes

Away From Complications


Suspects In Ooltewah Rape Case To Be Tried As Juveniles

Despite State's Plea To Try Them As Adults


First Day Of Spring Brings Snow/Ice To East Tn;

GSMNP Closes Some Roads Temporarily Sunday


Crews Fight Pigeon Forge Fire Early Saturday


Former Teacher At Maryville Rock Academy In Jail



Hamilton County Coaches Will Be Charged In Ooltewah High School

Rape Case; Event Happened In Gatlinburg Cabin


Pigeon Forge Makes Top 50 Christmas Destinations For Holidays


Sevier County Smoky Mountain Toys For Tots Need

 New Home For 2016


Sevier County Deputy Finds Heartfelt Letter From Boy To His Mom


Sevierville Dentist Wanted For Rape Caught In Minnesota

Was Wanted For Raping, Stabbing Knoxville

Woman At Knoxville Motel


15-Year Old Teen Charged With Shooting At Walland Dam


 Pigeon Forge Police Investigating Shooting At Campground


Assistant Sevier County Planner Arrested On

Theft, Misconduct Charges


Newport Woman, 21, Arrested On

Child Porn Charges


Sevierville Woman Pleads Guilty To Producing and

Distributing Child Pornography


 Fire Breaks Out At Great Smoky Mountain Wheel At Island In

Pigeon Forge; No One Hurt


Sevierville Adult Shop Changes Sign Under Pressure

From Media, Community


Two Sevierville Men Arrested on Counterfeit Charges


Gatlinburg Pastor Defends Sign With Shotgun

Outside Wedding Chapel


Gatlinburg Man Sentenced To

39 Years For Child Porn


Autopsy Reveals Hypothermia, Overdose As Reason Hiker Found

Dead In GSMNP In July


Civil Liberty Organizations Rail Against Sevier County

Sheriff Ron Seals For Anti-Muslim Comments


TBI: Cleveland Woman Filed False Report About Cleveland TN

Officer Sexually Assaulting Her In Gatlinburg


Otics Auto Parts Manufacturer Opening

In Sevierville To Bring 117 Jobs


Fire Damages Stages West Western

Store In Pigeon Forge; No Injuries


Sevierville Fire Damages Businesses

Late Monday Night


National Park Visits Back Up To 10 Million

Great Smoky National Park Visitation Up, Businesses Feeling It Too


Park Rangers Warn Tourists

About Bear Safety


Hungry Bears Causing Certain Trials

To Be Closed In Smokies


Pigeon Forge Firefighters Take The "Chief's Challenge"


Roger Lee Sutfin (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

Arrest Made In Bomb Threat To

Alcoa Rubbermaid Plant


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Man Gives 13-Year Old Alcohol,

Then Sexually Assaults Her



Synchronous Fireflies Take

Over The Smokies


Bear activity is up right now in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, prompting park officials to close two back-country campgrounds.

Two Smokies Campgrounds Closed

Due To Bear Sightings


Park Rangers Cracking Down

On Vandalism In Smokey Mountains


Poisonous Snake Bites Man In Cades Cove Bathroom


Smokey Mountain Rangers Issuing Citations For

Getting Too Close To Bears


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