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The Lord's Child collecting donations for Isaac victims

The Lord's Child collecting donations for Isaac victims

For the next three days, a Sevier County non-profit is collecting water and non-perishable food items for victims of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Lord's Child will be stationed with a tractor trailer at three area Walmart stores: Sevierville, Turkey Creek, and East Towne. They hope to fill them up to take to Louisiana in the next few days.

One of the organizers, Eric Lambert, has a personal connection to the supplies' destination.

Born and raised in Plaquemines Parish, Lambert still has family there.

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Smokies roadwork being done this week

Smokies roadwork being done this week

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Great Smoky Mountain National Park will do some road work overnight to affect traffic as little as possible.

A spokeswoman for the park said the work will begin Thursday.

If the weather holds, it will be completed by Saturday. However, rain could delay some work deeper into the Labor Day weekend.
The Gatlinburg Bypass will close at 7 p.m. and reopen at 7 a.m. each day.

Traffic will be maintained on Newfound Gap Road but will be restricted to one lane from 7 p.m. though 7 a.m.

One dead, three injured in Sevier County crash

One dead, three injured in Sevier County crash

A Sevierville woman was killed and three others were injured after a two-car crash in Sevier County Friday night.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 411 near Hattie Branch Road, according to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

A 2011 Kia Soul, driven by Roxanna Martin, 52, of Sevierville, was traveling southbound on 411.

A Chevy Silverado pickup truck also traveling on 411 was attempting to turn onto Hattie Branch Road when the vehicles collided, head-on.

Couple arrested in Sevier Co. copper thefts

Couple arrested in Sevier Co. copper thefts

A Sevier County couple is accused of stealing copper tubing from propane tanks and air conditioning coils from a church and nearly a dozen homes.

According to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals, James C. Lowe, 25 of Sevierville and Kristy A. Smith, 34, of Gatlinburg face 13 charges each of theft and vandalism.

A 911 call about the smell of gas in the Ski Mountain Road area of Gatlinburg started the investigation.  Gatlinburg Police Department found that the copper tubing of a propane tank had been cut and started a leak.

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Long-time Sevierville firefighter named chief

Long-time Sevierville firefighter named chief

A long-time Sevierville firefighter has been named the city's new fire chief.

Thursday, the Sevierville city administrator announced Matt Henderson will be the next chief. He's been with the department since 1995 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2008.

Henderson is also the chief of the Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department.

He'll officially transition into his new role on August 28.

Sevier Co. man pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

Sevier Co. man pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

At the end of May, authorities found dozens of dead and barely living cats inside a Sevierville mobile home.

Thursday, a Sevier County man pled guilty to five counts of animal cruelty, all misdemeanors.

William Hood appeared in a Sevier County courtroom Thursday morning. He will serve at least 30 days in the county jail before he goes to Centerpointe for therapy.

Hood will then be placed on five consecutive years of supervised probation.

Among the other agreements, he can't have any more animals without court approval.

Songwriters gather in Gatlinburg

Songwriters gather in Gatlinburg

This weekend some of the biggest country music songwriters behind some of the most popular country songs will be in East Tennesssee to celebrate their Appalachian musical roots.

It's the "Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival" in Gatlinburg and it means a lot for artisits who started out right here.