Dollywood extends Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival dates

The festival will now be open on Jan 2 and Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The change was made due to the park receiving many requests from families due to the amount of time school systems will be closed for Christmas break...


New Harvest Park Farmers Market to finish out season

The market will host its inaugural Thanksgiving Jubilee on Thursday, Nov. 16 with Knox County Commission Vice Chairman Charles Busler ringing the bell to kick off the family-friendly event.The market, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public, will be held at the park located at 4775 New Harvest Lane. It's the last outdoor farmers market of the year for New Harvest Park...


Need help for the holidays? Empty Stocking Fund applications accepted beginning Monday

If you could use some help during the upcoming holidays, the News Sentinel will begin taking applications for the Empty Stocking Fund on Monday. The charity helps needy people with food and gifts during the winter holidays.Applications will be taken 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20-Nov. 22 and Nov. 27-Dec.1 at three locations:..


Guide to Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

Heating the home in winter is one of the biggest household expenses. According to the EPA, 42% of the energy we use at home is for heating. While energy costs have risen, the improved energy efficiency of today’s heating systems offset those energy prices...


Knoxville teacher one of two in Tennessee to win $25,000 Milken Educator Award

On the morning of the AP Government exam, Paula Franklin of West High School in Knoxville can be found handing out breakfast and personalized notes of encouragement to her students. On Thursday, Franklin received a giant boost of confidence of her own in the form of a Milken Educator Award, which comes with a $25,000 cash prize, according to a press release...


Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry Bigger, Brighter and Bolder Than Ever

The 6th annual “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” Theater opens Wednesday, Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 6, 2018. The show boasts an array of holiday festivities, music, comedy and dance.This year’s production features the biggest cast ever, with many specialty acts including award-winning aerialists Leann Farley and Simyon Gruzdev; comedic juggler, David Hirschi as Slim Chance; and impersonator and singer Charlie Bob Smith. Other cast members include singers, dancers, musicians, Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. ...



  • The Christian way to cure your bad mood swings

    If you experience mood swings, you know how unpredictable your moods can be. Don't you just wish you knew how to deal with them once and for all? I'm pretty sure you do – especially if you realize just how troublesome they are. I am writing this for all beloved brothers and sisters who wish to be free from their mood swings. Don't worry. There's hope in Christ...


  • 3 Foods To Boost Your Mood, Feel Happier And Fight Off Depression

    We all know that exercise and a balanced diet are keys to being healthy. But did you know healthy foods can also make you feel more happy?That's right; the foods that you put in your body every day can have an impact on how you feel. That's especially good to know as we head into the winter months, when the days are shorter and the nights longer....


Tech Bites

  • 3D-printed drones and US military.

    The military has been testing 3D-printed drones that are in use for on-demand military missions, using technology called the On-Demand Small Unmanned Aircraft System (ODSUAS)...