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To Plant or Not to Plant?

Posted 04-18-18.

Spring is here, and that means….mowing the grass and fighting allergies! Fortunately, it also means temperatures are warming-up, trees are getting green and some plants are starting to bloom.

For City Parks and Recreation landscaping staff, it means working towards a decision on when to plant hundreds of flowers that have been growing in our greenhouses. In the meantime, we have already planted many beautiful pansies and tulips.

Each spring, our staff researches the long-term weather forecast on a daily basis as they attempt to decide when it is safe to start the major planting. It’s an important decision; planting too early can result in dead or damaged plants from frost. City staff cannot afford to plant too early, because we grow our own flowers and do not have a budget large enough to purchase replacement products.

So, the City will be planting around town soon…but not quite yet.

Annual Arbor Day Celebration Features Sidney Paul Wade Memorial Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting

Posted 04-18-18.

The annual City of Sevierville Arbor Day Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25. This year's event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sidney Paul Wade Memorial Rain Garden and presentation of the City's Tree City USA Award. The event will begin at 12PM at Sevierville City Hall at the Municipal Complex on Gary Wade Boulevard.

This will be the 34th consecutive year that Sevierville has been recognized as a Tree City USA. The ceremony will include speakers and presentations from the Sevierville Intermediate School Beta Club, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Dr. Dwight Wade and Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley. There will be a reading of the names of individuals with a tree memorial or honorary tree in the past year. A reception will follow at City Hall. Students from the Sevierville Intermediate School will help with speaker introductions.

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Traffic Signal Timing Changes Starting Next Week

Posted 04-13-18.

The City of Sevierville and contractors will be retiming traffic signals throughout the City beginning next week. The signal retiming is part of a project to move the City to a traffic responsive system, wherein traffic signals communicate in real-time to respond to traffic levels, resulting in increased traffic flow efficiency.

Motorists should be alert for changes in current timing and signal phases starting next week. The retiming phase of the project is expected to take several weeks to complete, so you may not see changes in your normal travel immediately.

The project is 100% federally-funded and includes the entire Highway 66 corridor, Dolly Parton Parkway, Main Street, the Parkway into Pigeon Forge, and Veterans Boulevard into Pigeon Forge.

To Plant or Not to Plant?

Posted 04-10-18.

Spring is here, and that means….mowing the grass and fighting allergies! Fortunately, it also means temperatures are warming-up, trees are getting green and some plants are starting to bloom.

For City Parks and Recreation landscaping staff, it means working towards a decision on when to plant hundreds of flowers that have been growing in our greenhouses. In the meantime, we have already planted many beautiful pansies and tulips.

Read more: To Plant or Not to Plant?

Dog Park Numbers Growing Across the Country

Posted 04-10-18.

Sevierville’s PETSafe Unleashed Dog Park, located at Sevierville City Park (1005 Park Road), officially opened last year on May 13. Although it remains the only dog park in Sevier County, dog parks are among the fastest growing park amenities across the nation, according to the Trust for Public Land (tpl.org). In the past nine years, there has been a 40% increase in the number of dog parks in the one-hundred largest U.S. cities.

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SFD Squad 13 Placed Into Service

Posted 04-06 18.

The Sevierville Fire Department recently placed a new truck into service. Squad 13’s primary role is responding to emergency medical calls in the Station 1 coverage area.

The new vehicle is staffed by two medically-trained firefighters with Advanced Emergency Medical Technician or higher certification. Squad 13 is also equipped with vehicle extrication equipment for vehicle crash response as well as a small pressurized firefighting system for extinguishing small brush fires.

“Squad 13 provides a quicker and much more cost effective response to medical emergencies,” Fire Chief Matt Henderson said. “The initial cost is almost 75% less than a new front line engine and will save wear and tear on our fire engines.”

Sevierville Names New Chief of Police

Posted 04-06-18.

The City of Sevierville Police Department announces that Chief Joe Manning from Bluffton, South Carolina has been named as the new Chief of Police. He replaces former SPD Chief Don Myers, who retired March 30 after thirty-nine years of service to the City.

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