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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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Fire Department Schedules Safety Events at Local Schools

Posted 04-18-18.

The City of Sevierville Fire Department will be at two local schools this week to promote safety for our students.

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 18, 19, firefighters will be at the Sevierville Primary School meeting with second grade classes to reinforce fire prevention practices. Firefighters were also at the school last October during Fire Prevention Month. The Fire Safety House will be utilized at this event.

On Friday, April 20, firefighters will be at Sevier County School to conduct a mock vehicle accident involving a drunk driver. Several emergency response agencies will be on hand, including LifeStar Air Ambulance. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving.

Traffic Advisory: Main Street Resurfacing

Posted 04-13-18.

City contractors will begin milling work on Main Street, between Forks of the River Parkway and Kilby Street, this Sunday evening, April 15. The work is part of a Main Street repaving project. Crews will conduct work in other areas on Main Street as the project progresses.

All project work will take place between 7PM-6AM nightly, weather permitting. Temporary lane closures will occur when work is in progress; short term delays are possible. During the daytime hours, no lane closures are expected.

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.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Color Me Mutt 5 K Road Race

Posted 04-11-18.

The City of Sevierville is issuing a traffic advisory for the Color Me Mutt 5k road race Saturday morning, April 14. The following traffic lanes will be closed from approximately 7AM-10AM to facilitate the safety of participants:
• Parkway northbound right lane from NASCAR Speed Park to Collier Drive
• Collier Drive eastbound right lane from Parkway to Rainbow Road
• Rainbow Road southbound lane for approximately one-quarter mile.

Traffic will be maintained on all affected roads. Brief delays are possible. Please exercise caution when runners are present.

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.

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