In light of Governor Bill Lee’s issuance of Executive Order #80, the Sevierville Parks and Recreation Department is making several changes to their COVID-19 pandemic operating procedures.
Children’s programs will now operate at full capacity and field trips will be permitted. The Civic Center will operate at full capacity as well. Programs at the Community Center will see increases in user capacities, although reservations will still generally be required.
Users are still required to wear a facial covering when entering city facilities and may also be subject to temperature screening.
Parks and Recreation staff will continue to disinfect high touch traffic areas and equipment on a regular basis.
For additional information on Parks and Recreation COVID-19 pandemic related operating guidelines and facility hours of operation, please visit www.seviervilletn.org and navigate to the Parks and Recreation page or call 865-453-5441.
The Police Department Records Office will be closing at 2:45 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27 and remain closed the rest of the day. The closure is necessary to allow for required employee training. The office will reopen Wednesday morning with normal operating hours.
We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.
The City of Sevierville is conducting an online internet auction of surplus city vehicles and assorted items at www.govdeals.com that will conclude on April 30, 2021.
Govdeals.com is a nationwide auction service. To view available items, users may enter “Sevierville” in the search section of the govdeals.com home page.
Interested persons should note that these are surplus vehicles, and the City of Sevierville makes no claims as to the mechanical or aesthetic condition of these vehicles.
Other surplus city items include traffic signal lights, walk/don’t walk lights, and assorted parts; the City of Sevierville makes no claims as to the mechanical or aesthetic condition of these items.
Where: Kroger’s and SPD
When: Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10am-2pm
With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24. At the last Take Back Day in October 2020, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.
The Sevierville Police Department will be participating in this national event at two locations in the city from, 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m.:
• Kroger’s, 702 Winfield Dunn Parkway (Highway 66), and
• Sevierville Police Department, 300 Gary Wade Boulevard in the Municipal Campus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.
“Please help keep your family and our community safe by dropping-off your unwanted pills, capsules, patches and prescription drugs,” said SPD Lieutenant Rebecca Cowan. “For the first time, we will have officers at two locations to better serve our residents.”
DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.
Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.
The Sevierville Water and Sewer Department announces a temporary interruption of water service on Tuesday, April 20 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for customers in the following area:
Cedar Hills Road to Cedar Lane, including Katherine Street, Cedar Lane and the north side of West Main Street. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The interruption is necessary to replace a fire hydrant at the corner of Cedar Hills Road and West Main Street.
The annual City of Sevierville Arbor Day and Tree City Celebrations are scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021. The event will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Municipal Campus (corner of Dolly Parton Parkway and Gary Wade Boulevard). In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the Civic Center.
This event will celebrate the accomplishments of being named a Tree City USA for both 2019 and 2020. The ceremony will include speakers Diane Warwick from Tennessee Division of Forestry, Sevierville Mayor Robbie Fox, and an invocation from Pastor Tim Parton. There will be a reading of the names of individuals with a tree memorial or honorary tree in the past two years. Over 250 trees have been planted in support of the city’s urban forestry program.
The Sevier County Electric System will also receive a Tree Line USA Award. SCES will donate and plant a tree to memorialize those Sevier County residents that have passed away due to the COVID-19 virus.
The City of Sevierville continues to make efforts to improve urban tree care and benefits to the citizens of Sevierville. For additional information on the Memorial Tree Program, please visit www.seviervilleparksandrec.com.
The Tree City USA program is a national program administered by the Arbor Day Foundation that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together the more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans. For additional information on the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.
The Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen has scheduled a workshop on Monday, April 19, 2021. The workshop will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Sevierville Civic Center, 130 Gary Wade Boulevard. The purpose of this meeting will be for pre-budget discussion and other items as needed.