Contractors will be performing sidewalk construction on a section of Dolly Parton Parkway that will necessitate a temporary lane closure next week. Beginning Monday, April 12, the right westbound lane of Dolly Parton Parkway between Gary Wade Boulevard and Creek Avenue will be closed on and off throughout the day, beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Weather and other conditions permitting, the work will be completed on Friday, April 16. Short term delays are possible, especially during heavy traffic periods. Please use caution in this area and be alert for slowed or stopped traffic.
In an effort to make our roads safer, the Sevierville Police Department has joined the “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign to stop distracted driving. During the month of April, SPD has pledged their support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.
“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop many drivers from continuing to do it,” said SPD Lieutenant Matt Nicol, who is leading the department’s campaign. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”
In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, eleven percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual, and cognitive.
The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education – the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.
SPD’s campaign will include education through social media posts and increased enforcement throughout the month of April.
“We urge all drivers in Sevierville help in this effort,” said SPD Chief Joseph Manning. “However, we especially want to reach out to parents with teen drivers because we know that statistically, the under-20 age group has the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.”
SPD’s goal with this campaign is simple – save lives by getting drivers to remember that “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.”
For more information about distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov.
Facility and service schedules for the City of Sevierville in recognition of Good Friday and Easter Sunday holidays are as follows.
• The Sevierville Golf Club will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, April 2 and Sunday, April 4.
• The Community Center will be open on Friday, April 2 and closed Sunday, April 4.
• Commercial dumpster collection scheduled for Friday, April 2 will be collected on Thursday, April 1.
• Residential garbage collection scheduled for Friday, April 2 will be collected on Monday, April 5. All other service schedules remain unchanged.
• City Hall will be closed Friday, April 2.
• The Civic Center will be closed Friday, April 2.
• The Police Department records division will be closed Friday, April 2.
• Water and Sewer Department administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 2. For emergency assistance please call 865-453-5522.
• The Sevierville Convention Center administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 2.
• The Public Works Department will be closed Friday, April 2.
NOTE: The following information is from the Sevier County Health Department.
The Sevier County Health Department is expanding vaccine eligibility and offering extended hours to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination in the community.
Sevier County is now vaccinating all residents 16 and older.
The Sevier County Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccination by appointment. To book your appointment, visit Vaccinate.tn.gov and click the blue “Proceed to COVID-19 questionnaire” button at the bottom of the page to start your registration. If you need help scheduling your vaccination, please call 866-442-5301.
The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in individuals 16 and older. Individuals 16 and older may call 866-442-5301 or visit vaccine finder.org to find a site that offers the Pfizer vaccine (individuals under age 18 must have parental consent). You must be 18 or older to receive the Moderna vaccine.
Beginning March 31st, the Sevier County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination site at the Sevier County Health Department will be open to provide vaccinations from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Wednesdays each week.
“We’re eager to offer these additional opportunities for people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in a way that works more conveniently with their schedules,” said Emma Davis, Sevier County Health Director. “The more people in Sevier County who choose to get their vaccinations, the sooner our community can return to normal day-to-day activities.”
The Sevier County Health Department reminds all Sevier County residents that in addition to vaccination, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to controlling the pandemic.
Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan focuses on those most at risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19. Learn what phase of the vaccination plan you’re in at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.
A small section of the West Prong Greenway that had been recently closed was reopened yesterday, March 22, 2021. The section, located just north of the intersection with the Parkway, had been closed for safety reasons while bank stabilization work was being performed.
The work is now substantially completed and the greenway is safe to use. The West Prong Greenway extends from Chapman Highway to Sevierville City Park along the banks of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.
The City of Sevierville Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a lifeguard certification course at the Sevierville Community Center on the following dates and times. Registration will begin on March 29.
• April 10: 12:00 p.m. (Pre-Course Water Skills Test)
• April 17, 18, 24, 25: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Participants must attend all classes, be at least 15 years old, place in the top-8 of the pre-course water skills test and register before attending classes.
The course fee is $120.00 and is due after the water skills test. Participants that successfully complete the course and are hired by the Sevierville Parks and Recreation Department as a lifeguard for 20 hours/week will get the class for free!
For additional information, please call 453-5441.
The City of Sevierville Department of Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for a NEW Co-Ed Kickball League. Registration materials are available at the Sevierville Community Center front desk or online at seviervilletn.org on the Parks and Recreation athletics page. The registration deadline is April 22.
Registration is available for full teams but not individuals. Individuals can be placed on a free agent list for teams that may be looking for players. The fee is $225.00/team. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning April 27.