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Sevier County, TN and the city of Sevierville, TN were both named after John Sevier - and it’s easy to see why! Few people have done more to shape the history of of the Great Smoky Mountains region and the state of Tennessee than Sevier. As a frontiersman, military leader, and the first Governor of Tennessee, John Sevier helped to literally (and figuratively) put Tennessee on the map.

Sevierville Tennessee is ready for its close up! One of our favorite Smoky Mountain cities will be the subject of an upcoming episode of the popular TV show “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly”. Airing nationally on Public Television, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly is a half hour program that showcases the best family vacation destinations around the world. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Sevierville’s moment in the spotlight.

One of our favorite places to visit in the Smoky Mountain region is getting a makeover! Sevierville’s city leaders recently voted to move forward with major renovations to the downtown area. The changes are aimed at making downtown Sevierville a popular destination with locals and tourists alike, on par with The Island in Pigeon Forge and The Strip in Gatlinburg. Visit My Smokies has all of the details on what is in store for Sevierville’s town center.

Packing travel bags and suitcases is one of our favorite things about vacation. Think about it – between gathering vacation gear, planning out outfits and getting it all to fit into the bag, it’s like pre-vacation party to get you even for excited about your getaway. With so many great places in the Smokies to explore, we have had a lot of packing practice. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our best Smoky Mountain vacation packing tips along with a packing list.

For the first time since the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s establishment in 1937, all 2,900 miles of the park’s streams are now open for fishing. The reopening of Lynn Camp Prong following a seven-year native, brook trout restoration project marks the park’s complete stream fishing availability, which is great news for both local and visiting anglers. The park and surrounding area boasts some of the most diverse fish populations in the country, making Gatlinburg fishing streams a destination for fishermen of all ages and skill level.

2014 has been an amazing year in the Smoky Mountain area and we are so excited to see all of the exciting things that 2015 has in store! We’re put together a few of our favorite moments in 2015 and we are excited to share them with you. So, take a look at a few of our most popular moments in our Smoky Mountain year in review countdown:

Car submerged under water in floodSevier County, Tennessee has had its share of historic fires and floods. The history of these events is rather scattered, owing at least partly to the fact that these kinds of disasters tend to take historical records with them. However, a strong regional heritage rooted in oral history has preserved information about the historic flood and fire disasters in Sevier County.

Kids riding roller coaster in the sunsetAs summer begins to come to a close, and the leaves slowly begin to change colors in the trees, organizers busily prepare for the 2013 Sevier County Fair. Running Sept. 2-7 at the Sevier County Fairgrounds, this year’s Sevierville fair promises a fun and exciting time for all who visit.