Downtown Sevierville Spooktacular Event: The Bruce Street Area, October 31, 2017

I just saw the biggest crowd in downtown Sevierville. As a result, I think that it was the best thing that I have witnessed downtown. Families and kids of all ages came in droves to attend the Sevier County Spooktacular, presented by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. The event was so big that I will have to share it in two parts. This specific blog story will show the Bruce Street area where I started the evening. Tomorrow, I will show the event from Court Avenue and around the Courthouse. What fun! Here is what I saw on Bruce Street.

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I follow the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook so that is how I knew about this event.

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Crowds had already gathered by 6:15 p.m. so I parked behind Sevier County Bank and headed toward the gazebo. Families were strolling by in costumes ready for the evening.

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Church members from Evergreen Church created a ‘trunk-or-treat’ area behind the gazebo for children to trick or treat with their families in a safe, nice environment. I was well impressed with these church members, their manner, and their preparations.

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Each car had a stash of candy and was decorated in a theme. Cool Batman theme.

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This theme was the “Stranger Things”  TV show. I don’t watch this show, but have seen good things about it. This theme makes me want to tune in.

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Very original!

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Beautiful presentation!

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I was sort of embarrassed when I asked them their theme. “Lumberjacks,” they replied. It is so cool though. Look at the dog dressed like a lumberjack too!

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Lumber-pup!

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The caped crusader giving out Halloween candy.

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This station had great props and presence!

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Kudos go to this duo for their production. I didn’t notice if any little kids were afraid of Darth Vader. Will be something to watch for next year.

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Rey, from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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You could walk through this trailer and reflect on the journey of Jonah in the Bible. It replicates the interior of the fish that swallowed him. Loved it!

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This camping theme had a real fire pit that allowed children to roast marshmallows.

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I was enchanted when I saw how many children enjoyed this stop.

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A trick-or- treater looking at her treasures.

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Evergreen Church families serve the community during the Spooktacular event. They did an incredible job!

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I crossed the street to see Charlotte’s Bruce Street Creative. They were ready for the event.

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Charlotte Wear, owner of Charlotte’s Bruce Street Creative, had some good treats ready to go. See the Snickers on the right? She let me take one to keep my energy up for the evening. Thanks, Charlotte!

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A crowd gathers for treats in front of Charlotte’s store/gallery.

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My friends and I are looking forward to taking some classes in the near future with Charlotte. She offers a variety of art classes. Get on her email list and follow her on Facebook. Here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/Charlottes-Bruce-Street-Creative-318553705267269/

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Bumper to bumper traffic on Bruce Street about 6:45 p.m.

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Setting up for a movie later in the evening. The ladies said they would play “Charlie Brown.” Later, I saw a Scooby Doo movie playing too. Fun!

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A Disney themed car. Look closely…Spiderman is making the cool super-hero fist.

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The Sevier Commons Arts Council was very busy with a ‘make-it-or-take-it’ Halloween project.

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Crowds of excited children gathered to make Halloween themed finger puppets.

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Materials for the finger puppets offered a great variety of ideas.

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A finished finger puppet, held by a ninja.

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Fun presentation of finger puppet ideas.

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The Sevierville Commons Arts Council busy in front of their space on Bruce Street.

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I could see how this event was wonderful for families. It gave them a safe place to walk, explore, create, and to gather treats.

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The sun was setting on Bruce Street as I finished this segment of the Spooktacular event. As I headed toward toward the courthouse, there was much more to see. I will publish that part of my visit tomorrow. Tomorrow, we will see the Sevier County Sheriff’s section of the event. That was a lot of fun while out and about in Sevierville this evening.

Hope you had a great Halloween!

 

Sevierville Products ‘Make a Splash’ at Morristown Event

 

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All Saints School in Morristown had their yearly fundraiser just a few weeks ago and there were several of  local products there. Sevierville art, products and ‘makings’ were evident on many auction tables. I was proud to see these products represent our county to help All Saints School and to celebrate their 50 years of serving Hamblen County. Here were the Sevier County things that I saw during this evening fundraiser.

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When I think of local jewelry then I think of Bev Gwinn Jones and Two Coyotes Studio. Clearly, this was a good choice for the All Saints auction. Find her studio on Court Avenue in Sevierville and on sale at Loraleis boutique. Also, find her on Facebook and Instagram.

I ended up bidding and winning this necklace and the treble clef earrings. Just a week later, they traveled on a Delta jet to New York for a few days.

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Local artist, Millie Derrick, featured a whimsical birdhouse and pottery centerpiece. I love mine! Find her art in local stores and at the Market Square farmer’s market during the season.

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Local maker, Ursula Stinnett, creates beauty from old hymnals and other kinds of paper. My friends and I have several of her items and always see something new that we love. Find her at the Sevier Commons holiday market for several gift ideas.

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Here is Ursula’s schedule so you can find her.

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I love her folded paper ornaments and other adornments.

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Active in local events here, such as the Art Crawl, XXX Moonshine was also present at the All Saints fundraiser. I have heard that this flavor is the absolute best. But don’t listen to me, go to one of their tasting rooms in Sevier County to find out for yourself.

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Here is the XXX Moonshine tent from the 2017 Art Crawl on Bruce Street in September. Great graphics on this tent!

Moonshine is gaining popularity so it was no surprise to see more of it at the fundraiser. Ole Smoky had a popular auction item.

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In fact, it became a very valuable auction item! This was not even the final bid. This is just as I happened to walk by later in the evening.

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A highly valuable item is always a gift certificate from our local Oak Haven Spa. This was extremely popular. I am a member of their monthly spa membership so I left the bid to another lucky person who needs to de-stress and to relax. Good one!

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This is my niece’s third grade class at All Saints School. What a nice place! I enjoyed walking through the hallways and meeting  teachers.

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This is my school friend, and Morristown artist, Carol Bridgewater Rouse. Not only does Carol teach art at Morristown East High School, but she is an award winning artist in Mo’town. We love red carpet entrances!

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Carol won an award for this painting of downtown Morristown and the famous overhead sidewalks. If I am not mistaken, the original was bought by Rose Center and hangs there now.

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Carol  also won an award for this painting of Burke Toney stadium in Morristown. If you have gone to see the Smoky Bears play a Morristown team for an away game then you have been to this stadium. Both paintings were created in a Van Gogh style.

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The All Saints School fundraiser was quite the event! I hope my sister and her family invite me back next year!

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Certainly,  the All Saints School fundraiser committee would say thank you to everyone who donated items for this important fundraiser.

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Happy 50th to All Saints School!

 

 

 

Music in Common

Last Friday night, I learned that I need to keep a portable chair in the back of my car in case I need it. What prompted that discovery? I found Music in Common by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council last Friday night and hope to go again very soon.

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The weather was warm and comfortable so it was a pleasure to drop by and hear some music at the downtown Sevierville  gazebo.

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Listeners were treated to music that brought back times from early settlers in the Smoky Mountains.

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I saw people drive by in their cars and slow down to a stop to hear the pretty music coming from the gazebo. It was rather enchanting.

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It is kind of special when you can attend an event downtown on a warm evening. There will be three more Friday performances this month so drop by, relax, and enjoy the music. And consider carrying a chair in the back of your car…

See you out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Downtown Sevierville

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Whether you are a tourist wanting a picture with the Dolly statue or a local who is spending some time downtown, there are some ‘Instagram worthy’ places to find in in the center of Sevierville. This blogger teamed up with DB Photography, a Sevier Commons board member and an Instagram savvy downtown worker to find the best places to go. Here is our list of the most Instagram-worthy spots downtown.

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THE DOLLY PARTON STATUE

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Without a doubt, the statue of Dolly Parton is the most photographed spot in downtown Sevierville. You can drive by almost any time of day to find people taking pictures with the statue of our favorite native, Dolly Parton. She is loved by audiences all over the world so there are sure to be some fans at the statue, especially on weekends. In fact, I saw five cars stop during our photoshoot that Sunday with visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. Find this special place on Court Avenue in front of the Sevier County Courthouse. The statue always seems to say “Welcome to downtown Sevierville!”

THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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While at the Dolly Parton statue, you should consider a photo of the Sevier County Courthouse due the bell tower, curved windows, brick, and other attributes. I have taken pictures of it during different times of day and various seasons. Clouds and the sky contrast well with the dark brick and bell tower. I always find it interesting.

THE CROSSWALK IN FRONT OF THE COURTHOUSE

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This photo taken on the crosswalk in front of the Sevier County courthouse is a fun replica of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover. If you want this shot then you better visit on Sunday when there are few cars parked downtown to ‘clutter’ your shot. The courthouse gets busy during the week, especially on Fridays.

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Or you can take a photo from this view of the crosswalk. The lines make an interesting frame for the model. In addition, the pretty flowers, plants and doorway in the background lend interest. Yes, crosswalks are good for Instagram photos!

DOORWAYS ON COURT AVENUE

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Across the street from the Sevier County courthouse, you will find a block of buildings with interesting characteristics. For example, several offices have interesting doorways and windows. Fashion bloggers often use doorways to frame their shots so anything curved or out of the ordinary is a good bet for an interesting photograph for an Instagram shot.

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This doorway is simple yet interesting with the three steps and contrasting color on the doors.  Find this doorway across the street from the Sevier County Courthouse.

COURTHOUSE DONUTS

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A favorite downtown gathering place is Courthouse Donuts at 160 Court Avenue. The bench is not just for resting, but for for posing for social media pictures. You get a bench, pretty windows, flags, flowers, and buildings all in one shot. The windows of Courthouse Donuts always display work from local artists; therefore, it is one of the best places downtown to take a picture. Just across the street from the courthouse, Courthouse Donuts also offers refreshment and a nice morning vibe. You can relax with a coffee and have one of the best donuts in Tennessee. Or stay for lunch. The building is lovely inside. Go take a look!

D GARDEN

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D Garden is just a few doors away Courthouse Donuts and offers the most lovely view on Court Avenue. This wonderful ‘floratique’ has several windows and a doorway that are more than Instagram-worthy. In addition, one can hear music playing softly in the background of the entrance, making you want to linger. Take a closer look because this space has a bit of history inside.

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The front door of D Garden is just as lovely. Look at the small chandelier overhead. You are ready for a great photo at D Garden on Court Avenue because it is dressed up and ready to go! Find the website at  www.dgardenfloratique.com

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With the picture above, you can see that D Garden has the most beautiful door and exterior in downtown Sevierville.

THE VICTORIA MALL ARCADE PASSAGEWAY ON COURT AVENUE

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This is what the British call an arcade, or a passageway, from Court Avenue to the back parking lot of Sevier County Bank and the gazebo area. You can take some interesting pictures here due to shadows and lighting. Give it a try! The Southern Fried Hair salon is on the left and the Cause and Effect store is on the right.

THE ALLEY ON COURT AVENUE

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This alley is near D Garden and north of the courthouse. It is rather long and interesting. The wood side contrasts with the brick. Your imagination is the limit for this Instagram worthy shot.

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The wood side of the alley makes a nice neutral background for portraits. Beautiful!

THE WALL BEHIND THE FORMER SEVIER COUNTY BANK LOCATION

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Continue walking toward Main Street then take a right to find this wall behind the old Sevier County Bank building. Why is this shot Instagram-worthy? Any color will stand out from the neutral background color of the wall. Observe how the blue denim color in the dress ‘pops’ in the foreground of this shot. See an upcoming blog on my website for the ideas we had for this wall.

THE OLD EMERY 5 & 10 SIGN

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For a nostalgic photo, take one with this Emery 5 & 10 sign. To find it, continue past the wall behind the former Sevier County Bank building. You will find it to the right, on the back of the building. DB Photography can do special effects to intensify elements in a photo. Can you see them here?

THE OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE OFFICE

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This business is decorated and ready for your photo shoot downtown. In fact, it was one of the most festive places that we found downtown last week. Ole Smoky is ready for fall!

BISTRO 109

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Go back to Courthouse Donuts then turn left on Bruce Street. Across the street you will see one of our favorite lunch and dinner spots, Bistro 109. The exterior affords a nice picture with nice windows, lights, and plants. Go inside and take a picture of the beautiful copper bar and piano. The interior of the restaurant has many Instagram-worthy spots so take a look. After all that, I recommend the cranberry chicken salad and a beverage of your choice. It is one of my favorite places to eat in town.

THE CHERRY PIT

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The Cherry Pit is close to Bistro 109. The exterior is interesting so we stopped for a look. The window contains some pretty things as well. Wear blue to stand out amidst the red and white at this location.

THE BRICK ALLEY ON BRUCE STREET

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This was next to the old bus depot and buses actually used to drive through this alley. It is hard to believe because it looks so narrow. There are unlimited ideas for this photo spot.

THE OLD JAILHOUSE CELL BARS

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I once heard a story during a history walking tour downtown about the old jail burning down. In an effort to re-use materials, they made a sewer grate from the old jail house cell bars. You often find interesting shots on Instagram using flooring or the ground. There are also shots called ‘flatlays’ where one takes a photo looking down at objects. This one would be a conversation piece. Go to the back of the Bruce Street brick alley to find this interesting piece of Sevierville history.

CHAROTTE’S BRUCE STREET CREATIVE

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Continue up the street to Charlotte’s Bruce Street Creative for an attractive window scene. This one is dressed in our favorite colors: orange and white. Go Vols!

Enter Charlotte’s Creative to see beautiful jewelry and art. You may sign up for a class sometime. The interior is an artist’s dream.

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If you are impressed with these photos, the business card for DB Photography is pictured above. Danyelle Bledsoe is my official photographer for special events.

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VFL!

THE SEVIER COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM

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I remember when this building used to be the post office. It was hard to find a parking space during certain times of the day when one needed to buy stamps. Now, the building serves as the Sevier County Heritage Museum. The brick and white treatments combine to make a nice picture. Thus, it makes our list of the most Instagram-worthy places in downtown Sevierville.

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This is the grassy area beside the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

CASH HARDWARE

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Yes, you read that correctly. Cash Hardware! I would not have thought of using that spot but Sara, our Instagram savvy friend, pointed out that the panels almost matched the color in my shirt. Color co-ordination is important for social media fashion bloggers so we tried the shot to see what it would look like. Not bad!

THE GAZEBO ON BRUCE STREET

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Danyelle caught the gazebo from a beautiful angle here. There are many more in the gazebo area. Visit the farmer’s market here during the summer or ‘Music in Common’ performances on Friday nights this month, October 2017.

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Here is a trick—try to match the courthouse bell tower with the one on the sign. There are some beautiful plants and baskets downtown this year and they have not gone unnoticed. The city landscaping department has really done an excellent job this year.

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In case you missed it, here is the info for our photographer, who owns DB Photography. This blog story would not have existed without her skillful photography and posing suggestions.

Here is a link to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/dbphotographysevier/

Many thanks to our models who helped to give this story  life. They were willing to try anything to make the story work and are devoted to the revitalization of downtown Sevierville. You can too—come downtown and visit!

This blogger, DB Photography, a Sevierville Commons member and an Instagram savvy downtown worker enjoyed this photoshoot and we have ideas for more in the future. These photos present just a few ideas for Instagram-worthy spots in downtown Sevierville; however, there are probably many more. What are your favorite picture spots downtown? Let me know. There could be a Part II !

In the meantime, we’ll see you out and about in Sevierville. 

SCHS Homecoming 2017

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It was perfect weather for Friday night lights and SCHS Homecoming festivities at Burchfiel Stadium.

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Lisa, Debbie, and I entered the stadium and ran into some Smoky Bear fans. I know their mom, Holly Carr, and know that she must be very proud of them!

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Band moms helping out by selling ‘thunder sticks’ to create noise to confuse our opponents.  Allison should bring those to work so we can use them there in certain circumstances. 🙂

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Tabatha Ogle selling treats to benefit the SCHS band. Let’s see what they have…

I have been told that the ‘Band Crack’ is quite addictive so I was scared to try it. Let me know what you think!

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I always like to go up and say hello to Mr. Gary Roach, retired principal of SCHS. He is pictured here (from left to right)  with his wife, Darlene; daughter, Sandra; and grandson, Zach.

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Recently appointed SCHS Principal, Stephanie Huskey, is cheering on the Smoky Bears near the top of the stadium. She is also an alumnus of the high school. Great things are happening at SCHS this year!

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The man. The legend. Doc Ramsey.

SCHS Band Director Emeritus.

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Next, I went down to the field to photograph alumni participants in the homecoming festivities. The student section was watching homecoming intently for the winner.

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Here are some members of the Alumni Band ready to join the pre-game show. These graduates belong to the class of 2017. Welcome back!

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These band members were from the 1980’s. They still rock the purple and white!

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The student section prepares to rock.

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Under the direction of Nathan Rhea, SCHS Choir members sing the Alma Mater.

I caught the last part of the “Star Spangled Banner.”  Beautifully done!

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The Homecoming court exits the field after crowning the queen.

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Smoky Bear football players run from the stadium down the to the field. Time to get out of the way!

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The press box is a long way up, but the view is worth it.

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The scoreboard is busy with announcements. This one invites the crowd to visit services at the Sevierville First United Methodist Church, for both a traditional and a contemporary services.

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My camera is not great in the dark, but you can see the announcement from Alex Barnwell and the Horace Mann Company. I recommend him!

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The SCHS band begins the halftime show.

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Great performance by the SCHS band!

 It is great to get out and about in Sevierville to enjoy fall, Fridays, and football.

Go Smoky Bears!