Anakeesta Donates Historic Clinic Building to Sevier County School District

Thursday, September 24, 2015

GATLINBURG, TN - September 24, 2015 – The historic Clinic building on the Parkway will find a new home after being donated by Anakeesta to the Sevier County School District. Also known as the "Watson House" the building is thought to be Gatlinburg's very first clinic. Built in 1910 by Andrew Ogle, the Clinic served as the community’s first hospital and was used by the Pi Beta Phi fraternity to train others in health and hygiene care. Famed nurses, Phyllis Higgenbotham and Marjorie Chalmers, treated many patients at the Clinic building.

In mid-October Layman Construction and House Moving will handle the relocation of this historic treasure. Relocation costs will be paid by Anakeesta property owners. Once moved to its new home at the Pittman Center, the school district plans to create an authentic historic village where students will enjoy a hands-on learning experience to explore the rich history of Gatlinburg. 

Anakeesta owners, Bob and Karen Bentz worked closely with school superintendent Dr. Jack Parton to coordinate the building’s successful relocation.  “We understand the historical significance and importance of the buildings on our site," said owner Karen Bentz.  “We are thrilled that the school district will utilize this valuable landmark to educate and teach the next generation of Gatlinburg children.” 

In addition to the move of the Clinic building, work will also begin on the City sidewalk in front of the Arrowcraft building on down to the entrance of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  In cooperation with the City, the sidewalk will be raised to a level that will allow easy access and a natural pedestrian flow into the Anakeesta site.  Access into Premier Parking and Arrowcraft will remain available during this pre-construction phase.

Preparations are being made for Anakeesta Village, a new mixed use development that consists of 2 major components that utilize the 2+ acre Parkway parcel and a 55+ acre Mountain parcel.  Anakeesta Village and Lodge on the Parkway is being designed to accommodate a unique 105 room mountain themed hotel with 35,000+ SF of retail space, restaurants and an outdoor plaza.  AerialQuest on Anakeesta Mountain will be home to an exciting aerial adventure park with aerial trekking courses, racing zip lines, observation tower, canopy walks and more.  Anakeesta Village and AerialQuest will be connected by an aerial lift that departs from the lobby of Anakeesta Lodge on the Parkway.  The entire project is slated to open in the spring of 2017.

The historic Ogle cabin, also located on the Parkway property, is slated to be donated to the City of Gatlinburg and relocated later in the year.

Burma Shave Signs

Years ago my uncle Alf (A.T.) Connelly, a WWII vet, upon returning to civilian life, worked as a sign painter for the then Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tn. He painted miniature sets of Burma Shave signs. Attached is a photo of one of those sets. The signs read as follows: “They missed the turn, Car was whizzin’, The fault her’n, The funeral his’n, Burma Shave”.  ... (click for more)

Brooks Family Was Among Earliest Settlers Of Sale Creek

Joseph Brooks was one of the earliest settlers at Sale Creek when it was part of Rhea County. Three of his nieces along with their husbands were Hamilton County pioneers. Joseph Brooks and his brother, Moses Brooks, were sons of John Brooks, who was born in Ireland about 1730. He made his way to Philadelphia and lived a short time in Pennsylvania before going with the tide of ... (click for more)

McCallie Coach From 90s Who Is Now Deceased Is Accused Of Abusing Students

A McCallie School coach from the 1990s who is now deceased is being accused of abusing students at the private prep school. Two former students said Steven Lee "Steve" Carpenter sexually abused them. Carpenter was the basketball coach at McCallie for 11 seasons - through 1999. He was boys basketball coach at Ridgeland High School beginning in 2000. Carpenter was ... (click for more)

Famed Radio Broadcaster Tommy Jett Dies At 77 At His Flintstone Home

Legendary radio broadcaster Tommy Jett (Thomas Wayne Reynolds) died Wednesday in his sleep at his residence in Flintstone, Ga.   He was 77. The native of Smithville, Tn., first was heard on Chattanooga radio in 1961 when he joined WFLI. He was known for his gaudy rings and his "Hey Now" greeting. He switched to country on WDOD in the 1980s and later was on "The Legend" ... (click for more)

Pluses And Minuses Of Tennessee's New Opioid Law

It was clear when Governor Haslam announced his TN Together plan in January that lawmakers were going to do something to try to address the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. With the passage of SB 2257/HB 1831, Tennessee now has one of the most comprehensive and restrictive laws of any state.   The Tennessee Medical Association was actively engaged in the process and appreciates ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A True Tennessean

“Last week I told some Republican friends who have held high office, traditional and true Republicans, who like you are both conservative and compassionate, Christians in their personal faith and public service,” the email began. “These are Tennessee Republicans that I have known for decades, and whom I'd trust with my life and my wife … I told them that my views and values make ... (click for more)