Local Favorite: Johnson's Family Restaurants

Tourist destinations like Sevier County have their share of chain restaurants, but it is the small individually, owned establishments that the locals hold near and dear to their hearts. These restaurants are often off the beaten path or offer delicious favorites that keep the locals and guests to our area coming back often.

The Johnson's Family Restaurants is a group of restaurants located in Sevier County that offer great food, excellent service, treat their employees well, serve everyone like their family, and give back to the community. They opened their first restaurant in 1991 and haven't looked back. They lost one of their restaurants to the devastating fires in November 2016, but that did not stop them. They continued to pay their employees salaries and helped those who lost their homes secure permanent housing. Soon after the devastating wildfires they opened two new restaurants in Gatlinburg. On October 2, 2017, less than a year after the fires, they will be re-openin…

Solar Eclipse!

This August marks an exciting time across the world and our area is in a prime location to commemorate this special event. August 21, 2017, the world will see daylight turn into darkness as the moon overtakes the sun for a brief period of time. What exactly is a solar eclipse? It is a celestial event where the moon will cross over the path of the sun blocking all or part of it for 3 to 4 hours.  This particular eclipse will involve the moon blocking the sun completely for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Much of our area is in totality meaning that the sun will be completely blocked and viewers will experience a 360 degree sunset! The path of totality is only about 70 miles wide, so we are lucky to be in that path! Lincoln Beach, Oregon will mark the beginning of this phenomenon at 9:05 am PDT and Charleston, SC will mark the end of the total eclipse at 2:48 pm EDT. However, the lunar shadow will hang around until 4:09 pm EDT.  There are several events in our area to partake in during t…

Rock Craze

Painted rocks have quickly become a craze that is exciting for the entire family. There is something about finding a brightly colored rock while out and about that is sure to put a smile on your face. Adults and kids alike are having a blast painting rocks and putting a Facebook Page on the back, so that they can follow where their rock has traveled. 100's of pages are dedicated to rocks! The game is simple; paint a rock and hide it or just find a rock and re-hide it! Some pages even post hints on where the rocks are hidden. Load the family up in the car and make a day out of seeing how many rocks you can find or hide!

Here's some local Facebook pages, so if you are in town and want to participate join one of these!

Townsend Rocks


SCSMR: Sevier County Smoky Mountains Rocks

Let us know if you and your family participate in the rock craze! Happy rock painting, hiding, and hunting from The Derosia Team!

Flashback Friday

Enjoy this posting with some great flashback photos from the Sevier County Area!
Cliff Davis Motor Company-1964
Broady's Hospital built in the 1940's. 
Watson Motor Company Wrecker...check out the 3 digit phone number!
Anderson's Food Market located in what is now Gatlinburg near where Parton's Deli is. 
Late 60's View of the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge
Sevierville looking down Bruce Street towards Court Avenue just before the court house
Sevier County Electric System
Gatlinburg Trolley System
The General Store at Rebel Railroad
Rebel known as Dollywood

Happy Independence Day

Independence day is fast approaching. This holiday, which began when the thirteen original colonies claimed their independence from England, has evolved into a celebration of barbecues and fireworks with friends and families. Sevier County, TN sure knows how to celebrate in a big way. Check out this posting for several ways to ensure the entire family has a blast this 4th! 
The City of Gatlinburg hosts the very 1st Independence Parade in the Nation. Spectators begin setting up their spots early on the 3rd to ensure that they don't miss anything in the parade which begins at midnight. The 42nd Independence day parade will salute Firefighters, First Responders, and Law Enforcement for their heroic efforts in the November 28, 2017 wildfire disaster. Enjoy inflatables, mascots, bands, colorful floats and more.

Prior to the parade the 129th Army Band will be hosting a free concert on the Ripley's Aquarium Plaza at 6:00 p.m. on July 3rd.

For even more festivities, check out the annu…

Happy Father's Day

Father's day is this Sunday. Check out our latest blog posts for great gift ideas, fun stuff to do, delicious recipes, and more to make this Father's Day one to remember. 
Knoxville Zoo is offering free admission to all dads!
Buddy's BBQ is offering free desert of choice to all dads!
Chili's is offering a 3 course meal complete with salad, entree, and desert for only $10!
Hooters-buy any 10 wings and dad gets 10 boneless wings for free!
Ruth's Chris Steak House is giving away a $25 gift card good for a future visit to all dads who dine in!
Shoney's is offering a free slice of pie with adult meal purchase!

Got little ones at home.....Check out these easy craft projects that Dad is sure to love!

Check out these great DIY gift ideas!

Dad's sure love a good meal. Try this recipe that looks delicious enough to please the whole family!
INGREDIENTS2 lb. bone-in chicken thighs, skin onkosher saltFreshly ground black pepper2 tbsp. unsalted b…

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