New Developments Turning Sevierville into a Boomtown

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Sevierville, Sevier County (WVLT) - When it comes to tourism in Sevier County two cities come to mind, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

But as WVLT Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb found out, there's another hot spot nearby for new development.

The Dumplin Valley Development, similar to Turkey Creek in West Knox County, was recently announced and an even larger one is in the works.

On the Parkway between I-40 and Downtown Sevierville it would probably be easier to count the properties that are not for sale.

The city's Events Center is under construction and is still months from opening.

Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley says, "It's not even built but for the first five years we're over fifty percent booked and only one of those events is already in the area so that's all new people, all new crowds that will be coming to the area."

That has new developments in the area popping up with the announcement of Dumplin Creek shopping area and the possibility of a much larger development in the works on the parkway.

"There’s anywhere from four to five hundred acres being rumored now to being looked at for a possible retail development," Atchley says.

Countless for sale signs are now on those vacant lots as land owners have seen property values rise substantially, from land prices of $100,000 an acre, ten years ago.

Dale Carr, a local Realtor says, "[$800,000] to a million to a 1.2, 1.3 million an acre."

Carr says increased tourism to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg along the Parkway is making the area more attractive.

"There's over 24 to 25 million that pass by the interstate,” Carr says.

The question now is, just who will be filling those places once they're developed?

Mayor Atchley says, "you don't want to talk about rumors but a lot of times these rumors come true and we're looking for a lot of rumors to come true."

Atchley says the new Events Center is expected to open in September.

As far as the future, Carr says he wouldn't be surprised to see land values along that area reach five million an acre in the next five years.

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  • by Carl Location: Knoxville on Jul 9, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    In years past, Gatlinburg was the highest paid unskilled jobs in this area. Some people came as far away as Ohio for the pay. Sevier County needs to decide, do they want 1000 customers spending $50.00 a day each, or 50 customers spending $1000.00 a day!
  • by Carl Location: Kodak on Jul 6, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    The pay has to rise as more jobs come into play as the trained professial help is needed the price goes up. The old supply and demand clause.
  • by Glenda Location: Kodak on Jul 6, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    With all the new developments coming to sevier county, something needs to be done about the traffic. The traffic backs up for miles, we have to go to Jefferson City to do our shopping. All areas of development should be consider before they start something.
  • by lisa Location: kodak on Jul 6, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    They need to pay people more in this area......All these people coming in with money , the locals sure don't have it. The gas prices and grocery prices going up.....not are paychecks.....People need to be paid more!!!!!
  • by Cathey Location: Sevierville on Jul 6, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    Living in Sevierville, I have no objection to any new business coming into the county; however, the businesses that are here now are having a hard time finding people to work. When you go out to eat, many restaurants cannot seat at all the tables due to lack of staff. There doesn't seem to be enough people to go around. Where is the staff coming from for all the new businesses?


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