Opinion

May. 02, 2015 @ 11:16 PM

Jason Davis: The Odyssey: It’s Greek to me

As the end of the school year approaches, many of the local high school drama clubs and choral classes are having their end of the year shows.


May. 02, 2015 @ 11:15 PM

Striving to revive downtown is a smart move

It’s been inspiring to see the Sevierville Commons Association’s push to revitalize historic downtown Sevierville.


May. 01, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Jeff Farrell: We need to get used to paying for the news

It’s funny how we can change our habits without even thinking.


May. 01, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

For over 25 years, Dana Soehn’s smiling face has been a constant with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Apr. 29, 2015 @ 02:35 PM

Editorial: Support local youth arts

When budgetary cuts come to education, the arts are often found in the crosshairs.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

Ask the Doc: For medical students, Match Day is a critical juncture

Every fourth year medical student knows the date. They have no other plans that morning.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Editorial: Tensions between police, black communities escalate

The tinderbox of racial tension in the United States seems to have ignited. The city of Baltimore may be left in rubble.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

How do we curb collegiate sexual offenses?

As the NFL fights public national battles with the implications of domestic violence and sexual assault allegations against current, future and former players – think Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Jameis Winston and, most despicably, Darren Sharper – the University of Tennessee is dealing with similar cases just a few miles down the road in Knoxville.


Apr. 24, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Sometimes when the wheels of government are in motion, we citizens can feel powerless to apply the brakes.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

Editorial: Get out and vote

With no major ballot issues and only a few contested races, the municipal elections in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg seem destined for low voter turnout during their respective polling days next month.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Michael Collins: Camp Koinonia is a beautiful place

What do you get when you give 200-plus college kids a week off and the keys to a 190-acre, multimillion-dollar summer camp facility?


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Editorial: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Letter: Tea party got bum rap in recent letter

This is a response to “Tea party legislature hurting state” letter written by Paul B. Medley II and published April 15.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 01:04 PM

Jason Davis: IDDCS is a real, self-afflicting condition

Leaving the seat up. Not using the hamper. Close-talking.


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Joann Jordan, who organizes the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony in Sevier County, puts in a considerable amount of work each year, not only to keep the prayer event going, but to help nurture the county's spiritual leaders.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:10 PM

Letter: Tea party legislature hurting state

I appreciate Gov. Haslam’s reasonableness and moderation as well as those in congress that have the same values. My representatives: Sen. Overbey has been reasonable at times, I do not know about Rep. Carr.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Editorial: Grandstanding on the Good Book

It’s amazing that for decades and decades, public servants in the Volunteer State, which is steeped in the Christian tradition, held God’s Word in such disdain that they wouldn’t bestow such a lofty title on the Good Book. Or, they knew it was a waste of legislative time, a forsaking of the important work they’ve been entrusted to do — by taking an oath on that very book — for public grandstanding.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

Letter: Mountain Man March organizers say thanks

Thank you Gatlinburg for your support of the 8th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March this past weekend. Almost 1,000 runners, marchers and walkers joined together to remember the sacrifices of our fallen military members from across the volunteer state – and around the country — and to support the Gold Star Families left behind.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 01:04 PM

Editorial: 150 years after Lincoln's death, questions linger

Ask most Americans what April 15 signifies, and the first response you'll get will undoubtedly be related to the income tax deadline.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Ask the Doc: Insurance data collection, a growing intrusion

Coach Malcolm Pendergrass gave each of us football players a summer workout running program.  It was the spring of 1984 and we had mightily moved the Harriman football program from a winless 0-10 season in 1982 to a 3-7 season in 1983 (well, it seemed mighty to us).  He wanted us in better shape in the fall.  He wasn’t going to monitor us or have us write down how much we did.  He expected we wanted to be better and would do it.  We did.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Letter: Johnson thanks public for support of SCFM

In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

Jason Davis: A little bit of this and that on a spring day

With teachers and students on spring break in Sevier County this past week, it almost felt as if I, too, had a week of vacation.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

Support for animal welfare bills is warranted

Obviously, protecting the welfare and safety of Tennesseans should be the priority for the Tennessee Legislature, but promoting and protecting animals in the state should not be overlooked.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Letter: It’s time to separate liberty and the market economy

The polls consistently show that we are believers in the Christian God, but is America a Christian nation? Our secular Constitution says, “No!” but even knowing that our Christian beliefs are all over the map doesn’t deter 55 percent of Americans who believe we are already one (2007 survey by the First Amendment Center). And just recently Public Policy Polling reported that 57 percent of Republicans want to make the U.S.A. officially a Christian nation. Why? Because our political culture is loaded with religious language — pledge of “patriotism,” our money, the walls of our courts and the Capitol.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 01:06 PM

Editorial: Bills could help sexual assault victims in Tennessee

Unfortunately, real-world law enforcement isn't like the TV shows.