Opinion

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:48 PM

Jason Davis: Some random thoughts as Christmas nears

With this being my last column before Christmas, I'm going to share with you a few of the random things bouncing through my head as the big day draws near:


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

Christmas rush is a busy time for scammers

In the hustle and bustle brought on by the Christmas season, many people let down their guard, both at home and out doing business, making themselves prime targets for thieves, cheats and scammers.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 03:25 PM

Jason Davis: Just when you think you know someone, you don't

You've heard it your whole life: No matter what you think, you never truly know someone.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

With Susan Whitaker leaving, county needs a new ally in state tourism

Sevier County lost a friend and advocate in the state government's tourism hierarchy last week when it was announced longtime Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker was leaving her post.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Dogs, handlers train at Sevierville's annual K-9 school

K-9 teams from seven states were in town this week for the Sevierville Police Department's annual training exercise.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

SmartBank’s announcement Monday morning that its parent company, Pigeon Forge-based SmartFinancial, was merging with Chattanooga firm Cornerstone Bancshares, means a local business is growing exponentially and apparently thriving.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Letter: Deadly force should only be used when necessary

When one person is denied equal justice, we are all denied and we are all complicit. That is unless we speak up and unless we take action. Those are borrowed words.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Letter: Collier Group thanks donors for veterans meal

Golden Corrals across the country joined together last month to celebrate our nation’s veterans. Military Monday falls on the Monday after Vetarans Day, and it is a great day of thanks and fellowship.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Editorial: Safe Harbor's cause deserves full community support

The sexual abuse of children is incredibly heinous. It's so troubling, in fact, that many don't want to think about it or even acknowledge its ugly presence in our society.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Ask the Doc: Why is my health my employer's business?

Imagine walking into work and being handed a form to be filled out for your employer. It has nothing to do with your work, by the way.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Letter: Humane Society thanks annual auction participants

This is to thank the citizens of Sevier County for making our auction on Dec. 6 one of the most successful ever. Your enthusiastic bidding ensures that our homeless animals will continue to enjoy a high level of care.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Editorial: Christmas season can bring the blues

The Christmas season is a glorious time of year for many of us.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Editorial: National park expansion could be good for East Tennessee

Here in Sevier County, we've seen firsthand what a national park can mean to community — in terms of both the natural beauty preserved and the economic impact created by the designation.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Jason Davis: Holiday blessing is the true source of my Christmas spirit

Last week I shared that, for multiple reasons, I found myself easily falling into the holiday spirit this season.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Holy arguments heat up at holidays

This time of year, the “War on Christmas” is hotly debated and discussed.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:47 PM

Letter: Wears Valley signs should reflect scenic highway

I think Wears Valley is at a cross road.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

With Challenger’s big week late last month, the American Eagle Foundation gained a lot of goodwill and, hopefully, financial support for the national bird of the United States and the other species of raptors housed the Pigeon Forge avian sanctuary.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Letter: Limbaugh way off base on Obama, reader says

David Limbaugh's "Obama ... throwing his party under the bus" (Oct. 28) made three points I wish to address.


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

Editorial: Bus crash raises seat belt question

The horrific crash in Knoxville on Tuesday raises an age-old question about the safety of school buses, widely considered one of the safest forms of transportation around.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

Michael Collins: After the holiday, here’s what I’m not thankful for

Like the western heroes of yesteryear, Thanksgiving has ridden off into the sunset, leaving the bloated bodies of its victims lying strewn about in various states of agony.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Letter: Gratitude, appreciation for fire departments

On Nov. 23 the home we purchased in 2006 in Kodak was totally destroyed by fire. In spite of the fact it was occupied by renters at the time, and by the grace of God, no one was hurt and our family’s possessions weren’t in there, the emotion of watching your home burn to the ground is hard to describe.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Letter: Since when is Black Friday a holiday?

When my neighborhood was annexed into the city of Sevierville, my day for garbage pickup was Wednesday. A few years later it was changed to Thursday.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:29 PM

Editorial: Study shows senior drivers understand their challenges

As we age, it’s only natural certain biological changes occur to our bodies.


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Letter: Reader asks everyone to remember others during the season

The season is in full swing. Memories flood our minds as we hang those ornaments and then the stories begin to flow with the hot cocoa or hot cider. You know the stories, which always start with "remember when?" I just wanted to share with you the gratitude in my heart for having so many of those "remember when" stories of my brother, Jeff, who passed away four years ago.


Dec. 01, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Editorial: Patience, tolerance the key to Ferguson protests

Nashville Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson served as a model for the nation last week during Ferguson protests in the state capital.