Opinion

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Another week, another couple rounds of winter weather. And yet again, our police, fire and rescue and area road workers did an outstanding job keeping folks safe and commerce going.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Letter: Reader appreciates carrier's dedication

We had been stranded in the house for three days — couldn’t get down the driveway, couldn’t get up the driveway, because there was a good 4-5 inches of snow and ice on the bottom of it.


Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Editorial: Learning to save takes first step

An Oxford Economics study last year found Americans are saving money at an alarmingly low rate.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Editorial: Tournament 'strategy' is poor sportsmanship at its worst

Our office's copy of "Webster's Third New International Dictionary," published in 1986, defines sportsmanship as: "Conduct becoming to a sportsman and involving fair honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of results."


Feb. 24, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Michael Collins: The joys, terrors of a home garden

With the recent cabin fever, my wife began combing through seed catalogs in preparation to start a small garden this spring. We fully intend to force our children to grow at least one item they consider edible so they can plant, cultivate and eventually consume the product of their own efforts.


Feb. 23, 2015 @ 01:46 PM

Editorial: State may repeal 'Pain Patient's Bill of Rights'

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which includes local legislator Sen. Doug Overbey, unanimously passed a bill earlier this month that could provide a substantial barrier to the growing spread of opiate addiction across the state.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Weather-related deaths are tragic

 Just hours after it seemed Sevier County had made it through the worst of the icy conditions and cold temperatures without any weather-related deaths, the bodies of two people were found in a Seymour-area home Friday night.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Jason Davis: Icy weather makes for a crazy week

What a week.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

High school extracurricular activities are often among the most treasured memories students carry with them beyond their senior year.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Letter: Visitor upset by discontinuation of Tunes and Tales program

It absolutely amazes me that a city which has so much to offer, would find their niche and draw in crowds of people by the droves for almost 10 years, and then simply allow this great program to go by the wayside!


Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:12 PM

Letter: Reader rejects Roe’s support of XL pipeline

In a recent Mountain Press guest column, Congressman Phil Roe confesses that he “honestly can’t understand” why President Obama will veto the Congressional ultimatum for the Keystone XL pipeline. As one with a moral and personal stake in a habitable planet, I am happy to help the Congressman.


Feb. 18, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

Editorial: Are technological advancements stifling creativity?

The technological advances of the 20th and early 21st century have undoubtedly improved the standard of living for nearly all Americans, but are the changes all for the better?


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Letter: Climbing for Hope fundraiser helped Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

Local firefighters and police pitted themselves against each other in friendly competition Jan. 27, and everybody won.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

Ask the Doc: One of nature's best remedies may be just a pet away

Research has uncovered a new treatment for patients with advanced cancer. It improves the social and emotional scores of patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments even as their functional and physical scores plummeted.


Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Editorial: Service workers' efforts appreciated when winter strikes

When the weather was at its worst Monday night and early Tuesday morning, many dedicated souls were out braving the conditions to help ensure the comfort of others across the community.


Feb. 16, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Letter: Friends' library system book sale is a success

The pace was fast and furious as books were sold Feb. 7 at Friends of Sevier County Public Library System’s Romance Used Book Sale at King Family Library in Sevierville.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Jason Davis: Confessions of a eclectic mind

I like to say I have varying interests.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Online database details struggle for desegregation

In Sevier County, the observance of Black History Month in February may not resonate as much as it does elsewhere.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The ladies of the Auxiliary of American Legion Post 104 have been busy in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Editorial: Neonatal dependence continues to plague East Tennessee

Over the past year, ordinary Tennesseans and state officials have been battling to protect unborn children from harm and neglect associated with their mothers' substance abuse.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 04:43 PM

Michael Collins: Families need continued support in tragic time

Like you, I have found my mind focused on thoughts of the untimely deaths last week.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 12:56 PM

Editorial: Haslam must work to keep this year's teacher promise

After announcing a 2 percent raise for teachers in his proposed 2014-2015 budget last February, Gov. Bill Haslam had to cut th proposal from his budget once it was noticed in March that projected revenues weren't reaching targets.


Feb. 09, 2015 @ 01:53 PM

Editorial: Wilderness Wildlife Week exceeds expectations

Whether it was the cooperating weather, lower gas prices or a full slate of events and programs, this year’s Wilderness Wildlife Week was a runaway success.


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

Jason Davis: Here are some random thoughts on a winter day

A busy week left my notebook full of column ideas, so here’s a little bit of this and that from the files:


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 01:01 PM

Autism speaks, we should listen

Today is Autism Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.