Opinion

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Editorial: Two years of free college? Yes, please

Gov. Bill Haslam has been in campaign mode over the last few days, as he’s sought to recruit high school students to sign up for the state’s Tennessee Promise campaign.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Ask the Doc: Prostate cancer not death sentence

My patient was told in 1984 that he had prostate cancer and it would likely kill him within five years. I wasn’t the one who told him. I was playing football as a senior in high school and more interested in putting people on their hind-quarters than examining them. I still had no clue I would even be a physician at that point. But our eventual crossing of paths was set.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Letter: Patterson says thanks for support of Appalachian Relief

On behalf of the Appalachian Relief Fund, thank you to everyone who helped make the 4th annual benefit concert the best ever.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Editorial: Newly elected officers have plenty of work ahead

With the county election in the rear-view mirror and the installation of new officials coming soon, we would like to take the opportunity to thank those who have served and are leaving office.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Editorial: For criminals, more jail time isn't always the best answer

Short sentences for heinous crimes, early releases and paroles for good behavior are often blamed on overcrowded jails —whether locally, statewide or even across the nation.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:35 PM

Jason Davis: I learned from Dad, depression is real

Robin Williams’ death last week has been talked about ad nauseum, nearly every publication, including ours, has had stories about his life, his death and the illnesses that likely led to his suicide.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:34 PM

Jamboree kicks off much-anticipated gridiron action

With the real thing just a week away, exhilarated high school football fans descended on Sevier County High School’s Burchfield Stadium Friday night for the sixth annual Smoky Mountain Kick-off Jamboree.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Seeing a need is often the easy part. Helping meet that need is often where problems arise.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:35 PM

Letter: Jail expansion wasn't the vision

In last Sunday's paper Sheriff Hoss Seals seemed to take pride in the fact, another expansion of the jail will give Sevier county the ability to lock up more people. More in fact than any city nearby with a larger permanent population.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

Letter: Good, honest people are around

Sevierville still has some good, honest people in its town.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Editorial: Both sides must show restraint in Missouri riots

Images coming out of Ferguson, Mo., over the past few days don't look like the United States we're accustomed to seeing in the 21st century.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Letter: Summer reading has gone well in Pigeon Forge

We’ve had a great summer reading program and I’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Letter: Reader quotes Bible in regard to climate change

Climate change, carbon footprints, sunspots, melting glaciers, greenhouse gases, rising seas, massive floods, disappearing ozone, continuous daylight, elevated carbon dioxide, empty deserts, blocked sunrays, GHG effect, worldwide winter, oceans rising and beyond.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Michael Collins: Embarrassing situation reveals strangers’ grace

Several years ago, during my single dad days, I had become a master at keeping life organized. It was purely out of necessity.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Editorial: Williams touched many with gift for acting

As the news of actor Robin Williams' tragic death broke Monday evening, the response from his fans was overwhelming.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

With a recently announced grant being awarded to Gatlinburg to provide improvements, including equipment for disabled children, more places are becoming available to a vastly under-served community in Sevier County.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Letter: Campaign against Obamacare isn’t right

Health insurance premiums jump 50 percent because of Obamacare. This is the allegation made by a political advertisement which ran on television statewide by the Alexander for Senate campaign. The July 10 edition of The Washington Post said this regarding the advertisement.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Editorial: As youth sports boom, overuse become a threat

Youth athletics are booming.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Letter: Judiciary shouldn't be subject to political influence

Three issues are of particular concern regarding the efforts to convince voters that the current judges of the state Supreme Court should not be retained.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Editorial: Be vigilant with online identity

Internet shopping, banking and online bill paying have made our often-complicated lives easier in many respects. In other ways, they've only compounded the headaches of daily life.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Ask the Doc: Taking a big step to curb prep athlete drug use

One of my very first vivid memories of high school football was sitting in a small wooden desk in Miss Poole’s first grade classroom. She started that Friday morning introducing our guests who were stopping by.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Editorial: Voting is more than a right; it's a responsibility

People love to complain about politics.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Letter: There’s a better song for national anthem

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the battle of Fort McHenry as it was being attacked by the British in the War of 1812.


Aug. 03, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Sports projects appear a solid bet

With Rocky Top Sports World and Wear Farm Park both operating at full-tilt now, and the Cal Ripken Experience on deck, it’s only a matter of time before Sevier County becomes a full-fledged youth sports destination.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

As we reported this week, Isaac Adams raises tomatoes in his garden to give to the Sevier County Food Ministries. He calls on others to do the same.