Opinion

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 12:41 AM

Stan Voit: ‘Selma’ evokes flood of memories

There is a scene in the movie “Selma” when the marchers are heading down Water Avenue in their first attempt to cross the bridge as a symbolic show of unity. Suddenly they pass right by The Selma Times-Journal newspaper building, make a sharp right, then start to cross the bridge.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 12:40 AM

Are controversial standards seeing support waiver?

First Gov. Bill Haslam was unequivocally behind Common Core standards.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Editorial: This miserable, wonderful UT basketball season

When it comes to men’s basketball coaches, the University of Tennessee is under a black cloud.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

Editorial: Is State of the Union speech stale?

The annual State of the Union address, meant to fulfill the rules in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, has changed wildly since George Washington's initial message to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 7, 1790.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 04:49 PM

Letter: Medicaid expansion helps those who need it

On Jan. 13, this paper published an article, “Insure Tennessee could generate $1.14 billion,” in which Justin Owen, president and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee stated “Medicaid expansion is a multi-million dollar band-aid on a massive wound; it just won’t work.”


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Ask the Doc: Why can allergies be worse in winter?

I threw our Christmas tree out the back door at 9:10 a.m. Christmas morning. I regret I didn’t do it sooner.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Editorial: Are traffic cameras highway robbery?

State Rep. Andy Holt, a Republican from Dresden, is fighting for thousands of Tennesseans with his latest crusade to end red-light and speed cameras across the state.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 12:33 AM

Jason Davis: Awards, honors shouldn’t come with strings attached

I first met Ms. Mary when I was working as a reporter at the LaFollette Press back in my hometown of LaFollette, Tenn.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

Editorial: Three cheers

Sevier County's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has been hard at work planning and rehearsing for its annual event to honor the civil rights leader on Monday.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Letter: Tell government we don't need more fuel tax

Your government, some elected representatives, lobbyists and bureaucrats are at work today attempting to take your only increase in disposable income in the past 10 years, perhaps longer.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

Editorial: Expect a tough tax season

A report filed by Associated Press reporter Stephen Ohlemacher has revealed that, just as most Americans' tax returns are becoming more difficult to file, the Internal Revenue Service is becoming decidely less helpful in the process.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Michael Collins: When it comes to criminals, we’ve got some doozies

Have you ever seen the “World’s Dumbest Criminals” TV show?


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

Letter: Reader promotes preparedness, growing of food

I'm not going to tell you what the problems are. You already know.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 01:08 PM

Editorial: College football gets it right

In the first year of the college football playoff, the Ohio State Buckeyes showed exactly why fans have been clamoring for a similar format for years.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

Editorial: State legislature goes into session

For the second straight year, the Republican Party has a supermajority in the Tennessee Legislature.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Jason Davis: A little bit of this and that

In the hangover of the holiday season, I had a rough time coming up with one theme or topic for this week’s column.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Obama’s visit brings good tidings

President Barack Obama’s visit to East Tennessee brought good news for the region, whether like his policies or not.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 06:48 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The move for Pigeon Forge to adopt Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth League, Inc., as its youth baseball brand of choice is a good step for the city to improve its overall youth sports experience.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Letter: Reader critical of new jail facility

I was wondering as I look across the road at Sheriff Seals' new prisoner warehouse, if perhaps someone's rights aren't being trampled upon.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Letter: Local officers go extra mile for a 'blue' Christmas

With so many heartbreaking headlines in our news these days involving police officers, I want to share a story about true “blue” Christmas spirit right here in our own back yard.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Editorial: Slaughter at magazine highlights a battle for freedom

Wednesday's actions by suspected Islamic terrorists in Paris highlight the fundamental challenges the world is facing in dealing with the seeming spread of radical Islam.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Ask the Doc: What’s up with so many prescription warnings?

Doc: Does anyone ever ask for one of those advertised drugs after hearing all of the possible side effects the drugs can cause?


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Letter: Republicans picking fights with history debates

We’re fighting over U.S. history once again. This time the College Board is revising the AP U.S. history curriculum and standards, and Republicans are making all kinds of claims. They want Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the NRA to be a major part of the history. But our history is that of the good, the bad and ugly, therefore, an honest and honorable attempt to help students deal critically and thoughtfully both with the best moments as well as our lesser moments is necessary. This history must stand as a bulwark against the irrationalists of both parties.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Editorial: Radon is a potentially deadly hazard

In an effort to increase awareness about deadly radon gas and its affects on the population, the EPA has deemed January National Radon Action Month.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

Editorial: Future appears bright for Sevier County

Like every year, 2014 had its ups and downs.