Editorials

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Editorial: Tensions grow over situation in Ukraine

With the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing 298, and two Ukrainian military jets being shot down just six days later, things are amping up in deep in the heart of the former Soviet Union.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Editorial: Wade and colleagues should get another Supreme Court term

If you treasure a government with separated powers, where balance between the legislative, executive and judicial branches maintains a fragile system of checks and balances, cast a vote to retain the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices on Aug. 7.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Editorial: Adult education grows across state

Life is tough.

And it’s a lot tougher without an education.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Indiana native Glenn Summers, visiting the area with his wife, three children and another friend, was eagerly anticipating a vacation when took the 407 exit into Sevier County Thursday.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

Editorial: Is immigration crisis the new normal?

Every few years, especially during election season, discussion of security at the U.S.-Mexican border, and clamping down on illegal immigration, ignites.


Jul. 14, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Editorial: Sevier County, too, needs to add manufacturing jobs

In a win for the city of Chattanooga and the entire state of Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam and the Volkswagen Group of America officials announced a plan Monday to expand the Chattanooga manufacturing facility's role as the sole U.S. maker of Volkswagen automobiles.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Editorial: Rocky Top Sports World a reality

After years of planning and construction, Rocky Top Sports World is now a reality.

The $20 million joint venture between the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County opened over the weekend with lacrosse and basketball events taking over its 80-acre footprint, situated aside Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, the Anna Porter Public Library and the Gatlinburg Community Center.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

When Pigeon Forge Middle School teacher Heather Burkhart left her first career as an adventure-based counselor, she probably expected a tough transition into her new career as a public school teacher.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

Editorial: A relaxation of annexation

A new law that went into effect this month should put local fears of unemcumbered annexation to rest.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Editorial: Police program helps educate youngest drivers on accident avoidance

As most parents with children approaching driving age and insurance companies already know, rookie drivers are often accidents waiting to happen.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Editorial: Prostitution not always a victimless crime

Any time there's a stakeout at a brothel or a politician gets nabbed with a prostitute, there are those who rail against prosecution of such cases.


Jul. 07, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

Editorial: Shine, shine, everywhere there's shine

Just over a year ago, a distillery applicant in Pigeon Forge quipped that with the growing interest in mountain-made spirits, Sevier County could one day be "like the Napa Valley of moonshine."


Jul. 06, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

It’s controversial, but some warn of risks to higher education

Mark Cuban made a big splash several weeks ago when he said there was a building student loan bubble that’s destined to pop.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

Editorial: Celebrating our independence

To many, the Independence Day means fireworks, parades and picnics — or maybe an extra-busy shift in a tourist town, and a wish for a picnic.


Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Ship has sailed on distillery opt-out

Distilleries, once unknown Sevier County, are now the hot new business.


Jun. 30, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Editorial: Take precautions when shooting fireworks this week

As Independence Day and all of its celebrations approach, people are undoubtedly making the final plans for their festivities.


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 03:56 PM

Cell phone privacy is a critical concern in 21st century

A Wednesday Supreme Court decision may not be too popular in some law enforcement circles, but it’s definitely a big win for American citizens.


Jun. 27, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Walters State’s annual Culinary Camp — which was held this week at Rel Maples Center on the Sevier County campus — is a unique event that demonstrates perfectly how a neighborhood college should interact with its community.


Jun. 26, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Editorial: Through compromise, Baker made things happen

Tennessee lost a true statesman Thursday, as former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker died following complications from a stroke.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Editorial: Veterans deserve better

As new revelations came out Monday about the horror some of our nation's veterans have experienced in the VA medical system, it's become all too obvious that system-wide reform is needed.


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

A look at men’s health

The 2014 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card was released earlier this month by Vanderbilt’s Institute for Medicine and Public Health.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Just looking at Elijah James’ smile tells you everything you need to know about him. He’s a bright, shining light, and his life is worth fighting for.


Jun. 18, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

Editorial: Study shows corruption continues in Tennessee

Nearly a decade after landmark political corruption investigations with names like Operation Crooked Highway, Operation Tennessee Waltz and Operation Tarnished Blue, our state is still among the nation's worst when it comes to shenanigans by public officials.


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 01:33 PM

Editorial: Pigeon Forge in an economic boom?

These days in Pigeon Forge, it seems like even when something goes wrong, things turn out all right in the end.


Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Editorial: Caution is best policy for new multi-millionaires

A week after someone's financial problems were seemingly solved, many are asking: Where's the big Powerball winner?