As the NFL fights public national battles with the implications of domestic violence and sexual assault allegations against current, future and former players – think Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Jameis Winston and, most despicably, Darren Sharper – the University of Tennessee is dealing with similar cases just a few miles down the road in Knoxville.
Sometimes when the wheels of government are in motion, we citizens can feel powerless to apply the brakes.
With no major ballot issues and only a few contested races, the municipal elections in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg seem destined for low voter turnout during their respective polling days next month.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Joann Jordan, who organizes the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony in Sevier County, puts in a considerable amount of work each year, not only to keep the prayer event going, but to help nurture the county's spiritual leaders.
It’s amazing that for decades and decades, public servants in the Volunteer State, which is steeped in the Christian tradition, held God’s Word in such disdain that they wouldn’t bestow such a lofty title on the Good Book. Or, they knew it was a waste of legislative time, a forsaking of the important work they’ve been entrusted to do — by taking an oath on that very book — for public grandstanding.
Ask most Americans what April 15 signifies, and the first response you'll get will undoubtedly be related to the income tax deadline.
Obviously, protecting the welfare and safety of Tennesseans should be the priority for the Tennessee Legislature, but promoting and protecting animals in the state should not be overlooked.
Unfortunately, real-world law enforcement isn't like the TV shows.
With warmer weather comes the natural desire to get outside, and many people venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, right in our backyard.
It was great to see a local student, Caitlyn Marentette of Pittman Center Elementary School, earn the crown as champion of the Knoxville News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee last month at UT’s Alumni Memorial Hall.
A hotly contested debate of the Legislature over gun rights and public safety could be completed today in the Tennessee State Senate.
Another season, another search for a head coach at the University of Tennessee.
Thursday's appearance of a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra quartet at the King Family Library was just the most recent in a long line of wonderful educational and cultural experiences ushered into the community by the Sevier County Public Library System.
In today's digital age, con artists are always just a click away online.
The Tennessee Legislature's Republican supermajority may be losing some steam thanks to disagreements between the party's conservative and centrist factions.
Last week the Tennessee Senate's Transportation Committee approved the “County Road Relief Act of 2015,” which would make state funding for road grants more easily accessible to downtrodden Tennessee counties.
Congratulations to Sevier County High School quarterback Deuce Wallace on his recent offer and commitment to play major-conference football at Northwestern.
With Obama firmly into his second term in office, the Associated Press is reporting that the president's administration has set a new standard for secrecy.
Today is National Agriculture Day, a day to celebrate the achievements and abundance of goods produced by growers across the country.
No longer the staple they were just a half-century ago, scholastic science fairs have been knocked down a peg across the country.
It’s likely you’ve seen them: weaving over the center line and onto the shoulder of the road, failing to maintain pace with other vehicles or last-second breaking behind stopping traffic.
It seems many throughout the U.S., especially the millennial generation, have become jaded to the fabric of the very country in which we live.
Tennessee is one of only a handful of U.S. states to have an appointed state attorney general.
Yet another high school basketball season has ended for our local high school teams. And though no team made the state tournament this year, continuing a streak that dates back to the Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers' 2011 appearance, several teams staged impressive campaigns.