Editorials

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Editorial: Prescription drugs, not alcohol, biggest challenge for state

A week ago we wrote in this space of the difficulties facing state law enforcement, medical professionals, hospitals and legislators caused by the rampant abuse of prescription drugs in our state.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Guest editorial: Where does LeConte name come from anyhow?

Mount LeConte, at 5,593 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in Sevier County, Tennessee.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

State Sen. Doug Overbey, who represents the 8th District — Blount and Sevier Counties — has tossed his hat in the ring as a contender for state attorney general.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Editorial: Forge distillery fight focuses on Parkway

Pigeon Forge faces an interesting dilemma.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

Editorial: Low prices at the pump could mean most Labor Day travelers in years

With gas prices relatively low, AAA is predicting this Labor Day weekend will see the most travel the holiday weekend has had since 2008.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

Editorial: Fighting the prescription battle

Last week in U.S. District Court, Judge Thomas Varlan sentenced Sandra Kincaid, a 63-year-old Maryville woman, to serve 470 months in federal prison for her part in a Blount County pill mill operation, the Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Upcoming convention is huge for Pigeon Forge

Next month’s National Quartet Convention, slated for Sept. 21-27 in Pigeon Forge, may not sound like much to the average citizen, but it’s the crown jewel of the city’s LeConte Center so far.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations to new Sevier County Veterans Service Officer Lorenza Wills.


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 @ 04:52 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 @ 10:34 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 @ 04:20 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. 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 @ 05:40 PM

Editorial: As youth sports boom, overuse become a threat

Youth athletics are booming.


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 @ 02:43 PM

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

People love to complain about politics.


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.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 01:52 PM

Editorial: Friendliness a highlight of the Smokies

Summer can be tough for the people of Sevier County.


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Editorial: Conservation efforts succeed all around us

Often, it seems, those who discuss conservation or environmental protection are pigeon-holed as liberals or bleeding hearts with unrealistic goals of protecting rare snails or fragile species of sea coral at the cost of beneficial industrial and commercial expansion.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:27 AM

Last minute political ploys cloud the real issues

Be it Lyndon Johnson’s talk of possible peace in Vietnam just days before the 1968 election, Henry Kissinger’s similar talking points in the waning hours of the 1972 Nixon campaign or even the 2012 release of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments four months after he made them, the October surprise is not a new tactic in the world of politics.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

This week's math and science camp for local middle-school-aged children was yet another great example of the quality community partner Sevier County has in Walters State Community College.