Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Editorial: Bill will make voluntary DCS reporting mandatory

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has been embroiled in controversy the past few years because a number of children died after their cases were brought to state attention.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Editorial: Don’t forget first responders

When an adult dies in an accidental tragedy, it’s horrible for family, friends and the community where such an event happens.

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Editorial: Anonymous giver bestows a blessing

Last week some incredible, unexpected news came down from the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Editorial: Law that would jail mothers of drug-addicted newborns nears passage

On the surface, Tennessee House Bill 1295 looks like a winner.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

Editorial: National Volunteer Week celebrates those who give

Veta King does it with Helping Others Prepare through Education.

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Editorial: 'It's football time' no more

A day after the UConn women’s basketball team passed the Lady Vols for all-time basketball national championships another, even more saddening event transpired.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

Editorial: Tourism funding hampered by budget shortfall

While Gov. Bill Haslam has enjoyed strong support throughout the years in the Sevier County area, a recent move has some local tourism professionals asking his administration to rethink decreased funding for tourism marketing.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 12:17 AM

Get Fit Seymour offers fitness to community

As the cold weather moves out and the sunny days of spring are ushered in, people across the county will look to get outside and get active.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 10:45 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Thursday afternoon it was official — Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg had reached its $8 million fundraising goal for the purchase of its 13-acre campus, ending years of speculation about the school’s future in the mountain city.

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Editorial: Checking up on a charity

Sevier County people, by nature, seem to be charitable, giving and genuinely concerned about their neighbors.

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Editorial: Haslam often talks teacher pay, but cuts raises in recent budget

Governor Bill Haslam has been a leader behind a tough move across Tennessee to set higher academic standards in our classrooms for students, teachers and administrators.

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Editorial: Don't drive distracted

You hear a beep from the passenger seat. Having just left work, you’re sure it’s a text from a coworker or your boss, alerting you to some “t” you’ve left uncrossed or some “i” left undotted.

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 12:02 AM

Budget shortfall creates problems for higher education

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced some big initiatives over the past year when it comes to higher education.

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Dollywood’s latest coaster, FireChaser Express, pleased a lot of theme park fans, young and old, last weekend, as it was designed to cater to kids and adults from 39 inches tall up.

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

Editorial: Great days in the Great Smoky Mountains

There’s nothing quite like a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a warm and clear spring day.

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:26 PM

Editorial: Another day, another delay as ACA enrollment deadline pushed back

To the surprise of almost no one, the deadline for signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been deemed flexible.

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Editorial: To delay or not delay Common Core

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley has said a compromise on legislation delaying for two years the further implementation on Common Core education standards, is close.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Editorial: Pressure on Martin could backfire for Vols fans

One week is in the books in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the Tennessee Volunteers have officially danced their way into the Sweet 16.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:29 AM

Editorial: Solving the meth problem

The pseudoephedrine debate across the state will heat up this week as two bills that seek to stem the tide of the methamphetamine epidemic have passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and are up for scheduling for a vote by the legislature.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:28 AM

Editorial: Litterbug, shame on you

Less than a week ago, Keep Sevier Beautiful — an organization dedicated to keeping the county clean — and dozens of volunteers collected nearly 300 bags of litter from area roadways and rivers during their annual Rivers & Roads Day cleanup.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:27 AM

Editorial: Man on a mission

Seventeen years ago the Special Olympics Area 10 started its annual golf tournament in Sevierville.

Since that time, the event has grown to become the primary fund-raiser for Special Olympics in the county, and one of the biggest reason behind that is the contribution and effort of Dan Deremer.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

Guest editorial: The public deserves a spin-free government

When the Valley Journals of Riverton, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, wanted to know the time of the town’s 2012 Easter egg hunt, they couldn’t find out. The city barred the parks official from speaking to reporters without permission, and nothing, not even the Second Coming, would pry that information loose.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:25 AM

Editorial: A darker shade of transparent

About a week after we published an editorial detailing our own problems getting the federal government to come clean about an investigation into a public official’s campaigning, news comes out that we’re not alone.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

Let the sunshine in!

March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations to 18-year-old musical talent Ben Parton on his recent selection for the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.