Though there were no surprises in the three local municipal elections and turnout was far from great, there are reasons to applaud the process.
When the Federal Trade Commission, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Attorney General Herb Slatery announced a federal lawsuit against Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, The Breast Cancer Society and others, the blood of many across the state boiled.
Last year in this space, we decried the growing trend of multiple valedictorians at high schools nationwide, including right here in our own backyard.
Everywhere you look, there’s something new coming to Sevier County.
What would you do if you were stopped by police, wrongly accused of a crime, and had your property seized? What if you were never charged with a crime, yet the government decided to keep your money or property?
Congratulations to Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department and the Pigeon Fire Department on earning their spots to compete nationally in Balitmore with their performances at last weekend's annual Smoky Mountain Weekend Fire/Rescue Expo in the LeConte Center.
As the Tennessee Legislature finished up its 2015 session, a bill seeking to make college an attainable dream was extinguished, at least temporarily, for no logical reason.
As police interactions with black citizens have embroiled communities across the nation in the past year, many minority communities are on edge.
It’s been inspiring to see the Sevierville Commons Association’s push to revitalize historic downtown Sevierville.
For over 25 years, Dana Soehn’s smiling face has been a constant with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
When budgetary cuts come to education, the arts are often found in the crosshairs.
The tinderbox of racial tension in the United States seems to have ignited. The city of Baltimore may be left in rubble.
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.