Editorials

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.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Editorial: Watch out for the taxes you didn't know about

One of our readers brought in some grocery store receipts a few weeks back to share his dismay and hopefully get some clarification.


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.