Dec. 16, 2014 @ 07:17 PM

Editorial: Bless those who give

Sometimes it’s easy to become a scrooge during the Christmas season.

If you are prone to take a cynical point of view, it’s only natural for that cynicism to reach a whole new level through the holidays, as others bask in the joy that often accompanies the family gatherings, festive events and colorful displays of celebration.

Dec. 16, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

Editorial: Police in the public eye

The shooting death Friday night in Sevierville was the first officer-involved shooting in at least a quarter-century, according to Sevierville police spokesman Bob Stahlke. 

While the case is still under investigation by both the local police and TBI, one thing can be said for the city of Sevierville: It has been as open, prompt and transparent following a shooting as any media outlet could ever expect.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

With Susan Whitaker leaving, county needs a new ally in state tourism

Sevier County lost a friend and advocate in the state government's tourism hierarchy last week when it was announced longtime Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker was leaving her post.

Dec. 12, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

SmartBank’s announcement Monday morning that its parent company, Pigeon Forge-based SmartFinancial, was merging with Chattanooga firm Cornerstone Bancshares, means a local business is growing exponentially and apparently thriving.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Editorial: Safe Harbor's cause deserves full community support

The sexual abuse of children is incredibly heinous. It's so troubling, in fact, that many don't want to think about it or even acknowledge its ugly presence in our society.

Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Editorial: Christmas season can bring the blues

The Christmas season is a glorious time of year for many of us.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Editorial: National park expansion could be good for East Tennessee

Here in Sevier County, we've seen firsthand what a national park can mean to community — in terms of both the natural beauty preserved and the economic impact created by the designation.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Holy arguments heat up at holidays

This time of year, the “War on Christmas” is hotly debated and discussed.

Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

With Challenger’s big week late last month, the American Eagle Foundation gained a lot of goodwill and, hopefully, financial support for the national bird of the United States and the other species of raptors housed the Pigeon Forge avian sanctuary.

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

Editorial: Bus crash raises seat belt question

The horrific crash in Knoxville on Tuesday raises an age-old question about the safety of school buses, widely considered one of the safest forms of transportation around.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Letter: Gratitude, appreciation for fire departments

On Nov. 23 the home we purchased in 2006 in Kodak was totally destroyed by fire. In spite of the fact it was occupied by renters at the time, and by the grace of God, no one was hurt and our family’s possessions weren’t in there, the emotion of watching your home burn to the ground is hard to describe.

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 06:29 PM

Editorial: Study shows senior drivers understand their challenges

As we age, it’s only natural certain biological changes occur to our bodies.

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Editorial: Patience, tolerance the key to Ferguson protests

Nashville Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson served as a model for the nation last week during Ferguson protests in the state capital.

Nov. 28, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Today is the last day of the Festival of Trees, the annual fundraising effort for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

Editorial: Thanksgiving as it was meant to be

The continued commercialism of Christmas — only 27 shopping days left, by the way — has resulted in the devaluing of Thanksgiving, one of the most beautifully intended holidays on the U.S. calendar.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

Editorial: There's plenty of time for shopping; keep Thanksgiving off limits

Pundits on television, in print and over the airwaves have bemoaned "Christmas creep" – the earlier promotion of the Christmas season and its accompanying holiday sales.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

Editorial: Volunteer spirit on display during holidays

As the holidays approach, the unwavering charitable spirit of Sevier County begins to shine.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

Editorial: Work on Veterans should bring beauty to thoroughfare

Keep Sevier County Beautiful has always done great work to help maintain the natural beauty of our area, while cleaning up messes we've made to tarnish our local environment.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

Editorial: Parkway distilleries appear imminent

Since the launch of Ole Smoky Distillery in 2010 in Gatlinburg, there's been a explosion of growth in the business of making spirits across Sevier County.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Editorial: Haslam should hear educators out on new commissioner

There was an almost audible roar of rejoicing voices in Tennessee public schools last week with the resignation of Kevin Huffman as the state's education commissioner.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Editorial: Manufacturing means more career opportunities

The announcement last week of a new auto parts production facility — the first development in the new Sevier County I-40 Industrial Park — could be a sign of good things to come for our area.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Editorial: Economic development headed in the right direction statewide

Gov. Bill Haslam announced the departure of Bill Hagerty as Tennessee's commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development on Wednesday.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

Editorial: Winterfest has been a boon to Sevier County economy

All of us Sevier County residents, natives and transplants alike, have heard tales of the competitiveness between our cities in years past.