May. 27, 2015 @ 05:55 PM

Editorial: Give the bears some space

Every year around this time, the black bears of the Great Smoky Mountains become more active.

May. 26, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

Editorial: With experience, Lions should get another shot at state

Players and coaches from The King’s Academy’s softball team were undoubtedly disappointed in last week’s second-place finish at the TSSAA Division II Class A state championship in Murfreesboro.

May. 22, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Though there were no surprises in the three local municipal elections and turnout was far from great, there are reasons to applaud the process.

May. 20, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

Editorial: All 'charities' are not the same

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.

May. 19, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

Editorial: One in 12 grads is a valedictorian

Last year in this space, we decried the growing trend of multiple valedictorians at high schools nationwide, including right here in our own backyard.

May. 14, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Editorial: Local economy thriving

Everywhere you look, there’s something new coming to Sevier County.

May. 13, 2015 @ 01:31 PM

Editorial: Oversight of federal and state seizure badly needed

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?

May. 11, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

Editorial: Tell mom what she means

May. 08, 2015 @ 03:11 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

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.

May. 07, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

Editorial: Votes against tuition bill are votes against students

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.

May. 05, 2015 @ 01:41 PM

Editorial: In controversial police actions, answers are rarely clear

As police interactions with black citizens have embroiled communities across the nation in the past year, many minority communities are on edge.

May. 02, 2015 @ 11:15 PM

Striving to revive downtown is a smart move

It’s been inspiring to see the Sevierville Commons Association’s push to revitalize historic downtown Sevierville.

May. 01, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

For over 25 years, Dana Soehn’s smiling face has been a constant with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 02:35 PM

Editorial: Support local youth arts

When budgetary cuts come to education, the arts are often found in the crosshairs.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

Editorial: Tensions between police, black communities escalate

The tinderbox of racial tension in the United States seems to have ignited. The city of Baltimore may be left in rubble.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

How do we curb collegiate sexual offenses?

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.

Apr. 24, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Sometimes when the wheels of government are in motion, we citizens can feel powerless to apply the brakes.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

Editorial: Get out and vote

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.

Apr. 20, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Editorial: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

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.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

Editorial: Grandstanding on the Good Book

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.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 01:04 PM

Editorial: 150 years after Lincoln's death, questions linger

Ask most Americans what April 15 signifies, and the first response you'll get will undoubtedly be related to the income tax deadline.

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

Support for animal welfare bills is warranted

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.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 01:06 PM

Editorial: Bills could help sexual assault victims in Tennessee

Unfortunately, real-world law enforcement isn't like the TV shows.

Apr. 06, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

Editorial: In the backcountry, safety is rule one

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.