Editorials

Oct. 15, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

Editorial: Ebola is scary, but flu's a more likely killer

Ebola is getting big headlines throughout the national media, and for good reason.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 01:12 PM

Editorial: School lunch isn't what it used to be

Monday marked the start of the School Nutrition Association's National School Week.



Oct. 10, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

Letter: Support National Guard Troops on Texas border

Everyone is invited to show support for our National Guard Troops on the Texas Border.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 04:26 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The efforts of the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club and the Forever Parks foundation to construct an all-inclusive playground in Pigeon Forge are to be commended.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Editorial: In the season of campfires, mind the wood you’re using

Every year around this time, tourists and other visitors from throughout the country descend on Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains for one of nature’s ultimate art shows: the changing of the colors of the autumn leaves.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 12:42 PM

Editorial: State government should listen to, and value, teachers' concerns

As Sevier County teachers and administrators met with U.S. Rep. Phil Roe Monday night at Northview Academy, some things were abundantly clear — morale in Tennessee public education is low, teachers are fed up with burdonsome bureaucratic oversight, and there are no clear answers on how to fix the problem.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Editorial: Safe Harbor deserves public support in move to new facility

According to the Tennessee Children's Advocacy Centers, every hour of every day, there is allegation of child abuse in Tennessee.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The Sevierville Downtown Commons Association is doing yeoman’s work in trying to re-establish downtown Sevierville as a place to be.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Editorial: State is right to turn focus toward human trafficking

The FBI paints a dismal picture of the lives of some of the United States’ most exploited residents.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Editorial: Activists targeting broadcasters using Redskins name are off base

When the news came down late Tuesday that Federal Communications Commission Chariman Tom Wheeler was looking into a possible ban of the word “Redskins” from broadcasts of Washington Redskins games, every journalist in America should have noticed.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Editorial: Check your security during National Cyber Security Awareness month

In this hectic digital age, where seemingly everything is connected, we all must be ever-vigilant against frauds previously unimaginable.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:54 PM

Service that leads to citizenship?

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Jessica L. Wright, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, issued a memo that’s being discussed around the county.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Often, getting officials to comment quickly about a bad situation is a reporter’s worst nightmare — especially in a tourist area.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Editorial: Plan to limit photography on public lands disregards First Amendment

It seems that almost every day a new story surfaces in which some freedom, some inalienable right for U.S. citizens, is slowly being chipped away.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Editorial: Fire department plan should be win-win for Pigeon Forge, Sevierville

Hang around Sevier County long enough and you’ll hear tales of the figurative walls built between the local municipalities in years past during the free-for-all for tourism dollars.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Editorial: FEMA urges readiness with National Preparedness Month

Whether it's the torrential flooding that’s possible in the springtime in Sevier County, or the ever-present threat of snow and ice in the higher elevations during winter, there are times mother nature’s fury can present locals with challenges.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will begin hosting the biggest event in its relatively short history beginning tomorrow.



Sep. 16, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Editorial: NFL's shield shines despite scandals

The National Football League's trademark logo shield, it seems, is coated in Teflon.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

Visit from Medal of Honor recipients will stick with Seymour students

Friday morning’s assembly at Seymour Middle School, which saw two Vietnam Medal of Honor winners speak to the entire student body and faculty, should be an experience that lives in the minds of those in attendance forever.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Letter: Don’t use Christianity to hinder smart progress

“A Baptist Christian” cites the gender arrangements of Noah’s Ark in a presumable smear against same-sex marriage and mandatory model for humans today (Sept. 5 letter from Gary Allen, Jones Cove).


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations are due to Johnnie Faye Newman McClure, who was named the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Editorial: Which way do we go in Iraq?

The challenge the U.S. and other nations face with the rising threat of ISIS, or ISIL, in Iraq is great.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Editorial: Lessons of Sept. 11 should never be forgotten

Thirteen years ago today, the day started much like any other.