Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:28 AM

Editorial: Litterbug, shame on you

Less than a week ago, Keep Sevier Beautiful — an organization dedicated to keeping the county clean — and dozens of volunteers collected nearly 300 bags of litter from area roadways and rivers during their annual Rivers & Roads Day cleanup.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:27 AM

Editorial: Man on a mission

Seventeen years ago the Special Olympics Area 10 started its annual golf tournament in Sevierville.

Since that time, the event has grown to become the primary fund-raiser for Special Olympics in the county, and one of the biggest reason behind that is the contribution and effort of Dan Deremer.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

Guest editorial: The public deserves a spin-free government

When the Valley Journals of Riverton, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, wanted to know the time of the town’s 2012 Easter egg hunt, they couldn’t find out. The city barred the parks official from speaking to reporters without permission, and nothing, not even the Second Coming, would pry that information loose.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:25 AM

Editorial: A darker shade of transparent

About a week after we published an editorial detailing our own problems getting the federal government to come clean about an investigation into a public official’s campaigning, news comes out that we’re not alone.

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

Let the sunshine in!

March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations to 18-year-old musical talent Ben Parton on his recent selection for the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 11:14 PM

Editorial: Car seat checks can save lives

Thursday's lead story, which told of the unfortunate death of a young Tazewell mother involved in an accident on Chapman Highway, also perfectly illustrated a point many parents take for granted — child safety seats save lives.

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:14 PM

Editorial: Gatlinburg firm files suit to stop city's name grab

For the moment a plan has stalled to rename Lake City, Tenn., a small former coal-mining town north of Knoxville on I-75, after the unofficial fight song of the University of Tennessee — "Rocky Top."

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Editorial: State considers bill to mandate cursive training

State lawmakers are currently considering a bill to mandate training in cursive throughout the state.

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Editorial: Move to require voting for annexation the right thing to do

A bill that has been praised throughout much of the state, which would require citizens to vote on whether or not they can be annexed into a town, is starting to come under fire.

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

Salute to a pair of Sevierville’s finest

The generation of Americans who guided the country after World War II are widely regarded as the “Greatest Generation.”

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds for $3.6 million Tuesday night, as a part of the greater effort to keep the Arrrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg.

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

Editorial: Feds promote openness from behind a wall

Seven months and 15 days.

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Editorial: Sevier County’s libraries provide invaluable service to citizens

As our local library systems embrace the “Geek the Library” program, it brings to mind just how lucky we are as Sevier County citizens to have such a robust network of facilities designed to enhance lifelong learning and personal development right in our own backyard.

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Editorial: Local group offers funds to more than just recent grads

As the state pushes to meet Governor Bill Haslam's "Drive to 55" initiative, which seeks to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025, there's a portion of the population that's often forgotten.

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Editorial: Situation in Ukraine deserves cooperation

With Russian troops on the ground in the Crimean Penisula, there is new hand-wringing throughout the region and Europe, and across the world.

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Editorial: Media should stand together against Greene County policy

An interesting case about public meetings, openness in government and the state’s laws regarding video recording is heating up just a few miles up the road in Greeneville.

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Over the years the Leadership Sevier program has worked to help turn promising individuals — from the youth in its Smoky Mountain Youth Leadership program to the young adults in its Leadership Tomorrow program — into community leaders.

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Editorial: Group seeks to assist graduating seniors with supplies

With the culmination of their pre-collegiate academic career quickly approaching, senior year is a hectic time for high school students. There’s college applications and visits, last attempts at ACT and SAT tests, plus trying to enjoy the final months of your prep experience.

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Editorial: Fear should not be the motivation for Seymour incorporation

If residents of Seymour are going to make their community into a city, they should do so to gain new services and not out of fear that they could be annexed by Sevierville, Knoxville, or any other place without consent or warning.

Feb. 25, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Editorial: Helping to prevent drug-related deaths

Fatal overdose related to opium-based painkillers has spiked across Tennessee in recent years, as have heroin-related deaths in the states bigger cities.

Feb. 24, 2014 @ 12:52 AM

Sevier County Teachers of the Year deserve credit for exemplary work

Most teachers choose to enter their profession because they want to make a difference.

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Though the national and local economies may not have totally recovered from the recession, Pigeon Forge keeps improving its own financial standing, thanks to increased tourism and thriving business.

Feb. 20, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Editorial: State’s new ‘Transparent Tennessee’ website looks good at first glance

Often promised but only occasionally delivered, transparency in government is a great thing.

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Editorial: Make preparations now before spring storms come

As the bad weather that rolled through Wednesday morning demonstrated, danger can come quickly to East Tennessee.