Letters to the Editor

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 07:59 AM

Letter: Help fulfill dream of no-kill shelter

Westgate Resorts and River Terrace Careforce members have raised $1,000 and will be having a Fathers Day dinner and silent auction on June 20 at River Terrace in Gatlinburg to help fund a no-kill shelter for Sevier County.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 07:58 AM

Letter: Visitor thanks good Samaritan

I wish to thank the person that found my keys in lane nine and turned them in at the Walmart in Sevierville.


Jun. 03, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

Letter: Sometimes the scams are from legal charities

Charity scams, say the recent headlines. Talking about illegal charity mismanagement. But we should be talking about is legal charity scams.


Jun. 02, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Letter: Main concern of commission isn’t locals

When I thought this town had made all the dumb moves it could make, they came up with another one — a big one!


May. 29, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Letter: Reader complains of speeding on Dixon Branch Road

I was hit six weeks ago this Thursday turning into my driveway. These travelers use Dixon Branch as a cut through road from Jones Cove to Richardson Cove.


May. 28, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

Letter: Organizers thank sponsors for Chamber golf tournament

The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament was hosted by Gatlinburg Golf Course this month, and it is with deepest gratitude that we acknowledge the support and contributions of our premier event sponsor, Americomm, and our event sponsors.


May. 26, 2015 @ 02:16 PM

Letter: Smoky Mountain Thunder has best response ever

On behalf of Smoky Mountain Thunder, I would like to thank many people and organizations for making this year the best and largest Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride it has ever been, including movie night in downtown Sevierville the night before the ride.


May. 26, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

Letter: Coaches thank sponsor for teams’ support

We the coaches of the Stallions baseball team would like to recognize and thank Ed Saunders, general manger of Texas Roadhouse at Governors Crossing, for his continued support of our baseball and basketball teams as they make it possible for us to buy equipment and even donate food to feed our boys.


May. 18, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Letter: Nontraditional student thanks supporters

I can say my journey began six years ago when I enrolled at Walters State back in 2009, but in reality my journey started over 40 years ago.


May. 14, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Letter: GPHS class of 1965 celebrating 50 years

On May 31, 1965, the second graduating class of the newly formed Gatlinburg-Pittman High School received their diplomas and said a tearful goodbye to the school they had only known for two years.


May. 12, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

Letter: Day of Prayer coordinator grateful for coverage

Your coverage of this year’s National Day of Prayer encouraged our attendees to come and enjoy this unity of believers.


May. 07, 2015 @ 06:14 PM

Letter: Readers urge gardeners to donate excess produce

For the past few weeks, we have been trying to get our Crop Sharers program under way. This program would link landowners who do not garden with gardeners who don’t have enough land in order to produce fresh vegetables for our two local food pantries.


May. 06, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Letter: Pigeon Forge wrestler’s punishment too much

I am writing regarding a 16-year-old honor student, Gavin Hutchens, who has brought many honors to Pigeon Forge High School. This is a response to punishment imposed by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (Editor’s note: This was reported in The Mountain Press on May 2. The penalties were self-imposed by the school, per TSSAA officials).


May. 06, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Letter: Readers praise convenience worker

My husband and I would like to congratulate Mr. Don McGill, who is in charge of the Pigeon Forge Convenience Center “garbage disposal.”


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

Letter: Tea party got bum rap in recent letter

This is a response to “Tea party legislature hurting state” letter written by Paul B. Medley II and published April 15.


Apr. 16, 2015 @ 06:10 PM

Letter: Tea party legislature hurting state

I appreciate Gov. Haslam’s reasonableness and moderation as well as those in congress that have the same values. My representatives: Sen. Overbey has been reasonable at times, I do not know about Rep. Carr.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

Letter: Mountain Man March organizers say thanks

Thank you Gatlinburg for your support of the 8th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March this past weekend. Almost 1,000 runners, marchers and walkers joined together to remember the sacrifices of our fallen military members from across the volunteer state – and around the country — and to support the Gold Star Families left behind.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Letter: Johnson thanks public for support of SCFM

In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.


Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Letter: It’s time to separate liberty and the market economy

The polls consistently show that we are believers in the Christian God, but is America a Christian nation? Our secular Constitution says, “No!” but even knowing that our Christian beliefs are all over the map doesn’t deter 55 percent of Americans who believe we are already one (2007 survey by the First Amendment Center). And just recently Public Policy Polling reported that 57 percent of Republicans want to make the U.S.A. officially a Christian nation. Why? Because our political culture is loaded with religious language — pledge of “patriotism,” our money, the walls of our courts and the Capitol.


Apr. 06, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Letter: Christians should make their presence felt

Should Christians be involved in politics, or simply concern themselves with sharing the Gospel? Consider these few points:


Apr. 02, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

Letter: Jail deaths are unacceptable

The citizens of Sevier County need to open their eyes.


Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:21 PM

Letter: Student enjoyed visit here, seeks information on state

I am writing to you as a part of a class project for the novel, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.”


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

Letter: Pirates' Ball was success for clinic

Despite the threat of bad weather, pirates young and old gathered at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on the evening of March 5 to enjoy the festivities at the 2015 Pirates’ Ball. The result was a highly successful event that will benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s patients.


Mar. 30, 2015 @ 02:33 PM

Letter: Teacher thanks Titanic for education program

Recently, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge hosted a Teacher’s Academy for educators in our area. In 34 years of working with the public school system and attending a plethora of varied types of in-service activities, I must say that the Titanic Teacher’s Academy ranks among the best.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Letter: ‘Anti-scientific attitudes’ fuel deniers

It “seems” to George Fowler (Letter to the Editor, March 23) that global warming is inconsistent with large Boston snowfalls, and he “believes” there has been no warming for 20 years.