Letters to the Editor

Sep. 08, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Letter: Hispanic church dedicates new building

On January of 2008 in the city of Pigeon Forge, a small group of Hispanics started to gather to receive Bible studies in the Aleman’s Family home.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Letter: Juvenile facility says thanks

On behalf of Director Steve Layman, Lt. Joe Brown and all correctional staff at the Sevier County Juvenile Facility, I would like to thank our friends at the Sevier County Public Library, Townsend Press and all who made the donation of books and videos to our facility possible.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Letter: People are turning their backs on Christianity

I would like everyone to ask themselves just one question.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Letter: Boyds Creek signaling could be improved

On behalf of the thousands of drivers who travel north on Highway 66 and turn left on to Boyd’s Creek Highway, there is a lot of fuel being consumed while waiting (with no on-coming traffic) to turn on to Boyd’s Creek Highway.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Letter: Veterans recognition at show was touching

Being residents of Sevier County sometimes means being caught up in all the wonderful activities available to us.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Letter: Savagery, both home and abroad

Recently, our airwaves have been inundated with the savage behavior of the radical Muslim group called ISIS. Their barbaric murders of innocent lives as well as their recent reprehensible beheading of one of our own journalists has turned the stomachs of most here in America who now believe this group of thugs must be exterminated.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:26 PM

Letter: Why is one death greater than others?

I just do not understand the uproar over a policeman shooting a huge teenager in Missouri.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Letter: Veterans parade is appreciated

On behalf of my fellow Vietnam veterans I wish to thank the city of Pigeon Forge and all the folks involved with the Welcome Home From Vietnam Parade and events held this past week.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

Letter: Ethics a problem on Wall Street

I read the interviews of Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group) by Maria Bartiromo (anchor and global markets editor at Fox Business Network) for USA Today Aug. 18, where he talked about growth, ethics and the final frontier.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

Editorial: Fighting the prescription battle

Last week in U.S. District Court, Judge Thomas Varlan sentenced Sandra Kincaid, a 63-year-old Maryville woman, to serve 470 months in federal prison for her part in a Blount County pill mill operation, the Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Letter: Reader takes issue with cartoon

First off, I was pretty offended at the political cartoon, on Aug. 22, depicting the Pilgrims as “undesirables” who came across some border illegally. Totally the wrong picture!


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Letter: Reader laments problems with Gatlinburg trolley system

If the Gatlinburg Trolley System would run as efficiently as the Pigeon Forge System, this letter would not be necessary. To the locals who ride both systems, the difference is as apparent as night and day.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Letter: Patterson says thanks for support of Appalachian Relief

On behalf of the Appalachian Relief Fund, thank you to everyone who helped make the 4th annual benefit concert the best ever.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:35 PM

Letter: Jail expansion wasn't the vision

In last Sunday's paper Sheriff Hoss Seals seemed to take pride in the fact, another expansion of the jail will give Sevier county the ability to lock up more people. More in fact than any city nearby with a larger permanent population.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

Letter: Good, honest people are around

Sevierville still has some good, honest people in its town.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Letter: Summer reading has gone well in Pigeon Forge

We’ve had a great summer reading program and I’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Letter: Reader quotes Bible in regard to climate change

Climate change, carbon footprints, sunspots, melting glaciers, greenhouse gases, rising seas, massive floods, disappearing ozone, continuous daylight, elevated carbon dioxide, empty deserts, blocked sunrays, GHG effect, worldwide winter, oceans rising and beyond.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Letter: Campaign against Obamacare isn’t right

Health insurance premiums jump 50 percent because of Obamacare. This is the allegation made by a political advertisement which ran on television statewide by the Alexander for Senate campaign. The July 10 edition of The Washington Post said this regarding the advertisement.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Letter: Judiciary shouldn't be subject to political influence

Three issues are of particular concern regarding the efforts to convince voters that the current judges of the state Supreme Court should not be retained.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Letter: There’s a better song for national anthem

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the battle of Fort McHenry as it was being attacked by the British in the War of 1812.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Letter: We all need to support the volunteer fire department

I want everybody in Sevier County to know what a great volunteer fire department we have in this community on Old Newport Highway. They will be there to help you when you need them.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

Letter: More answers needed on GMO foods

The Chicago Tribune editorial appearing in Sunday’s paper (Food labeling should be about information, not fear) opposing the labeling of genetically modified foods was completely wrong.



Jul. 22, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

Letter: Live-It Ministries helps reader on limited income

As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, I am used to helping others. Recently I found myself on the receiving end of needing help.