Local Columnists

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 05:49 PM

Dan Smith: Taste of Cuba is close to home

I have long been fascinated by the island country south of the U.S. called Cuba. You have probably heard me mention that I love Cuban food and have eaten at Cuban restaurants in Disney’s Pleasure Island and in Key West. Someday I would like to visit Cuba.

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

Jason Davis: There’s a right way and a wrong way to Redbox

With the rise of Netflix and Redbox for people’s weekend entertainment needs, the neighborhood video store is quickly becoming an endangered species.

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

Ask the Doc: What is the best way to improve health?

The most significant improvement I have seen a patient have in their own physical and mental health in the past 10 years is clearly through increasing the amount of activity they do each day.

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

Jeff Farrell: Human trafficking woes need creative fix

New York state courts are taking an innovative step in dealing with human trafficking — they’re going to start treating most prostitutes as victims of trafficking, rather than as criminals.

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Upland Chronicles: Daniel Emert fought for North and South in Civil War

Last week I received a call from Sue Rolen who called to tell me that while working in the Fair Garden Cemetery she had discovered the graves of a man that she believed to be a confederate veteran and his wife.

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

Ask the Doc: When is bariatic surgery an option?

There are roughly 200,000 bariatric surgeries done in the United States every year, mostly in accredited medical centers. Think of it as two full Neyland Stadiums of patients losing weight from surgery.

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

Jason Davis: God bless the wife of a young man

I read in an article recently that men reach emotional maturity later than women, and that the average man hasn’t “grown up” until around age 32.

I’m not sure how many thousands of dollars were spent studying the behavioral patterns of specially chosen, hand-selected “specimens” to come up with these results, but had the researchers come to my wife, she could have saved them a lot of cash.

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Dan Smith: U.S. should avoid another quagmire in Syrian situation

As I write this, the U.S. is “mulling” over whether or not they should attack Syria. Before I get into the meat of this piece, I’d like to ask a question first.

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

Ask the Doc: Why not CT scans for everyone?

Why don’t we just scan everybody with a CT scan to screen for lung cancer?

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 11:42 PM

Dan Smith: World changes with more active use of robotics

This may sound like an off-beat story line this time but, this is actually factual and is taking place as we speak.

Aug. 17, 2013 @ 10:13 PM

Stan Voit: Half-century in newspapering a memorable time

It was 50 years ago. Summer. I was 13 and through with baseball but was offered the chance to work at the ballpark as a scorekeeper, making $1.50 a game. Three games a night.

Aug. 11, 2013 @ 01:37 PM

Stan Voit: Happy 32nd anniversary to my son

(This column was first published in 1987 and has run every year at this time since then.)

A person my age can look back on a life of missed opportunities, wasted chances. Would-be fortunes have been lost. A lot of “if onlys...” I’ve had my share. But I’ve had blessings.

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Stan Voit: Happy 32nd anniversary to my son

A person my age can look back on a life of missed opportunities, wasted chances. Would-be fortunes have been lost. A lot of “if onlys...” I’ve had my share. But I’ve had blessings.

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Dan Smith: Ambassadors often have been political donors

Just recently, Caroline Kennedy was appointed to be the new Ambassador to Japan. How did that come about? Was she an expert on Japan? No.

Aug. 04, 2013 @ 11:49 AM

Stan Voit: Arrowmont is an institution worth saving

Three years ago some local officials, in an effort to assure the board of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts that the community was serious about keeping the school in Gatlinburg, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that spelled out what Arrowmont and community leaders were prepared to do to make it happen.

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Upland Chronicles: Annual conference of governors once held in Gatlinburg

In 1951, one of the most spectacular events in Gatlinburg’s history unfolded. The 43rd annual Governors’ Conference was held there from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. Governors from all 48 states attended along with territorial governors representing Alaska and Hawaii.

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

Carl Mays: Be the friend you want to have

Early in my career I wrote a children’s book titled “The Magic of J.B.,” which was published by Broadman Press and later adapted into a film strip program. Now out of print, the book is about a 10-year-old girl who, in addition to being the fastest runner in her school, does seem to have magical qualities.

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

Dave Merrill: Those lovers of materialism often win out

What appears to be another nail in the coffin of traditional Christian/Judeo ethics, of this nation, was hammered in by this nation’s Supreme Court, on June 28. It was that pivotal day that a majority caucus of this judicial body essentially redefined the traditional marriage bed to reflect an increasingly popular Hollywood propagated cultural value system.

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Dan Smith: Imperfect beings continue struggle to do what’s right

With a story this big, you just know I would have to comment on it. I believe I can add a few new sides and bits of information that you might not have heard yet.

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Tom von Berg: Assess students, tailor educations in teaching kids

Despite what leaders in education and government are saying, education reform in Tennessee is not likely to reach its goals of a highly educated, career-ready workforce.

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

Stan Voit: Random thoughts on this and that for summer day

A little bit of this and that for a hot summer day ...

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

Dan Smith: Twinkies back, so forget dieting and enjoy them

Next Monday we’re all in for a tasty treat. July 15 is when the world will be able to buy that old and reliable cream and yellow cake junk food known as the Twinkie.

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

Jayne Vaughn: Animal shelter objectives often misunderstood

A frequently asked question of the Sevier County Humane Society is, “Are you a no-kill shelter?” The answer to that question is no. The Sevier County Humane Society is an open admission, full service animal shelter.

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

Dan Smith: Remember our history as nation observes birthday

This Thursday marks the 237th birthday of the United States of America. You can always argue the dates, and you would be right on a few of them that differ from July 4, 1776.

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Stan Voit: Bootleggers had container source in family business

Four years ago in Sevier County you could only get a margarita in Gatlinburg. Not only can you get one in any of the three cities these days, but we soon may be the moonshine capital of America.