Opinion

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. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Michael Collins: I forgot my anniversary

Well, friends, it was bound to happen. I completely forgot my anniversary.


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Editorial: Conservation efforts succeed all around us

Often, it seems, those who discuss conservation or environmental protection are pigeon-holed as liberals or bleeding hearts with unrealistic goals of protecting rare snails or fragile species of sea coral at the cost of beneficial industrial and commercial expansion.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:28 AM

Jason Davis: Preposterous Prius perceptions

In the summer of 2007, desperate to find a car that achieved great gas mileage but could comfortably seat four people, I set out on a quest to scour the internet, auto magazines and the brains of all the motorheads I knew to find the best.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:27 AM

Last minute political ploys cloud the real issues

Be it Lyndon Johnson’s talk of possible peace in Vietnam just days before the 1968 election, Henry Kissinger’s similar talking points in the waning hours of the 1972 Nixon campaign or even the 2012 release of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments four months after he made them, the October surprise is not a new tactic in the world of politics.


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. 25, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

This week's math and science camp for local middle-school-aged children was yet another great example of the quality community partner Sevier County has in Walters State Community College.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Editorial: Watch out for the taxes you didn't know about

One of our readers brought in some grocery store receipts a few weeks back to share his dismay and hopefully get some clarification.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Editorial: Tensions grow over situation in Ukraine

With the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing 298, and two Ukrainian military jets being shot down just six days later, things are amping up in deep in the heart of the former Soviet Union.



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.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

Ask the Doc: Getting to the heart of niacin

There are many encounters with my attending professors, from renowned internationally recognized researchers to an aging kindly small town doctor, that easily come to mind as medicine adds gray to my own hair. Dr. George Bosworth, a pediatrician in Rome, Ga., holds more than a few memories.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Editorial: Wade and colleagues should get another Supreme Court term

If you treasure a government with separated powers, where balance between the legislative, executive and judicial branches maintains a fragile system of checks and balances, cast a vote to retain the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices on Aug. 7.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Indiana native Glenn Summers, visiting the area with his wife, three children and another friend, was eagerly anticipating a vacation when took the 407 exit into Sevier County Thursday.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

Letter: Today’s GOP wouldn’t have established park

Sevier County is a white-hot engine of tea party conservatism, as is conspicuous on the pages of The Mountain Press. It is flanked by, and owes much to, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a precious pearl of the universe safeguarded by enlightened federal action decades ago.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Letter: Americans need to stand up

Thank goodness that we still have people in this country like Dick Dierenbach. His letter to the editor on July 10, is great and true. His response to another letter to the editor told the truth that many people in this country do not understand.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Michael Collins: How to lose a grammar battle with a 9-year-old

As a loving father, I always stay alert for those golden opportunities when I can hit the pause button of life and take a few minutes to impart to my children some small portion of the vast wealth of knowledge I have amassed in my 40-plus years.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

Editorial: Is immigration crisis the new normal?

Every few years, especially during election season, discussion of security at the U.S.-Mexican border, and clamping down on illegal immigration, ignites.


Jul. 14, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Editorial: Sevier County, too, needs to add manufacturing jobs

In a win for the city of Chattanooga and the entire state of Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam and the Volkswagen Group of America officials announced a plan Monday to expand the Chattanooga manufacturing facility's role as the sole U.S. maker of Volkswagen automobiles.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Who’s to blame for veterans’ issues?

Tens of thousands of our dollars spent for a sex change for a man spending time in prison, while our war veterans are suffering and dying in our V.A. hospitals. Now who is to blame for this scenario?


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Letter: There is wine in grocery stores, across the line in N.C.

Now that the wine in grocery stores bill is one step closer to a vote, I would like to divulge a little secret that they don’t want you to know; there is already wine in grocery stores in one of Sevier’s adjoining counties, namely Swain.


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

When Pigeon Forge Middle School teacher Heather Burkhart left her first career as an adventure-based counselor, she probably expected a tough transition into her new career as a public school teacher.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

Editorial: A relaxation of annexation

A new law that went into effect this month should put local fears of unemcumbered annexation to rest.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Editorial: Police program helps educate youngest drivers on accident avoidance

As most parents with children approaching driving age and insurance companies already know, rookie drivers are often accidents waiting to happen.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

Letter: Reader says racism not the reason for president's issues

The (letter to the editor) which appeared in the July 2 edition of The Mountain Press entitled "Reader: We're living through historically poor era of government" will certainly cause people to be absolutely befuddled by the illogic of the writer.