Opinion

Sep. 02, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

Ask the Doc: Don't discount the love drug

A 91-year-old patient of mine recently received a very powerful drug. The effect was remarkable.  He looks and feels almost 20 years younger.


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Editorial: Prescription drugs, not alcohol, biggest challenge for state

A week ago we wrote in this space of the difficulties facing state law enforcement, medical professionals, hospitals and legislators caused by the rampant abuse of prescription drugs in our state.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Guest editorial: Where does LeConte name come from anyhow?

Mount LeConte, at 5,593 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in Sevier County, Tennessee.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

Jason Davis: A future predicted: The movies got some things right

For years science fiction movies and books have been predicting the future of our world.


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. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

State Sen. Doug Overbey, who represents the 8th District — Blount and Sevier Counties — has tossed his hat in the ring as a contender for state attorney general.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Editorial: Forge distillery fight focuses on Parkway

Pigeon Forge faces an interesting dilemma.


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. 27, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

Editorial: Low prices at the pump could mean most Labor Day travelers in years

With gas prices relatively low, AAA is predicting this Labor Day weekend will see the most travel the holiday weekend has had since 2008.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

Michael Collins: Fear of your death shouldn’t paralyze your life

On Aug. 30, 24 years ago, my father passed away at the same age I am now, 44.  I am frequently amazed at the size of the void his loss still maintains in my life. 


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. 24, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Jason Davis: Thoughts from the notebook

With summer ending and a hectic week behind us, here’s a little bit of this and that culled from my mental notebook.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Upcoming convention is huge for Pigeon Forge

Next month’s National Quartet Convention, slated for Sept. 21-27 in Pigeon Forge, may not sound like much to the average citizen, but it’s the crown jewel of the city’s LeConte Center so far.


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. 22, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations to new Sevier County Veterans Service Officer Lorenza Wills.


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. 20, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Editorial: Two years of free college? Yes, please

Gov. Bill Haslam has been in campaign mode over the last few days, as he’s sought to recruit high school students to sign up for the state’s Tennessee Promise campaign.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Ask the Doc: Prostate cancer not death sentence

My patient was told in 1984 that he had prostate cancer and it would likely kill him within five years. I wasn’t the one who told him. I was playing football as a senior in high school and more interested in putting people on their hind-quarters than examining them. I still had no clue I would even be a physician at that point. But our eventual crossing of paths was set.


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. 19, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Editorial: Newly elected officers have plenty of work ahead

With the county election in the rear-view mirror and the installation of new officials coming soon, we would like to take the opportunity to thank those who have served and are leaving office.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Editorial: For criminals, more jail time isn't always the best answer

Short sentences for heinous crimes, early releases and paroles for good behavior are often blamed on overcrowded jails —whether locally, statewide or even across the nation.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 10:35 PM

Jason Davis: I learned from Dad, depression is real

Robin Williams’ death last week has been talked about ad nauseum, nearly every publication, including ours, has had stories about his life, his death and the illnesses that likely led to his suicide.