As the NFL fights public national battles with the implications of domestic violence and sexual assault allegations against current, future and former players – think Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Jameis Winston and, most despicably, Darren Sharper – the University of Tennessee is dealing with similar cases just a few miles down the road in Knoxville.
Sometimes when the wheels of government are in motion, we citizens can feel powerless to apply the brakes.
With no major ballot issues and only a few contested races, the municipal elections in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg seem destined for low voter turnout during their respective polling days next month.
What do you get when you give 200-plus college kids a week off and the keys to a 190-acre, multimillion-dollar summer camp facility?
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
This is a response to “Tea party legislature hurting state” letter written by Paul B. Medley II and published April 15.
Leaving the seat up. Not using the hamper. Close-talking.
Joann Jordan, who organizes the annual National Day of Prayer ceremony in Sevier County, puts in a considerable amount of work each year, not only to keep the prayer event going, but to help nurture the county's spiritual leaders.
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.
It’s amazing that for decades and decades, public servants in the Volunteer State, which is steeped in the Christian tradition, held God’s Word in such disdain that they wouldn’t bestow such a lofty title on the Good Book. Or, they knew it was a waste of legislative time, a forsaking of the important work they’ve been entrusted to do — by taking an oath on that very book — for public grandstanding.
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.
Ask most Americans what April 15 signifies, and the first response you'll get will undoubtedly be related to the income tax deadline.
Coach Malcolm Pendergrass gave each of us football players a summer workout running program. It was the spring of 1984 and we had mightily moved the Harriman football program from a winless 0-10 season in 1982 to a 3-7 season in 1983 (well, it seemed mighty to us). He wanted us in better shape in the fall. He wasn’t going to monitor us or have us write down how much we did. He expected we wanted to be better and would do it. We did.
In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.
With teachers and students on spring break in Sevier County this past week, it almost felt as if I, too, had a week of vacation.
Obviously, protecting the welfare and safety of Tennesseans should be the priority for the Tennessee Legislature, but promoting and protecting animals in the state should not be overlooked.
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.
Unfortunately, real-world law enforcement isn't like the TV shows.
Having a kid with autism sure makes for some interesting birthdays.
With warmer weather comes the natural desire to get outside, and many people venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, right in our backyard.
Should Christians be involved in politics, or simply concern themselves with sharing the Gospel? Consider these few points:
It was great to see a local student, Caitlyn Marentette of Pittman Center Elementary School, earn the crown as champion of the Knoxville News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee last month at UT’s Alumni Memorial Hall.
The citizens of Sevier County need to open their eyes.
I am writing to you as a part of a class project for the novel, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.”
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.