Opinion

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Seeing a need is often the easy part. Helping meet that need is often where problems arise.


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. 14, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Editorial: Both sides must show restraint in Missouri riots

Images coming out of Ferguson, Mo., over the past few days don't look like the United States we're accustomed to seeing in the 21st century.


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. 13, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Michael Collins: Embarrassing situation reveals strangers’ grace

Several years ago, during my single dad days, I had become a master at keeping life organized. It was purely out of necessity.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Editorial: Williams touched many with gift for acting

As the news of actor Robin Williams' tragic death broke Monday evening, the response from his fans was overwhelming.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

With a recently announced grant being awarded to Gatlinburg to provide improvements, including equipment for disabled children, more places are becoming available to a vastly under-served community in Sevier County.


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. 07, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Editorial: As youth sports boom, overuse become a threat

Youth athletics are booming.


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. 06, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Editorial: Be vigilant with online identity

Internet shopping, banking and online bill paying have made our often-complicated lives easier in many respects. In other ways, they've only compounded the headaches of daily life.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Ask the Doc: Taking a big step to curb prep athlete drug use

One of my very first vivid memories of high school football was sitting in a small wooden desk in Miss Poole’s first grade classroom. She started that Friday morning introducing our guests who were stopping by.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Editorial: Voting is more than a right; it's a responsibility

People love to complain about politics.


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.


Aug. 03, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Sports projects appear a solid bet

With Rocky Top Sports World and Wear Farm Park both operating at full-tilt now, and the Cal Ripken Experience on deck, it’s only a matter of time before Sevier County becomes a full-fledged youth sports destination.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

As we reported this week, Isaac Adams raises tomatoes in his garden to give to the Sevier County Food Ministries. He calls on others to do the same.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 01:52 PM

Editorial: Friendliness a highlight of the Smokies

Summer can be tough for the people of Sevier County.


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.