As the cold weather moves out and the sunny days of spring are ushered in, people across the county will look to get outside and get active.
March 21 was an amazing day for me, perhaps one of my best as a parent.
Thursday afternoon it was official — Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg had reached its $8 million fundraising goal for the purchase of its 13-acre campus, ending years of speculation about the school’s future in the mountain city.
Sevier County people, by nature, seem to be charitable, giving and genuinely concerned about their neighbors.
Governor Bill Haslam has been a leader behind a tough move across Tennessee to set higher academic standards in our classrooms for students, teachers and administrators.
Jeff Farrell did a fine job with his hunter safety article, Students learn firearm-handling basics (March 28), and the follow up “Three Cheers” piece on the March 29 editorial page was also supportive of the hunter safety class, offered on an optional basis to Sevier County seventh graders.
Medical research now says you might live longer because of your marriage.
As the signs pop up along the roadways and in people's yards a few questions come to my mind.
You hear a beep from the passenger seat. Having just left work, you’re sure it’s a text from a coworker or your boss, alerting you to some “t” you’ve left uncrossed or some “i” left undotted.
In some ways, newspapers are a little like jobs.
Gov. Bill Haslam has announced some big initiatives over the past year when it comes to higher education.
Here’s the bottom-line on state officials trying to impose a brand of Christianity not shared by all into government policy. We will not have freedom for religion in our lives if we do not have freedom from religion in our laws.
Over the past few years, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic has benefited from the generosity of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which has hosted a popular annual fundraising event, the Pirates’ Ball. This year, the pirates walked the plank and were replaced March 6 by teeny boppers from the ’50s and ’60s at a new event, the Sock Hop Under the Sea.
Those familiar with the “Seinfeld” sitcom may remember the “bizarro world” episode in which normal and sensible daily life was altered and became confusing. Political characters guided by tabloid style news personalities and their organizations have taken this country to a “bizarro world” in which facts carry no more weight than total nonsense.
Dollywood’s latest coaster, FireChaser Express, pleased a lot of theme park fans, young and old, last weekend, as it was designed to cater to kids and adults from 39 inches tall up.
There’s nothing quite like a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a warm and clear spring day.
A few Sundays ago we encountered a forest fire that began on our property then suddenly nearly encompassed our home. As we slowly recover from the fire event, we began to think of all those who came to our aid that day and in the days that followed. Letters were sent as well as face to face appreciation to all those to fight the fire plus also to support us.
To the surprise of almost no one, the deadline for signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been deemed flexible.
As I compare two of your syndicated columnists, I find that Mark Shields can express his views and opinions using facts in a civil and respectful manner; while David Limbaugh must resort to name calling, flame throwing, exaggeration and half-truths. Too often in our political climate the issues are not being debated on their merits, but by demonizing not only the opposing point of view, but also those who hold those views.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley has said a compromise on legislation delaying for two years the further implementation on Common Core education standards, is close.
One week is in the books in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the Tennessee Volunteers have officially danced their way into the Sweet 16.
When the Valley Journals of Riverton, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, wanted to know the time of the town’s 2012 Easter egg hunt, they couldn’t find out. The city barred the parks official from speaking to reporters without permission, and nothing, not even the Second Coming, would pry that information loose.
Every few weeks, my mental well runs dry. Coming up with column and editorial ideas day after day can get taxing. So today, I’m going to be all over the map, hitting on little pieces of this and that I’ve found interesting.
March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.