Opinion

Jan. 12, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

Editorial: State legislature goes into session

For the second straight year, the Republican Party has a supermajority in the Tennessee Legislature.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Jason Davis: A little bit of this and that

In the hangover of the holiday season, I had a rough time coming up with one theme or topic for this week’s column.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Obama’s visit brings good tidings

President Barack Obama’s visit to East Tennessee brought good news for the region, whether like his policies or not.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 06:48 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The move for Pigeon Forge to adopt Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth League, Inc., as its youth baseball brand of choice is a good step for the city to improve its overall youth sports experience.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Letter: Reader critical of new jail facility

I was wondering as I look across the road at Sheriff Seals' new prisoner warehouse, if perhaps someone's rights aren't being trampled upon.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Letter: Local officers go extra mile for a 'blue' Christmas

With so many heartbreaking headlines in our news these days involving police officers, I want to share a story about true “blue” Christmas spirit right here in our own back yard.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Editorial: Slaughter at magazine highlights a battle for freedom

Wednesday's actions by suspected Islamic terrorists in Paris highlight the fundamental challenges the world is facing in dealing with the seeming spread of radical Islam.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Ask the Doc: What’s up with so many prescription warnings?

Doc: Does anyone ever ask for one of those advertised drugs after hearing all of the possible side effects the drugs can cause?


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Letter: Republicans picking fights with history debates

We’re fighting over U.S. history once again. This time the College Board is revising the AP U.S. history curriculum and standards, and Republicans are making all kinds of claims. They want Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the NRA to be a major part of the history. But our history is that of the good, the bad and ugly, therefore, an honest and honorable attempt to help students deal critically and thoughtfully both with the best moments as well as our lesser moments is necessary. This history must stand as a bulwark against the irrationalists of both parties.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Editorial: Radon is a potentially deadly hazard

In an effort to increase awareness about deadly radon gas and its affects on the population, the EPA has deemed January National Radon Action Month.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

Editorial: Future appears bright for Sevier County

Like every year, 2014 had its ups and downs.


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Letter: Those who work with public should show compassion

Eighteen years ago I moved to Sevierville from Florida. It was like living in Heaven compared to the Florida panhandle.


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Michael Collins: Police scanner evokes memories of Clyde

Santa brought me a police scanner for Christmas.


Dec. 29, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Letter: Seymour ministry thanks community for support

One of my Christmas presents came early this year as I saw the love of our community shine like the bright star over the baby Jesus manger over 2,000 years ago!


Dec. 29, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Editorial: Looking to make a change? Eat a meal together

It’s the time when many Americans strive to do better in the new year.


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 07:56 PM

Editorial: Have fun on New Year's Eve, and don't drink and drive

With Christmas behind us, it's time to look ahead to another special occasion: New Year's Eve. It's an easy celebration to love.


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Jason Davis: Christmas never lasts long enough

After weeks of anticipation and build up, Christmas has come and gone.


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 12:50 PM

Have fun on New Year's Eve, and don't drink and drive

With Christmas behind us, it's time to look ahead to another special occasion: New Year's Eve. It's an easy celebration to love.


Dec. 26, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

In the National Defense Authorization Act recently signed by President Obama, there is a provision for a memorial to American service members who died in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Dec. 25, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Many people give of their time to make Christmas brighter for everyone

Sevier County is among the most giving, generous counties in the state. It has a tradition of taking care of those in need.


Dec. 25, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

Editorial: Many people give of their time to make Christmas brighter for everyone

Sevier County is among the most giving, generous counties in the state. It has a tradition of taking care of those in need.


Dec. 24, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Editorial: Christmas a celebration of greatest story ever told

The birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated by Christians worldwide today, is a compelling, powerful event. The story from the Books of Matthew and Luke deserves to be retold on this most special of days:


Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

Ron Rader: The birth of Jesus — revisited

Yesterday morning, Sunday before Christmas, our pastor told us the Christmas story from Luke 2. This is my six plus decades of winters, so I guess I’d heard the story at least 66 times formally in church services.


Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Ask the Doc: The gift of music for Christmas

I searched the Internet to see when he died. He had been a regular performer on the Magnavox record player my Mom played when she was busy in the house. He shared time with Floyd Cramer, Al Hirt, Roy Clark, Van Cliburn, the Chipmunks (at Christmas) and some guy named Liberace.


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:48 PM

Jason Davis: Some random thoughts as Christmas nears

With this being my last column before Christmas, I'm going to share with you a few of the random things bouncing through my head as the big day draws near: