Opinion

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Letter: It’s time to separate liberty and the market economy

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.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 01:06 PM

Editorial: Bills could help sexual assault victims in Tennessee

Unfortunately, real-world law enforcement isn't like the TV shows.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Michael Collins: Birthday brush takes the cake

Having a kid with autism sure makes for some interesting birthdays.


Apr. 06, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

Editorial: In the backcountry, safety is rule one

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.


Apr. 06, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Letter: Christians should make their presence felt

Should Christians be involved in politics, or simply concern themselves with sharing the Gospel? Consider these few points:


Apr. 03, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

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.


Apr. 02, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

Letter: Jail deaths are unacceptable

The citizens of Sevier County need to open their eyes.


Apr. 01, 2015 @ 04:21 PM

Letter: Student enjoyed visit here, seeks information on state

I am writing to you as a part of a class project for the novel, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.”


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

Letter: Pirates' Ball was success for clinic

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.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Ask the Doc: On a day of practical jokes, I've told my last

I have retired. No, no, no — not from the field of medicine. I have retired from practical jokes.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Editorial: Packing heat in the park

A hotly contested debate of the Legislature over gun rights and public safety could be completed today in the Tennessee State Senate.


Mar. 30, 2015 @ 02:33 PM

Letter: Teacher thanks Titanic for education program

Recently, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge hosted a Teacher’s Academy for educators in our area. In 34 years of working with the public school system and attending a plethora of varied types of in-service activities, I must say that the Titanic Teacher’s Academy ranks among the best.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 11:25 PM

Jason Davis: Convenience comes with a hefty price tag

“There’s sucker born every minute.”


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 11:24 PM

Another April, another coaching search for UT

Another season, another search for a head coach at the University of Tennessee.


Mar. 27, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Thursday's appearance of a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra quartet at the King Family Library was just the most recent in a long line of wonderful educational and cultural experiences ushered into the community by the Sevier County Public Library System.


Mar. 26, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Letter: ‘Anti-scientific attitudes’ fuel deniers

It “seems” to George Fowler (Letter to the Editor, March 23) that global warming is inconsistent with large Boston snowfalls, and he “believes” there has been no warming for 20 years.


Mar. 25, 2015 @ 01:42 PM

Editorial: With Internet fraud booming, phone scammers persist

In today's digital age, con artists are always just a click away online.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Michael Collins: Learning karate, one earth-moving pushup at a time

Recently several readers have asked how karate is going.  OK, only one of you asked and was subsequently forced to endure my lengthy explanation. Such is the plight of a wife, I suppose.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 02:29 PM

Letter: Seymour excited about library expansion

Sevier County Commission's unanimous vote on Monday to appropriate $66,000 to buy property adjacent to Seymour Public Library left members of Friends of Seymour Library hopeful and excited. We would like to thank County Mayor Larry Waters and county commission for recognizing the value and importance of expanding the library.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 01:57 PM

Editorial: The fight over Insure Tennessee continues

The Tennessee Legislature's Republican supermajority may be losing some steam thanks to disagreements between the party's conservative and centrist factions.


Mar. 23, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

Editorial: Bill would ease counties' access to state money

Last week the Tennessee Senate's Transportation Committee approved the “County Road Relief Act of 2015,” which would make state funding for road grants more easily accessible to downtrodden Tennessee counties.


Mar. 23, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

Letter: Climate change talk is getting old

This global warming (AKA climate change) nonsense is getting old. Seems that every "good" Democrat must have something to say about it, and what a big threat to the world that it is. The United Nations organization has gotten aboard for the campaign. They are willing to spend billions of dollars (most of it U.S. taxpayer dollars) to fight this nonexistent global warming.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Letter: Words, not weapons, should lead to resolution with Iran

If recent times have taught us as a nation one lesson, it is starting a war is much easier than ending one.


Mar. 20, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations to Sevier County High School quarterback Deuce Wallace on his recent offer and commitment to play major-conference football at Northwestern.


Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Letter: Second jail escape in under two months is too many

This is strike two.