Opinion

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:57 PM

Jason Davis: Domestic violence is a scourge that can end in tragedy

It's been a tough couple of weeks in Sevier County.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:54 PM

Service that leads to citizenship?

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Jessica L. Wright, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, issued a memo that’s being discussed around the county.


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Often, getting officials to comment quickly about a bad situation is a reporter’s worst nightmare — especially in a tourist area.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Letter: Training public employees is key to improvement

Regarding the letter to the editor by Jackie H. Ward in the Thursday, Sept 25, 2014, edition: I must say that Ward is “on to something” when he/she recommends that failure to properly train public employees, then bury their mistakes and pay for them using public money with very little (if any) discipline is not the way to improve things.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Editorial: Plan to limit photography on public lands disregards First Amendment

It seems that almost every day a new story surfaces in which some freedom, some inalienable right for U.S. citizens, is slowly being chipped away.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

Michael Collins: Ever wanted to help someone? Here’s a chance

I recently had a “My Name is Earl” moment. For those unfamiliar, the nutty sitcom is full of laugh-out-loud moments as a man named, unsurprisingly, Earl is convinced he has bad karma and can only regain good karma by righting the wrongs he has committed in his life. He keeps a handwritten list of his wrongs, updated periodically as he recalls (and errantly commits) additional indiscretions. His list, I am glad to say, is far lengthier and weightier than mine.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Editorial: Fire department plan should be win-win for Pigeon Forge, Sevierville

Hang around Sevier County long enough and you’ll hear tales of the figurative walls built between the local municipalities in years past during the free-for-all for tourism dollars.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Letter: Thanks go out to public servants

To the special people who answer the 911 calls — my husband died almost two years ago. When 911 was called I had help from a policeman in less than five minutes. I do not know his name. There were at least six more helpful guys in about eight minutes.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Letter: Humane Society’s shelter gets cleanup

On Sunday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 25, a team of volunteers, led by our Special Events Coordinator Bev Brosch, Board Member Martha Gilchrist and volunteer Linda Schlicher went to work scrubbing and cleaning our 40-plus-year-old animal shelter on Gnatty Branch Road.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Editorial: FEMA urges readiness with National Preparedness Month

Whether it's the torrential flooding that’s possible in the springtime in Sevier County, or the ever-present threat of snow and ice in the higher elevations during winter, there are times mother nature’s fury can present locals with challenges.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will begin hosting the biggest event in its relatively short history beginning tomorrow.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

Letter: TennCare problems aren’t caused by ACA

Recently I was told by a young woman who was encountering obstacles and delays in enrolling her child in TennCare that the problem in doing so was because of The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). This is not true.



Sep. 17, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Letter: Good Shepherd gets continued support through festival

It was a hot and sultry Saturday, but thanks to many local folks and businesses the Rafting & Rhythm Festival proved to be a cool way to raise funds for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic on Aug. 23.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

Letter: Pastor offers support for Amendment 1

Dear friends and neighbors, greetings in Christ. This November (only weeks away) we will all be asked to do our civic duty and make informed decisions on leaders and issues that affect our day-to-day lives. I would like to help you make an informed decision on Amendment 1 to our state’s constitution because Christians and the church should speak loudly on the issue of protecting innocent life.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Editorial: NFL's shield shines despite scandals

The National Football League's trademark logo shield, it seems, is coated in Teflon.


Sep. 15, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Letter: Too early for all the answers on Feguson

Thank Bill Dayton for me. His letter (Sept. 10, "Reader weighs in on Ferguson, gun debate") was very insightful!


Sep. 15, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

Letter: Good thing PF officials are looking out for us

I fully agree with Pigeon Forge city officials’ efforts to protect the family nature of our fair city.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Jason Davis: It’s time to take care of those who serve

During the very week Knoxville was hosting an incredible Medal of Honor Convention, the state released some sobering statistics about the difficulties of Tennessee veterans.


Sep. 13, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

Visit from Medal of Honor recipients will stick with Seymour students

Friday morning’s assembly at Seymour Middle School, which saw two Vietnam Medal of Honor winners speak to the entire student body and faculty, should be an experience that lives in the minds of those in attendance forever.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Letter: Don’t use Christianity to hinder smart progress

“A Baptist Christian” cites the gender arrangements of Noah’s Ark in a presumable smear against same-sex marriage and mandatory model for humans today (Sept. 5 letter from Gary Allen, Jones Cove).


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Congratulations are due to Johnnie Faye Newman McClure, who was named the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Editorial: Which way do we go in Iraq?

The challenge the U.S. and other nations face with the rising threat of ISIS, or ISIL, in Iraq is great.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Editorial: Lessons of Sept. 11 should never be forgotten

Thirteen years ago today, the day started much like any other.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Michael Collins: The economy made Rocky Top sweet home to me

As I was growing up, my parents chased the economy.