Opinion

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Letter: Government impedes access to information

I read with interest your editorial “Feds promote openness from behind a wall” (March 7). Your story about the government impeding free access to information is similar to untold thousands of other stories of people/agencies dealing with a government that rules, and not one that represents the people.



Mar. 11, 2014 @ 11:06 PM

Editorial: State considers bill to mandate cursive training

State lawmakers are currently considering a bill to mandate training in cursive throughout the state.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Editorial: Move to require voting for annexation the right thing to do

A bill that has been praised throughout much of the state, which would require citizens to vote on whether or not they can be annexed into a town, is starting to come under fire.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

Jason Davis: Like father, like son

Just moments after I awoke this past Monday morning from a fitful night of sleep, I received an unexpected call.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

Salute to a pair of Sevierville’s finest

The generation of Americans who guided the country after World War II are widely regarded as the “Greatest Generation.”


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

The Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds for $3.6 million Tuesday night, as a part of the greater effort to keep the Arrrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Letter: Legislator should be defended when right vote is cast

Last week, the Tennessee House of Representatives considered HB 1405, commonly referred to as the Guns in Parking Lots bill. The bill proposed to amend and strengthen language to prevent employers from taking negative actions against an employee who drives a personal vehicle to work, and leaves a weapon securely stored in that vehicle.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

Editorial: Feds promote openness from behind a wall

Seven months and 15 days.


Mar. 05, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Editorial: Sevier County’s libraries provide invaluable service to citizens

As our local library systems embrace the “Geek the Library” program, it brings to mind just how lucky we are as Sevier County citizens to have such a robust network of facilities designed to enhance lifelong learning and personal development right in our own backyard.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 11:57 PM

Editorial: Local group offers funds to more than just recent grads

As the state pushes to meet Governor Bill Haslam's "Drive to 55" initiative, which seeks to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025, there's a portion of the population that's often forgotten.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Ask the doc: Are you prescribing the latest drugs?

Doc: I heard of this new drug, Dangitol, that treats anxiety. Will you prescribe it? (OK, I stretched that a bit.)


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Letter: Idle threats provide chuckles for Russia

In a report on Fox News on Feb. 27, Russia is flexing its military muscles as protests again erupt in the Ukraine.


Mar. 03, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Editorial: Situation in Ukraine deserves cooperation

With Russian troops on the ground in the Crimean Penisula, there is new hand-wringing throughout the region and Europe, and across the world.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Editorial: Media should stand together against Greene County policy

An interesting case about public meetings, openness in government and the state’s laws regarding video recording is heating up just a few miles up the road in Greeneville.


Mar. 03, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Jason Davis: Free press, until we disagree

It’s amazing what good people can do when they feel they’re backed into a corner.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Letter: Local reps deserve credit for votes on annexation bill

The Sevier County Tea Party would like to publicly acknowledge our state representatives Dale Carr and Andrew Farmer for their votes on HB 590, the bill that gives Tennesseans the right to vote for annexation.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

Letter: Crying foul after the fact is sour grapes

The letter (Feb. 26) from Paul Medley says “I’m not saying I am for or against unions,” but if I read the letter correctly he wasted his statement!


Feb. 28, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Over the years the Leadership Sevier program has worked to help turn promising individuals — from the youth in its Smoky Mountain Youth Leadership program to the young adults in its Leadership Tomorrow program — into community leaders.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

Editorial: Group seeks to assist graduating seniors with supplies

With the culmination of their pre-collegiate academic career quickly approaching, senior year is a hectic time for high school students. There’s college applications and visits, last attempts at ACT and SAT tests, plus trying to enjoy the final months of your prep experience.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Letter: All facts needed in Seymour incorporation discussion

Your front page article by Jeff Farrell in the Feb. 9 issue was good reporting. I think it presented the facts as a journalist should, and I commend Mr. Farrell for a job well done. In that article, you quoted some commissioners saying they talked with no one for (incorporation). I have talked with numerous voters who are divided into “for” and “against” but mostly “want to hear the whole story.”


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Letter: Thanks for the story on Cristin Sutphin

Thank you to Jake Old for a lovely article about beautiful Cristin Sutphin (Feb. 23).


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:32 PM

Letter: Government interfered with VW union vote

Volkswagen labor official (Mr. Osterloh  of VW’s work council) threatens action to block further investments in US South. He complained that conservatives stirred up massive anti-union sentiments. He said all options will be examined to introduce a works council at the only VW plant worldwide without a formal worker representation. I say, maybe VW is one who cares about employees and the middle class.


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Editorial: Fear should not be the motivation for Seymour incorporation

If residents of Seymour are going to make their community into a city, they should do so to gain new services and not out of fear that they could be annexed by Sevierville, Knoxville, or any other place without consent or warning.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Editorial: Helping to prevent drug-related deaths

Fatal overdose related to opium-based painkillers has spiked across Tennessee in recent years, as have heroin-related deaths in the states bigger cities.