Opinion

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Editorial: Weather forecasters do their best for accurate predictions

Want an easy job? Be a meteorologist in San Diego. If you want a challenge, come to East Tennessee.


Feb. 11, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

Jason Davis: Happy miserable Valentine’s Day

For over 200 years now men across the western world have dreaded Feb. 14.


Feb. 09, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

Many issues remain cloudy surrounding Seymour proposal

From reporter Jeff Farrell’s tireless research on the topic of Seymour’s incorporation over the past two weeks, something has became abundantly clear.


Feb. 07, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: Doctor urges cancer screenings

Just as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and February is the American Heart Awareness month, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. I recommend to you and all of your readers to speak with their primary care doctor about being screened for colon/rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer rates have been decreasing over the last two decades which partly reflects an increase in screening allowing us to detect and remove colorectal polyps before they become cancer.


Feb. 07, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Governor Bill Haslam’s announcement earlier this week at the State of the State address announcing a bold proposal to make community college and two-year technical college admission free to Tennessee students was a great step toward assuring the state’s economic future.


Feb. 06, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Editorial: New survey shows majority of state unaware of Common Core

An MTSU poll released Thursday at the Tennessee Press Association Winter Convention in Nashville revealed almost 60 percent of poll respondents haven't heard of the Common Core education reform effort.


Feb. 03, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Editorial: Pigeon Forge Tigers' win at state ends string of frustration

For years, the Pigeon Forge Tigers wrestling team has been the picture of consistency.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Reader: Target hack only possible because of computers

By now we are all familiar with the chaos caused when Target credit cards were hacked and information taken on millions of accounts. Sooner or later more large companies will face similar problems.


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Letter: Reader cautions against Common Core

The President speaks in Nashville on the 30th, in part, to tout Common-Core education from his McGavock High School presidential podium.


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

While this week’s snowstorm wasn’t a large as many that have hit the area in year’s past, there was a factor that made it unique — it’s surprising arrival.


Jan. 30, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

Editorial: Second Amendment vs. property rights makes for great debate

An interesting situation is brewing in the state legislature as two fundamental conservative principles are headed for a showdown on the Senate floor next week.


Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Editorial: What are the costs of raising the minimum wage?

On the surface, who wouldn’t want employers to pay a “living wage?”


Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Reader says president didn’t better things with super majority

I am not sure whether Mr. Medley (letter to the editor, Jan. 23) is confused or just plain uninformed. What I am sure of, based on his many letters to the editor, is that Sevier County is too conservative for him.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:32 PM

Dan Smith: My thoughts on the Super Bowl

This coming Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. Now I know that this won’t interest everyone, but it is a once a year ritual that we go through in this country, as we watch the two best NFL teams. Football is not just a man’s game, many women really enjoy, and get into these winter spectaculars.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

Editorial: DCS needs to show marked improvement

Every few months it seems a new scandal involving the Tennessee Department of Children's Services surfaces.


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

Letter: Boosters say thanks

Aaron’s Rental donated $1,500 to Northview Academy Athletic Boosters.  Northview Academy opened its doors for students in August 2013.  This donation will help supplement funds of programs that may not be supported in the school district budget. 


Jan. 28, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Letter: Equality not just for those with whom we agree

Scripture is as good as those who interpret it.


Jan. 27, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

Editorial: Judge must be firm with Y-12 protesters, but some leniency needed

This morning in Knoxville, a U.S. District Judge will sentence the three Catholic peace activists convicted of sabotage last year for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.


Jan. 27, 2014 @ 12:59 AM

Jason Davis: Strange tales from the newsroom

The life of a journalist is never dull. There's rarely a day that goes by that doesn't hold at least one "Did that really just happen?" moment.


Jan. 27, 2014 @ 12:58 AM

Fighting the flu

As you likely read on the front page of today's paper, flu season is in full swing in Tennessee, and it's going gangbusters in our third of the state.


Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Letter: Prescriptions not the answer to stop meth

Senator Overbey and other legislators are pushing for a prescription requirement for safe over-the-counter cold medicines – legislation that has gone nowhere in the past. They seem to think it’s a cure-all for Tennessee’s meth problem. But these people ignore the burden it will put on Tennesseans who abide by the law.


Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Free classes on just about everything outdoors are available, today through Feb. 1, as LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge hosts Wilderness Wildlife Week.


Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Letter: U.S. shouldn't be nation builders

As an addendum to my earlier letter to the editor (Dec. 17) concerning our country's — both government and citizenry — lack of support for our military another another thing our citizens and our government should understand.


Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Letter: Of course Tea Party is pro-Republican

The Tea Party Chairman suggested in his letter (Jan. 19) that a false perception that the Tea Party is Pro-Republican and Anti Democrat exists. I think it is true perception because they support the GOP extreme right wing.


Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Editorial: Voucher plan will garner passionate pleas from both sides

While just the mention of school voucher programs can start a shouting match between even the closest of friends, it's likely coming to a water cooler, living room or office near you.