Mar. 18, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

Editorial: Government secrecy knows no bounds

With Obama firmly into his second term in office, the Associated Press is reporting that the president's administration has set a new standard for secrecy.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Letter: Crop Sharers program seeks green thumbs, garden space

Spring is on the way and Crop Sharers, a charitable gardening program, would like to introduce itself to vegetable gardeners and landowners across the county.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Ask the Doc: Two cooks in one medical kitchen can cause a mess

My mother sold World Books door to door in and around Roane County for many years when I was a boy. She has the gift for selling and later on, when she worked at the local Montgomery Ward store, sold so many microwaves that an executive from the manufacturer called to see how she was doing it.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Editorial: National Agriculture Day celebrates farmers

Today is National Agriculture Day, a day to celebrate the achievements and abundance of goods produced by growers across the country.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

Letter: What is your child really learning?

Did you know the state of Tennessee is indoctrinating  your kids into Islam?  Don’t believe it?  Attend a public meeting March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sevier County Court House and see the facts presented by (an upper East Tennessee) parent, Mr. Craig Honeycutt, who discovered this fact by simply reviewing his daughter’s seventh grade homework.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Letter: Now is the time to turn to God for guidance

Never before has there been a time when people need to turn to God for guidance in their lives than right now. All around us three is so much unhappiness and people are enduring overwhelming losses, tragedies and depression.

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Letter: Thank a farmer on National Ag Day, March 18

For more than 40 years we have celebrated National Ag Day as a time to pause and honor the American farmer. Today, our farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world with each one helping feed more than 144 people. We thank you, as well as everyone who plays a role in producing the food, fiber and fuel our country and the world depends upon.

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

No longer the staple they were just a half-century ago, scholastic science fairs have been knocked down a peg across the country.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Letter: Road builders should be ashamed

The potholes on Highway 139 between the light at Highway 66 and Kyker Ferry are unacceptable.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

Letter: Roe expresses thanks for support following wife’s death

The last six weeks have been extremely difficult for my family and me. Pam was a special lady, and I loved her very much. The sadness I’m feeling now will be with me for a long time, but I know Pam would want us to carry on. She was so strong and selfless, and the number of people who have honored her life is a testament to the kind of woman she was. She touched many lives, especially mine, and I was blessed to call her my wife. Now she’s with our Lord and Savior, and that brings our family comfort.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Editorial: Penalties may be increasing for texting while driving

It’s likely you’ve seen them: weaving over the center line and onto the shoulder of the road, failing to maintain pace with other vehicles or last-second breaking behind stopping traffic.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 01:51 PM

Editorial: Banned in the USA?

It seems many throughout the U.S., especially the millennial generation, have become jaded to the fabric of the very country in which we live.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Editorial: State attorney general headed for ballot?

Tennessee is one of only a handful of U.S. states to have an appointed state attorney general.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

Jason Davis: Teaching privacy to the online generation vital

t’s becoming a more and more regular occurrence that a reader approaches me to offer a word on what I write in this space each week.

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 12:56 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Yet another high school basketball season has ended for our local high school teams. And though no team made the state tournament this year, continuing a streak that dates back to the Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers' 2011 appearance, several teams staged impressive campaigns.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

Editorial: Mean-spiritedness of social media rears its head again

Curt Schilling is a polarizing figure for many baseball fans.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Ask the Doc: Many changing recommendations for prostate screenings

He knew he was a defeated man, succumbing to the power that he loved, who now had him sitting in my office waiting for the self-imposed doom that had weighed on his mind for over a decade.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Editorial: The War on Terror continues

A poll last week from Rasmussen Reports paints a grim picture of public perception of the United State's continued fight against terrorism.

Mar. 02, 2015 @ 12:32 PM

Editorial: 'Right to try' bill heard today in Nashville

Today in Nashville, legislators in the Tennessee House Health Subcommittee are hearing information about House Bill 0143. Introduced by Rep. Jon Lundberg (R–Bristol) the measure would give terminally-ill patients access to investigational drugs once other methods of treatment have failed.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:26 PM

Jason Davis: TV llama drama revives memories of zany stories covered

As the drama of two llamas racing through the streets of an Arizona city captivated TV audiences as scores of folks on social media last week, my brain shot back to my first journalism job out of college and an odd call we heard over the police scanner.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

Scandal shouldn't reflect negatively on CASA

Seeing an arrest report of the one-time executive director of the local branch of the Court Appointed Special Advocates brought a measure of sadness around The Mountain Press newsroom on Friday.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Another week, another couple rounds of winter weather. And yet again, our police, fire and rescue and area road workers did an outstanding job keeping folks safe and commerce going.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Letter: Reader appreciates carrier's dedication

We had been stranded in the house for three days — couldn’t get down the driveway, couldn’t get up the driveway, because there was a good 4-5 inches of snow and ice on the bottom of it.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:25 PM

Editorial: Learning to save takes first step

An Oxford Economics study last year found Americans are saving money at an alarmingly low rate.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Editorial: Tournament 'strategy' is poor sportsmanship at its worst

Our office's copy of "Webster's Third New International Dictionary," published in 1986, defines sportsmanship as: "Conduct becoming to a sportsman and involving fair honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of results."