Opinion

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Editorial: Williams touched many with gift for acting

As the news of actor Robin Williams' tragic death broke Monday evening, the response from his fans was overwhelming.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

With a recently announced grant being awarded to Gatlinburg to provide improvements, including equipment for disabled children, more places are becoming available to a vastly under-served community in Sevier County.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Letter: Campaign against Obamacare isn’t right

Health insurance premiums jump 50 percent because of Obamacare. This is the allegation made by a political advertisement which ran on television statewide by the Alexander for Senate campaign. The July 10 edition of The Washington Post said this regarding the advertisement.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Editorial: As youth sports boom, overuse become a threat

Youth athletics are booming.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Letter: Judiciary shouldn't be subject to political influence

Three issues are of particular concern regarding the efforts to convince voters that the current judges of the state Supreme Court should not be retained.


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Editorial: Be vigilant with online identity

Internet shopping, banking and online bill paying have made our often-complicated lives easier in many respects. In other ways, they've only compounded the headaches of daily life.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Ask the Doc: Taking a big step to curb prep athlete drug use

One of my very first vivid memories of high school football was sitting in a small wooden desk in Miss Poole’s first grade classroom. She started that Friday morning introducing our guests who were stopping by.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Editorial: Voting is more than a right; it's a responsibility

People love to complain about politics.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

Letter: There’s a better song for national anthem

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the battle of Fort McHenry as it was being attacked by the British in the War of 1812.


Aug. 03, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Sports projects appear a solid bet

With Rocky Top Sports World and Wear Farm Park both operating at full-tilt now, and the Cal Ripken Experience on deck, it’s only a matter of time before Sevier County becomes a full-fledged youth sports destination.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

As we reported this week, Isaac Adams raises tomatoes in his garden to give to the Sevier County Food Ministries. He calls on others to do the same.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 01:52 PM

Editorial: Friendliness a highlight of the Smokies

Summer can be tough for the people of Sevier County.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Letter: We all need to support the volunteer fire department

I want everybody in Sevier County to know what a great volunteer fire department we have in this community on Old Newport Highway. They will be there to help you when you need them.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Michael Collins: I forgot my anniversary

Well, friends, it was bound to happen. I completely forgot my anniversary.


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Editorial: Conservation efforts succeed all around us

Often, it seems, those who discuss conservation or environmental protection are pigeon-holed as liberals or bleeding hearts with unrealistic goals of protecting rare snails or fragile species of sea coral at the cost of beneficial industrial and commercial expansion.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:28 AM

Jason Davis: Preposterous Prius perceptions

In the summer of 2007, desperate to find a car that achieved great gas mileage but could comfortably seat four people, I set out on a quest to scour the internet, auto magazines and the brains of all the motorheads I knew to find the best.


Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:27 AM

Last minute political ploys cloud the real issues

Be it Lyndon Johnson’s talk of possible peace in Vietnam just days before the 1968 election, Henry Kissinger’s similar talking points in the waning hours of the 1972 Nixon campaign or even the 2012 release of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments four months after he made them, the October surprise is not a new tactic in the world of politics.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

Letter: More answers needed on GMO foods

The Chicago Tribune editorial appearing in Sunday’s paper (Food labeling should be about information, not fear) opposing the labeling of genetically modified foods was completely wrong.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

This week's math and science camp for local middle-school-aged children was yet another great example of the quality community partner Sevier County has in Walters State Community College.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Editorial: Watch out for the taxes you didn't know about

One of our readers brought in some grocery store receipts a few weeks back to share his dismay and hopefully get some clarification.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Editorial: Tensions grow over situation in Ukraine

With the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing 298, and two Ukrainian military jets being shot down just six days later, things are amping up in deep in the heart of the former Soviet Union.



Jul. 22, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

Letter: Live-It Ministries helps reader on limited income

As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, I am used to helping others. Recently I found myself on the receiving end of needing help.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

Ask the Doc: Getting to the heart of niacin

There are many encounters with my attending professors, from renowned internationally recognized researchers to an aging kindly small town doctor, that easily come to mind as medicine adds gray to my own hair. Dr. George Bosworth, a pediatrician in Rome, Ga., holds more than a few memories.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Editorial: Wade and colleagues should get another Supreme Court term

If you treasure a government with separated powers, where balance between the legislative, executive and judicial branches maintains a fragile system of checks and balances, cast a vote to retain the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices on Aug. 7.