Today's Opinion News
In its 61st year, the Empty Panty Fund plans to provide food at Christmas for 1,400 needy Blount County families. It’s success depends on YOU! Read more...
Maryville residents, property owners vote Dec. 10 on sales tax
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, residents inside the city of Maryville and non-residents who own property inside the city of Maryville will vote for or against increasing tax on sales at businesses located within the city of Maryville from 9.25 cents per dollar of sales to 9.75 cents per dollar. The increase amounts to 50 cents for every $100 purchased (or 5 cents on each $10 purchase). Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Federal Reserve data puts Tennessee’s economy in the green
Every month the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia releases economic data that breaks down the economic status state by state. At first glance, the measurement may seem convoluted, but the end result allows for a simple comparison of trends. Tennessee wasn’t the darkest shade of green, but its light green tint indicated a positive index between 0.1 percent and 0.5 percent. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Keep Defense Act about defense, not European companies
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the exchange store system to join the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The Army-Air Force Exchange last year imported 124,000 pounds of apparel from Bangladesh. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Dangers of Amazon delivery drones outweigh the good
Memo to Jeff Bezos: Don’t do it. Don’t do the drones. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Drug Quality and Security Act in public interest
Last week President Barack Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act. The legislation represented an agreement Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., reached with House and Senate health committee leaders to make injections of compounded sterile drugs safer. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Bella and Lucah are leading the way to ‘Love Others’
There’s no better way to be a successful leader than to lead by example. And there’s no age limit on leadership. A young brother and sister who attend Alcoa Elementary School are proof of that. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Karzai owes U.S. an apology, not the other way around
The latest flap with that slippery eel of a leader, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, emerged a few days ago as negotiators nailed down language of the security and defense cooperation agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Franklin believed in giving the turkey its due appreciation
Green energy offers promise of future jobs for Tennessee
Companies and communities across the U.S. welcomed more than 80 clean-energy and clean-transportation projects in the third quarter, according to a report by the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The job startups could result in paychecks more than 15,000 people. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Six more adoptions bring Blount closer to foster care goal
Dreams came true for about 4,500 children last week as the 14th annual National Adoption Day was celebrated in almost 400 cities across the U.S. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Saturday’s Gridiron heroics no surprise to MHS Rebels fans
As oft-quoted Yankee catcher/manager Yogi Berra would have said in his “Yogi-ism” style: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” The game-clinching play was a classic George Quarles-style call, unexpected by the defense and executed perfectly by Patton Robinette. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Successful United Way campaign shows ‘the little things’ count
There was reason for both as United Way of Blount County celebrated the conclusion of its 2013 fundraising campaign at first United Methodist Church of Maryville on Friday. Worthy of cheer: The $19.8 million goal set 13 weeks ago was met. The campaign raised $2,003,015, topping the campaign target by $23,015. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
‘Strategy of Peace’ address opened way for weapon reductions
With all the special broadcasts and essays attempting to put the life and times of John F. Kennedy in perspective, it’s difficult to get a consistent image of the president assassinated 50 years ago today. The words below will not clear up the contradictions. But they might help show how many of the geopolitical issues of the 1960s still bedevil presidents in the 21st century. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
Plan for free visit to fourth annual Holiday Homecoming Saturday
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center has invited all residents to be its guest for the free fourth annual Holiday Homecoming beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Subscribe to our e-edition to read more. Only $1/mo. for print subscribers!
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Clarence J. Nash writes the editor saying again, ‘no new taxes’ Read more.
Elmer and Mary Webb write the editor inviting others to come test their crumbling road. Read more.
Michael Roberts writes the editor suggesting all stay home offering thanks on Thanksgiving instead of shopping. Read more.
Sandy Gamble writes the editor giving examples of how justice is silent on abuse penalties Read more.
Richard Hutchens writes the editor suggesting “tough love” needed for proposed new taxes Read more.
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95. Read more...