Today's Opinions

  • It is their choice- but why?

    Sitting in the police chief interviews Monday night I could not help but choose the applicant I thought would be a good fit for the city.

    The three interviews lasted around 30 minutes each. Not a lot can be said in 30 minutes. But I found myself impressed with the qualifications and passion for police work in the first two applicants William Roehl and Michael Uher.

    Each man brought an abundance of experience and resources to the table. As the council members questioned them I assumed they were as impressed as I was.

  • City council goes down same path

    History has a way of repeating itself.

    Don’t believe me?

    Then look at what happened with the recent LaFollette Police Chief selection. There were a slew of qualified candidates vying for the position. A position that will entail curtailing a meth epidemic, raising the morale of the officers and battling the city council for autonomy

  • In my perfect world

    In My Perfect World

    Whatever happened to Junior High?

    By Kathy Jeffers Smith


  • Commissioner's Corner

    Welcome to the Commissioners’ Corner! This column will be used for informative purposes only and does not intend to stress any point of view. If you have a particular item you would like to discuss, please contact Peggy at the commission office at 562-9961.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Joy can be found in the midst of cold snowy winters


    Our Christmas morning snow was so beautiful; it was breathtaking. Something so rare for us here in East Tennessee. Then the snow we had during the second week in January seemed to stay with us longer than usual. Here where I live next to the mountain, we had snow on the ground for 12 days before it all melted.

  • On Higher Ground

    Reminders that God really does hear us as we pray


    “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

    How about a remembrance from the hot summertime to provide a little warmth here in the dead of winter?

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

  • Faithful Words



     Giving an answer for the faith within us


    “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you….” (See I Peter 3:13-16, RSV).

    The Apostle Peter wrote his first epistle to Christians who were scattered and under persecution. They were being sought-out and harassed because of what they believed and how they lived. In the early going, Rome was not a “Christian Empire.”