Let me take you on an adventure to see if our journalism about the elusive Obama-Trump voter (Obama in 2012, Trump in 2016) holds up to inspection.
I warn my readers to be wary, not of my discipline of political science, but of the misuse of science for political, and usually alarmist, purposes. Over time, this repetitive misuse falls into the trap of “the little boy who cried wolf,” thereby endangering the acceptance of all scientific …
A bill that got mired in this year’s session of the state General Assembly could be resurrected next year and would make emergency 911 calls secret. It’s horrible legislation and would remove a major tool from journalists who bring transparency and accountability to first responders.
We’ve all heard the saying that nothing is permanent but death and taxes. Here in Tennessee, though, there’s another near-constant in the state capital: a push for school vouchers.
Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and — as it was in the founding year 1970 — a good time to take inventory of our own efforts to keep this planet in clean, environmentally conscious order. Well, talk is cheap.
A bill is winding its way through the Tennessee Legislature and if it becomes law will signal that this state is preparing legal action to discourage voting.
A slap upside the head is a surefire way to get somebody’s attention. Illegal but effective. It’s akin to the old defensive lineman’s technique of slapping the helmet of his counterpart on the O-line to clear a path to the quarterback. The NFL outlawed the multiple head slap in 1976, and fla…
As Jeff Weida, plant manager of Arconic Tennessee Operations, talks about the future of aluminum in Alcoa, he glances out the window of his corner office.
In a guest column on this page, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., writes about legislation he sponsored to preserve our environmental and cultural heritage.
This is an easy one. Tennessee’s 2nd District Congressman Tim Burchett has chosen to make his first legislation require the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors to hold open meetings. How simple is that? How odd that it’s not already so.
Photographs with news stories balance the words with images that get to the point. The photo of new Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee that appeared in The Daily Times on Sunday was one of those. Lee is pictured with his right hand raised as he takes the oath of office. A historic moment.
There’s a public service announcement on radio where a police officer exchanges greetings with friends during the course of a day. The hellos are upbeat. Then the tone changes with a reference to the greeting no officer ever wants to make, followed by a “knock, knock, knock.”
There’s the national news and there’s the local news. Seems simple enough, but reality is not so clear-cut. Start with the assumption that “all politics is local.” Now apply its derivative, “all news is local.”
Looks like the new mayor of Greenback is going to have to learn in a few days more about state and local rules of governance than his predecessor did in 44 years.
Sometimes there’s a need to set the record straight. As U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s time in office winds down to Jan. 3, now is the time to do just that.
The wait for the Tennessee Wilderness Act has been frustrating, a delay far too long for no good reason. Patience wore thin as East Tennesseans watched session after session of congressional inaction.
Ask any Blount Countian about the things they hold most dear, and here’s what you’re likely to hear: God, family, these mountains. And they mean it. We love these things ferociously. At least we believe that we do.
The current divide in our United Methodist Church over homosexuality breaks my heart. I have given my life to revitalizing the church and bringing people to Christ.
When I was growing up as a kid, I loved it when my parents took us to the Golden Corral buffet. You had a tremendous selection of different foods, and you could pick and choose whatever your taste buds desired. Some people treat the Bible like it’s a buffet — pick and choose the parts you li…
Three cheers for America! And bravo for the Maryville City Police Department! Blount County just hosted its first-ever gay Pride event with no acts of violence and only a handful of grumpy protesters. More than 700 citizens showed up to affirm that LGBTQ folk are a welcome part of our commun…
You can’t see hunger, but it is all around us. Forty million Americans — that’s 1 in 8 — are not getting enough to eat. And while hunger may not be easy to see, it does not discriminate.
Our son played four years of Maryville High School football. To my knowledge, of those four years, he never missed a practice, scrimmage, game, weight training session (aside from when he tore his ACL during a practice. Even then, he still made a presence at every session encouraging his tea…
The Tennessee Court of Appeals in a ruling Friday put much-needed limits around the so-called investigative exemption that has been used by the state to cloak otherwise public records.
They take to the U.S. airwaves at six in the evening, and again at 10 or 11. The grinning suburbanites of local television news have been a love/hate relationship for me, an integral part of my career but also a frustration if one hopes to break them from bad habits to serve a greater journa…
To the man who recently moved to East Tennessee from California and took issue with The Daily Times printing a news story he deemed unflattering to Donald Trump: The United States Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of the press. To Trump, who said recently that no one should be allowed to say…