What a Way to Start

by Joe Karl We are two weeks into the new year and I feel like we’ve had enough situations or, as some people like to call them, “opportunities”. You know about the terrorist situations in France and all over the world, but you didn’t hear about the problems we had[Read More…]

January 14, 2015 Editorials, Opinion

This Is It

by Joe Karl This is our last issue for this year. Each year we shut down the Herald to give our staff an opportunity to take advantage of this time and to remember the purpose of Christmas. Like everything in our hurried lives, Christmas has become so commercialized we thought[Read More…]

December 24, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

The Truth About Government

by Joe Karl Since I’m in the media I am keenly aware of the huge responsibility we have to our readership regarding truth and honesty in reporting the facts. The average person rarely has the time, inclination, or even the desire to follow up on our Public Servants, Public Managers,[Read More…]

December 11, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

Incredible Weekend

by Joe Karl I hope your four day Thanksgiving weekend went well. If you happen to live in one of the hard hit weather areas or in the City of Ferguson or any other city that had demonstrations, you probably wished for happier days. The national media is blowing this[Read More…]

December 4, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

Giving Thanks

by Joe Karl Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.[Read More…]

November 27, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

Social Media

by Joe Karl It’s the “new” thing to do for individuals, businesses and even the government. When I first started surfing the internet the world was my oyster, or so I thought. What really took place with the computer was stealing my time as I would discover one site after[Read More…]

November 20, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

After 36 Years

by Joe Karl I’ve been attending the Sevier County Emergency Communications District monthly meetings for many years to learn what’s going on in Sevier County. In attendance are the Sheriff, Chiefs of Police, Ambulance Director, Fire Investigator, Fire Department, E911 Supervisor and sometimes a County Commissioner or two and the[Read More…]

November 13, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

What A Shellacking

by Joe Karl Those are the words of the President of the United States of America regarding the major Democratic loss of the Senate. My question is why has the population put up with so much for so long. And are we really going to see anything different than the[Read More…]

November 6, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

Love of Life

by Joe Karl The wonderful changes in our weather are a welcome sight not only for our vision but for our economy as well. There seem to be so many things to be thankful for these days. One big thing is that Ebola is not anywhere near here. Another is[Read More…]

October 30, 2014 Editorials, Opinion

Local Entertainment

by Joe Karl My son has a friend here visiting from Oregon and suggested that we go to check out the entertainment in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. That reminded me about when we first decided to move to this area. It was the Seymour Airpark that brought us here,[Read More…]

October 23, 2014 Editorials, Opinion