Archive for August, 2014

Suggestions for New State Mottos

Opinion, State News August 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm Comments are Disabled

By Germain Johnson All of our 50 states have a state motto, a wasted effort as no one living in the state has the slightest idea of what it is. Some state mottos go back as far as 1775 (Massachusetts: “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only underRead More

New in theaters: “The Expendables 3”

Entertainment August 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm Comments are Disabled

By Craig Martin When the first “Expendables” came out in 2010, I was quite pleased. It was a fun homage to the over the top action movies of the ’80s and early ’90s and yet still an original take on the formula. Instead of young guns battling it out, theRead More

Obama administration increases Espionage Act prosecutions

Politics August 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm Comments are Disabled

By Zachary Toillion In 1917, the Espionage Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson largely to silence dissidents of World War I and prosecute spies of foreign governments. Political dissidents jailed as a result of this aspect of the law later received commutations ofRead More

Political dynasties play a factor in midterms

Politics August 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm Comments are Disabled

By Zachary Toillion Political dynasties are nothing new. Since the early days of our republic the US has had a number of political dynasties and the two arguably largest ones have happened in the last century. The Kennedy family has produced a president, two senators, two ambassadors and three representatives.Read More

Politics dominate the Iowa State Fair

Politics August 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm Comments are Disabled

By Zachary Toillion The Iowa State Fair rolls around yearly and is known predominately for its eccentric foods and traditions. It is also a hotbed of political activity every year. 2014 proved to be no exception. It is in its capacity as a political forum that has sparked national interestRead More

Progress made in Iraq conflict

Politics August 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm Comments are Disabled

By Zachary Toillion Since Obama first announced a new military campaign in Iraq on August 7th, the conditions in the country have changed considerably. The goal of US operations was to prevent the genocide of the Yazidis, a Kurdish speaking religious minority that resides in northern Iraq. The Yazidis liveRead More

Sevierville police investigating attempted abduction

Police Reports August 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm Comments are Disabled

By Michael Williams The Sevierville Police Department is investigating an alleged attempted abduction and purse theft that was reported Saturday, August 9. The incident occurred when an 11-year-old female victim was approached by a white male as she was getting coffee at the snack bar at the Great Smokies CraftRead More

Texas governor indicted on felony charges

News, Politics August 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm Comments are Disabled

By Zachary Toillion A grand jury indicted Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas on Friday for allegedly abusing his powers as governor and coerced a public servant. Both charges are felonies in Texas and carry a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison. Gov. Perry will be required toRead More

Unrest in Missouri over slain teen

News August 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm Comments are Disabled

By Zachary Toillion The eyes of America have been focused on Ferguson, Missouri, since August 9th when an 18 year old student named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a member of the Ferguson police department. The events around the death remain in question with eyewitness reports directly contradictingRead More

Why teenage girls should be in a convent

Opinion August 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm Comments are Disabled

By Jim Callicott Considering whose opinion you ask, I am among the lucky/unlucky adults in this country. I do not have a teenage daughter. However, recently I spent a week with a 16 year old teenage girl who turned 17 while she was with me. I aged considerably myself duringRead More