Dear Readers ... How are ya’ll? These are such trying times. We are all trying to cope with such a pandemic as has never been seen in the history of man. It is enough to break your heart. The coronavirus has created another pandemic that I personally feel. In fact, I cry for the victims, and…

SNEEDVILLE — When Hancock County Schools closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many opportunities to celebrate local students were lost. Several groups of students had worked very hard to reach academic milestones and deserved to be recognized. The school district asked Hancock Count…

As shocking as it was to watch President Trump instructing experts to “look into” the possibility of treating COVID-19 with internal disinfectant and/or UV light, it was only the latest example of his dangerous combination of ignorance and arrogance.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

To say these last few weeks have been trying, nerve-wracking, confusing and uncertain is the grossest of understatements.

SNEEDVILLE — The public is hereby notified that the Hancock Co. Sheriff’s Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in accordance with the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

ROGERSVILLE — A traffic stop by a Tennessee State Highway Patrol officer Monday afternoon resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle, and the arrest of two Hawkins County teenagers on multiple charges, including the burglary of a Bulls Gap church.

KINGSPORT – East Tennessee Human Development Agency has been awarded a Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund grant for $5,000 from the East Tennessee Foundation.

SNEEDVILLE — Betty Lou Trent Collins, of Sneedville, born April 29, 1929, departed this life to her Heavenly home on May 7, 2020, at the young age of 91 years and 8 days, after a lengthy battle with dementia.

SNEEDVILLE — Rev. Larry Coldiron, age 69, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, with his friends and loved ones by his side, after a long battle of lung cancer.

I would like to know do our Governor or County Mayor think liberties are something that the state grants the people of the state by decree, or does God grant us our liberties, and doesn’t the Constitution affirm our right to life, liberty and property? And also the Constitution of these Unit…

SNEEDVILLE — The Hancock Co. Courthouse grounds are all decked out with posters, photos and ‘yard signs’ — thanks to Hancock Co. Director of Schools Tony Seal’s office — honoring the Class of 2020 of Hancock Co. High School. Jennifer Yount said she asked County Mayor Thomas Harrison for perm…

SNEEDVILLE — The public is hereby notified that the Hancock Co. Sheriff’s Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, between May 16 and May 30, 2020, in accordance with the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

SNEEDVILLE — A group of six graduating members of the Class of 2020 from Hancock County High School addressed the County Commission on Monday evening, May 11, 2020, asking for any help and support those elected officials might be able to offer with convincing the Director of Schools and Boar…

High school graduations have gotten a lot of attention lately, because if not for the pandemic, another group of 18-year-olds would finally get to “walk,” and accept their diploma and the accompanying cheers.

It has always amazed me how people of various denominations within the Judeo-Christian faith often view Scriptures in a much different doctrinal light than do their friends and neighbors who attend a church down the street with a different denominational name above its door.

BEAN STATION — Jennifer Denise Reed, age 44, of Bean Station, went to be with the Lord on April 28, 2020, at Ballad Health’s Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

Do you remember your favorite childhood cartoons? Casper the Friendly Ghost was my favorite. Among the abundance of superheroes, Mighty Mouse and Superman were the ones I watched. If you viewed the show enough times, you probably also remember the program’s introduction — both the lyrics and…

Harold Reid had one of the most familiar voices in music history, his songs are still played on classic country radio stations, and yet most folks never knew his name. He died on April 24, 2020, from kidney failure at the age of 80.

NEWMAN’S RIDGE — Located on Newman’s Ridge Road, at one of the highest geographic points in Hancock County, visitors often stop at Goins Chapel Baptist Church to just gaze at the beautiful mountain panorama that unfolds below. (PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Are there other beautiful, special or unique p…

SNEEDVILLE — Ruby Jewell Setsor, age 93, of Sneedville, departed this life on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Ballad Health’s Hancock County Hospital.