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Don’t Mess With Freedom of Speech

Don’t Mess With Freedom of Speech

Two Carter County commissioners were recently rebuked by a fellow commissioner and scolded by Mayor Leon Humphrey for attending a Watauga Commission meeting and offering ... Read more

Mayor’s plan for county economic development board shows lack of community focus

A proposed resolution which will be on the agenda for Monday morning’s Carter County Commission meeting — one dealing economic development —is confusing, alarming and, ... Read more

Heartbreaking discovery leads to call for tutors

Heartbreaking discovery leads to call for tutors

I had my heart broken yesterday. What started out as a simple lunch with a friend, Ginny Wright, executive director of the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys ... Read more

Public records are yours; you shouldn’t have to pay for them

Technology should make government records more accessible to he public, not less so. But the price of access — long restricted to the actual cost ... Read more

Businesses’ back sides will be Tweetsie Trail users’ first impression

Here’s a question for our downtown business owner: How’s your back side looking? I’m not trying to get personal, but a thought just occurred to ... Read more