Commission to consider $35.9 in bonds

By Mike Steely Because today is Presidents’ Day, the Knox County Commission will hold its workshop meeting Tuesday night and consider approving $35.9 million in obligation bonds. The bonds would be used for various purposes including improvements to courtrooms, corrective and detention facilities, libraries, parks and recreation facilities, public buildings and road, bridges and […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I would not qualify as a sports fan, at least not by comparison to my sister- and mother-in-law. If Becky or I have questions about sports or the Vols, we don’t query Siri or Google, we call Mama-Jo. It’s probably good that I was out of town last week after my […]

The Little Mission

By Rosie Moore The little mission was located on East Vine Street, just a few doors away from South Duke Street, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I don’t remember when it was built, I do remember seeing photographs of a tree growing along the curbside, but it wasn’t there when I started going there. I lived a […]

False Promises

By Joe Rector I’ve listened to plenty of presidential campaign promises. The Republicans and Democrats assure the public that they’ll save us money, provide more benefits for us, and cut spending. The old saying never held more truth: “You know when a politician is lying? When his mouth moves!” I’m just about over some of […]

The Hot Southern Mess Boutique is HOT!

The Hot Southern Mess Boutique is HOT!

By Mike Steely The latest in women’s fashion with a flair opened last month and is already drawing customers and praise. The Hot Southern Mess Boutique is located at 3501 Tazewell Pike in the same building as Symmetry Salon and Spa and is the creation of Amanda Love. The boutique has the latest styles […]

I See… Love

By Ralphine Major When I look at them, I see compassion. Dedication. Respect.  I  see comfort. Contentment. Devotion.  I see smiles. Laughter. And love. Larry Bohanan snapped this picture of Jim and Lib McCluskey at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church last December.   As Pastor Emeritus, Jim had given the opening remarks for The Living Christmas Tree.  […]

The Chalk Board for February 15, 2016

By Sally Absher     Legislators Scramble to Address TNReady Test Problems Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville) have announced a joint meeting to look at facts surrounding the implementation of the TNReady Test.   Gresham said the purpose of the meeting is to assist the […]

TN (NOT) Ready

By Sally Absher Last week the State Department of Education acknowledged what many of us already knew – Tennessee is NOT ready for TNReady, the new online assessment. Despite numerous, repeated warnings that TNReady wasn’t ready for prime time, the State forged ahead, telling us that everything was wonderful! After a computer glitch halted online […]

Despite not getting the Heisman, Peyton Manning can go out on top

Football owed him one. The celebration he was wrongfully denied when his name wasn’t called as the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1997 was replaced with an unexpected championship in Super Bowl 50. After 19 years, justice has been served for Peyton Manning. He can retire as a champion now, if he chooses. And […]

Peyton Manning’s Fairy Tale Ending

By Alex Norman As of press time, Peyton Manning had yet to make a decision as far as retirement. But it is hard to imagine that “The Sheriff” won’t ride off into the sunset now… Denver’s 24-10 dismantling of Carolina in Super Bowl 50 wasn’t Manning’s best performance.  But it goes into the history books […]