Rural/Metro Offers Free Compression-only CPR Training Across Knox County

On May 18 and 21, in observation of National Emergency Medical Services Week, Rural Metro, the Knox County Emergency responder and its parent company, American Medical Response (AMR) and its operations across the country will train thousands of people to save lives through compression-only CPR. Compression-only CPR is easy to learn and has the ability […]

June events at the Parrott-Wood Memorial Library

  Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 2 p.m. -3 p.m.-Sunshine Monday,key Shine 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.- Reading with Remington   Monday, Jun 6, 2016            1 p.m. – 2 p.m.- Your Health is important! 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.- Family Game Night!   Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016                                    2 p.m. – 3 p.m.- Get Set, Go Reading […]

Construction of Market Square Garage restrooms, Strong Alley upgrades to get underway this week

Construction of Market Square Garage restrooms,  Strong Alley upgrades to get underway this week

Two downtown projects – construction of public restrooms in the Market Square Garage and drainage improvements in Strong Alley – are getting underway this week.   The $373,000 five-stall restroom facility will be built in the street-level northwest corner of the garage. The restrooms – which will include a roof, graffiti-resistant paint, topiary screens and […]

HBPA Meeting today

HAPPENING TODAY! The Halls Business and Professional Association (HBPA) will hold its May Membership meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 12 Noon at Beaver Brook Country Club.   The May speaker is Thomas Hill with Computer Depot.  The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.  Cost of lunch is $10. New programming for 2016 will include a “Business Spotlight.” Recipients will provide […]

Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Annual Contest

Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Annual Contest

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is now accepting submissions to its annual writing contest, which will be judged by established writers. Deadline for entries is July 15, 2016   First place winners in each category will receive $100.  They will be honored and invited to read at the Oct. 6, 2016 meeting of the Knoxville Writers’ […]

The Chalk Board for May 16, 2016

By Sally Absher   Incoming Superintendent Asks for Lower Salary Putting his words from the May 4 Board meeting into action, Knox County Schools’ incoming interim superintendent Buzz Thomas asked that his salary  be reduced from $195,000 to $180,000. Board Chairman Doug Harris notified fellow school board members of the request last Monday. At the […]

A Single Rosebud

by Joe Rector Mother’s Day has come and gone. I purposely didn’t write about it then because I needed time to think. Moms across the country celebrated with families either with visits or long distance phone calls, Facetime, or Skype. All of us agree that those women who are mothers are a special group. In […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson What a difference a day makes. Arguably, I was the same person the day before my latest PET scan cleared me of recurrent cancer. But that’s logic speaking rather than the roller coaster of emotions associated with what I call the “beast.” I have mixed emotions about telling my story. Many […]

The fireflies are coming!

By Ralphine Major “In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, a young boy enjoys the wonder of a hot, summer night catching fireflies.  However, these are unique fireflies.  It is the synchronous firefly.  On the other side of the world, a young boy from Southeast Asia enjoys the same thrills of the fireflies on […]

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