Challenged, banned, or censored. What exactly does the First Amendment protect?

Library to host a panel discussion on the banning of books to complement Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of Alabama Story   Challenged, banned, or censored. What exactly does the First Amendment protect? What rights do citizens have to protect themselves from unorthodox teachings? How common is book banning? Join playright Kenneth Jones and area experts for a […]

What is an Affidavit?

By Jed McKeehan An affidavit is a legal term that you may have heard of, but what is it exactly and what purpose does it serve? An affidavit is a written statement that is typically signed in front of a notary that is filed with the court to show proof of something.  For example, if […]

Joe Drafts, World Geography Teacher and Weather Predictor

By Ralphine Major In 1972, I am not sure I had even heard of a meteorologist, though we did have weather forecasters on the evening news.  For snow predictions, Gibbs High School students could count on someone else.  We had Mr. Drafts!  Joe Drafts was the World Geography teacher at our small, rural school.  I […]

Losing the Heavenly Light

By Joe Rector Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, appeared on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert recently. Tyson is a favorite of many folks. In fact, the man has 2.4 million followers on social media. Although I am many times fascinated with the information he presents, the other night his talk depressed me. What I paid attention […]

Legal and public notices for the week of January 29, 2018

Foreclosure notices   NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF TENNESSEE, KNOX COUNTY WHEREAS, Brian C. Rickman and Pamela C. Rickman executed a Deed of Trust to Fifth Third Mortgage Company, Lender and Quality Title, Inc., Trustee(s), which was dated July 11, 2007 and recorded on July 13, 2007 in Instrument No. 200707130003858, Knox County, […]

Salt of the Earth

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Lately, I’ve become somewhat of a bird watcher. Perhaps this is because I’ve discovered it to be a contemplative exercise. I’ve always been an observer of nature, probably for the same reason I’m an internist. Details are important in internal medicine. Now, as I do my spiritual journaling, I watch birds […]

Super Bowl LII Preview

By Alex Norman On Sunday the New England Patriots will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII (that’s Super Bowl 52 for you non-Romans out there). You may or may not know much about the NFL, but you don’t want to be the guy that says “Hey is that Tom Brady?” at the Super […]

Roadrunners hope to make their mark this season

By Steve Williams It’s been over 40 years, but longtime Austin-East fans haven’t forgotten the glory years of Roadrunner basketball. The school gave Knox County its first state championship in the TSSAA’s classification era when Elston Turner led A-E to the Class AAA title in 1977. A brick monument honoring that squad still stands in […]


On Thursday, Jan. 25, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced Knoxville as the 2018 1st place medium-sized city winner in the Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant program, sponsored by the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America. The $120,000 grant will allow Knoxville Parks and Recreation to expand the City’s “Neighborhoods to Nature” program, which […]

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