Giving thanks for the little things

By Rosie Moore Well, the turkey is almost gone, and the mashed potatoes and gravy are practically demolished. Our day of thanks is over–too quickly, it seems. The usual thankful prayers have been uttered–thanks for family and friends and good food, thanks for the helpers who had forgone family and friends for a little while […]

Let there be heat

By Joe Rector Over the weekend Amy dispatched me to purchase a quartz heater. Its purpose is to knock off the chill in our family room. At one time in life, I might have objected because heaters smothered me and had me taking off layers of clothes. Things are different these days because I sit […]

A Birthday Celebration

By Ralphine Major It was well underway when we arrived. With the hillside full of cars, it had the look and feel of a tailgating event—especially since the University of Tennessee was hosting the University of Georgia. Some guests were coming outdoors to eat. Others were just inside where the tasty barbeque and all the […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I hope that Thomas Paine will not be offended as I paraphrase his immortal words, “These are the times that try men’s [waistbands].” The Thanksgiving cornucopia is past, but the Holiday Season has just begun and the pounds must be addressed if we are to button our slacks and zip our […]

The Absence of Patience

By Alex Norman On November 11th, Tennessee’s men’s basketball team opened the season with a road game against Xavier.  A late Vols rally fell a bit short in a hostile environment, with the Musketeers hanging on for a 67-63 victory. The next day on local sports talk radio, the large majority of callers talked about […]

Jeff Francis chose coaching over reporting football

By Steve Williams Jeff Francis resigned as sideline reporter for the Vol Network in 2007 to spend more time with his family. Much of that time has been coaching his sons’ football teams. This season was Francis’ ninth coaching youth football and it was highlighted by his West team of 11 year old players winning […]

Upcoming Knox County Repulican Meetings

The first Tuesday of each month (Tuesday, December 3 ), the Karns Republican Club meets at Karns Middle School (2925 Grey Hendrix Rd) at 7pm.  The annual Christmas party will occur at 6:00pm.  Dinner will e catered by Herman Weaver and music from the Brad Walker Orchestra. Dinner should start around 6:30. Tickets are $25.00 and you can pay at the door. […]


    Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today opened the Tennessee Residence for the third annual “Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays” open house, an event inviting all Tennesseans to tour the holiday decorations at the executive residence during the first two weeks in December.   This year’s holiday décor theme, “Tennessee Legends,” […]


Computers can be intimidating, but they don’t have to be! Join us for introductory computer classes offered bi-monthly on an alternating schedule.The classes offered are and Level I: Introduction to Computers will be presented on December 6 and Level II: Internet & Email Basics (January 3).   Level I: Introduction to Computers (December 6) ·         What the class covers: This […]