The Knoxville Community Band will ring in the holiday spirit in Knoxville this season with a free Christmas concert at Northwest Middle School auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 8th, at 3 p.m.   Come hear your favorite holiday tunes performed by a group of talented, Knoxville-area musicians. This free event is an ideal outing for people […]

Lightfest for Tots at The Cove

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 Concord Marina, Concord Captain’s Club and Knox County Parks and Recreation will host the 5th Annual Lightfest for Tots, a lighted boat parade to benefit the United States Marina Corps Toys for Tots program. The Lightfest for Tots lighted boat parade was initiated in 2009 and raised cash and toys valued at just under […]

Team Burchett for Wreaths Across America breaks $20K

Today, Team Burchett for Wreaths Across America fundraising topped $20,000, thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from Priority Ambulance. “Veterans hold a special place in my heart,” said Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson. “Priority Ambulance is pleased to support Mayor Burchett’s campaign to honor our fallen heroes at the more than 6,000 gravesites of veterans […]

Kingston Pike Lane Closure Tomorrow

KUB will close the eastbound curbside lane on a short section of Kingston Pike between Wellington Drive and Wesley Road from 9 a.m. –3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, as work is completed on the natural gas distribution system in this area. Some listed closures may extend beyond the scheduled times depending on the conditions encountered during excavation and […]

Being Lincolns

By Mike Steely A suggestion from his grandson prompted Thomas Wright to become Abraham Lincoln. Or at least take on the Lincoln character. And now the Oak Ridge man, who is a facility supervisor for an engineering and construction company, portrays Mr. Lincoln at special events, in schools, and just about anywhere he’s asked. […]

Focus on the Law: Voter Identification Act

In 2008, the United States Supreme Court upheld a voter identification law passed in Indiana requiring voters at the polls to present either a United States-issued or an Indiana-issued form of photo identification to vote.  The case was Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008) where the plaintiff challenged the law’s constitutionality […]

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 […]