Porcelain tile manufacturer to create 40 jobs Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Del Conca USA officials announced yesterday the company will invest $30 million to expand operations at its Loudon facility. The porcelain tile manufacturer will create 40 jobs in Loudon County.   “Approximately 1,300 Tennesseans are employed in […]

Reaching Out for Agape: Fundraising Campaign Begins

 Reaching Out for Agape, a student-run Indiegogo campaign that aims to raise money for Agape Outreach Homes, has launched. They are fundraising to help Agape purchase fifteen new beds for residents who live in the house as well as those transitioning to independent living.   Agape simultaneously combats homelessness and mental illness by providing a […]

Historic Fourth + Gill Presents the 26th Anniversary Tour of Homes

  The Historic Fourth + Gill Neighborhood welcomes you to celebrate its 26th Anniversary Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Purchase advance Tour of Homes tickets for $10 (free for children 12 and under) on the Fourth + Gill website (, at Three Rivers Market (1100 N. Central Street), at […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson It should come as no surprise that we often make judgements on appearances. We do this even though we know magazine cover-girls with airbrushed perfection aren’t real. Similarly, the facades of movie stars are often a far cry from their true nature. Why should anyone assume an actor has a valuable […]

From Rep. Harry Brooks

From Rep. Harry Brooks

I have received several responses to the constituent survey which was recently mailed out. This week I would like to talk about the results. If you have not yet filled out a survey, it is never too late to give feedback. If you need information on how to access the survey, please get in touch […]

The Chalk Board for April 18, 2016

By Sally Absher   SDMS Student to Participate in Duke Talent Identification Program Mason Strader (above), a 7th grader at South Doyle Middle School, was invited to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program. Participants are selected for scoring above the 95th percentile on state achievement tests.  Mason scored high enough to be recognized at […]

School Board Approves Budgets, But Not Without Controversy

By Sally Absher Last Wednesday the Knox County School Board held a special called meeting to vote on the FY 2017 budgets, including the $453.5M general purpose fund, $71.25M capital improvement plan, $5.7M capital fund savings expenditure plan, and $27.4M school nutrition fund. All were approved. There was little discussion on the 100-plus pages of […]

Recipe Time

By Rosie Moore There are millions of recipes in the world, literally, from all the countries of the world, and America has, I can imagine, maybe half of them. I’m just assuming here. I love to cook (and eat). I get a lot of recipes from cookbooks which I collect –I have maybe fifty or […]

Finding a middle ground

By Joe Rector I’m a political junky.  Nothing is more interesting to me than the games and antics that come out during a presidential election year. I’ve been around long enough to watch some dramatic and sleazy political contests, but this cycle’s antics are the worst I can remember. What I can’t understand is […]

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