By Ray Hill Tennessee’s longest serving United States Senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, employed several secretaries during his thirty-six years as a member of the nation’s upper chamber. For sixteen years, Senator McKellar’s secretary was his youngest brother, Donald White McKellar. A “secretary” to a member of the Senate at that time would be the […]
By Steve Williams Seymour High’s softball team may have felt like it just stepped off a roller coaster after playing its TSSAA state sectional game against Maryville. The Lady Eagles were down, then up, then even, then way up, then holding on for dear life in their 9-8 win Friday night at Everett Park in […]
By Ralphine Major He held the forked peach tree stick in his hand and walked slowly. The end of the stick jerked and pointed to the ground. It indicated the largest vein of water lay beneath the ground right where the stick pointed. Our paternal grandfather was the one holding the Y-shaped stick from the […]
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By Ralphine Major I study the cover before opening it. The simple format is striking. A traditional, small country church, whose architectural style is fast fading from America’s landscape, stands proudly in the background. In the shadows of leafless trees, its beautiful steeple meets the sky. Standing in front of the church is a man […]
By Dan Andrews An epic battle of “David verse Goliath” is occurring in radio and it appears that David, or in this case, Jack Ryan, might emerge victorious. The award-winning DJ was recently let go by a powerhouse country radio station and was replaced by “syndication.” That means the radio station brought in a DJ […]
By Focus Staff The Knoxville Focus asked quite nearly 500 voters, “Knox County School Superintendent James McIntyre has proposed extending the school year up to seven days at a total cost of $7 million. Do you support or oppose extending the school year?” Almost 76% of Knoxvillians and Knox Countians oppose extending the school year […]
By Ken Lay Hardin Valley Academy has fielded a varsity baseball team for four seasons and the Hawks have already proven that they are a force to be reckoned with on the diamond. Hardin Valley claimed its second consecutive District 3-AAA Tournament Championship with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Halls Thursday night before an enthusiastic […]
By Ray Hill Kenneth Douglas McKellar arrived in the United States Senate in 1917 and it was a much sleepier place than it would become a few decades later. Capitol Hill has always been almost a world unto itself through the ages and still is; the Senate had its own post office, barber shop, […]