The Last Hurrah of Ross Bass

The Last Hurrah of Ross Bass

By Ray Hill The 1974 Tennessee gubernatorial campaign took a heavy toll on the finances of several aspirants.  Dortch Oldham, who had run in the Republican primary, acknowledged spending perhaps $300,000 of his own money to fund his campaign.  Oldham said, “I don’t believe anybody would do that if he ever sat down before the […]

Help is available for Senior Citizens

Help is available for Senior Citizens

By Mike Steely It is obvious that our population is aging. The average life expectancy in our nation is now almost 80 years. While our nation’s total life average is 53 years among nations of the world, the 79.13 year estimate is much greater now than it was fifty years ago. Knoxville and Knox […]

Getting away to Cumberland State Park

Getting away to Cumberland State Park

By Mike Steely I don’t know which day was more pleasant: an afternoon of camping at a busy campground with children playing all around us or time spent relaxing without all that activity and noise the next day. Both days were pleasant, just different. My wife and I have visited every Tennessee State Park but […]

Mabry-Hazen House presents one-act play at fourth annual Lineage and Legacy

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, Mabry-Hazen House will host its fourth annual Lineage and Legacy event from 2 p.m. — 4 p.m. Every year the museum invites family descendants, supporting members, and the general public to Mabry’s Hill to commemorate of one of Knoxville’s first families. The event reflects on the past and present experiences […]

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at a Tennessee State Park on Sept. 30

Hiking, biking and volunteer opportunities at every state park   In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas invite the public to take part in ranger-led hikes, volunteer projects and interpretive programs at all 56 state parks on Saturday, Sept. 30.   “As the Volunteer State, we hope all […]

Tennessee Department of Education Awards Planning Grants to Spur Innovation in Increasing Educator Diversity

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen awarded funds to five school districts this week for Diversity Innovation Planning Grants. These grants underscore the department’s commitment to supporting a high-quality, diverse, and effective educator workforce that meets the needs of all students.   Tennessee has focused on fostering an educator pipeline that improves diversity, equity, and teacher shortages, […]


The Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the sixth annual “Doggie Dip” on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1-5 p.m. at Inskip Pool, 4204 Bruhin Road.   It’s the end of the swimming pool season, and Inskip Pool will once again offer a dog-only swim party, sponsored by Powell Animal Hospital. Dog owners are encouraged […]

Pat: A Legacy of Love Film Debut Gains Momentum

On September 7, 2017, at the end of an orange carpet and in front of a sold-out crowd, University of Tennessee professors Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman will present their debut film, “Pat: A Legacy of Love” to a national audience at the Knoxville Bijou Theatre downtown. The film has gained tremendous momentum in recent […]

Updated bag policy at Tennessee Valley Fair

The Tennessee Valley Fair is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that exists to celebrate East Tennessee heritage and promote regional agriculture. For the safety and security of our fairgoers, the Tennessee Valley Fair is updating our bag policy, effective September 8-17, 2017. Fairgoers should note that: All bags will be checked by security upon entry, […]

Tennesseans Can Now Register To Vote Online

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proud to officially launch the state’s new online voter registration system. The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across Tennessee can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations. “This system […]

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