It’s 225 years for the University of Tennessee!

By Ralphine Major The snapshot surfaced as I combed through a stack of old photos.  It was made with my Kodak Instamatic during the seventies, a few years before I upgraded to a 35-millimeter camera.  My brother and I were students at The University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville. Wayne and I knew there would […]

Trained by dogs

By Joe Rector Try to recall the countless hours involved in training small children to do certain things. Remember how difficult it was to have a child simply sit down and complete his business on the toilet? When those little ones accomplished such a feat, we were ecstatic. Little did we know how difficult some […]

Who Pays Me For My Personal Injury Case?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When you are injured in a car wreck, and that car wreck was caused by someone else, it is very possible that you have a claim for damages against the at-fault driver. If you are hurt much at all, it is very likely that your medical expenses will run in to the […]

Mental coaches give South-Doyle football a unique advantage

By Steve Williams South-Doyle is believed to be the only high school in Knox County to have “mental performance coaches” as part of its football staff. And last week, Head Coach Clark Duncan really needed them. After senior quarterback Mason Brang went down with a serious leg injury late in the second quarter of the […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Like Rodney King, I wish we could all “just get along.” But, how is it possible to coexist with hate-driven insanity? Jesus himself refused to compromise with hypocritical Pharisees. Jesus’ language (tweets?) in the 23rd chapter of Matthew is harsh, but measured when compared to the New York Times disgusting tweet […]

Those I-81 attractions, Part Two

By Mike Steely Interstate 81 begins where I-40 turns right and heads toward Asheville. The left lane becomes I-81 and runs all the way to the Canadian border. Our section of the highway shoots northeast through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Along the southern part of the beautiful highway are several attractions worth taking the […]

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

By Steve Hunley Across America the Universities that teach urban design and planning have a mantra that preaches high density, walkability, bike lanes, and mass transit. Single family homes and automobiles have been designated as the enemy. There are many buzzwords to disguise the prejudice against single family homes and cars; Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Energy […]

Give it a try

By Joe Rector Some of the hottest days of summer have descended upon East Tennessee the last few weeks. Like much of the rest of the nation, we are firmly in the grips of an oppressive heat wave. Temperatures have soared into the 90s, and the “feels like temperature”-something we never heard of as kids-reaches […]

A Hug from Heaven

  By Ralphine Major   Their bright yellow petals popped up through the gift bag as if to greet us with a cheery “hello.”  This time of year, entire fields of the popular sunflower can draw thousands to admire their beauty. Many years ago when our father passed away, we were amazed at all […]

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