Absurdity

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Absurdity has become the new reality. Of all the things that need attention in our country and the world, the major media, anarchists who masquerade as activists and liberal-progressives like Obama and Hillary have found a new battleground in our nation’s restrooms. I saw a cartoon recently which quoted President John […]

What is next?

By Joe Rector Holy Cow! In about a week, my twin brother will turn 64. I can’t believe he’s that old. Jim hasn’t changed much over the years, and I hope he stays constant for many years to come. It is, however, a bit upsetting to realize that my brother is that old. How’d it […]

Don’t be a gossiper!

By Rosie Moore One of my favorite comics is Snuffy Smith. It emits a lot of little gems each day. Here is one of them: “Here comes the’ parson’s wife, Loweezy.” “Let’s tell her th’ juicy gossip, Elviney.” “I don’t know, Loweezy!! Don’t she frown on gossip?” “You bet she does–th’ whole time she’s listenin’!!” […]

The Chalk Board for May 23, 2016

By Sally Absher   KCS Adult Education to Hold Final Graduation The KCS Adult Education graduation will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church (701 Merchants Drive).  This is an historic event as it is the last time the adult education students will graduate as part of the […]

Art Show to Feature Oak Ridge High School’s Design Program

By Sally Absher The public is invited to attend an absolutely amazing, one-of-a-kind art show this Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Students enrolled in the Oak Ridge High School Design Program are presenting a runway fashion show to celebrate their innovative garments based on varied constructions ranging from recycled materials to computer design and […]

Tennessee’s $18.5 Million Emergency

By Sally Absher The Tennessee Department of Education ditched Pearson’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC test, back in 2014 after reports of problems with the online test surfaced across the nation. The department decided to continue with the TCAP for one more year while they looked for a replacement […]

UT on horizon, but TSD runner still has some business to finish

By Steve Williams Sweat was still pouring off Gashaw Duhamel several minutes after he had competed in the 3200-meter run in the East Tennessee Class A-AA State Sectional Thursday afternoon at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Of course beads of perspiration weren’t uncommon among the hundreds of talented high school track and field athletes from Happy […]

Q&A with Todd Kelly Jr.

By Alex Norman   When the opportunity arises we like to have conversations with the playmakers around town.  Recently we had the chance to sit down with Tennessee junior safety Todd Kelly Jr., and talked about, among other things, his life-long connection to Knoxville and the Vols, as well as his thoughts on new Tennessee […]

The New Deal in Tennessee I

The New Deal in Tennessee I

By Ray Hill “I have got no horse no autmobel and no nothing to ride can you pleas if possible fix for me to get some help some way can you fix for me some way so my family will not purish.” So wrote a man from Newcomb, Tennessee to Congressman J. Will Taylor on […]

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