By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Ya know what makes me sick? You know what makes me so angry, ah could tease a fat man with a Twinkie?” Some of you may remember the banter of Earl Pitts, Uhmerikun, the fictional radio personality, whose outlandish  “editorials” were introduced with a bugle call of Reverie and ended with […]

Greeneville’s President Andrew Johnson

By Ralphine Major The scenic drive was filled with farm land—beautiful green pastures dotted with homes and cattle. Greene County in Upper East Tennessee is known for its agriculture.  When we visited the area many years ago, that was of particular interest to our father who was a dairy farmer. Greene County holds a special […]

Not perfect

By Joe Rector We hear that things are “perfect” all the time. Of late, that perfection has centered around a telephone call, but over the course of our lives, many claims of perfection are proclaimed. In truth, we all know nothing is perfect. Amy and I discovered soon after we began dating that we loved […]

A Writer Extraordinaire

By Rosie Moore “We learn as much from sorrow as from joy, as much from illness as from health, from handicap as from advantage, and indeed perhaps more.” These words were spoken by Pearl Buck and is my Thought for the Day, today. I first read her book, “The Good Earth,” when I was in […]

What is Pain and Suffering?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Something that is discussed a great deal in personal injury cases is how much the injured person should be compensated for their, “pain and suffering.”  That phrase certainly sounds serious, but what does that term actually mean? Pain and suffering can be defined in a number of different ways.  For example, let’s […]

How Sports Keep Us Connected

  By Mark Nagi A couple of weeks ago I met two of my college friends in Detroit for the weekend. That’s right, the decision was made to go to Michigan. In February. This isn’t exactly a must visit location in the dead of winter.  Heck, if you look across the Detroit River, you’ll see […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, II

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, II

By Ray Hill Only nine men have made the transition from governor of Tennessee to United States senator. One of those nine was one of the most successful politicians to take part in Tennessee’s turbulent politics: Andrew Johnson. In fact, Andrew Johnson prospered politically during the Civil War, the most tempestuous time in Tennessee’s history. […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a numerologist, but I like palindromes. I hope you didn’t miss this rare tripartite palindrome on Groundhog Day, 02/02/2020. Actually, my focus on February 2nd wasn’t on numerical arrangements, but on the Super Bowl game and whether Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow. Fortunately, the Chiefs won in a […]

East Tennessee well represented at new state museum

By Mike Steely From giant sloth fossils to John Sevier and Davy Crockett, the area of East Tennessee is very well represented in the new Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Located at the end of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall near the state house the state museum is very well organized and the self-guided walk through […]

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